This year's Fabricating the Body panel is soliciting proposals for papers that explore the notion of bodies in our post-human or post-modern culture. Given this year's theme of "Arts and Sciences," this panel seeks papers that consider how scientific inquiry and philosophy has impacted our understanding of bodies in media (literature, film, comics, video games etc.) or as consumers of media. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, theories of the post-human or post-modern body; (dis)abled, queer, global, marginalized, etc.
Call for Chapter Proposals, Deadline Extended:
A major publishing company has expressed interest to me in a collection of ecocritical essays on the subject of The Dark Side of Nature.
According to the OED, the word tourism enters the English lexicon at the dawn of the nineteenth century, thus institutionalizing the notion that travel is a necessary component of personal development. As crowds of earnest bourgeois travelers displaced the solitary young aristocrat on the Grand Tour a vast body of literature concerned with both mundane and exalted facets of foreign places cropped up to fulfill a new set of needs. Owing to the diversity of places to which individuals traveled and the many different reasons for doing so, these needs were diverse and multiform.
THE RETURN OF FORM. The growing interest in the idea of form that recently emerged in History of Science, Literature and Media Studies seems to point to an increasing need: to reassess the productivity of literature as such. This novel 'consciousness of form' is aiming at two counter-trends in academic research: the expansion of the Literary in the fields of discourse history and its reduction to a matter of narration. The conference will build upon the recent interest in form and modeling; it will explore both the poetics and the history of form (Burdorf) in case studies that cover a wide range of topics – in literary history as well as with regard to other discourses and academic fields.
22–24 July 2015
Conference Theme: 'London in Love'
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Imtiaz Dharker (poet, artist and documentary film-maker)
Dr. Gregory Dart (University College London)
Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California)
Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith's works call for reconsideration in light of Žižek's philosophical readings and cinematic interpretations. Submit 300 word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015.
ISSO - INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ONTOLOGY
Monday 24 August - Saturday 29 August 2015
ISSO is a six days school which provides an unique insight into the contemporary debate on ontology. Six leading philosophers will address this classical philosophical question from different perspectives.
Paul M. Livingston
Marco Piasentier and Andrea Soardo
The Laboratorio studi mediterranei (Università della Svizzera italiana) announces the International Conference titled "New Configurations of the Mediterranean: the Role of Women", in honour of Vittorio Dan Segre and Luigiterzo Bosca, to be held in Lugano on 28-29 May 2015.
Call for Papers:
Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America, 6‐8 Nov. 2015, Graz, Austria
Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies
Organizers: Nassim W. Balestrini and Klaus Rieser, University of Graz
Hawthorne and Influence: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics
The Mexican Revolution and U.S. Modernism
Panel Title: Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature.
This panel is sponsored by College English Association (CEA).
Topics may include English Catholic writers, anti-Catholic or pro-Catholic poetry or literary prose, or representations of English Catholics or Catholicism in literary texts. Proposals for papers that focus on these topics in later early modernity (the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) are particularly encouraged. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015.