Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club dramatizes group combat as a means for creating and performing masculine identity. Though composed hundreds of years after the last medieval tournament, Palahniuk's 1996 novel parallels a phenomenon similar to that governing conduct in medieval martial games. Such martial games posed a serious threat to public order, as Juliet Barker and Juliet Vale have argued, and this session builds on their work by extending analysis of medieval martial conduct to include the topic of masculine identity: how does an identity predicated by violence conflict with or bleed into the public sphere?
Call for Papers
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2014: Solidarity
Guest Editors – Shefali Chandra and Saadia Toor
The International Hoccleve Society seeks to promote scholarly attention to the writings of Thomas Hoccleve, especially by providing a forum for reappraisals of and innovative approaches to his work. This year's session at the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University seeks to re-imagine Hoccleve's place in the literary landscape of medieval England by placing him in dialogue with authors other than Chaucer. Although no one has done more to place Hoccleve in Chaucer's shadow than Hoccleve himself, such critics as Derek Pearsall, Ethan Knapp, and John Bowers have done much to complicate our understanding of Hoccleve's relationship to Chaucer's work.
7th Global Conference
Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity
Tuesday 18th March – Thursday 20th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Presentations:
Interculturalism stands at the interface between the individual, local groups, societies and cultures. These compete, conflict, co-exist and trigger reactions and responses on a number of levels including the social, the economic, the political and the personal. These are reinforced through language, the media, cultural events, social institutions and migration policies. Amidst all these dynamic and static forms of interaction, identities are built and consolidated.
The British Council with English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) Hyderabad will host the International English Language Teacher Educator Conference in Hyderabad,India from 21-23 Feb 2014.
The main theme of the conference will be 'Innovation in English Language Teacher Education' and the conference will be structured around following three sub themes -
Innovations in Continuing Professional Development for English language teacher educators and teachers
Technology and CPD
Social Media and Networking for CPD
Online and face to face mentoring
Teacher motivation through technology
Learning from Experience