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eSharp Issue 20: New Horizons

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 11:22am
University of Glasgow

Have you found yourself thinking beyond the boundaries of current viewpoints?

How has the framework of your field of research or interest changed?

Are you pursuing unconventional approaches regarding your field of expertise?

If you have any food for thought, if you have developed any insight to share, here is the place.

Woolf and London's Colonial Writers (MLA 2014)

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 10:33pm
Elizabeth Evans

This proposed panel investigates literary, political, social, and spatial connections between Virginia Woolf and contemporaneous London-affiliated writers from the British colonies. Papers may consider such figures as Mulk Raj Anand, Mahatma Gandhi, C.L.R. James, Una Marson, and Jean Rhys (to name but a few) and address intersections through the Hogarth Press, mutual friends and social circles, shared literary and political investments, literary responses, and common spaces. Please send a 300-word abstract and brief scholarly biography to organizer Elizabeth F. Evans,, by March 8.

FINAL CALL--COUld you please post this asap? March 4 The Return of the Text: A conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 9:21pm
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum

The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Sept. 26-28, 2013
full name / name of organization:
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum
contact email:
Keynote Speakers: Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Mitchell Breitwieser, English, U.C. Berkeley Charles Mathewes, Religion, University of Virginia Steven Justice, English, U.C. Berkeley Albrecht Diem, History, Syracuse University ---with a special reading and group discussion of Finnegan's Wake led by John Bishop

[UPDATE] Repetition - with a difference? :: May 9-10, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 2:44pm
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Last year we heard Barack Obama say "Yes, we can" for a second time, and saw Youtube viewers watch and re-watch Psy's "Gangnam Style" for the billionth time (really!): we live surrounded by repetition. As scholars embedded in a culture obsessed with imitation, parody, and countless other forms of re- acting, we ought to ask one another "what is the significance of repetition?" When is it a form of questioning or deconstruction, and when is it simply re(in)statement or obsession? We invite you to join us as we explore the ontological, political, ethical, and literary implications of repetition.

Deadline for submissions is this week: March 1st, 2013.

CFP: Rediscovering Morocco

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 2:08pm
Society for the History of Discoveries, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013

Session Proposal: "Rediscovering Morocco"

This session seeks to unite disparate European explorations and penetrations into Morocco, while at the same time papers may address Moroccan explorations and penetrations into Europe, the Americas or the East. Particular areas of inquiry might address: transatlantic exploration—Native Americans to Morocco, or North Africans to the Americas; European exploration and colonization of Morocco and Moroccan exploration and "colonization" of Europe; African (ie sub-Sahara, Ethiopia, Egypt) exploration of Morocco, and vice versa; or, travel diaries and narratives of European travelers to Morocco, or Moroccan travelers to Europe.

Dickens Day 2013: Dickens and History

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:00am
Ben Winyard / Birkbeck, University of London

Dickens Day: Dickens and History
Senate House, London
Saturday 12th October 2013

Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens's life and work. Dickens's early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works.

[UPDATE] Interrogating the Human: Literary and Epistemological Interchange - July 9-11 2013 Annual AUETSA Conference

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:00am
Association of University English Teachers of South Africa / Rhodes University

This conference will consider the interrelationship between formal structures of knowledge and literary writing / discourse. It will interrogate the deep discursive interplay between non-fictive and fictive forms and address critical issues associated with this historical division.

How are paradigms for the collection and transmission of knowledge about the natural world informed, transmitted, and transmuted by literary means? How might literary criticism play a role in the interrogation of epistemological genres associated with the categorization of the human, including but not limited to philosophy, jurisprudence, anthropology and biology?

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

[UPDATE] Deadline extension: The Arts of Attention Conference, Budapest, Hungary (Mar. 31, 2013)

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:47am
Károli Gáspár University

Attention is increasingly regarded by cognitive scientists and evolutionary anthropologists as a faculty whose development in human animals is constitutive of what it means to be human. This conference invites papers on (1) the ways in which literary texts encode this faculty (tropologically, discoursively, narratologically, ideologically), and/or (2) the ways in which theories of reading have recognized or underestimated the arts and techniques of attention. We particularly invite contributions developing or dismissing the suggestion that literature offers privileged insight into the function of attention as a possibility condition for the imagination, for agency, and for community formation.