*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"
*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
We are seeking participants for a panel at the April, 2012, C19 Conference, to be held at U.C. Berkeley, which will examine a range of perspectives on the relationship of aesthetics to notions of democracy and community in 19th-century American literature and art. As recent studies in US literature and culture – from Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings to Russ Castronovo's Beautiful Democracy – have shown, aesthetics addresses questions of passivity and activity, association and isolation, which were central to the conception and experience of 19th-century community.
Dr Julia Thomas is chairing a panel on 'New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies' at the conference on Victorian Media organized by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, to be held on 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The panel will address the idea that the presence of pictures radically alters the meanings of Victorian texts, and will explore the contexts in which illustrations appear in this period and in which they re-appear (or disappear) today. Papers on any aspect of Victorian illustration are welcome. Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short 75-word biography to Julia Thomas at ThomasJ1@cardiff.ac.uk by Friday 30 September.
Regitration is now open until 10th September for the conference 'Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011' at the University of Leeds. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world to mark the occasion of William Makepeace Thackeray's bicentenary, and offers an opportunity to reassess Thackeray's place in Victorian culture and in the history of novel, as well as the development of his critical reputation over the past two centuries. The conference will examine both Thackeray's position within time and the importance of time - including questions of temporality, history, and modernity - within his writings.
The University of Brighton Faculty of Arts brings together a day of creative workshops, discussions and screenings on storytelling for Film and TV as part of Cine City's Brighton Film Festival. With three strands offering the best ideas in drama, documentary and the academic, the focus is on stories that sell, writing that works and thinking that matters.
Workshops and Panel Sessions
Call for Papers: Special Panels Creative Writing and Poetry
2011 Savagism and Civilization University of Oklahoma SAGES
Conference Date: Friday October 14, 2011
In Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora editor Sheree R. Thomas states that her purpose for the series ". . . [is] to offer readers an enjoyable entrée to the diverse range of speculative fiction from the African diaspora and to encourage more talented writers and scholars to explore the genre" (xii). Sheree also uses the term "unobserved literary tradition" to acknowledge the unrecognized contributions people of African descent make to speculative fiction. The aim of this panel is to make their literary tradition visible by contributing to the discourse on speculative literature from the African diaspora through the examination of contemporary writers and their works.
33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Proposal submission deadline: December 01, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches, areas, and time periods are welcome.
Levinas and Criticism, a Society for Critical Exchange panel, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Rochester NY, 15-18 March 2012
This session will explore connections between the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and criticism of literature and other forms of media and culture, involving attention to language, ethics, alterity, and other key aspects of Levinas's work.
Abstracts for 20-minute papers by 30 September 2011 to Scott DeShong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Egan, Contemporary Fiction, and the Digital Age
This panel looks to examine the work of NeMLA 2012 Keynote Speaker Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other accolades for "A Visit from the Goon Squad," in relation to that of other contemporary writers. Of special interest will be papers that explore the work of Egan and others in the context of the Digital Age, the role of experimentation in contemporary fiction, and the interplay of technology and the self in contemporary fiction. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Stephen Brauer at email@example.com by 9/20/11.
The relationship between the humanities and nuclear issues has re-emerged continuously in contemporary thought. The proposed collection seeks essays that interrogate the role of the humanities in addressing the nuclear question in a post-Cold War world. During a 1984 conference at Cornell University, theorists gathered to try and articulate the goals of Nuclear Criticism; famously, Jacques Derrida spoke out on the issue, linking literature to the very principles of atomic energy. Rather than a temporary fad, Nuclear Criticism has re-surfaced at various moments in theoretical circles of the last half-century.
The eighteenth century witnessed significant changes in the availability of reading material and the types of material available. Shifting literacy rates, the proliferation of new genres, and the growth of circulating libraries and reading societies produced both interest and anxiety over how readers read specific texts and how they read in specific contexts. Commentary about how people should read these different texts and how people read in different contexts---as consumers, as critics, as keepers of commonplace books—appeared in essays, novels, poems, periodicals, pamphlets, and more. This panel invites papers on any and all aspects of reading texts and contexts in the eighteenth century.
This panel will address the relationships between nudity and the obeserver in the Greek mythology. It will examine the connection between the ancestral version of these myths and the (re)view of them in current contexts (literature and art). Please submit 200-300 words abstract by 30th September to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for a conference on Victorian Media (from 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, BC, Canada).