The Burroughs Century: Celebrating the Legacy of William S. Burroughs
Media Fields Journal: Critical Explorations in Media and Space
Issue 8: Playgrounds
Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013
This issue of Media Fields investigates the connections between media, space, power, and various approaches to "play" across culture and society. In this issue we seek conversations that embrace play in all its polysemy. We invite papers that investigate how mediated play spaces can become spaces to negotiate labor, power, resistance, agency, or subjectivity. To that end, what is a mediated play space? What is the history of mediated play spaces? How are non-play spaces subverted to become play spaces, and what are the political consequences of this subversion? Moreover, what is the political potential of play?
Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) is a graduate student organization at the University of Pennsylvania invested in developing a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the Middle Ages. We are pleased to announce our 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference, "Visions of Empire."
Keynote Speaker: Maud McInerney, Associate Professor of English, Haverford College; "Crooked Greek: Genealogy and Prophecy in Geoffrey of Monmouth and Aeneid VI"
This seminar will explore how capital denies, appropriates and incites heterogeneous forms of literary and social imitation. While remaining sensitive to the risks of mimetic practice, we seek to understand mimesis as a fraught concept that reflects the precariousness of the subject under capital. Theodor Adorno and Jacques Derrida have already analyzed mimesis in economic terms: the former pitting mimetic comportment and the magical against the rationalizing drive of capital; the latter cynically grouping imitation and exploitation together under the term "economimesis."
With these two poles in mind, this panel seeks proposals that:
Rethink classical theories of mimesis from an economic, materialist perspective.
Throughout modern history, the labels "high" and "popular" culture have come to denote two categories which are most often hierarchical and polarized. Yet these categories are never truly stable or impermeable. Many authors and artists have found inspiration in transgressing, resisting, or rejecting the supposed boundaries between high and popular culture which in turn calls these very labels into question. They create hybridized genres, revolutionize traditional forms, and experiment with multimedia forms of expression in order to push their audiences to reconsider their own preconceptions about aesthetic categories and hierarchies.
Proquest and the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announce the 5th annual $1000 article prize.
The prize will be awarded for the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in a peer-reviewed academic journal with a publication date during 2013. Two runners up will receive $500 each. Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.
Charles Olson was among the first American poets to use the contested term "postmodern" (in a letter to Robert Creeley, August 1951), and the 1950s may be taken as a pivotal or liminal decade in American poetics. The great Modernists (Eliot, Pound, Williams, Stevens) were still at work, but a new generation (including Bishop, Lowell, Berryman, et al.) was on the scene as well. Richard Wilbur and Adrienne Rich were writing poems of formal precision, while Ginsberg was reading "Howl," and schools such as the Confessional, Deep Image, New York, and Black Mountain were emerging. We are interested in papers that explore any aspect of the American poetry scene in the 1950s--literary history, literary criticism, cultural criticism.
In his influential work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn explains "the reception of a new paradigm often necessitates a redefinition of the corresponding science. Some old problems may be relegated to another science or declared entirely 'unscientific'." This process of drastic redefinition is exacerbated not only due to scientific discoveries and technological advances, but also the professionalization of the field, a process that not only consolidated knowledge, but created new social capital. Critics like Kuhn, Bruno Latour, and Michel Foucault, among others, demonstrate the inherent upheaval that such restructuring of scientific knowledge causes.
Raymond Williams described his 1976 "Keywords" project as dealing with interdisciplinary terms that "bound together certain ways of seeing culture and society." In the last forty years new economic formations have generated a new vocabulary: late capitalism, neoliberalism, precarity, vulnerability. These terms are increasingly important to cultural and literary studies: scholars of the contemporary moment employ this economic diction to articulate a crisis in current affective and political arrangements. This panel aims to define these new keywords in terms of their provenance and their effects as they migrate from economic to cultural criticism.
Questions about Mark Twain's fascination with wealth have played a major role in Twain criticism from the very beginning. It might be argued, in fact, that the foundational disagreement in Twain studies hinges on whether his commercial inclinations fostered his artistic achievement (Bernard DeVoto) or bastardized his talent (Van Wyck Brooks). Rather than prolong the biographical debate, this volume of original essays will draw on recent work at the intersection of economic theory and literary studies (sometimes referred to as the New Economic Criticism) to reevaluate and deepen our understanding of Mark Twain's complicated relationship with money and issues of economy, broadly understood. Topics of interest might include Twain's engagement with:
"Bernard Shaw's Use of Language -- Artistic Innovation, Social Critique, and Political Argument. His Cultural Legacy.
Come to hear papers and talks from scholars/authors/actors/directors, participate in discussions, and see ShawChicago's concert reading of Shaw's Man and Superman.
The goal of this collection of essays is to address critical questions regarding the relationship between modernism and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who remains today one of the most influential phenomenologists interested in literary and aesthetic studies.
Proposals for essays (7000 words) in English are invited for the following two sections of the volume:
1) New close-readings and critiques of Merleau-Ponty's pivotal texts except 'Eye and Mind', 'The Philosopher and His Shadow' and 'The Intertwining – The Chiasm'.
Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2014: Towards A Twenty-First Century Literature
10-11 April 2014, Brighton, UK
Supported by: Bloomsbury Higher Education Academy UK Gylphi Myriad 3AM Magazine
Dr David James,Queen Mary London
Prof Philip Tew,Brunel University
Prof Lucy Armitt,University of Lincoln
Prof Robert Eaglestone,Royal Holloway
Call for Papers
Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory
An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network
September 10-12, 2014
Cardiff University, Wales, UK
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Conference will be jointly hosted by
The Department of English Language and Literature of
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, ELT Department of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University and
The English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA).
The Conference will address topics from the fields of,
"British and Comparative Cultural Studies"
"Linguistisc and ELT"
Abstracts for proposed papers (maximum 250 words) should be submitted to:
Please include your name, affiliation, email address and a brief biography.
Add 5-6 keywords pertaining to your topic.