Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 38 No. 2, September 2012
Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2012
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
2012 is the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. To mark this occasion, the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University (U.K.) is planning a series of open lectures and a conference assessing the impact of the Grimms' collection upon literature and culture in the English speaking world. This will be a multi-disciplinary conference, and contributions from any disciplinary perspective will be welcome. We also welcome proposals to read creative work, screen films, mount performances and exhibit visual work.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Donald Haase (Wayne State University) and Neil Philip (Author and Independent Scholar).
A central concern of contemporary queer theory is the question of time. Recent trends in queer critique have focused on issues of temporality in a range of arguments, from Lee Edelman's (2004) anti-social thesis on reproductive futurity to Elizabeth Freeman's (2010) work on erotohistoriography as a counter to chrononormativity. As J. Halberstam points out, the concept of queer time provides a valuable framework for assessing political and cultural change (2005; 4). For example, the focus on temporality has produced significant alternative genealogies, bringing into focus queer subjects otherwise occluded from heteronormative histories (Haberstam 2005; Roderick Ferguson 2004).
CALL FOR PAPERS
Shakespeare: Journal of British Shakespeare Association special issue
Deadline: September 30, 2011
CFP AWWE conference 2012
Performing Wales: Theatre, Art, Identities
The Association of Welsh Writing in English invites submissions for conference presentations and performances for its twenty-fourth annual conference, which is to be held at Gregynog Hall, Newtown, between 30 March and 1 April 2012.
For the November 2011 issue of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the concept of violence in its many forms and from a variety of ethical standpoints.
For the May 2012 issue of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the various philosophical, literary, artistic, and political expressions of place and particularity which have led to and are part of our time.
Place and particularity may be emphasised practically or addressed theoretically; in both cases, the importance of our own time, space, and experiences, and how these relate to what is different or other, is evident. Whether considering buying and growing food locally, participating in community activism, or working to sustain the diminishing realities of neighbourhoods, the urge to encourage and realise place and particularity is prevalent in our societies.
For the October 21, 2011 Modern Horizons conference (at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario) we invite abstracts for 20 minute presentations that explore the various philosophical, literary, artistic, and political expressions of place and particularity which have led to and are part of our time.
Call for Abstracts: Reconstruction 12.3 "(In)Securities"
Edited by Susana Araújo (University of Lisbon) and Susana S. Martins (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
In the past years, the world has been dealing with increasing anxieties about state and urban
security, which were largely exacerbated after traumatic experiences such as the 9/11 terrorist
attacks of New York and Washington D.C. in 2001, the 2004 train attacks in Madrid and the London bombings in 2005.
The editor is currently seeking proposals for an essay collection investigating and interrogating the popular Transformers franchise.
With this summer's release of a third major blockbuster film, along with an ongoing comic series, and a new cartoon series, on top of perennial toylines, the Transformers franchise has grown and developed significantly from its humble start in 1984 as a toy-hawking cartoon, while many of its mid-80s peers have languished in neglect. What is it that has captured the imagination for so long? What has kept it alive through so many changes of media, market pressure, and fictive universe?