120th Annual PAMLA Conference (2023): Portland, OR
Critical Approaches and Responses to AI: Roundtable
120th Annual PAMLA Conference (2023): Portland, OR
Critical Approaches and Responses to AI: Roundtable
16 and 17 November 2023 / Aix-Marseille University
(Site St Charles, Turbulence Building, 3 place Victor Hugo, Marseille; or by Zoom)
English as a foreign language (EFL) education provides valuable opportunities to introduce global and intercultural perspectives on the challenges of the Anthropocene. One way to engage EFL learners critically with the Anthropocene and make its complexity more accessible, immediate, and meaningful to them is through literary studies. Literature has the power to challenge established ideas, inspire change, and offer fresh perspectives on real-world problems associated with the Anthropocene.
2023 marks one-hundred years since Italo Calvino’s birth in 1923. Even before his death in 1985, he was considered a classic of 20th century literature; his career spans various crucial historical moments, from the Resistance to the Years of Lead, and encompasses various genres and modes of writing, from Neorealism to postmodernism.
The Science and Technology area of NEPCA encourages proposals for presentations that explore the relation of science and technology (broadly defined) to popular culture and to American culture. We are particularly interested in putting science, technology, culture, and the humanities in conversation with one another. How are science and technology represented in popular culture? How do we use popular culture to understand science and technology? And how do we use science and technology to understand narratives, art, and culture? What do we gain, what do we risk by approaching science and technology from the lens of the humanities, the humanities from the lens of science, by putting these disciplines in conversation with each other?
As If, But Differently: Meditations on the Realisms of Our Times
01 – 02 December 2023
St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
A forum dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the
Department of English and American Studies &
the 135th anniversary of St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
In conjunction with the conference theme of “Going Public: What the MMLA Owes Democracy,” this year’s Science and Literature permanent session invites papers which engage a related theme of “Democracy, Narrative, and the Natural Sciences.” In particular, it invites papers attentive to the scientific discourses moving through fictional texts as they reveal narrative and/or political commitments to democracy, equity, and justice. Submissions might engage but will hopefully not be limited by the following suggestions:
· Agricultural uplift in the works of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
· Botanical and geographical metaphors for liberation in Black women’s nature poetry
Most academic disciplines today remain entrenched in a lack of epistemic trust. The theories and methods through which knowledge production is validated are still determined at the centers of global academic production, while some epistemologies, counted as 'peripheral', are prevented from disseminating beyond their national borders. Non-Western epistemologies are stunted by hegemony and the pervasiveness of anthropocentric Western thought and are thus not central in the shaping of academic fields.
Panel for Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Portland, OR. October 26 – 29 2023.
This session brings together literary studies and the study of human sensation to question how literature acts as a representation or conduit of sensory knowledge. How can literature challenge our perspectives through unconventional representations of sensation? What are sensory aesthetics? What role do the senses play in eliciting feeling? How can recentering sensation open new pathways and epistemologies of identity and difference? The study of literature and sensation is particularly fertile grounds for the study of perspective: how do our senses shape our perspective? How does the separation of the senses into five distinct categories, as is it commonly depicted, foreclose possibilities for more complex depictions of human experience?
SPACE IN TIME: FROM THE HEAVENS TO OUTER SPACE
The Warburg Institute
12–13 October 2023
CALL FOR PAPERS
Call for Papers: The 2023 Jack London Society 16th Biennial Symposium: October 5-8, 2023, The Huntington Library in San Marino, California
The English Graduate Students’ Association (EGSA) at Georgetown University invites submissions for our 2023 conference, “Malady,” taking place October 20th and 21st in Washington DC.
Read full call here: https://csalateral.org/upcoming/#digital-platforms-agency
How do digital platforms shape our agency, and how do we shape digital platforms in turn? What is the role of digital platforms in forming our social, cultural, and political practices? How and whom do digital platforms (dis)empower? This special section of Lateral invites scholars from diverse fields to advance critical cultural inquiry at the convergence of platforms and agency on digital, networked, and/or new media.
The 2023 conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI) will be hosted by the Literature and Science Hub at the University of Liverpool. ASLE-UKI welcomes participation from scholars, readers, and creative practitioners interested in the relationships between literatures, environments and cultures – past, present, or future from anywhere in the world.
Call for papers for an international in-person conference on speculative fiction, science fiction and fantasy fiction to be held in Milan, Italy, October 18-20, 2023. The conference is organized and hosted by IULM University of Milan, in collaboration with Complutense University of Madrid and the HISTOPIA research group.
Fields of interest: literature, cinema, TV series, comics, games/videogames, new media, cultural studies.
The Journal of Cyberspace Studies (JCSS) is an international peer-reviewed free platinum open access journal that the University of Tehran Press biannually publishes on behalf of the “Cyberspace Policy Research Center” and the “UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture” with links to UNESCO’s IFAP thematic priorities.
The journal aims to contribute to the reinvigoration of the interdisciplinary intersections of cyberspace studies, and to provide a leading scholarly platform for publishing contributions to the field.
Celebrating the 12th Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week (24 – 31 Oct 2023), the Editors welcome submissions of scholarly articles on all MIL-related topics, particularly the following:
The UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture and University of Tehran are organizing the 2023 Media and Information Literacy Seminar with the main theme of “A Collective Global Agenda” on Wednesday, 25 October 2023, which coincides with the World Development Information Day and United Nations Day.
The Sixth Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Seminar commemorates the 12th Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2023 (24 – 31 Oct) that highlights the 13th Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Conference and the seventh Youth Agenda Forum.
Henri Bergson was a French philosopher and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1927. Bergson’s lectures were popular with not only academia, but public audiences as well. Bergson influenced the literary work of authors like Borges, Proust, and Woolf as well as the philosophical work of Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, and Deleuze. In addition, Bergson, a talented mathematician, debated Einstein on the nature of relativity. Bergson’s work has had instrumental influence in the virtual reality gaming industry. Considering Bergson’s influence in art and science, this panel offers unbounded opportunities to explore and unpack his narratives as they relate to any number of themes related to shifting perspectives.
This collection focuses on the cultural, global, political, and social narratives of future space(s).
We suggest that critiques of narratives and discourses about digital and virtual spaces,
artificial intelligence, space exploration, and even the colonization of space and planets can
provide needed insights about global futures, especially as they inform how we ought to and who
ought to live in the present with environmental destruction, information capitalism,
neoliberalism, and the remaining infrastructures of colonialism. The works here complicate the
This conference will provide a deeper look into the dynamic and complex relation between construction, codes, language, expression, on one side and the crisis of representations, traumas, discontinuities and tensions in discourses, on the other. This will be conducted according to three research areas:
Narratives and discourse
The temporality of trauma and subjectivity
Poetry is a constant, being produced by all known civilisations from ancient to modern times. Throughout its extensive history, the individual art of high emotions sublimated into perfect language has approached a vast array of subject matters, including love, war, social issues, the beauty of nature, etc. A particular exercise of the mind and soul, and a unique way of apprehending reality, poetry is a self-sufficient universe that intensifies and enlarges life experience. Pointing to inner knowledge rather than real circumstance, it activates different layers of perception, sweeps away human thoughts, feeds emotions and soothes suffering.
The conference seeks to explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text. The conference will particularly focus on time and space representations and on treatment of the theme of cultural ambivalence and identity conflict. The subject of displacement will be regarded as both a migration, voluntary or forced, and a sense of being socially or culturally “out of place”.
Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
Call for Presentations – The Solarpunk Conference 2023: Imagine, Act, Thrive
Solarpunk is a new genre of speculative science fiction art, literature, and media, as well as a growing social movement. Solarpunk portrays a vision of an accessible, equitable world either without systemic barriers, or with those barriers in the process of disassembly, while championing intersectional social and climate justice. Drawing on ideas from permaculture, post- and trans-humanism, social ecology, and anarcho-socialism, while reacting against late stage capitalism, Solarpunk declares that our world is worth saving, and that saving it is possible.
Across the world there are thriving networks of practitioners whose work draws on dramatherapy (or drama therapy) - the intentional use of drama and theatrical practices as a tool for therapeutic change. Conferences, publications, social media campaigns, and more seek to bring together this diverse community, who are united by their belief in the transformational potential of the techniques they use.
CALL FOR PAPERS
PSA International Newsletter #30 Decolonizing the Ecological Crisis
Mathew Arthur, Simon Fraser University;
Call for Contributions
Journal for the Study of British Cultures (2/24)
Guest Editors: Sarah Wegener and Wolfgang Funk
SAMLA’s 95th annual conference, (In)Security: The Future of Literature and Language Studies, will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia this year from November 9-11. Those accepted must be members of SAMLA to present. You can find more information at: https://samla.memberclicks.net/
Speculative Fiction Panel