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[ACLA] Uncertain Understanding: Capital in Science and Medicine Before the 20th Century (March 20-23, 2014 at NYU)

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:22pm
Christine Yao / Cornell University

In his influential work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn explains "the reception of a new paradigm often necessitates a redefinition of the corresponding science. Some old problems may be relegated to another science or declared entirely 'unscientific'." This process of drastic redefinition is exacerbated not only due to scientific discoveries and technological advances, but also the professionalization of the field, a process that not only consolidated knowledge, but created new social capital. Critics like Kuhn, Bruno Latour, and Michel Foucault, among others, demonstrate the inherent upheaval that such restructuring of scientific knowledge causes.

Keywords for Late Capitalism: Deadline 1 November

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:14pm
ACLA Annual Meeting 2014 : 20-23 March

Raymond Williams described his 1976 "Keywords" project as dealing with interdisciplinary terms that "bound together certain ways of seeing culture and society." In the last forty years new economic formations have generated a new vocabulary: late capitalism, neoliberalism, precarity, vulnerability. These terms are increasingly important to cultural and literary studies: scholars of the contemporary moment employ this economic diction to articulate a crisis in current affective and political arrangements. This panel aims to define these new keywords in terms of their provenance and their effects as they migrate from economic to cultural criticism.

Mark Twain and Money: Call for contributions to a volume of new scholarly essays

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:28pm
Henry B. Wonham, University of Oregon

Questions about Mark Twain's fascination with wealth have played a major role in Twain criticism from the very beginning. It might be argued, in fact, that the foundational disagreement in Twain studies hinges on whether his commercial inclinations fostered his artistic achievement (Bernard DeVoto) or bastardized his talent (Van Wyck Brooks). Rather than prolong the biographical debate, this volume of original essays will draw on recent work at the intersection of economic theory and literary studies (sometimes referred to as the New Economic Criticism) to reevaluate and deepen our understanding of Mark Twain's complicated relationship with money and issues of economy, broadly understood. Topics of interest might include Twain's engagement with:

Chicago Shaw Symposium 2014, May 16-17, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Travel Grants Available

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:00pm
International Shaw Society, ShawChicago Theater Co., Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University, Illinois Humanities Council

"Bernard Shaw's Use of Language -- Artistic Innovation, Social Critique, and Political Argument. His Cultural Legacy.

Come to hear papers and talks from scholars/authors/actors/directors, participate in discussions, and see ShawChicago's concert reading of Shaw's Man and Superman.

Bloosmbury C21 Conference 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:21am
Bloosmbury and Centre 21, University of Brighton UK

Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2014: Towards A Twenty-First Century Literature

10-11 April 2014, Brighton, UK

Supported by: Bloomsbury Higher Education Academy UK Gylphi Myriad 3AM Magazine


Dr David James,Queen Mary London

Prof Philip Tew,Brunel University

Prof Lucy Armitt,University of Lincoln

Prof Robert Eaglestone,Royal Holloway

Call for Papers

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 15 December 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:44am
8th International IDEA Conference: Studies in English April 16 -18, 2014, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Muğla, Turkey

The Conference will be jointly hosted by
The Department of English Language and Literature of
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, ELT Department of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University and
The English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA).

The Conference will address topics from the fields of,
"English literature"
"British and Comparative Cultural Studies"
"Translation Studies"
"Linguistisc and ELT"

Abstracts for proposed papers (maximum 250 words) should be submitted to:

Please include your name, affiliation, email address and a brief biography.
Add 5-6 keywords pertaining to your topic.

Not a Dry Eye in the House: Tears in Performance – March 21, 2014 - Paris-Sorbonne

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
Denis Lagae-Devoldère and Marie Pecorari (Paris-Sorbonne)

Representing tears in the theatre hinges on the paradoxical performance of an absence: while the lacrimal flow can usually be explained, its physical manifestation mostly eludes visibility. Yet the presence of tears cannot easily be dismissed, as it is far from anecdotal. Portrayals of and discourses on tears indeed abound in theatre history: whether meant to affect the performers or the spectators, this emotional outburst can express a wide range of affects, from sorrow to joy, to laughter and awe.

We welcome contributions from scholars working in the fields of theatre, performance, literary, and cultural studies across cultures and time periods.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

ACLA CfP: Imagined Originals, Original Translations: Putting Pseudotranslation on the Map (March 20-23, 2014)

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 3:12pm
Brigitte Rath

Cervantes' Don Quixote (1605/15), Montesquieu's Lettres persanes (1721), MacPherson's Ossian (1761), Mérimée's La Guzla (1827), Louÿs's Chansons de Bilitis (1894), Raja Rao's Kanthapura (1938), many of Borges' short stories, Makine's La Fille d'un héros de l'Union soviétique (1990), and Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (1997) are only some of the numerous – often canonized – original texts that invite the reader to read them as if they were translations, to imagine a preceding original produced in a different language and for a different audience.

Unmasking Masquerade: Exploring Disguise and Display Across the Humanities (14-16 Feb 2014)

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 1:53pm
McGill University English Graduate Student Association

"'Masquerades, I have generally heard said, were more silly than wicked,'" declares one respectable character in Samuel Richardson's novel Sir Charles Grandison (1754), "'But they are now, I am convinced, the most profligate of all diversions.'" Richardson's disapproval of the bal masqué's vulgar dissipation represents just one incarnation of a rich and multivalent concept. In various guises masquerade capers and creeps through the humanities, eluding any single form or function: noun or verb? literal or figurative? sinister or celebratory? deceitful or mischievous? We are seeking papers, panels, and creative projects that are inspired by this panoply of meaning to address the idea of masquerade in any way – material and/or theoretical.