For some time now, philosophers, sociologists and neuroscientists have started to look once again at the world of emotions and passions to try and understand the mechanisms behind them. The development of this field of inquiry bears witness to a renewed fascination for human behaviour. Many disciplines seem to be characterised these days by this 'affective turn', which has led to fresh attention to the nature of artistic and literary expression, and for its capacity to illustrate the physical and ethical dimensions of feeling.
Paper proposals are sought for a panel presentation on Illustrated Texts, in keeping with the MMLA 2012 convention theme of "Debt": OWING A DEBT TO ILLUSTRATIONS
The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual Postgraduate Conference, to be held in the Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester on 24 November 2012. The keynote speaker will be Professor Brian Ward from the University of Manchester.
The 1012 RRCWL invites papers and panel proposals on topics that explore the dynamics of identity and conflict as well as their many manifestations across classes, cultures, kingdoms, sects, societies, families, and nations. While we are particularly interested in proposals that address the conference theme, papers and panels on all aspects of world literature will be considered.
Individual presenters should submit a 250-word abstract, including name, complete mailing address, and e-mail address. Proposals for panels must include an abstract for each presenter, as well as names, addresses and e-mail addresses of each participant. Abstracts are to be submitted as e-mail attachments in Word.
Submissions must be received by June 8, 2012.
Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood/ Pedagogies of the Reversed Maternal Image (Collection)
Editor: Catalina Florina Florescu, PhD
NB: There is NO specific time frame for this collection. Rather, we intend to look at various non-standard perspectives on motherhood as described during different times and as pertaining to many genres and media. For full description of this collection, please read the information presented below.
Proposals for panels and papers are invited for a conference entitled "Captivity Writing Unbound," to be hosted by the University of South Alabama's Department of English and held at its Baldwin County campus, which is set in the heart of the quaint artist community of Fairhope, overlooking scenic Mobile Bay. As conference organizers, we envision a relatively concentrated event in which select scholars working in various disciplines and historical periods will present new ideas about the general area of writing and captivity. We are particularly interested in papers that explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing, whether these are conceived generically, geographically, historically, or in disciplinary terms.
At present, capitalism seems to enjoy a certain status as the last remaining "ideological superpower" in the global arena; however, many committed scholars, activists, writers, philosophers, and others continue to seek new avenues for humanistic engagement even as corporate and political interests work to circumscribe the academic community's contributions to issues affecting the public sphere. Such imagining of alternative epistemologies is the focus of an edited volume currently under consideration at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, entitled, Marxian Cartographies: Mapping and Re-drawing the Trace.
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention
November 9-11, 2012
Part of the Scottish experience is one of travel, emigration, and exile. Over the centuries, Scots have been part of global exploration, hired out as mercenaries, led diplomatic missions and business enterprises in the far-flung reaches of the British Empire and beyond as wall as fought, hunted, and trapped in the Americas. One illustrious Scotswoman was instrumental in obtaining the Elgin Marbles. Their activities not only turned outwards--Scots also explored their won country, as did James Boswell on his famous walking tour of the Highlands and the Western Islands with Samuel Johnson in 1773. Our panel invites papers addressing the Scottish traveler and her/his experiences (or memoirs) whether they come in the form of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction