For some time now, philosophers, sociologists and neuroscientists have started to look once again at the world of emotions and passions to try and understand the mechanisms behind them. The development of this field of inquiry bears witness to a renewed fascination for human behaviour. Many disciplines seem to be characterised these days by this 'affective turn', which has led to fresh attention to the nature of artistic and literary expression, and for its capacity to illustrate the physical and ethical dimensions of feeling.
Renaissance Society of America 2013 (San Diego): In the 1980s, Ernesto Grassi, friend and student of Martin Heidegger, attempted to rescue Renaissance Humanism from Heidegger's condemnation, "every Humanism begins with a definition of the essence of man and so with an anthropological philosophy." Grassi, through a Heideggerian lens, reinterprets the work of humanist Italian poets to argue that while medieval thinking "proceeds from an ontology, a theory of beings…the specific Humanistic process of thought begins with the problem of words, above all the poetic idiom." The crucial difference is that while ontologies fix the meaning of language and thus the meaning of beings, humanist poetic thinking understands language as historical.
Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is now accepting submissions for: Issue 4.1 Fall 2012: Open Topic
For the fall 2012 issue, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is accepting submissions in any medium and on any topic of relevance to early eighteenth-century culture.
CFP for PAMLA 2012 Conference, "Migration, Immigration, and Movement" (Seattle, 10/19-21); Special Session in American Literature/Film
The rapid changes currently experienced in the different spheres of contemporary life are loosely addressed by the term "globalization."
Societies often have ambiguous and even conflicting attitudes towards state institutions that fulfil normalising, reformatory, punitive or disciplinary functions. This unease is frequently represented in an ambivalence or a hostility not only towards those disciplined or incarcerated but also, and perhaps paradoxically, towards the agents of those institutions, e.g. state incarcerators, the police, interrogators, soldiers, counterterrorist agents, or staff in mental hospitals. These figures tend to be conceptualised and represented in simplistic and often reductively negative terms. This demonisation reflects an unease towards institutions that are understood to be at once socially and politically necessary and saturated with threatening potential.
Northrop Frye remains one of the most quoted scholarly authors of the 20th century, who addressed a wide range of cultural, social and religious issues far beyond what is traditionally called literature. Because of his interdisciplinary approach, his comprehensive grasp of our common cultural heritage and his imaginative treatment of the Bible, the study of his work promises to yield valuable insight into our age of multiculturalism and spiritual quest.
Keynote speakers include:
Robert D. Denham, Roanoke College
Professor Péter Dávidházi, Eötvös Lóránd University
Abstracts of papers of 250 words on any aspect of Northrop Frye's oeuvre and a one-paragraph CV are welcome until the 1st May.
The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual Postgraduate Conference, to be held in the Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester on 24 November 2012. The keynote speaker will be Professor Brian Ward from the University of Manchester.
The Shakespeare Institute
The University of Birmingham
June 14-16, 2012
Call for papers
Deadline Friday 4 May 2012
We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespearean and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.
The interdisciplinary conference provides a friendly but stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespearean research and theatre: Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 39 No. 1 | March 2013
Special Issue Call for Papers
"Documenting Asia Pacific"
Guest Editors: Kuei-fen Chiu & Chi-hui Yang
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2012
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed journal published two times per year by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. The journal is devoted to offering innovative perspectives on literary and cultural issues and advancing the transcultural exchange of ideas.While committed to bringing Asian-based scholarship to the world academic community, Concentric welcomes original contributions
from diverse national and cultural backgrounds.