Stephen King once stated: "everything we do has a history. No matter where you come in on any situation, you are not coming in at the beginning." King's observation diagnoses a primary function of horror fiction: to remind contemporary audiences of their placement within this historical, gothic continuum. Horror narratives may, as Robin Wood famously suggested, reflect "our collective nightmares" but this collective is by no means limited to the contemporary moment for fleshing out these nightmares. Horror implicates readers and viewers by exhuming the past—monsters return, bodies rise from graves, and ghosts haunt the present. Furthermore within the Gothic imagination new terrors lurk beyond our social and technological horizons.
Expressions/ (Manifestations) and Realizations of Gender in/through Poetry
In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that "to find beauty in war seems heartless," but that "the landscape of devastation is still a landscape." She points out that the "classical operation of the camera" is to beautify, whereas the contrary operation of "uglifying" is a more modern response. Inspired by Sontag's compelling narrative, this collection of essays addresses the representation of unsettling subject matter (war, political conflict, crime, executions, etc) in a variety of visual media.
Trading Places: The Changing Climate of English Studies
Sponsored by Ewha BK, National Taiwan University,& Tsukuba University
November 27, 2010
2011 NeMLA Seminar Session seeks papers examining exchanges between American writers & the contemporary metropolis, from the late 20th- century to the present. Asking where & how American writers locate and/or represent urban space, we pose new questions at the intersections of American urban geography & literature: Is Detroit an exurb of Alabama? When will the Camden renaissance begin? Where do we catch the last train for Newark?
Seminar looks to reframe discussions of 21st-century American cityscape and its engagement with literature, theory & geography, by bringing consideration to notions such as displacement and the local. Send queries and abstracts to Michael Antonucci by 9/30/10
Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies, is planning a special
issue on Althusser and Political Theory. We accept articles in
English, Spanish, Italian and French. For information concerning
submitting an article, please go to our website: www.decalages.net.
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.
Recent scholarship has explored William Blake's influence on a number of twentieth-century writers, from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated – Yeats, Huxley, and Lawrence, among others – and to put Blake's art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake's relationship to issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and posthumanism, will also be considered.
The 2011 Narrative Conference is sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and the International Society for the Study of Narrative and will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7-10, 2011. The Narrative Conference is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30, 2010.
Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.
The conference will include sessions on Literature, the Sacred, and Texts; Literature, the Sacred, and the Environment; and Literature, the Sacred, and Philosophy. Within this context both literature and the sacred are defined quite broadly, and presentations on any topic, theme, or perspective within those general categories are welcome. Participants are also encouraged to propose their own category-specific sessions if necessary.
The conference will be held Thursday, October 14th, through Saturday, October 16th, at the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University.
Presentations should run approximately 15 minutes. Selected presentations from the conference will be published in a 2011 conference-specific issue of Literature and Belief.
In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.
The international, peer reviewed journal, Library & Information History is seeking submissions for a special issue on Information History. Papers are welcome on any topic of information history in any geography or chronology, which may include, but are not limited to:
* changing uses of information/knowledge in past societies
* methodological or conceptual discussions of information/knowledge in history
* censorship, control or issues of access and dissemination of
* cultural information/knowledge
* information/knowledge in relation to class or gender
* visual, aural or oral information/knowledge
* histories of the information age or of key themes of the information age
Call for Papers
Authentic, scholarly, and unpublished research papers on 'Post-Independence Indian Drama' are invited from scholars/faculty/activists/performers/writers for the upcoming critical anthology, tentatively titled as, Subjectivity in Performance: Issues of Identity in Post-Independence Indian Drama.
The volume will be published with an ISBN specification. We are in touch with an internationally reputed publishing house for the publication of this volume.
This panel invites papers on "Life Writing at a Distance," broadly defining both life writing and "distance" as spatial/geographical or temporal remove: Topobiography; eco-biography; heroic memoirs; missionary and spiritual autobiography; letters and epistolary life narratives; life narrative of/in place; biography, memoir and autobiography in exile; expatriate memoirs; life narratives in travel and tourism; ethnoautobiography; migrant memoir and testimony. Please submit 300-word abstract and brief cv by September 30, 2010, to Mary Goodwin, National Taiwan Normal University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. Articles and reviews are welcome at any time. JMMS will also consider previously published work if it is not available elsewhere on the internet, and the author holds the rights to re-publish.