From the challenges of protection posed by the refugee to the Tea Party's diagnosis of government as deeply pernicious to individual liberty, to collectivities that emerge through globalizing technologies, the State's grip over lives and subjectivities seems increasingly precarious. On the one hand, it consolidates and exercises power over citizens, whose precariousness owes to their dependence on identities conferred by injunctions of the state; on the other hand, it has become a site of resistance, an idea against which subject positions, collectivities, and relations are mobilized and theorized.
The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:
Comparative performance in England
Comparative performances in England and other countries
Performance of Guilds
Women and performance
Current productions of early modern plays
Actors and the text
Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame announces an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on the history and literature of the British Isles in a European context from the Glorious Revolution to the twenty-first century.
Call for Student Papers:
Twenty-first Annual University of St. Francis Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literatures
Saturday, March 24, 2012
University of St. Francis
Submit complete papers or abstracts on any topic in literary studies, including comparative literature, literature in translation, faculty-student collaborations, creative writing (story, poetry, performance--two sessions planned).
Include mailing address, telephone number, email address, and the name of your college. Papers and readings are limited to 20 minutes (8-12 pages). Authors of papers accepted for the program are obliged to present in person.
Deadline: December 15, 2011
Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces
Cyber bullying, the male gaze in cinema, SlutWalk in Toronto, the canonization of slave narratives, border rhetoric in the classroom – issues such as these take up the ways bodies, power, and spaces converge in a re-seeing and re-interpreting of historical and contemporary social complexities. Investigating this nexus in our discursive and material realities gives us the language for articulating the machinations of power and space that construct and dismantle singular and collective (im)material bodies.
Re-conceptualizing Cartography: Space-Time Compression and Narrative Mapping
University of South Florida Graduate Conference
20–21 April 2012
In 2012, the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) will commemorate its 20th anniversary in Boulder, Colorado, by focusing on the theme of "Landmarks." Rich in both physical and metaphorical significance, landmarks form loci by which we organize history and chart the development of individuals, nations, and cultures. We therefore invite papers that explore how women writers and their texts engage with an ever-changing geography that is both material and abstract. These conference papers should address the people, places, events, and texts that have made their marks on history, and/or the processes and implications of marking, mapping, reading, preserving, overwriting, or erasing.
In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines, we invite presentations exploring any form of artistic representation---literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, opera, dance, film, photography, architecture et al---from any world culture, using an interdisciplinary "crossroads" approach to enrich and deepen our understanding of these cultural artifacts and the societies that produced them. Presentations on interdisciplinary approaches to teaching the humanities are also welcome. Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at