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"?
Call for Papers:
Geocritical Explorations: Space, Place, and Mapping in Literary and Cultural Studies
(Collection of Critical Essays)
Send 300-word abstract and brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8, 2010.
This conference seeks to cover the diversity of Penguin's publication history. In 2010, Penguin Books will be 75 years old and Puffin Books will be 70 years old. Organised by the AHRC Penguin Archive Project, the International Penguin Conference is occasioned by these two anniversaries of what is arguably the most distinctive and the most significant publishing house in the twentieth century and beyond. The conference will take place at the University of Bristol on three days: Tuesday 29 June - Thursday 1 July 2010.
In addition to accepting for review submission for its general issues (which cover numerous disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts), the Journal of Bisexuality also invites essays for "special clusters" on the following topics. (See below for more information about the journal in general).
Race, Ethnicity, Bisexuality
The Journal of Bisexuality invites submission that address the intersection of race, ethnicity, and bisexuality. Specific topics and disciplinary approaches are open. Contact the editor for additional information or to propose an article.
Sexual Frontiers / Bisexuality
"The most common form of eccentricity of all was one that could be seen as another exaggeration of Englishness, its innate conservatism" (Paul Langford, Englishness Identified, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 305). Any critical assessment of Englishness rests on a number of seemingly contradictory notions: amongst these, eccentricity has its special place.
This conference will focus on the evolving definitions of eccentricity in English culture from the XVIth century to the present day. The aim is twofold: provide an overview of the critical history of eccentricity and conceptualise a notion that seems to be taken for granted and that crops up consistently whenever the English "character" is evoked.
Ghosts and ghost stories fascinated the British reading public throughout the nineteenth century. The supernatural genre was an intriguing area for many authors during this time because it allowed them to voice their socio-political concerns within the well-known and non-threatening form of the ghost story. These writers used the figure of the ghost to carry their messages of social reform, or to raise awareness of problems in British society that needed to be considered or changed. Thus, the "social supernatural" often combines an entertaining ghost story with a deeper social or political agenda. For the 2010 Romantic and Victorian SAMLA session, topics that address the above concerns are especially welcome.
New psychoanalytic readings of Dickens and his works: Dickens and trauma, dissociation, dreams, hallucinatory states, unconscious memory. Dickens and Victorian theories of mind: double consciousness, mesmerism, physiognomy. Novels as case studies. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2010 to email@example.com.
"Adapting Dickens," a panel sponsored by the Dickens Society for the 2011 MLA. Papers exploring adaptations of Dickens's novels across time and media, from stage and film to Neo-Victorian fiction and contemporary—even commercial—incarnations. 250-word abstracts by 8 March 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studies in Gothic Fiction, a new peer-reviewed, on-line journal is seeking articles and reviews. Studies in Gothic Fiction is devoted to covering all issues of Gothic literature and media studies. Articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words. Reviews should be approximately 1,000 words with full publication dates and details of the subject: novels and graphic novels, film, television, drama, video games etc. All articles should be written in endnote format, following MLA style. Submit articles for consideration as word attachments to email@example.com.
Call for Papers: Governing Gender: Bodies and Boundaries
Date: February 25-26, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Cobb of the University of Toronto, and author of God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence and has published widely on sexuality, identity, religion and race.
The Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the long 18th century for its 36th annual conference, Charting the 18th Century: Encircling Land & Sea. The conference is being held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 14-16 October 2010.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio before 31 January 2010 to Don Nichol, CSECS/SCEDHS 2010 Conference Organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A two day conference to be held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, London, UK
Monday-Tuesday 28-29 June 2010
Professor Linda Peterson (Yale University)
Professor Lyn Pykett (Aberystwyth University)
Proposals are invited for an international conference on Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle. Focusing on British women's writing in the period 1880 to 1900 the conference seeks to examine topics including but not limited to:
How do Victorian texts (novels, in particular) stage a confrontation between the sense of moral urgency and individual agency on the part of characters (or narrator) and the more distant, less personalized, and at times ironic sense of human lives as an effect of the invisible hand? What role does economic theory play in the sense of plot as beyond the control of any one human will? What generic or narratological innovations come about in response to this newly expressed form of fate? Is there a third path between individual agency and the invisible hand?
Please send proposals of 300-500 words and one-page cv to Ilana Blumberg (email@example.com) by February 15.
Session subject to approval.
In an effort to promote scholarly discourse in all disciplines and fields, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle invites graduate students to submit papers addressing notions of adaptation, a concept Dudley Andrew calls, "potentially as far reaching as you like" (Andrew, Concepts in Film Theory, 1984). The appearance of two journals dedicated to adaptation studies in the past two years along with the proliferation of theoretical texts on the subject testify to the ever-increasing reach of the topic.
A Special Issue on "Nineteenth Century Feminisms: Press and Platform" in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies (www.ncgsjournal.com)
Guest Edited by Susan Hamilton (University of Alberta) and Janice Schroeder (Carleton University).
Deadline for completed submissions: 1 May 2010