Literature and culture critics are beginning to realize that the study of literature and print culture suffers from an obsession with the urban and the avant-garde. There exist huge archives of print and literary artifacts which, forgotten by academia, may have much to reveal about American literary and print history. As some have argued, there may be great potential in constructing a literary and print history that includes the sort of widely circulated "middlebrow" works that were reliably consumed by the reading public. As a few have argued, this centeredness on urbanity is particularly a problem in queer studies, thus rendering rural and/or middlebrow queer literature and print culture rich with possibilities for recovery.
Are unhappy ages, and their literary productions, less alike than happy ones? In Two Ages, Kierkegaard says that 'In an era of negativity the authentic ironist is the hidden enthusiast'. For J Hillis Miller in The Disappearance of God, meanwhile, Victorian literature is animated by a more dynamic sense of doubt than that celebrated by the modernists who took God's disappearance and other catastrophes for granted. Both these comparative examinations of pessimism suggest that every age has its own sense and its own rhetoric of crisis; and that crisis-born scepticism is interesting in proportion to its degree of doubt and uncertainty, to the contingency of its gestures towards a reclamation of faith.
Membership of The Wyndham Lewis Society ensures the continuity of the Society and entitles you to receive one copy of the annual 'Lewisletter' (which reviews Society activities and related Lewisian events / publications) and one copy of 'The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies' (ed. Andrzej Gąsiorek), which includes scholarly essays on Lewis's life, writings, paintings, and cultural contexts.
B.S. Johnson and the Possibilities of the Avant-Garde
A one-day conference at the University of Sussex, Saturday 5th May 2012
In association with the B.S. Johnson Society
Submissions are invited for a thematic workshop in the forthcoming 13th conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 2-6, 2012.
Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2012
Macau, China，June 8th-10th, 2012
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 30, 2012
The AIE2012will be the most comprehensive conference focused on the various aspects of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It provides an open platform to bring together scholars worldwide to present research and to stimulate discussions on new developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
CFP: Fire, Flames and Ashes: New Perspectives on Rammstein
What we propose to explore in this panel are the vast changes in the global cultural landscape in the last decade or so and the narrative and performative strategies employed to position, define, and redefine the self and the social order amid and athwart this transformative moment.
How and in what terms must we reconceptualize globalization in the twenty-first century? How do certain writers and performers wield and warp language, images, and spaces to strategically resist oppression or to open an entry for radically different means of conceiving and being in the world?
On the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the seminal publication, In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, edited by Joseph Beam, we are currently seeking submissions for an anthology on the legacy of Joseph Beam and In the Life. This anthology will provide new interpretations of the late 80s and early 90s black gay arts movement, examine the contemporary political and artistic landscape for black gay men, and explore how In the Life has influenced contemporary critical thought as it relates to black gay men. The anthology will be comprised of scholars from a range of disciplines, writers, activists, cultural workers and artists. This project seeks to build upon the work of In the Life, and perhaps explore where black gay men find themselves today.
Edith Wharton and the Age of (TM)Information: Edith Wharton Society at the American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2012
If Wharton's late nineteenth century could ironically be termed "the age of innocence," our own era might unironically be dubbed the age of "too much information," marked by increasingly frayed boundaries between public and private life, the rise of gossip in nearly all media venues, and compromising revelations about the powerful emerging with astonishing frequency. We seek papers considering how Wharton's fiction might illuminate such matters. Topics for exploration could include:
*Hacking Lily's cell phone: gossip and eavesdropping in Wharton's writing
The PhD in Humanities (http://louisville.edu/humanities) and the Association of Humanities Academics at the University of Louisville (ahalouisville.com) announces the 3rd annual University of Louisville Conference in Humanities, March 23, 2012.
Re-conceptualizing Cartography: Space-Time Compression and Narrative Mapping
University of South Florida Graduate Conference
13–14 April 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: +1 505 842 1234
Call for Papers