Politics of Place is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduates. It publishes exceptional research focusing on the relationship between culture and spatiality in works of literature, engaging particularly with issues of nationhood, community, class, marginality, and the self. The journal places specific emphasis on the complex interactions between physical environments and human activity.
Religious travel is found in many of the world's greatest literary works, from the pilgrims going to Canterbury to Tripitaka collecting the sacred scrolls in India to Las Casas traveling around the New World to Dante ascending from Hell into Paradise--just to name a few well-known examples.
Presentations on any topic related to literary depictions of religious travel--anything from literal depictions of pilgrimage or mission to metaphorical depictions of spiritual journeying or ascension--are welcome. Source material may come from any religious tradition and geographic region, and genres may include both textual and performed materials (e.g., plays, songs, movies).
A New Look at the Gothic Monster
This panel explores the cultural roles that monsters inhabit in Gothic fiction. Since the late-Victorian period, popular fiction has featured a panoply of monsters—vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, mummies, shape-shifters, unknowable, and amorphous "things," and a variety of other undeads. The evolution of monsters, what they represent, and why audiences need them are subjects of interest for this panel. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: psychology and the monster; the abhuman; the post-human and the monster; the monster in imperial Gothic fiction; popular fiction and the monster; cultural transformations of the monster.
This special session for the 2012 PAMLA Conference seeks papers that address constructions, representations, and interpretations of dreams and dreamlike states. What extent do we have control over our dreams? What is the purpose of dreaming, if such purpose exists? What of other, dream-like altered states of consciousness?
This session welcomes papers from across the disciplines. Please use the PAMLA 2012 site to submit a proposal before Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Abstracts are now being accepted for possible inclusion in an anthology on "The Adventures of Tintin." Proposed essay topics should creatively engage with the critical, philosophical, and social issues explored in the Tintin universe and intended to appeal to the intelligent lay reader.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Conference Date: June 25-27, 2013
Organized by Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, with the participation of Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon, France
Simone Bignall (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Joyce C. H. Liu (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Brett Neilson (University of West Sydney, Australia)
Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
Naoki Sakai (Cornell University, USA)
Marcelo Svirksy (University of Wollongong, Australia)
*Other speakers to be confirmed
In so ostentatiously connecting the Book of Genesis, the state of nature, and the Atlantic World, John Locke made it so that liberal political-economy would always have to return to America, to grasp its theoretical foundations and to fulfill the destiny of private property. In opening up America as both conceptual origin and commercial imperative, the Second Treatise also participates in a long line of narrative fillings and fulfillments of a theoretically and narratively empty America.
Catalogued at the National Library in Ottawa, Canada, the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is now in its fourth year of publication. Publishing top quality academic articles, poetry, fiction, reviews, and art, the quint welcomes a diversity of disciplines and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. The quint's thirteenth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th May 2012—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time. Links to the quint are accessible at www.ucn.ca.
"To be or not to be" may certainly be the question. It draws the boundary separating order and chaos, dividing the light from darkness, so to speak. The question resents the authoritative order of "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." while not readily accepting the risk of "the undiscovered Country." This dilemma drives Hamlet to play within the sphere of conspiracy and performance, representing in general the "dialectic between codification and play [which] is an enduring feature of human existence," as Robert Scholes asserts in his Textual Power.
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Popular Romance Studies
The Pleasures of Romance
York, United Kingdom
27-29 September, 2012
Deadline Extended to May 30, 2012. Travel funding available.
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.