With an increasing interest for a globalized and diverse society, the quest for an authentic self is more readily apparent and therefore further conflates the problem of representation. Globalization expands beyond social media and encroaches on the realms of the public and private spheres. However, the process of authenticity only further stabilizes potentially harmful ideologies that promote illusions of truth. In some instances, language (literature), film, and art, because of their figurative element, expose the artificiality of representation and engage the issue of authenticity. How are certain claims to truth (authenticity/referentiality) formulated, regulated, and destabilized through representation in literature, film, and art?
The organisers invite proposals for papers and presentations on the theme of 'strata' in the period 1845-1945 across the arts, humanities and social sciences, for a one-day interdisciplinary conference specifically aimed at postgraduate students. In association with the University of Birmingham's Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity and hosted by the College of Arts and Law, the conference will showcase current research from a variety of critical perspectives and use this to springboard dialogue across disciplines and institutions.
Performing Gender in the Middle East
Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:
"Hearing and Speaking the Middle Ages: Orality and Aurality in Performance and Text"
The Twenty-Seventh Annual Spring Symposium of The Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University
27–29 March 2015
Indiana University, Bloomington
Keynote: Professor Samer Ali, University of Texas at Austin
CALL FOR PAPERS
"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey
"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne
"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry
Keynote speakers: Professor Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University) and Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University)
2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of the spy genre's most influential novels. With its roots in the 19th century, the genre evolved and diversified throughout the 20th century, providing, as Michael Denning writes, a 'cover story' that has rendered 'the political and cultural transformations of the twentieth century into the intrigues of a shadow world of secret agents'. Capturing the ever-evolving zeitgeist of cultural and political anxieties, the genre has encompassed (and exploited) 'hot' wars and 'cold', and most recently a global War on Terror.
Papers on any aspect of British seventeenth-century literature, for the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 8-10, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Email 200-300 word proposals by March 1, 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member by April 1 to be listed in the program. For further conference information, access the RMMLA website at rmmla.innoved.org.
Both popular and scholarly press has been confronting the changing role of higher education, from Frank Donoghue's Last Professor to Henry Giroux and Kostas Myrsiades's collection Beyond the Corporate University. Technology, economic shifts, and cultural-existential needs change roles for faculty, students, and administration. Many incoming scholars face a "brave new world" of increased adjunct positions, declining tenure, MOOCs, reduced pure research, and students who may not fit traditional models. Finding a new home in this shifting world may prove difficult or exciting, depending on the outlook.
Impassioned Britain: Familial and Divine Depictions of Feeling (1707 - 1907), University of Liverpool, 15-17 July 2015.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Center for Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Call for Papers: "Changes in Fashion in the Middle Ages"
Keynote Speaker: Professor Maureen C. Miller, Department of History, UC Berkeley
"ché l'uso d'i mortali è come fronda
in ramo, che sen va e altra vene."
"The custom of men is as leaves on a branch,
some of which go and others come."
Dante Aligheri, Paradiso, XXVI, 137-138