From surrealism to social networks to the "real" housewives of New Jersey, it's no secret that reality is socially constructed. "Reality"—-as a state of mind or as an embodied experience—-has historically been positioned in opposition to such realms of infinite possibility as dreams, fantasy, and imagination. In fact, far from being a state of stability and sanity, reality is often treated as that which must be escaped. But escape to what?
Afroeurope@s/Afroeurope@ns is an international research and development group funded by the Spanish MINSTERIO DE CIENCIA E INNOVACIÓN, FFI2009-08948. The group is holding its third international conference in Cádiz, Spain from 28-30 September 2011. The venue will be La Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Cádiz. This third conference will be a focus for the many strands of this dynamic field of study, and aims to include presentations on both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature. We recognise that this field cannot be confined to traditional textual representations and forms of expression and so we encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplines.
"Discovering the Fantastic": A creative writing component of "Curious, if True: The Fantastic in Literature" Graduate Student Conference 2011
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
March 10-12, 2011
The historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts of the fantastic in literature are the focus of this year's graduate student conference at the University of Victoria. The fantastic crosses many formal and generic barriers in literature, and challenges the historical concept of the novel as a realist production. The conference invites graduate students who are writers of the fantastic to contribute their creative work as a complement to the academic presentations and research papers also offered.
While evoking Benedict Anderson's idea of "long distance nationalism" to underscore the diasporic concept of Englishness, Robert J. C.
This conference aims to explore the ways in which the humanities interact, engage with, and are affected by popular media and popular culture. More specifically, this conference is concerned with the intersection of literature and media that complicates, alters, or further enriches literary scholarship and communication.
New Media and Academia: Public Engagement Training for PGRs
Conference and Training Day, Northumbria University, 10th – 11th May 2011
Keynote speaker: Prof Steve Fielding (University of Nottingham)
The 8th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association Symposium
Composing Live(s): Writing the Self and the Other within the Disciplines
March 25, 2011, 9:00-4:00 Oxford, Ohio
"To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all." —Lord Byron
Writing about lives, writing that lives, or writing that comes to us live from an immediate, connected source shapes how we as scholars and teachers conceive of ourselves and others. Writing works within and out of academia to continually (re)define what is and is not important, what is and is not canonized, and what is and is not ignored within many discourse communities.
The American Conference for Irish Studies will host one panel at the January 2012 MLA convention in Seattle.
POLITICS OF LANGUAGE: Papers should explore the social, cultural, or political implications of Irish languages and literatures, especially as they relate to Irish national or postcolonial identity, from the 17th century to the present. Papers might include discussions of translation, Celticism, historical breaks and continuities, minority discourse, collapse of Celtic Tiger, and more.
Early Modern Encounters
Graduate Student Conference 29 April 2011
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
Professor Nigel Smith
Call for papers
We welcome proposals for papers on any kind of early modern encounter; proposers are encouraged to consider the theme broadly. Papers from disciplines other than English and those experimental or innovative in form are especially welcome.
May include disseminating sexual "knowledge," lecture tours, public health education, schools & universities, education & the New Woman, teaching the fin de siècle. Not limited to Anglophone. Abstract of 300 words and C.V. by March 10; Helena Gurfinkel (email@example.com)