This conference pursues two linked aims: first, to explore the Gothic's relationship with science – fact, fiction and fantasy – especially its fascination with the cognitive, psychological and biological underpinnings of sensation, reason and imagination; and second, to trace the evolution of the Gothic genre itself through history, architecture, literature, film, television and popular culture. We welcome the submission of 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers that may address, but not be limited by, the following topics: the Gothic and science; the Gothic through history; the Gothic and literary theory; male, female and queer Gothics; Gothic fashions; goth culture; twenty-first century Gothic; the future of the Gothic.
Post/autonomia - CFP
Amsterdam, 19-22 May 2011
University of Amsterdam/SMART Project Space
Keynote speakers include:
Franco Berardi ('Bifo')
Stevphen Shukaitis (to be confirmed)
As a fiction writer, William Faulkner saw himself as a failed poet. Many themes that crop up in his poetry, however, make appearances in his fiction writing, as well. This special session welcomes, but is not limited to, abstracts that examine Faulkner's poetry, the connections between his poetry and his fiction, common themes between his poetry and his fiction, etc. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Victoria M. Bryan (VMBryan@olemiss.edu) by May 15, 2011.
Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren enjoyed a lengthy association in the landscape of twentieth-century Southern letters. Beginning as Welty's editor and critic during his time with the Southern Review, Penn Warren and Welty developed a literary friendship that significantly impacted each other's writing. This panel, a joint venture with the Robert Penn Warren Circle, seeks to investigate the multifaceted connections, complexities, and cross-fertilizations between the writing of Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren.
The production, consumption, composition, and bodily effects of food and eating have been studied from many vantage points recently. It is not surprising, therefore, that food has continuously played a large role in American literature. Whether it becomes important in a text because of an obsession with weight or body image or with the formative impression food has on the psyche (mothering, oral development, etc.), food and eating can drive a text or more subtly help to explain a character's motivations. This panel calls for papers that address the ways food is utilized in American Literature. In keeping with SAMLA's theme for 2011, preference may be given to papers that approach poetry, though papers on fiction, drama, etc. will also be considered.
This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention.
Do the conditions of modernity engender psychopathological behavior? Do the changes wrought by industrialization cause new types of psychological stress? Do they bring about madness? How do characters in modernist fiction and/or poetry react to these changes?
This panel seeks papers that examine pyschopathology in single or multiple works of modernist fiction and/or poetry. While psychopathological tendencies are not unique to (post) industrial society, this panel will investigate how modernity (particularly in the transition from pre-industrial to [post] industrial, rural to urban, etc.) may lead to certain types of psychopathological behavior.
In the context of ubiquitous technology, the question of duration has emerged as a powerful interdisciplinary tool for investigating the interstices that both separate and sustain medial, technological, cultural, and artistic practices. Indeed, as claims to a post-media characterization of our digital landscape collide with deeply disciplined artistic and intellectual practices, questions of the body, the human, the flesh, the social, and even time become increasingly difficult to pose (let alone answer). Thus, duration—a concept with variegated genealogies in Bergson, Deleuze, Whitehead, and others, as well as in most artistic disciplines—suggests a point of intervention that avows the multiplicity of the problem: what happens to duration after media?
1st Global Conference on Music and Mental Health - August 5-7, 2011 - Washington University of Missouri - St. Louis - Charles F. Knight Center.
Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Rutgers Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
"Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries" brings together
scholars from across the humanities to investigate the centrality of
theories of "life" to twentieth and twenty-first century theory and
cultural production. In fields as diverse as vitalism, feminism,
animal studies, political theory, aesthetics and psychoanalysis,
presenters will highlight how the humanities investigates the
ontological properties and ethical imperatives of life.
Plenary Speaker: Donna V. Jones, UC-Berkeley English: "The Career of
Living Things is Continuous"
We welcome proposals for innovative papers on all aspects of and approaches to Tudor drama before Shakespeare. Please send 300-word abstracts by 18 March 2011.