From post-colonial theory to sociology to anthropology, the concept of liminality has offered a means for understanding instances of cultural, social, and political "in-between-ness." I am looking to organize a panel that examines the nature, use, and/or function of the liminal in contemporary literature for the 2012 International Conference on Narrative, to be held March 15–17 in Las Vegas, NV (http://narrative.georgetown.edu/conferences/2012_Narrative_Flyer.pdf).
Sketched by themselves
Society tested by "panoramic" literature
Special issue of the open acces journal 'Interferences littéraires - Literaire interferenties' (number 8, May 2012)
edited by Nathalie Preiss (Université de Reims) & Valérie Stiénon (F.N.R.S - Université de Liège )
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?
Inarticulacy: An Interdisciplinary Early Modern Conference
University of California, Berkeley
November 12 - 13, 2011
**Abstracts welcome from graduates, post-docs, and faculty!**
43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad
MEARCSTAPA Session for the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University
May 10-13, 2012
Session I: "You're So Juvenile: Monstrous Children in Medieval Culture"
Language, literature and cultural studies
Call for papers
Deadline: 1 November 2011 for LLCS no.8 and no.9
The Department of Foreign Languages of the Military Technical Academy invites you to contribute to the seventh and eighth numbers of the Journal of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies.
LLCS publishes research articles and reviews in the following domains: literature, literature and civilisation, comparative literature and civilization, cultural studies, linguistics, applied linguistics, translation studies, foreign language acquisition, foreign language teaching.
Kudzu Review is looking for all kinds of Nature writing. We want poetry, essays, short fiction, music, artwork, recipes. Please visit us at kudzureview.com for more details.
The Art and Politics of Irony | L'art et la politique de l'ironie
12-14 April 2012 ~ Montréal, QC
An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University in collaboration with Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (SSHRC-MCRI) and the Département d'études anglaises, Université de Montréal