Subscribe to RSS - theory


Habermas & Literature (MLA, January 2012; 3/10 deadline)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:43pm
Nicholas Hengen

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 ( by 10 March 2011.

*Please note: This is a special session pending MLA approval*

"Upon A Precipice", April 16th, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:25pm
Associated Graduate Students of English, California State University, Northridge

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 Vol. 3, Issue 1 CFP - Media and Society [February 11, 2011]

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:09pm
Public Knowledge Journal

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and critique culture, politics, and elements of daily life that might otherwise go unremarked (or, at the very least, unpublished).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?


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:37am
Laurence Raw/ Defne Ersin Tutan

"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.

CFP: 'Cultural Translations' Postgraduate Symposium, Malta, 15-16 April 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 10:08am
Department of English, University of Malta

The Department of English of the University of Malta,
with the participation and collaboration of the
Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University
and the
Department of English, University of Zaragoza,
is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2011 Postgraduate Symposium:

'Cultural Translations'
Malta: 15-16 April 2011

"The Power of Langston Hughes's Poetry in the Modern World" (Nov.4-6,2011)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 9:30am
The Langston Hughes Society (Special Session at SAMLA Convention -Atlanta, GA)

The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers for a special session on "The Power of Langston Hughes's Poetry in the Modern World." We are seeking papers that examine Langston Hughes's poems within the context of the special session topic. Please email a one page typed abstract, a biographical profile, and contact information to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at by June 1, 2011. Any accepted presenter must join the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and The Langston Hughes Society.

Articles: MARGINALIA/MARGINALITY (Deadline May 31, 2011)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:04am
Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory & Culture

Call for Articles, Reviews and Interviews
Published by the University of Łodź in Poland
Dorota Filipczak

No. 2

3rd Media Fields Conference: Contested Territories

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 7:34pm
Media Fields Research Collective

Contested Territories

A conference of the Media Fields Research Collective and the Film and Media Studies Graduate Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara

March 31 – April 1, 2011

Santa Barbara, California