We invite Master's students from all departments to submit work on a range of topics related to Middle Eastern studies. We encourage papers that explore the political, linguistic, and cultural significance of the Middle East that transcend limitations across formal/generic cultural, ideological boundaries, and/or within varying aesthetic approaches. Book reviews, critical, analytic, creative fiction, creative nonfiction, photographic, artistic, narrative, and poetic pieces related to Middle Eastern studies are welcome.
The Golden Age is the Tenth Annual Postgraduate Conference hosted by the English Programme, University of Dundee, in conjunction with the Scottish Word and Image Group. It is intended to investigate the diverse applications and conceptions of the term 'The Golden Age'. The phrase most obviously resonates with the theme of nostalgia, which is popularly understood as a wistful longing for the past but which also denotes homesickness. While 'The Golden Age' typically conjures up idealized and nostalgic visions of the past, it is equally suggestive of a discontented present, and it even gestures forward to utopian visions of future golden ages.
*Dickens Day 2012*
Dickens and Popular Culture
Saturday 13th October 2012, Senate House, London (UK)
Keynote speaker: Professor Juliet John
The Conference will be held on the 7th of June 2012 at the University of Western Australia, Perth, with supplementary events on the 6th and the 8th.
The Limina Collective is calling for conference submissions from postgraduates and early-career researchers that explore the many facets of scholarly collaborations and interdisciplinary research in the twenty-first century Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference aims to foster a supportive environment in which current post-graduates and early career researchers can present their own research whilst investigating the complexities of scholarly cooperation.
Masterclass on 'Socialising Research' on Friday the 8th
Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.
2ND CALL FOR PROPOSALS
24th International Conference on Medievalism
THEME: Medievalism(s) & Diversity
Hosted by Kent State University Regional Campuses
October 18-20, 2012
ON-CAMPUS LOCATION: Kent State University Stark
ONLINE LOCATION: A portion of this year's conference will be hosted online (October 15 to November 15) in a password-protected location.
PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES: Select papers may be published in THE YEAR'S WORK IN MEDIEVALISM, as well as be considered for publication in MEDIEVALLY SPEAKING and STUDIES IN MEDIEVALISM.
VIDEO GAME POSTER SESSION & WORKSHOP: Co-sponsored by Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization.
'Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.'
Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1963. London: Routledge, 2002), 66.
'Arts research needs to change direction, to look outwards, and investigate the audience not the texts. It needs to link up with sociology and psychology and public health, and create a body of knowledge about what the arts actually do to people. Until that happens, we cannot even pretend that we are taking the arts seriously.'
John Carey, What Good Are the Arts? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 167.
"Place is a space which has historical meanings, where some things have happened that are now remembered and which provide continuity and identity across the generations. Place is a space in which important words have been spoken which have established identity, defined vocation and envisioned destiny...Place is indeed a protest against an uncompromising pursuit of space. It is a declaration that our humanness cannot be found in escape, detachment, absence of commitment, and undefined freedom... Whereas pursuit of space may be a flight from history, a yearning for place is a decision to enter history with an identifiable people in an identifiable pilgrimage." Walter Brueggeman
Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively.
In keeping with this year's MSA Conference theme, Modernism and Spectacle, this proposed panel seeks proposals for papers that explore the many representations of this theme within modernist little magazines and periodicals.
How do early-twentieth century little magazines and periodicals explore the idea of spectacle or the spectacular? Is this exploration part of an overarching cross or inter-disciplinary purpose of the magazine? How do little magazines and periodicals, in their material form as objects of artistic merit, exist as miniature spectacles?
Papers may address (but are not limited to) the following: