(un)SAFE an interdisciplinary gender, sexuality, and women's studies graduate student conference at the University of Pennsylvania December 6th and 7th, 2012 with a keynote address by Lauren Berlant Experiences of the contemporary social world are often defined in terms of safety: a group of friends, a college choice or a sexual encounter could be "safe", where a classroom, a piece of equipment or a social space would be "unsafe". But the distinction between safety and unsafety is profoundly unstable, and articulates some of the most disturbing paradoxes of contemporary life. Safety can be banal, when a writer or athlete reaches only for goals within immediate reach, but it can also be utopian, in the scene of therapy, learning or rehearsal.
Ars Identitatis encourages interdisciplinary debates, that is why we are inviting anyone who could contribute to this debate (Professors, Researchers, Journalists, NGO activists, Lawyers, Clerics, etc.). Submissions from graduate students are also encouraged.
MLA Special Session
The Mechanics of Fictional World-Making
Boston, January 2013
Paper proposals exploring the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, stagecraft, illusion, to the cognition of representational art. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (firstname.lastname@example.org). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.
Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden—or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism—antagonistic rivalry between critics—a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:
The session "Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean" at the 66th Annual Convention of the RMMLA is devoted to Francophone Literatures, Cultures, and Film of Africa and the Caribbean.
Topics include but are not limited to:
Sub-Saharan Africa Literature, Culture, and Film
Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
Environmental questions in African /Caribbean Literature and film
Maghreb Literature, Culture, and Film
Feminist Theory and Women Writers
Oral tradition, etc.
Shakespeare across Media: 6th Conference of the NTU Shakespeare Forum (National Taiwan University, Taipei, June 7-9, 2012)
Call for Papers
The National Taiwan University Shakespeare Forum will host its sixth conference, "Shakespeare across Media," in Taipei on June 7-9, 2012.
W.S. Gilbert changed English musical theatre. We are seeking proposals on all aspects of Gilbert's work, but studies dealing with music receive priority. Send 250 word proposals by February 22, 2012.
For the 2013 Modern Language Association Convention--to be held in Boston on January 3rd through 6th, 2013, the Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations and the Eugene O'Neill Society will be offering a joint session on Eugene O'Neill and Music. O'Neill uses music in many of his plays, and many of his plays have been set to music. We welcome 250 word abstracts on any aspect of O'Neill and music. Send abstracts to both DrJSDailey@aol.com and KEisen@tntech.edu by February 17, 2012.
28-29 May 2012
Sutherland Building, Northumbria University
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr Sarah Haggarty (Newcastle) and Dr John Holmes (Reading)
This two-day conference invites papers that consider the transformation of objects and the transformations effected by objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Approaches to this theme are welcomed from established scholars and especially from postgraduate students.
Deformity is traditionally sanitised and fitted into a structure of normality. The academy tends to obscure the complexity of the sensuous/sensual/sensed body of the deformed subject, and of the questions, anxieties, and denials which surround deformity when it is located within a continuum of sense.