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 Submissions must not be published elsewhere already.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.
The 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium
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.
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 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.