Brushing against the redemptive political and theological promise many critics discover in Walter Benjamin, our seminar will investigate the complex figuration of time across his early and later work. "History decays into images, not stories," he proposes in The Arcades Project, a complimentary insight to his earlier assertion in The Origin of German Tragic Drama, that allegory introduces "the decisive category of time" in contrast to the ontological promise that inheres in the symbolic mode. For Benjamin, allegory eschews any eschatological fulfillment wherein "destruction is idealized and . . . nature is fleetingly revealed in the light of redemption." Rather, allegory gathers its iconic significance in the worldly subjection to death.
Call For Papers/CFP
International Journal of Iberian Studies
Eds. Georgina Blakeley & Fernando León Solís
Special Issue on
"Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"
Guest edited by Benjamin Fraser
This special issue of the International Journal of Iberian Studies—titled "Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"—is conceived as a response to the growing interest in what are two complementary subfields of Hispanic Studies: Urban Studies and Cultural Studies.
Comparative Poetics: Disruption and Continuity
"We need to understand colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected consequences, […] for it is these disruptive forces that principally shape the history and diffusion of languages." How might this claim by Stephen Greenblatt in Rethinking Literary History serve to dislocate conventional geographies and periodizations of twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry?
Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, Aesthetics
The Department of Comparative Literature
March 2nd-3rd 2012
CALL FOR PAPERS, CEA 2012 | BORDERS
College English Association 43rd Annual Conference
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011
BORDERS: Call for Creative Nonfiction
The editors of The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History are collecting submissions for their follow-up anthology, tentatively titled Diagnosing the Tube: Reality TV, Medicine, and Science.
The science and practice of medicine has always been contested by the non-expert. For example, as medicine became professionalized in the 19th century, doctors tried to push out midwives, "quacks," and the lay person in general; impressing the public with medical degrees, Latin terminology, and the practice of anatomy, physicians established professional credibility for themselves. But lay persons continued to battle doctors and scientists for control over the body—with folk remedies, phrenology, mesmerism, and freak shows.
ACLA 2012 Seminar: "Representing the Holocaust: Present and Future"
The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change"
Call for Papers: Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
33rd Annual Conference:
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Cultural Association
February 8 - 11, 2012 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
For details and information please go to: http://www.swtxpca.org
Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature, Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:
Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts—An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Spring 2012 – 14th Annual McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium
The Department of English at Texas Southern University will host the Fourteenth Annual Interdisciplinary McCleary Symposium, April 12-13, 2012, Houston, Texas.
The general topic for the presentations is "Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts."
MAMA invites papers on all aspects of medieval literature, history, art, and culture are welcome, especially those that address the conference theme of "Encountering the Other."
The theme may be broadly construed as: encounters between East and West; encounters between different faiths/nations/cultural groups; "encounters" between post-medieval writers/scholars/film-makers with the Middle Ages; pedagogical papers on teaching the Middle Ages as Other; etc. etc.
We welcome twenty-minute papers on the conference topic, Encountering the Other, or any medieval topic. (Proposals for sessions - 3 papers, with or without a chairperson - are also welcome.)
Deadline for submission of 1-page abstracts: December 15, 2011
Canadian and Quebec Literatures in a Global Context
Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures Annual Conference
May 26-28, 2012
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo,
La version française suit
Into the Deep: Monstrous Creatures, Alien Worlds
Explora International Conference
14–15 June 2012
Toulouse Natural History Museum
At a time when the hope of finding water on other planets dwindles, the beauty of the earth is more and more considered to lie in its wondrous seas and oceans. Yet true access to the world of the sea has long been denied to humans, and it seems to be gained at the very moment when it is being endangered. This conference proposes to reflect upon the evolution of scientific and literary representations of oceans and underwater ecosystems in the past two centuries, trying to sketch a brief history of oceanography and its literary and artistic representations.
Visions and Voices of Childhood: A Graduate Student Conference
Department of Childhood Studies
Rutgers University - Camden
The Rutgers University-Camden Childhood Studies Graduate Student
Organization (GSO) invites submissions for paper presentations for its
second formal graduate student conference to be held May 21-22, 2012
on the Camden, NJ campus. Graduate students from all disciplines who
are engaged in research relating to children and childhood are
encouraged to submit proposals.
The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its twelfth annual conference: "Adaptations." This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at the Penn Humanities Forum, in conjunction with its 2011-2012 theme, "Adaptations." Our keynote speaker is Dr. Rey Chow.