In 2012, a year-long programme of events in Lancaster and the surrounding area will mark the 400th anniversary of the trial and execution of the first group of Lancashire Witches. A second trial occurred in 1634 and although pardoned, the accused were re-imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. The case of the Lancashire Witches and their supposed crimes interwove fact and fiction, local hostilities and more exotic ideas of witches' sabbats that were usually associated with continental witchcraft. They became a cause célèbre, like the witches of Trier and Fulda (Germany), Torsåker (Sweden) and Salem (North America).
1st Global Conference
Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative
Sunday 13th May – Tuesday 15th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
9th Global Conference
War and Peace
Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers:
The opening decade of the 21st century has seen war assume a number of new forms – new at least in relation to the 20th century. So, for instance, the West's war in Afghanistan is already longer than WW2, and shows no sign of coming to an end; the nature of those engaged in war has widened to include a variety of non-state agents; and war itself has come to include as arguably justifiable tactics and strategies previously either excluded or at least not recognised as legitimate. In short, the distinction between war and peace is becoming increasingly unclear.
CFP: Popular Culture and the Classroom
Papers (panelists) needed to examine role of popular culture in today's classrooms (which
includes secondary classrooms or college classrooms) at the Southwest and Texas Popular
Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Feb. 8-11, 2012 in
Albuquerque, NM (Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque).
Here's a quick test for today's educators:
Recent decades have seen an acceleration of innovative interdisciplinary research bridging the fields of cognitive science, literary theory, and narratology. This panel invites papers that undertake a cognitive reading of literary texts. What is the relationship between narrative and cognition? What can we observe about the structure of stories when looked at from the perspective of the theory of mind? Please send a 200-300 word abstract to Barry Spence, University of Massachusetts Amherst, (firstname.lastname@example.org). Paper proposals are due: 30 Sept. 2011
Animals frequently appear as symbols or allegories in medieval literature. This panel, however, seeks to recover the original animality that is lost when we dismiss the animals as transparent allegories. We might know what the animals mean for the narrative, but why does the story use animals—and why these particular animals—in order to convey such meanings? Papers can potentially combine animal studies, close-reading, and historicism to examine the portrayals of animals as animals in medieval literature. Papers could consider such wide-ranging topics as:
The micro-narratives of animals in the midst of larger medieval tales (such as the weasels in the Volsungsaga or beasts of battle in heroic poetry).
June 15-16, 2012
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
George Washington University,
Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Peter Hutchings
Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
"Although he was already repellent enough, there arose
from the fungous skin-growth with which he was almost
covered a very sickening stench which was hard to
tolerate... with the use of the [daily] bath the unpleasant
odour... ceased to be noticeable"
- Sir Frederick Treves
New York University's Modern Working Group solicits papers for its upcoming 2011-12 "Poetry and Philosophy" speaker series.
The Modern Working Group is a forum for the presentation and discussion of scholarship by both junior and senior researchers working primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries. A typical session features two presentations of 20-25 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion, as well as wine and cheese. Longer presentations by a single speaker will also be considered, as well as shorter papers submitted as part of a panel discussion. All sessions are open to the public and encourage the attendance of faculty and graduate students, regardless of specialty.
SW/TX PCA/ACA Chicana/o Literature/Film/Culture
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference
February 8-11, 2012
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
downtown Albuquerque, NM
In 2012, the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 33rd annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 8-11, 2012.
This two-day interdisciplinary, cross-period conference will explore humanity's perennial fascination with the monstrous. From children's toys to religious architecture, from medical and legal definitions to Gothic romance – cultural products resonate with fear, obsession and desire for the monster.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):