From photosynthesis to fermentation, consumption to digestion, harvest to market, food ritual to edible gifts, food exists in a constant state of exchange. Increasing numbers of artists and scholars have turned their attention to the ways that food conveys and contests cultural values. This panel seeks papers that analyze representations of food exchanges, including economic transactions; material, social, chemical, and symbolic exchanges; actual or imagined meals; and historical shifts in food distribution or access (including colonial and postcolonial exchanges). What are the cultural implications of food exchanges? How do eating patterns of humans and other animals interact with place or landscape?
In anticipation of the formation of The Gertrude Stein Society at the ALA, papers dealing with Gertrude Stein and pop literature, especially detective fiction, are sought.
Please send 500-word abstract and current CV to Amy.Robbins@hunter.cuny.edu
Amy Moorman Robbins
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Hunter College, CUNY
New York, NY 10065
Ghosts and ghost stories fascinated the British reading public throughout the nineteenth century. The supernatural genre was an intriguing area for many authors during this time because it allowed them to voice their socio-political concerns within the well-known and non-threatening form of the ghost story. These writers used the figure of the ghost to carry their messages of social reform, or to raise awareness of problems in British society that needed to be considered or changed. Thus, the "social supernatural" often combines an entertaining ghost story with a deeper social or political agenda. For the 2010 Romantic and Victorian SAMLA session, topics that address the above concerns are especially welcome.
In anticipation of the founding of the Gertrude Stein Society at the next conference of the ALA, papers which consider Gertrude Stein's work in various contexts are invited. In particular,
1) Papers that deal with Stein's writings published in the journal transition; or
2) Papers that deal with Stein and detective fiction; or
2) Papers that consider any aspect of Gertrude Stein's work and/or her role as a public figure. Possible approaches might include but are not limited to the study of Stein in relation to: literary theory; modernisms/postmodernisms; the 21st century; contemporary poets/writers; genre studies; language; gender and sexuality; historical perspectives.
2010 American Studies Association Convention
Convention Theme--"Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century"
Convention Date: November 18–21, 2010
Call for Abstracts for a Session-in-Formation
Deadline for Abstracts: 18 January 2010
Island Chains, Insularity, and the American Archipelago
This international colloquium aims to provide a forum for the discussion of current and future developments in James Joyce Studies and to facilitate active exchange between graduate students and leading practitioners in the field. Speakers include, Professor Nicholas Allen (National University of Ireland, Galway), Dr Luca Crispi (University College Dublin), Professor Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin), Professor Luke Gibbons (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Viven Igoe (Dublin), Terence Killeen (Dublin), Dr Katherine Mullin (Leeds University), Dr Christine O'Neill (Arts Council, Dublin), Dr Vike Plock (Northumbria University), Professor John-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania), and Dr Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin).
The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" (www.jgcinema.com) is seeking reviews (between 1500 and 3000 words) for the following movies:
1) "Gamer" by Mark Neveldine (AKA "Ultimate Game" (Fr)). Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind (Hall).
Deadline Extended: 300 word abstracts due to disagreement.NYU@gmail.com by Monday, 01/18/2010!
Disagreement: Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference at New York University (Spring 2010)
March 5-6, 2010
Can we disagree? The question forces you to answer 'yes' or 'no,' to commit to one path or the other. Perhaps it even forces you to choose your allies, to prepare for combat.
Call for Papers
Education is a 'drawing out' – of knowledge, experience, of the learner and of the teacher. Situations, narratives and interrogations of teaching and learning occur frequently in Shakespeare's plays and many other texts of the period. The problems of teaching 400-year-old texts, under different societal, technological, cultural, and even geographical constraints, remain challenging today.