The Human (www.humanjournal.org) is an international and interdisciplinary new journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, postcolonial, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, sociology, drama, comparative literature, and cultural studies, as well as creative works of art such as poems, short stories, and plays. To learn more about the journal and its principles, please visit this page: http://www.humanjournal.org/index.php/about-the-human-manifesto
"In any period," M.H. Abrams writes, "the theory of mind and the theory of art tend to turn on similar analogues, explicit or submerged." How has the literature of the long twentieth century responded to philosophical and cultural transformations brought about by the rise of mind science? What thematic and formal means have literary artists used to explore the ontological, epistemological, and ethical implications of cognitive materialism? How has the explanatory power of cognitive science eclipsed the explanatory power of psychoanalysis in recent fiction and poetry? Possible topics include the neuronovel, drug use, the resistance to science, mental illness, correspondences between biological and textual form.
In the disciplines of art history and visual culture, the portrait is often understood as the depiction of a unique human subject. But what are the limits of portraiture? What can a portrait represent other than the visual or essential likeness of an individual or group?
This one-day conference aims to address non-traditional forms of portraiture and self-portraiture, and to explore the potential of the 'anti-portrait' for rethinking the boundaries of the genre. For the purposes of the conference we define the anti-portrait in the broadest possible terms as an artwork that simultaneously engages with and resists the conventional codes of portraiture.
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
PURITY: A Call For Papers
Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Excursions has had to amend the dates to 11th and 12th July. We have therefore decided to extend our submission deadline until 15th March and still welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, works in progress, and creative performances or displays.
"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil
"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner
"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie
We invite contributions for an edited collection that examines the shifts in representations of "the family" in television. It is the aim of this book to trace and critically explore the many permutations of the family in relation to cultural anxieties and socio-political change.
We seek submissions adopting a Cultural Studies approach that critique "the family" in relation to issues including, but not limited to:
· Familial compositions. E.g. "blended", "single parent", "adoptive/foster", "same-sex", "patriarchal nuclear", "dysfunctional".
· Specific subject positions and cultural constructs. E.g. patriarch/father figures, matriarch/mother figures, "the teenager".