The topic of this year's Association of Adaptation Studies conference will focus on adaptation as a site for cultural exchange, reflecting the importance of trading activities along the Silk Road as sites for the transmission not just of goods but of ideas and cultures. Possible issues to be addressed in this conference might include:
As the boundaries between cultures and cultural practices become increasingly more permeable, the need to study, explain and analyze such phenomena only becomes greater. Transgressions and transgressive practices have often been at the forefront of seeking out and pointing to the presence of boundaries, whether we look at aesthetic practices, social conventions or national borders.
On the one hand, then, transgressions move beyond boundaries and easy categorization, usually in order to disrupt cultural order or question cultural, social or national divisions. Conceptual blurring is thus a key aspect of transgression.
If every text is a product of an established tradition, written in a preexisting language, how does a text become subversive? Does subversion lie in the speaker's voice and his or her intent? Does it depend directly on that, which it means to undermine? Is subversion created in the interaction between different cultures, and if so, in a globalized society are all texts, by definition, subversive? Is it tied directly to the language that is being used, making literature written in dialect inherently subversive, while rendering texts written "in the language of the oppressor" less likely to undermine the dominant ideology? Or does it take a reading – radical in either its extreme or fundamental perspective – to make a text (any text) subversive?
CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011
With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Scripps College, Claremont, California (about thirty minutes east of Los Angeles, in the lovely town of Claremont, one of the real jewels of Southern California). Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 2011
Considering the power of current food journalists, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, Americans have been trying to figure out ways to write about the plate for over a century. Considering the power of the food publishing industry, many voices are starting to influence the way that Americans cook, dine, and choose their foods.
This session welcomes papers concerning representations and intimations of nostalgic utopias, formative memory, and mother tongues, in order to discuss the dangerous necessities inherent in desiring origins. The session welcomes papers from across a wide array of disciplines and media.
250-word proposal and brief CV due March 10, 2011.
The first event organised by the University of Warwick's HRC 'Postgraduate Scholars Program' is as follows:
Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities
28 – 29 May 2011, Millburn House
This event seeks to intertwine different disciplines and artistic practices through the theme of colour and its relationship with:
Special guests include Professor Paul Smith (History of Art, University of Warwick) and Shirin Ramzanali Fazel (Writer)
Indian English Drama
An anthology on Indian English Drama is proposed to be published. Research papers which are scholarly and unpublished are solicited from scholars/ faculty/ researchers/ writers for this anthology.
• The anthology is to be published with an ISBN by renowned publisher.
CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS ON WORLD LITERATURE
August 2011 (Vol. 5 Issue 2)
Impressions, A Refereed Bi-Annual Journal of English Studies (ISSN 0974 – 892X) strives to present work of high quality in English Literature, linguistics and cultural studies from the multi disciplinary and multi cultural perspective. The aim of the journal is to publish substantial scholarly and critical interventions on emerging trends in literature in English and works in translation.
Gender, Space and Resistance: Women's Theatre in India
THE SOCIETY FOR UTOPIAN STUDIES - 36th Annual Meeting
Archiving Utopia – Utopia as Archive
The Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State Campus
State College, Pennsylvania
October 20-23, 2011