For most of its history, materialism was, as Althusser aptly phrased it, an “underground” tradition, dissident if not altogether heretical. And yet scholars have recently begun to show how this tradition infuses the thought of canonical figures in the nineteenth century, from Emerson to Thoreau and Melville, and how their once-overlooked engagement with objects and the material effectively subtends their ontologies and political commitments. This proposed panel invites essays that explore radical materialisms in the long nineteenth century, radical in both the sense of intellectually and artistically nonconformist and the sense of politically revolutionary. How do materialists rethink the orthodox ways of relating to objects, things, and bodies?
Recently, there has been an avalanche of news articles about spikes in mental illness on campus. Seminal works like Margaret Price's Mad at School (2011) have begun to expose the ableism inherent in the university and prompted more open discussion surrounding the politics of disclosure.
As interest in this crucial topic grows, we are seeking out academics with psychiatric disorders and disabilities to contribute chapters to an essay collection on Mad Scholars, showcasing personal perspectives and professional experiences from across disciplines and career stages.
In 1958, while doing his military service at Kolea, Derrida writes to his friend Lucien Bianco: “Fascism will not pass […] never had my faith and my fear as a democrat seemed so very ‘gross’, and the fascist danger so close, so concrete, so invasive.
Since its debut three years ago, NBC’s high-concept comedy-fantasy series The Good Place (2016- ) has racked up numerous critical accolades and industry awards in recognition of its narrative complexity, thematic depth, and groundbreaking audaciousness as a televisual text unlike any other.
Call for Panelists: The Unreproducible
Historical Fictions Research Conference 2020
The 2020 Historical Fictions Research Conference will be held at the University of Salzburg, 21st and 22nd February 2020.
Host: Dorothea Flothow
Theme: The Forms of History
51st Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
March 5-8, 2020
NeMLA 2020 Panel Session: Visibility of the Invisible: The Idea, Theory, and Ontology of Trace
This panel invites proposals to examine the notion, theory, idea, and ontology of the trace and the ways in which it can be deployed in literature, image studies, art, film, and other media and disciplines.
From its rudimentary manifestations as smoke and fire and footprint, to theological significations of the image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin, the trace, as a visible marker of an absent presence, generates a compelling milieu to meditate on the proliferation of meaning in text and image.
Graduate students should send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the LSJ Conference Committee at LSJLehigh@gmail.com by August 1, 2019. Please submit abstracts as .pdf or .docx attachments and not in the body of the email. In your abstract, include your name, email, institutional affiliation (if any), and working title. Please email us with questions regarding submissions. Graduate students at all levels and independent scholars are welcome to submit. For more information go to https://wordpress.lehigh.edu/lsj/
Call for Papers:
The animal turn has become hugely influential in medieval scholarship over the last decade. However, the contributions of ecofeminism and queer ecology have often been side-lined. Nevertheless, scholars are increasingly finding these modes of analysis to offer useful ways of exploring the role of the animal in medieval romance texts.