Pockets of Change: Cultural Adaptations and Transitions
13th Annual Work-in-Progress Conference
The University of Queensland, St. Lucia campus
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
September 4-6, 2009
Pockets of Change: Cultural Adaptations and Transitions
The Philosophical Society of Nepal, and its reviewed Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion (e.g. religious studies, history of religions), and semiotics.
The editors of this collection seek essays that explore how notions of sociability and cosmopolitanism were articulated in a variety of national contexts during the long eighteenth century. We are particularly interested in soliciting studies that focus upon traditions typically overlooked by scholars of the Enlightenment.
Historians are now familiar with the explosion of intellectual fervor during the long eighteenth century in such diverse locations as Naples, Koenigsberg, Edinburgh, and London. While the scholarly task of recovering the contours of debates along the "periphery" of the Enlightenment has made great progress, there are still a number of glaring lacunas to be filled. The study of notions of sociability is one such field.
Rice Graduate Symposium
October 2-3, 2009
Rice University, Houston, TX
Call For Papers
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Marcus; Professor of Literature, Columbia University
As the citizen of the nation becomes the consumer of the multinational corporation, our roles as inhabitants of space become increasingly complicated. Our literature, our faith, our bodies all speak to the different ways that we find to occupy the shifting territories of the postmodern landscape. Looking both to the past and future can help us to discover the real and imagined ways our cultures can develop in more richly and defined ways.
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The seventeenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place March 11-13 2010 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites one-page abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference's broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are welcome.
In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.
"Nostalgia tells it like it wasn't," according to David Lowenthal's 1989 article, yet many are compelled to cling to their longing for the past. This is especially true for many French and Francophone authors who lived through the end of colonialism. While they may overtly deny their nostalgia, it is difficult to escape the compulsion to recreate the time before their exile. Authors such as Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, and Marie Cardinal, among many others, cannot help but recreate their colonial homes even when they write from a postcolonial position. Rewriting the past can be therapeutic and obsessive.
"LITERATURE AND FILM" 2nd International Graduate Conference (Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, November 2009)
Call for Papers
Negotiating History, Memory, and Trauma in New South African Literature
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
Call for Papers:
Critical Theory: The Text and the World
September 17th 2009, University of Exeter
Keynote Speaker: Professor Colin MacCabe
Critical Theory: The Text and the World is a one-day Postgraduate conference designed to provide a venue for students and early-career academics to explore a multitude of critical approaches to literary and filmic texts. This event will provide a collaborative research forum which can direct contemporary debates in critical theory towards concrete socio-political issues. These issues include climate change, the global economic crisis and the war on terror.
With the increasing complexity of and necessity for writing instruction, both across the curriculum and within the disciplines, the familiar complaint of poor student writing skills and preparation continues to ring ever truer. The more writing is necessary, important, useful/ relevant, the poorer students seem to become at it. Nowhere does this seem more applicable than at technical institutions, such as those offering primarily engineering, scientific, and related curricula and degrees; a close second are various "professional" programs, most notably business.
Long marginalized as either not "literary" or conservatively pandering to bourgeois or other established interests, the genre of detective fiction has continued to defy doomsayers through its continued evolution, being produced by writers from a variety of backgrounds and likewise being set in a variety of milieux and so problematizing different sets of rules, conventions, and moral and other judgments. But what has been the cost or other outcome of this evolution? Has the genre truly become more inclusive, or has this rather happened through the hegemonization and repackaging of previously excluded authors, like various new voices from Asia, Latin America, and Africa?