Timothy Barker’s 2012 book, Time and the Digital, collated perspectives on time in Deleuze, Serres, and Whitehead to theorize a notion of time that is thick, dynamic, and multiple, clarifying the notion that all aspects art, scientific inquiry, and everyday life are involved in a complex becoming inside the operations of flexible, unpredictable movements of time. The idea of continual becoming has been circulating for some time now and informs work by Elizabeth Grosz, Karen Barad, Barbara Bolt, and others as they theorize the ability of subjects and objects to transform each other in an a-linear manner, through their situated relations.
This MLA roundtable will reconsider the “Theory” debates of the 1980s and after in light of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Is poststructuralist “de-centering” somehow complicit in the rise of “alternative facts” of recent newspeak or does it offer a critical bulwark against it? (This is not a guaranteed session, so the proposal will be submitted once the roundtable is set.) Please send a 250-word abstract and short biographical blurb by March 10 to David Ben-Merre (email@example.com).
CALL FOR PAPERS
Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.
- Oscar Wilde
Beauty is desired in order to be befouled. Not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
- Georges Bataille
African-Asian Imaginaries and New/Old Imperialisms Special Session
Given increasing Chinese investment across Africa in addition to longstanding South Asian-African connections, how does expressive culture from the south track or analyze these exchanges? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2017; Neelofer Qadir (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sean M. Kennedy (email@example.com).
The current buzz word in academic circles is “student engagement.” Faculty are expected to engage in it, but many of us struggle to match our classroom practices with gridded and numbered administrative standards. How does your institution describe, define, view, practice, or measure student engagement? What are the goals set forth administratively and in the classroom? How do you strive to meet those expectations? And how does it matter to your college, to your administrators, to you, and to your students?
Class is all Around You: Exploring Class, Identity, and Ideology in American Literature
Editors: John F. Lavelle, Ph.D. and Debbie Lelekis, Ph.D.
The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panel at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association convention, November 9-12, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.
Session title: “Social Activism in American Religious Literature”
The Anthropocene: Fiction and the End(s) of Human Ecologies
Guest Editor: Robert P. Marzec
Deadline for Submissions: 15 April 2017
This special issue of the Dutch Journal of Gender Studies (Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies) will bededicated to the exploration of trans* as a critical approach to rethink the projects of gender andsexuality studies, critical race studies, decoloniality, and translation studies, following the June 2016conference Trans*: Approaches, Methods and Concepts, organised by the Netherlands Research Schoolfor Gender Studies (NOG).
Performing Shakespeare: Theory & Praxis
Dept. of English
Assam University, Silchar
10th – 14th April 2017
We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Fifth Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Ft. Worth, TX, on 10 and 11 June 2017. #FANS5 is gearing up for a spectacular year. with Dr. Stephen Reysen of Texas A & M University at Commerce, noted fandom psychology scholar, as our keynote speaker.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.