Melville and Rome
Empire – Democracy – Belief – Art
The Eighth International Melville Conference
Rome: 22-26 June 2011
The Melville Society
in collaboration with
The Department of Foreign Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
University of Rome (Sapienza)
Melville and Rome
In H.G. Wells's A Modern Utopia (1905), the narrator holds a remarkable conversation between the narrator and a dog-loving botanist who declares that the stated purposes of purging contagious diseases would never, for him, justify the mass extermination of pet dogs. The botanist staunchly concludes, "I do not like your utopia, if there are to be no dogs."
As evidenced by the March 2009 PMLA's special section and the October 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage on the emerging field of animal studies, the question of the animal has risen to mainstream prominence as scholars increasingly heed Claude Levi-Strauss' advice to think with the animal.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway
Whereas visions of destruction and fantasies of the end have always haunted humankind, the modern period in particular has been increasingly characterised by a mixed sense of concern and fascination with the apocalypse, and even more so during the twentieth century. Today we are surrounded by scenarios of imminent destruction and annihilation, by politicians, scientists, religious groups, and writers, among others. This conference aims to explore and even question the widespread appeal of the apocalypse and we are particularly interested in narratives that either challenge or offer alternative responses to the apocalypse.
Plenary Speakers: Douglas Gifford (University of Glasgow) on Buchan's response to his Victorian literary precursors, and Douglas Kerr (University of Hong Kong) on Buchan, myth, and "The Dancing Floor".
Affecting Feminism: Feminist Theory and the Question of Feeling
Newcastle University, U.K. (10-12 December 2010)
Keynote Speakers: Ann Cvetkovich, Kate Chedgzoy, Ranjana Khanna, Alison Light, Patricia Waugh
Lord Dunsany- New Readings
"Two players sat down to play a game together to while eternity away and for their board they chose the sky from rim to rim, whereon lay a little dust; and every speck of dust was a world upon the board of playing."
Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold
This is a roundtable session that aims to explain the process of proposing, collecting, publishing, editing, and marketing an edited collection of essays, particularly as a book. There will also be a discussion about the value of edited collections when applying for tenure. Roundtable participants will share their recent publishing experiences (in the form of a 5-6 minute presentation), after which there will be time for an informal discussion between conference attendees and panelists.
Female editors and their important roles shaping modernist texts are often overlooked by scholars. This panel presentation seeks to recover several important female editors of little magazines, books, fliers, zines, etc in the U.S. and abroad. Papers discussing minority women are especially welcome, as are papers discussing female editors who were also artists, poets, writers, etc. Because of the important recovery aspect of this panel presentation, it is hoped that presenters will provide conference attendees with supplementary materials, in the form of handouts or PowerPoint presentations, to situate these foundational female editors for the audience.
The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, 14-16 July 2011, London Notre Dame Centre, UK.
Plenary lecturers will include: Julia Reinhard Lupton (UC Irvine) and John Schad (Lancaster University).
Other participants include: Jo Carruthers (Bristol University), Paul Contino (Pepperdine University), John Cox (Hope College), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mark Eaton (Azusa Pacific University), Peter Hawkins (Yale University), Emma Mason (Warwick University) and Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame).
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sirens - deadline extended
October 7–10, 2010
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 7–10, 2010, in Vail, CO. Guests of honor include Holly Black, Marie Brennan, and Terri Windling. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.
1-2 April 2011
Université Nancy 2
London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Influences in the Arts and Literature
Call for paper
The Research Groups I.D.E.A. ("Interdisciplinarité dans les études
anglophones"), Nancy-Université) and ECRITURES, Université Paul
Verlaine–Metz are announcing a call for papers for their international
conference on the theme: "London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural
Influences in the Arts and Literature".
From the devastation of the Athenian polis during the Peloponnesian war to the decline of the Greek world in the era of the Stoics, from the enclosures of the commons under the Tudors to the religious wars of the reformation and counter-reformation, and from the decline of the ancien régime to the upheavals of revolution and class struggle in the 19th century, "Utopia" is a name that has always been linked to crisis: as a reformist or revolutionary response to antagonisms and contradictions in the social, political and economic order, as a means of contemplating and urging a world to come during a period of transition and uncertainty.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Before and After Toynbee: conceiving the Industrial Revolution during the long nineteenth century.
A one-day symposium to be held in Cambridge on September 23 2010, comprising a keynote talk by Professor Donald Winch (Sussex) and three panels of short papers.
This symposium aims to ask questions of the way industrialization was conceived both before and after Toynbee's "Lectures" in 1884, and to address the evolving idea of industrialism in the course of the long nineteenth century.