Bridging the Gaps, Minding the Context is a conference hosted by and designed for PhD and Postgraduate students. It seeks to address a number of issues related to literary studies today, in an attempt to bring together early-career researchers from different disciplines. As the title suggests, this conference proposes to discuss the intersection between literature and culture, and how such connection can successfully reflect deeper changes at other levels: how can borders be crossed in literature? And, how do we cross them when encountering a written text? The fragility and ever-changing nature of meaning and textual veracity will also serve as the starting point from which to explore shifting perceptions of power and authority in the text.
'Such Total and Prodigious Alteration' / 'The Wounds May Be Again Bound Up': Readings and Representations of the Seventeenth Century
An academic conference to be held in Chetham's Library, Manchester, 28th-29th January, 2011
Call for Papers:
Evil Children in Film and Literature _________________________________________
Critical essays are sought for a collection titled, "Hogar Dulce Hogar: Ideologies Of Home and The Latin American/Latino/a Experience." Articles may engage the concept of "home," broadly conceived, from any discipline, period, or theoretical approach in the humanities or social sciences, including but not limited to: economics, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, linguistics, ecology, or geography, engaging race, gender, class, sexualities, social, cultural, linguistic, literary, artistic, multidisciplinary, or cultural studies, etc.
Quest and Conquest:
Spiritual Symbols and Myths in the Indo-Mediterranean and European Worlds
[Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals has been extended.]
Myths and symbols are at the core of the sacred—a vision of the world which all cultures share through their diverse languages. Quest and conquest have been archetypal concepts for all medieval cultures. Though more often than not quest and conquest have opposed each other as key factors in the historical self-fashioning of individuals and communities, they have also merged in that place of heart which all forms of literary and artistic expression seek to reveal.
"I want you," the pointing Uncle Sam poster famously proclaims, calling all American soldiers and citizens to service. Throughout the twentieth century, authors, artists, and propagandists alike represented war in ways that reflected, constructed, and manipulated American ideologies of self, nation, and other. Whether it was "Christie Girls" soliciting draftees during WWI, Norman Rockwell pronouncing "Four Freedoms" during WWII, Mad Magazine lampooning hawks and doves during the war in Vietnam, or Artists Against the War challenging American action in Iraq, visual media have constituted a significant front in the nation's wars and conflicts.
Call for Papers
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University
The Spatial Turn in Literary Theory
Broadly construed as a major shift in focus and trajectory, the so-called "spatial turn" describes a move away from questions of time and chronology towards those of space and topography. In recent years, a wide range of disciplines from the social sciences to the humanities have turned to the relevance of space (and topography) as constitutive of society, culture, and knowledge.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 1ST!
MTSU EGSO CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
The English Graduate Student Organization at Middle Tennessee State University is requesting submissions for its 3rd MTSU EGSO Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Common Threads: A Crazy-Quilt of Literary Inquiry." Presentations of scholarly research in all areas of literature and literary studies are welcome. Some suggested topics include:
•Popular Culture, Folklore, Graphic Novels and Film Studies
•Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Critical Theory
Call for Papers
DEFINING THE NEW: EXPERIMENTS AND INNOVATIONS IN ENGLISH STUDIES
A Conference sponsored by the Ohio University English Department and Quarter After Eight
October 22-23 / Ohio University / Athens, Ohio
Keynote Address by: Anne Francis Wysocki
Special Reading by: Imad Rahman
"Literature is news that stays news."
Georgia State New Voices Conference 2010, October 7-9:
What makes us laugh? Why is humor such an important cross-cultural phenomenon and universal human trait? What are the genres of humor and comedy? Can postmodernism and critical theory be funny? How can we teach humor? What are the theories of laughter? How do we research and write about humor, comedy, laughter, wit, satire, and jokes across disciplines? How global is humor? What is the place of humor in academia and in popular culture?
We are especially interested in papers that pertain to the following topic:
The Popularity of the End Times
A series of recent films, like 2010, and texts, like The World without Us, offer audiences fantasies of the end of human society. This panel seeks papers that compare and contrast these popular visions to stories from religious traditions that also describe the End Times (for example, the Biblical Revelations). Papers can also explore the ideological purposes of these popular visions of Armageddon or the reasons why audiences remain fascinated with The End.
ESC: English Studies in Canada invites proposals for a Special Issue on "Traffic," guest edited by Cecily Devereux and Mark Simpson, University of Alberta.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Native American Literature
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
Film by, for, and with Native Americans
Intersections, Tensions, and New Dimensions:
Encounters in the Contact Zone in English Studies
October 8-9, 2010
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
This graduate conference will explore the relevance of contact and contact zones for English Studies. As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, English Studies continues to see increasing discursive overlap. Understandings of identity and subjectivity have relied increasingly on syncretism and hybridity at the expense of rigid national, cultural, and periodic categories. As boundaries and concepts become more permeable, Mary Louise Pratt's definition of "Contact Zones" gains increasing relevance and currency.