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Rails in the City: Representing Urban Mobility

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 2:35pm
Steven D. Spalding/Christopher Newport University

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.

Queering Area Studies, Deadline November 15, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:51pm
ACLA 2012, March 29-April 1, 2012 at Brown University

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.

Miami Vice: The Role of Immorality and Depravity in Constructions of the Self and Community (March 16, 2012)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:25pm
The 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

The 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

Miami Vice:

The Role of Immorality and Depravity in Constructions of the Self and Community

March 16, 2012, 9:00-4:00 Oxford, Ohio

What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow. -- Henry Fielding

In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.--Marquis de Sade

Greed, avarice, and lust; bribery, prostitution, and blackmail; sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll—vice is a sign and cause of social ills as well as an outlet of rebellion against structure and stagnation. How we (dis)associate ourselves with vice helps constitute our individual and group identities and affiliations.

[UPDATE] Kennesaw State University's First World Literature Conference / March 16-17 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:44am
Khalil Elayan / English Department

The bourgeoisie has, through its exploitation of the world market, given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country. […] In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes. In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal inter-dependence of nations. And as in material, so also in intellectual production. The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.

Spaces of Work 1770–1830: A one-day interdisciplinary conference on 28 April 2012; proposal deadline 1 December 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:22am
Humanities Research Centre/University of Warwick

Spaces of Work 1770-1830 will address the relationships between workers and spaces in Britain. We aim to showcase current research and are particularly interested in interrogating under-analyzed types of work and space. For example, we hope to develop the theorization of types of work that critics have not conventionally understood as 'work' (the performance of music as practical activity, for instance). We also aim to bring attention to under-analysed spaces. For example, due to Romanticism's traditionally rural focus, literary critics of this period have only recently begun to interrogate urban spaces; interdisciplinary discussion of urbanism in this period would therefore be particularly valuable.

The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation (Proposals due: Feb 29, 2012)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:45am
Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies

As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's birth, the editors of a special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies on 'The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation' invite contributors to consider the 'other' Dickens – those aspects of Dickens's life and work that have been the subject of recent revision, reappraisal, and transformation in contemporary culture. The special issue will aim to critically assess our persisting fascination with this canonical Victorian figure and, more generally, the 'Dickensian' cultural legacy of the Victorian age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

PCAC - May 10-12, 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:17am
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

Beckett in Post-War France - 14 February 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:42am

The intellectual, social and political climate of post-war France was explosive. From Charles de Gaulle to the May '68 protests, from Bataille and Blanchot to existentialism and the difficult post-war reception of Heidegger, from the painful legacy of the war to the slow trickle of revelations about the Holocaust, from the Nouveau Roman and Oulipo to the Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus, it was a period of experimentation and despair, in which the desire for renewal was balanced against the impossibility of moving beyond the recent past.