“Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins,” is a popular ( Zechariah Chafee, 1919) is a popular aphorism in legal imaginaries that theoretically synthesizes the scope of concepts such as freedom, power, and sovereignty. The reality of globalization, and its inherent movements and interactions of bodies, challenges the radical frame and geographies of the aforementioned concepts. The inevitability of the relation, in its materialisations as contact, conflict, and integration, highlights the thin lines between acknowledging, understanding, and trespassing boundaries in human relations to each other and to the systems that govern their lives.
Imprisoned in 1642, Richard Lovelace penned the words that became his best-known: “Stone walls do not a prison make,/Nor iron walls a cage:/Minds innocent and quiet take/That for a hermitage” (“To Althea, From Prison”).
Lovelace’s poem points to the duality of the prison as both a physical structure and a mental and spiritual condition. Moreover, the poem submits that the mind can remain free even while the body is confined. For Lovelace, the only true prison is the prison of the mind and soul.
This panel will explore the topics of the prisoner and of the prison as a physical and/or psychological element in novels, stories, poems, films, television, and other genres and media.
In classical accounts of Marxism, surpluses seem to be made only by labor power. Perhaps the most important shift in contemporary Marxist thought has been to uncover how capitalism appropriates surpluses from non-capitalist systems. As Jason W. Moore explains, capitalism lives off what he calls “the Four Cheaps,” labor, food, energy, raw materials. Capitalism’s surpluses don’t just come from exploitation—that is, the use of the wage to extract surplus value from labor. It also comes from appropriation—that is, taking without paying at all.
Call for Papers
Western Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature 2024
ConVersing/ConServing: Care, Creation, Communion
May 9-11, 2024
Trinity Western University
22500 University Drive
Langley, BC Canada V2Y 1Y1
Our keynote speaker:
Book proposal: Edited collection
Proposed Title: Tree Lines: Arboreal Agency in the Creative Arts
Edited by Dr Stephen O’Neill, Maynooth University, Ireland
Abstracts are invited for chapter proposals for the edited collection, Tree Lines: Arboreal Agency in the Creative Arts.
Description / Rationale:
According to the US State Department, political imprisonment is what happens elsewhere, “enabled by Orwellian legal systems designed to target peaceful protestors or government critics.” That the US would deny its participation in these processes comes as no surprise. Critics of empire and the carceral state often note that the US does in fact target protestors and imprison opponents, such that the “Orwellian” is everywhere. These critics have also put pressure on the distinction between political prisoners and “common criminals,” arguing that this distinction abjects the members of criminalized populations, whom it relegates to a place outside politics.
Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 05 July 2023
Conference Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2023
Organised by: Department of English, School of Liberal Arts and Social Science, East Delta University, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Medieval-Renaissance Studies at the University of Virginia's College at Wise announces the Thirty-Sixth Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 21-23, 2023
Virginia Tech University
Oathbreakers: The Long Shadow of Fontenoy (841 CE)
in the European Middle Ages
Literary Druid is a journal that destinies to foster research and creative writing in English. It welcomes all nationals to contribute for learning and research purposes. The perspective of Literary Druid is to create a niche platform for academicians and patrons to share their intellect to enrich the English language and Literature. I welcome all to learn and share.
Our conference aims to encourage studies that explore an emerging paradigm in intermediality studies centred on "affective intermediality", and we hope to initiate a friendly, scholarly debate regarding the relevance and productivity of this approach. The necessity of such an “affective turn” of intermediality studies arises from viewing intermediality as an intricate and highly performative process of communication between humans within a particular context of material reality and historical time, not just as a “transfer”, a “combination” or “reference” of media characteristics or representations, i.e.
This panel calls for stories exploring contemporary creative works as fluid and diverse moments and their relation to what it means to have an identity as both queer and African. This intersection between queer and African is fraught with conflict in the present political and social understanding of homosexuality as un-African and a Western ideology transported to Africa during colonialism. Therefore, when most African nations have made homosexuality illegal, thus, preventing human rights from queer Africans and making them surplus, this panel calls for short stories, poems, memoirs, and novel extracts about queer African characters.
This panel invites papers that explore literary representations of populations—immigrants, migrant workers, the racially or sexually marginalized, disabled persons, etc.—that are rendered ‘surplus’ by American society. This might be through economic, political, or interpersonal forces. This panel is especially interested in the ways these populations resist this dehumanization and forge their own communities. The label ‘surplus’ pushes these populations to the margins of society, deeply isolating them. Isolation is one of the most crippling afflictions that an individual can encounter, leaving them with no support system when forces like prejudices, poverty, or oppression affect them so deeply.
SAMLA 2023 (9-11 November)
This roundtable invites critics and writers to rethink cities (or neighborhoods/areas within cities) that are essential to understanding “American writing,” yet still seem to remain outside or “extraneous” to discussions of “American literature.” What historical cities, lost neighborhoods, or even ruins/necropoli are critical to enduring issues explored within American writing? What stories seem lost within locales trimmed of their histories? How does re-centered dialogue around these locations remap American literary production? What trajectories or points of transit are central to discussions of “canonical texts” in the present moment? How do these questions reframe concepts of diaspora or a “literature of the Americas?”
The study of T. S. Eliot is enjoying an unprecedented renaissance, thanks to a wealth of new primary and critical materials. New biographies of Eliot and the key people in his life, the Complete Prose, new editions of his poetry and plays, important new translations, and the publication of thousands of new letters have opened up countless new possibilities for the investigation of Eliot’s life and work. This session invites proposals on any topic reasonably related to T. S. Eliot. Preference will be given to proposals that engage with any of the new materials mentioned above. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief bio to Patrick.Query@westpoint.edu by 4 September 2023.
CFP: paper proposals for session at NeMLA (March 7-10, 2024, Boston, MA)
The act of translation is often discussed in terms of possession: what is lost, what is revealed, who can claim ownership of a text, and to what extent. It is possible, however, that a more enlightening conversation around translation theory and practice could be had if we shifted our focus from questions of ownership to questions of surplus and scarcity. In an age of globalization where translation is often maligned as useless and mechanized, the field of translation studies must push itself towards inclusive discussions of its most human aspects. To what extent should the translator's work be visible? How do translators negotiate the complexities of excess and lack, "too-much-ness" and "not-enough-ness," when mediating a text?
Please consider submitting an abstract for the 2024 NeMLA Convention:
This panel aims to examine how elective, therapeutic, spontaneous abortions, and stillbirths are represented in work of literature and cinema from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective at the intersection of gender studies and the medical humanities. We welcome papers that engage with novels, graphic novels, memoirs, cross-genre texts, poems, films, and documentaries, that address experiences of pregnancy loss in contemporary societies, cultures, and languages, by using different methodologies.
This book is an academic-edited volume (to be published by CSMFL Publications under its Academic Collection series) that explores the transformative impact of technology and artificial intelligence on the field of translation studies. This book aims to delve into the evolving landscape of translation in the digital age, highlighting the intersection of technology, AI, and translation practices. By examining the advancements, challenges, and opportunities presented by these emerging technologies, the book seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of how they are reshaping the field and paving the way for the future of translation.
Broad themes of the volume include the followings:
Call for Papers: Consent and Cultural Competency (Winter 2023)
Extension of previous deadline.
Seeking submissions in the form of articles and/or notes from the field. Both formats are reviewed through double-blind peer review. Find more details and guidelines here: https://journals.calstate.edu/jcbp/about/submissions
The terms “community” and “immunity” on both local and global scales have become semantically interdependent with unparalleled currency. They have triggered debates about stopping the propelling cycle of immunization that claims to benefit the community and raised concerns about the pressing need to maintain naturally invulnerable societies. Prominent among the theorists who highlight the close and problematic connection between the two notions is Roberto Esposito (2012), who posits that “community” points to difference and that “immunity” designates relation/contagion.
Undue Burdens: Reproductive Rights and Bodily Autonomy in the Long Eighteenth Century
Eds. Fiona Brideoake, Ula Lukszo Klein, and Nicole Garret
This collection aims to continue the work of diversifying the 19th-century British literary canon. Many authors who were revolutionary and popular during their time are now underrepresented in the current scholarly field. The essays in the collection will touch on underread texts and authors as well as underappreciated characters in more traditionally canonical works. We welcome essays using lenses such as disability studies, trauma theory, critical race theory, queer theory, postcolonial studies, and more.
Chapter proposals can include but are not limited to:
Underread 19th-century British authors
19th-century diaries or letters that have been critically ignored
Call for Papers
Reading for Life in Uncertain Times: Literature and Wellbeing.
Online interdisciplinary Symposium: 13-14 September 2023
Hosted by La Trobe University
"There is always a wild card. And what I had were books. What I had, most of all, was the language that books allowed. A way to talk about complexity. A way to ‘keep the heart awake to love and beauty’ (Coleridge)"
Intellectus invites you to submit research articles, book reviews, and scholarly interviews on Africana philosophy, black studies, and applied philosophy (especially in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics), feminism, international law, public policy, and socio-political philosophy in their relevance to Africa or African heritage. This CFP is for Volume 2 Number 1, for the year 2023.
The Submission Process
CFP: Saying Yes to Nope: Cinema, Spectacle, and Race in Jordan Peele’s Nope
Editors: Russell Meeuf, Nancy McGuire Roche, and Eric Gary Anderson
Jordan Peele’s third feature film, Nope, has cemented Peele’s place in contemporary cinema as a visionary auteur concerned with cinema, race, genre, and media spectacle. Building on his work as a writer-director on Get Out and Us, and expanding his oeuvre as a film and television producer across genres, Nope is Peele’s most reflexive work to date, exploring our cultural obsessions with spectacle and media culture’s impact on people of color.
Contact Information: Dr. Shari Hodges Holt, University of Mississippi, email@example.com
Deadline: June 30, 2023
Proposals for 15-minute conference presentations are invited for the regular Gothic Session at the 2023 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) conference. The conference will be held October 12-14 at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, TX. The session is open topic. Presentations on Gothic tropes, the Gothic as a literary or cultural movement, or specific Gothic texts from literature, film, and popular culture are welcome.
This issue of Critical Times probes the question of solidarity—its subjects, horizons, difficulties, and limits. In some social-theoretical accounts, solidarity is a force that coheres subjects, holds them together in one community, and coordinates their aspirations, sympathies, or interests in perfect unity. Solidarity, in other words, transcends differences to generate unity; indeed, it converts difference into sameness. And when such differences persist or reappear in new forms, solidarity is said to be in danger or to have failed. Yet this is neither the only archive nor the only horizon of solidarity.
CFP - Conference Panel: "Rethinking Language Programs: Innovative Recruiting and Retention Initiatives
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference
October 26-29, 2023
The Shakespeare panel at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention is still accepting abstracts! We encourage you to submit any and all papers concerning Shakespeare. The Convention will be held in Denver, CO, October 11 - 14.
Please send a 250-300 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st 2023 for consideration. See the link below for more information on the convention.