From Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, a long tradition of antebellum American fiction concerns itself with the “prehistory” of American capitalism. While many critics have drawn attention to these formative years of a distinct American literature and their relation to the national imaginary, few if any have emphasized that these narratives underscore both the importance of land appropriation and the institution of economic contract to the transition between this “prehistory” and capitalist social relations.
I am looking for one final chapter for the edited collection Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime, forthcoming from Routledge in 2017 (https://www.amazon.ca/Contemporary-Culture-Sublime-Temenuga-Trifonova/dp...) as one of my contributors withdrew from the project. The topic is "the urban cinematic sublime" but I am also open to articles on the architectural sublime. Please send a 300 word proposal by the end of September to email@example.com The completed chapter will be due November 10.
This ACLA panel invites proposals on the uses of biographical forms in contemporary fiction. The point of departure of our conversation is the idea of approaching biography as a "dwelling of human experience", to borrow the expression put forth by the German author and filmmaker Alexander Kluge. Kluge characterizes writing as "the only form of preserving human experience independently of time", in a manner that does not leave it "imprisoned in individual biographies". How does contemporary fiction that employs biographical forms approach literary writing as imaginative mediation of the historicity of experience?
Call for Papers
An Ending of Sorts: Disappearance and Disenchantment in Modernity
The Graduate Students of the Humanities Center of Johns Hopkins University are pleased to announce a conference to be held on March 3 and 4, 2017. We are honored to host keynote speakers Peter Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard University) and Megan Quigley (Associate Professor of English, Villanova University).
This seminar builds on the premise that modernist movement in arts, media and culture was at some level geographical, and that in certain geographies there were complex reactions to the European modernism. Culturally and politically very turbulent—because of earth-shattering events at the time like the demise of two old empires, WWI and WW2—at the inception, height and aftermath of the modernist movement, Southeast Europe is one such area where one sees a range of reactions from extreme avant-garde attitudes to failed aspirations.
Disability: That Dangerous Supplement (ACLA Seminar)
Conference: American Comparative Literature Association
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands / Date: July 6-9, 2017
Organizer: Sarah Mann-O'Donnell
Deadline for Abstracts: 23 September 2016
Note: It is recommended that you contact the seminar organizer to discuss your proposal before submitting it on the ACLA’s website.
Animism has been making something of a comeback. While animism remains an umbrella term for a range of local practices which invest non-human matter with spirit, recent work (Garuba, Harvey, Rooney, Taussig, Vivieros de Castro) has emphasised this investment as a relational way of being with “other-than-human persons.” In light of our growing—if continually disavowed—awareness of ecological crisis, the purpose of this panel is to suggest that “new animism” has an insistently “planetary” (Spivak, Wenzel) or “cosmopolitical” (Stengers) bearing.
March 9–11, 2017 at the University of Notre Dame.
Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 16th annual meeting at the University, of Notre Dame, March 9–11.
Call for Papers
SETC Theatre Symposium Volume 26
“In Other Habits: Theatrical Costume”
DATES: April 7 - 9, 2017
LOCATION: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Theatrical costumes exist in an inescapably intimate relationship with the actor’s body, and contribute significantly to visual meaning-making on stage. What can close analysis of stage clothing reveal about both the intentional creation of meaning, and the underlying assumptions embedded in theatrical practice and costume production? The 2017 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Theatre Symposium will focus on the interplay of theatre and costume. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Who’s Afraid of Totality?
The Trouble with the Trouble with Diversity