While historical and literary archives have long been integral to the study of the humanities, they are more than simple repositories for historical artifacts. They don’t just preserve works and fragments to be studied, they help us, as scholars, to actively engage in the public sphere. As Randall C. Jimerson notes “Archivists can use the power of archives to promote accountability, open government, diversity, and social justice.” In doing so, archivists can democratize information and open up new avenues of knowing by employing ethical and objective—but not neutral—strategies. This can be especially important for subjugated communities, who’s histories and cultures have been bound and kept distinct.
The Dickens Society is sponsoring the following panel at the 2020 MLA Convention in Seattle, WA.
Panel Title: “Mankind Was My Business!:” Dickens and The Exploration of Humanity, Humanism, and Being Human
Each month, the MediaCommons Field Guide hosts a different conversation in Media Studies, Digital Humanities, and Culture Studies asking contributors to connect their interests or research to a core conceptual question.
We are seeking contributors to shape diverse and intriguing conversations for our late March to mid-April issue, revolving around aura transference, (re)presentation, (re)production, cultural use values, circulation, digital rhetorics, and New Aesthetics, asking broadly:
Where can we locate Walter Benjamin’s legacy in the digital to post-digital landscape?
MLA 2020 ASLE Co-Sponsored Roundtable: Indigenizing the Future: (Re)Imagining the Future of the Environment
Although the Holocaust has long engaged writers in Canada – those with and without direct links to the historic event – their particular exploration of the subject has received little critical or scholarly attention. We now invite submissions to a collection of scholarly essays on Canadian literary works that treat the subject of the Holocaust.
The 2019 Conference on John Milton—to be held October 17-19, 2019 in Birmingham, AL--welcomes papers and roundtables on any aspect of Milton Studies, from close readings of particular works to broader investigations of themes, trends, and contexts. In addition, we welcome papers with a specific focus on Milton and early modern women writers and especially Lucy Hutchinson.
We are also happy to consider papers that focus only on Hutchinson. Plenary speakers will be David Norbrook and Erin Murphy.
Cultural life in the regions is part of what makes our regional centres vibrant places to live, work, create, share, and participate, as well as providing the basis for insights concerning place, space, and identity that can be divergent from those arising from other locatednesses. The experience of regional Australia is unique. John Woinarski has written that there "are places in Australia that are awe-inspiring, spectacular, mysterious; they touch our spirit and help define our nation"; but these places are complicated, for ideas of the bush or the outback are "sometimes more shifting myth than reality".