For the 20th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Conference, Savannah, Georgia US
The University of Bristol hosts the longest-running international medieval postgraduate conference in the UK. Each year we offer medievalists the opportunity to present their research, discuss ideas, and foster links bridging disciplinary and geographical boundaries. In 2011 the conference will be in its 17th year, and we are inviting proposals for papers from postgraduates and early career scholars on the theme of 'Shaping Narratives'.
When a collective memory of trauma transcends its directly affected community to be taken up by others, it can be said to be "cosmopolitan" (Levy and Sznaider) or "multidirectional" (Rothberg). The concept of a travelling or a genuinely "cosmopolitan" memory is compelling. Indeed, how a memory of trauma travels across cultures, and develops in time as a shared or borrowed memory is a topic that necessitates further discussion. Like Edward Said's notion of "travelling theory," the transition of a memory from a specific context into a new setting or across a transnational space has significant theoretical and pragmatic consequences.
University of East Anglia
School of American Studies
Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams (1911-2011)
American Identities on Stage:
20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference
Call For Papers
To commemorate the Tennessee Williams's centennial, the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, will host a one-day international conference on 26 March 2011, focusing on theatrical representations of American identities. The invited keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Bottoms (University of Leeds).
"Be an international writer, who happens to be Filipino, and learn to live with the criticisms of being a Twinkie. Anyway, your real home country will be that common ground your work plows between you and your reader. Truly, who wants to read about the angst of a remote tropical nation? Everyone's got enough of their own, thank you very much."
The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to take part in submitting abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the confines, limitations, or openness of space in world literatures, including, but not limited to:
• Public and Private Spaces
• Digital Space (including Computers)
• Ethnic, Language, or Literal Borders Websites, etc.
• The Space of Memory
• The Space of Genders and Sexualities
• Existential Boundaries
• Spiritual and Religious Spaces
In his introduction to <> (2010), Walter Mignolo invites us to consider decolonial thinking "as a particular kind of critical theory and the de-colonial option as a specific orientation of doing." As a type of critical theory, decolonial thinking becomes an option from which we can be critical of existing master/universal narratives that pervade in society and academia.
Cultural criticism and film history once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form of tragedy characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. Subsequently, feminist studies re-framed debates about melodrama by studying it as a genre addressed to and about women. Moving from a focus on domestic and family dramas, scholarship of the last few decades now exhibits a newfound interest in melodrama as a mode representative of socio-cultural conditions, particularly in transcolonial and transnational contexts.
Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege
"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
The McGill English Department's Seventeenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature will take place in Montreal from March 4 to 6, 2011. The conference will centre on issues of luxury, commodity, and consumption in literature, and other texts and cultural artefacts.
Potential areas for study include, but are not limited to the following:
-class and social standing
-wealth and poverty, images of excess and need
-human rights (sexual freedoms, disability rights, etc.) versus social privilege
-the racialization of wealth and status
We welcome paper proposals on narrative scale in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century fiction, film, or visual media for the 2011 International Conference on Narrative. We are specifically interested in essays exploring the relationship between narrative representation and what the selection of scale brings to view or obscures. For example, what is made legible if we imagine literary history in terms of blunt dates (like the annular study) rather than in terms of broad conceptual markers (like modernity)? Or what is the relationship between evolution as metaphor bounded by narrative and scientific evolutionary theory? Particular areas of interest might include: