SCMLA meeting in Dallas. Four papers in a 90 minute section (that is, a paper should not run longer than 20 minutes to read). No restrictions on the topics within the general SF and/or fantasy area.
The institutional and conceptual conveniences of periodization maintain various productive fictions about the differences between the Victorians and the modernists to narrativize the history of British literature. In particular, the disciplinary formation of modernism as a result of avant-garde experimentation depends on a convention in which the modernists heroically dismantle Victorian literary norms. As much as this narrative is helpful in illuminating the stakes of modernist aesthetics, it can oversimplify the complexities of Victorian-modernist relations.
EXTENDED DEADLINE - 21st MARCH 2116
Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Archive
(Göttingen University, 16 July 2016)
This year marks not only Michel Foucault's 90th birthday, but also the 50th anniversary of the publication of his seminal book Let Mots et les Choses, which made Foucault a prominent intellectual figure throughout Europe. We would like to commemorate this double anniversary with a one-day symposium organised by the Department of British Literature and Culture at Göttingen University in cooperation with the Göttingen Center for Genderstudies and the Center for Theory of Culture and Society.
The Dandelion editors seek submissions on the theme of NOSTALGIA for their forthcoming issue.
Nostalgia is a ubiquitous presence in contemporary culture. Images and fantasies of the past permeate cultural and political discourses: from the mediated recycling of retro culture and popular history, to nostalgia as a method of political renewal (for example, Donald Trump's campaign slogan 'Make America Great Again!' and Ken Loach's The Spirit of '45).
Call for submissions to an edited collection requested by publisher
Since his seminal writing on The Sandman (1989-present) and long since before and after on works such as Batman, Miracleman, The Books of Magic, The Endless, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, etc. from adult graphic novels (Neverwhere) to voluminous amounts of children's graphic novels and illustrated texts (Coraline, Chu's Day, Fortunately, the Milk, Hansel and Gretel etc.), Neil Gaiman has established himself as one of the most prominent, if not prolific, writers in the medium of sequential art in the late twentieth and twenty-first century.
Problems We Can Name: Subverting Domesticity Past and Present
"I make these lists [of books] but when on earth will I ever get a chance to read these? Since having kids, instead of reading I do something with them or for them or clean up. I always have this sense of domestic responsibility that makes reading feel self-indulgent but that's ridiculous,"- Jennifer Egan
The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 63rd Annual Meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.
Writing, Ethics, and Aesthetics
October 14-15, 2016
IMAGER/Université Paris-Est Créteil
The concept of evil is age old, but the way it manifests in cultural narratives has continuously shifted. From the theological to the psychological, evil is a core theme of tales across the ages. What does the way it is portrayed tell us? Does it still hold as much significance? This one day conference at the University of Southampton will explore representations of evil in its many guises. Papers from across disciplines are welcomed. Suggestions for topics include (but by no means are limited to):
•Physical representations of evil
•The changing role of evil in narratives
•Blurred lines between good and evil
•The celebration of evil
•History of evil
•Evil protagonists and their stories
CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE CITY: URBAN POETICS AND POLITICS
Romantic Legacies, 18-19 November 2016
Conference Website: http://rl2016.com/
Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London): "Romantic Walking and Railway Realism"
Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University): TBA
Tolkien and the Classics 2
The Gruppo italiano di Studi Tolkieniani (Italian Tolkien Study Group), coordinated by the Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani (Italian Tolkien Studies Association) and the Istituto filosofico di studi Tomistici (Philosophical Institute of Thomistic Studies) of Modena, consists of scholars, writers, journalists and translators who have devoted several years of study and research to Tolkien and his works. Collectively or individually, they have published papers and essays especially for publishers Effatà and Marietti 1820, acting for the latter as the Scientific Committee of the Tolkien e Dintorni (Tolkien and his Surroundings) book series.
Call for Papers
Shepherding Language: Restoring Faith in Words
Call for Papers
Recent headlines abound decrying the death of academic disciplines traditionally concerned with the care and tending of language. Has a loving and lyrical approach to language become an antiquated notion? Everything from research studies on the relationship between literature and empathy to informal conversations about the power of a good story attest to language's enduring capacity to incite wonder, motivate compassion, or provoke reflection. Words, indeed, serve as the means through which restorative faith is expressed to, explored with, and embraced by the reader.
Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2016
The upcoming issue of Parlour will concentrate on women as producers and consumers of texts with an emphasis on counter-intuitive feminist interpretations. We invite submissions that explore a wide range of approaches to the issue's theme and its attendant connotations of defiance, opposition, direct action, and rebellion.