The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a panel at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville from February 20-22. 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of this important essay, and the panel will therefore examine the essay’s theoretical and poetic legacies. We are interested in abstracts proposing innovative approaches to reading Olson’s essay and the conversations that it started. How have the theoretical or cultural contexts surrounding projective verse created a robust understanding of poetic practice in the post-1945 era? How have the legacies of projective poetry engaged with and inflected theoretical models?
With the invention of photography in the mid-19th century, reality no longer depended on the autonomous interpretation of the subject's view, but was instead objectively perceived and recognizable. Contrary to painting, photography fueled changes in perception and perceived reality by realistically reproducing the object as it exists. Now, the 21st century stands under the aegis of the image, a culture dominated by pictures, visual simulations, illusions, copies, and reproductions—creating an inflection point where visual paradigms compete with and even threaten traditional practices.
Since its emergence from the periodical press into the first mass-market novelistic craze, detective fiction has occupied a liminal position in the margins of aesthetic legitimacy—and critical study. Detection is a popular genre, a “literature of escape,” that nevertheless seems to make a claim to, and find purchase in, more rarefied aesthetic and intellectual precincts. Michael Holquist styles detection as a guilty pleasure of the reading classes: “The same people who spent their days with James Joyce were reading Agatha Christie at night.” This panel asks what that liminal position might show us about both the genre and the conditions—theoretical, professional, material—of its study.
“No Kind of Place”: Location, Migration, and Imagination
The International Flannery O’Connor Conference
St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Canada,
June 18-21, 2020
Call for Papers
NeMLA, Boston, MA. March 5-8
In a 2011 Economist Prospero blog entitled "After the Unthinkable," the effects of 9/11 on literature was compared to those of World War II in that it "will continue to be a marking point." As we approach the twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, this panel seeks to move beyond representations of the day itself to explore the various nuances of post-9/11 literature by looking at how the long political and cultural aftermath have left their mark on literary and visual culture.
The International Lawrence Durrell Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations on fictional, dramatic, or poetic cycles from the modernist era. Such cycles may include explicit trilogies (tetralogies, etc.) or works connected in more implicit ways. Potential subjects include:
The International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies is an activity of scientific and academic divulgation that is part of Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX, and which has the collaboration of the Miguel Hernández University (Spain).
Its mission is to transmit research studies in all the different thematic lines of the Fantastic Genre, covering all its possible variants and platforms: cinema, television, theater, literature, comics, videogames, virtual reality, etc.
WAYS OF PARTICIPATION:
As Maria Corti has written, the strength of all artistic avant-gardes may be found in their “foolish squandering of the past” and of how literature plays host, in precise historical moments, to writers who consider their role irreconcilable with those who preceded them; who believe it is their destiny to live among the gravestones of tradition; and believe they are engaged, in “incandescent conversation,” with the future. The panel invites participants to debate the enduring contributions of the Italian neo-avantgarde against the background of social and political upheaval that characterized Italy in the 1960s.
Reading in Theory
NeMLA Annual Convention
5-8 March, 2020
Pirandello and Scientific Revolution
This roundtable endeavors to assess the influence of Donald Trump’s presidency on literature in the US and around the world. Three avenues of inquiry will be featured. First, how has the Trump presidency influenced literature in the US since 2016? Second, are there commonalities between writing in the US and writing internationally owing to the Trump presidency? Finally, focusing on non-US writing, are there perspectives or themes in global literature that are not at all present in US writing that have occurred in the wake of Trump’s presidency?
One of the strengths of comparative literature is that by definition it offers a pluralistic perspective on concrete world events.
Call for Papers
Translational Spaces: Language, Literatures, Disciplines
A postgraduate and early career conference at the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Research Centre, University of Oxford (22 February 2020)
The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945
Call for Essays:
Cinema in the Space Between: An International Approach
The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945 is the annual peer-reviewed digital journal of the Space Between Society, focused on interdisciplinary scholarship of the two world wars and the decades between.
Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019
The annual International Yeats Society conference: "Yeats and Eros" / "Yeats and Paris"
Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris, France), 12-14 December
Call for papers
Yeats and Eros:
After ‘Emancipation’: The legacies, afterlives and continuation of slavery.
University of Nottingham, 21-23 June 2020.
The University of Nottingham’s Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS) is a multidisciplinary centre which pursues research on both historical and contemporary slavery and forced labour in all parts of the globe and through all periods.
Taking its impetus from the theme “Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures” this panel juxtaposes two types of space: the local and the global as they came together in the conception of the world city. The material embodiments of the function of cities as global nodes are the Expositions, Great Exhibitions, and World’s Fairs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where a world spectacle could be viewed in imperial capitals (Paris and London) and in international capitals (Chicago, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, to name a few) .
Gavin Jones (Stanford) and Michael Collins (KCL) are seeking contributors for a panel on the "The Short Story's Global Dimensions" at the Annual Meeting of the ACLA in Chicago, 19th - 22nd March 2020. Abstract proposals of around 200 words should be sent to the organisers by August 30th.
14-16 May 2020
Fudan University, Shanghai
Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University)
Simon During (University of Melbourne)
Matthew Hart (Columbia University)
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 48th Annual Louisville Conference On Literature & Culture Since 1900
Featuring–Forrest Gander, Kaja Silverman, and Marisha Parham
February 20 - 22, 2020
The Carson McCullers Society is soliciting abstracts for a two-part roundtable series on southern modernist women writers and the topographies of the street for the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) conference in Brooklyn, NY, on October 22-25, 2020. This two-part series goes with the MSA conference theme of "the street" and is intended to spark conversation and collaboration among Welty, O'Connor, McCullers, Porter, Petrie, Chopin, and Hurston scholars, among others, about the innovations and interventions of southern modernist women writers in creating street scenes, situations, and characters.
In 1958, while doing his military service at Kolea, Derrida writes to his friend Lucien Bianco: “Fascism will not pass […] never had my faith and my fear as a democrat seemed so very ‘gross’, and the fascist danger so close, so concrete, so invasive.
To celebrate Cummings’ 125th birthday, the E. E.
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)- International Conference , November 14-17, 2019, San Diego, CA, US
Session: Travel and Literature
The Travel and Literature session welcomes proposals focused on travel, odyssey, and mobility through a literary lens, with a special interest in 20th- 21st century travel writing.
The Feminist inter/Modernist Association invites paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on topics related to work by and/or about women, gender, and sexuality for our second interdisciplinary conference. Feminist Revolutions is open to a wide range of inquiries from various disciplinary perspectives—art history; race and gender; media and cultural studies; archival studies; digital humanities; literature; and history.
What is the relationship between irony and other literary techniques, including but not limited to humor? How do authors utilize irony and humor in their texts? Are humor and irony to be considered a literary tool to disguise a personal or political agenda? Or are they simply a resource to entertain their readers?
This panel seeks presentations that analyze or investigate the role of irony, humor, and laughter in texts from early modern to contemporary examples by Italian writers. This panel will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss various new and important perspectives on the use of humor and irony in Italian literature.
"Irish Religious Diasporas from the 17th to the 21st century"
An international GIS EIRE conference jointly organized by the University of Caen Normandy (ERIBIA), the University of Lille (CECILLE) and IT Tallaght (AFIS)
May 14-15, 2020
The Fourth International Conference of the French Society for Modernist Studies
Société d’études modernistes (SEM) https://sem-france.parisnanterre.fr
24-27 June 2020 Université Caen Normandie
In collaboration with:
ERIBIA (Université Caen Normandie)
Musée des Beaux-Arts Caen
Institut mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (IMEC)
CREA (Université Paris Nanterre)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS), an academic journal, invites original and unpublished research papers from scholars on the following:
The Erasure of Subject: Postmodern Reflections
The whole history of social sciences—and even more of natural sciences—could be summed up as the elimination of the concept of the subject. - Alain Tourain
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
Panel: Mythology from Modernity to the Post-Modern: Regional and Global Perspectives