Recent work in the field of disability studies by scholars like Ato Quayson (2007), Tobin Siebers (2010), Maren Linett (2016), and Suzannah Biernoff (2017) has considered modernism’s appropriation of disabled bodies. This seminar thus seeks to better understand the role of disability in modernist literary and visual aesthetics. In particular, we encourage papers that consider how writers and artists borrowed from, mimicked, or otherwise recast disability as uniquely modernist literary and artistic subjects. Secondly, this seminar is interested in the ways modernism was cast as disabled in varied attacks on its aesthetic projects.
Transnational Maghrebi Writings: Francophone Diasporas (NeMLA 2020, 5-8 March)
The panel invites papers that explore how the chiasmic reflections of an ekphrasis reveal the interior subjectivity, ideology and the desire of its author. In Ancient rhetorical theory, ekphrasis refers to the use of language to make an audience imagine a scene.
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TRANSITIONS AND TRANSACTIONS V: TEACHING LITERATURE AMONG THE ARTS
We invite community college faculty to submit paper and panel proposals for the fifth Transitions and Transactions conference presented by the English Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY on April 24-25, 2020. The Transitions and Transactions conference is dedicated to helping community college instructors flourish and excel as we envision, invent and expand our ideas of teaching given the demands of the community college population, the challenges and constraints specific to our profession, and the pressures of our particular historical moment.
In his 1903 The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois poses a question at the heart of the African-American literary tradition: “How does it feel to be a problem?” We see the question’s precursors in Walker’s Appeal, Douglass’ address on the Fourth of July, and Harper’s anti-slavery poetry. It reverberates in Hurston’s “How It Feels To Be Colored Me,” Ellison’s “black and blue,” Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Rankine’s Citizen. Taking up the affective relationship between race and national belonging, these texts ask us to contend with what it feels like to be black in a nation founded on anti-blackness. Indeed, as Baldwin and Coates make clear, the problem lies ever “between the world and me.”
The Philip Roth Society invites submissions for a seminar entitled “Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale.” While the subject of “literature and scandal” seems to be an emerging trend within studies of European literature, relatively few academic works focus on American literature and scandal. Thus, this panel seeks to examine how Philip Roth, both the subject of scandal and one of its keenest interrogators, can shed new light on this conversation.
Graduate students in the Literature, Theory, and Cultural Studies program at Purdue University invite participation in their first annual symposium, “Crossing Boundaries in Literature, Theory, and Culture.” Boundaries represent real or imagined limits within various cultures, and negotiation of these boundaries enables innovation, transgression, as well as social, ethical, or political implications. Literature and other cultural artifacts work to challenge, straddle, or even reinforce boundaries, from national borders to the artificial limits scholars construct between time periods or fields of study. This symposium will investigate and encourage boundary crossings in literature, culture, and language in the broadest sense.
Annual Northeast Modern Language Association
51st Annual Convention
Boston MA, March 5th - 8th, 2020
Mariott Copley Place
Host Institution: Boston University
Jesuits in Science Fiction: From James Blish & Walter Miller Jr. to Today
“Post-Political Critique and Literary Studies”
Call for Papers for ACLA 2020 Seminar (Chicago, 19-22 March 2020)
This seminar seeks papers that reflect on the analytical bridges that might exist between post- political theory and literary studies. The main question the seminar aims to answer is the following: Decades after everything was declared to be political, what are the affordances, triumphs, and pitfalls of a post-political theory of literature?
Call for Papers
Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
SOFEIR (SOCIETE FRANÇAISE D’ETUDES IRLANDAISES) ANNUAL CONFERENCE
UNIVERSITY OF REIMS CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE
Key-note speakers : Claude Fierobe, Professeur, Université de Reims (De Melmoth à Dracula, la littérature fantastique irlandaise au XIXe siècle (2000), L'Irlande fantastique (recueil de nouvelles, 2004), Les Ombres du fantastique. Fictions d’Irlande,2016.
Christina Morin, Professor, University of Limerick, ( Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction, The Gothic Novel in Ireland, c.1760-1829)
Paul Lynch, writer (Red Sky in the Morning, The Black Snow, Grace, Beyond the Sea).