Since the introduction of large-scale quarantine and social distancing measures in March 2020, literature conferences have increasingly turned toward examining themes of "emergency" and "crisis." In the midst of this proliferating focus on conditions of catastrophe, however, we might also ask what modes of life, affect, and community formation persist even beyond, alongside, or within crisis. Can we conceive of crisis not as a totalizing event that defines all forms of vitality that exist within its purview, but as a lived environment in which we can discover and facilitate forms of ongoingness that resist the surrounding catastrophes?
ABOUT CONFERENCE:7-8 April 2022, ONLINE (via Zoom)Affects, emotions and perceptions have always been at the center of philosophical discussion. Yet the so called “Affective turn” in social studies and humanities is relatively a new phenomenon inspired by Deleuze and Guattari´s influential works among others. Affective turn challenges the still dominant representational approach in semiotics, discourse analysis and text analyses of all kind. Its goal is to overcome human exceptionalism together with the domination of the word-based language over the other forms of expression in the process of creating meaning and knowledge altogether.
Call for Papers: English Department Symposium, University of Alabama (September 8-10, 2022)
UCL's English Journal is seeking reviews of poetry, novels, plays, film adaptations, and critical monographs relating to the theme of unfeeling. Ideally, texts for review should have been published in the last two-three years.
Suggestions for review:
Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings (2020)
Patricia Lockwood’s Nobody is Talking About This (2021)
Xine Yao’s Disaffected (2021)
Tomáš Jirsa’s Disformations: Affects, Media, Literature (2021)
Peter Gizzi, Now It’s Dark (2021)
UCL's Moveable Type invites submissions of your creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction and drama relating to the theme of unfeeling for its Autumn 2022 issue.
We welcome submissions about:
Climate change narratives
The ruse of universal feelings
Sympathy, or a lack thereof
The medicalization of feeling
Apathy and/or despair
Extended Deadline - 22nd March
‘Unfeeling’ in relation to literature may evoke thoughts about depictions of cold-hearted characters, or repressive worlds in dystopian literature. It may also evoke the supposedly “emotionless” character of disinterested responses to art and literature, and of data-driven distant reading techniques. Affect and reader-response theories tell us that our feelings matter when we read, but which feelings have historically been prioritised and at whose expense?
Not I: 50th Annyversary
Nov. 2, 3, 4, 2022
Assumption University -- Worcester, Massachusetts
Now accepting paper proposals for Not I: 50th Annyversary. This event will celebrate Samuel Beckett’s short play “Not I,” which turns 50 this November. Papers may concern any element of “Not I” or the theme of identity in any of Beckett’s work. Graduate students are encouraged to submit.
All panels are plenary and will take place at Assumption University (about an hour outside of Boston). Leading Beckett scholar S. E. Gontarski will be the special guest. The event will also include a performance of “Not I.”
Proposal submissions for the Interdisciplinary Studies panel at South Central Modern Language Association's 2022 conference are currently being accepted. We encourage graduate students at the MA and PhD level to submit as well. There is no theme this year for the conference or the panel. A variety of approaches and topics may be submitted for this panel. The 2021 conference's topics were wide ranging.
SCMLA is a hybrid conference and will be held in Memphis October, 13-15, 2022. In 2021, panelists presented in-person and virtually to an in-person and virtual audience. Details can be found at https://www.southcentralmla.org/conference/
Rethinking Teaching and Learning Italian: Cross-institutional Practices
Organizers: Enrica Aurora Cominetti (University of Guelph), Andrea Privitera (St. Jerome’s University – University of Waterloo)
"Now the arts connect":
Tom Phillips’ Constellations
October 6-7, 2022
The year 2016 was a very special one for English artist Tom Phillips. It was in October of that year that the final version of A Humument was published, a work unlike any other which occupied fifty years of the life of its author since its inception in 1966.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
SOURCES IN EARLY POETICS (Brill)
Proposals are invited for a new edition and translation series with Brill!
Join us for an online launch event on 16 March, 17:30-19:00 GMT, featuring addresses from the editors and a roundtable discussion with Prof. Gavin Alexander (Cambridge), Prof. Rita Copeland (Penn), Dr Lara Harb (Princeton), Dr Aglae Pizzone (Southern Denmark), and Prof. Filippomaria Pontani (Venice). Free registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sources-in-early-poetics-launch-and-roundta...
Submissions revisiting "emancipation" (as key term) in global and comparative context: emergence and evolution of the term; political, religious, economic, social, and legal contexts; relation to post/colonialism, feminism, abolitionism, slave trade, desegregation, assimilation, etc. 250-word abstracts and bio.
Notes: This is a guaranteed panel sponsored by the CLCS Global Jewish forum at the MLA. We are hoping to solicit proposals from different areas for this comparative panel. (MLA 2023 will take place in San Francisco, 5-8 January)
Call for Submissions
A Collective Address to Death
The Ohio State University Comparative Studies Department
Spring Conference | May 13th-14th, 2022
(In-person or virtual TBD)
A Collective Address to Death
The Ohio State University Comparative Studies Department seeks submissions for a spring graduate conference to be held on May 13th-14th, 2022. This conference aims to extend the conversations generated through a graduate seminar centered on Religion, Medicine, and the Body to scholars across disciplines, by providing an opportunity to collectively address themes of death, dying, and what comes after.
For an upcoming special section, the editors of PRS are seeking research that uses performance as an analytical method to understand the structure, function, use, meaning, or affects of classical religious, philosophical or religious texts. The problem of how to ‘activate’ classical texts for contemporary readers is difficult, and in recent decades, some scholars, artists and religious professionals have turned to making their own live performances responding to classical texts—in a wide variety of forms and settings—as a means of doing so. In this work, they often are forced to make complex decisions that highlight the assumptions, meanings, and consequences embedded in these texts that may not be as visible to the non-performative reader.
Irish Studies: Pasts, Presents, and FuturesAmerican Conference for Irish StudiesApril 29-30, 2022Online
Our “Bridges” conferences provide an international venue and opportunity for academics and professionals from various arts- and humanities-related fields the world over to come together, exchange ideas and learn from each other. Please consult our website at www.bridgesacrosscultures.org or click on this link: https://bridgesacrosscultures.org/how-to-submit Submissions will include:
Annual conference of the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (CRQS), Woodbrooke, Birmingham UK and the Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA)
Online Events, 7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 8 September, 13 October 2022
Quakers and Encounters
The 2022 annual conference of the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (CRQS) and the Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA) is exploring the theme of Quakers and Encounters in a series of five short online sessions spread across the year.
Call for Contributions
BTS: A Critical Reader
Co-edited by Patty Ahn, Michelle Cho, Frances Gateward, Vernadette Gonzalez, Rani Neutill, Mimi Thi Nguyen, and Yutian Wong
BTS is the biggest popular music act on the planet, with a passionate fandom of unprecedented size and diversity. As a multi-faceted cultural phenomenon, BTS has often brought forth reductive claims of universal appeal to explain their global success.
The omnipresence of religious rhetoric in medieval French culture is among the most salient and often among the most alienating cultural juggernauts faced by students and scholars alike. Yet, sacred biography–hagiographical, Marian, and Christological–has not fully found its place in the discipline of medieval French studies.
Hopkins, Voice, and Echo
Conference dates: 23 and 24 September 2022; to be held online via Zoom
CEA Mid-Atlantic Review – Volume 30
Deadline: April 18, 2022
The CEA Mid-Atlantic Review seeksscholarly articles, position papers, short stories, poems, and pedagogical reflections for its 2022 issue. For those in search for inspiration, the theme for the 64th Annual CEAMAG Conference is “The Way Forward.” We are also looking for an original photograph or artwork for our cover, which can relate either to the conference theme or something related to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Call for Papers for a non-guaranteed session sponsored by the LLC Italian American Forum and Allied Organization Italian American Studies Association at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 5 through 8, 2023 in San Francisco, California.
One of the US’s most famous and beloved independent bookstores, City Lights celebrates its 70 birthday this year while we gather for MLA. This special session, a joint venture between the LLC Italian-American and the Allied Organization Italian American Studies Association, celebrates City Lights focusing on book cultures and print communities.
Special Issue: Literacy in the Digital Age. June 2023
Deadline: 1 November 2022
An unprecedented wave of literary prizes were awarded to African writers in the past year. These include awards for Abdulrazakh Gurnah (Nobel), Boubacar Boris Diop (Neustadt), David Diop (Man-Booker), Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (Goncourt) and Damon Galgut (Booker). This roundtable brings together scholars of African literatures and francophone studies to respond to these recent developments and reflect critically on what these awards mean for the field. Potential topics might include situating 2021 against other historical arcs of consecration in African literatures or how this recent wave relates to questions of genre, gender, and language of expression.
The proposed anthology of critical writings on 20th-century war-literature and war-movies is likely to be published from an old university-press in the northern U.K. The last date of submission is 31 July 2022.
Prospective writers are being requested to submit critical approaches to the literatures and films of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Bosnian War in not less than 6000 words, with M.L.A.-style of citation to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as they are completed. Prior to that, abstracts of the proposals could be sent. This is a very old project, and is scheduled to be completed this year.
Università del Piemonte Orientale (Vercelli, Italy) invites paper proposals for a conference exploring the routes and branches of literary and cultural exchanges from Italy to the United States in the years 1945-1975. The conference is the third in a series of events taking place within the framework of the transdisciplinary research project Transatlantic Transfers: the Italian presence in Postwar America 1949-1972 (PRIN 2017, 2020-23) developed in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and Università di Scien-ze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo.
Many scholars have questioned what the rise of globalization, facilitated through new forms of technology, could mean for our ability to study and reach larger audiences. While some media practitioners and researchers have struggled to keep pace, changes to global technologies also present the benefits of accessibility and creativity. Due to the impacts of Covid-19, global media has become an ever more vital avenue for continuing typical social practices in scholarship and artistic endeavors like conferences and performances. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to interrogate the methodologies that have arisen with media development around the world.
The Golden Age of Crime: A Reappraisal
22nd – 23rd of June 2022 at Bournemouth University
The Golden Age of crime fiction, roughly defined as puzzle-based mystery fiction produced between the First and Second World Wars, is enjoying a renaissance both in the literary marketplace and in scholarship. This conference intervenes in emerging academic debates to define and negotiate the boundaries of Golden Age scholarship.