As conceptual categories that both derive from and frame our understanding of particular works, genres are determined largely by what Ludwig Wittgenstein calls "family resemblances" rather than by particular qualities that all works in a given genre necessarily share. While ambiguities at the periphery of genres produce hybrid forms like the prose poem or collage, even works at the center of a genre are shaped by disputes at its edges. For example, one could argue that the growing popularity of the novel as a chief means of narrative expression at the end of the eighteenth century urged poets to re-conceive the fundamental features of their art, thereby shaping the conventions of Romantic poetry.
Call for Papers
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
April 1-4, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Deadline for a 250 word paper proposal: 13 Nov. 2009
(to be submitted through the ACLA website at http://www.acla.org/submit/index.php)
Transnational Feminist Responses and the Torture of "Enemies"
In "Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, and Human Rights" Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg underlines:
Seminar Organizer: Jonathan E. Abel, Penn State; S. -C. Kevin Tsai, Indiana U Bloomington
The Mississippi Philological Association invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and literary or pedagogical essays for its annual conference to be held February 19-20, 2010, at The University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, MS.
The MPA welcomes emerging and established scholars from Mississippi and the surrounding states. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. The conference will feature a banquet and a reading by poet Angela Ball, professor of English in The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi.
DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 15, 2009.
Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
April 15-17, 2010
Abstracts for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of German literature and culture of the eighteenth century, including comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
Please submit via conference web site. See all CFP's and submission guidelines at http://web.as.uky.edu/kflc/CFP.htm
The aim of the conference is to explore the spoken word and its power in a broad range of various contexts:
Street life (orality in any European urban context 1400-1700); Reading aloud (using the lectern for dissemination of written text in convents and monasteries, public proclamation of misdemeanour and laws, 1400-1700);Teaching and learning in University schools 1400-1700; Declamation and discourse in Parliament; Incantation and magic; Performance (theatre, court poetry, poetry competitions);Preaching (history of the preaching orders, biographies of preachers; Parley and discourse of war; Women's speech
Contemporary British fiction is preoccupied with scenarios of violence, trauma and loss: destruction, guilt, traumatic experiences and apocalyptic anxieties are prevalent thematic and aesthetic concerns that seem to be related to incisive and far-reaching political events. With the postmodern fascination with fragmentation and the dissolution of meaning on the wane, the preoccupation with physical and psychological collapse has prompted some critics to postulate the 'traumatological' (Philip Tew) nature of contemporary writing and to detect a post-millennial aesthetic of responsibility and conscience. These trends and tendencies have been identified, but have not yet received due (and differentiated) critical attention.
Post-contemporary thought: a pedagogical application
Panelists wanted for the SWPCA meeting in Albuquerque, Feb 11-13. This panel will function as a discussion group on the impact of postcontemporary thought and behavior on the academic classroom. One working definition of postcontemporary thought is "the everfast overtaking of the present" as former mainstay ideologies of the 90s give way to the shifting values of post 9-11 culture. This panel welcomes "works in progress" and theoretical stances on the issue.
Contact with inquiries or 250-word abstracts: email@example.com
Representations of Love in Film and Television
2010 Film & History Conference
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Deadline Extended! Second Round Deadline: March 1, 2010
Film & History invites proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables for our upcoming conference, "Representations of Love in Film and Television," to be held November 11-14, 2010, in Milwaukee, WI. Please see the list of active topic areas, below.
ACLA (New Orleans, Apr. 1-4, 2010)
Cultures of Migration: Local Cosmopolitanisms
Immigrant communities have often been depicted as either inward-looking, focused on preserving cultural practices from the "old country" or outward-looking, intent on fitting into the new "host" country. In recent years, there has been increasing recognition that "immigrant" communities are often also migrant communities, with complex social and travel networks between their country of origin, their new country of residence and sometimes third and fourth countries where their offspring choose to live. This panel invites papers that investigate how these complex patterns are reflected in creative works of literature, film, theater or music.
Gatekeeper, Mother Hen, Culture Agent?: Selecting the Appropriate Metaphor for Compositionists in the Era of Linguistic Diversity
CALL FOR PAPERS
AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
MAY 27 – 30, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The world is currently facing a crisis in the revitalisation of indigenous languages. On average, every fortnight an indigenous language becomes extinct as sole surviving speakers pass away or indigenous languages are overwhelmed by those of a dominant culture. In line with this ethos, AlterNative aims to publish one article in its original language per issue.
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal which aims to present indigenous views from native indigenous perspectives. We are dedicated to the analysis and dissemination of indigenous knowledge that belongs to cultural, traditional, tribal and aboriginal peoples, as well as first nations, from around the world.