2013 ELLAK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "Micro versus Macro Literatures in English" Seoul, Korea (Nov. 7-9, 2013)

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"Micro versus Macro Literatures in English: Aesthetics, Politics, and Ethics of Distant Reading in Literatures, Cultures, Languages, and the Humanities"

Sookmyung Women's University Seoul, Korea November 7-9, 2013

For the details of the conference schedule and program, please refer to the website: http://www.ellak.or.kr

Conference Theme:

Literary globalization and "distance" have become hot critical issues in the fields of comparative and world literature as well as that of cultural studies, creating the problematics of border-crossing and convergence. The issue of "distant reading" has been levying challenges against the hermeneutic authority of "close reading," and in so doing, has created a new space for macro literatures which necessitates a new reconfiguration through geographic representation.

Under the title of "Micro versus Macro Literatures in English: Aesthetics, Politics, and Ethics of Distant Reading in Literatures, Cultures, Languages, and the Humanities," the 2013 ELLAK International Conference will provide an open forum for scholars from all over the world. Moreover, this conference aims to foster ongoing dialogue regarding global exchanges and contestations in the fields of English language and literature and the humanities at large. We invite submissions that grapple with the tension between macro & micro literatures, from the aesthetic, political, and ethical perspectives of both close reading and distant reading.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

For Special Sessions,

1. "Close Reading and the Literary Space: The Poetics and Ethics of Reading in Literatures"
2. "Distance and Location: The Aesthetics and the Politics of Distant Reading in Literature and Cultural Studies"
3. "Rethinking Genre: Reading Literatures and Cultures in English"

For general sessions, we welcome papers on all possible topics from all disciplines of English Studies, including British Literature, American Literature, Literatures in English, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Theater and/or Film Studies, Gender Studies, Translation Studies, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and English Education. Proposals for panels are also welcome.

* African American, Asian American, Native American literatures
* American, British, Irish, Canadian, Australian, Caribbean, South African literatures
* Cultural Studies and Historical Approaches
* Eighteenth Century
* Film and Television
* Gender Studies and Sexuality
* Modernist Studies
* Poetry
* Popular Culture
* Postcolonial
* Renaissance
* Romantic
* Science and Culture
* Theatre
* Theory
* Twentieth Century and Beyond
* Victorian
* Intercultural Communication
* Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
* World Englishes
* The Future of English Literary Studies in Asia
* Theory in Asia
* English Linguistics and the Future of English in Asia


- Submission Deadline for Abstract (250 words) & Bio-data (150 words): 15 July 2013
- Notification of Acceptance: 15 August 2013
- Submission Deadline for Full Paper: 15 September 2013
- Conference Dates: 7-9 November 2013

The organizing committee will evaluate all submissions and coordinate individual papers into thematic sessions. We will send out notifications of acceptance via email by August 15, 2013. All presenters will be expected to submit their full papers by September 15, 2013; please note that papers will be included in the conference proceedings. For further information, please visit the ELLAK website at http://www.ellak.or.kr. Please upload your abstracts and bio-data at the Call for Papers site. You may also send your abstracts to conference@ellak.or.kr (email) or +82-2-733-6502 (fax). Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should include five keywords that reflect the content.

LANGUAGES: Abstracts must be written in ENGLISH.