A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011
Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.
Keynote speaker: Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Call for Papers, CEA 2012 | BORDERS
43rd Annual Conference | March 29-31 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011 at http://cea-web.org/
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English
studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 43rd annual conference.
Submission: August 31 - November 1, 2011
Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/
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"Theatre and Learning"
University of Toronto, Festival of Original Theatre (F.O.O.T)
February 2 - 5, 2012
Call for Papers
The annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) conference, held at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto, seeks paper presentation proposals for its 2012 Conference: "Theatre and Learning."
FOOT 2012 will explore the complex relationships between theatre and learning in both theory and practice. This conference will comprise three broad areas of exploration:
1) learning theatre (e.g., learning and teaching theatre skills)
Abstracts and articles are sought for an edited collection to be entitled Across the Straits that will examine the different permutations of African immigration in contemporary Spain. Historically, Spain has been blessed with the influx of different cultures. Recently, criticism has begun to focus on the inversion of the Spanish migration flow brought about by economic crises in the 1990s. Over the past three decades, Spain has welcomed more than 6 million foreigners from places as diverse as Eastern Europe, North Africa, and South America. Although this influx of immigrants weaves vitality into Spanish society by providing a workforce as well as new cultural influences, such benefits are not always clearly perceived.
Essays, Papers, Translations, Interviews, Paintings, Photographs and Book Reviews (along with a copy of the book) on folk traditions across the world are invited for the Journal of Folklore and Oral tradition (with ISSN) to be launched in February 2012. The length of papers / essays must be between 2500 and 4000, and book reviews must be between 1500 and 2000 words.
For further details, please contact the editor: email@example.com
20-22 April 2012, Yale University
Marie-José Mondzain, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Robert S. Nelson, Yale University