The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) will offer a $1000 prize for the best cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort in the Arts and Humanities that yields a historically-grounded script on a topic of African American research. Established and aspiring scholars and writers with expertise in creative writing, literary criticism, philosophy, history, communications, performance studies, sociocultural anthropology, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Submitted scripts will be considered for production. There are no limits on the historical time frame or genre of writing. Scripts should be submitted electronically and in hard-copy format to the IAAR by March 1, 2010.
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."
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS EXTENDED UNTIL 1 MARCH 2010
Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces
A one-day conference at
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
24 April 2010
Keynote speakers include Professor Sue Zlosnik (MMU), Dr Ben Highmore (Sussex) and the artist Gerry Gapinski.
This conference takes the specificity of urban 'phantasmogenetic centres' as an organizing principle, aiming to explore particular representations of urban gothic in literature, film, television and graphic novels. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers focusing on identifying, untangling or savouring gothic elements in literary, cinematic and graphic representations of particular cities, both past and present.
I am searching for anyone who is interested in contributing to, as well as editing, a collection of essays that spans Harriet Beecher Stowe's writing career. I am supposing that since 2011 is the bicentennial of her birth, interest might be garnered among presses. All approaches, suggestions, and topics are welcome.
Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold
GENDER & DIFFERENCE, 20-23 May 2010
Call for Papers
This interdiciplinary conference is organised by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University and tbe Englisches Seminar at the University of Cologne.
It will be held at Gregynog Hall. This is the University of Wales residential conference centre, which is situated near Newtown in Mid Wales. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: CLAIRE COLEBROOK AND MANDY MERCK
Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal, and its reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry," looks for articles for its Fall 2010 Special Issue on MODERNISMS. We are looking for articles, which examine the historical and material conditions and philosophical or theoretical/experimental perspectives that influenced the forms and contents of the modernist (contemporary and past) arts and literature.
The lives of girls are mediated in large part by the plethora of texts that surround them. Though adults often attempt to intercede, manipulate, or otherwise circumvent these texts, still the abundance of media and materials surrounding girls leaves them both vulnerable and savvy as they engage with texts that are either meant to address them directly or not.
Narrating Lives behind Bars
Special Session at MLA 2011
in Los Angeles January 6-9, 2011.
Why write from or about prison? How do narratives of incarceration and torture inform notions of justice, liberty, and rights?
Especially welcome would be theoretical analyses of prison literature , of the conditions for writing prison narratives, and of the rhetoric of prisons writing.
Send all queries to Jonathan Abel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts of 500 words by March 1st.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Naomi Morgenstern, University of Toronto.
"The University in Crisis: Teaching, Transference and Tenure in David Mamet's Oleanna."
Death in Early Modern Europe
The Humanities Review, a literary journal published by the St. John's University English Department in New York, seeks scholarly compositions for the Spring 2010 edition. This issue will focus on the political, social and aesthetic machinery of death in Early Modern literature. Possible topics of interest include:
• The Functions of Textual Death
• Theatrical Death
• Death and the Human Body
• Death and the Supernatural
• Memento mori in period art
• The Plague / Executions
Submissions should be 10 pages single spaced. MLA style only. Endnotes preferred.
I am putting together a panel exploring relations between England and the U.S. during 1870-1910 for the Midwest Conference on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting (October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland), given their stated strong preference for completed panels.
Any papers relating to Anglo-American literary relations during the last third of the 19th-century, and trickling into the 20th-century, will be most welcome.
I am particularly interested in questions of how transatlantic literature of the period influenced
- transatlantic imperial competition between England, fresh from carving up Africa, and the U.S., rising world power and former English colony,
- millennial discourses of utopia or dystopia,
This special session will explore the role of ghosts and haunting in American literature and how they reveal, challenge, and remake narratives of the nation. Please send abstracts (250 words) to Naomi Edwards by March 15 - Naomi.Edwards@stonybrook.edu
ImageTexT is still accepting submissions for an upcoming special issue on the work of Alan Moore and adaptation.