Recent Gothic studies have increasingly looked into problems associated with the idea of delimitation, both in terms of material and media. This leads to the two sets of questions implied in this conference's title: Where are the limits of the 'classic' Gothic tradition? Where have these limits been reached or even transgressed? Can one speak about a 'post-Gothic mode'? What, if anything, is capable of replacing the Gothic? The second set of questions is prompted by the commercialisation and commodification of an increasingly romanticised Gothic and its diffusion among different media and modes: Is the Gothic dependent on 'literature'? Are there media-specific 'Gothics'? Which intermedial and intermodal forms are there?
The James Agee Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations to be delivered at the 2011 American Literature Association Conference on any aspect of James Agee's work, especially in connection with artistic and cultural trends of his times. Recent topics have included Agee's poetry, reconsiderations of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and The Morning Watch, and Agee as travel writer, ecocritic, and translator of foreign films. Of particular interest are papers treating the restored edition of A Death in the Family. Send 250-word abstracts by January 20, 2011, to Hugh Davis at email@example.com.
ASLE UK (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK) www.asle.org.uk ) invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 9 to 10 September 2011 at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (www.creativecollaboration.org.uk, London WC1), on the theme of 'Emergent critical environments': Where next for ecology and the humanities?'
Keynote speakers include:
Excursions, the open access interdisciplinary postgraduate journal at the University of Sussex, invites calls for reviews of up to 1,500 words from postgraduates and early-career researchers on books and events including, but not limited to:
Books on the interdisciplinary
Performance, theatre, installation art and film that transcends boundaries
Multi-media, innovative and cross-disciplinary conferences and exhibitions
Please submit your reviews through our website at http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/cfp.html
Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
Topic: Sovereignty and Aesthetics
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)
Since *The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere* Jürgen Habermas's philosophy has moved consistently away from literature and, perhaps accordingly, Habermas has moved to the margins of literary theory. Was this a salutary move? Or do Habermas's ideas--his theory of communicative action, his notions about how language and communication shape democracy, his critiques of poststructuralism--offer important lessons/tool/strategies for literary criticism today?
250 word abstracts to Nicholas Hengen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10 March 2011.
*Please note: This is a special session pending MLA approval*
AGSE Call For Papers— Upon A Precipice
The Associated Graduate Students in English (AGSE) at California State University Northridge is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference to be held on April 16, 2011.
Public Knowledge Journal seeks articles, book reviews, essays, interviews and multimedia submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1 on Media and Society.
Media allow us to comment, celebrate, and critique culture, politics, and elements of daily life that might otherwise go unremarked (or, at the very least, unpublished). The current political and public furor over WikiLeaks – most recently, over its release of potentially sensitive diplomatic cables – suggests an ongoing conversation over the right to and ownership of public knowledge. Who owns this knowledge now, and who has the right to communicate it? To whom may/can/should it be communicated?
"When we attempt to answer the question 'What is history?,' E.H. Carr suggests, in his highly praised assessment of history and historiography, that "our answer, consciously or unconsciously, reflects our position in time, and forms part of our answer to the broader question what view we take of the society in which we live." Carr regards the present age as "the most historically-minded of all ages," as "[m]odern man is to an unprecedented degree self-conscious and therefore conscious of history." In the perspective of Eric Hobsbawm, this increasing self-consciousness coincides with "the rapid historicization of the social sciences themselves.