Co-editors Dave Buchanan (MacEwan University), editor of Pennell’s A Canterbury Pilgrimage and An Italian Pilgrimage (University of Alberta Press, 2015), and Kimberly Morse Jones (Sweet Briar College), author of Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Nineteenth-Century Pioneer of Modern Art Criticism (Ashgate, 2015), are seeking proposals for interdisciplinary essays on the work and life of Elizabeth Robins Pennell, the American-born, London-based journalist and author who published (or co-published) over twenty books and hundreds of periodical articles between the early 1880s and 1930.
Regarding an ongoing research project at Columbia University, Barnard student Sabrina Singer reflected that when she walks around the campus, now, she wonders: “What else is history going to forget?”[i] The research Singer and her colleagues are doing looks at the historical ties between the institution now educating them and the historical institution of slavery. We were prompted to similar reflections having visited Yale’s Peabody Museum and an exhibit there of Elihu Yale’s gemstones collection. Included in the display is a painting of Yale: he is pictured with a large unfinished diamond ring on his finger, symbolizing Britain’s dominance over India.
MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association) 2017
28th Annual Conference
November 9-11, 2017
Medieval and Renaissance (formerly called “Beowulf to Shakespeare”)
The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works that make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representations in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to:
CFP: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 19:5 (2017)
Vol. 19 No. 5 | December 2017
Call for Papers
Special Issue - “Suffering, Endurance, Understanding: New Discourses in Philosophy and Literature. Eds. Frank Stevenson, Douglas Berman, Emily Chow.
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2017 (extended from June 15)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 3-5, 2017
The International Journal of James Bond Studies is now accepting submissions for Issue 2.
Reclaiming the Swamp (Thing): Popular Culture and the Public Academy
The 14th Annual
Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature
In Association with the “Barbara Harlow, The Sequel” Conference
27th-28th October 2017
The University of Texas at Austin
“Latino/U.K.: Postpunk’s Transatlantic Touches”
Richard T. Rodriguez
Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and English
University of California, Riverside
At the 2nd International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference (26-28 October, Bydgoszcz, Poland) Dr Katarzyna Bazarnik will be convening the panel "Sterne, liberature, and the contemporary novel", addressing the multifaceted imprint of Sterne on the contemporary novelistic discourse.
To read more on the conference, please go to www.sterne2017.pl
The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention
April 12-15, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA
As capital flows freely across national borders, the sovereign state demarcates strict boundaries for people. Capitalism forges global connections with international solidarity organized around wealth. Yet as Foucault has argued, intranational spaces are increasingly heavily policed in the name of homeland security, giving rise to the security state and technologies of surveillance.
The last few decades have witnessed a growing interest in the benefits of linking the learning of a foreign language to the study of its literature. In fact, the emphasis on working with culturally authentic texts is one of the central claims for curriculum reform in EFL/ESL teaching nowadays. Moreover, the latest developments in text-based teaching point to a curriculum in which language, culture, and literature are taught as a continuum.
Nevertheless, the incorporation of literary texts into the language curriculum is not easy to tackle. Many linguists refer to literary content as extremely demanding for both teachers and students. Not surprisingly, many teachers tend to avoid using literary texts for this reason.
Whenever someone tells me that they “hate” Kanye West I immediately ask them if they are familiar with his music, most of the time the answer is an emphatic: “no!” Granted, West seems to almost fetishize this self-created divide between his abrasive and confrontational public persona, and his introspective and heartfelt musical lyrics. However, this is due to his insistence on having both his public appearances and music act as provocations that actively question norms around masculinity, the black experience in America, and the life of an artist.
Laughter in “High Art/Low Art”: Playing with Boundaries in French and Francophone Literatures
Scientific and technological advances in genetics, artificial intelligence, and human enhancements forge new perspectives and challenges of the human being. Posthumanism and Transhumanism reconsider approaches to traditional concepts of what it means to be human as they actively promote ways in which humans can move beyond conventional notions of the human and pragmatically engage in human enhancement, promoting a reconfiguration of human possibilities and shaping the potentiality of a future humanity. Literature has been one of the effective mediums to articulate and rethink visions of human evolution and critically examine the existential crisis of the human through post- and transhumanist thought.
This panel takes W.S. Merwin’s line “Day after day we wake to the Island” as motto and challenge to rethink islands not just as utopian and paradisiac places, but to understand them as specific places, in the context of the environmental crisis, and from the perspectives and methodologies of the Environmental Humanities.