This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention in Seattle. Empathy and sympathy are capacious terms that have rich and overlapping conceptual histories in philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, and political thought. This panel will explore the ties between empathy/sympathy and the epistemological concerns of literature. What solutions, and problems, do empathy and sympathy introduce to the production of knowledge of the world (especially knowledge of other minds)? What do empathy and sympathy have to do with representational difficulty? How do they influence narrative or poetic innovation? Proposals for papers on any literary period or genre are welcome. Interdisciplinary and cognitive approaches are particularly welcome.
Call for Papers - Special Session
MLA 2012: Seattle, January 5-8, 2012
Digital South, Digital Futures
An Interdisciplinary and International Conference
SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2011 – Purdue University
Funded by the College of Liberal Arts Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts Grant and by the Purdue University Office of the Vice President for Research
Papers and/ or panel proposals are invited for a three-day conference on re-visions and re-presentations of terrorism from antiquity to the present, to coincide, roughly, with the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack directed at the World Trade Center in New York on September, 2001. Proposals for panels and individual papers (250-word abstract) are due by March 20, 2011.
Refereed proceedings will be published.
The 8th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association Symposium
Composing Live(s): Writing the Self and the Other within the Disciplines
March 25, 2011, 9:00-4:00 Oxford, Ohio
"To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all." —Lord Byron
Writing about lives, writing that lives, or writing that comes to us live from an immediate, connected source shapes how we as scholars and teachers conceive of ourselves and others. Writing works within and out of academia to continually (re)define what is and is not important, what is and is not canonized, and what is and is not ignored within many discourse communities.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
28 Feb 2011 Full papers submission (maximum 6 pages), invited session submission deadline
20 Mar 2011 Notification of paper acceptance or rejection
10 May 2011 Final camera-ready papers submission deadline
10 May 2011 Early bird registration deadline
25-27 Jun 2011 Conference
Topics of Interest:
Deadline for Abstracts: 28 February, 2011
Deadline for Accepted Draft Submissions: 30 April, 2011
In her book Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation, Susan J. Napier states that anime "is a phenomenon of popular culture." Japanese animation – or "anime" as it is now commonly referred to – has, as Napier observes, achieved remarkable recognition and fandom around the world. But what really is anime? How has it impacted visual culture in the twentieth and twenty-first century? And why should it merit further study in academia?
2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle (Jan. 5-8)
Send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio. by 15 March 2011 to mark c marino at gmail)
Critical Code Studies applies hermeneutics to the interpretation of computer source code. This special session seeks papers that perform readings of digital objects with an emphasis on source code and related issues. At MLA 2011, CCS played a central role in the panel "Close Reading the Digital." This panel will build on that discussion as well as the recent developments and conversations online (see below).
For more information on Critical Code Studies, see
The Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and the C. Peter Magrath Research Center for Cross-Cultural Studies invite you to the CONTACT ZONES IN THE GLOBAL WORLD international conference, to be held in Sibiu.
Keynote Speech: "Planetary Novels?: Cosmopolitanism and Globality in and out of a national literature," by Peter Childs, University of Gloucestershire.
The purpose of this conference is to examine meanings of space in a time of cyberspace, non-space, third space, queer space, and other emerging formulations of space that challenge predominantly physical, material constructs. How do we understand our art, our craft, our work, our relationships, and ourselves in spaces that have been transformed in a digital age? To what extent do classic dichotomies such as city-rural, urban-suburban, and public-private hold up in contemporary life? As we create places in our reshaped settings and lives, what are viable ways to examine the meanings of space?
A proposed MLA special session on questions of the state and modes of authority and sovereignty within postcolonial studies. How do literary or theoretical works narrate or theorize alternative political modernities; how do we go beyond both the putative celebration of cultural difference (such as "Asian Values") and a reductive "failed states" discourse? Literary and theoretical/historical papers welcome; any field and area of postcolonial studies welcome.
300 word abstracts and 1-page cv by 10 March 2011
Jini Kim Watson
English & Comparative Literature, New York University