Starting from the assumption that identity (seen as a relationship with one's self) and individuality (seen as a relationship of the self with the group) are both discursive constructs, we presume that it is the uniqueness of these constructs that confers authenticity and validation to a particular person/community/society. This issue is a subject already widely researched and problematized in theories of otherness from the perspective of dealing with diversity or even with social distancing and alienation.
Autotheory, an emergent discourse with historic precedents, lacks a stable definition. Recently, Lauren Fournier defined the term as “a self-conscious way of engaging with theory—as a discourse, frame, or mode of thinking and practice—alongside lived experience and subjective embodiment . . .” (Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism). Yet there are as many approaches to autotheory as there are autotheorists. From a recognizable aesthetic in artistic practices to a more scholarly methodology, autotheory remains a shapeshifter.
Robert Bird’s study of Andrei Tarkovsky’s cinema, published in 2008, was given a significant yet ambiguous subtitle: Elements of Cinema. Looking for the key to understanding the famous director’s films, the author took as guides “four traditional elements of matter, each captured through the distinct elements of cinema that conditioned Tarkovsky's work, from 'system' and 'imagination' to 'screen', 'image', 'story' and 'shot'”. Images of the elements, with their culturally defined symbolism – Earth as a vessel for nostalgia, water as the universal element of art and a medium of representation – became the building blocks of the unique atmosphere of Tarkovsky's films.
Call for Papers
Future Narratives, Scenarios, and Transformations in the Study of Culture
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) Justus Liebig University Giessen
19-23 June 2023
ESSCS and TransHumanities Joint Summer School
Our conference theme: Solidarity With/In the Community
We are currently in a period of greater divides and contestation within our society, especially when it comes to those who exist in queer, marginal or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises.
This feeling of division and the fight for solidarity both inside and outside our communities is a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neurodiverse people, working class and colonised populations, and others still.
Following the success of the fourth edition of the Global Conference on Women’s Studies, we are excited to announce the 5th edition of this premier academic event. Attended by scholars, researchers, and scientists from around the world, WOMENSCONF is more than an academic event. It’s a community and a knowledge platform. The connections that you make at the event and the memories from learning and networking sessions will last you long after the event is over.
For centuries thinking about the future was basically an optimist and progress driven endeavor, aimed at advancing towards the best of possible worlds through the improvement of science and technology.
UPDATE: Hybrid sessions available
15th GRAPHSY (Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium) - February 17, 2023 - In Person (with hybrid sessions)
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University - Washington, DC
Encuentros con el cuerpo: actitudes, performances y los sentidos / Encontros com o corpo: atitudes, performances e os sentidos
– Literature –
Dr. Julia Chang (Cornell University)
– Linguistics –
The complexities of the American impact on global culture, economy and technological development offer a relevant context for exploring various aspects of the video-game medium, its history, markets and communities. At the same time, thanks to its ongoing development in the realm of academic reflections on culture, media and society, Game Studies generates growingly productive lenses for America-focused research. That is why this thematic issue of Anglica Wratislaviensia invites papers investigating broadly understood overlaps or exchanges between video games and North America as objects of scholarly reflection. Possible themes include, though are not limited to:
American Literature Association
34th Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2023
The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Edith Wharton and Beauty
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore Wharton’s engagement with beauty in her works. Panelists are encouraged to consider the role of beauty in her writing on design, gardens, and travel as well as her novels and stories. All theoretical approaches are welcome. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the journal Shakespeare (the organ of the British Shakespeare Association, published by Routledge) on the Topic of "The Shakespeare First Folio: 1623 to 2023"
The guest editors of the journal Shakespeare, Miranda Fay Thomas (Trinity College Dublin) and Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University), invite papers for a special issue on the topic of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. The special issue will appear in late 2023 to coincide with the book's 400 anniversary. The special issue is open to any study that focusses on the significance, understanding, and reception of this important book in its own time and/or at any time between 1623 and now.
The editors Zoe Bursztajn-Illingworth and Julius Greve seek essays for an ASAP/J cluster on “Poetic Voice and Materiality”. We understand this topic to capaciously include new approaches to questions of poetic voice in contemporary American poetry. Experimental responses to questions of voice in poetry are welcomed, including contributions not only from literary studies but also from sound studies, film and media studies, performance studies, philosophy, the posthumanities, digital humanities, and archives across the globe.
Call for Papers
“Ecocritical Approaches to Shirley Jackson” and “Shirley Jackson: Witchcraft and Magic”
Sponsored by the Shirley Jackson Society
American Literature Association Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2023
The Shirley Jackson Society invites scholars at all stages of their careers to submit to our panels for the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference in Boston, May 25-28, 2023. We are planning for two panels this year: 1. Ecocritical Approaches to Shirley Jackson, and 2. Shirley Jackson: Witchcraft and Magic.
4th Literature and Cultural Studies Conference
03-05 May 2023
Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference
Saturday July 15 – Sunday July 16, 2023
University College London*
(*note the exciting new location)
Proposals are invited for presentations at the 26th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, to be held Saturday July 15 – Sunday July 16, 2023 at UCL.
Proposals for presentation of critical work about creative writing or for creative presentations (e.g. readings) are equally welcome.
A VIRTUAL STUDENT CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY & THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
The theme of connection in the humanities is far-reaching and multifaceted. This student conference is a joint initiative between
UAlbany and UC Davis focused on connection in all its significations.
We welcome undergraduate and graduate student proposals for both critical and creative projects from literary/cultural studies, creative writing, rhetorical/composition studies, and other adjacent disciplines. Potential topics on the theme of connection may include (but are not limited to):
*CFP: ‘Personified Body Parts and Organs with a Mind of Their Own in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture’
*Editors*: Gilad Padva and Yair Koren Maimon
This collection initially examines cinematic, televisual, literary, visual and poetic representations of body parts who are vitalized, autonomized, individuated and animated. They become independent entities with a mind of their own. Instead of being parts of intricate mechanisms, these organs turn into independent, humanized and personified "bodies."
This edited volume collects essays from those writing about the experience of reading, studying, teaching, and interpreting James Joyce. The essays form a picture of how Joyce’s writing serves its reader by reflecting dimensions of human experience.
Film and Visual Studies Graduate Student Conference Harvard University
May 3–5, 2023
Keynote Speakers: Yuriko Furuhata (William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History, McGill University), Pooja Rangan (Associate Professor of English in Film and Media Studies, Amherst College), and Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
As editor of the Oxford Handbook of African American Women’s Writing, I invite 300-400 word abstracts for 6,000-8,000 word articles (excluding bibliography).
According to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “To imagine is to represent without
aiming at things as they actually, presently and subjectively are.” Imagination is
associated with creativity and the ability to conceive and envision ideas, images,
visions, societies and sensations in ways that transcend reason, and reach beyond
reality. It is a force that ongoingly wrestles with the constitution of reality, and is
credited for having shaped the world as we know it through the cumulative work of
writers, artists, scientists and philosophers. Imagination, hence, produces, creates a
higher reality that becomes the new reality. It is a synthesizing force that oscillates
Acta Ludologica (ISSN 2585-8599, e-ISSN 2585-9218) is a double-blind peer-reviewed scientific journal published twice a year in both online and print versions. It focuses on the comprehensive discourse of games and digital games, including theoretical and empirical studies, research results, and their implementation into practice, as well as professional publication reviews and scientific reviews of digital games.
Acta Ludologica is inviting manuscripts for Vol. 6, No. 1, scheduled to be published in June 2023. The submissions deadline is extended until January 31, 2023.
BOOK SERIES: South Asian Literature in Focus (Routledge, Global Edition)
Series Editors: Goutam Karmakar, Puspa Damai, Payel Pal, Deimantas Valančiūnas
Conference Date: April 25, 2023|Abstracts Due: January 27, 2023*
CFP: The 25th Annual University of Florida Critical Theory Reading Group/MRG Conference
“Marxism and Cartography”
The Critical Theory Reading Group/MRG, University of Florida
March 23-26, Gainesville, FL
Keynotes: Regina Martin (Denison University), Jason Read (University of Southern Maine), and Robert Tally (Texas State University)
Corporeal Conversations / Conversations corporelles
March 10-11, 2023 | Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Keynote: Dr. Nora Martin Peterson
Associate Professor of French Cultural Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NOTE: This is an updated call for an earlier CFP; I am still looking for a few more abstracts to round out the proposed collection. All relevant topics will be considered, but I am especially eager to read abstracts exploring youth TV in relation to economic precarity, reproductive rights, disability, Indigeneity, mental health, and/or environmentalism.
The ULICES Representations of Home research project addresses issues of identity and belonging in different geo-political, socio cultural contexts of countries where English is or has become a language of communication.
The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) seeks paper presentations and panels for the PCA's annual conference, April 5-8, 2023. We are interested in as wide an array of papers as possible, so please do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale, legend or nursery rhyme related subject. Discussions of fairy tale monsters and shifts from oral to literary to visual (filmic, artistic, etc.) versions of tales are especially welcome. Creative pieces that retell or critique fairy tales or use the tales to comment on some aspect of culture or history will also be considered.
UPDATE: deadline extended
Seeking abstracts for an edited collection of essays about life on the tenure track, especially for those working in the humanities and social sciences at non-R1 colleges and universities.