Social networking in the Middle Ages, much as today, was a means for forging political relationships and alliances. From tournaments to banquets to bedrooms, these encounters crossed geographic and national borders, drawing together a variety of figures with distinct agendas and desires. The planning committee for UC Santa Barbara’s Medieval Studies Graduate Conference seeks papers that explore the varied and complex ways in which pleasure, leisure, competition, entertainment, friendly feelings, and play facilitated the very serious and often obnoxious business of politics - relaxing boundaries to allow for their renegotiation.
cultural studies and historical approaches
Call for papers: Energy, Ecology, and the Culture of Cities
International Symposium at National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
November 23-24, 2018
Keynote Lecture: Ursula K. Heise (UCLA)
'This world was unified, first of all, by a common purpose: to provide the corrective of laughter and criticism to all existing straightforward genres, languages, styles, voices, to force men to experience beneath these categories a different and contradictory reality that is otherwise not captured in them.'
"From the prehistory of novelistic discourse", Bakhtin
We are seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume that interrogates representations of children and youth’s agency in science fiction and fantasy. Our collection will explore child and youth agency in the context of “beyond the known.” Often, children’s agency is viewed as imaginary, given the heightened structures foisted upon them by adults/parents, peers/friends, and institutions/organizations in the real world. Insomuch as science fiction and fantasy represent liminal spaces with unbounded potential, our book may unearth that child and youth agency is accepted as more real in the unreal, more possible in the impossible.
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 29th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018.
Panel 1: William Dean Howells and Democracy
THE 20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES SECTION
CALL FOR PAPERS
The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 20th Annual International Conference:
Truth(s) and Alternative Facts
Dates: 7–9 June, 2018
Edited Collection, [tentative title]: Bottled Labor: Containment and Consequences
The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce our call for applications for our seventh annual summer session, to be held June 11-22, 2018. The School offers faculty, advanced graduate students, and theater professionals the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program. The topic for the 2018 session is "Public Humanities." Following up on our 2017 focus on activism, the 2018 Mellon School will explore the public humanities in relation to theater, dance, an
Postcolonial British Generations
“My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost.
I am often considered to be a funny kind of Englishman,
a new breed as it were,
having emerged from two old histories.”
(Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia)