Miranda famously declares at the conclusion of The Tempest that she now exists in a "Brave new world." This oft-quoted line is frequently misremembered as referring to the enchanted island itself, when in actuality she only utters it upon first encountering all of the Europeans who've been shipwrecked on the island. As Prospero makes clear to his daughter, in fact Miranda's new world is an old world. This scene in Shakespeare's most colonial of plays subverts our expectations of what "encounter" means in a New World context. In this panel we will look at narratives that upend the standard representations of encounter in the early modern age of exploration, that convert new world into old, and old into new.
In Book V of Paradise Lost, Raphael aptly summarizes the difficulties of communicating sacred truths to the human consciousness: "how shall I relate / To human sense th' invisible exploits / …; how last unfould / The secrets of another World, perhaps / Not lawful to reveal?" His intriguing suggestion that earth may be "but the shaddow of Heav'n" invokes a rich complex of early modern traditions that view "the shadow" as an image of the divide between the worldly and the otherworldly, and a figure that can potentially bridge that divide. This panel examines ways early modern English literature exploits and explores "the shadow" in its attempts to mend the gap between material and spiritual worlds felt to be intimately connected, yet inextricably divided.
44th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
Panel: Poetry and the Body
The rapid changes currently experienced in the different spheres of contemporary life are loosely addressed by the term "globalization."
How do we theorize these changes? And perhaps more importantly, while these changes are often considered a global phenomenon, are they not also shaped by a set of discourses? This calls for a reconsideration of key terms such as "domination" and "hegemony", as well as of the various intellectual/cultural positions associated with them. In particular, we aim to reconsider the cultural sphere as a globalized phenomenon in which cultural products circulate on a worldwide scale, and as a sphere where "global" experiences are articulated.
This panel explores French hip-hop's engagement with Islam in order to understand its ethnic, cultural, and political significance to youth of immigrant origin in France. While scholarship on French rap music has focused chiefly on constructions of ethnic and racial identity, the question of Islam in French rap remains underexplored. This panel seeks to address this gap in coverage by analyzing how rappers—for example, Abd al Malik, Médine, Rhoff, Diam's, and Kery James—reclaim Muslim identities in their works and refute the binary and essentialist interpretations of Islam imposed on them. Such analyses encourage a pluralistic view of Muslim identities in French public life.
"Conservation, Restoration, and Sustainability: A Call to Stewardship"
Brigham Young University
Thursday, 8–Saturday, 10 November 2012
The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for essay submissions on its 2011 Conference Theme: "Play." Essays treating any aspect of "Play" in language, literature, drama, film, and popular culture are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: drama and performance studies; satire and parody; linguistic play; game theory; innovative pedagogies; scholarship as play; hoaxes and cons; queerings; subjectivity and identity performance; sport; transgressions and boundary-crossings; mindgames.
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
Queer Self-Representation: It Isn't All About Me
This panel will examine the significance and radical potential of queer self-representation. The personal continues to be political, and for queer constituencies whose representation by a dominant mainstream has been either absent, negative, or consistently rife with limiting stereotypes, self-representation becomes crucial. However, while queer self-representation may engage with such negative representation, it is not limited to this function. Nor is it limited to a particular genre, including autobiography.
JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES CALL
COMUNICACIÓN, CULTURA Y POLÍTICA
ISSN 2145-1494, Bogotá-Colombia
Journal of social sciences "COMUNICACIÓN, CULTURA Y POLÍTICA" (ISSN 2145-1494) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Universidad EAN calls for the academic community to sending articles for their biannual editions of the year 2012. The publication focuses on the areas of the knowledge of communication, culture and politics in organizations. DATES OF SENDING ARTICLES: Articles should be referred before 29 June 2012 to the edition's Coordinator, Jennyffer Vargas Laverde, to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Readers and critics have long compared the writings of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, especially in terms of their uses of "the grotesque." This panel, a joint venture with the Eudora Welty Society, aims to put O'Connor and Welty's works (both visual and literary) in conversation with each other in ways that are not commonly seen in criticism. While papers dealing with more familiar conversation points between O'Connor and Welty's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of the authors' thematic intersections and parallels. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, O'Connor and Welty's treatments of region, race, gender, and class.
Milton, that great radical at the center of the English poetic canon, is often mythologized as being both exemplary of his time and also ahead or outside of it, making his work especially subject to historical revision. This panel invites papers that explore Milton's continued circulation in scholarship, political discourse, and popular culture. What weight or cultural capital does he carry in our narratives about modernity? What relationships of obligation between past and present do contemporary invocations of Milton reflect? What is Milton's explanatory power after our own—albeit economic—fall?
Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that began its rise to prominence in the late twentieth century, marked by the founding of the Society for Disability Studies in 1982. The portrayal of disabilities is a well-developed substrata of children's literature, and scholarly work has been produced on it, primarily in the social sciences. ChLAQ will devote a single issue to literary approaches to representations of disabilities in children's and adolescent literatures.
This panel will address the fiction of Cormac McCarthy in relation to "the modern," conceived of as an interdisciplinary concept with multiple literary, philosophical, and socio-historical resonances. We invite the submission of abstracts that explore the ways in which McCarthy's complex works further, represent, or critique the varied legacies of this modernity.
MEDIOEVO ADRIATICO 4, 2012
The topics for _Medioevo Adriatico_ are history and culture of the Adriatic in the Middle Ages (V-XV century).
1. Abstract of paper (100-400 words).
2. Brief CV or resume for each author and co-author.
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: July 1st, 2012.
4. Submission deadline for final papers: September 1st, 2012.
5. Manuscripts may be sent to: Segreteria (AT) sisaem.it
Please email abstracts with a brief CV.
Scholars at all stages of their careers are equally welcome.
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