Identity, both as a whole and in relation to categories of social difference including, but not limited to, race, class, ability, sex/gender, sexuality, indigeneity, citizenship, etc., has been an increasingly contested concept in academic criticism, aesthetic practice, and political activism over the past quarter century – longer, if we consider experimental creative texts or the poststructuralist challenge to the subject. In political contexts, identity is framed, at times, as potentially reductivist and, at others, as necessary for self-positioning within networks of oppressive power and privilege.
The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.
On November 15-16, the English Department at St. Bonaventure University will hold a graduate conference concerned with concepts of identity. The various understandings of identity held by critics, theorists, readers, and writers are embedded in the history of literature and guide its trajectory. Concepts of identity also impact the ways individuals think about selfhood and inform scholarship on critical thinking, composition, and rhetoric. This conference seeks to draw upon a wealth of perspectives from graduate students engaged in the humanities — especially English language and literature and Composition/Rhetoric.
Please send essays for a book collection which examines detective/mystery fiction in terms of form, style and aestheticism: the basic relationship between the detective's art and the contemporary aesthetic culture. This scholarly collection is to be published by Ibidem Press, Germany, and distributed in the US by Columbia University Press. The publication will be a revised and expanded edition of Ibidem's previously published Formal Investigations: Aesthetic Style in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction (Studies in English Literatures 4, www.ibidemverlag.de/Series/Studies-in-English-Literatures).
Please send abstracts for a scholarly collection to be published by Ibidem Press, Germany, distributed in the US by Columbia University Press. This publication will be a revised and expanded edition of Ibidem's previously published Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature (Studies in English Literatures 2, www.ibidemverlag.de/Series/Studies-in-English-Literatures).
Myth and Fairy Tales Conference Area Call for Papers
Abstract/Proposals Due: 1 November 2013
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's 35th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, NM February 19-22, 2014
General information and online registration
Panels now forming on topics related to all areas of myth and fairy tale and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales (one or the other is perfectly fine), but we have seen that bringing both genre categories into conversation has led to extremely valuable and stimulating conversations.
Cross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English publications. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and engaging in academic discussions since 2008. For more information about the journal, please visit the website as follows:
Henry James' infamous condemnation of nineteenth-century novels as "loose baggy monsters" is so perfectly devastating that many forget that the author was posing a question. Flummoxed by a literary form that so readily included "the accidental and the arbitrary" in its representations, James pondered: what do they "artistically mean?" Walter Benjamin, another modern looking back on the nineteenth century with a sense of bewilderment, suggested elliptically that the swollen cushions, ample hangings, and profusion of dust covers, doilies, and antimacassars of the nineteenth-century interior were evidence of a deeply ingrained "posture...of struggle and defense."
The English Department, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education, Technical University of Liberec in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology kindly invite you to the international conference
Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction:
Traditions, Expectations, Genres and Codes.