In September 2012 an interdisciplinary conference at Sutton House in London will mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill. Best known for her housing reform, Hill was also instrumental in founding such diverse present-day institutions as the National Trust, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Army Cadet force, and Family Action (originally the Charity Organisation Society). In a political climate which once again emphasizes the kind of privately-financed social action that Hill applauded, and where the preservation of open space and the provision of homes are again contentious, a re-evaluation of her life and legacy seems particularly timely.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is 'Sports, Games, and Pastimes'. Topics that might be addressed are:
English Literature (1700 to Present), a standing session, invites papers from a range of theoretical and analytic approaches on any relevant topic.
Please submit paper proposals to the PAMLA website by April 22, 2012: http://www.pamla.org/2012/
The PAMLA 2012 conference will be held at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington, on October 19-21, 2012.
CFP: The Adventures of Tintin (essay collection)
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:
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
- Prof Massimo Fusilo (Università dell'Aquila)
- Prof Richard Bradford (University of Ulster)
- Prof Marina Grishakova (University of Tartu)
Looking to replace a few presenters who have dropped out of the panel - submit an abstract of 250 words on any topic related to British Romanticism to Lindsay Dearinger email@example.com by Friday, March 30th.
International Conference : « The ethics and poetics of genre literature »
March 15-16 2013
Université Paul Valéry- Montpellier 3
Organized by EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone)
With the support of the Société de Stylistique Anglaise (SSA)
A reminder that the deadline for abstracts for 'Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution?', a one day postgraduate conference at Keele University on 12 May 2012, is March 31st.
The conference organizers invite proposals for 15 minute papers on any aspect of interactions between literature and science from 1800 to the present day. Applicants might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas:
[DEADLINE EXTENDED]In her 2008 Massey Lectures, Margaret Atwood calls debt "that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force." Today, we are facing an explosion of discourses foregrounding financial debt. Whether in the Euro Zone Debt Crisis, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, or rising student loan debt, narrative and debt cannot be decoupled, nor can they be detached from a given political or affective investment. In addition to the obvious economic concerns, we are also interested in widening the discussion of debt: How do literature and cultural products help us make sense of these issues?