Scholars have made much of the Royal Society's reform of travel writing that occurred in the late seventeenth century. And indeed, the new philosophy had a far-reaching impact on the travel genre. But not all contemporary readers and writers were impressed by such developments. From Ned Ward's A Trip to Jamaica (1698) to Jonathan Swift's famous critique of travel writing in Travels into Several Remote Nations (1726), and from William King's Useful Transactions (1709) to Daniel Defoe's facetiously titled A New Voyage Round the World (1724), many writers criticized the new style of travel writing. Moreover, many lesser-known travelers wrote idiosyncratic accounts that disregard or overtly undermine the principles of the Royal Society.
"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." It was the age of pleasure. It was the age of atonement. It was any place in the nineteenth century. The scope is global, the approaches, cross-disciplinary. What pleased the palate and tickled the nose? What roused the senses and deepened joy? What thrilled the body and inspired the mind? What did they do besides work? What diversions (respectable or otherwise) did they seek? How did they think about the enjoyments they sought? These are some of the questions to address at INCS 2013, which is devoted to 'Leisure, Enjoyment, and Fun.'
For the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA, May 9-12, 2013, we are inviting proposals for papers in two sessions on Marguerite Porete, the Mirror of Simple Souls, and their contexts:
Session I. "Which Mirror of Simple Souls? Reconsidering Manuscript Transmission and Translation."
This first session invites papers about the Mirror's manuscript tradition, the relationships among copies, the book's medieval translations into Latin and vernacular languages, the implications of the fragments in ms. Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale 239, the relative merits of various manuscripts, reconsideration of copies' dates, and work on related topics.
This panel explores ecopoetics in the long eighteenth century. The Age of Enlightenment tends to be cast as a time when natural-historical discourses attempted to order and categorize the natural world in its entirety. Conquest generated imperatives to reduce, collect, classify, and master the natural world; natural sciences, in turn, propelled conquest. As natural history shaded into anthropology at mid-century, theories of racial essence, in support of colonial projects, became more firm.
Now accepting abstracts for consideration for the new Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This will be part of the series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.
Join us for the 34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, February 13 – 16, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of this year's conference is "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context." The Special Topics Area Chairs invite paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.
Proposal submission deadline: November 16, 2012.
Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:
Labels commonly used in gendered identity construction often imply stasis, yet these labels routinely make assumptions about active behaviors of the person(s) labeled. This panel will address the relationship between static labels and active behaviors within a gendered context. Topics may include but are not limited to:
* gendered labels and authenticity
* gendered labels and perceived time (stability vs stagnation)
* gendered labels that promote actions, actions that inspire gendered labels
* uses of and responses to gendered labels
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Matt Kernicky (firstname.lastname@example.org) before August 31, 2012.
Call for Papers
The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is a new peer-reviewed publication cutting across both the humanities and the social sciences in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities. The journal is open to studies that deal with culture, urban spaces and forms of urbanized consciousness the world over.
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Renaissance texts, both in Spain and in Europe more generally, were deeply aware of their own relatedness. This panel seeks to explore what can be recuperated by granting these intertextual links a larger place in our account of literature in the Spanish Golden Age. Translations, adaptations, reprints, and sequels, among other things, all offer new insights into the way texts were read and understood. Studies of intersemiotic connections are also welcome. Please send 300 word abstracts by September 30, 2012, to Gregory Baum at email@example.com.
Critics have begun to reassess Chesnutt's legacy over the past two decades, but his novels, including those published posthumously, have not received the critical attention they deserve. I am proposing a new volume on Chesnutt's novels, with special attention paid to the truly neglected ones (*The Colonel's Dream* and the four posthumously published novels) as well as new approaches to the two novels that have been the subject of more critical work (*The Marrow of Tradition* and *The House Behind the Cedars*). 500-word abstracts and brief CVs due by November 1.
The editors of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media seek conference and film festival reports from doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers for Issue 4, to be published Winter 2012. Potential contributors are invited to submit a conference or film festival report, along with a short bibliography (in MLA style) and contact information to the editors by 1 October 2012. We particularly welcome reports on large annual Film Studies conferences such as NECS (21-23 June, New University of Lisbon), Screen (29 June-1 July, University of Glasgow) and Film-Philosophy (12-14 September, King's College, Queen Mary and Kingston University, London), as well as reports on national and international film festivals.
This panel invites papers on Victorian motherhood: the literal figure and/or its literary incarnations. What is the evolution of this role, its ideals and their practicality? What is the intersection between literature and these concepts? Topics to consider include but are not limited to: philosophical constructs of motherhood, societal expectations and realities, idealizing the Victorian mother, radical motherhood, and literary mothering. Please email 250-500 word abstracts to Kristin.LeVeness@ncc.edu.
Proposals are invited for the annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference that will meet on the theme of 'Gender in Material Culture' at Bath Spa University (Corsham Court campus) from 4th to 6th January 2013.
The Conference will consider the gendered nature of social, religious and economic uses of 'things', exploring the way that objects and the material environment were produced, consumed and displayed in medieval culture. Papers will address questions of gender from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, embracing literature, history, art history, and archaeology. Plenary papers will be delivered by Prof. Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds and Dr Simon Yarrow, University of Birmingham.
This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table?
Call for Papers: Mystery/Detective Fiction
34th Southwest/Texas and American Popular Culture Association Conference
February 13-16, 2013
This year's theme: "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context."
Proposal submission deadline: November 16, 2012
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org