From the rise of no-fault divorce to nativist anxiety about exogamy, the shifting structure of marriage is a defining preoccupation of modernist fiction. This panel will examine the cultural innovations that reshaped marriage in the modernist moment. How do representations of marriage relate to teleology/futurity? What formal structures and aesthetic strategies arise to represent the dissolution of the institution that traditionally represents narrative closure? Does divorce signify differently in American and British modernisms? Despite the spike in the divorce rate, is marriage itself resistant to modernization? Is marriage a site of nostalgia, a yardstick of historical change, an antiquated relic?
Recently adaptation theorists have argued for a re-valuing of adaptations and of the dynamic between originary texts and their adaptation. Critics such as Brian McFarlane, Imelda Whelehan, and Deborah Cartmell have argued that adaptations carry "cultural capital" equal to the original's, and that putting a material, original text in dialogue with an adaptation provides an opportunity to revalue, perhaps increase the value of the original.
Call for Papers
Joint Meeting of CSECS/NEASECS/Aphra Behn Society
Hosted by McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, 27-29 October, 2011
"The Immaterial Eighteenth Century"
The Society for Utopian Studies is holding its annual conference at Penn State College this year from October 20-23. In advance of a special issue of Utopian Studies on the theme of "utopia and education," I am putting together a panel on utopian pedagogies in theory and/or practice. Rather than education in utopian literature or utopian literature as educational process, I am interested in research that focuses on education itself as containing a utopian dimension and pedagogies/educational experiments that embody, enact, or elicit utopian possibilities.
Please submit a brief 100-250 word abstract of your proposal to me by no later May 1st.
"The Politics of Travel":
The Seventh Conference of the International Society for Travel Writing
The International Society for Travel Writing invites you to join its seventh biennial conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from March 30th-April 1st 2012.
The conference has a special, but not exclusive, focus on "The Politics of Travel." Papers on this theme might address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
DIGITAL NATIVES: FEAR OF THE FLESH
University of Warwick, UK, 18-19 June 2011
"as art collapses into science, centralised control dissipates into networks, and culture migrates beyond man, the old models of explanation, classification and discussion are rendered obsolete."
-Virtual Futures, 1996
Community Connectivities/Temporal Belongings is a two day interdisciplinary workshop seeking to explore the interconnections between time and community, broadly conceived.
Broadly speaking, research on the problem of community has focused on the task of analysing, challenging and transforming how particular qualities or attributes (be it race, gender, sexuality, place, interest, affinity, history, class etc.) are constructed as being 'in common'. The interest of this workshop is to explore how time might be involved in the production of the 'in common' that defines who or what can be included in a community.
The mass popularity of science fiction (sf) has shaped the racial politics of popular culture. Through the art and science of governing the complex relationships of people in society in the context of authority, arbitrary, yet traditional, divisions of human beings along lines of color (Caucasian, Negro, Mongoloid, and Latino) have been mirrored in science fiction. In short, skin color matters in our visions of the future. Though W.E.B. DuBois articulates "the color line" as "the problem of the twentieth century" well over a hundred years ago (41), it still remains a fearsome and complicated twenty-first century problem. This problem challenges, compromises, if not corrupts, all endeavors to build a better, more progressive world.
Call for Papers 2011 (DEADLINE: May 17, 2011)
40th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for
Asian Studies Conference at Princeton University
Human Rights and Social Justice in Asia
October 22-October 23, 2011
Human Rights and Social Justice in Asia is the theme for the next MAR/AAS Conference, hosted by Princeton University. In addition to the theme, we encourage participants to think about regional integration, transnational linkages, and Asia�s global impact. We welcome panels and papers from any scholarly field that substantively address topics related to the Asian region. We especially welcome papers on South and Southeast Asia.
'A Self-Conscious Voice' - an Exploration of Expatriation and Literature
A post-graduate conference at the University of Bristol on May 11th, 2011
Recent landmark works in imperial historiography by such noteworthy scholars as John Darwin, James Belich, and Simon Potter have noted how conceptions of the British Empire began to change over the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Where before overseas migration to the colonies had born an innate stigma, the development of faster communication technologies, the expansion of international finance capital, and the emergence of a cultural sense of pan-Britishness all contributed to a reevaluation of the role of settler colonies within the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Guernica Editions is planning to publish a collection of essays on Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière as part of their "Writers Series" in early 2013. Editor Lee Skallerup Bessette is looking for submissions for the collection, focusing on any aspect of Laferrière's oeuvre, including movie adaptations, his children's books, his newspaper writing, etc. The essays should be between 5000-7000 words and follow current MLA conventions for formatting and citations. Please ensure footnotes are inserted manually instead of using the word processors footnote capabilities. Essays should be submitted in English, but quotes within the essay can be in French. Essays written entirely in French will be considered, but will need to be translated.
Call for Papers: Victorians Institute Conference
Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future
October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, SC
To help usher in the global celebration of his bicentenary in 2012, the 41st annual conference of the Victorians Institute will focus rather broadly on the life and work of Charles Dickens. We welcome papers that examine Dickens's writings and their relevance to us today. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary essays exploring the literary life and legacy of Dickens in relation to science, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, history, aesthetics, and theater and film adaptation.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Despite his vampire creation, Dracula, being world-famous, and in spite of the spate of academic studies of the novel in which he first appeared, Bram Stoker himself remains a figure shrouded in some darkness and his other writings are virtually unknown and ignored by those who actually have heard of him. A public conference, to be held in July 2012 at Trinity College, Stoker's alma mater in Dublin, where he was born and grew up, will attempt to address this large gap. The main aim of the conference will be to try to read Stoker in the round, expanding the critical focus away from an exclusive obsession with Dracula and taking account of the full extent of Stoker's writing.