"To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper!… When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."
- The Joker, The Dark Knight
'Still waters running deep
Along the embankment walk'
Call for Papers: Currents One-day Conference on Irish Literature, Culture and Civilisation.
Conference Date: 17th April 2015
Institut du Monde Anglophone
05, rue de l'Ecole de médecine
75 006 Paris
Conference Organisers: Dr. Dúnlaith Bird (Université Paris-Sud) and Fanny Quément (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle), with Pôle Irlande.
The Invisible Bear is currently seeking quality poetry and/or visual art submissions for its inaugural volume on or before our submission deadline, Sunday, February 1st, 2015. Please submit via e-mail to thebearinvisible [at] gmail [dot] com and include your full name and the category of your piece (ex: "Joe Writer, Poetry") in the subject line of your message. Please attach your poem(s) (one per page) in a .doc or .docx (for images: .tiff, .jpg, .png) and leave off any name or contact information in your attachment. Limit your submissions from 1-5 pieces. Allow at least five weeks after the deadline date before inquiring about the status of your submission.
Identity and Materialism: Reading the Space between Persons and Things
University of Alabama in Huntsville Graduate Student Conference
April 10-11, 2015
Keynote speaker: Dr. Priscilla Wald (Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University, editor of American Literature)
Conventional deployments of the term "sustainability" emphasize "avoiding the long-term depletion of natural resources," as the Oxford English Dictionary defines this word. However, the emergent idea of "comprehensive sustainability" considers the so-called natural environment and human politics in equal measure and means not only reconciling preservation and development but also achieving social justice and equality. Does this altered definition of sustainability mark or require a profound shift in perceptions of cities? Or might we trace concepts of sustainability in past ideas about cities?
Çankaya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, a refereed international academic journal, published twice yearly in May and November, is currently seeking articles/book reviews for future issues.
We welcome reviews of books from various branches of the humanities and social sciences. Reviews must be academic in nature, giving information about the work's significance and contextualizing it to highlight its strengths and weaknesses without criticizing the author. Reviews should be between 1500 and 2000 words.
Authors may refer to the journal webpage for further information:
At the turn of the century, the term Anthropocene began gaining traction. Though still not formally accepted, the term suggests that the earth has moved into a new geological epoch due to the impact of human activities. That is, we have so impacted the earth that the human mark is written into its very geology, and will be present for epochs to come.
The Anthropocene, then, presents us with a reconception of our relationship with the earth. Like previous reconceptions (Galileo, Nasa's photograph of the Earth, Gaia), the Anthropocene prompts us toward an existential grappling with the implications of being human on this earth.
Seeking critical work (20-30 pp. ) on the poetry of Jayne Cortez for a collection-in-progress. Feminist and all theoretical perspectives are welcome. Contact me ASAP for more information on the collection itself and deadlines.
The conference will address the subject of place and space in all forms of Scottish literature and culture. Any text constructs a place, permitting for a (re-)imagining of that locale. Many Scottish authors have written from or about a particular place. One thinks of: George Mackay Brown and the Orkneys, Edwin Morgan and Glasgow, Lewis Grassic Gibbon and the Mearns, Ian Rankin and Edinburgh. Can we consider Scotland in terms of its disparate constructs of place? How does place shape Scottish culture? What is the influence of Scotland's geographical situation on its literature and culture?