Contemporary art, literature, new media and philosophy all interact with the grotesque in innovative and thought-provoking ways. With origins in the ornamental "grottoes" of the Domus Aurea, Nero's palace, where human forms metamorphosed playfully into the forms of plants and animals, the grotesque has since transformed into a darker vision. Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and Bruegel's The Triumph of Death challenged and attacked social and moral orthodoxies through the use of the grotesque, as did the carnivalesque work of Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel.
Epistemes and Economies of Expertise
DEADLINE: 1st DECEMBER 2013
Gender and Transgression in 20th-Century Britain
KEYNOTE: JIM BYATT (ST ANDREWS)
Newcastle University, 7th March 2014
University of Missouri- Columbia
Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association Symposium
"It's a Small World After All"
Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, 2014
Keynote: Friday evening, Dr. Tyler Jo Smith (Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia)
The Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association at the University of Missouri invite submissions from graduate students that take an object-based approach to the importance of "smallness" in the realms of art and material culture.
Keynote speakers: Luca Somigli (University of Toronto); Mark McDayter (Western University).
"Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí" [When (s)he woke up, the dinosaur was still there]. This is the entirety of a 1959 short story by Augusto Monterroso. It could easily fit in a Twitter status update almost three times over.
Brevity can be interpreted in many different ways – from a sense of briefness and urgency to an economization of words. At times, brevity may be perceived as superficial or frivolous, except to those of Spartan sensibilities. To others, such as Polonius, "brevity is the soul of wit [/ And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, / I will be brief: your noble son is mad]" (II, ii).
Animal Horror/Animal Gothic Film
We invite proposals for the first book-length collection that explores the confrontation between the human and the animal in horror, gothic and survival film. From Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) via The Edge (1997) to Piranha 3D (2010), animal horror has charted the transformation of the domestic to the monstrous and uncanny, told stories of invasion and counter-invasion, collapsed and erected sexual and racial borders and explored the increasingly fraught relationship between human culture, human society and nature/Nature.
12th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous
Friday 25th July – Sunday 27th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recent work by Ted Underwood, Franco Moretti, Amanda Anderson, and W. Lawrence Hogue, among others, has challenged traditional taxonomies of literature by exploring them as historical phenomena, as in Underwood's Why Literary Periods Mattered and Anderson's The Way We Argue Now, by challenging the centering dynamics of normative discourses, as in Hogue's Postmodern American Literature and Its Other, and by offering new frameworks, as in Moretti's Graphs Maps Trees. This panel is designed to interrogate the implications of existing organizing principles such as history, race, aesthetics, and nation, and to consider alternative approaches to understanding American literature from a macro perspective.
1st Global Conference: Making Sense of: The Animal and Human Bond
Sunday 13th July – Tuesday 15th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Crime narratives are among the most popular forms of storytelling worldwide and have played a central role in the development of national literatures. Detective and crime novels have developed beyond borders marked by language, culture and genre. The ability to replicate, explore, and interrogate its own conventions is one of the defining features of all types of crime fiction. The recent worldwide success of Scandinavian crime fiction shows that crime novels can be successfully translated into other languages and appropriated for other cultures.
4th Global Conference: Images of Whiteness
Monday 21st July – Wednesday 23rd July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
1st Global Conference: Deception
Thursday 17th July – Saturday 19th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Presentations
We have entered a 'post-truth era', in which, Daniel J. Boorstin notes, 'believability' has become an acceptable substitute for 'truth', and 'manifold deceptions of our culture' are difficult to separate from 'its few enduring truths'. In this era, communities and individuals may feel routinely duped, cheated or betrayed. Though truth may be considered intrinsically valuable, deception may sometimes be useful or necessary. Sometimes there is pleasure in the spectacle of deception.
At a time when the Global Village is no longer a fiction but an undeniable reality, the growing number of problems that beset our world appear as novel, unprecedented challenges. How, then, can we grasp the scope and significance of the challenges that affect all aspects of our lives, our societies, and the world at large? How are we to characterize and study them? One way is to propose a historical context for approaching them in their multiplicity. It is customary to see the age of European expansion as the turning point in its development from pre-scientific Christendom into a modern civilization. Four centuries later—at the dawn of the 21st century—is Europe on the verge of another transformation?
7th Global Conference: Diasporas
Saturday 5th July – Monday 7th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Our contemporary world is often characterized in terms of the full-fledged emergence of global or transnational capitalism and its deployment of cybernetic and digital technology. In theorizing the genealogy of global or transnational capital, it is also noteworthy that the postwar restructuring of capitalism that is underpinned by the digital revolution goes in tandem with the rise of the Asia-Pacific. As can be seen in the ascendance of the United States, Japan, the so-called Four Little Tigers, and China as foremost capitalist economies, the Asia-Pacific has arisen as one of the most vibrant sites of economic, social, and cultural production since the Second World War.