It was as early as 1920, while collecting his famous essays in a book – Vision and Design – that was to exert a huge impact on the Western artistic culture to come, that Roger Fry postulated his famous theory of the importance of form over content in the modern work of art. While form addressed a system of perception that was basically sensorial, content was directed to a "restricted", logical and cognitive system. It was in this context that Fry mentioned with nonchalance a new kind of display aimed at altering the museum system as a whole.
The Romanticism Research Group at The University of Western Ontario invites paper and special session proposals for an international conference, "Romanticism & Evolution." The meeting will convene at Windermere Manor next to Western's main campus in London, Ontario, from 12 - 14 May 2011.
Keynote speakers will be:
Gillian Beer (Cambridge University)
Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario)
Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago)
Special Seminar leaders will include: Alan Bewell (University of Toronto), Denise Gigante (Stanford University), Noah Heringman (Unviersity of Missouri), Thomas Pfau (Duke University), Matthew Rowlinson (University of Western Ontario), and Joan Steigerwald (York University).
Windows: A Visual Studies Working Papers Conference
University of California, Irvine
Friday, March 12, 2010
Abstracts due: Friday, February 26
University of Malta
Department of English
After the Modern: Language, Literature, Culture
Old University Building,
St Paul Street,
16-17 April 2010
If, as Virginia Woolf suggested, human nature changed in 1910, how do matters stand now, a century later?
Thirty years ago, the new fields of Women's Studies and Feminist Criticism looked with interest at the fiction of Henry James. For many, his work offered an exception to the general misogyny of American male writing; for others, the Master's oeuvre was irredeemably patriarchal. Those early studies re-oriented our critical understandings of Henry James. Recent archival, biographical, critical, and creative work have again shifted how we understand James's life and writing and re-opened this topic. The Fall 2010 special issue of the Henry James Review seeks to explore, broadly, how we read James with women in the twenty-first century.
Some possible topics include:
What is digital pedagogy? What does it offer? Does it promote more engaged learning, greater information literacy, or critical engagement with technology? The term "digital" invokes blogs, wikis, content-management systems--in other words, a host of tools. In light of this emphasis on tools, what happens to the pedagogy? What role, if any, should these tools play in our teaching of literature and composition? Do these new digital tools require or enable new teaching strategies, or do they simply provide a different platform for replicating traditional methods?
The Henry James Society welcomes proposals for its session at the MLA Convention, January 6-9, Los Angeles.
Henry James in Theory:
Victorian Grotesque (NAVSA 2010 Conference - Montreal 11/11-11/13 2010)
NAVSA 2010 Panel (subject to approval)
In 2004, Morrison was commissioned to write forewords to a new edition of her novels. In these Morrison, a writer who normally refutes the confluence between autobiography and creative work, describes her writing process as made up of research, imagination, and memory.
Kingston University is pleased to announce its fifth International Conference on Iris Murdoch, which will take place from 10-11 September, 2010. This Conference will explore the relationship between Iris Murdoch's work and the concept of marginality in its broadest terms. We are interested in how Murdoch's literature and/or philosophy engages with what it means to live on the margins in terms of issues such as – but not limited to – sexuality, gender, race, class, national identity and religion.
Essays are being solicited for an edited volume on the topic of trains, modernity and cultural production. The volume is intended to be interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, likely covering areas such as Europe, South and East Asia, Latin America and more, and spanning the period of the mid-to-late nineteenth century to the present day. Submissions of interest will not have been published elsewhere, and will deal with railroads, trains, subways, etc. from a perspective grounded in cultural studies or cultural history, either incorporating an analysis of cultural artifacts or dealing with train travel in a more theoretical sense in a specific regional, urban or area context. Comparative studies are also welcome.
'LIFE IN MARVELOUS TIMES': CULTURAL WORK IN THE RACIAL PRESENT
A Race/Knowledge Project Conference, Friday, May 14, 2010
Keynote address by Vijay Prashad, Thursday, May 13, 2010
The University of Washington, Seattle
EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2010
Submissions are invited for an edited collection of scholarly essays on Indo-Caribbean women's literature. This is the first collection to focus specifically on the literature produced by Indo-Caribbean women, and it aims to offer critical and theoretical perspectives on novels, short-fiction, poetry, autobiography and memoir.
NWSA Conference: Nov. 11-14, 2010, at Denver, Colorado
Proposals Due by Feb 26
Performative Feminisms and Outsider Interventions
The Image in American Realism and Naturalism