Walter Ong was among the foremost theorists of rhetoric and culture in the 20th century. A student of Marshall McLuhan and Perry Miller, his dissertation on the importance of Peter Ramus, a 16th century logician and developer of a deeply influential pedagogy, brought him an international audience. Over the course of his long career, he published several books and hundreds of essays, most arguing that the technology of human communication is reflected, however indirectly, in human consciousness. This interdisciplinary conference will celebrate Ong's legacy and the tradition of Jesuit scholarship.
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Host: Susquehanna University
"Each now is the now of a particular knowability. In it, truth is charged to the bursting point with time. (This point of explosion […] coincides with […] the time of truth.) It is not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation."
- Walter Benjamin
2nd INTERNATIONAL ISAR SYMPOSIUM
with a Special Focus on State: Between Tradition and Future
December 21-22, 2013
At the mention of the word 'State', we do not only understand the concept nation-state, but a varied range of ideas; and, what is more, there exists a theoretical accord, whereupon the needed metaphysical distinction between the ideas of abstract universal 'State' and concrete particular nation-state is preserved. Do these two facts mean that, in practice, we succeed in protecting ourselves from the reduction that occurs within a definite fetishistic illusion, and by which means the notion of an abstract universal state is reduced to a particular nation-state form?
Scary Stuff: Pedagogy of Horror is a collection of essays exploring both pedagogical theories and practices of teaching the horror genre. Essays may speak to fiction or film and should have a length of 3,500-5000 words including MLA format end citation. Send a 500 word abstract or completed essay to email@example.com.
The twinned concepts of idle and stasis have recently been brought to the forefront of political conversations in Canada because of the Idle No More grassroots movement, which is one of the many manifestations of a protest culture encircling the globe. No longer silent in the face of the continuing effects of colonialism and its derivative hierarchical structures, indigenous populations and other citizens are registering their discontent, while fostering networks of solidarity.
Marxist theory has often been criticized for its supposed anthropocentrism. According to some, Marx's celebration of human productive activity reduces nature to mere passive content to be formed by the labor that bestows value upon it. This mode of analysis, it is claimed, can do little to help us understand or address the present ecological crisis whose consequences are central to contemporary political struggles. And yet, such a view is reductive; from the very start – in his earliest writings – Marx placed the natural world at the center of his social theory. In this, Marx was not only drawing upon German Romantic philosophies of nature, but also contemporary developments within science in general and biology in particular.
Teaching Hemingway and Race (Kent State UP essay collection; deadline for abstracts is August 15, 2013; accepted essays due September 30, 2013)
The goal of the Teaching Hemingway series is to present collections of essays with various approaches to teaching emergent themes in Hemingway's major works to a variety of students in secondary and private schools and at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teacher-scholars who have used Hemingway's work in domestic, international, HBCU, MA/PhD, MFA, and many other settings can apply.
We are pleased to confirm that REGISTRATION for our Critical
Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution symposium (6 of September 2013, University of Edinburgh) is now OPEN.
This interdisciplinary symposium, aimed at opening discussions
regarding teaching in our changing institutions and investigating how our roles as both teachers and learners are continuously challenged and negotiated, features keynote lectures by:
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza: "Decolonizing Pedagogies: Black feminist reflections on teaching race, faith and culture in higher education"
Abstract deadline: August 31, 2013
The abstract should include: author affiliation, author contact information, essay title and 250-500 word description. Full manuscripts will be due January 31, 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org