From Jane Gallop's 'French Theory and the Seduction of Feminism', Meaghan Morris' 'Room 101 or A Few Worst Things in The World' to Douglas Kellner's 'Baudrillard's Affront to Feminism,' the French sociologist Jean Baudrillard has been widely condemned in the 80s and 90s as an anti-feminist philosopher. This criticism makes some sense: Baudrillard's major mistake has indeed been his caricaturizing of feminism and feminist theory as mere emancipation or equal rights discourse.
This session invites papers on Lacan's own readings of medieval ethics,philosophy and literature; dialogue between Lacan's
writings and specific texts/authors; the often but not inevitably vexed relationship between Lacan and historicism. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS EXTENDED TO 9/27/2010.
The panel will address the ways in which medievalists have created, or can create, a dialogue with the work of the philosopher Alain Badiou. What is – or could be -- the impact on medieval studies of Badiou's radical reframing of ontology? What do medievalists make of his insistence that philosophy must acknowledge its dependence on four extra-philosophical conditions of thinking, namely science, politics, art and love? What of his dispute with the linguistic turn in philosophical thinking and in the humanities' disciplines in general, a turn that has had a profound effect on recent medievalist work of the past two decades? How does Badiou figure as a "count-as-one" in medieval studies? The deadline for this panel has been extended to 9/27/2010.
This panel addresses the various relationships between seriality and temporality.
The serial principle has a important influence on contemporary culture: novels, movies and television shows, comic books, video games, etc. are published in series. Consequently, this principle largely informs contemporary ways of conceiving, producing and making sense of narratives in general. This panel wants to locate the importance of seriality within our present-day mediascape.
The historical novel has had a very interesting history itself. During the 19th century the historical novels of Scott, Hugo, Thackeray, Dickens, Tolstoy and a host of other writers enjoyed both popular success and critical admiration. Success has never really died out, but admiration has been another matter. During the 20th century, historical fiction began to be disparaged by critics who looked down on the genre and its elements of romance, adventure and swashbuckling. This disparagement reached such a pitch that Robert Graves, author of I, Claudius and Claudius the God, felt compelled to say that he only wrote these novels because of pressing financial needs.
Working Through Psychoanalysis:
Freud's Legacy in Art, Cinema, Literature and Popular Culture*
An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Leeds, UK
15–17 April, 2011
DM Thomas,author of The White Hotel
Professor David Lomas, University of Manchester
Call for Papers
The department of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo will be hosting a graduate student conference to coincide with the release of the fifteenth volume of its annually published journal, theory@buffalo. The conference will share the journal's title: "animal.machine.sovereign." Contributors to the conference must be currently enrolled graduate students and are encouraged to engage in presentations that probe the political constitution of the human-animal divide as a condition for thinking sovereignty, law, nation, the State, and politics in general.
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will host two sessions at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2011, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org
Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2010
Not Just Another 'F' Word: Reviewing and Renewing Feminist Writing Pedagogies (Roundtable)
This roundtable investigates how the writing classroom informs our understanding of feminism. It seeks papers that address the lived experiences of feminist teachers and the pragmatics of feminist pedagogies.
Papers that invite discussion about how feminist teachers and pedagogies can respond to the changing dynamics of the classroom and/ or the growing diversity of the student body are especially encouraged. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Christy Wenger at firstname.lastname@example.org. by September 30, 2010.