In 2012, a year-long programme of events in Lancaster and the surrounding area will mark the 400th anniversary of the trial and execution of the first group of Lancashire Witches. A second trial occurred in 1634 and although pardoned, the accused were re-imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. The case of the Lancashire Witches and their supposed crimes interwove fact and fiction, local hostilities and more exotic ideas of witches' sabbats that were usually associated with continental witchcraft. They became a cause célèbre, like the witches of Trier and Fulda (Germany), Torsåker (Sweden) and Salem (North America).
1st Global Conference
Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative
Sunday 13th May – Tuesday 15th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
9th Global Conference
War and Peace
Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers:
The opening decade of the 21st century has seen war assume a number of new forms – new at least in relation to the 20th century. So, for instance, the West's war in Afghanistan is already longer than WW2, and shows no sign of coming to an end; the nature of those engaged in war has widened to include a variety of non-state agents; and war itself has come to include as arguably justifiable tactics and strategies previously either excluded or at least not recognised as legitimate. In short, the distinction between war and peace is becoming increasingly unclear.
June 15-16, 2012
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
George Washington University,
Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Peter Hutchings
Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
"Although he was already repellent enough, there arose
from the fungous skin-growth with which he was almost
covered a very sickening stench which was hard to
tolerate... with the use of the [daily] bath the unpleasant
odour... ceased to be noticeable"
- Sir Frederick Treves
Without authority, there is no parody or farce— in the words of C. L. Barber, "the license depends utterly on what it mocks" (Shakespeare's Festive Comedy 214). This symbiotic dynamic between the systems of authority and their detractors at once reinforces authorized models because they license their own mocking while simultaneously undercutting them through critique. Early drama is one vehicle for observing this dynamic of parody, farce, and authority, in such wide-ranging issues as religious orthodoxy and heterodoxy, political models of governance and rebellion, and social frameworks of class and gender. Submissions can examine any facet of parody, farce, and authority within early drama. All submissions are due by September 15, 2011.
SW/TX PCA/ACA Chicana/o Literature/Film/Culture
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference
February 8-11, 2012
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
downtown Albuquerque, NM
In 2012, the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 33rd annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 8-11, 2012.
This two-day interdisciplinary, cross-period conference will explore humanity's perennial fascination with the monstrous. From children's toys to religious architecture, from medical and legal definitions to Gothic romance – cultural products resonate with fear, obsession and desire for the monster.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
In spotlighting the contributions of Sola Olorunyomi – author of the seminal Afrobeat!: Fela and the Imagined Continent and other influential texts – to literary and cultural studies, this colloquium intends to incite a debate around the ferment that Olorunyomi has generated as an idea, a scholar, a teacher within and outside the classroom, a performer, a social activist and a fifty-year-long insurrectionary event.
Forum Issue 13: Revenge
Deadline: 3rd October 2011
"Vengeance offers the writer a compelling mix of ingredients: strong situations shaped by violence; ethical issues for debate; a volatile, emotive mixture of loss and agitated grievance. The avenger, isolated and vulnerable, can achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis." – John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy
For the Autumn 2011 issue of Forum, we invite submissions which explore representations of revenge in literature, art and film. We are seeking articles that consider the topic of REVENGE in relation to concepts including, but not limited to:
Shakespeare Bulletin - Special Theatre Reviews Section - Spring 2012
We are soliciting reviews of the BEST and the WORST productions of Shakespeare and other early modern drama in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
The theatre reviews section in the Spring 2012 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin will follow a somewhat unusual format. We would like to run approximately forty very short production-reviews that, in the aggregate, give some sense of the range of productions, and vivid responses to them, positive and negative, over the last ten years.