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.
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.
SEMINAR ORGANISED WITHIN the Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association, August 5 – 8, 2013: University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Seminar Convenor: Prof. Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia, Italy)
Seminar Co-Convenor: Prof. Anna Enrichetta Soccio (Università "G. d'Annuzio", Chieti, Italy)
Dr. Tammy Kinley, University of North Texas, Guest Editor
Dr. Jessica Strubel, Univeristy of North Texas, Associate Journal Editor
Manuscript Submission Due Date: June 1, 2013
Issue 3.2 (Summer 2013) 'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'
In this special issue, Inquire invites article submissions that consider the relationship between geography and the study of literature. As always, Inquire encourages intellectual discussions that approach the text from inside and outside, considering the movement of literary artifacts across geographical spaces as well as the significance of geographical movement within literature.
Recent understandings of world literature have moved away from a focus on delineating canons of geographically-distributed great works, and towards describing a complex process of influence and reaction between increasingly-porous national and linguistic boundaries. As the discipline that most clearly claims responsibility for understanding literature beyond such boundaries, does Comparative Literature need to follow in the tracks of its object of study and somehow deterritorialize itself? As well, what would such a project mean, in terms of new methodologies, objects of study, disciplinary self-conceptions, development of linguistic and literary competencies, and interdepartmental or international research collaborations?
From the early feminists to postmodern protagonists her novels rewrite medieval saints and sinners, Victorian mediums and contemporary visionaries, offering us new perspectives on well known stories and motifs.
As Michele Roberts herself will be our guest of honor, her work is the inspiration for our 2013 Literature in English Symposium but we welcome papers about topics related to postmodern rewriting of history and culture as well as the feminist standpoint on both contemporary and earlier literature in English. Papers in other languages (German, French, Spanish) will also be considered.
This one-day symposium hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London aims to bring together postgraduates and academics to explore how the issues of feminism, influence and inheritance animate or problematize their work and practice in the field of literary study. Through this conference we aim to begin a discussion about the challenges and anxieties, but also the significant rewards of engaging with our substantial feminist inheritance as scholars working in English Studies today. It will seek to consider how contemporary research relates to the rich, complex and extensive history of feminist research in the discipline and explore how new directions in literary study might be informed by the work of the past.
"Alt," neither a word nor a prefix in the grammatical sense, has nevertheless been a generative concept in contemporary scholarly interrogations of non-normative ways of engaging with and inhabiting the world. Various fields and disciplines have begun to investigate the meaning, value, and application of alt, inviting critical discourses around questions of alterities, alternations, and alternatives. From considering relations with others to shifting theoretical frameworks to imagining alternate realities, alt complicates periodizations, genres, identities, subjectivities, epistemologies, and discourses.
3rd Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Chronicity
Monday 23rd September – Wednesday 25th September 2013
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Presentations
The apparent increase in and diversity of chronic conditions calls for better understandings of the spaces between health and illness that chronic patients occupy, often for most of their lives and raises questions not just about those that suffer, but also about those that care for them, available treatments and care, and social inclusiveness.