We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are
normative, strange, dangerous, fragile, familiar, foreign, and so on. The bodies we see are always-already constructed and commodified within various cultural marketplaces. Bodies function as currencies, some of which have more cultural capital than others. This cultural capital lends visibility to some bodies, while rendering others invisible.
We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are
Faulkner and the 19th Century: In so many ways the quintessential modern writer, William Faulkner also has strong connections to the 19th century.We seek papers that situate Faulkner in a 19th century context.In what ways is it useful to consider Faulkner in conversation with 19th century authors and/or culture?Some possible avenues might include the following: setting Faulkner against other American writers (Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Stowe, Douglass, or Twain are obvious possibilities) or against writers representing other nationalities; exploring his response to 19th century tropes and paradigms; representations of U.S. slavery or the transatlantic slave trade; the rise of industrial capitalism; regionalism and sectionalism; Faulkner's Civil War.
Quantum Metaphors and Fractal Verse: Intersections in Contemporary American Poetry and Science
CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
SAGES Third Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
March 5, 2015
The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on March 5, 2015. We welcome creative writers and scholars from various disciplines to discuss the theme, "Culture and Environment." This free conference is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
We invite scholarship and reflection addressing one or more elements of culture and environment, while simultaneously exploring the relationship(s) between these forces.
Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)
Mark Bruhn (Regis College)
William Croft (University of New Mexico)
The word 'athletic' derives from the Greek, athlēō ('compete for a prize'). In this schema, the 'prize' is the thing competed for, but this can be defined in many ways: as a gift, a kiss, a drop of blood, or a ribbon. We are often told that the prize is not important but participation is. The athlete models subjectivity, the body, desire, social relations, matter and chance in order to achieve a measure of success, recognition, mastery, the deferral of death and emptiness, a place in history, an apotheosis of self-love, among other things.
MAP is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its annual conference hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno in Reno, NV, April 10-11, 2015. The program committee invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. We welcome papers and panels that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages, especially those that connect to the conference theme, broadly conceived. All speakers must be fully-paid ("active") members of MAP to register for the conference and participate.
Proposals need to include the following for each speaker:
The Faculty of Theater and Television of the Babeș-Bolyai University is announcing the Call for Papers for the Annual Cinema and Visual Culture Studies Conference held May 25-29 2015. This 2015 conference is designed to discuss the irreverent nature of art, cinema and visual production in various media environments. The purpose of the conference is to deal with the various obstructions of the creative spirit, both in the context of the passivity of the consumer society and in a highly censored and politically correct environment. Often art is vilified, accused of blasphemy and obscenity, threatened with violence, prosecuted and even imprisoned, yet the function of art has to be a source for scandal and provocation.
November 30th deadline
What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture? Cannibalism in Fiction
From ancient Greek myths to 21st century post-apocalyptic novels, cannibalism abounds, forcing us to reconsider easy binaries of self and other or civilized "us" and a savage "them." As Maggie Kilgour argues in From Communion to Cannibalism, incorporation—the most basic example of which is eating—"depends upon and enforces an absolute division between inside and outside; but in the act itself that opposition disappears, dissolving the structure it appears to produce" (4). What, then, when the food being eaten is human flesh?
At the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA (May 21-25), the John Dos Passos Society will hold a joint panel with the E.E. Cummings Society.
At the 2015 American Literature Association conference held in Boston, MA, May 21-25, the John Dos Passos Society will hold a teaching round table. This is an open-topic call for 5-8 minute papers focused on bringing Dos Passos's writing into the classroom. Participants may choose to focus on undergraduate or graduate classes; university, community college, or high school settings; writing, literature, theory, or comparative literature classes; etc.
It has been about half a century since C.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image was published (1964), and the time seems ripe to look into its legacy, past and ongoing. With the constantly shifting critical landscape in medieval studies, especially the recent rise in new critical perspectives (e.g. disability studies, theories of the monstrous, etc.), a past work of medieval scholarship such as Lewis' can seem like a product of its own time more than a seminal advance in medieval studies. One wonders, though, to what extent knowing about such a work may be useful at all in the ever changing, advancing field of medieval studies.
Much of the perception of the world around us is constructed visually. This visual representation, which includes drawings, paintings, artworks, photography, and more recently moving images such as films, cartoons, book covers, posters, and advertisements illuminates the ways we see ourselves and those around us. Derived and informed by social, political and historical shifts these visual representations form what scholars call a 'visual culture' of representation.
"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).
The End of the City can be understood in at least three ways: as its boundary, as its demise, or as a question about its purpose.
The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions on "Visual Culture and Ethnic American Periodicals" for the American Literature Association conference, May 21-24, 2015 in Boston, MA. This panel considers how African American, Asian and Pacific American, Latino/a, and Native American periodicals engage visual culture, including by publishing comics, cartoons, illustrations, and photographs. Papers that focus on the history or production of periodical art or illustrated periodicals are especially welcome.