UNT's Postwar Faculty Colloquium is a day-long event for postwar specialists across the humanities from the North Texas / South Oklahoma region. This year's keynote speakers are Andrew N. Rubin, Professor of Critical and Media Studies at Georgetown U, and Ned O'Gorman, Associate Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Communications Dept. at U Illinois. Any area professors, lecturers, and adjuncts interested to present from his/her current research, pls. send abstracts to UNTPostwarStudies@unt.edu by March 1. This is a local "work session" open to work in progress, no registration fee, no hotels, etc. Pls. join us if you're in this area and interested to share your work.
27-28 May 2016, Hong Kong
Anne Mulhall, University College Dublin
Eugene O'Brien, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
Guest Poet: Trevor Joyce
The traditional boundaries of Romanticism - six male poets; the definite articles of Romantic image, imagination and ideology; an implicit focus on Englishness - have been comprehensively contested to transform the discipline into the study of Romanticisms, including novels, plays, polemic, periodicals and print culture alongside a widening canon of poetry; questioning the ideology of the Romantic Ideology; and expanding borders spatially, to include Four Nations, archipelagic, Europe-wide, transatlantic and postcolonial approaches, and temporally, beyond the 1790s and early nineteenth century to imagine a Romantic century running from ca. 1750-1850.
UCSB's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Presents:
"Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community"
Conference Date: April 23rd, 2016 at UC Santa Barbara
Proposal Due Date: January 24th, 2016
The 2016 American Cultures and Global Contexts center presents the topic of the sovereign body in United States literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. We invite proposals for papers, panels, and art pieces for our annual conference, titled "Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community," to be held on April 23rd, 2016.
[There] are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements of deterritorialization and destratification.
—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
standing on the map of my political desires
I toast to a borderless future
—Guillermo Gómez-Peña, "Freefalling Toward a Borderless Future"
Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.
In the 1980s, Anderson proposed the concept of "imagined community" to explain the emergence of nation-state. Appadurai in the 90s further extended its notion of collective imagination to discuss global culture in the postelectronic world. Through collective reading, criticism and pleasure, a "community of sentiment" is made possible. With the help of mass media and migration, individuals and groups have responded to modernity in their own terms and deployed their imaginations differently in the practice of their everyday lives. The experiments with modernity vary and have gone beyond the regulations of the state.
Power Dynamics: 2016 Media and the Environment Conference
University of California, Santa Barbara
April 29 and 30, 2016
Keynote address by University of Michigan Assistant Professor and poet Tung-Hui Hu, author of works including A Prehistory of the Cloud (2015, MIT Press) and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (2013, Copper Canyon Press)
University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery
April 1-2, 2016
Critical Keynote Address: Patrick Deer (NYU)
Creative Keynote Address: Elisa Albert (Columbia)
CFP Deadline Extended to Friday December 18th, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Mimi Thi Nguyen, associate professor of Gender and Womens Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt and Other Refugee Passages (2012).