With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.
Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis
Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?
The Edith Wharton Society announces two research awards for 2012-13:
1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award
Deadline: March 15, 2012
Each year the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $1500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.
Prospective fellows for the 2012-2013 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to
Gary Totten, Gary.Totten@ndsu.edu
English, Dept. #2320
P.O. Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
In this age of technological advancement, does the essay maintain its pedagogical utility? Are there assignment alternatives that better address the kinds of learning (and living) our students need (or desire) in the 21st century? To help answer such questions, we invite paper/presentation proposals that address the development and use of innovative assignments that extend and challenge the scope of the essay in undergraduate or graduate education.
Topics might include: multimedia projects, blogs, text mining, collaborative composition, service-learning, and civic engagement.
300-word abstracts due by March 20, 2012.
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND
First International Conference
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
28-30 June 2012
Call for Papers
Papers that examine the category of 'the everyday' in transnational Romantic-era writing are welcome. Topics might range from the treatment of common, ordinary subjects in works like Lyrical Ballads and Leaves of Grass to attempts to theorize the everyday in light of industrialization, imperialism, and world war. Also welcome are papers that address the conjunction/disjunction of the everyday with new discourses of statistics, probability, and normalization in the emerging social sciences. Submit 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2012.
Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2012/13 general issue. The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives. We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the 'Victorian' beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and revision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia.
Digital Shakespeares: Innovations, Interventions, Mediations
A Special Issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook
Edited by Hugh Craig and Brett D. Hirsch
If data is "the next big idea in language, history and the arts", as Patricia Cohen has suggested, where are we now in Shakespeare studies? Are we being "digital" yet?
Call for papers
KOME, a new peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Hungarian Communication Society is currently seeking articles for its early issues. The journal aims to create a platform for an innovative interdisciplinary discourse in the field of communication studies, with a focal point on pure communication inquiry.
1st Global Conference
Wednesday 7th November – Friday 9th November 2012