In his travelogue Filibusters in Barbary(1932), the modernist painter and writer Wyndham Lewis evoked the fantasy of being ‘thoroughly unanchored’ from London, from controversy, from recognizability: from his life as he lived it at the time, in effect. The fantasy compels not only because it’s a typically contrarian move made by an unapologetic contrarian, but also because it invites reflection on the very Lewisian problem of autonomy itself.
“Politics is commonly viewed as the practice of power or the embodiment of collective wills and interests and the enactment of collective ideas.”
“The syntagma ‘politics of literature’ means that literature ‘does’ politics as literature…”
-Jacques Rancière, “The Politics of Literature” (2010)
Overwhelming Nature: Confronting Catastrophe and the Sublime in the Arts and Humanities
Mahindra Humanities Center Graduate Student Conference
Harvard University | 25–26 March 2023
Conference Coordinators: Elaine Chen & Therese Shire
The present conference seeks scholarly contributions across disciplinary and national borders that explore accounts of the experience of facing natural catastrophes. The conference will consider the potential and limits of understanding catastrophic experiences through the concept of sublimity.
The eighteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will be held at Edinburgh Napier University, Thursday 13 April - Saturday 15 April 2023.
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Laurence Talairach (University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès) andProfessor John Holmes (Birmingham).
Intra-African Migration and Kinship Structures: Reframing Afropolitanism
Afropolitanism has generated a great deal of debate and discussion, and many panels on Afropolitanism have been organized at African Literature Association conferences since the first such a panel in 2015. These discussions often point out how Afropolitan concepts can question national and geographical affiliations and dislodge fixed ideas of belonging in the contemporary world. Too often the scholarship focuses on Africans’ connections to the West, a focus that has provoked significant controversies and disagreements.
Call for Papers – CLOSURE: Kiel University e-Journal for Comics Studies #10
Thematic Section: »Ocean Comics«
At the end of autumn in 2023, the e-journal CLOSURE once again offers a forum for all facets of comic research. From cultural, visual and media studies to social or natural sciences and beyond: our ninth issue of CLOSURE embraces (supports, publishes) essays and reviews that deal with the ›state of the comic‹. Whether detailed analysis, comic theory or innovative new approaches – our open section welcomes a diverse range of interdisciplinary studies of all things ›comics‹.
THEMATIC SECTION: OCEAN COMICS
Call for Papers: Black Popular Culture
PCA 2023 National Conference, PCA Annual Conference
April 5-8/San Antonio, TX
We would like to invite researchers to submit their abstracts to the Political Performances Working Group at the 2023 IFTR conference, which will take place in Accra, Ghana, 24 to 28 July 2023.
In line with the established practice of the Political Performances Working Group @ IFTR, we have identified three loose strands that reflect the recent work of scholars in the wider field of political performances, but also align with the 2023 conference theme:
The Stories We Tell: Myths, Myth Making and Performance
The Political Performances Working Group therefore invites proposals for papers on the following topics:
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Enclosing the Commons:
Resistance and Rebellion in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
ASLE/AESS 2023 Call for Papers - Sponsored by the Oecologies Research Group
Between 1066 and the nineteenth century, the practice of enclosure transformed the economy and ecology of England, as lands traditionally held in common were, through a variety of processes both formal and informal, transformed into private property. Implicated in the development of capitalism and the Agricultural Revolution, the enclosure movement has had a profound influence on how land use is conceptualized and practiced in the modern world.
An Uncommon Exclusion: Human/More-than-Human Alliance in the Medieval and Early Modern Imaginations
Proposed session for ASLE/AESS, July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon
Sponsored by the Oecologies Research Group
“Bright and Beautiful and Alive”: Willa Cather’s New York Intersections
18th International Cather Seminar June 21-23, 2023 The New School | New York, NY
Despite her dominant association with the Great Plains, Willa Cather lived most of her life in New York City (1906-1947), first in Greenwich Village and later, after she had risen to the top of the literary profession, on Park Avenue on the upper east side. Though Cather only occasionally wrote about the city, it was her home for nearly forty years and a key element of her personal and professional life.
In the aftermath of the spatial turn in literary studies, we look for fresh approaches to Jamesian spaces, material and metaphorical, real and imaginary. James’s texts have explicit spatial dimensions. Whether as settings aesthetically conceived or as sites of cultural, social, and political signification, spaces in James constitute means of thematic as well as formal exploration and even experimentation. From the Roman Colosseum to the “house of fiction” and from the “chamber of consciousness” to the “jolly corner” and the “amazing hotel-world,” James’s literary geography emphatically asserts the dynamic relations between space, subjectivity, and text.
Panel Title: A is for Abortion: Reading Hawthorne’s Political Relevance Today
2023 Acacia Group Annual Academic Conference
California State University, Fullerton
Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th
“To be free comes not from changing or fixing this world, but from seeing this world as it is and opening the heart in the midst of it.” J. Krishnamurti
Call for chapter proposals
The Routledge Handbook of Language Learning in the New Global Context
Edited by Chris Shei and Der-lin Chao
6th Annual Comics Studies Society Conference • July 27-29, 2023 • University of North Texas Gateway Center • Denton, TX
CFP: COMICS ON THE MARGINS
Call for Papers – American Humor Studies Assocation Panel at the ALA 34th Annual Conference
Humor in American Literature and Culture
Organized by the American Humor Studies Association
CFP: Washington Irving – Open Topic
CFP: Edited Collection - Irish Writers and State Bureaucracy
Jonathan Foster (Stockholm University), Elliott Mills (Trinity College Dublin), and Karl O’Hanlon (Maynooth University)
The International David Foster Wallace Society will sponsor two panels at the 34th annual conference of the American Literature Association in Boston on May 25-28, 2023.
We are seeking submissions related to any aspect of Wallace’s fiction or nonfiction.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words including name, institutional affiliation (if any), and contact information, no later than January 15, 2023 to email@example.com . Please attach your abstract as a Word document, and indicate if you will need AV equipment. Note that scholars are limited to one presentation at this conference.
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Outlander Conference Glasgow 2023
University of Glasgow, 18-22 July 2023
Professor Murray Pittock, Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal, University of Glasgow, ‘History and Memory at Culloden’
Additional Speakers TBC
The Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites papers on “Sustainability in/as Collecting” for the 2023 National PCAACA Conference. We would especially like to encourage submissions that contribute new directions and calls to the existing scholarship on “Collecting” and particularly address ecological continuity in the varied geographical, cultural, linguistic, and literary collectibles.
Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:
At times, there is a dissonance between what is considered the ‘original’ narrative and its adapted form. For example, the release of Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of his own work, The Sandman, caused controversy amongst those who had read the comic book series, mainly for the casting decisions of actors such as Kirby Howell-Baptiste who played Death and Jennifer Coleman who played Constantine, as their original characters in the comics where white or/and male. In the same vein, Amazon’s recent adaptation of Tolkien’s work, Rings of Power, creates tensions between fans of the author and a modern audience who may not be familiar with the source material because of the discrepancies between the two versions.
How does the liminal manifest in the Spanish-speaking world? To what does it respond in various contexts, spaces, and artistic expressions? From colonial wounds, through border disputes, gender expression, and artistic hybridization, the history of the Spanish-language sphere is one of diverse networks of communication. The idea of the liminal allows for the revision, evaluation, and deconstruction of these bordered spaces, to elaborate a site of dialogue and encounter. This conference proposes to be such a site.
Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:
ESRA Seminar: Ethics of Adapting Shakespeare's Plays in Totalitarian Contexts
Seminar at the ESRA CONFERENCE - Budapest - July 6-9 2023 - https://esra2023.btk.ppke.hu/
Chapter proposals are invited for the edited collection Transitional Female Being: An Ecocritical Politics of Peri/Post/Menopause, due by December 18, 2022. This volume aims to make a significant contribution to communicating beyond the biological elements of menstruation and pregnancy, interests which determines the direction of much ecofeminist theory, toward seriously engaging with a fundamental discourse effectively silenced in ecofeminist thinking: Menopause.