Hot Metal Bridge would like to extend until November 17th its deadline for submissions. Also, at this point we would like to encourage submissions of a more general topical nature. Please read the CFP below.
The Center for Global Nonkilling, an organization working to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world, is launching in January 2010 its "Global Nonkilling Working Papers" series. The collection will published in a regular basis both on print and online, with all contribution been made freely accessible through its website. The series will incorporate original scientific works that tackle issues related to the construction of nonkilling societies, where killing, threats to kill and conditions conductive to killing are absent. Extension should be within the 10,000 to 20,000 word range.
Before and after 9/11: American Literature and Visual Culture
A one-day conference at the University of Leicester
Friday 18 June 2010
Can trauma be fully shared, or communicated? In all its characteristics and consequences it is a kind of fuzzy black hole that can only be shared and represented through metaphoric constructs. How can we feel trauma from the outside, how far can we communicate trauma we are suffering from? We tiptoe at the edge of trauma, unable to share our experience with others, incapable of fully comprehending others' wounds.
A multi-disciplinary conference on Geoffrey Chaucer will be held in the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland on 19th-20th May 2010. Proposals for papers on any aspect of Chaucer's work, life, milieu, influence, etc. are welcome. Individual sessions will be framed around the themes that emerge from the call for papers.
Key-note papers will be given by
Professor Alastair Minnis of Yale University
Professor Helen Phillips, Cardiff University
Professor John Thompson, Queen's University, Belfast
Please send a 200-word proposal by 25th January 2010
The 4th Christina conference explores the complex connections among gender, nature and culture. Recent research has increasingly viewed nature and culture as inherently entangled and inseparable, suggesting that nature is often understood through discourses of gender and, conversely, that gender is made sense of through historically contingent assumptions about nature. Building on this growing body of scholarship, the conference asks how this mutual intertwining of nature, culture and gender has been theorized, represented and experienced in the past as well as the present. The conference aims to be a meeting point for researchers from different disciplines.
Papers are invited on any topic related to "teaching the eighteenth century" for a panel at SCSECS this February (25-27). Please send a short abstract and contact information to Mary Ann Rooks (mrooks @kent.edu) before December 1.
This seminar proposes to explore the aesthetic effects of early media--understood as "discourse networks," or channels of communication--by unsettling the idea of media itself. What might it mean to see media as medium, mediation, an in-between state, something mixed, or hybrid? Rather than seeing media history as a march of technological innovation, critics now describe emergent and residual media; they look to media in transition, overlapping media, co-existing visions of the retrograde and the futuristic. The idea of "media aesthetics" itself suggests porous boundaries between works of art and means of communication.
This year the conference will be held in lovely St. Louis, Missouri from March 31 to April 3 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri(314) 621 9600 1 (800) HOTELS-1 (800 468-3571). Please see the official web-site for more information at http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php. Contemporary Southern literature remains a growing area for further/future discussion(s) and criticism(s) within the context of society.
This is a call for papers for the fall 2009 Humanities Review, a literary journal for the St. John's University English Department in Queens, NY.
Our current theme focuses on the polyvalent agencies at play within the construction of contemporary American Identity.
We are also strongly requesting cover art submissions that best exemplify the theme. Cover art open to drawing, painting, photography, and digital art. Limited color or mono-chrome are preferred. Please submit .TIFF FILES ONLY @ 800 dpi to the email address below.
Some matters to consider:
The deadline for the Winter Issue, "Politics and Literature" of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is extended until November 10th. The last few months revealed great news for this new publication. It will be listed in the MLA International Bibliography and the MLA Directory of Periodicals in December. EBSCO Humanities International Complete will make the critical essays available to a wide academic audience. We are also listed on the Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada. The business is registered in Pennsylvania. The first Summer Issue, "Experiments," is numbered, ISSN 2151-3066.
This conference is open to teachers and academics from both secondary and university sectors to discuss what ethical criticism and the new rhetoric might offer the profession as a way of developing a robust and ethical polis, where students are oriented toward one another and oriented toward the wider world.
Many cultures, literatures, and philosophies have systematically stressed the intimate relation between the human and the animate or inanimate "other." The present threat to our planet and the species inhabiting it demands that we (re)consider, (re)construct and (re)assess the structural connections and biological ties that exist between human beings, their natural surroundings and art forms or genres. What are the links between literature and ecology? Is ecocriticism a new "ism," or has it always existed? What structural elements, themes, and associations allow for the conception of notably "green" artistic forms (however "greenness" is defined)? Can we read literature of the past through "green" lenses?
Literary London 2010
Representations of London in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Organised by the University of Northampton, Kingston University, London, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London
7-9th July 2010
Professor Michael Slater (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Susan Alice Fischer (Medgar Evers College, City University of New York)
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London)
Proposals by 31st March 2010
This seminar seeks to identify how and why contemporary literature uses visual works of art (murals, montages, sculpture, paintings, photography, etc) as a means of interpretation. How does the translation of a visual piece into textual form affect both the verbal and the visual expressions? With a particular interest in inter-arts encounters that are cross-cultural in nature, we ask: How does the textualisation of art affect its reception? Does using art in crosscultural works add to or diminish its value as a cultural representation? Does textualization permit the representation of more than one culture? Does reinterpretation involve the loss of an essence, or a change? What is the role of the reader?