Originating from old Latin se- ("apart") and cernere ("sift"), "secret" means "hidden, concealed, and private," thereby signifying the distinction between the true and the false, the light and the dark, the self and the other, and the private and the public. This definition has its history and origin, and yet it is questioned and challenged nowadays by post-modernism and post-structuralism, as when Derrida considers in "Literature in Secret," "Pardon for keeping the secret, and the secret of a secret . . . of not meaning at all." If the secret one keeps is a secret "of not meaning at all," unveiling the secret simply reveals its nothingness. And yet, without the endeavor to unveil the secret, how can one know that there is nothing behind it?
Young Adult Literature
Session Coordinator: Dr. Amberyl Malkovich
Dept. of English, Concord University
"Through Opposition and Commonality: The Role and Depiction of the Arts and Sciences in Young Adult Literature"
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?
Call for Papers for a guaranteed panel at the Modern Language Association
(MLA) Annual Convention, 7-10 Jan. 2016, in Austin.
"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978
"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
— Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology
The Association of Art Historians (AAH) Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference highlighting post-graduate research. It takes place at a different university each year in early Summer.
'Fashion & Art History'
University of York
29 - 30 June 2015
Fashion and art often follow a shared trajectory of social, political, and historical circumstances. In collaboration with the University of York, the AAH's annual Student Summer Symposium will explore the relationship between fashion and art, by inviting papers that engage with this subject across a wide range of chronological and theoretical perspectives.
The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for their sixth annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium (LLUC). Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The submission deadline is February 14, 2015, and we will confirm acceptance by February 28, 2015.
Seeking abstracts for a proposed special session at MLA 2016, next January 7-10 in Austin, Texas. This panel seeks to explore how 4E – embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended – and distributed cognition can illuminate the study of narrative. Send a 300-word abstract (or any inquiries) to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15.
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"The term crime denotes an unlawful act punishable by a state…in modern criminal law (however, it does not) have any simple and universally accepted definition…" (Wikipedia)
Criminal: n. A person who has committed a crime. Adj. Informal. Disgraceful and regrettable. (Oxford English Dictionary)
"Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of
Reading, Studying and Consulting"
The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society for
Textual Scholarship (ESTS) will be held at the Centre
for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester
England 19-21 November 2015
The ESTS returns to Leicester where it was founded in 2001
to stage a major collective investigation into the state
and future of scholarly editing. Our focus is the needs
of users of scholarly editions and proposals for 20 minute
papers are invited on topics such as: