The following panel proposal is being co-sponsered by the College English Assoication and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment for consideration for the 2011 MLA meeting.
In historical periods of intense political unrest or in calls for social reformation, the written word has encompassed the energy and fervor of such revolutionary moments. From the political pamphlets distributed during the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution that marked a monumental shift in the United States and around the world in regards to labor laws and technological advancements, the idea of "progress" and pushing social expectations forward into a new mode of thought has permeated our culture for centuries. However, as scholars sit in the 21st century and contemplate the social reforms of the past, how do we recognize this notion of "progress"?
The 18th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM), April 9-10, 2010, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL
Keynote speaker: Dr. George Lakoff, University of California-Berkeley, author of Metaphors We Live By (1980), Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind (1987), Philosophy In The Flesh: the Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought (1999), The Political Mind : Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain (2008).
Transgression and its Limits
29-30th May 2010
University of Stirling
Professor Fred Botting
Reading followed by Q&A Session:
To discover the complete horizon of a society's symbolic values, it is also necessary to map out its transgressions, its deviants ~ Marcel Détienne.
In many ways, Irish literature and film are haunted, literally and figuratively. Additionally, it is home to many creatures and myths and even the most famous of the undead. This panel encourages an open approach to any way in which the supernatural works within Irish literature or film and discussions of the ways in which the supernatural, from haunting to vampires, works in conjunction or juxtaposition with Irish culture.
Approaches may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Selkies (ex. Secrets of Roan Inish), Pookas, green women, banshees, hags turning in to young women (ex. Cathleen ni Houlihan), spirits, ghosts, apparitions, myth or magic.
In many ways, Irish literary works and film are haunted, literally and figuratively. Additionally, it is home to many creatures and myths and even the most famous of the undead, Count Dracula. This panel encourages an open approach to any way in which the supernatural works within Irish literature or film and discussions of the ways in which the supernatural, from haunting to vampires to other creatures and forces, works in conjunction or juxtaposition with Irish culture.
MYTH, LITERATURE, AND THE UNCONSCIOUS
Date: 2-4 September, 2010
Venue: Wivenhoe Park Campus, University of Essex, Colchester, UK
The Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex is pleased to announce an international conference on "Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious" to be held at the Wivenhoe Park campus, 2-4 September, 2010. We invite proposals for papers (of 20 minutes duration), or panel sessions, dealing with the conjunction of myth, psychoanalysis, and literary-artistic activity. While proposals on any aspect of myth, literary, and psychoanalytic studies are very welcome, the organisers would particularly encourage interdisciplinary contributions. The topics might include, but will not be confined to:
In keeping with the 2010 SAMLA convention theme, the "Interplay between Image and Text," the MELUS panel seeks papers examining how images and/or the relationship between images and literary texts can inform, circumscribe, or perform identity within the context of multi-ethnic literature of the United States. Projects may consider images as constructed within narrative or place images and literary texts independent of one another in conversation. Please send 250 word abstracts and contact information to Lucy Littler at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th, 2010. Panelists will be notified via email by May 1st, 2010.
Adaptation- Call for Papers
University of Washington, Seattle. May 20 - 21, 2010.
Keynote Speaker: Paul A. Harris, Associate Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles).
Hosted by the Graduate Students in English Association, the UNT Critical Voices Conference is organized to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates, graduate students and new professionals. The conference welcomes academics of all levels for a weekend of intellectual debate, cultural experiences, and networking.
We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf).
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
Submissions must be received no later than April 1, 2010, in order to be considered for the 2010 issue.
Overview: Tzvetan Todorov defines the Fantastic (or Fantastique) as the "duration of...uncertainty" when one is unsure whether the Fantastic is real, illusory. The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to submit abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the Fantastic, including:
* the Bizarre (queer, or strange)
* the Imaginary and Visionary
* the Grotesque
* the Radical (departure from tradition or 'normalcy')
* the Gothic, Fantasy or Science Fiction
specs, a journal of arts and culture, invites submissions of critical and/or creative work for the 3rd volume on the theme of "Toys." We seek works of fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries. The editorial board consists of writers and academics from various fields. We are excited by specialty, an excess of detail, fragments, narratives, meta-narratives, and more. We are particularly interested in works that examine contemporary culture and/or cross the critical/creative divide while riffing on the theme of "Toys" in multiple ways (philosophy, anthropology, mythology):