Adoption has often, though not always, involved secrecy. How has secrecy or openness affected the history, experience, and representations of adoption? How have literature and film portrayed the impact of secrecy and disclosure on adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents? What is the impact of recent revelations of secret histories in memoir, books such as _The Girls Who Went Away_, documentaries such as _First Person Plural_ (the creators of both will be keynote speakers)? How and why did adoption secrecy, and the practices it hides, develop differently in different cultures, countries, and even different states? Where are alternatives to secrecy practiced and how do they work?
After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies.
University of Bergamo, Italy 13-15 October 2009
"Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities" calls for papers for the second issue on the following areas: English Literature, Literature written in other languages, Postcolonial Literature, Critical theories, Aesthetic Studies, Literature and environment, Visual arts, Photography, Digital arts, Philosophy and Art, History of Art. Articles should focus on interdisciplinary connections of a specific topic.
Journal address: www.rupkatha.com
Last date of Submission: July, 2009.
The editors of Contemporary Essays on the Postcolonial Short Story invite contributions for an interdisciplinary collection on the postcolonial short story. The collection will try to respond to the following lines of inquiry:
Archimago's creation of Una's double at the end of the first canto of The Faerie Queene exposes a critical tension at work throughout his poetry: namely, the formation of facsimiles. How is it that Una, the very embodiment of unity, can have a double, not to mention an evil counterpart like Fidessa—who is herself redoubled in her own alter-ego, Duessa?
This panel aims to tackle the confusions and consequences of the virtual glut of copies, replications, and doubles at work in the poetry of Edmund Spenser. Possible topics include:
• Characters and Counterparts
• Mirrors and Reflection
• Copies and Reprints
Intermedial relations between literature, visual arts and music became important during the Romantic era which forms a turning -point in the understanding of such relations. German Romantic philosopher Friedrich Schlegel even introduced the concept of ´Universalpoesie´with an idea to include different forms of arts and knowledge into the literary narrative. In this session, which will take place at the ICLA conference in Korea 2010, we will discover the various forms of artistic intermediality in the works of Romantic writers. Apart from literature it is possible to present papers about other forms of Romantic art as long as they have some connection to literature.
Contact as soon as possible: Dr. Leena Eilittä, University of Mainz, Germany
For decades, scholars have studied popular romance, whether in romance novels, films, comics, or other media. They have studied its sexual politics and aesthetic structures, its audiences, its authors, and the industry that produces and distributes it world-wide. For the most part, however, they have done so in isolation, divided by boundaries of nation, genre, and academic discipline.
CALL FOR PAPERS REOPENED
2009 Postgraduate Conference: History, Mystery & Myth
Saturday 14th November 2009 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
In recent years trends in biography have shifted from the desire to present a definitive life to a more self reflexive approach. Metabiographies such as Lucasta Miller's The Bronte Myth, Sarah Churchwell's The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder provide alternative renderings of both the biographical subject and his or her entry into collective cultural consciousness.
This one day postgraduate conference intends to respond to these recent innovations in life writing by offering the opportunity to explore such questions as:
This is a Call for Papers for [Inter]sections, the online [under]graduate journal of American Studies at the University of Bucharest, Romania, available on the home page of www.american-studies.ro.
Since [Inter]sections is a monthly publication, this CFP is open throughout the academic year. Please see www.american-studies.ro for more details.