In 1844, Emerson asserted, "if you have man, black or white is an insignificance." For a panel at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco from May 24-27, 2012, The Emerson Society invites reflections on African American responses and challenges, from the antebellum period to the present, to Emerson's core ideas, antislavery views, and Civil War engagements. Papers might address specific authorial dialogues and revisions, cultural innovation and formal experimentation, matters of politics and protest, and the relation of "self-reliance" to black elevation. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair (email@example.com) by Jan. 15, 2012.
"Gaming the System: The Global Stakes of Comparative Study"
For the first time in its 38-year history, the SCLA is coming to Vegas -- October 25-28, 2012 -- at University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center. Keynote and Plenary Speakers include Bruce Clarke(Texas Tech University) and Eric Hayot(Penn State University).
We welcome 250 word paper proposals or 500 word panel proposals on topics, including:
The Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites submissions for its debut panel from scholars who have neither published articles nor previously presented at ATHE. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2012.
Papers must address the history of theatre practice, but the parameters are broad. Active engagement with historiographical methodologies, theory, and/or dramatic literature is encouraged. Papers engaging explicitly with the conference theme "Performance As/Is Civil Engagement" and incorporating transnational or non-Western perspectives are especially desired. THFG remains committed to giving voice to a diversity of methodological approaches and geographical emphases.
It has become apparent with the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the tenth anniversary of 9/11, that major traumatic events continue to resonate in both the individual and social consciousness - perhaps more in the 21st century than ever before. Remembering, rethinking, reworking, and reimagining are just a few of the ways in which authors and artists, historians and critics, audiences and citizens have explored their own traumatic experiences, as well as the traumatic events that continue to impact larger communities.
Call for Papers and Posters:
"Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences"
British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 9-10, 2012
David Herman, Department of English, The Ohio State University
Kara D. Federmeier; Department of Psychology, Program in Neuroscience, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seeking papers for standing session on Romanticism, open to any topic. Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words to session organizer Lindsay Dearinger(firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 01, 2012. Applicants will receive acceptance or denial of proposals by March 15.
In her novel Hagar's Daughter, African American feminist Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins imagines her black female characters as looking back to and claiming cross-racial, gendered legacies in the process of forming their own identities, from Hagar Sargeant's dreaming of white colonial dames to Venus Johnson's militant transvestism. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton draws from the exegetical grouping of Judaism, femininity, and sexuality in the persons of Simon Rosedale and Lily Bart to reexamine Old New York's puritanical insistence upon its citizens' moral and physical inviolability.
Innovations and Anxieties
Saturday, March 31, 2012
A graduate conference hosted by the Graduate Program in English at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
In Theory and Practice
March 23-25, 2012
The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference
Keynote Speaker: Smaro Kamboureli, University of Guelph
"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted." – Ellen Glasgow
Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.