The 2012 South Central MLA Conference is accepting paper proposals for its Biography/Autobiography/Memoir panel. Literary paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, and memoir are welcome. Please submit a 200-word abstract by 4/1/13 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SCMLA conference will be held in New Orleans, LA from October 3-5, 2013.
The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, "Rethinking 'The Good Life.'"
In a conversation that draws upon her work on "the cultures of affect" to posit the urgency of re-imagining state and civil society, Lauren Berlant asks,
"What if people were to take the opportunity to reimagine state/society relations such that the flourishing of reciprocity were differently constructed and assessed, and in which consumer forms of collectivity were not the main way people secure or fantasize securing everyday happiness?"
The 'Victorian Orientalism(s)' joint international conference between the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Ghent University (Belgium) and the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Ragusa (University of Catania, Italy) aims to discuss the continuing relevance of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) as a paramount attempt to define the latent and manifest traces of the East in Western literature and culture. Starting with the postulate that all Eastern societies are fundamentally different from one another, 'Victorian Orientalism(s)' seeks to explore what Sherry Simon (2000) calls 'aesthetics of cultural pluralism', i.e. the many ways in which the Victorians envisioned the East.
39th Annual Conference of the SCLA to be held October 18-19, 2013
at Guilford College (Greensboro, NC).
The tenuous relationship between the past, present, and future complicates the practice of creating as well as translating time in imaginary works. Grammatically, tense marks more than temporality; it also highlights degrees of being that remain unreachable or forever distant. At the 2013 SCLA conference we will examine what it means to stage the past and direct the future in our literary and artistic texts. Whether anachronistic, politicized, or asynchronous, tense marks the uneasy space where recollection and projection meet.
Eurasian Multidisciplinary Forum
Tbilisi, Georgia 24-26, October 2013
This International summit event is a result of the academic cooperation over the past several years between the European Scientific Institute and the University Grigol Robakidze, expressed through several successfully accomplished projects, primarily in the area of joint publication of scientific works.
While Transpacific Studies often focus on Asian diasporic writing, this panel seeks essays on life writing emerging from travel across the Pacific in all directions, East-West, West-East, North-South. Following Yunte Huang's lead in *Transpacific Imaginations* and *Transpacific Displacements*, we might expand the definition of transpacific to encompass modern Western expatriate memoirs such as Mark Salzman's *Iron and Silk*; Simon Manchester's *The River at the Centre of the World*; Nathan Gray's *First Pass Under Heaven*; Mark Kitto's *Chasing China*; Rachel DeWoskin's *Foreign Babes in Beijing*; Angela Carter in Japan; Bruce S.
CFP: Friends of English Southland Graduate Conference at UCLA
At Face Value: Re-thinking Surfaces
Friday, May 31, 2013 at UCLA
Professor Rachel Lee (UCLA)
Professor Daniel Tiffany (USC)
Sir Peter: Aye, ever improving himself!--Mr. Surface, Mr. Surface...Well, well, that's proper; and you make even your screen a source of knowledge...
Joseph Surface: Oh, yes, I find great use in that screen.
-Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal (IV.3)