The Rutgers University Modernist Studies Group and the Americanist Colloquium announce "Modernism and the Folk: Beyond Primitivism," a transatlantic and interdisciplinary graduate student conference. This day-long event will take place at Rutgers – New Brunswick on March 23, 2012. Christopher Reed, Professor of English and Visual Studies at Penn State, will deliver the keynote lecture, "Bachelor Japanists."
International Graduate Student Conference
Call for Papers - "Re-presenting Memory"
"Re-presenting Memory" is the fourth of a series of graduate conferences, organized annually by the Department of American Culture and Literature at Istanbul University. It is part of the "Literature and ..." conferences, the aim of which is to establish an intellectual platform for the discussion of literature in relation to other systems of signification and representation including the cultural, social, political, historical and so on.
We welcome contributions to a collection of essays tentatively entitled "Intuiting the Past: New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms." Scholars of Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Art History, Music History, and Cultural Studies, as well as historians and literary critics, are particularly encouraged to contribute.
Topics may include but need not be limited to:
Appropriations of Kabbalah
Medievalism and Tarot
Hildegard of Bingen and New Age music
Neopagan and New Age Pilgrimage
Grails and femininity
Quests and masculinity
Christian mystics in New Age contexts
Herbal and "alternative" healing
A number of eminent scholars and writers have underscored the perils of romanticising exile, Edward Said and George Steiner among them. This panel will critically revisit (though not necessarily reject) the idea that exile is a liberating, illuminating, and enriching experience. But what can be lost in scholarly engagements with exile are the violence, displacement, pain, and severance that accompany it, which is to say the "catastrophe" of exilic experience. This panel invites papers that explore the complexities and paradoxes produced by exile, namely the tension between exile as catastrophic and exile as empowering. The panel seeks papers that engage "postcolonial" fiction, which does not strictly mean fiction from postcolonial countries.
American West in Literature and Film
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference
February 8-11, 2012
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
330 Tijeras Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: (505) 842-1234
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org
Seeking Papers on any aspect of the American West in Literature or Film:
--Popular Westerns or novels of the West
--Film Westerns or films set in the West at any time
--Gender/Masculinity Issues in "The Westerner"
--Race in the West
The Sixties: The Culture, The Movements, and The Summer of Love
PCA/ACA National Conference
April 11-14, 2012
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2011
Contact: Deborah Carmichael, Area Chair
The Sixties Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions on any aspect of the decade. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:
MP: An Online Feminist Journal is seeking submissions for its spring issue. We seek scholarly articles, book reviews, and short essays that engage any aspect of feminism or feminist scholarship. Interdisciplinary and international submissions are highly encouraged. We recently have published essays about the body, the academy, religion, girls' studies, work, activism, and agency.
Maximum length for manuscripts is 30 double-spaced pages. Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, or Chicago Style but must be consisten throughout and carefully edited. Submissions must not be published elsewhere already.
Essays are sought for an upcoming special issue on the topic of trains and railway mobility in urban cultures. This issue of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies explores the relationship between railway mobility and urban cultures by giving particular emphasis to its representation in art, literature and film. Interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, submissions on this topic may deal with any part of the history of that relationship, from the advent of rail mobility in the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and in any national or transnational context. The rise of Mobility Studies as a prominent scholarly discipline in recent years raises the opportunity for just this kind of exciting new interdisciplinary work.
Scholars ranging from Rey Chow, Miyoshi, and Harootunian have pointed out how area studies' emergence as collaborator with the U.S. state continues older European colonial structures that narrate non-Western nations in developmental terms.
From the 1960s onwards, there has been a critical change in approach to thinking about love that has gradually shaken it free from the both the duality of eros-agape and the rigor mortis of eros-thanatos.