all recent posts

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

updated: 
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
Fordham University’s Graduate English Association (Deadline AUGUST 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)
contact email: 

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This one day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City: (113 W 60th)

We are currently accepting applications from PhD and MA students (as well as junior faculty members). The conference is free of charge and includes breakfast and an after-keynote reception w/food and beverages.

We are also currently working on an after-conference event, which will most likely involve drink specials at a local pub.

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

updated: 
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 7:42pm
full name / name of organization: 
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_
contact email: 

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference: Classifying the Medieval and Renaissance World, April 12-14, 2012

updated: 
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 1:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)
contact email: 

http://www.isu.edu/english/conf2012/

Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho
April 12-14, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites proposals for papers and panels concerning the categories and classifications used to understand the Medieval and Renaissance worlds, both in the period and now.

Topics might include: Anachronism, Class, Dictionaries, Disciplines, Epistemology, Estates, Ethnicity, Gender, Genres, Grammars, Guilds, Medievalism, Narratives, Nationalism, Natural Histories, Periods, Professions, Race, Regionalism, or Travel.

ACLA 2012 :: The Corpse and Catastrophe

updated: 
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:05am
full name / name of organization: 
Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers) & David Sherman (Brandeis)

Call for Papers: The Corpse and Catastrophe
ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012

Seminar Organizers: Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers University) and David Sherman (Brandeis University)

This seminar will examine the corpses in and of literature, including the catastrophic meaning of corpses. Papers with aesthetic, ethical, political, and historical dimensions are welcome, and might address a range of questions:

13th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness (March 2012: Prague; Czech Republic)

updated: 
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:04am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

13th Global Conference
Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness

15th March - 17th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
Hitler. Spitzer. Torquemada. Weiner. Genghis Khan. Lucrecia Borgia. Ronald Reagan. Ivan the Terrible. Bill Clinton. What do all these people have in common? They are all considered "evil" by a few, some, many, or all others who know anything about them. Why? What makes them evil? Or even just plain old "wicked?" What makes them not-evil or not-wicked? How does the label "evil" or "wicked" change our estimation of them? How has the use of those labels for these folk — and others — changed over time? How will the use of these labels continue to evolve?

First Year Seminar CFP October 2011, NJANSA

updated: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 4:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates

NJANSA: New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates

Lifelong Learning in an Instant World
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
9:00am to 3:30pm
Host Institution: Union County College / Elizabeth, New Jersey

Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Hopper, Middle Tennessee State University
Keynote Title: "Making Learning Relevant"

Our Mission: The New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates promotes and develops student success in higher education from various two-year and four-year institutions, both public and private from the areas of student and academic affairs.

Information

Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class: Saints as Intercessors between the Wealthy and the Divine. International Congress on M

updated: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 2:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
Emily Kelley
contact email: 

By the late medieval period, merchants formed an integral part of urban society; among their activities, they facilitated trade between city centers, participated in the governing of cities, and were patrons of churches and monasteries. At the same time, the wealth that they amassed and their sometimes morally dubious activities, such as money lending, often left merchants fearful of what the afterlife would bring, causing them to appeal directly to specific saints for intercession. This session seeks to explore the religious lives of these elite members of urban society, specifically considering the individual saints to whom merchants appealed for their earthly protection and heavenly salvation as well as the manner in which they made these appeals.

Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Abjection, Power, and Biopolitics, 11-13 October 2012

updated: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 1:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
Terri Tomsky, Eddy Kent, Imre Szeman (Organzers). The Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
contact email: 

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the array of negative cosmopolitanisms operating today—all those ways in which cosmopolitan subjects are still stigmatized, disempowered, excluded, and denied. Against the superficial liberal celebration of cosmopolitan diversity in the world today, negative cosmopolitanism instead reveals experiences of rupture, exile, oppression, and imperialism. The conference will bring researchers together to explore the histories and constitution of cosmopolitanism past and present, with the aim of better understanding the complex experience of power today.

Pages