Physical illness forces us to confront the reality of the corporeal self at the very moment when physical identity is deteriorating. The personal chaos and confusion that the sick person faces extend beyond the self to a reevaluation of external order and rationality, calling into question accepted social norms and values. Novelists have long recognized the possibilities of "illness as metaphor" as Susan Sontag so well articulated. But physical illness is an embodied presence. As Suzanne Bost writes, the body "is . . . too fundamental to be only a metaphor" [Encarnación. Fordham UP, 2010. 3).
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June 6-9, 2012
John Jay College of Criminal Justice—CUNY (New York, NY)will be hosting an International Conference:
"Global Perspectives on Justice, Security and Human Rights"
Following the success of the previous eight international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, invites papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 11th to 13th November 2011.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain: Call for Papers
An international conference to be held at the University of Leeds, 28-29 June 2012, under the auspices of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the School of English
Plenary speakers: Dr Gregory Dart (University College London); Professor Robert Mankin (Université Paris-Diderot); Professor John T. Scott (University of California, Davis)
The aim of this international conference, held in celebration of the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, is twofold: (1) to reassess the impact that Britain had on Rousseau's life and writing; and (2) to examine the reception of Rousseau's works in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Jean Wall Bennet Professor of English and American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prof. Castronovo's publications include:
Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007);
Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001);
Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)
Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics, co-edited with Dana Nelson (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)
Though its title foregrounds art and visual culture, this conference will treat "picturing" in all its many senses: imagining, representing, framing, mapping. We invite papers and panels that consider how the nineteenth century represented itself to itself – through depictions of subjectivity, history, and culture; through emerging technologies and disciplines; through self-conscious "meta" attempts to understand methods of representation. We also encourage papers that consider how our own technologies and disciplines create multiple pictures of "the nineteenth century." Interdisciplinary papers and panels are especially welcome.
Paranoia and Pain (University of Liverpool, 2-4 April 2012) is an international cross-disciplinary conference, seeking to raise an awareness of various intersections of literature and science. The conference aims to explore overlapping paradigms of paranoia and pain in psychology, biological sciences, and literary texts/contexts.
For further information on the conference and events, please visit http://paranoiapain.liv.ac.uk
Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of human values, including aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, or religious values. Affiliated with the Society for Values in Higher Education, the journal has recently moved to Florida State University, where it will be housed in the Center for Humanities & Society and edited by John Kelsay of the FSU Department of Religion. We welcome work from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches, including the arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion, among others.