"More Things Theory" continues the dialogue that began at the 2014 ACLA "Things Theory: Accumulation and Amassment" seminar to reflect on recent emergence of a marked cultural interest in hoarding. We will consider the contemporary invention of the hoarder within a broader literary and cultural context that encompasses other figures defined by their attachments to things (collectors, fetishists, misers), and/or by a horror of wasting and/or subsistence on waste (ragpickers, gleaners).
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston in May 2015.
Panel 1: A Radical Howells
The Graduate Students of The Humanities Center are proud to announce a Graduate Student Conference on February 27 and 28, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Boris Groys (Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU), Joshua Kotin (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Princeton), and Molly Warnock (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and The Humanities Center, JHU).
"Community is given to us--or we are given and abandoned to the community: a gift to be renewed and communicated, it is not a work to be done or produced."
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community
Science fiction has often been considered to be a narrative genre that is particularly well suited to explore alternative realities and speculative scenarios. Authors such as Darko Suvin (1979), Fredric Jameson (2005), and, most recently, Seo-Young Chu (2011) have suggested that these scenarios are much less investigations of our possible future or alternative past, as they are about an interrogation of the readers' present conditions and the present's utopian potential. What can the present be, other than what it is?
Conference Call for Papers and Panels
Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean
European University Cyprus and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
3-6 June 2015
The International Journal of Literary Linguistics (IJLL) is an open-access, peer-review journal published by Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany) that is dedicated to the publication of original research at the interface of literary studies and linguistics. The journal provides an innovative forum for articles participating in the recent reshaping of the field of literary linguistics under the influence of pragmatics, functional linguistics and cognitive studies. It aims at contributing to a new, dialogic understanding of literary production and reception. The journal invites contributions from scholars working on different languages and literatures.
Our seminar seeks to understand the multivalent ways in which militarism, war and state violence have informed cultural and social processes. While militarism may seem evident in cultural artifacts like war films, recruitment materials, memorials, or in the popularity of military-themed video games, we also want to examine how the wars of the past century have militarized the ways in which we produce, consume, and understand contemporary culture and social order. How might we, for instance, think of war not only as having material consequences but also as constituting "the secret motor of institutions, laws, and order" (Foucault, "Society Must Be Defended"). In what ways is the basis of social order and "perpetual peace" constituted by war and violence?
FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com
2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 1 June 2015
New Generation to Next Generation 2014: Three Decades of British and Irish Poetry
13-14 March 2015, Institute of English Studies, London
Call for Papers
I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA/ACA Motherhood/Fatherhood Area on any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.
The article is based on South American literature. It shows the conditions of the people leaving in the South. The writer Eudora welty in her work The Optimist's Daughter shows the the way people of the South leaved,their culture and traditions.
Heteronyms and pseudonyms highlight the gaps between authorship and personal identity. Kierkegaard's imaginary personas, nineteenth-century British women writer's male pseudonyms, and Fernando Pessoa's literary alter egos are just a few prominent examples that illustrate the ways in which a work's reception is shaped by the creative mask through which it is published. The impact of such creative identities has recently been spotlighted in two events: During this year's Whitney Biennial, the Yams, a collective of black artists, withdrew their work in protest of the museum's inclusion of Joe Scanlan's Donnelle Woolford project.
When Seamus Heaney died last August, he seemed to be a kind of figure the literary world had not known for some time: a poet who had academic cachet and a common touch, and perhaps more to the point, a general readership; a poet absorbed by his own art yet seemingly equally at home as a critic; a fiercely exacting writer who was also something of a smiling, public man on two continents; a thoroughly international presence who never let go of the local. For this session, I'd hope to assemble a range of presentations that would explore from various perspectives the nature of Heaney's particular (to stop short of saying 'unique') career and achievement, and the inferences we might draw from it about poetry and its audience(s).
Autobiography in Context
An International Interdisciplinary Conference
21st & 22nd November 2014
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr Charles Ivan Armstrong, University of Agder, Norway
Dr Nóra Sélle,University of Debrecen, Hungary (HUSSE president)
Dr Stipe Grgas,University of Zagreb, Croatia
Another international keynote speaker TBA
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka