In Marina Abramović's retrospective show at MOMA entitled The Artist Is Present, she invited visitors to sit silently across from her for as long as they chose. In this way, she was "present" in more ways than one: being present was her piece, she was present in her piece, and she presented her piece all simultaneously. This performance and the title of the show raise questions about the role of the artist in contemporary art.
Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.
According to Frederic Jameson, the Modernist novel abandoned the panoramic cityscapes of the 19th century realist novel and devised "strategies of inwardness." As Brigitte Munier suggests, the early-20th century protagonist experienced the city "locked within his room, carried away by the cries of shopowners whom Flaubert and Nerval would have encountered walking down the street." The Modernist room, in these accounts, appears to function as a refuge from a confusing public terrain.
Call for Papers: Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries
Black Camera invites submissions for a Close-Up devoted to a critical assessment of Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries to be published Fall 2014.
We seek essays on films by African filmmakers that challenge "absolute otherness" in postcoloniality. Consider, for example, films by Ousmane Sembène, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Merzak Allouache, Moufida Tlati, Joseph Gaï Ramaka, Jean-Marie Teno, Sylvestre Amoussou, Mahmoud Zemmouri, and Nadia El Fani.
Kansas and the Arts—Teaching 21st Century Skills
Call for Papers:
"And intellectuals still argue whether Amerika is a fascist country."
-- George Jackson
Unity/Disunity: An Interdisciplinary Conference 27-28 June 2013 at UCL
UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)
"In union there is strength." Aesop
"You cannot conceive the many without the one." Plato
"The principle of contradiction makes the thought of unity the measure of heterogeneity." Theodor W. Adorno
"In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance." Jeanette Winterson
The conference organisers invite proposals for papers relating to the connected themes of unity and disunity from scholars across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its seventh annual symposium. The symposium will take place September 19-21, 2013, at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Missouri.
The theme will be "Survival in the Ozarks." Ideas for presentations might include the hardscrabble nature of making a living from the land, surviving natural disasters like the Joplin tornado, surviving in a region that is heavily stereotyped, surviving in an economically depressed region, surviving as a minority in a fairly homogenous region, or the survival of folkways and traditions in a broader culture.
CALL FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES FOR SPECIAL EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE
We invite submission of journal articles of between 5 and 10,000 words for a special edition of Shakespeare journal (Routledge) entitled 'Shakespeare, performance and authenticity'.
Please send expressions of interest and abstracts to Abigail Rokison – firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30th 2013.
The deadline for finished articles will be August 2013 for publication in March 2014.
Jonathan Franzen and Contemporary Realisms
Friday, 22nd March, 2012, 11am – 5pm
Level 5, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens
"The Walking Dead" and the Reinvigoration of the Zombie Apocalypse
Robert Kirkman's graphic novel "The Walking Dead" rewrote the zombie apocalypse by focusing upon what happens AFTER the dust settles, particularly how survivors struggle to maintain their history, culture, kinship, and values. This panel will entertain any cultural, formal, or critical analyses of the graphic novel or its television adaptation, and is an approved special session for the 2013 meetings of the Pacific & Ancient Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) in San Diego.
Please send contact information and abstracts of no more than 500 words to the following email address by April 15: email@example.com