From Jacques de Vaucanson's eighteenth-century defecating duck to robots to weaponized military drones, automation has long been a significant site of fascination and fear. This panel will explore automation using a wide lens – one that includes aesthetic representations of, for example, automated machines, animals, and humans, as well as theories of automation, labor, and technology. Specifically, this panel seeks to investigate the narratives and rhetorics of catastrophe and crisis that frequently accompany automation: from fears of dehumanization through our engagement with automated machines, to threats of the automation of our labor, production, consumption, and desires.
Neo-Victorianism has become a major trend in contemporary literature and culture. Novels, motion pictures, documentaries and TV series have all contributed to the persistent re-imagination of the nineteenth century. While neo-Victorianism in fiction and film has sparked off a lively academic industry, its impact on children's literature and contemporary discourses on childhood has not yet been fully addressed.
The Festivals & Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions for the 2012 PCA/ACA conference in Boston, MA (April 11-14, 2011) on any festival or faire—modern or historical. Scholars of theatre / theater, drama, performance studies, American studies, popular culture, religion, history, anthropology, folklore, English, theory, and non-western traditions are encouraged to apply. Since the conference is in Boston, MA, any papers relating to festivals and faires in the city or state are greatly appreciated. Other specific areas of interest for this year's panels include, but are not limited to:
Early literary centuries— Literatures from the early 20th and 21st centuries and their links with the previous centuries
full name / name of organization:
Journal "Textes et contextes"
March 16-18, 2012
Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
Extended Deadline: November 15, 2011
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. BARBARA GATES
PLENARY SPEAKERS: JANISSE RAY AND DR. CATHERINE ROACH
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
We live in a time of crisis in our homes and in our natural environment. From hurricanes to oil spills, we are linked to each other through the loss and degradation of regional and national habitats. Our selfhoods and the place we make for ourselves in the world are ultimately rooted in both our biological and ecological families.
Call for Papers: The Corpse and Catastrophe
ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012
Seminar Organizers: Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers University) and David Sherman (Brandeis University)
This seminar will examine the corpses in and of literature, including the catastrophic meaning of corpses. Papers with aesthetic, ethical, political, and historical dimensions are welcome, and might address a range of questions:
Ars Lyrica, the journal of the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, seeks articles on area of word-music relationships. Articles of any length will be considered. The deadline for the next issue is January 31, 2012; any articles submitted after that will be considered for future issues. For further information, go to www.lyricasociety.org.
The Nineteenth-Century Memory: Approaches and Appropriations
postgraduate conference at Leeds Trinity University College, 3 March 2012
with keynote speakers
Professor Ann Heilmann, University of Hull
and Dr Trev Broughton, University of York
'...nothing that is once mentally our own can ever be entirely lost'
(Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1899))
'We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow'
(Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1890))
What is the role of literature in creating new ways of being in the world? If many conceptualizations of political freedom terminate in teleologically- determined emancipation, and thus separate the possibility of freedom from the conditions of social life, how can literary form, by contrast, support invention in the face of the unknown?
ROMAN Books, an independent publishing house of international repute, is now accepting proposals for doctoral and postgraduate dissertation for publication. After publication the book will be available and sold in USA, UK and Ireland by major bookstores like Amazon, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.
The dissertation must be complete. Authors are paid annual royalties at a competitive rate.
Please send a 1000 word abstract, a detail chapter-by-chapter synopsis and three sample chapters for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org