In his essay "Walking," Henry David Thoreau says, "We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure." Similarly, in All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren's protagonist remarks on a trip westward, "For West is where we all plan to go some day." Yet, Warren's west is starkly different from Thoreau's. The myth of the American West has provided a geographical space for philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers to interrogate, personal as well as cultural, ambivalence towards the promises of Manifest Destiny, the American Dream, capitalism, individualism, diversity, and community.
This panel accepts a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical concerns related to the study of Asian and Euro-American literatures. We welcome the study and cross-disciplinary use of visual texts and/or media, as well as traditional author-centered research.
Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2010
The Fat Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is soliciting proposals for its joint annual conference. We seek proposals for papers, roundtables, or forms of artistic expression that forward a fat-affirmative agenda. Critical discussions of fat, thin, and body size are welcome, especially those that either consider or counter phobic constructions of the presentday. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
The University of Virginia's College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference is pleased to announce a call for undergraduate papers for the upcoming Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 16-18, 2010.
Papers by undergraduates covering any area of Medieval and Renaissance studies—including literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts—are welcome. Abstracts for papers should be 250-300 words in length and should be accompanied by a brief letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.
Abstracts (and letters) should be submitted electronically or by regular mail by June 18, 2010 to:
The modern era saw a shift in society's views of history, as history began to be seen as circular, degenerative, utopian, etc. There was also a related, but distinct, shift in how histories were written, as the professionalization of the discipline of history intensified and creative writers made the writing of history new.
*Deadline for proposals this Friday, March 26!*
Keynote Speaker: Professor Naomi Morgenstern, University of Toronto.
"The University in Crisis: Teaching, Transference and Tenure in David Mamet's Oleanna."
Presented by the Studies in Psychoanalysis and Literature Reading Group
and GRIT: The Group for the Reading of Incredible Theory
May 21, 2010
Department of English
University of Toronto
Call for Papers
The Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL) and the Centre European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth are pleased to announce a one-day, multi-disciplinary conference on "Early Modern Exclusions" to be held on September 14, 2010.
**CFP deadline extended! It is now Friday, 16th April 2010 **
Reweaving the Rainbow: Literature and Philosophy 1850-1910
University of Exeter, 10th - 11th September 2010
Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Wood (Princeton)
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine --
Unweave a rainbow...
(Keats, Lamia, 229-237)
1st Global Conference
The Value of Work
Friday 5th November – Sunday 7th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers
This conference aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines, professions and vocations to focus on a fundamental aspect of human life: work.
Work has pervasive influence on human life. Where we live, how we live, how we learn and see the world is strongly shaped by the work we do. Since the industrial revolution some of the expected benefits of the implementation of technology, and contemporary management have not been realised.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Ethics and Sustainability
October 7 – 10, 2010
32nd Annual Association for Integrative Studies Conference
Hosted by San Diego State University's
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts,
School of Public Affairs
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Center for Regional Sustainability
The Ethics Center for Science and Technology (SDSU, UCSD, USD)
at the Kona Kai Spa and Resort
1551 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106-3102