In the modern era, the word “monster” has taken on a negative implication, frequently referring to an entity that is fearsome or even harmful. The term has its origins in the Latin monstrum, which meant demonstration or divine sign, and the Greek word teras, which may be translated as strange, wonderful, or marvelous and can signify any entity composed of multiple parts. The “monstrous” figures prominently in descriptions of hybrid creatures originating in Greco-Roman mythology, but these images were often deployed in order to render philosophical, religious, and political ideas.
Ethics and Aesthetics in the Anthropocene: Writing the Environment
ACCUTE Conference Panel, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences
27-30 May 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto Ontario
REMINDER: ACLA 2017: Sites of Memory: Graveyards, Monuments, Ruins deadline for submissions: September 23, 2016 full name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Association contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Conference
Date: Utrecht, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017
Call for contributions to the seminar:
Sites of Memory: Graveyards, Monuments, Ruins
As Didier Fassin writes, the deployment of humanitarian affect creates in us “a sense of belonging to a wider moral community, whose existence is manifested through compassion towards the victims.” For this session, we invite papers that engage the theme of humanitarianism and human rights, as disseminated and made legible in the post-Cold War world novel and film. We are interested in papers that critically engage the resurgence of humanitarian affect and mobilization of empathy in the post-Cold War era—the era defined by the decline in utopian thinking and by the lack of tangible alternatives to liberal capitalism. Are human rights, as Mutua assets, simply the moral argument for the neoliberal project?
The Anthropocene: Fiction and the End(s) of Human Ecologies
Guest Editor: Robert P. Marzec
Deadline for Submissions: 1 March 2017
Queer Affective Literacy:
Fostering Critical Emotional Sensibilities in the Classroom
Editors: Justin P. Jiménez, University of Minnesota
Nicholas-Brie Guarriello, University of Minnesota
The Journal of Alterity Studies and World Literature (an Australian peer-reviewed online journal) invites articles for its inaugural issue. The journal focuses on issues of identity and otherness in literature, art, film, television, theatre and philosophy. We welcome articles from world literature, postcolonial, queer and feminist subjects and their intersections which provide a way to interpret literary and cultural productions.
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Word Limit: Articles range from 5000–10000 words.
Reviews 1000–4000 words.
Word, Image, Digital
a one-day symposium
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Keynote Speaker: Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham)
CFP: “The State of Abjection”
Co-Editors: Thomas Spitzer-Hanks and Darieck Scott
Since the advent of new historicism and the later development of cultural materialism, politics have been a topic of interest in early modern literature, and recent studies have asked us to conceive of them in new and broader ways, whether they be environmental, ecological, or cognitive, and to focus on different and overlooked outlets, such as pamphlets, free speech, or emotions.
This panel defines politics as an implementation or projection of governance—by a monarch in a kingdom, the head of a household in a domicile, etc.—and aims to assess early modern literature’s ability to present a wide scope of competing politics or political relations by offering the interpretation and/or voicing of plural or alternate realities.