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Beckett in Post-War France - 14 February 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:42am

The intellectual, social and political climate of post-war France was explosive. From Charles de Gaulle to the May '68 protests, from Bataille and Blanchot to existentialism and the difficult post-war reception of Heidegger, from the painful legacy of the war to the slow trickle of revelations about the Holocaust, from the Nouveau Roman and Oulipo to the Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus, it was a period of experimentation and despair, in which the desire for renewal was balanced against the impossibility of moving beyond the recent past.

CFP Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012 EXTENDED

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:39am
European Beat Studies Network

**The formal deadline for proposals was 1 November - but we'll accept an expression of interest during November, so long as further details follow soon.**

Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012
full name / name of organization:
European Beat Studies Network
contact email:
Chad Weidner -

Papers are invited for the Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN). We are open to submissions of both long and short papers, panels, roundtables, dialogues and performances on any aspect of the Beat Generation. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

Cognitive Melville American Literature Association (San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 7:54pm
Ralph James Savarese/Herman Melville Society

Melville's work is nothing if not a palpable grasping with words: the fingers of cognition investigating themselves. How does Melville use his myriad characters (Billy Budd, Bartleby, Ahab, even Moby Dick), to say nothing of his many allusions (Kaspar Hauser, Peter the Wild Boy, Calvin Edson), to explore different forms of consciousness—from that of the diversely human to that of the diversely more than human? How might neuroscience and disability studies inform not only our individual readings of Melville but also very the act of reading him itself? How might Melville contribute to discussions of embodied thought, emotion, narrative empathy, object and spatial visualization, cerebral lateralization, metaphor, and the like?

Early Modern Social Neworks, 1500-1800 (abstracts due January 6, 2012)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 4:11pm
Early Modern Center, University of California at Santa Barbara

The word "network" is more likely to call to mind computer connection than the "glittering net-work" of a spider-web (E. Darwin, The Botanic Garden, 1781) or a "Mantle of blacke silke" (Book of Robes, 1600). What is the link between such "curious Piece[s] of network" (Addison, Spectator 275, 1712) and contemporary social networking? These older uses of network illuminate the development of early modern techniques of loose connection. By contrast with a chain-of-being model, networks are versatile, allowing for manifold modes of association.

[UPDATE] Spheres of Influence: Navigating World, Globe, and Planet February 23-24, 2012

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:51pm
UCLA Comparative Literature

New submission deadline is November 15th, 2011.

Call for Papers:

"Spheres of Influence: Navigating World, Globe, and Planet," UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th, 2012.
Keynote: Wai Chee Dimock.

Wyndham Lewis: Networks, Dialogues and Communities

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:01pm
Nathan Waddell / Institute of English Studies

Plenary Speakers: Dr Sara Crangle, University of Sussex; Dr David James, University of Nottingham

This conference's remit is to explore the numerous ways in which the modernist writer and painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) belonged to cultural networks of influence and inheritance.

Misfits, Outcasts, and Exiles: Reading the Margins (March 2-3, 2012)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:46am
LSU Department of French Studies Graduate Association

Misfits, Outcasts and Exiles: Reading the Margins
6th Annual Graduate Student Conference
LSU Department of French Studies
March 2nd & 3rd, 2012

Il n'y a pas pire enfer que le silence de la marginalité. (Noël Mamère, Ma République, 1999)

Si mes respectables et bons confrères veulent continuer à me marginer, tout ira bien. (Voltaire, lettre à Duclos, 1761)

Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and Ethics. June 13-15, 2012.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:55am
Tara MacDonald / University of Amsterdam

This conference seeks to assess the state of contemporary neo-Victorian literature, film, television and other media, with papers offering new readings of neo-Victorian texts. The conference also seeks to interrogate the critical field surrounding the notion of the neo-Victorian by asking how we, as scholars, understand this genre and its allied politics. Does the current cultural interest in the "new Victorian" imply a resistance to post-modernism, post-structuralism or post-humanism? Or, can neo-Victorianism help us interrogate these terms? How does our post-Victorian landscape accommodate and manipulate the neo-Victorian urge?

States of Emergency: New Iconographies and the Narratives of Catastrophe--ACLA Seminar, 2012; CFP Deadline November 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:57am
Stephenie Young (Salem State University), Lisa Mulman (Salem State University)

Since WWII visual and written work documenting traumatic historical events in diverse geographic locations has emerged as one of the most prolific spaces of artistic production, yet still remains a relatively under-examined area of scholarly analysis. This is particularly true of comparative and interdisciplinary work. This seminar will focus on imaginative and testimonial narratives from sites of cultural or historical rupture/disruption/insurgence and the ways in which such narratives re- envision states of emergency as moments of artistic invention and/or transformation.