Charles Olson began teaching at Black Mountain College as a visiting lecturer in October 1948, was appointed Rector in March 1951, and presided over the College's closing in 1956. During those years he wrote some of his most important essays and poems, including the first of "The Maximus Poems," and began his influential engagements with Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Ed Dorn, and many others.
Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies
March 23-24, 2012
Call for Papers
The Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University is a regional conference dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. We invite papers on topics related to the utopian tradition, from the ancient to the present day, from diverse fields, such as: utopian and dystopian literature, political theory, music, art, architecture, media and popular culture, intentional communities, urban/rural planning.
Call for Papers
23rd Annual Conference
American Literature Association
May 24-27, 2012
San Francisco, California
The James Fenimore Cooper Society will host two open topic panels at the 23rd Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held in San Francisco, California May 24-27, 2012. The Society invites presentations on any topic related to Cooper's life and works, his relationships with his publishers, contemporary authors, literary, historical, and cultural movements, his literary legacy, and other theoretical and/or pedagogical issues.
This seminar explores the salience of Theodor Adorno's work for engaging with the emerging language of collapse, catastrophe, and crisis in literary studies and the humanities as a contemporary problem. Compared to other scholars whose work on empire, states of exception, and neoliberal governmentality seem more timely, Adorno is not often invoked in recent discussions of crisis.
We invite contributions from scholars and artists from across the disciplines, and addressing any period in history. The organizers hope to develop an edited volume drawn from conference presentations. To be considered, please email a title and 250-word abstract to email@example.com. Proposals for one-hour sessions, roundtables, or other formats are also encouraged. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011. Decision Notification: Dec. 1, 2011. Upon acceptance, a conference fee of $35 will be required – waived for USF faculty and students.
In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines, we invite presentations exploring any form of artistic representation---literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, opera, dance, film, photography, architecture et al---from any world culture, using an interdisciplinary "crossroads" approach to enrich and deepen our understanding of these cultural artifacts and the societies that produced them. Presentations on interdisciplinary approaches to teaching the humanities are also welcome. Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at
Paper proposals are currently being accepted for a panel entitled Religion in the Age of Enlightenment. The panel will be included on the program of the annual meeting of the South Central Soceity of Eighteenth-Century Studies to be held in Asheville, NC, on Feb. 23-25, 2012. Papers might examine (1) religion and religious attitudes and practices during the age of Enlightenment; (2) the impact of the Enlightenment on religion, religious thought, and religious experience; and (3) the ways religion informed Enlightenment ideas and values, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, theology, literature, philosophy, the social and physical sciences, economics, and the law.
Joyce and/in Italy
The 5th JJIF Graduate Conference - Rome
Università Roma Tre, Italy
16 -17 February 2012
Deadline for proposals: 10 December 2011
The following CFP is for a panel taking place at the Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Rochester, New York on March 12-15, 2012.
The periodical writer often depended upon establishing a distinguishable identity to achieve his/her popularity. Yet some of the most successful examples were pseudonymous figures like Charles Lamb's Elia and James Hogg's Ettrick Shepherd. Such figures often played fast and loose with notions of stable identity, altering and contradicting their fictional backstories with each month's contribution. Operating through such mercurial personas, these writers utilized the market's potential for fluctuating identity described by Lynch.
The current phenomenon of the neo-Victorian, neo-Edwardian, neo-Forties, and more recently, neo-Tudor novel, seems to confirm contemporary culture's persisting fascination with re-visiting and re-formulating certain key historical moments. This edited collection of essays intends to develop critical examination of the recent literary trend of the 'neo-historical' novel and to bring fresh perspectives to current debates on its cultural and theoretical underpinnings. We particularly welcome contributions on the 'exoticising' strategies employed by neo-historical fiction in its representation of one culture for consumption by another: What motivates this return to, and symbolic re-appropriation of, the past?
Epistemic shifts are themselves inherently violent and the uncertainty and instability that these shifts produce frequently elicit a violent response. This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.
The Kate Chopin International Society is seeking individual proposals for two sponsored panels at the 2012 American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, May 24-27.
The first panel, a roundtable on "Teaching Kate Chopin in Different Contexts," seeks short (five- to six-minute) papers/remarks that address either teaching Chopin juxtaposed with works/genres or in courses she isn't often associated with or in educational settings such as continuing education programs, prisons, women's shelters, literacy programs, etc. Proposals should include a title, your name and affiliation, and a paragraph about your proposed remarks.
Annual National Conference--Popular Culture/American Culture Associaions
Copley Marriott Hotel
April 11 - 14, 2012
Is the concept of auteurism still valid for exploring filmmaking in the 21st century? After its introduction by Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s, auteur theory became both the predominant conceptual framework for scholarly analysis of innovative filmmakers' work and the heuristic for film appreciation in the popular imagination. Although auteurism has come under sustained attack in recent decades, its allure has persisted – overwhelmingly, we still view films as being the work of a singular creative consciousness.
Insofar as catastrophes give rise to, or are produced by, inhumanity, how is that inhumanity represented in terms of animals and animality? What does it mean to be inhuman and in what sense is it commensurate with "being an animal"? This seminar seeks to explore the association of animality with perpetrators of atrocity, immoral or depraved behavior, aggression and violence, as well as with victims of such violence—with both inhuman acts and inhumane conditions. How, and with what consequence, is such language used to represent "wild" or uncivilized acts, beyond the reach of moral reason or human understanding? What does such language (mis)recognize about the instincts of humans or other species?