Registration is now open for the one day symposium 'Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment', 8th March 2014. www.hauntedlandscapes.co.uk. The symposium is to be held at Falmouth University, UK in collaboration with ASLE UK-I. Keynote Speaker, Professor Ronald Hutton. Programme and registration details: www.hauntedlandscapes.co.uk . There is to be an associated art exhibition and readings by Professor Julian Wolfreys of his novel 'Silent Music'.
Literature, Politics and Aesthetics: A-disciplinarity
March 28-29, 2014
Keynote: Dr. Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova University, Philosophy)
Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword across the humanities; the term usually implies that scholars make use of the tools of another discipline while remaining within the boundaries of their own. The French philosopher Jacques Rancière points to the impossibility of this project, describing his work as "a-disciplinary" or "in-disciplinary." This conference seeks to reflect on the current state of work within the humanities by asking if the traditional ways of organizing disciplines are sufficient for the future of academia.
The Yale University 20/21 Colloquium and the Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at a one-day symposium addressing the theme "1914/2014: Experimentalism then and Now." 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities in the Great War, offering an opportunity to look back on the pivotal year of 1914, when the Gilded Age tripped into the trenches. A hundred years after the publication of James Joyce's Dubliners, Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Stein's Tender Buttons, Sigmund Freud's The Wolfman, and the first issues of Blast, The Little Review, and The New Republic, this symposium seeks fresh readings of modernist classics and invites speculation about the new directions of experimentalism in literature today.
The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its first biennial conference. Prompted by the centennial of The Great War, a formative event in Dos Passos's life and career, this conference will facilitate discussion of the author's responses to war and other defining features of the early twentieth-century in his major and minor works. The meeting will conclude with an address by John Dos Passos Coggin, who will speak about his grandfather's "writing life" as it compared with the styles and habits of his friends Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
The place of South Asian Americans within the canon of Asian American studies is still peripheral. Although critics like Lisa Lowe and Kandice Chuh have strongly argued for redefining Asian American studies as more inclusive and heterogeneous, a majority of Asian Americanists still seem hesitant to include and acknowledge South Asians in Asian American literary studies.
Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture that is affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of humour. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Humour and identity
- Humour and music
- Humour and politics
- Psychology of humour
- Humour in the humanities
- Humour and truthfulness
- Black humour
- Cultural humour
- Irony and sincerity
- Humour and emotions
- Forms of humour
- Humour and feminism
Settler colonialism can be described as a transnationalist mode of critical inquiry whose logics of elimination and displacement have structured the appropriation of land in different places at different times.The United States, one can argue, is in the final stages of settler colonialism, having completed the expropriation of the majority of indigenous lands, whereas Palestine still struggles against the settlement of its territories. In Patrick Wolfe's formulation, settler colonialism differs from colonialism through its enactment of the logic of erasure—the attempt to displace the native, to lay claim to indigenous lands, and therefore to eliminate indigenous peoples and their cultures altogether.
Contributors sought for a collection of short essays, each focused on a poem by Theodore Roethke, to be published by a university press. Intended for a readership of students and teachers as well as scholars, the book will advance Roethke criticism by presenting original and highly specific commentary on individual poems. Essays are to be about 2000 words in length and must involve close textual reading of a single poem. Writers may explicate a short poem or passage from a long poem, or analyze one aspect of a poem (such as diction, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, sound devices, meter, etc.). All critical approaches are welcome, including historicism, gender studies, reader-response, and ecocriticism.
This year's UCL English Department Graduate Conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption. Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the 'canon', examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism. We invite students across periods and disciplines to explore the theme of 'transformations'.
Transatlantic Maghreb in Comparative Contexts
MESA- Washington DC, 22-25 November, 2014
"Sexing the Left": English Language Notes 53.1 (Spring/Summer 2015)
Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries)
A one-day conference organized by OVALE and VALE EA4085 – Paris IV Sorbonne
June 14th, 2014
Maison de la Recherche – Paris IV Sorbonne
28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris
Keynote speaker: Joyce Goggin, Universiteit Van Amsterdam
"Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it".
(Walt Whitman, « Song of Myself »)
Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse New World ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence?
In her autobiography, One Writer's Beginning, Eudora Welty recounts the disappointment she felt as a child when she first learned that "books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass." Looking to unpack the implications of this youthful conception of literature, one that blurs the lines between natural phenomenon and cultural production, the Eudora Welty Society invites paper proposals that explore the significance of "nature" in Welty's work and/or life.
The submission deadline for the Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium has been extended to February 15, 2014.
The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for the Fifth Annual LLUC taking place on March 29, 2014. Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.