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The Spatial Language of Literature: Sovereign Space and the Borders of Capital

updated: 
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 9:56am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA, April 12-15, 2018)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention
April 12-15, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

As capital flows freely across national borders, the sovereign state demarcates strict boundaries for people. Capitalism forges global connections with international solidarity organized around wealth. Yet as Foucault has argued, intranational spaces are increasingly heavily policed in the name of homeland security, giving rise to the security state and technologies of surveillance.

Sterne and (Post)Modernism revisited

updated: 
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 7:33pm
International Laurence Sterne Foundation, Kazimierz Wielki University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

At the 2nd International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference (26-28 October 2017, in Bydgoszcz, Poland) Prof. Peter de Voogd will be convening the panel "Sterne and (Post)Modernism revisited".

Paper proposals should be sent to peterdevoogd@fastmail.fm and j.lipski@ukw.edu.pl; the deadline is 15 July 2017.

The panel will cover various aspects of Sternean echoes in later literature, revisiting some of the issues addressed in the collection "Laurence Sterne in Modernism and Postmodernism" (ed. Peter de Voogd, David Pierce; Rodopi, 1996).

Interstices 19 - Surface/Pattern

updated: 
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:27pm
Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 31, 2017

Surface and ornament are periodically reviewed, discarded and pursued. More recently, there has been an interest in the writing of Aby Warburg, Alois Riegl, Gottfried Semper, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius, and Le Corbusier. They have been made prominent by issues of animation (see, for example, Papapetros 2012, Payne 2013, van Eck 2014) and digitation (see for example Spuybroek 2008 and Schumacher 2009).

Humor and Violence in the African-American Imagination

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 6:17pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This session welcomes papers that will investigate the range of comedic forms embedded within African American literature. On the heels of the twentieth anniversary of the release of Saidiya Hartman’s seminal monograph Scenes of Subjection, this panel’s exploration of the use of humor in black literature offers a new critical framework for exploring the ways that spectacles of violence have continued to undergird representations of black performance in contemporary critical thought. From the auction block to the jazz stage, “blackness” manifests epidermally and externally, often through public articulations of shared racial grief. As such, recent critical work has often framed humor as a tactical response to racial violence.

Resistance and Reform: Modernist Women and American Social Engagement

updated: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 6:18pm
Jody Cardinal, Deirdre Egan-Ryan, Julia Lisella
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

While the study of modernism typically focuses on avant-garde formal experimentation, the collected volume of essays, Resistance and Reform: Modernist Women and American Social Engagement, offers an important corrective by insisting on a reassessment of the roots of modernist experimentation and innovation. This volume will include essays that analyze the careers and writings of modernist women writers during the first half of the twentieth century whose artistic productions were closely tied to or invested in various forms of social engagement, community activism, political resistance, or cultural change.

Reminder: Considering Modernist Confusion (NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh)

updated: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:07pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?

Modernism on the World Stage

updated: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:10pm
Kevin Riordan / Nanyang Technological University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2017

 

We seek short provocative essays addressing the topic of “Modernism on the World Stage” for a prospective, peer-reviewed cluster on Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform.

 

Henry James, 1916-1945 (3/1/18)

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:16pm
Henry James Review
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

What did “Henry James” come to mean in the years between his death and the commencement of World War II?

Sean O'Casey beyond Irish Nationalism, Louisville Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:17pm
Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2017

Since the plays of Sean O'Casey are ripe for analysis beyond historical/new historical readings that examine them in light of Irish nationalism, I am seeking abstracts for a possible panel on O'Casey for the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/) on February 22-24, 2018.  O'Casey's work, both that which focuses on the years just before and after Irish independence and that written during his years in England, offers varied resources for scholarship from the perspectives of colonialism/postcolonialism, Marxist theory, and gender analysis.

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