In 2012, a year-long programme of events in Lancaster and the surrounding area will mark the 400th anniversary of the trial and execution of the first group of Lancashire Witches. A second trial occurred in 1634 and although pardoned, the accused were re-imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. The case of the Lancashire Witches and their supposed crimes interwove fact and fiction, local hostilities and more exotic ideas of witches' sabbats that were usually associated with continental witchcraft. They became a cause célèbre, like the witches of Trier and Fulda (Germany), Torsåker (Sweden) and Salem (North America).
1st Global Conference
Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative
Sunday 13th May – Tuesday 15th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
9th Global Conference
War and Peace
Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers:
The opening decade of the 21st century has seen war assume a number of new forms – new at least in relation to the 20th century. So, for instance, the West's war in Afghanistan is already longer than WW2, and shows no sign of coming to an end; the nature of those engaged in war has widened to include a variety of non-state agents; and war itself has come to include as arguably justifiable tactics and strategies previously either excluded or at least not recognised as legitimate. In short, the distinction between war and peace is becoming increasingly unclear.
CFP: Human-Animal Relationships in Literature in the Nineteenth Century, NeMLA (9/30/11, 3/15-8/12)
June 15-16, 2012
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
George Washington University,
Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Peter Hutchings
Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
"Although he was already repellent enough, there arose
from the fungous skin-growth with which he was almost
covered a very sickening stench which was hard to
tolerate... with the use of the [daily] bath the unpleasant
odour... ceased to be noticeable"
- Sir Frederick Treves
This special session seeks papers that will explore "Power of Fables / Folktales". Abstracts from Graduate students are also encouraged. Proposals (150 words or less) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 15, 2011.
March 16-18, 2012
Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
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.
This two-day interdisciplinary, cross-period conference will explore humanity's perennial fascination with the monstrous. From children's toys to religious architecture, from medical and legal definitions to Gothic romance – cultural products resonate with fear, obsession and desire for the monster.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
Forum Issue 13: Revenge
Deadline: 3rd October 2011
"Vengeance offers the writer a compelling mix of ingredients: strong situations shaped by violence; ethical issues for debate; a volatile, emotive mixture of loss and agitated grievance. The avenger, isolated and vulnerable, can achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis." – John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy
For the Autumn 2011 issue of Forum, we invite submissions which explore representations of revenge in literature, art and film. We are seeking articles that consider the topic of REVENGE in relation to concepts including, but not limited to:
Call for Papers: Travel and Literature at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org.