Our interdisciplinary conference is going to be devoted to solidarity in all its multiple aspects, in the broadest contexts possible – historical, cultural, artistic, psychological, philosophical. In the age of rapid socio-political changes, with deepening ethic and religious conflicts on one hand, and, on the other hand, a diminishing feeling of identification with the community, there seems to exist a strong necessity for a reflection on the idea of solidarity. It would be difficult to think of a more inspiring place for such a reflection than the city of Gdansk.
he inaugural issue of Trespassing Journal focuses on trespassing the nation.
While the civil movements in Middle East react against the abuse of power, the
phenomenology of the nation-state and its authority still remains a contested
issue. Furthermore, with the globalized world economy and culture, and
with the unlimited coverage of digital media and Internet technologies, it has
become harder to define the limits and the boundaries of the national. In this
context, the relationship between art and the nation/national is an intriguing
juncture especially for the works of art that does not fit the national imagination.
What is at stake in producing art works that contest national ideologies in our
Twenty-first century culture has a particular focus on re-imagining and popularizing established narrative genres, a reinvestment of canonical material in postmodern clothing. The next step in the postmodern reinvestment of the epic has now been taken. In 2008, the year after the Harry Potter series concluded in print, Suzanne Collins published The Hunger Games, the first novel in a trilogy that not only invokes the complexity of the epic spirit but also convincingly demonstrates the ambiguity of action--any action--within the hellish context of war.
MODERNISM'S METAPHORS, IMAGES, AND SYMBOLS
Electronic media such as text messages, wikis, and social networking sites are of course changing the ways our students think and write; programs such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Moodle are changing the ways we teach them to write.
Given those facts, however, when does it make good pedagogical sense to turn off the electronics and rely on old school technologies such as pencils, paper, and chalk? Can low-tech teaching offer students productive alternatives to their digital communication habits, or does such pedagogy shelter them, confirming the sense that their writing for a class is separate from their writing in the world?
As universities adjust to new pressures, the experiences and ideas of graduate students remain largely unheard. This 2011 M/MLA panel aims to create a public forum that uses the manifesto form to address issues facing graduate students and recent PhDs. Rather than an airing of grievances, we seek affirmative manifestos that expose the experiences, declare new approaches, and organize existing networks of graduate students and recent PhDs. Manifestos should be 1,000 words or less, and formal experimentation is encouraged. Submit a 250-word abstract to Maglina Lubovich (email@example.com) and Steven Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 3, 2011.
Proposals are invited for a session on disability and American literature or American Studies at the 2011 South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention in Atlanta, GA. The panel welcomes proposals that analyze any aspect of the topic including fiction, poetry, drama, and film, as well as non-literary materials from all periods. Proposals may interpret "America" and "American" broadly, and panelists are welcome but not required to consider the special convention focus, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World."
By May 1, 2011, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College, at email@example.com.
Confirmed speaker: Alberto Toscano
RESISTANCE comprises the first day of 'Whose University?', a two-day symposium organised by Goldsmiths and Birkbeck, co-hosted by GLITS, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (www.gold.ac.uk/ecl/glits) and InC (www.gold.ac.uk/inc), Research Group in Continental Philosophy, 9–10 June 2011.
Call for Papers for Volume 3, Number 2
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
ISSN 0975-2935 * www.rupkatha.com
Contemporary Trends in Poetry in English/translations
In the 21st century a perception or rather an apprehension sometimes surfaces that poetry will have a slow death in the techno-consumerist world. But contrary to apprehension poetry has survived and is thriving everywhere—in all forms of print and electronic media. In our next issue of the Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, we would like to explore various aspects of contemporary poetry in English/translations from different parts of the world.