SCMS Conference Panel, Boston, 21-25 March 2012
AAH New Voices 2011
Madness and Revolt
25 November 2011
University of Edinburgh
'Quite apart from stressing the perfectly inspired nature of the expressions of certain madmen, to the extent that we are able to appreciate them, we affirm the absolute legitimacy of their conception of reality, and of any action resulting from it.'
--Letter to the Head Doctors of Insane Asylums,
La Révolution surréaliste. No.3. April 1925
Keynote Speaker: Dr Sabine Wieber, University of Glasgow
For our third issue (Spring 2012) we look for articles on the topics: DREAD, GHOST, SPECTER and POSSESSION in Asian, African and Latin American Cinema. (Deadline for proposals 15/08/11).
Dread, Ghost, Specter, and Possession
in Asian, African and Latin American Cinema
Deadline for Draft Submissions: September 30, 2011
"Parameters of Identity: practice, place, and tradition in East Asia" -- a graduate student conference at the University of California at Berkeley, January 20-21, 2012
Graduate students in all fields of East Asian studies are hereby invited to submit proposals for a conference entitled "Parameters of Identity: practice, place, and tradition in East Asia," which will be held at the University of California at Berkeley, January 20-21, 2012.
Following the success of the previous eight international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, invites papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 11th to 13th November 2011.
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?
An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Jean Wall Bennet Professor of English and American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prof. Castronovo's publications include:
Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007);
Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001);
Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)
Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics, co-edited with Dana Nelson (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)
Date: September 23-24 2011
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Keynote Speaker: Scott Lyons, Associate Professor of American Culture and English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
This session will seek to explore the question: Can Beowulf be illustrated, or does the poem exhibit and/or foster an inherent antagonism between sign and icon? Recent efforts to provide illustration that augments (or perhaps subsumes or subordinates) the poem's 3182 lines of text, including Seamus Heaney and John D. Niles' Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition (Norton, 2007), the graphic novel Beowulf: Monster Slayer (Graphic Universe, 2008), and Robert Zemeckis' 2007 motion-capture animated film, all would seem to push back against what might be termed the text's opacity of the visual imaginary.