With the erosion of totalitarian regimes in Africa and the intense development of popular protest, women have always found ways to cope with the national disenchantment that has eternally attempted to exploit them as a means to preserve the nation’s homogeneity. Thus, the relationship between women and the nation remains rather complex: on the one hand, they are members of communities, institutions and groups that secure the nation’s political agenda, on the other hand, they are still looked at as social categories holding specific roles in the nation, namely that of reproduction.
twentieth century and beyond
‘Aggression, Transgression, and the Avant-garde’
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Edinburgh
Call for Papers
"The twentieth century will undoubtedly have discovered the related categories of exhaustion, excess, the limit, and transgression – the strange and unyielding form of these irrevocable movements which consume and consummate us."
Michel Foucault, Language, Counter-Memory, Practice
Call for Papers: Revisiting Richard Rorty
Universidade do Minho, Braga (Portugal)
25-26 September, 2017
Keynote speaker: Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)
We welcome papers and panels submissions for a conference on Richard Rorty to be held in Braga, Portugal, at the 25-26 of September. In light of his influential work, life, and thought, the Political Theory Group of the University of Minho mark the tenth anniversary of his passing with a conference in his honor.
Call for Speakers
“Narratives of the Third Generation”
Roundtable within the framework of IABA Europe 2017: Life Writing, Europe and New Media
June 7-9, 2017, King's College London, Strand Campus in Central London
Organizer: Marta Lysik
Citing Violence, Inciting Critique: Karl Kraus, 1933
22-24/11/2017, University of Antwerp (Institute of Jewish Studies)
“To me, nothing comes to mind about Hitler” (Mir fällt zu Hitler nichts ein) is the famous opening line of Karl Kraus’s analysis of the first months of National Socialism. This 300-page fragment was written between May and September 1933, and first published only in 1952 as Third Walpurgis Night.
CFP MMLA Panel
Creative Writing: Prose
The Creative Writing: Prose panel will discuss emerging brief prose forms, which may include prose poems, micro or flash fiction, flash creative nonfiction, excerpts from flash sequences, and hybrid or blended short prose pieces. Panelists will offer a brief statement defining the type of brief fiction s/he is writing, then read examples from their work by way of illustration. The intention is for this panel to be informative to those attendees new to brief prose, while concurrently being interesting and enjoyable for readers familiar to brief prose. Questions and a lively discussion to follow.
Permanent Section Call for Papers: The International Raymond Carver Society
Panel: Artists and Activists in Raymond Carver’s Writing.
Call for Papers, Doris Lessing Studies 2017: Open Topic
The Cormac McCarthy Society invites paper proposals for its Fall 2017 Conference, to be held Sept. 1-3 in Austin, Texas. The submission deadline is April 15, 2017.
Papers on all topics relating to the works of Cormac McCarthy, from all perspectives, are invited, including considerations of theatrical productions or film adaptations of his work, pedagogical approaches, and the relationship of McCarthy’s work to other authors or artists.
Please submit a brief abstract of the proposed paper as a Word doc or PDF by email to the Cormac McCarthy Society at McCarthyConference2017@gmail.com no later than April 15, 2017.
Women in Literature MMLA 2017—“Literatures from the Lockdown”
Thinking about this year’s MMLA theme, “Art and Activism,” led us to consider the ways in which women’s art and women’s activism have been “locked down.” Sometimes women’s art and women’s activism locks itself down; after all, Audre Lorde once proclaimed at an MLA conference, “What does it mean when the tools of a racist patriarchy are used to examine the fruits of that same patriarchy? It means that only the most narrow perimeters of change are possible and allowable.” How, then, do we escape the lockdown? How do we empower even as we resist?