The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?
MODALITIES OF BEING AGAINST
Fabio Akcelrud Durao (Literary Theory, Unicamp)
Rachel Price (Spanish-Portuguese, Princeton)
Paulo Moreira (Spanish-Portuguese, Yale)
The 2012 LASA Congress will be dedicated to the bicentennial of national independence in most of the countries in Latin America. The aim of this panel is to generate a forum of discussion and theoretical intervention between and within musical discourse and questions of identity. How does music and its components, such as sounds and silences, promote or interfere with the creation of "national unities"? Are "samba", "tango" and "salsa" inclusive genres of collective identities? And if this is the case, what kinds of dissonances should we consider in order to gain a more profound understanding of these acoustic events?
I am soliciting previously unpublished articles or essays for an edited collection on the topic of representations of speech and language disorders in literature, film, and popular culture. At present, there is a growing interest in the field of Medical Humanities regarding the portrayal of conditions like stuttering, aphasia, mutism, etc. Recent works like The King's Speech, Rocket Science, and Diving Bell and the Butterfly also speak to the growing concern in contemporary popular culture over the status of the Self in relation to language loss and language breakdown.
This panel invites papers that explore the connections between disgust and Victorian culture, particularly the role of disgust in the affective fashioning of normative or transgressive identities. Functioning as a visceral reaction to filth or as moral abhorrence toward the socially unacceptable, disgust routinely functioned to distance the middle-classes from lower-class individuals, practices, and spaces. The Victorian subject is not only constituted through the repression of the low and the disgusting but is also transformed in the very act of encountering the abject.
We invite proposals for papers, readings and other performances from scholars, writers and artists to be delivered in the 2011 Helsinki Poetics Conference.
9-10 September 2011
Tremough Campus, Cornwall
Keynote Speaker: Professor Niyi Osundare (University of Ibadan/University of New Orleans)
Second keynote: TBA
This conference is intended to provide a forum for those teaching and researching in Humanities disciplines to explore the current state of global knowledge economies. The title, echoing the title of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, signals our focus on the relation between universities, global economies and local identities.
CALL FOR PAPERS "ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS" Issue 9/2011 - with the theme "MASKS"
(Each issue of ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS is organized around a theme and it comprises scholarly articles written in Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Examples of themes we have explored in the past: Orient - Occident; Identity and Otherness; Exoduses; Power; Centre and Periphery; Rational - Irrational; Smile and Laughter; Other Worlds.)
'Traveling' in Asian, African and Latin American cinema
Holiday, business, private matters. There are several reasons for traveling. The autumn edition of MANY CINEMAS will dedicate its issue to the topic Traveling.
Traveling: People who are undertaking a journey to places, strange and not familiar to them. How do they act or behave in an unfamiliar environment and how does it take an impact on them?
Well, the cinema is close connected with traveling. It is a window to the world, both real and imaginary. The lights turn off and pictures appear which bring you to places far away.
Are we still postmodern? 'post'-feminist? How does poetics and feminisms intersect in contemporary poetry? Where is the debate now? How does theory/poetries perform 'us' now?