Digital technology and internet access have expanded the ways of making meaning and of building and accessing audiences across the globe. Though unevenly available to refugees (UNHCR, Space and imagination: rethinking refugees’ digital access, 2020), digital technology has nonetheless offered previously unknown platforms for refugees to speak directly to global audiences.
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.
Art About Writing | Writing About Art
Art, Literature, Architecture, Film, Museums, Creative Writing, and New Media
University of St. Thomas, April 28, 2023
50th AAAS Conference 2023
Versions of America: Speculative Pasts, Presents, Futures
Oct. 20-22, 2023 University of Klagenfurt (in-person conference only)
CHE Graduate Student Symposium: Watersheds
The UW–Madison Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) will bring together graduate student researchers, educators, and artists from multiple disciplines to examine and discuss methods, applications, theories, ideas and practices related to the theme of watersheds.
Founded in Paris in 2007, the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students, researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its 13th annual Whitman Week, consisting of a seminar for students interested in Whitman and Whitman’s poetry, and a symposium bringing together international scholars and graduate students. In 2023, the Whitman Week will take place for the first time in Rome, at Sapienza University of Rome from June 12 to June 17.
Please view the full Call for Papers on the website: https://whitmanweekrome2023.com/
Special Revival Issue | 2023
[The Apollonian is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that is published bi-annually.]
Call for papers - Media Mutations 14
Investigating Medical Drama TV series: approaches and perspectives
Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti – DAMSLab, May 18th-19th, 2023
Organized by Stefania Antonioni (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo) and Marta Rocchi (Università di Bologna).
In collaboration with the research project “Narrative Ecosystem Analysis and Development framework (NEAD framework). A systemic approach to contemporary serial product. The medical drama case”
Confirmed keynote speaker:
Irene Cambra Badii (Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya)
Marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Walter Pater’s Studies in the History of the Renaissance, this two-day conference will consider the place of Pater and The Renaissance in nineteenth-century debates on art, literature and culture, their legacies and those of aestheticism into the twenty-first century.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Re-positioning India and Australia in the Emergent Geo-Politics: Identities, Entanglements, Cultural Diplomacy
(3-4 March, 2023)
Call For Academic and Creative Proposals:
Conference Date: April 28-29, 2023
Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
“Through reciprocity the gift is replenished. All of our flourishing is mutual.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
THE 24th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES SECTION
9-11 June 2023
CALL FOR PAPERS
Hunter College's 3rd Annual Language Works Conference
Title: Translation, Interpreting, and the Platform Economy
Date: Friday, April 28th, 2023 | Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Venue: Hunter College, New York, NY, USA
695 Park Ave. HW Faculty Dining Hall.
This proposed volume of interdisciplinary essays reexamines the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) as a labor project. We are working with a publisher to feature this book, Working through the Federal Writers’ Project: Labor, Place, Archive, and Representation, as part of a potential series on the FWP, on the burgeoning field of FWP studies, and on how FWP studies fits in the larger framework of labor studies. Labor, in this sense, is not a narrow category. It encompasses trade unions, working conditions, labor power, political economy, and the everyday reality of working lives.
Both Melville and Conrad appeal to the concept of life allied with their artistic activities. Moby Dick is pervaded by appeals to the appeal to life, as in the description of a whale skeleton become a chapel: "Life folded Death; Death trellised Life; the grim god wived with youthful Life, and begat him curly-headed glories." Conrad, too describes the action of art in fruitful tension with the kinetics of life, as when in his 1897 preface, he connects art with seizing a fragment "from the remorseless rush of time, a passing phase of life." But how exactly do these writers understand and see their relation to "life" -- vegetative, human, physical, spiritual, ethical?
AMODERN 12: Alternative Print Technologies and Revolution
Edited by Thomas S. Mullaney and Andrew Amstutz
300-word proposals due: 31 March 2023
Drafts of 4000-8000 words due: 1 June 2023
This MLA panel invites critical and ethical interrogations that underpin the urgency to look beyond the single-issue strategies of reading and creating South Asia in critical discourse. Incidentally, the scholarly trajectory of issues on South Asia has flattened the diversity of the geopolitically, culturally rich discursive space and its experiences to increasingly refer to India-centric discussions.
CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
Friday-Sunday, 6-8 October 2023
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Address: DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: (312) 362-8000
Conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging.
Phenomenology is a tradition of thinking that acknowledges the already-givenness of our bodies, our relationships to others, and the ecosystems in which we live. Since the founding of the field in the early twentieth century, phenomenologists have taken an interest in the ways that humans engage the world that precedes us, but it was only in the last twenty years that scholars recognized the potential phenomenology could have for environmental ethics and the ongoing multi-disciplinary rethinking of our human relationship to the more-than-human world.
Wayne C. Booth, in The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961), coined the term unreliable narrator to discuss the “artificial authority” that we as readers assign the narrator that is telling us a story (4). The question, however, comes when the narrator withholds information, manipulates information, or outright disguises or hides the information to fulfill a particular purpose. Perhaps the narrator wishes their reader to believe a particular idea, or they do not want the reader to know something to maintain the image they are creating through their narration. Literature has always played with the concept of narration. From Cervantes to Poe to George R.R. Martin, readers experience narrators that are confused, obscured, illusive, and more.
The year between December 29th 2022 and December 29th 2023 would have been the hundredth of William Gaddis’ life. Between 1955, when he published The Recognitions, and 1998, when he died shortly after completing Agapē Agape, Gaddis was notorious for a disproportion between reputation and readership. Being reflexively labelled “difficult,” with his own novels’ wry figurations of characters writing “for a very small audience,” and with a tendency to be categorized (though not always actually read) alongside the increasingly unfashionable “high postmodernists”… all this might have made it hard to envisage his work surviving into the 2000s.
Please find below a call for contributions for issue 19.1 of Textes et Contextes, an online jounal published by the University of Burgundy). The papers we are calling for will be published along with the proceedings of the two-day symposium, entitled “Music and Memory in Anglophone Literature” that was held in Dijon on September 19-20, 2019.
In times of crisis—war, pandemic, severe disruptions of supply chains, climate apocalypse, systemic erasure of reproductive autonomy—there might seem to be no meaningful distinction between the extraordinary and the ordinary. Yet after the cultural emphasis on catastrophe in the last few years, a return to the ordinary is overdue. What role can critical thought on ordinary language, affect, and aesthetics now play in interrogating the evolving concept of ordinariness, imagining alternative ordinaries, and expanding our geographies and objects of study? Additionally, what are the limits of critical theory for understanding and communicating about ordinary experience?
The majority of research on 19th-century literary representations of sexual violence variously restricts the field by 1) explicitly or implicitly treating rape as an exceptional crime; 2) limiting analyses to what Erin Spampinato has termed “adjudicative reading,” or legalistic approaches that evaluate rape stories as if they were real-life court cases; and 3) attending only to narratives about cisgender men’s violations of white cisgender women, especially within the middle-class home, to the exclusion of nonheterosexual, queer, and colonial contexts.
Journal Special Issue “Radioactive Empires: The Nuclear Relations of Coloniality.”
Editors: Rebecca Macklin, Laura De Vos, Sonja Dobroski, and Susanne Ferwerda
Abstracts due: February 15, 2023
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2023
Full articles due: 15 September 2023
This panel explores Black geographies (both real and imagined) of joy/sorrow in African American literature, examining how geographic thought, speculation, and practice produce joys/sorrows for Black subjects and communities. Send a 200-word abstract and CV.
Dorottya Mozes, University of Debrecen
The Graduate Student Representative for the Modernist Studies Association seeks paper proposals from graduate students and emerging scholars on the topic of “precarious modernisms” for a guaranteed MSA 2023 panel. In a rapidly shifting climate of academic precarity, what can modernism’s own precarities offer in the way of addressing our contemporary crises of the humanities? Panelists might consider, but are certainly not limited to:
Conrad's works feature linguistic sophistication, narrative complexity, psychological nuance, subtle irony, political contestation, and historical challenge. While some might seek to avoid difficulty, this panel instead embraces difficulty and considers how precisely the most challenging aspects of Conrad's art can empower students and cultivate subtlety, humanistic and historical breadth, and even humility. This panel invites papers that consider how the multivalent difficulty of Conrad’s works — syntactic, psychological, political, or aesthetic — offers pedagogical opportunity. Comparative approaches are welcome.
Call for Proposals:
Humor and Conflict in the Digital Age Conference
29-30 November 2023
Ghent University, Belgium
Humor and Conflict in the Digital Age (HACIDA), an ENLIGHT Scientific Research Network at Ghent University, welcomes proposals for 20-minute presentations as part of a two-day conference in Ghent, Belgium.