The word "network" is more likely to call to mind computer connection than the "glittering net-work" of a spider-web (E. Darwin, The Botanic Garden, 1781) or a "Mantle of blacke silke" (Book of Robes, 1600). What is the link between such "curious Piece[s] of network" (Addison, Spectator 275, 1712) and contemporary social networking? These older uses of network illuminate the development of early modern techniques of loose connection. By contrast with a chain-of-being model, networks are versatile, allowing for manifold modes of association.
New submission deadline is November 15th, 2011.
Call for Papers:
"Spheres of Influence: Navigating World, Globe, and Planet," UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th, 2012.
Keynote: Wai Chee Dimock.
Seeking papers for ACLA's 2012 meeting in Providence, RI (March 29-April 1) that engage issues surrounding the crisis of the individual's relation to society.
Plenary Speakers: Dr Sara Crangle, University of Sussex; Dr David James, University of Nottingham
This conference's remit is to explore the numerous ways in which the modernist writer and painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) belonged to cultural networks of influence and inheritance.
Misfits, Outcasts and Exiles: Reading the Margins
6th Annual Graduate Student Conference
LSU Department of French Studies
March 2nd & 3rd, 2012
Il n'y a pas pire enfer que le silence de la marginalité. (Noël Mamère, Ma République, 1999)
Si mes respectables et bons confrères veulent continuer à me marginer, tout ira bien. (Voltaire, lettre à Duclos, 1761)
This conference seeks to assess the state of contemporary neo-Victorian literature, film, television and other media, with papers offering new readings of neo-Victorian texts. The conference also seeks to interrogate the critical field surrounding the notion of the neo-Victorian by asking how we, as scholars, understand this genre and its allied politics. Does the current cultural interest in the "new Victorian" imply a resistance to post-modernism, post-structuralism or post-humanism? Or, can neo-Victorianism help us interrogate these terms? How does our post-Victorian landscape accommodate and manipulate the neo-Victorian urge?
Since WWII visual and written work documenting traumatic historical events in diverse geographic locations has emerged as one of the most prolific spaces of artistic production, yet still remains a relatively under-examined area of scholarly analysis. This is particularly true of comparative and interdisciplinary work. This seminar will focus on imaginative and testimonial narratives from sites of cultural or historical rupture/disruption/insurgence and the ways in which such narratives re- envision states of emergency as moments of artistic invention and/or transformation.
Organizers of the 33rd annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on American, British, and other World literatures outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting, see the following link for our present Area list: http://swtxpca.org/documents/123.html#Literature.)
CFP: Endless forms most beautiful: Science in 19th Century American Literature
I would like to propose a panel of papers that explores the role of science (rather than technology) in 19th century American literature for the 23rd Annual American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
The Graduate Student Association of the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to invite papers for the 8th annual MadLit conference to be held March 1-3, 2012. This year's theme, "Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, Metaphor" seeks to investigate the role that vision plays in the creation, recollection, and use of memory as well as to challenge the relationship between optic experience and the visual idioms often used to describe these processes.