While Transpacific Studies often focus on Asian diasporic writing, this panel seeks essays on life writing emerging from travel across the Pacific in all directions, East-West, West-East, North-South. Following Yunte Huang's lead in *Transpacific Imaginations* and *Transpacific Displacements*, we might expand the definition of transpacific to encompass modern Western expatriate memoirs such as Mark Salzman's *Iron and Silk*; Simon Manchester's *The River at the Centre of the World*; Nathan Gray's *First Pass Under Heaven*; Mark Kitto's *Chasing China*; Rachel DeWoskin's *Foreign Babes in Beijing*; Angela Carter in Japan; Bruce S.
SAMLA 2013: Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
November 8-10, 2013
Southeastern Renaissance Conference (SRC) [SAMLA Affiliated Group]
Session I Call for Papers: Are We Using EEBO or is EEBO Using Us?
This panel is interested in the politics of modernism's gravitational pull within postmodern and contemporary literature. Modernism does more than supply the chronological or formal coordinates for a wide range of much later writers. Its relation to the present is a persistent field of concern--one that turns modernism itself into an event that must be continually revisited and rearticulated. The event of modernism has become the subject of a sprawling nostalgia industry and also the setting for a critique of that industry, in literature ranging from Zadie Smith's _On Beauty_ to Enrique Vila-Matas' _Dublinesque_, from Ian McEwan's _Atonement_ to Monique Truong's _The Book of Salt_.
For the 2013 conference we are seeking papers that consider Cooper's contribution to maritime literature, naval history, and his influence on subsequent authors of sea adventure and sea travel. Our keynote discussion will be lead by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Why Read Moby-Dick, In the Heart of the Sea, and Sea of Glory.
Paper and presentation topics may include but are not limited to:
Cooper's naval career
Cooper's History of the Navy
Cooper's seascapes and landscapes
Cooper's smugglers and buccaneers
The American Revolution at Sea
Cooper's influences on Dana, Melville, Conrad
The sea novel before Cooper
The Flannery O'Connor Society seeks proposals for papers on any aspect of O'Connor's work. Final presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes.
Please send proposals of 250 words or fewer by March 31, 2013, to Kathleen Lipovski-Helal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 31-November 2, 2013
Please submit abstracts for papers to be presented at a conference on "African American Studies Pedagogy" to be held at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC on Oct. 11, 2013. Among the topics to be addressed will be "reconsidering the canon of essays and speeches in the African American Studies classroom,""teaching African American literature and film," "teaching the legacy of slavery," and "the use of technology in African American Studies pedagogy."
Please send 250 word abstracts to Dtenenbaum@shawu.edu by May 15, 2013.
"What we are up against is a generation that is by no means sure that is has a future." George Wald, 1969.
The power of things
inheres in the memories
they gather up inside them,
and also in the vicissitudes of our imagination,
and our memory - of this there is no doubt.
-Orhan Pamuk, Museum of Innocence
CFP: Media Spaces of Gender and Sexuality
Media Fields Journal
University of California, Santa Barbara
This issue of Media Fields investigates the connections between media, space, gender, and sexuality, seeking conversations that center on these interrelations and negotiations. We invite papers that raise questions of how media spaces construct gender, and how gender, in turn, constructs media spaces; how spaces condition and are conditioned by gender performances and sexual practices; and how gender legibility limits (or allows) access to various media spaces.
CONFERENCE DATE: Saturday April 13th, 2013
Proposal Deadline: Friday March 29th, 2013
The San Francisco State University Humanities Department is currently soliciting paper proposals for the 2013 Humanities Symposium to be held on Saturday April 13, 2013. Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long. We are also open to topic-centered panel proposals of 3 presenters per panel. The Humanities Symposium is interdisciplinary in scope and open to all students in all humanities-related fields.
JOURNAL PUBLICATION: All papers accepted for the Humanities Symposium will also be eligible for consideration for publication in the Humanities Department 2013 Issue of the SFSU Humanities Symposium Journal.
Sexual Futures: Versions of the Sexual Past, Visions of the Sexual Future
University of Exeter, UK
5-6 September 2013
The future offers a critical space to negotiate sexual possibilities. It can serve as a doomsday warning, provide utopian fantasies or aspirational goals for real reform. Such visions of the sexual future are often achieved through an imaginative reworking of motifs and elements from the past. This colloquium investigates how and why sexual knowledge, articulated in science, literature, art, politics, law and religion, turns to the past to envision the future.
This symposium is organized by the "Jeudi du Genre" group of the research team "Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes" (CAS EA 801). This research group's discussions have focused not only on showing how notions of "woman" and "man" were changing categories, but also how these processes of re-categorizations were casting one in the margins, meanwhile constructing the other as normative units. This symposium will pursue these discussions, specifically targeting the definitions of the "feminine" and the masculine", whether they originate from artists, scholars, visual and written media or anonymous agents. In their creative, artistic or intellectual processes and productions, how do the latter define and redefine these notions?
University of Kent, 27-28 June 2013
Among the scientific discoveries and emerging new disciplines that contributed to a palpable sense of Victorian modernity, some of the most intriguing involved new understandings of the physical basis of mind as discoveries were made about the structure and operation of the nervous system and the brain. This proposed panel seeks papers that investigate how the emergence of new understandings and interpretations of the mind/body relationship manifested in Victorian fiction. Those interested should email Genie Babb (email@example.com) and Judy DeTar (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 12.