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The Geological Turn

updated: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:02pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Submissions for a seminar at the annual ACLA conference, March 29-April 1 at UCLA.

 

Have the humanities taken a geological turn? Recent work across multiple disciplines - including philosophy, literary studies, and anthropology, to name only a few - has sought to reframe the contemporary historical moment within the deep timescales of the planet. From this dizzying perspective, scholars seek to reconfigure the relation between materiality and time: narrating the longue duréeof modernization through Earth's deep time materials (coal, oil, gold, etc.), even as humankind’s Earth-transforming activities are written into the geological record of the Anthropocene.

Institutions of Theory

updated: 
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 11:20am
ACLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

"The first swallows of a recognisably contemporary philosophy and theory took their flight," writes Frederic Jameson, in [Georges] Bataille’s journal Critique.1 They nested in still other journals whose names continue to hold an almost talismanic power over their fields (Tel QuelMerkurePrésence AfricaineCahiers du cinéma, and Screen), as well as a later generation of journals born out of theory’s first American heyday in the 1970s (SignsSubStance, Semiotext(e)Critical InquiryOctober, and Diacritics), not to mention book series published by university and small presses committed to theory’s translation into English and proliferation throu

BSLS Winter Symposium -- Metaphor in Literature and Science

updated: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:07am
British Society for Literature and Science
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Metaphor in Literature and Science – King’s College London, Saturday November 4, 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Alice Jenkins, University of Glasgow.

ACLA 2018: Existentialism and Queer Studies

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:05pm
Chase Dimock - College of the Canyons
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Proposals are now being accepted for a panel on "Existentialism and Queer Studies" for the 2018 meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association

Always Periodize? Methods and Implications of Literary History (ACLA, March 29--April 1st, 2018)

updated: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 4:14pm
Ralph Clare, Boise State University; Matthew Mullins, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Jeffrey Severs, University of British Columbia
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In the very first issue of Comparative Literature René Wellek challenges A. O. Lovejoy’s insistence that the explanatory power of traditional periodization has been exhausted. In the pages of PMLA, Lovejoy had advocated that literary critics think in terms of “Romanticisms” in the plural rather than “Romanticism” in the singular. “I propose to show,” Wellek counters, “that there is no basis for this extreme nominalism, that the major romantic movements form a unity of theories, philosophies, and style, and that these, in turn, form a coherent group of ideas each of which implicates the other.” Nearly seventy years later, the question of periodization has become central to literary studies once again.

La foi et le littéraire : Quêtes et défaites spirituelles dans les littératures / Faith and the literary: Quest and spiritual defeat in literatures

updated: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 4:14pm
Post-Scriptum.org
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 30, 2017

Appel à communications : « La foi et le littéraire : Quêtes et défaites spirituelles dans les littératures », colloque annuel de la revue Post-Scriptum, Université de Montréal, 26-27 avril 2017

Colloque organisé par Gabriel Tétrault (Doctorant, littérature comparée, Université de Montréal), Louis-Thomas Leguerrier (Doctorant, littérature comparée, Université de Montréal) et Laurence Sylvain (Doctorante, littérature comparée, Université de Montréal)

*English follows

Nationalism and its Others: Literary Genealogies (ACLA 2018)

updated: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:33pm
J. Engel Szwaja-Franken and Samuel Jaffee
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

The invention of nations in the 19th and 20th century entailed the creation of national literatures, often assembled anachronistically to fashion adoptive literary ancestors fit for a modern people. Literature has thus been instrumental in the construction and maintenance of nationalism, but it has also played a privileged role for regionalist and counter-nationalist projects, many of which have drawn on literature when assembling their own genealogies. Our seminar aims to consider both how nations and nationalism are constitutive of the space and scope of literature (e.g. the cultivation of a national literature, and political museumizing through literature), and also examine literary projects at odds with the form and space of the nation.

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