Are unhappy ages, and their literary productions, less alike than happy ones? In Two Ages, Kierkegaard says that 'In an era of negativity the authentic ironist is the hidden enthusiast'. For J Hillis Miller in The Disappearance of God, meanwhile, Victorian literature is animated by a more dynamic sense of doubt than that celebrated by the modernists who took God's disappearance and other catastrophes for granted. Both these comparative examinations of pessimism suggest that every age has its own sense and its own rhetoric of crisis; and that crisis-born scepticism is interesting in proportion to its degree of doubt and uncertainty, to the contingency of its gestures towards a reclamation of faith.
Please consider submitting a proposal to the following roundtable discussion to be held
at CACLALS annual conference at 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This
event will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, May 26-28.
Deadline: December 15, 2011.
CFP: Stepping Forward, Looking Back: Post-colonial, Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Studies in the 21st Century
"Communication in the 21st Century: Intercultural Connections and Considerations"
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Thursday, April 5 – Friday, April 6, 2012
The Third Annual WRTC Graduate Symposium on Communication
The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University welcomes proposals from graduate students in any discipline for a two-day symposium exploring all facets of communication. The theme of this year's symposium is intercultural communication. We are defining intercultural very broadly to include across disciplines and communities, as well as across national boundaries.
Northern Renaissance Seminar
University of Chester
17th March 2012
Genre in the Renaissance
Proposals for papers are invited on any aspect of the ways in which literary/poetic/dramatic genres function in the Renaissance. This seminar endeavours to expose some of the ways in which genres are employed, manipulated, or resisted in Renaissance literature, poetry and drama.
Topics may include, but are certainly not restricted to:
- The emergence and evolution of genres in relation to Renaissance culture;
- The tensions or compliance of literary/dramatic works with genre theory;
- How social discourses shape categories and classifications of literary production;
To what extent have the premise and practices of humanities scholarship changed or remained the same in the new millennium? Papers are sought that both report on humanities research and reflect thoughtfully upon its practices. Topics on a wide range of subjects (ancient to contemporary), and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are sought.Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length. Papers pertinent to the following proposed panel topics are particularly solicited, but other subjects will be considered as well:
• Wars of the Past and Present: Words and Images
• Internationalizing the Humanities: Research in a Global World
• Technology and the Humanities: Research in a Digitized World
We invite submissions of abstracts of articles for an anthology on Race and Poetry. Abstracts should be submitted by Oct. 25, 2011. The goal is to generate an inclusive and broad exfoliation of the subject with an ear towards essays that will work in dialogue with each other, though not necessarily in agreement. Please include a short biographical statement with your abstract.
Essays appearing in the anthology will average 3,000 words. They can range from the lyric to the academic (hence, poets who are not scholars are invited to submit), but should be cited in Chicago style where citation is required. If an abstract is accepted, we'll send a note indicating any additional formatting requests.
New submission deadline is October 31st, 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.
Graduate students in any discipline are invited to submit abstracts for "Spheres of Influence: Navigating World, Globe, and Planet," a conference hosted by the graduate students in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California Los Angeles.
MAPPING QUEER BIOETHICS: SPACE, PLACE, AND LOCALITY IN LGBTQ BIOETHICS
Extended Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY to be timed with a one-day symposium and an international conference on queer bioethics to be held at the University of Pennsylvania
Editors/Conveners: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester
Announcing the publication of this special issue, the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting two events:
- A one-day symposium on queer bioethics on March 29, 2012
- And the 1st National Conference on Queer Bioethics on September 21-22, 2012
Confirmed speakers for these events include: Cindy Patton, David Halperin, Elizabeth Freeman, Heather Love, and Lisa Cartwright.
ACLA 2012 Conference Seminar: Representing the Holocaust: Present and Future
The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change"