In what ways does literature reinforce, contest, and amend the discourse of American exceptionalism? Exceptionalism in its simplest form refers to a range of nationalist beliefs that together locate the United States as exemplary in relation to other nation-states. Although not coined until 1929 and not popularized until the postwar period, exceptionalism appears in different forms throughout American history, from John Winthrop's "city upon a hill" to Harry Truman's "leader of the free world" to, most recently, George W. Bush's "nation with a mission." The latter's declaration of the ongoing Global War on Terror in September 2001 has provoked further debate among scholars on the enduring legacy of exceptionalist claims.
The Economy of Scales
March 21-22, 2014
Plenary lectures by Noah Heringman (English, University of Missouri) and Craig Benjamin (History, Grand Valley State University).
Eighteenth-Century Studies Group & Nineteenth-Century Forum
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
The purpose of the annual Arts in Society Conference is to create a platform for the exploration of the role of the arts in society. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of the arts--on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities--and their impacts on the world at large.
The scope is deliberately broad and ambitious for the purpose of cross- and inter-disciplinary discussion. Themes include:
* Arts Education
* Arts Theory and History
* New Media, Technology and the Arts
* Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts
T. E. Hulme Colloquium:
Revisiting Hulme on the 130th Anniversary of his Birth
14th September, 2013
Wolfson College, Oxford
A one-day international colloquium to mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of T. E. Hulme (1883-1917) will be held at Wolfson College, Oxford on 14th September 2013. Poet, philosopher, political commentator and art critic, Hulme occupies a central position in modernist studies: he was, according to T. S. Eliot, the 'forerunner of a new attitude of mind, which should be the twentieth-century mind.'
Ninth Biennial MESEA Conference
May 29th – June 1st 2014
Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken Germany
"Crossing Boundaries in a Post-Ethnic Era – Interdisciplinary Approaches and Negotiations"
Paul beseeched his readers in Corinth, "be ye imitators of me, as I also am of Christ," and many attempted as much in the centuries that followed. This session invites assessment or re-assessment of Saint Paul and any aspect of his influence on medieval or early modern thought, life, or art. This influence has not always been salutary; Margery Kempe lamented that she had "suffyrd mech tribulacyon for cawse of hys wrytyng," specifically his injunction forbidding women to preach, and much recent scholarship on Paul has tended to focus on the difficulties that his refinements of early Christian morality have presented, in particular the limits he imposes on female authority and autonomy, his promotion of virginity, and his condemnation of homosexuality.
This session is open to a broad spectrum of innovative approaches and interdisciplinary ideas about the reading and teaching of medieval secular song from the troubadours to Chaucer (in representative languages whether Old Occitan, Old French, Middle High German, or Middle English). The aim is to provide a forum for colloquy about the challenge of teaching medieval secular lyric: why do so in the first place? What are some effective approaches to introducing the medieval lyric as a genre? What methods for teaching close readings of the lyric work well? What contexts are most useful for framing the teaching of lyrics?
Send abstracts to Sigal@wfu.edu by Sept. 1, 2013.
CALL FOR PAPERS—49th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 2014
Western Michigan University, May 8-11, 2014
Miller, Baker, Tapstress, Cook: Medieval Communities of Food Service and Production
The growth of Disability Studies over the past two decades appears as an indication that academe is becoming more inclusive of those with disabilities. Scholarship increasingly focuses on the representation of various disabilities within literary texts, and more disability-centered texts are finding their way onto course syllabi. What does this mean for those of us who are both academics and parents of exceptional children? As Michael Bérubé suggests in his memoir _Jamie_, parents of children who cannot (always) represent themselves have an obligation to speak for their children, and this task of speaking for our children carries with it the additional challenge of speaking in the discourses of academia. In effect, we must speak in two voices.
'The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' calls
for submission for December 2013 issue: (www.themuse.webs.com)
1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously
unpublished (both print and online, not even published on
blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and
not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief biodata. A cover letter would be nice
but is not mandatory.
3. The research papers should be not less than 3000 words. References
should be prepared strictly following MLA Stylesheet (7th edition).
The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area accepts papers on all topics that either explore popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:
Transgressing the Limit: Borders and Liminality in Philosophy and Literature
Second Call/Deadline Extension
Please share the following Call For Papers with interested colleagues.
We invite submissions of 15-20 minute papers treating the widely conceived theme of "enemies" for the Hortulus sponsored session titled "Of whom shall I be afraid: Enemies in the Medieval Period" at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 8-11, 2014.