What makes an object, a person, or a pursuit a "curiosity"? Are curiosities abnormal and rare? Are they always the extraordinarily strange, or can they be an everyday oddity? Enmeshed in a larger set of notions that often pit the social against the individual, the normative against the taboo, and the expected against the surprising, curiosities generate questions about desire, taste, knowledge, and inquiry.
Call for Articles
Global Literatures and Islam (Working theme)
Eds. Beyazit Akman, Filiz Barin, Illinois State University
Contracted to: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
The present pleasure,
By revolution low'ring, thus become
The opposite of itself
- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
If, in the near future, all data, movies, etc., were to become instantly available, if the delay were to become minimal so that the very notion of "searching for" (a book, a film …) were to lose meaning, would this instant availability not suffocate desire?
[d]o not give way on your desire
Criterion seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. We encourage upper-division undergraduates and first- and second-year masters students to submit. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2012 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2012. The submission deadline for the 2012 issue is 20 January 2012. Essays received after this deadline will be considered for the 2013 issue.
Eleventh conference of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts
China Conservatory of Music (中国音乐学院), Beijing
26–30 October 2012
Call for Papers
International Conference on Macau Narratives
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities/New University of Lisbon
8, 9, 10 May 2013
Venue: Orient Museum (Lisbon, Portugal)
In 2013, to mark the 500-year anniversary of the arrival of Jorge Álvares in China and of Sino-Portuguese relations, the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) and the Centre for Overseas History (CHAM) of the New University of Lisbon, and the Fundação Oriente will organise an interdisciplinary International Conference on Macau Narratives.
Please find below a CFP for a special session at the 2012 British Women Writers Conference in Boulder, CO.
"Landmarks in Nineteenth-Century Natural History: Texts and Landscapes"
Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth
Keynote Speakers: Professor Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt University), Professor Ann Heilmann (University of Hull), Professor Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary, University of London), Professor Lillian Nayder (Bates College) and Professor Gail Turley-Houston (University of New Mexico)
2nd Global Conference
Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues
Friday 21st September – Sunday 23rd September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for papers:
The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites paper proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 23, 2012.