This panel seeks papers for the upcoming NeMLA in April 2014. In the years since his death, the stature of Italo Calvino has only continued to grow. While his status as an Italian writer was never in doubt, the global range of his work is still being explored. This panel invites papers interested in pursuing this framework, political and historical, national and transnational, literary and philosophical. The influences on Calvino's fictions were immense, and the influence of his fictions have been equally immense. This panel seeks to better understand these influences. Please email abstracts by Sept. 30 email@example.com
The ninth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Professor Pamela K. Gilbert (University of Florida), is dedicated to a reassessment of the place of the human body in the Victorian literary and cultural imagination. Rapid medical and scientific advances, advancing industrialization and new forms of labour, legal reforms, the rise of comparative ethnology and anthropology, the growth of consumer culture, and the ever changing trends of Victorian fashion are just a few of the many forces that transformed how Victorians thought about the human body and about the relationship between the embodied, or disembodied, self and the object world.
Re-Imagining the Good Life in Times of Crisis
Leuven, 8-10 May 2014
Ingolfur Blühdorn (Bath)
Boris Groys (NYU)
The end of this year will be marked by the 75th anniversary of Johan Huizinga's classic study of the Homo Ludens. Its main thesis is as striking as it is simple: Culture is founded on and as a form of play. Huizinga's historical, philosophical and anthropological aim was to understand play as a 'totality'. The element of play can be observed in all different aspects of culture, ranging from seemingly innocuous leisure activities to the uttermost serious and advanced systems, such as the financial world, political institutions, mass media and warfare.
The end of this year will be marked by the 75th anniversary of Johan Huizinga's classic study of the Homo Ludens, arguably the single most important Dutch contribution to the international scholarly field of the twentieth century. As the subtitle – A Study of the Play Element in Culture – indicates, Huizinga inquires into a fundamental characteristic of human culture and society. The main thesis of the book may appear to be as striking as it seems to be simple: Culture is played from the very first till the very last minute. Culture is founded on a form of play while at the same time being an expression of play. Huizinga tried to understand play as a 'totality'.
New Voices is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference hosted by Georgia State University's English department and sponsored by the department's Graduate English Association. The conference is designed to provide emerging and experienced graduate scholars in the humanities with a forum for sharing their latest research. While the conference has a different suggested theme each year, adherence to the suggested theme is not at all necessary to be considered for inclusion in the conference. New Voices invites papers on all topics and themes related not only to English studies, but all other humanities disciplines as well as the social sciences and political science.
NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014, Harrisburg, PA
Engineering the Body in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Discussing the impact of modernization and new technology on society, Tim Armstrong notes that the body became a "site of crisis" that required an "intervention through which it might be made the grounds of a new form of production" (4). Drawing on Armstrong's claim for the modern period, this panel will examine how contemporary texts represent this "desire to intervene in the body" (6) and the results of those endeavors, both the possibilities and risks.
NeMLA 2014 Roundtable: Pedagogical Approaches to the Literature of the Caribbean Diaspora
Roundtable format: 3-6 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) with the remainder of the session given to a conversation between the participants and the audience.
Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Kim Evelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2013.
This roundtable invites submissions on pedagogical methods and strategies for teaching Caribbean diaspora literature in North America. (That is, not only from authors living in and writing from the Caribbean, but those living abroad, second-generation Caribbean diaspora writers, etc.)
The panel's emphasis is on the process by which folklore moves, changes and remanifests itself over time and through culture. Panel submissions may explore topics from the realms of Comparative Language and Literature, World Literature or Composition and Rhetoric Studies. Additionally, a multicultural folklore examination of texts from a Women's and Gender Studies, Disability Studies, African American Studies or Queer Theory Lens is applicable. Please send brief abstracts to Caroline Burke .
What happens when, in a work of poetry or prose, a hegemonic order is cracked, disrupted, reconstituted, and reshaped; in the words of Jamaica Kincaid, 'Do you ever wonder why some people blow things up?' We invite participants for a roundtable session that will explore the idea that 20th and 21st century authors who write from positions of deprivilege often explicitly engage in performative illogicality and disorientation as a tactic of epistemological re-formation within their texts.