In her 2008 Massey Lectures, Margaret Atwood calls debt "that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force." Today, we are facing an explosion of discourses foregrounding financial debt. Whether in the Euro Zone Debt Crisis, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, or rising student loan debt, narrative and debt cannot be decoupled, nor can they be detached from a given political or affective investment. In addition to the obvious economic concerns, we are also interested in widening the discussion of debt: How do literature and cultural products help us make sense of these issues?
Status Quaestionis is an open access journal devoted to the study of European and American languages, literatures and cultures. It welcomes philological, linguistic, cultural, interdisciplinary and intersemiotic analyses. Each issue is divided into three sections: Articoli (articles), Rendiconti critici (bibliographical or exploratory essays), and Recensioni (book reviews). The essays submitted to Status Questionis are peer reviewed. Submissions of book reviews are evaluated by the editorial committee. Status Quaestionis is open to a variety of methods and theories and encourages combined submissions of articles and accounts as long as they focus on related subjects. Submission deadlines are November 30 (June issue) and March 30 (December issue).
In Theory and Practice
March 16-18, 2012
The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference
"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted."
– Ellen Glasgow
Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Literature and Theology: Cognitive Science, Literature, and Religion
The Poe Studies Association solicits proposals for papers on "Eldorado," the poem and the idea, as reflected in Poe's life and works, to be delivered at the American Literature Association's 23rd Annual Conference May 24-27, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center.
Date: March 29th and March 30th, 2012
Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Does a story ever truly finish, or does it carry on when translated into another medium? When a work of art is reinscribed into a cinematic or televisual text, does it in some ways get a new lease on life? For instance, does David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly (1993), based on the play by David Henry Hwang which itself uses Puccini's Madama Butterfly as a source, rely on audiences to know and recognize its previous source texts to make a larger point? Is this a case of artistic vampirism or taking advantage of the originary text to gain traction and promotion?
We invite you to submit a paper to The 1st International Conference on Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE 2012): http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/smiae/2012/ , to be held at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (http://www.acl2012.org/), on July 8th - 14th, 2012, in Jeju, Republic of Korea.
The University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization presents its 10th annual graduate conference:
March 30-31, 2012
There are as many ways to conceptualize waste as there are ways in which waste permeates our world. It is ubiquitous; it figures into existence at every level. The history of waste is a history of equivocation, affirmation, disavowal, subsistence, persistence, inconvenience, differentiation, destruction, and decay. From the pragmatics of city sanitation to the logistics of disaster relief, from the remainders of mathematical equations to the emotive excesses of sentimental novels, the problem of "what remains" is central to the practice of academic inquiry.
Emerging Scholars Panel 2012 - Religion and Theatre Focus Group
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2012 Conference
Washington, DC, August 2-5, 2012
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
"Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate"
The Religion and Theatre Focus Group is invested in assisting scholars who work with the intersection of theatre/performance practice with religion/spirituality. How have theatre and performance coincided with religiously motivated innovation? What are the religious or spiritual components of theatrical, artistic, cultural, political, linguistic, or economical innovation, and what are their performative counterparts?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Poetry and Revolution Conference
Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London, 26-27th May 2012