This special issue of SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture will explore new directions in fashion and design with regard to screen media, media convergence, cross media/creative collaborations and hybrid media and design aesthetics. While fashion media has been a stalwart of print media — books, magazines, and journals — in the digital era it represents a dynamic site of transformation. The new decade has witnessed a plethora of fashion films: satire (Bruno); bio-pics (Coco-Avant Chanel); documentary (The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor) and fashion film cross-productions (Tom Ford's A Single Man).
Plenary Speakers: Douglas Gifford (University of Glasgow) on Buchan's response to his Victorian literary precursors, and Douglas Kerr (University of Hong Kong) on Buchan, myth, and "The Dancing Floor".
Affecting Feminism: Feminist Theory and the Question of Feeling
Newcastle University, U.K. (10-12 December 2010)
Keynote Speakers: Ann Cvetkovich, Kate Chedgzoy, Ranjana Khanna, Alison Light, Patricia Waugh
The Purdue Comparative Literature Program presents the 2010 Conference
Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation
Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
September 2-4, 2010
The Purdue University Comparative Literature Program welcomes papers that explore the ways in which comics and film animation engage us politically and profoundly influence the way we define gender, race, religion, class, and nationhood. "Political" can be defined broadly, relating not only to affairs of state, but also the praxis of visual narrative and ways it affects individual identity and community dynamics. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics
An International Conference - 8-10 September, 2010
Department of English Studies – Durham University, UK
Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2010
Derek Attridge (University of York)
Stephen Bann (University of Bristol)
Michael Davidson (University of California, San Diego)
Frank Lentricchia (Duke University)
We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the participation of Patricia Waugh, Gareth Reeves, Michael O'Neill and Stephen Regan of Durham University; visual artist and poet, Alec Finlay and conceptual poet Ira Lightman.
Lord Dunsany- New Readings
"Two players sat down to play a game together to while eternity away and for their board they chose the sky from rim to rim, whereon lay a little dust; and every speck of dust was a world upon the board of playing."
Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold
Papers are invited for one or more panels that explore relationships between the broad genre of sf and utopia and the broad category of metaphysical thought and belief. Historical or theoretical approaches from any discipline are welcome. Papers that touch on the theme of this year's conference—civil rights, social justice, and the Midwest—are especially encouraged.
The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, 14-16 July 2011, London Notre Dame Centre, UK.
Plenary lecturers will include: Julia Reinhard Lupton (UC Irvine) and John Schad (Lancaster University).
Other participants include: Jo Carruthers (Bristol University), Paul Contino (Pepperdine University), John Cox (Hope College), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mark Eaton (Azusa Pacific University), Peter Hawkins (Yale University), Emma Mason (Warwick University) and Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame).
This panel seeks to examine the tensions and intersections among postumanisms, technology/biotechnology, and the rhetoric of fear. Considering new technologies and biotechnologies, which have enabled us to create novel and never-before-seen forms of life - from genetically modified foods to biotic art - is non-human agency something to fear? How is such fear disseminated/consumed and how has it changed the relationship between technology and human or non-human agents? What can new (bio)technologies tell us about non-human agency? How have new technologies changed conceptualizations of "liberal humanism"? How are artists/writers responding to these questions?
This conference will bring together medievalists with scholars and theorists working in later periods in the humanities in order to collectively take up the broad question of what happens "after the end," by which we mean after the end of the affair, the end of the world, and everything in between. After gender, sex, love, the family, the nation-state, the body, the human, language, truth, feeling, reason, ethics, modernity, politics, religion, God, the nation-state, secularism, liberalism, the humanities, the university, teleology, progress, history, historicism, narrative, meaning, the individual, singularity, theory, practice, what else is there?
Theology has hardly been part of any real liberal arts course in literatures in English. So to say, we have stopped at either deconstructing, queering or psychoanalyzing literary texts. On the one hand theologians have disdained literature as being too relativistic; literary critics on the other hand have avoided engaging with theology in fear of being branded bigots. Theology, of course, can be done from many relevant angles, eg. postcolonial theology, postmodern theology as well as queer theology to name a few ways of doing theology. Again theologies may be different: Protestant, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu et al. But our focus will be literary texts which need to be, so to say, theologised.
1-2 April 2011
Université Nancy 2
London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Influences in the Arts and Literature
Call for paper
The Research Groups I.D.E.A. ("Interdisciplinarité dans les études
anglophones"), Nancy-Université) and ECRITURES, Université Paul
Verlaine–Metz are announcing a call for papers for their international
conference on the theme: "London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural
Influences in the Arts and Literature".