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Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism: Visual Narratives, Memory and Culture

updated: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:14am
Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, the Faculty of Letters, and the Cross-border Faculty of “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 25, 2019

 

http://fift.ugal.ro/30years/

A joint project of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, the Faculty of Letters, and the Cross-border Faculty of “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, the conference is intended as a cultural forum for imparting knowledge and research on the textuality and representation of recent, lived history, from different yet interrelated angles:

Series Books and Science Fiction (National PCA Conference)

updated: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:05am
National PCA Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Call for Papers: Series Books and Science Fiction (National PCA Conference)

 

This call for papers for the national PCA Conference looks to interrogate the intersection of two distinct genres: juvenile series books and science fiction.

Identity and Language in Latin American and Caribbean Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction

updated: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:16am
NEMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 20, 2019

Language has always played a key role in the shaping and sharing of identities. Not only does it have the power to create community among people coming from different geographical locations, but most importantly it influences the way we perceive and make sense of the world. For these reasons, the use of language in science fiction —a genre that offers a critical space for "registering tensions related to the defining of national identity and the modernization process" (Ferreira, 2011)— is important as it enables readers to explore alternative realities. This could also be said about speculative fiction. Thus, this panel addresses concerns over reinvented identities through science fiction and across historical periods.

Flows & Floods: Changing Environments and Cultures

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:09am
Nora Castle, Amul Gyawali, Harry Pitt Scott | English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Flows & Floods:
Changing Environments and Cultures

22nd February, 2020|University of Warwick 

Keynote Address: Profs. Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe (Rice University)

NEMLA 2020: Forgiveness in the 21st Century: Postcolonial Perspectives

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:10am
Saumya Lal
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

 

Panel: Forgiveness in the 21st Century: Postcolonial Perspectives

(NEMLA 2020, March 5-8, Boston)

In today’s world, where political narratives of apologies and amnesties proliferate, understanding the nature of forgiveness has become increasingly significant. The arguable success of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission – with its ideological investment in forgiveness, as affirmed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s No Future without Forgiveness – has impelled the world to engage seriously with the ethical possibilities of forgiveness. Yet, questions about the vexed relationship between forgiveness, responsibility, and justice remain unresolved. 

Representations of Irishness in the 21st Century: Boundaries Between Past & Present

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:31am
PAMLA - Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

AbstractThis panel explores representations of Irishness in the 21st Century. From the Belfast Agreement and the “end” of the Northern Ireland Troubles to the Republic’s referenda on divorce, abortion, and marriage equality, the past 25 years present a dynamic and changing society on the island. Recalling Clare Connolly’s introduction to Ireland and Postcolonial Theory, in which she writes of instability of the “boundaries between past and present [...] memory and history, national and international,” this panel examines Irishness in relation to shifting global, political, and cultural contexts as they manifest in texts from the present and recent past in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease at 60 (for Northeast Modern Language Association 5-8 March 2020)

updated: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:39am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

As Chinua Achebe's second novel, No Longer at Ease, first published in 1960, arrives at its 60th anniversary, scholars have an opportunity to reassess its significance not only for African literature, but also for world literature in general. The story is set in the 1950's and richly depicts the cultural tensions of African societies nearing independence from Great Britain. It forecasts both the optimism and the disappointment that would characterize post-independence Africa. In dramatizing the fortunes of the Okonkwo family in rural Nigeria and Lagos, No Longer at Ease forms a sequel to Achebe's first and most famous novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), but is not as widely read and discussed as its predecessor.

NeMLA Seminar New Sincerity in Contemporary Central and Eastern European Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 3:17pm
Sanja Ivanov / University of Toronto
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

 

NeMLA 2020 Seminar, 

Boston, March 5-8, 2020

This seminar seeks to explore the current engagements with "New Sincerity" in literature from Central and Eastern Europe. It expands the geographic borders of discourses on "New Sincerity" by moving beyond the North American and post-Soviet contexts. It also aims to examine the changes to the "New Sincerity" aesthetic in an age of "post-truth" and more than two decades after David Foster Wallace’s call for writers who are "too sincere."

 

Decorating the Body: Gems, Jewellery, and Body Adornments in Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:43pm
Anne-Marie Evans, York St John University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 6, 2019

Submissions are invited for this special edition of Lectora exploring the role and representation of jewellery, gems, and other accessories in literature. Focusing on material culture and the novel, the collection will explore how objects designed to enhance the body operate within a range of different literary texts.

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