We are seeking papers for a panel on Religion and Medicine in North American Culture to be proposed as a special session for the MLA Convention, January 3-6, 2013 in Boston, MA. We are interested in papers that address representations of religion and medicine as intersecting, mutually reinforcing, or oppositional discourses in a variety of cultural texts, including but not limited to literature, film, autobiography/life writing, creative nonfiction and journalism. Proposals addressing texts from any time period or North American region are welcome. Please send 250-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th.
'An aphorism, properly stamped and moulded, has not been "deciphered" when it has simply been read: rather, one has to begin its exegesis, - for which is required an art of exegesis'.
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
Papers that explore the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from new work on techniques of representation, mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, and illusion, to how formal features translate into aesthetic experience. Papers focusing on the cognition of representational art, or on the psychological or phenomenological dimensions of literary experience are also welcome. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (email@example.com). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.
"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.
Modernist Studies Association 14th annual conference, Las Vegas (Oct. 18-21, 2012)
This proposed panel will focus on the relationships between late modernism (both pre- and post-WWII) and film. We welcome submissions on any topic in this area; however, we are especially interested in discussions on the city, the flâneur, spectacle, the avant-garde, and Situationism, or those that explore questions of influence, anxieties about representation, formal strategies, and politics.
Abstracts, approximately 250 words, and current CV by 15 March 2012
Papers sought interrogating the theoretical usefulness of concepts like "border-crossing," "transnational," "cosmopolitan," "frontier," etc. How has these terms' analytical applicability evolved or been challenged?
Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012
Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)
Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?
2013 marks the centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth. Papers on all genres and topics welcome, focusing particularly on aspects of her work that are important right now. 1000-word abstract by 15 March 2012. Special sessions are subject to approval by the MLA.
For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.
This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Submission Deadline: February 23, 2012)
Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012
*Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Houston, University of New Mexico
The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.