The passing of the writer David Foster Wallace in September 2008 presents not only a tragic and significant loss to the literary world, but also an important opportunity to consider the impact and magnitude of the remarkable body of work he leaves us. From the irreverency and piercing social commentary of his journalism in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Consider The Lobster to the monumental, sprawling majesty of his gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, Wallace's writing is increasingly considered to be one of the most significant literary canons of the second half of the twentieth century.
This postgraduate conference will explore the rituals and ceremonies of literary commemoration from a variety of perspectives, and in various literary periods. Proposals are invited that examine how anniversaries contribute to the ways in which afterlives are remembered, sustained, and given their distinctive shapes.
Plenary Speaker: Professor Adam Piette (University of Sheffield)
Topics which may be covered include, but are not limited to:
1) The literature of celebration: ritual and ceremony, anniversary,
repetition and the cyclical event
2) The literature of commemoration: elegies, epitaphs, and posthumous
publications - our duties to the dead
The extended deadline is now Friday 27th March.
Glasgow University's postgraduate journal eSharp is currently accepting submissions for its 13th issue on Atlantic Exchanges.
This issue emphasises cross-cultural Atlantic exchanges, noting that the ocean has served not to separate but to connect
the peoples of the Atlantic continents - Africa, South America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe - from 1492 to the present day. 'Atlantic Exchanges' seeks to encourage inter-cultural perspectives in a variety of disciplines.
eSharp welcomes submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research and contributors are invited to interpret the theme broadly.
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Batı Kültürü ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları
Symposium of Western Cultural and Literary Studies
7-8-9 Ekim 2009
7-8-9 October 2009
The BAKEA Symposium welcomes papers from the researchers in the fields of English, American, French and German Cultures and Literatures
Extended deadline for proposals:
31 March 2009
Call for Papers
We invite submissions for a special panel titled, "Cities and Citizens: Romanticism in the Liberal Metropolis," part of this year's International Conference on Romanticism, to be held November 5-8 in New York City.
Papers are invited on women writers/artists and any aspect of Modernism in various parts of the world. The conference is being held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Already confirmed speakers include Bonnie Kime Scott (San Diego State University), Susan Sheridan (Flinders University), Maryanne Dever (Monash University).
Usual length of papers will be 20 minutes. Deadline for proposals is 30 March 2009.
Session Topics may include:
Call for proposals for a panel submission to the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, first annual conference.
Poetics of Presence
In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.
David Mitchell is one of Britain's foremost contemporary writers, author of four novels with a fifth forthcoming: his first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; his second, number9dream (2001), was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction; his third novel, Cloud Atlas (2004), was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his fourth novel, Black Swan Green (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Quill Book Award (USA). In 2003, David Mitchell was amongst one of twenty writers named by Granta magazine as 'Best of Young British Novelists'.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Native American Literature
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 6-8, 2009
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
Native American Literature and Human Rights
UPDATE: CALL FOR PAPERS CALL FOR PAPERS
RSS CONFERENCE ON RECEPTION STUDY
Sept 11-13, 2009 -- note change of date
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
James Phelan, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University.
"Rhetoric, Ethics, and Audiences in Fiction and Nonfiction: Austen, Didion, and Others."
Steven Zwicker Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities, Washington University. "The day that George Thomason collected his copy of the 'Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, Compos'd at Several Times'."
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading
Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations that consider modernism in relation to utopia and utopianism, in written, visual, aural, and plastic media.
The aim of the conference is to encourage debate between and across disciplines with a focus on the varied historical, cultural, technological, and intellectual settings in which the modernism-utopia nexus might be clarified and explained.
The decennial Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (PA) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA).
The HECBC invites undergraduate students of all majors to participate in this multidisciplinary event by displaying their work in one of the following conference formats:
• individual or panel paper-presentations
• poster presentations
• musical, theatrical, or oratorical performances
• artistic or technical exhibitions
The conference theme is "Juggling Ambiguity," but students' work does not have to address this theme.
CFP: "Literature and Pathology," UC Davis
University of California, Davis Medical Center (Sacramento, CA)
May 22-24, 2009
Deadline: April 5th, 2009
Professor Bettyann Kevles (Yale, History).
Professor Mark Micale (University of Illinois, History).