University College Cork, 2-3 September 2011
*Corrected submission deadline: March 25, 2011*
Woolf's novels and essays often sustain a central tension between individuals' freedoms or agency and what they perceive groups to demand of them. For example, A Room of One's Own displays the tensions between intellectual freedom and the mind of the crowd, while Orlando wrestles in ambushes set up by means of unstable identity categories. This approved session looks for papers that discuss Woolf's concerns about the impact of group life on her characters, or that place her literary agonists in proximity to group-driven events and trends between the wars.
We are excited to invite you to join a multi-disciplinary dialogue on gender and sexuality. Although formal research projects and papers are welcome, the symposium is designed to encourage meaningful dialogue amongst the community; thus, we encourage you to submit semester projects and papers that will add to the conversation.
Gustavo Pérez-Firmat, Columbia University
Call for papers:
Because the Caribbean represents the confluence of peoples and cultures—from Europe, Africa, and the Americas—first through trade routes and colonization and then through the dispersion of its literature and culture in a contemporary diaspora back out to the larger world, it provides a paradigm for studying the processes and effects of globalization. A culturally and linguistically rich region of the world that includes English, French, Spanish, Dutch and native creoles, the Caribbean also provides a fascinating literature that is complicated by its history and location.
Call for Papers!
1st Global Conference on Evil and the Nature of the Beast
September 12-14, 2011 – Washington Univ. – Charles F. Knight Center – St. Louis, MO
Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2011
"A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible."
THOMAS HARDY, Far from the Madding Crowd
CFP: Missionaries Panel - PAMLA 2011
Scripps College in Claremont, CA (near Los Angeles)
American missionaries spread more than religious ideology as they sought to convert "others" around the world. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which American cultural expansion occurred as a consequence of the American foreign mission movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Possible broad paper topics are not limited to:
Topic of your choosing
(Dis)locating Queer: Race, Region, and Sexual Diasporas
A Graduate Conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign
May 5‐7, 2011
Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies,
University of Arizona
CALL FOR PAPERS
Sixth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Colloquium
Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Deadline for Proposal Submissions: March 20, 2011
On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a colloquium in comparative poetics titled "Formal Measures." Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.
New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, 13 June 2011
New Critical Perspectives on the 'Trace'
University of Málaga
20-22 October, 2011
DEADLINE SUBMISSION EXTENDED: 25 April
The topic of this year's Association of Adaptation Studies conference will focus on adaptation as a site for cultural exchange, reflecting the importance of trading activities along the Silk Road as sites for the transmission not just of goods but of ideas and cultures. Possible issues to be addressed in this conference might include:
As the boundaries between cultures and cultural practices become increasingly more permeable, the need to study, explain and analyze such phenomena only becomes greater. Transgressions and transgressive practices have often been at the forefront of seeking out and pointing to the presence of boundaries, whether we look at aesthetic practices, social conventions or national borders.
On the one hand, then, transgressions move beyond boundaries and easy categorization, usually in order to disrupt cultural order or question cultural, social or national divisions. Conceptual blurring is thus a key aspect of transgression.
If every text is a product of an established tradition, written in a preexisting language, how does a text become subversive? Does subversion lie in the speaker's voice and his or her intent? Does it depend directly on that, which it means to undermine? Is subversion created in the interaction between different cultures, and if so, in a globalized society are all texts, by definition, subversive? Is it tied directly to the language that is being used, making literature written in dialect inherently subversive, while rendering texts written "in the language of the oppressor" less likely to undermine the dominant ideology? Or does it take a reading – radical in either its extreme or fundamental perspective – to make a text (any text) subversive?
CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011
With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Scripps College, Claremont, California (about thirty minutes east of Los Angeles, in the lovely town of Claremont, one of the real jewels of Southern California). Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 2011
Considering the power of current food journalists, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, Americans have been trying to figure out ways to write about the plate for over a century. Considering the power of the food publishing industry, many voices are starting to influence the way that Americans cook, dine, and choose their foods.
Seeking papers that address thematic, critical or ideological intersections between posthumanism and poetry; including interspecies relationships, transhumanism, the making and unmaking of the humanist subject, embodiment, and encounters with animal or machine.
Potential topics include discussions of poetries that call into question liberal humanist values, analysis of poetries that incorporate technology into form or presentation, poetries that reflect concepts of the posthuman as put forth by Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Cary Wolfe, Judith Butler, etc.
Discussions of poetry from any time period or national language welcome.
Please send 300-word abstract and brief CV to T.J. Welch by March 5, 2011.