Throughout the last decade or so the formerly rather "exotic" field of Human-Animal Studies (sometimes simply Animal Studies) has grown immensely and produced an amount of exciting and innovative work that by now has gained some deserved recognition from the academic mainstream across a whole range of disciplines. Briefly put and among other things, Human-Animal Studies are interested in the manifold intersections of human and animal lives, the forms and modes of human-animal relations in different historical, social, literary, cultural and other contexts, and also inevitably touch upon the question of what it means to be a *human* animal.
Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.
CALL FOR ARTICLES
For a special issue of The InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (http://portuguese-diaspora-studies.com/index.php/ijpds)
"LusoFrance: Cultural Productions by and about the Portuguese and Lusodescendants in France"
This interdisciplinary conference and its companion journal invite scholars and practitioners to address a range of critically important ideas relating to globalization in the world today.
The exponential increase in Creative Writing degrees and programs at the undergraduate and graduate level has been well-documented, and much thought and scholarship has been devoted to the impact the Academy has on the writing community and subsequent creative output. However, there has been only a limited amount of public conversation about and research into the pedagogical approaches that have been or might be used in Creative Writing classrooms and programs. How are teachers of Creative Writing tweaking, extending, revolutionizing, or replacing the traditional Workshop model in their classrooms? What are or should be the academic and aesthetic goals of a Creative Writing class or program, and how can these goals be achieved?
The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of Romance/Popular Romance Fiction for its fall conference to be held at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH on October 30-31, 2015. For more information, please visit the NEPCA website: http://nepca.wordpress.com/fall-conference/.
"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every time" – Leonardo DeCaprio as Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Aporetic Press is inviting the submission of proposals for edited collections and scholarly monographs in the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, media and cultural studies, as well as fiction and poetry related to the Gothic, horror, weird, speculative, cyberpunk and science fiction. In the case of literary works a sample chapter or an indicative selection is preferred in lieu of a proposal. Full manuscripts should not be sent unsolicited.
A one-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Oxford
Saturday 7 November 2015
Janet Todd (Cambridge) & Karen West (Keele)
Settler Colonial Studies and The Western Genre
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015
The comics and graphic narratives session of PAMLA 2015 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to comics and/or graphic narratives. Papers utilizing media specific analysis, and papers with a connection to this year theme of "Literature and Time" are highly encouraged. A visual component to the paper/presentation is also encouraged.
Submit proposals of roughly 500 words as well as a 50-word abstract by May 15, 2015. Proposals must be submitted through the PAMLA online system: http://www.pamla.org/2015/proposals.
Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming Conference in Washington, DC, June 2-4, 2016. The conference directors seek papers focusing on all aspects of Wharton's work. Papers might offer readings of any of Wharton's texts, including the short fiction, poetry, plays, essays, travel writing, and other nonfiction, in addition to the novels. While all topics are welcome, the location of the conference in the U. S. capital invites readings related to nationalism, cosmopolitanism, transatlanticism, seats of power, Americana, museum cultures in the 19th C, material cultures, and the work of preservation.
For a panel for the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society's 2015 Conference, we are seeking two papers on the intersections of psychoanalysis, literature, and film.
Details on the conference as a whole (the theme of which is Border Tensions: Troubling Psychoanalysis) can be found at http://apcsweb.net/cal_for_papers.html
This panel responds to Krista Ratcliffe's call in Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, Whiteness (2005) for rhetoricians to pay more attention to listening as a way to promote conscious identifications across race and gender that can, in turn, facilitate cross-cultural communication. In Rhetorical Listening, Ratcliffe counters longstanding disciplinary and cultural biases against listening as a passive, simplistic, "feminine" mode of reception by demonstrating its ability to serve as an active form of rhetorical invention. She also likens rhetorical listening to a "code of conduct" that can spark a more open, ethical response to the other that is capable of honoring commonalities and differences.
Now in its 29th year, Dickens Day is an annual conference jointly run by Birkbeck, University of London, the University of Leicester and the Dickens Fellowship. This year's event will be held on Saturday 10th October at Senate House, London WC1.