Since the biopolitical turn, scholars across disciplines have attempted to make sense of the encounter between life (bios) and politics. This attention paid to the topic of biopolitics shows a cultural ethos that revolves around an awareness of power connected to the body. This roundtable invites papers that analyze how literature engages with biopolitics, particularly in the conceptualizations and depictions of the body in relation to power in 20th- and 21st-century literature. Roundtable participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that engage with the following questions: “How is life (and the body) culturally inscribed with meaning and definition,” and further, “What is a consequence of that inscription?”
twentieth century and beyond
Women’s corpses, such as those of Snow White or Ophelia, are often depicted as a beautiful and passive objects, which has led scholars to posit cultural reflections concerning tacit assumptions in the link between femininity and death. In relation to modern literature and art, scholars such as Elizabeth Bronfen (Over Her Dead Body), Elizabeth Grosz (Volatile Bodies), Sarah Goodwin (Death and Representation) argue that dead women are an nexus of morbidity, alterity, and beauty that unconsciously encapsulates the anxiety of the inexpressible event of death, and, as such, dead women are given the value of the “other” in the most macabre fashion.
CFP for the 51st Annual NEMLA Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5 - 8, 2019
The Queen of Suspense: A Patricia Highsmith Symposium
2019 – Poet of Apprehension
University of Chester, Saturday 7th December 2019
Following the success of Queen of Suspense 2018, an international, interdisciplinary one-day symposium hosted by the University of Chester, we are pleased to announce the return of this event to Chester on Saturday 7th December 2019. This inclusive symposium welcomes paper proposals from academics, writers, independent researchers and postgraduates across all disciplines of humanities, arts and social sciences. Places are also available for non-presenting delegates.
The peer-reviewed e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its next general issue, 7.3, forthcoming Winter 2019.
Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.
The Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein initiated what has become a very long and multifaceted conversation about James Joyce in relation to film. He was the first director to contemplate an adaptation of Ulysses, for instance, and the only one to discuss such a project with the author himself. Although that adaptation project never came to fruition, Eisenstein was the first film theorist who used Ulysses and Finnegans Wake as reference points to describe how film worked and how it might continue to evolve in the future. He was also the first filmmaker to apply these concepts in practice.
Theorizing Transmediality in its Transnational Contexts
Panel Co-Directors: Leonardo Nole’ and Joseph Boisvere (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Conference Dates: 30-31 January 2020
- Andrew Biswell, Metropolitan University of Manchester, President of the Anthony Burgess International Foundation
- Andrea Binelli, University of Trento
- Fritz Senn, Director of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation
Organisers: Franca Ruggieri, Enrico Terrinoni and Serenella Zanotti
The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Thirteenth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 138th birthday.
We are currently soliciting 250-word abstracts for essays to be included in an edited collection on David Fincher to be published as part of the University of Edinburgh ReFocus series, which examines overlooked American directors (series editors Robert Singer, Frances Smith, and Gary D. Rhodes). The collection aims to broaden and deepen the understanding of Fincher as a filmmaker with distinct aesthetic and cultural significance.
Genre in Asian Cinema, with guest editors Patrick Noonan (Northwestern University, USA) & Earl Jackson (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 46 No. 1 | March 2020
Call for Papers: Genre in Asian Cinema
Patrick Noonan (Northwestern University, USA) & Earl Jackson (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Deadline for Submissions EXTENDED: July 31, 2019