NeMLA Convention, March 21-24, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Drugs and spices have long been at the center of global trade, but the concept of “drug” in its modern, Western sense is particularly derived from interactions with cultural “others.” Thinkers such as Jacques Derrida have written on the ancient Pharmakon and its relationship to signification and sacrifice.
CALL FOR PAPERS
“Laying Bare the Text: From an Erotics of Art to Erotic Literature”, Annual conference of the Post-Scriptum journal
Université de Montréal, April 25th-26th, 2019
Conference organized by Louis-Thomas Leguerrier, Laurence Sylvain and Marie-Eve Bradette
CALL FOR PAPERS: EXTENDED DEADLINE EDITION
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
Conference theme: “Acting, Roles, and Stages”
Presiding Officer: Carole-Anne Tyler, University of California, Riverside
Proposal Due Date: August 1st, see our CFP page for open sessions (https://www.pamla.org/2018/topic-areas)
Call for Chapters
Kevin Hetherington (the Open University), author of Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering
Lieven De Cauter (Catholic University of Leuven), editor of Heterotopia and the City: Public Space in a Postcivil Society
Christoph Lindner (University of Oregon), author of Imagining New York City: Literature, Urbanism, and the Visual Arts
Editors: Simon Ferdinand, Irina Souch and Daan Wesselman (the University of Amsterdam)
In the last decades, the general perception that emotions are opposed to history and that politics is unemotional has been challenged by a number of scholars in various disciplines: Sara Ahmed’s, for example, has argued that emotions ‘stick’ to objects in a social context, while others consider affect as a fundamental aspect of citizenship (among them, Graziella Parati). This panel seeks to continue a conversation started at NeMLA 2018 about the role and representation of emotions and affect in Italian history and literature. We will accept proposals that analyze the intersectionality between history, identity and emotions from early modern to contemporary Italian literary texts.
From Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg” to Rosie Bradiotti’s “Vitruvian woman,” posthuman studies and feminist studies have both used images of the female body as tangible metaphors in order to disrupt and critique boundaries and binaries. This roundtable will explore 20th and 21st century literature that illuminates the entanglement and correspondence between posthuman and feminist discourses, specifically in the notion of the female or post-gender body.
Papers for this roundtable are invited to reflect the following questions through literary readings:
Dostoevsky’s character Ivan Karamozov declares, “Without God, everything is permitted.” This notion is philosophically provocative and existentially potent, particularly in the study of secular literature from the modern era. Having experienced with Hillis Miller calls “the disappearance of God” or Nietzsche’s “death of God”, secular literature shows several attempts to account for humanity’s place, meaning, and immanent values. This panel seeks to explore questions of existential crisis in the secular age that perforate throughout modern literature and theory. How does one ascribe meaning or purpose to a world of violence, trauma, and suffering? How does modern fiction tease out social problems and what insight to they provide for them?
Open Call for Papers, Issue 4.1 (Spring 2019)
As threat, as abject, as subject, and as a combination of all three, the figure of the migrant and the figure of the refugee loom large in the ethical imagination. The recent surge in desperate efforts of people to leave their homelands for other places, the Syrian refugee crisis, the mass displacement of the Rohingya, the “caravan” of Central American migrants seeking to cross the US-Mexico border, and of course the surge in anti-immigrant, and anti-migrant discourses all speak to the moral urgency of collective responses to these figures. It is one of the most pressing concerns of our current moment.