20th-Century Women Writers and the Natural World

full name / name of organization: 
Robert Fillman, Lehigh University
contact email: 

CFP for a proposed-panel for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2015 Conference to be held November 4-8, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the latter part of the twentieth-century, ecofeminists posited the parallel between the subjugation of women and the commodification and exploitation of the natural world. In a similar vein, and addressing the SSAWW's conference theme of "Liminal Spaces/Hybrid Lives," this panel seeks a broad range of papers exploring how 20th-Century American women writers represent their complex relation to natural spaces, landscape, or nonhuman nature. What does the female subject's relation to the natural world look like? In what ways do women writers attempt to account for alienation from it? And how do they challenge the oppressive structures that engender this sense of loss? In what ways might they strategically (re)invent relationships with the natural world to advocate for greater connectivity, community-building, and egalitarianism? Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief biography to Robert Fillman at rff212@lehigh.edu by January 12th, 2015.

5989336th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Representation, Adaptation, Recollection April 24-25, 2015Meriem Pagès/Keene State Collegempages@keene.edu1418787064interdisciplinarymedievalrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Meriem Pagès/Keene State Collegecontact email: mpages@keene.edu

36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Keene State College
Keene, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2015

Call for Papers and Sessions
"Representation, Adaptation, Recollection"
Keynote speaker: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English, Brown University

We are delighted to announce that the 36th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. This year's keynote speaker is Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English at Brown University and a pioneer in modern Shakespeare studies. In her 1981 book Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare, Dr. Kahn was among the first to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies. She is also the author of Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), and the co-editor of Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985). Her current research concerns the range of social practices that make up the commemoration of Shakespeare, perpetuating him as an iconic figure in social memory.

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that address questions of representation of the self and the Other in the medieval and Early Modern periods or that discuss how the world of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is re-imagined for the present:
● How did medieval and Early Modern individuals understand themselves and their world?
● How did medieval and Early Modern Europeans perceive and represent those living beyond the bounds of Europe?
● How did medieval and Early Modern individuals and groups represent their past?
● How are the Middle Ages and the Renaissance viewed in the modern period?
● What function do the medieval and the Early Modern play in contemporary popular culture?
Papers need not be confined to these themes but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.
Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Meriem Pagès, Director. For more information please e-mail mpages@keene.edu.

Abstract deadline: Monday January 15, 2015

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2015

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!

cfp categories: interdisciplinarymedievalrenaissance 59894Global France, Global French, 21-23 October 2015 (abstract deadline: 5 March 2015)Humanities Research Centre, The Australian National Universityleslie.barnes@anu.edu.au1418789957cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalpostcolonialrenaissancetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Humanities Research Centre, The Australian National Universitycontact email: leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au

Global France, Global French
Humanities Research Centre, ANU
21-23 October 2015

Confirmed keynotes:
Professor Dominic Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool

In the eyes of many, France was the centre of the world throughout the modern age. Home of the Revolution and the Rights of Man, heart of a vast colonial empire, capital of the literary, fashion and art worlds, France, and Paris in particular, was at once historical and mythical. Today, following upon a sequence of 'turns', from the postcolonial to the global, this centre has given way to multiple centres, to conflicting and complementary sites of physical, economic and cultural exchange. As France has transitioned from a colonial power to a central member of the European Union, it has been forced to negotiate immigration policies, the rise of political extremism and the growing unrest over the linguistic, cultural and spatial borders that divide French society. Debates about French national identity rage in political and cultural sectors: while some seek to bolster a weakened idea of 'Frenchness', others, for example the signatories of the 2007 Littérature-monde manifesto, aim to redefine or 'world' that identity.

At the same time, the 'global turn' in French studies has encouraged scholars to re-examine French literature, language, culture and history through a new, decentred perspective. Recent criticism in literature and history, for example, has returned to early modern literary texts and spaces as well as to major historical events like the French Revolution, exploring the ways in which these traditions and events were not determined in a cultural vacuum, but, as Peter Hulme has noted, 'were the product[s] of constant, intricate, but mostly unacknowledged traffic with the non-European world'.

The goal of this colloquium is to offer an image of global France and global French, past, present and future. How have French culture and politics been shaped by encounters with European neighbours and with the non-European world? How do contemporary migratory patterns and networks between France and the wider world compare to historical ones? How have neo-colonial practices been reshaped by globalized markets and transnational capital? How have various art forms allowed for the articulation of displacement, community and solidarity throughout French history and into the global present? In short, is the global a new horizon, or one that we are just discovering?

Our aim is to generate an interdisciplinary discussion among colleagues in a wide range of fields, including literature, film, linguistics, cultural studies, history, philosophy, music and digital humanities.

Topics for papers/panels include but are not limited to:

Global vs. local (cultures, histories, languages, art forms)
Migration: patterns and networks
Migration: language and policy
The European Union and French national identity
Multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic France/Paris
Colonial, postcolonial, neo-colonial flows and encounters
Translation among languages, cultures, media
The circulation of bodies, capital, ideas, linguistic forms, art forms
Borders: visible and invisible, inner and outer, real and imagined, linguistic and geopolitical
Travel, tourism, trade
Diasporas, past and present

Please send an abstract of 300 words and a CV (max 2 pages) to Leslie.Barnes@anu.edu.au.

Papers can be in English or French. The deadline for abstracts is 5 March 2015.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalpostcolonialrenaissancetwentieth_century_and_beyond 59895HBO's Girls - Edited CollectionElwood Watsonwatsone@etsu.edu1418795228african-americanamericanethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Elwood Watsoncontact email: watsone@etsu.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS

HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Race, Sex, Class, Privilege and Gender

I am inviting proposals/submissions for an edited collection on the HBO show tentatively titled HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Race, Sex, Class, Privilege and Gender (2012-present).
Since its debut in April 2012, the HBO indie themed program Girls has been a lighting rod of controversy. Even before the inaugural episode aired on April 15, 2102, there were critics (and fans) who were dropping various comments about the program. Things became even more intense after the airing of the first episode where it seemed that every other person (rather media critic) almost literally, had an opinion about the show.
Charges of racism, male bashing, nepotism, elitism, perversion, Generation Y dysfunction and others were made with non-stop frequency. Academics, pop culture pundits, journalists, average Jane's and Joe's and celebrities such as James Franco and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made their opinions about the program known.
The program has spawned a plethora of op-ed pieces, magazine cover and feature stories and was/has been a mainstay topic at academic conferences and in the world of social media. Brash, bold, daring, grainy, masochistic, confused, awkward, indulgent were terms commonly used by many commentators who critiqued the program. The bloggersphere went into overdrive tracking virtually every move or comment that Lena Dunham, one of her producers, or her fellow co-stars made. Arguably, not since Friends, a program that also focused on New Yorkers (in the case of Friends Generation X) had a new show generated so much ink. Interestingly, both television shows faced certain similar criticisms particularly in regards to race, class and privilege.
Regardless of your viewpoints about her, no one can deny Lena Dunham is an avant –garde twentysomething multiple award winning wunderkind and current Hollywood it girl who has produced a show that has firmly etched itself into the fabric of contemporary popular culture. This fact in and of itself is no small feat.
Essays are requested on the following topics although other subjects will also be considered.

*Race
*Gender
*Whiteness
*Privilege
*Sexual Identity
*Masculinity
*Class
*Power
*Generation Y (Millennials)
*Body
*Education
*Careers
*Friendship
*Intertextuality
* Hipsterism

Contributor guidelines:

1. Abstracts not to exceed two pages along with a preliminary biography if possible (not mandatory) or full complete essays.

2. Brief biography detailing author(s) background

3. Submission deadline for abstracts: March 31 2014. Complete papers are due on June 30 2014.

4. Materials and/or questions should be submitted by e-mail to Professor Elwood Watson at watsone@etsu.edu. If you have any questions, I can also be reached by phone at (423)-439-8575.

NOTE – A publisher has been secured for the project.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59896The «théâtre musical léger» in Europe: From the Operetta to the Music-hallCentro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccheriniconferences@luigiboccherini.org1418796195americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheoryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherinicontact email: conferences@luigiboccherini.org

http://www.luigiboccherini.org/operetta.html

The «théâtre musical léger» in Europe: From the Operetta to the Music-hall

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca/Pistoia)
Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française (Venice)

5-7 October 2015
COMPLESSO MONUMENTALE DI SAN MICHELETTO - Lucca

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «The «théâtre musical léger» in Europe: From the Operetta to the Music-hall», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Monday 5 until Wednesday 7 October 2015.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the 'official' European performance venues were flanked by cabarets, music-halls and private spaces that welcomed new musical and theatrical genres. In Europe often miscellaneous venues hosted performances normally intended for the middle class. In this scenario, the 'operetta' had a leading role. The term usually indicates different kinds of music theatre, which alternate singing and spoken language, such as opéra-bouffe, comédie musicale, music-hall performances (Madame Thérésa, Yvette Guilbert and Aristide Bruant in particular), revues (which then developed into the Italian rivista) and so forth, sometimes including ill-defined genres. Starting from the Second Empire, 'operetta', through a series of changes, was to arrive at the Broadway musical, often incorrectly called 'American operetta'. All the aforementioned varieties of entertainment have been explored in a few isolated studies, and have not received comprehensive scholarly exploration. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are welcome:

• The genres of the théâtre musical léger: operetta, revue, caf'conc', music-hall, chanson réaliste and so forth.

• Musical performing venues (production system, legislation, censorship, etc.)

• Repertoire

• The composers of the théâtre musical léger (Hervé, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan, Lecocq, R. Hahn, Varney, Audran, Planquette, Lehár, Scotto, Sidney Jones, Leoncavallo, Lombardo-Ranzato and so forth)

• Staging and mise-en-scène

• Exoticism as scenic and sociological component

• Entertainment system in the European countries

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:
• Olivier Bara (Université Lyon2)
• Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice)
• Lorenzo Frassà (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Michela Niccolai, Conference director (Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris – ART)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

• Susan Rutherford (University of Manchester)
• Olivier Bara (Université Lyon2)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 10 May 2015*** to . With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2015, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Roberto Illiano, conferences@luigiboccherini.org
http://www.luigiboccherini.org/operetta.html

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheoryvictorian 59900Women and Ageing: New Critical and Cultural Perspectives 20-22 May 2015University of Limerickageing.women@gmail.com1418806657americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Limerickcontact email: ageing.women@gmail.com

Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives
University of Limerick, Ireland
20th-22nd May 2015

Conveners: Dr Cathy McGlynn, Dr Maggie O'Neill, Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh (University of Limerick)

In a time when even Bridget Jones finds herself in her early fifties, it may at first glance seem unwarranted to speak of the invisibility of ageing women in literary and cultural contexts. In fact, in a review of Mad about the Boy in The Times, Sarah Lyall writes that, "Bridget's amorous adventures … make the prospect of middle age not so bad at all". Constructions like this open up questions about representations of women and ageing. What types of images of the "ageing woman" are created in cultural texts? Do women in later life, in order to become visible, need to find ways to "pass" as younger so that "age shall not wither them" as Kira Cochraine puts it in an article in The Guardian? Are these legitimate strategies or should women embrace the menopause as a new phase of life and liberation as advised by Germaine Greer? What impact do dominant representations of ageing women have on the sociocultural realities of women in their later years? And in what ways do they compare to earlier representations?
The rise of the new interdisciplinary field of ageing studies / cultural gerontology testifies to the need to reassess cultural representations of ageing and to view ageing not only as part of the life course but as a social and cultural construct. It is all the more surprising that ageing is a topic still marginalised in feminist theory, despite Simone de Beauvoir's testimony to her dismay at 'society's secret shame' in The Coming of Age in 1970. There are some notable exceptions, such as Germaine Greer's work on the postmenopausal woman, Susan Bordo's work on the body, or Lynne Segal's recent reflection and analysis of the process of growing older. This conference will engage with the symbolic aspects of women and ageing in culture and society, and the power these constructions exert over public and private conceptions of old age.
The aim of this conference is to provide an opportunity to discuss intersections of the cultural, social and medical dimensions of women and ageing. It will engage with discourses on ageing in their various cultural manifestations through the ages but also across different cultures, genres and media. We invite papers from diverse disciplines such as literary and cultural studies, film and media studies, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics and the medical humanities.

Plenary Speakers: Prof Germaine Greer; Prof Margaret Harper

Events: Poetry reading by Medbh McGuckian; Roundtable on Women and Ageing

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

• Ageing, autobiography and lived experience
• Technologies, medicine and ageing
• Ageing and popular culture
• Ageing and neoliberalism
• Visual images of ageing
• Age and performance
• The ageing body as text
• Ageing and memory
• Stigma
• Myths about ageing, women in myth
• Age and creativity
• Queer ageing
• Love, loss and mourning
• Health, menopause, the post-maternal body
• Male representations of women and ageing
• Older and younger mothers
• The ageing spinster
• The cult of youth and perceptions of beauty
• Ageing, recession and dependency
• Ageing and women minorities
• Age, race, and colour

Please submit proposals for papers or panels by 28th February 2015. Proposals should be 250 words and should include a 50 word biography. Queries may be directed to the conference organisers at ageing.women@gmail.com. Conference fee TBC.

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59901Beauty in the Beast: Gender, Animals, Animality (Abstracts due May 15th, 2015)Gender Forum - An Internet Journal for Gender Studiesohremd@gmail.com1418813154cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Gender Forum - An Internet Journal for Gender Studiescontact email: ohremd@gmail.com

Throughout the last decade or so the formerly rather "exotic" field of "Human-Animal Studies" (sometimes simply "Animal Studies") has grown immensely and produced an amount of exciting and innovative work that by now has gained some deserved recognition from the academic mainstream across a whole range of disciplines. Briefly put and among other things, Human-Animal Studies are interested in the manifold intersections of human and animal lives, the forms and modes of human-animal relations in different historical, social, literary, cultural and other contexts, and also inevitably touch upon the question of what it means to be a *human* animal.

This issue of Gender Forum intends to approach existing and potential interconnections between the study of gender and/or sexuality and what has emerged in recent years as the vibrant interdisciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies. How are questions of gender and sexuality related to the question of the animal? Can a perspective on animals and animality help us rethink hegemonic, marginalized or transgressive forms, modes and practices of gender relations or conceptions of the sexed/gendered body as well as its materiality and agency? How do gender and sexuality figure in the construction of the human-animal boundary – and vice versa? Can a perspective on animals and (human) animality offer new ways of addressing the traditionally fraught and problematic question of nature and culture in Gender and Queer Studies? These and many other possible questions may be discussed in the contributions to this issue.

Both specific (cultural, sociological, literary, historical etc.) analyses and theoretical or methodological contributions are welcome. We are also looking for possible book reviews that might be of specific relevance for this issue, so feel free to contact us should you be interested in writing a review.

Possible topics for papers include but are, as always, by no means limited to:

- Gender/sexuality and discourses, practices or materialities of human-animal relations
- Gender/sexuality and the question of human animality
- Queer animals and animalities
- Masculinities and animals/human-animal relations
- Human and animal bodies
- Gender/sexuality and (de)constructions of the human-animal boundary
- Gender, species and speciesism
- Gender and/in animal rights discourse
- Human-Animal Studies and feminist, queer or gender theories
- Animals, animality and intersectionality
- Human-animal intimacies and zoophilia/bestiality
- Animals in discourses and practices of family life
- ...

If you wish to contribute a paper, we kindly ask you to send a brief proposal of no more than 500 words outlining the topic of your paper by May 15th, 2015 latest. Please send all questions, proposals and finished papers/reviews to ohremd@gmail.com. The deadline for finished papers/reviews is September 1st, 2015. For further information about the journal, submission guidelines etc. please visit http://www.genderforum.org/

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheory 59902[UPDATE] CFP: Performing Gender in the Middle East Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studiesgender-forum@uni-koeln.de1418827863cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studiescontact email: gender-forum@uni-koeln.de

Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:

- Islam & Patriarchy: Gender Ideologies and Social Practices
- The State & 'Gender Regimes': Modernization, Reform and Citizenship
- Families & 'Selves': Social Relations and Identity Constructions
- Gender & Sexuality: From 'Honour & Shame' to Queer
- Exploring Masculinities: Hegemonic and subordinate masculinities
- Feminism & Women's Movements: Women's rights and the struggle for 'authenticity'
- Autobiographies & Fiction: Gendered writing and creativity
- New Public Spheres: Gendering the media and the Internet
- War & Conflict: Gendering Violence and Peace in the Middle East

The deadline for finished papers is January 10, 2015

(Publication date: March 2015)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59903Subjectivity in an Object WorldSt. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)sjuhumanities@gmail.com1418828846african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: St. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)contact email: sjuhumanities@gmail.com

Publication: St. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)

"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
-Wallace Stevens

Amidst the growing field of posthumanism, subjectivity increasingly finds itself under fire. Any attempt to step outside of it only re-inscribes subjectivity, and a vicious cycle is formed. This absence of objectivity proves to be not only frustrating, but exceedingly problematic. The humanities have, naturally, been at the forefront of this issue, as many artistic productions and philosophical inquiries have experimented with subjectivity in complex and groundbreaking ways. This issue of the St. John's Humanities Review seeks to examine how the increasingly problematic notion of the subject-object relationship is handled in the humanities. Contributors may submit scholarly articles or reviews that explore the various literary, artistic, or theatrical attempts to redefine or radicalize subjectivity. We are also accepting submissions of original artwork and photography which explore parallel ideas.

Articles and reviews should be approximately 3000 - 5000 words in length. All submissions are due by January 25, 2015, and should include a cover page with name, contact information, and a short bio including academic affiliation. Please send all submissions and queries to sjuhumanities@gmail.com. Selected submissions will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of the St. John's Humanities Review.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59906Conference on Community Writing, October 16-17, 2015, Boulder, CO -- [UPDATE]Veronica House / Program for Writing and Rhetoric, University of Colorado Boulderveronica.house@colorado.edu1418850286ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Veronica House / Program for Writing and Rhetoric, University of Colorado Bouldercontact email: veronica.house@colorado.edu

Happy holidays, colleagues,

Is "submit a proposal to the Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, CO next October 16-17, 2015" on your holiday to do list? I hope so!
Call for papers is at the conference website: communitywriting.org

Check out our fantastic line-up of keynotes and invited speakers:

Keynotes: Eli Goldblatt and Paul Feigenbaum

Editor's Roundtable --
Kathleen Blake Yancey -- outgoing College Composition and Communications (CCCs) editor
Jonathan Alexander -- incoming CCCs editor
Michael Moore -- Community Literacy Journal editor
Cristina Kirklighter --Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning editor
Tara Lockhart -- Literacy in Composition Studies editor
Juli Parrish -- Literacy in Composition Studies editor

DeepThink Tanks (action-oriented working sessions):

Community Literacy: Eli Goldblatt (Temple University), Paul Feigenbaum (Florida International University), David Jolliffe (Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville); Tiffany Rousculp (Salt Lake Community College); David Farnan (Director of Boulder Public Library System); Eric Schmidt (Family Learning Center of Boulder, CO)

Poverty, Homelessness, and Prisons: Paula Mathieu (Boston College); Phyllis Ryder (George Washington University); Tobi Jacobi (Colorado State University); Stephen Hartnett (University of Colorado Denver); Isabel McDevitt (Executive Director of Bridge House); Mike Homner (Board of Directors BOHO)

Resilient Communities: Derek Owens (St. John's University); John Ackerman (University of Colorado Boulder); Car­o­line Gottschalk Druschke (University of Rhode Island); Bridie McGreavy (Unviersity of Maine); David Driskill (Executive Director of Community Planning and Sustainability for City of Boulder)

Professionalization and Infrastructure: Jeff Grabill (Michigan State University); Steve Parks (Syracuse University); Veronica House (University of Colorado Boulder); Ben Kirshner (Director of CU Engage at CU-Boulder); Stephanie Schooley (Executive Director of Campus Compact of the Mountain West)

Come join us! Please submit your proposal for an individual presentation, panel, or workshop by February 2, 2015. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Best,
Veronica House
(conference chair)

Veronica House, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Service-Learning and Outreach
Program for Writing and Rhetoric
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309

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cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culture 59907The Edwidge Danticat Society- The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference, May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LAMegan Feifer/ Edwidge Danticat Societymfeife1@lsu.edu1418862101african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Megan Feifer/ Edwidge Danticat Societycontact email: mfeife1@lsu.edu

The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference will be held May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites multidisciplinary papers for a panel at the 40th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference: The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid: Fences, Boundaries, Borders – Literal and Imagined- we welcome papers that explore Edwidge Danticat's activist and creative work in relationship to fences, boundaries, and borders. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:

• Questions of National Sovereignty and Belonging in Haiti and the
Haitian Diaspora
• Dominican and Haitian Borders at the Massacre River
• Haiti, Disaster Sites and Reconstruction
• Death of Jean-Claude Duvalier
• Social Activism and the organization Border of Lights
• Dominican Republic Citizenship Ruling and Denationalization
• U.S. detention policies (Krome Detention Center)

By January 14, 2015, please submit a biography, 300 word abstract
(including working title) and any a/v needs to Megan Feifer, Louisiana State University at mfeife1@lsu.edu.

Membership dues and conference registration must be paid by April 15, 2015, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program. Membership and registration details are available on the CSA website.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonial 59908[UPDATE] Contemporary American Poetry and Science Panel for ALA 2015 (Boston, May 21-24)Tana Jean Welch / Florida State University College of Medicinetana.welch@med.fsu.edu1418862146african-americanamericanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinarypoetryscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Tana Jean Welch / Florida State University College of Medicinecontact email: tana.welch@med.fsu.edu

Quantum Metaphors and Fractal Verse: Intersections in Contemporary American Poetry and Science

How are contemporary American poets utilizing science-based theories and ideas to create verse relevant to the concerns of the 21st century? Seeking abstracts for a panel that explores intersections between science and contemporary American poetry. Papers should discuss how poets engage science through form and/or content, including how poets represent the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Possible interdisciplinary topics include: cognitive science or neuroscience; posthumanism; new materialism; medicine, illness, and health; quantum physics; evolution; eco-poetics, eco-criticism; science, race, and/or gender; science and sexuality; and animal studies.

Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV or bio to Tana Jean Welch (tana.welch@med.fsu.edu) by Friday, January 15th.

American Literature Association
26th Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2015
The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798

cfp categories: african-americanamericanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinarypoetryscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 59910'In Our Time' Postgraduate Symposium [27–28 March, 2015]Department of English, University of Maltainourtime2015@um.edu.mt 1418867226cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Department of English, University of Maltacontact email: inourtime2015@um.edu.mt

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

The poet—the contemporary—must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see?
'What is the Contemporary?' – Giorgio Agamben

The phrase 'in our time' can—simultaneously—evoke both 'nowness' and nostalgia. In its direct appeal to community, it expresses something less impersonal than more lofty notions of zeitgeist, or the spirit of the age. It evokes a sense of temporal belonging that might perhaps be understood in the context of what Raymond Williams, in The Long Revolution, termed 'shared structures of feeling'—put simply, the shared values of a particular group, class or society. It focuses attention on contemporaneity, but the perspective afforded can be marked by a sense of disaffiliation rather than identification. That is to say: 'our time' can coincide with the contemporary ('Our time is now'), or alternatively it can be out of temporal joint with the present ('It was different in our time'). Either way, 'our time' is a fiction, a shared construction to which 'we' tacitly assent.

Indeed, in his essay 'In What Time Do We Live?', Jacques Rancière asserts that 'the state of things'—another way, perhaps, of referring to the shared structures of feeling that characterise the time that might be identified as ours—'is a fiction'. But he cautions: 'A fiction is not an imaginary tale. It is the construction of a set of relations between sense and sense, between things that are said to be perceptible and the sense that can be made of those things'. What, then, is the nature of those relations in our time? And how is the fiction of our time reflected and represented in literature, culture and, indeed, in language itself?

We might also ask what it means to be in our time? To be able to claim some sort of possession over, or identification with, a particular social or cultural period, one must, in some sense, inhabit that time knowingly. But this requires perspective, and perspective requires distance. Might it be said, then, that to speak of 'our time'—to be in our time—one must, in some sense, be out of (our) time? Agamben certainly thinks so: 'Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it.... But precisely because of this condition, precisely through this disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than others of perceiving and grasping their own time'.

Finally, what are we to make of this time, ours if for no reason other than it is the time of our lives? We may imaginatively force temporal disjunction and ask: what will our time have been? But, at least in some respects, we surely already know: our time is one of rapid technological and digital change, a time of consumption and gross inequality, a time of environmental precariousness and—recalling the origins of the phrase 'in our time'—it is a time of war. In this light, what is the relevance of contemporary (post-)literary and cultural practice?

The organisers welcome 250-word abstracts that address these and similar issues relating to the theme of 'In Our Time'. Abstracts, accompanied by a brief biographical note, should be sent to inourtime2015@um.edu.mt by 22 February 2015. Confirmation of accepted papers will be sent by the 28 February 2015. The organisers are planning to publish selected Symposium papers in the postgraduate journal Antae (www.antaejournal.com).

https://www.um.edu.mt/events/inourtime2015

https://www.facebook.com/events/743782042338173/

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59911Special Session: Animal PoeticsNASSR 2015 - North American Society for the Study of Romanticismjulie.camarda@gmail.com1418871827ecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurypoetryromanticscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: NASSR 2015 - North American Society for the Study of Romanticismcontact email: julie.camarda@gmail.com

This panel on the relationship between animals and romantic poetry will elicit new perspectives on how animal rights and science bear on poetic form and genre. There have been a number of studies of prose writings that address animals and animal rights. However, this panel will examine the intersections between animal and poetic forms, inviting papers that give precise and compelling eco-critical, historicist, and formalist readings of how romantic political, philosophical, and scientific discourses might challenge or amend typically metaphorical and figurative conceptions of animals in the period.

This panel brings together work on the Romantic animal to demonstrate the ethical and historical importance of this subject for post-Enlightenment thought. We place animals in the context of recent eco-critical work that redefines "nature" in relation to romanticism. In particular, this panel will focus on how scientific and political discourses treatment of animals and animal rights manifest in romantic poetry—and if poetry has a distinctive capacity to resist or challenge these discourses. These issues include vegetarianism, animal magnetism, vivisection, Cartesian mechanical animals, sentiment and animal cruelty, farming practices, and Enlightenment distinctions between man and animal. According, given the significance of the Romantic animal, we ask how its presence in the period may alter or elucidate our readings of romantic poetry's form and broader metaphors. To this end, we build on recent scholarship by critics like David Perkins, Teresa Sherman-Jones, Ron Broglio, and Kurt Fosso, which recognizes romantic-period animals as embodied creatures that challenge our definitions of sentience. The Romantic animal is not only a metaphorical creature, and we solicit new scholarship that addresses the idealist and materialist connections between animals and "inanimate" matter in the romantic imaginary.

Possible questions our panel may ask include: How does the juxtaposition of animals with politically dispossessed and previously "domesticated" humans influence poetic representations of the natural world? How does the choice of specific animals affect a poem's form or genre? What can animals teach us about poets' explorations of unintelligible natural processes and poetic subjecthood? How can an animal be a poetic or political subject instead of an object? How does adopting an animal's perspective alter a poem's rhythms and tropes? How does the implementation of dialect affect our sense of an animal's—and a poet's—wildness? Can we take a natural historical approach to poems like Shelley's "To a Skylark" or Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale"? The panel will feature three 20-minute talks followed by a question and answer session. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurypoetryromanticscience_and_culture 59912[UPDATE] NASSR 2015 - Special Session on "Animal Poetics"North American Society for the Study of Romanticismnassr15@umanitoba.ca1418873646ecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurypoetryromanticscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticismcontact email: nassr15@umanitoba.ca

This panel on the relationship between animals and romantic poetry will elicit new perspectives on how animal rights and science bear on poetic form and genre. There have been a number of studies of prose writings that address animals and animal rights. However, this panel will examine the intersections between animal and poetic forms, inviting papers that give precise and compelling eco-critical, historicist, and formalist readings of how romantic political, philosophical, and scientific discourses might challenge or amend typically metaphorical and figurative conceptions of animals in the period.

This panel brings together work on the Romantic animal to demonstrate the ethical and historical importance of this subject for post-Enlightenment thought. We place animals in the context of recent eco-critical work that redefines "nature" in relation to romanticism. In particular, this panel will focus on how scientific and political discourses treatment of animals and animal rights manifest in romantic poetry—and if poetry has a distinctive capacity to resist or challenge these discourses. These issues include vegetarianism, animal magnetism, vivisection, Cartesian mechanical animals, sentiment and animal cruelty, farming practices, and Enlightenment distinctions between man and animal. According, given the significance of the Romantic animal, we ask how its presence in the period may alter or elucidate our readings of romantic poetry's form and broader metaphors. To this end, we build on recent scholarship by critics like David Perkins, Teresa Sherman-Jones, Ron Broglio, and Kurt Fosso, which recognizes romantic-period animals as embodied creatures that challenge our definitions of sentience. The Romantic animal is not only a metaphorical creature, and we solicit new scholarship that addresses the idealist and materialist connections between animals and "inanimate" matter in the romantic imaginary.

Possible questions our panel may ask include: How does the juxtaposition of animals with politically dispossessed and previously "domesticated" humans influence poetic representations of the natural world? How does the choice of specific animals affect a poem's form or genre? What can animals teach us about poets' explorations of unintelligible natural processes and poetic subjecthood? How can an animal be a poetic or political subject instead of an object? How does adopting an animal's perspective alter a poem's rhythms and tropes? How does the implementation of dialect affect our sense of an animal's—and a poet's—wildness? Can we take a natural historical approach to poems like Shelley's "To a Skylark" or Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale"? The panel will feature three 20-minute talks followed by a question and answer session. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words.

Please send all proposals, including those to be considered by the leaders of special sessions, a brief CV, and direct questions to the NASSR 2015 conference organizers, Peter Melville (The University of Winnipeg) and Michelle Faubert (University of Manitoba) at nassr15@umanitoba.ca.

All proposals must include your name, academic affiliation (if any), and preferred email address. If you are applying to an open-call special session, you must also include the name of the session either on your proposal itself or in the accompanying email.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurypoetryromanticscience_and_culture 59913N-Determination and Critical Practices of Resistance [March 12-13, 2015]University of California - Irvine, Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Studentsndeterminationconference@gmail.com1418879196african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of California - Irvine, Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Studentscontact email: ndeterminationconference@gmail.com

"N-Determination and Critical Practices of Resistance"
UC Irvine March 12-13 (Thursday and Friday)

The department of Comparative Literature at the University of California – Irvine invites submissions to our 2015 graduate conference, "Alterity, N-Determination, and Critical Practices of Resistance." Sparked by a renewed interest in the problem of determination as a central problematic for thought, we invite proposals that consider political, theoretical, and genealogical approaches to exploring determinism. In this tradition we draw connections to the Phenomenological problem of the Other as determining object for consciousness of the self and the world, to the uses of the concept of Over-determination in both the Psychoanalytic and Marxist traditions, and to the questions of sovereignty and political agency implicit in the call for Self-determination. More recently, both the Afro-Pessimist theory of Frank Wilderson and the Non-Philosophical theory of François Laruelle have grounded themselves in the critique of determining relations. Afro-Pessimism attempts to think the positionality of the Black-as-Slave through a model of "determination in the first instance" while Laruellean Non-Philosophy models its "science of philosophy" on the concept of "Determination-in-the-Last-Instance": "a causality exerted upon philosophy itself qua experience-form of the World and upon the universal neomatic structures or the theoretical knowledge that is unleashed by [Non-Philosophy] from this material" (Dictionary of Non-Philosophy).

How can we think determination as it plays through these manifold associations? Who (or what) is granted agential status in the process of determination? What is the relationship between determination's first and last instances? What are the ethical implications of a determining relation? Can we envision a relation that is non-determining? How can we theorize indeterminacy? How is alterity productive of or produced by determination? Is "cruelty" as Deleuze famously wrote in Difference and Repetition, "nothing but determination as such?" Can we imagine a determination that is otherwise than cruel?

With such a preliminary focus, we would like to invite graduate students working across humanities, arts and social science disciplines to submit papers that address the problem of determination as a problem with/for thought. Possible topics include:

  • Intercultural and global literature and film challenging constructions of the Other and the Self
  • The role of overdetermination in Psychoanalytic or Marxist theories of identity construction
  • The problem of overdetermination as undermining theories of self-fashoning
  • The relationship between self-determination and sovereignty in theories of international politics and law
  • The status of indeterminacy as a means for thinking against determination
  • The role of scientific determination in thinking through colonial anthropology
  • The role of the underground and the avante guarde in thinking against determination
  • The theoretical and political costs and benefits of thinking differences as overdetermined

Please submit abstracts for individual presentations of no more than 300 words. Be sure to include your name and institutional affiliation. Abstracts are due by January 30th, 2015, submitted to NDeterminationConference@gmail.com. Some travel funds may be available for the participants.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59914Mediascape Features Section Call for Papers Fall 2015: TimeUCLA Cinema and Media Studiesfeatures.mediascape@gmail.com1418885651cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: UCLA Cinema and Media Studiescontact email: features.mediascape@gmail.com

Mediascape Features Section Call for Papers
Fall 2015: Time

For the Features section of its Fall 2015 issue, Mediascape, UCLA's journal of cinema and media studies, invites scholarly articles that address the theme of time.

Time is a basic dimension of human experience, but it is also one of the fundamental aspects of moving image media. Unlike other visual art forms, moving image media are especially suited to the creation, deconstruction, and manipulation of temporal constructs. Film, television, and new media makers have long engaged the concept of time from within, while the scientific, philosophical, historical, and experiential implications of these media have been the subject of external scholarly observation and discourse. The aim of this issue is to further these discussions and to explore the various methods by which time has informed and continues to inform our mediascape. We welcome papers that examine any interpretation of time in the context of film, television, and digital media.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
- Representation — How has time been represented in film, television, and new media? What techniques have been used to depict time and have these changed over time?
- Timelines — How have narrative structures changed over the course of film, television, and media history? How has nonlinear storytelling functioned?
- Time periods and period pieces — How do depictions of certain time periods serve to shape our understandings of history? To what degree are these artificial cognitive constructions and how do these temporal imaginaries influence conceptions of the world? (i.e. depictions of "The Sixties" or the mythologies of "The Old West")
- Past, present, and future time — How is history presented or constructed by media? What are the implications of temporal nostalgia? How is media used to change the present? How have moving image media presented visions and predictions of the future?
- Remakes and sequels — How are narratives told and retold throughout time?
- Perception — What are the multiple temporalities of human experience and how have these been expressed in film, television, and new media? How do these media express the experience of time?
- Reception — How are media texts received differently over time?
- Cultural time — How is time a cultural construct?
- Modernity — What is the impact of ideas of "modernity" (and "postmodernity")?

Interested participants are invited to submit drafts of papers of between 4,500 and 7,000 words (approximately 15-25 pages) in length OR an abstract along with a CV to features.mediascape@gmail.com by January 31st, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Birdsall at features.mediascape@gmail.com

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culture 59916CFP: After the Good Life - Issue 20, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (Deadline 2 March 2015)FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Artseditors@forumjournal.org1418892329african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Artscontact email: editors@forumjournal.org

In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant asks why we stay "attached to conventional good-life fantasies – say of enduring reciprocity in couples, families, political systems, institutions, markets and at work – when the evidence of their instability, fragility, and dear cost abounds" (2). The post-1945 social consensus in Britain, the reproduction of the American Dream, and the social democratic promises made across Europe are political expressions of the good-life fantasy after World War Two. These social contracts have long since worn out, put under pressure from various financial crises since the 1970s and radical shifts in the political landscape. Meanwhile, we have witnessed the rollback of welfare, of healthcare benefits, of pensions; we have seen the casualisation of the workforce, massive unemployment, and the attenuation of trade union power. In short, as David Harvey writes, as the post-war boom broke up in the early 1970s, Europe and the United States in particular have sustained an extended period of flux, of change, and of uncertainty. How is it, then, that the fantasy of the good life persists in the face of such contingency? Why do we still need the model of a 'good life'?

Even as Italy winds down its search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean, scores of migrants continue to make dangerous journeys across the see, fleeing poverty, violence, and persecution. In the United States, approximately 500,000 people enter the country undocumented from Mexico each year. The fantasy of a good life, of a 'better life', that these countries represent (imaginatively and, in some cases, practically) retains a hold on the global imagination, even as Europe and the United States tighten border controls and become increasingly hostile to immigrants. Why is this so?

Issue 20 of FORUM seeks contributions from a range of disciplines that engage with questions of how we conceive of 'the good life' in the contemporary moment. What does the good life look like under austerity, under economic, ecological, and social crisis, under neoliberalism and what comes after? How do relations of gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality affect our visions of the good life?

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
-The good life and/in crisis
-Cruel optimism and affect
-The aesthetics and politics of precarity
-Precarious solidarity: in the workplace, in the family, in public life
-Contemporary philosophies of the good life
-Neoliberalism and the Welfare State
-After the 'American Dream': immigration, meritocracy, freedom, equal opportunity
-Revisions of the 'Suburban Dream'
-Ecocritical discourses and political ecology
-Financial, ecological and social crises
-Arcology, urban planning and gentrification
-Discourses of aporia
-The fantasy of upward mobility
-Social, racial, gender justice
-Grassroots movements and activism
-The good life and posthumanism
-The good life in the digital age

Papers must be between 3,000 – 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. FORUM is also considering academic book reviews (1,000 words) and multimedia and alternative presentations for publication. Please e-mail your article, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC(X). files to editors@forumjournal.org by 2 March 2015. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.

http://www.forumjournal.org

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 59919UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE Study Day on Order and Disorder in April 21st, 2015, at the ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.at sou.benarfa@gmail.com1418905388african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.contact email: at sou.benarfa@gmail.com

The department of English at the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, University of Jendouba, invites you to participate in its study day on Order and Disorder. The study day will be held April 21st, 2015, on the campus of the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia.
The Arab uprisings have shifted not just the socio-political paradigm, but also the academic scene and have opened a space for yet provocative debates. The heavy involvement of youth in the uprising calls for the necessity to ponder a number of issues previously unasked: the way the use of technology is dramatically transforming perspectives towards learning, the shifting perspectives toward traditional teaching methods and, therefore, the (dis)satisfaction with these methods, the relationship between generations which affects teacher/learner interaction, and the university as a democratic space, to mention but a few examples.
Among the questions that we are called upon to answer, are: How do we understand signs of order and disorder on campus? Does order always imply peace and harmony? In what sense has disorder on campus become the de-facto legitimate order? Can we conceive of disorder as a necessary step that precedes the harmony which characterizes order?
How can we find the balance between order and disorder? How to balance the teachers' self interest with the interests of the learners and that of the community? How do political changes transform disorder on campus into a different kind of order? Where do order, freedom and responsibility intersect?
Can we continue to teach the way we did before, while ignoring what the digital revolution offers for instance?
How often should curricula be updated? Under the threat of the present ideological conflicts, can and should we still incorporate banned and controversial books such as Moll Flanders, The Scarlet Letter, Lolita, and The Satanic Verses among others, into the literary corpus? Or should we cater for the students' ideological stumbling block? Due to ideological blockage, what role do censorship and auto-censorship play in keeping or threatening order?
In the teaching-learning process, where should teaching and learning be placed in the order of priorities? Where is the teaching-learning value in the LMD system which is rather focused on continuous testing? Does the teacher have to be in control of everything in class or just track off the learners? Questioning teaching orders, is the teaching order more a question of networking the students through a bottom-up approach than controlling one's own knowledge?
To encourage innovative debates, we warmly welcome papers and representations on the suggested topic through word, sound, and image, preferably, falling within the scope of the above queries, among others.
Each paper presentation will be 20 minutes in length.
The deadline for abstracts (200 words, including a 50 word biography) is January 31st, 2015. The acceptance of proposals will be sent January 15th, 2015.
Participation fees are 20 Tunisian dinars which will cover only one meal and two coffee breaks. Please note that the conference organizers can help the participants with advice on accommodation and transportation.
For questions and submissions, please write to Dr. Sihem Arfaoui, Chair of the Scientific Committee, at sou.benarfa@gmail.com

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59920 CFP AfroEurope@ns Black Cultures and Identities in Europe V, 16 - 19 September 2015, University of Muenster, GermanyAfroeurope@s: Culturas e Identidades Negras en Europa - Mark Stein, University of MuensterAfroEuropeans2015@gmail.com1418910119african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Afroeurope@s: Culturas e Identidades Negras en Europa - Mark Stein, University of Muenstercontact email: AfroEuropeans2015@gmail.com

Call for papers and panels
University of Muenster, Germany
16 - 19 September 2015
www.wwu.de/AFROeu2015

African European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterised by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa and Europe. This fifth bi-annual conference aims to provide perspectives on specific strands of this diverse and vibrant field, including both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature. Recognising that African European Studies cannot be confined to textual representations, we encourage submissions on a wide range of topics from several disciplinary backgrounds. This encompasses disciplines dealing with various forms of cultural representation (incl. literature, the visual arts, museums, music, new media, and performance) and those dealing with social practice (religious studies, sports, history, anthropology, sociology, politics, marketing, and management studies). In addition to academics, artists, and activists, we welcome authors, social workers, journalists, and anyone else with a specific interest in the field. We encourage submissions exploring the topics suggested below, including their cross-generic and transmedial aspects:

o Racism(s) and austerity: comparative approaches across Europe
o Colonial remains and historical interaction between Africa and Europe
o Comparative diaspora studies: African Caribbeans, African Europeans, African Americans
o Resistance and resistive practices
o Growing up African European: e.g. youth culture; adoption; children's literature
o Education: Primary, secondary, tertiary
o African European book studies: translation, publication, reception
o Digital displacement and virtual communities
o 'Remember the ship in citizenship' (John Agard): visions and crises of multicultures
o Border control: refugees, migrants, visitors
o Faith and religious practice: basis for stigmatization and community formation
o Gender and queer lifestyles: activism and marginalization
o Behind the headlines: health, development, aid
o Black European urban and rural spaces

Submissions that do not directly deal with the aforementioned topics will also be considered. Presentations are not restricted to written academic texts; they can also include performances, readings, panel discussions, and workshops. Individual contributions should extend to no more than twenty minutes and can be held in English, Spanish, French, or German. We require an abstract of 300 words in English.

Abstracts for 'AfroEurope@ns V' can be submitted no later than 1 March 2015 via the via the conference website: . Complete paper sessions comprising three papers and other formats, such as roundtables, are also welcome. The academic committee will reply to all submissions no later than 15 April 2015. A full programme is going to be published by 31 July 2015. A selection of papers will be published after the conference.

'AfroEurope@ns: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe' is an international research and development group funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The group is holding its fifth international conference, this time at the University of Muenster, Germany: www.ptts.wwu.de.
Contact: Mark Stein AfroEuropeans2015@gmail.com

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59921#LOL: Literature, Language and HumourDavid Ellis/ University of Wolverhampton UKdavid.ellis@wlv.ac.uk1418911399childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: David Ellis/ University of Wolverhampton UKcontact email: david.ellis@wlv.ac.uk

One Day Conference: Call for Papers
University of Wolverhampton (City Campus), Saturday 23 May, 2015.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Christie Davies (Reading University)
Humour can be a serious business. In its various manifestations as genre, sub-genres and specific devices, humour has a long and significant history in narrative form and public discourse. It has the capacity to expose its object (and conceal its author) through parody, satire and intertextual reference: and it has been a source of instruction for children, avoiding didacticism and moralising. Humour is a vehicle for the expression of regional and group identities through communicative code, reference and dialect: and it has functioned as both a savage attack and a sugar-coating for the exposure of prejudice. It has even been used to entertain.
The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research at the University of Wolverhampton invites proposals for 20-minute papers exploring the production and reception of humour in literary and popular cultures and as a linguistic device. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Literary Satire
• Regional Humour
• Humour Writing
• Language and Humour
• Parody and Intertextuality
• Humour and Performance
• Nonsense
• Transnational Humour

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by Monday, March 2nd 2015 to David Ellis (david.ellis@wlv.ac.uk). Please include your institutional affiliation and preferred email address.
Registration fee: £40 waged; £20 Unwaged.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59923 Fallen Animals: an interdisciplinary perspective 19th-20th March 2015, University of Aberdeen, ScotlandZohar Hadromi-Allouche and Aina Larkin, University of Aberdeenzohar@abdn.ac.uk, a.larkin@abdn.ac.uk1418920307childrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Aina Larkin, University of Aberdeencontact email: zohar@abdn.ac.uk, a.larkin@abdn.ac.uk

Following the success of the Fall Narratives project in 2014, this workshop will explore the theme of fallen animals. The serpent in the Garden of Eden is but one example of the ambivalence which has characterized the human-animal relationship over the centuries, both across, and within, cultures, societies and traditions. With publications such as Anat Pick's Creaturely Poetics (2011), the field of post-anthropocentrism studies has in recent years become particularly vibrant and attracts scholarly attention from a variety of disciplines. We welcome proposals with research interest in fields such as, but not limited to, literature, religion, languages, history, philosophy, psychology, art, film and visual culture, cultural studies and economics.

We are pleased to confirm that Dr Laura McMahon of the University of Cambridge will be the keynote speaker.

Potential topics include (but again, are not limited to) the following:

* Physical falls
* Symbolic falls
* Literary falls
* Psychological falls
* Changing symbolisms within a single tradition, culture, society or religion, or across different ones
* Animals' creation stories
* Demonic and demonized animals
* The changing significance of animals in terms of religion, society, economics, nutrition, etc.; and in interconnection between any such fields
* Cinematic fallen animals
* Animals in popular culture

Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be sent to the organizers:

Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche zohar@abdn.ac.uk
and
Dr Áine Larkin a.larkin@abdn.ac.uk

Contributions to this workshop will be considered for a book to appear in the Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.

Deadline for submission is 15th January 2015

cfp categories: childrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59924'In Our Time' Postgraduate Symposium, University of Malta, March 2015Department of English, University of Maltainourtime2015@um.edu.mt 1418923230african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Department of English, University of Maltacontact email: inourtime2015@um.edu.mt

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The poet—the contemporary—must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see?
'What is the Contemporary?' – Giorgio Agamben

The phrase 'in our time' can—simultaneously—evoke both 'nowness' and nostalgia. In its direct appeal to community, it expresses something less impersonal than more lofty notions of zeitgeist, or the spirit of the age. It evokes a sense of temporal belonging that might perhaps be understood in the context of what Raymond Williams, in The Long Revolution, termed 'shared structures of feeling'—put simply, the shared values of a particular group, class or society. It focuses attention on contemporaneity, but the perspective afforded can be marked by a sense of disaffiliation rather than identification. That is to say: 'our time' can coincide with the contemporary ('Our time is now'), or alternatively it can be out of temporal joint with the present ('It was different in our time'). Either way, 'our time' is a fiction, a shared construction to which 'we' tacitly assent.

Indeed, in his essay 'In What Time Do We Live?', Jacques Rancière asserts that 'the state of things'—another way, perhaps, of referring to the shared structures of feeling that characterise the time that might be identified as ours—'is a fiction'. But he cautions: 'A fiction is not an imaginary tale. It is the construction of a set of relations between sense and sense, between things that are said to be perceptible and the sense that can be made of those things'. What, then, is the nature of those relations in our time? And how is the fiction of our time reflected and represented in literature, culture and, indeed, in language itself?

We might also ask what it means to be in our time? To be able to claim some sort of possession over, or identification with, a particular social or cultural period, one must, in some sense, inhabit that time knowingly. But this requires perspective, and perspective requires distance. Might it be said, then, that to speak of 'our time'—to be in our time—one must, in some sense, be out of (our) time? Agamben certainly thinks so: 'Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands. But precisely because of this condition, precisely through this disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than others of perceiving and grasping their own time'.

Finally, what are we to make of this time, ours if for no reason other than it is the time of our lives? We may imaginatively force temporal disjunction and ask: what will our time have been? But, at least in some respects, we surely already know: our time is one of rapid technological and digital change, a time of consumption and gross inequality, a time of environmental precariousness and—recalling the origins of the phrase 'in our time'—it is a time of war. In this light, what is the relevance of contemporary (post-)literary and cultural practice?

The organisers welcome 250-word abstracts that address these and similar issues relating to the theme of 'In Our Time'. Abstracts, accompanied by a brief biographical note, should be sent to inourtime2015@um.edu.mt by 22 February 2015. Confirmation of accepted papers will be sent by the 28 February 2015. The organisers are planning to publish selected Symposium papers in the postgraduate journal Antae (www.antaejournal.com).

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 59925Flows: Material, Energy, Narrative in the Ecological Humanities (German Studies Association) - Deadline: January 15, 2015GSA Environmental Studies Networkscott.moranda@cortland.edu1418924873ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfull name / name of organization: GSA Environmental Studies Networkcontact email: scott.moranda@cortland.edu

Flows: Material, Energy, Narrative in the Ecological Humanities (Sponsored by the GSA Environmental Studies Network)

Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015 (German Studies Association Annual Conference)

Organized by Katharina Gerstenberger (U of Utah) and Scott Moranda (SUNY Cortland)

"Flows" serve to explore how biophysical changes link to social changes or disruptions. Flows can refer to the movement of energy or raw materials through an economic system. Human interventions can redirect the flow of minerals and nutrients through ecological systems, with consequences for climate change, soil health, and biodiversity. Flows call to mind commodity chains and the circulation of goods to satisfy consumer desires. They also refer to the movement of people/migrants/wildlife across political, social, economic, and ecological boundaries. Texts create flows through narrative continuity but also disruption and rechanneling. They also circulate through cultural contexts over the course of time, in the process changing meaning and direction.

We invite papers in the environmental humanities, environmental history or the social sciences that explore the themes of mobility and barriers, fluidity and permeability, energy flows and transformation, entropy, decline and disorder, from a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches, using a variety of texts, case studies, and other source materials.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short CV to both Katharina Gerstenberger (katharina.gerstenberger@utah.edu) and Scott Moranda (morandas@cortland.edu) by January 15, 2015.

We expect to create a sequence of 2-4 panels at the 2015 German Studies Association conference.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies 59926Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture; April 10-11, 2015University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- English Departmentuncenglishgradconference@gmail.com1418928084bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetrypostcolonialreligionrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- English Departmentcontact email: uncenglishgradconference@gmail.com

Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture

Very few aspects of late medieval and early modern literature and culture remain untouched by the Fall, concepts of original sin, and considerations of man's place in a postlapsarian world. Concerns over the state of the soul, right governance and maintenance of the commonweal, and engagement with the natural world were shaded by a need to recoup the loss incurred by the expulsion from Eden.

From drama to religious tracts to treatises on government and society, concern over the Fall led to an overwhelming production of texts attempting to cope and contend with its perceived consequences. This conference hopes to investigate these various representations and responses to The Fall.

We hope to take a broad approach to exploring late medieval and early modern experiences of the Fall, and invite papers on a number of topics including:
What is the nature of sin in a postlapsarian world?
Neoplatonist v. Stoic v. Epicurean responses to the Fall
Diseased minds, bodies, and souls: issues of contagion as a result of the Fall
Gendered responses to and/or representations of the Fall
The role of witchcraft, the occult, and the supernatural in attending to and understanding the Fall and original sin
Who's out to get you? Devils, demons, and monsters given free reign after the Fall
Didactic exercises expressed in courtesy books, treatises on education, guides to good government and training political leaders, etc.
Reading the Book of Nature as an antidote to the Fall/sin
The intersection of art, music, and/or technology with literature in representing the Fall
How does the natural world contend with the Fall?
Getting Around: crusades, pilgrimages, and exploration as a means of understanding and contending with the Fall
Considerations of genre as part of these representations

We invite 20 minute papers on these and related topics. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due January 31, 2015 to uncenglishgradconference@gmail.com. Participants will be notified on February 15, 2015.

"Consequences of 'the Fall': Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture" will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from April 10-11, 2015.

For further information, please see: http://englishcomplitmems.web.unc.edu/kcl-conferences/april-2015/

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetrypostcolonialreligionrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writing 59927[UPDATE] SPECULATIVE HUMANITIES: STEAMPUNK TO AFROFUTURISM/OCTAVIA E.BUTLER AND THE "UNEXPECTED"Humanities Division, Essex County Collegewrebecca@essex.edu1418929997african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Humanities Division, Essex County Collegecontact email: wrebecca@essex.edu

SPECULATIVE HUMANITIES: STEAMPUNK TO AFROFUTURISM/OCTAVIA E.BUTLER AND THE "UNEXPECTED"

On March 11-12, 2015, the Humanities Division at Essex County College, located in Newark, NJ, will host its Spring 2015 Conference, "Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism/Octavia E. Butler and the "Unexpected." This two-day conference offers space for writers, historians, musicians, artists, and academicians to explore, expand upon, and rethink the implications of speculative humanities. This year's conference will feature a special emphasis on the life, work, and influence of Octavia E. Butler. We also encourage papers on her recently published works.

Speculative humanities encompasses a diverse array of works, from the 18th century mysticism of Swedenborg to the 20th century spiritual teachings of Gurdjieff, along with the 19th century texts of authors such as Mary Shelley, Samuel Butler, and Jules Verne to the 20th and 21st century works of H.G. Wells, Octavia E. Butler, Margaret Atwood, Samuel Delany, Cormac McCarthy, and L.A. Banks. The revolutionary wave sweeping across Europe during the 19th century along with the publication of works such as The Communist Manifesto influenced generations of writers to produce works featuring both urban utopias and dystopian metropolises. Historical and fictional texts include post-apocalyptic narratives, invasion literature, steampunk, Afrofuturism, fantasy, fan fiction, fabulist, anime, horror, and what was once categorized as science fiction.

Open to all humanities disciplines—literature, music, history, religion, philosophy, art, architecture, theater, dance, and media—we invite papers, panel presentations, screenings, and performances of works that can be included in the admittedly broad category of "speculative humanities." We welcome interactive, unorthodox panels, screenings, exhibits, musical performances, and other presentations related to our central theme. Again, papers on the work of Octavia E. Butler are especially encouraged for submission, as two special panels devoted to her work are being planned.

Please email (abstracts of 250-300 words) for panels and individual presentations to both of the conference chairs: Prof. Jennifer Wager (jwager@essex.edu) and Prof. Rebecca Williams (wrebecca@essex.edu) by Sunday, January 16, 2015.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 599282015 Karl Barth ConferenceCenter for Barth Studiesb\1418933722interdisciplinaryreligionfull name / name of organization: Center for Barth Studiescontact email: b\

The 2015 Annual Karl Barth Conference will take place June 21-24, 2015 at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. The theme of this year's conference is "Karl Barth & the Gospels: Interpreting Gospel Texts," and the plenary speakers include Richard Bauckham (University of St. Andrews, emeritus), Karlfried Fröhlich (Princeton Theological Seminary), Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Baylor University), Eric Gregory (Princeton University), Willie Jennings (Duke Divinity School), Paul Dafydd Jones (University of Virginia), Bruce L. McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary), Daniel L. Migliore (Princeton Theological Seminary), Jürgen Moltmann (University of Tübingen), and Fleming Rutledge (Grace Church, New York City).
Those with completed doctorates or currently enrolled in a doctoral program are invited to submit paper proposals on this year's theme. We welcome papers that engage Barth's theological exegesis of the Gospels or other biblical texts critically and constructively. We especially encourage women, people of color, and international students to submit proposals.

Abstracts not exceeding 250 words should be sent to barth.center@ptsem.edu no later than March 1, 2015.
Papers should be no more than 3,500 words in order to be delivered in thirty minutes and allow 15-20 minutes for Q&A. Please include your current academic standing with submissions.

http://ptsem.edu/library/barthconference/default.aspx?id=25769806802

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryreligion 59929Call for Submissions for the 7th Annual Toronto Group Conference (Mar 14, 2015)The Toronto Grouptorontogroupconference@gmail.com1418938905ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: The Toronto Groupcontact email: torontogroupconference@gmail.com

Call for Submissions for the 7th Annual Toronto Group Conference

We are pleased to invite graduate students to present their work at the 7th Annual Conference of the Toronto Group for the study of International, Transnational and Comparative Law (TG). The TG is a collaborative project between graduate students at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

The theme of the conference is Conflicting Legal Orders; it will be held in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Theme of the Conference

Legal orders are prone to a variety of conflicts: from conflicts within local systems of law, such as through vigilante justice and social protest movements, to conflicts between supranational legal orders and national or sub-national jurisdictions. These conflicts bring to the fore the inadequacy of law in resolving the question of how we should live together, in balance with our environments and within increasingly multicultural, cosmopolitan, and pluralist societies. It is time to get creative and devise new approaches, tools, and mechanisms that prevent and resolve both public and private conflicts that develop and rejuvenate international law, and that protect human rights and global security. It is the challenge of our generation to find ways in which law can evolve to support the resolution of violent conflicts and to help ensure a more sustainable world enriched by our differences.

We encourage participants to interpret legal orders broadly, and invite papers that explore a wide range of issues in this context. Topics can include legal orders relating to humanitarian law, human rights, criminal law, and international law generally, and any intersections with multiculturalism, pluralism, or religion. The institutionalization of law and the use of specialized tribunals can be a relevant area, as well as the role of civil society, technology and social media. Foreign policy, national security, terrorism, and cyber wars, are all areas where conflicts can occur. In redress of such issues, conflict resolution theory, processes, and their implications for law could be of relevance. These topics are certainly not exhaustive, and participants are encouraged to share unique perspectives and interpretation.

Submitting your work

We look forward to receiving your 250-word abstract on or before March 14 via email to torontogroupconference@gmail.com with the subject line "TG2014Submission".

Applicants will be notified if their conference submission has been accepted by March 21.

Please note that given our limited funding, we are unable to cover any travel or accommodation costs.

For more information about the Toronto Group, conference and accommodation options in Toronto, visit our website http://torontogroup.wordpress.com

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 59930 Pedagogy 24 Times Per Second: Film and Media in the Classroom (Submit by 1/1/15)Graduate Film Studies Group, University of Floridafilm.ufl@gmail1418942376film_and_televisionfull name / name of organization: Graduate Film Studies Group, University of Floridacontact email: film.ufl@gmail

Keynote Speakers and Filmmakers: Lucy Fischer, Francesco Casetti, Phil Solomon

This conference takes as its starting point the question of the relationship between pedagogical practice and scholarship, or how teaching film to undergraduate students affects, or is affected by, our scholarly methods and research interests. Although it remains the less glamorous aspect of the film and media studies discipline, teaching is nonetheless the main context in which we develop our method of approaching texts. Indeed, as working academics, our day-to-day teaching is likely to have a much wider and more immediate impact than our conference presentations and journal articles. Yet the practical work of the researching educator is rarely the focus of academic conversations about film and media studies. Even as the discipline itself evolves to accommodate new media and theories, decreasing enrollment numbers foreground the need to defend the relevance of humanities courses in an increasingly outcome-driven climate. Therefore a full reexamination of the relationship between scholarly methods and teaching practices is of the utmost importance.

We invite panels and papers that address the relationship between scholarship and pedagogy at both the institutional and classroom level. Topics for papers addressing the relationship between scholarship and pedagogy at the institutional level may include, but are not limited to:

  • Historicizing the relationship between scholarship and curriculum design
  • Clarifying the role of film and/or media studies in Humanities education
  • (Re)defining the stakes of Humanities, especially Film and Media Studies, in an increasingly market-based university environment
  • Assessing the division between theory- and practice-based approaches to Film and Media studies
  • Designing assessment criteria for film courses, especially those listed for general Humanities, English, or composition credit


Topics for papers addressing the dynamic between scholarship and pedagogy at the classroom level may include, but are not limited to:

  • Theorizing the relationship between course outcomes and the aims of scholarship
  • Expanding the parameters of traditional film studies, including the integration of other media in the film classroom
  • Structuring introductory film courses (chronological, technical, regional, thematic, cinephiliac organization; organization that resists primarily ocularcentric approaches)
  • Incorporating multiple/conflicting modes of spectatorship and spectator positions into course design
  • Assessing the value of the untaught cannon and the role of non-traditional or underground cinema in the classroom

We also invite workshops, panels, and papers focused on practical pedagogical issues in film and media studies, such as syllabus design, lesson planning, text selection and pairing, classroom management, the aims of class discussion, and the use of technology in and out of the classroom.


Please send 250-500 word abstracts and all other inquiries to film.ufl@gmail.com by January 1st, 2015. Please include a brief biography or CV with your abstract.

Pedagogy 24 Times Per Second: Film and Media in the Classroom
University of Florida
February 26-March 1, 2015
Abstract Deadline: January 1, 2015

cfp categories: film_and_television 59931FlightJane Eyre Papericarson08@student.oprfhs.org1418958661classical_studieseighteenth_centuryromanticfull name / name of organization: Jane Eyre Papercontact email: icarson08@student.oprfhs.org

Flight

One of the themes in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is the idea of leaving the nest and flying away from past lives. The protagonist, Jane, continuously chooses to stray from the path she is on. This is demonstrated by the recurring flight metaphors in Jane's life. Even as a child, Jane is fascinated by birds and their ability to leave whenever they please. Throughout Jane's journey she makes choices, similar to those of birds and pilots, to fly away. Jane originally focused on freedom by leaving but her sacrifice for love shows her that she has the freedom to choose to stay or leave. Jane moves from home to home many times because she has the freedom and ability to go wherever she can. However, after Jane finds Edward Rochester, her ex-employer and ex-fiance, for the second time, she realizes that the love she has for him is more important than leaving and she is able to redefine what freedom means to her while it never loses importance in her life.
When Jane was a child, she lived with her aunt's family, the Reed's. The Reed's had no sympathy towards the young orphan and constantly attacked her both mentally and physically. One day her cousin, John, finds her reading "Benwick's History of British Birds" (pg. 8). Seeing the pictures of the birds makes her feel a freedom she had never known. She thinks to herself, "With Benwick on my knee, I was then happy: happy at least in my way. I feared nothing of interruption, and that came too soon." (pg. 9) Unfortunately, John did interrupt and attack her. Although the experience is horrible for Jane, it also causes her Aunt to send her to Lowood School after a doctor talked with Jane about her wanting to leave. "If I had anywhere else to go, I should be glad to leave it; but I can never get away from Gateshead till I am a woman." (pg. 23) Jane tells the doctor that she would like to leave but she doesn't realize she ever could. But as she slowly realizes she has that opportunity, she gladly takes it. Jane wants to leave the only life she knows, as miserable as it seems, without even knowing where she is to go. She ends up going to a boarding school which is 50 miles away and as she travels there, she finally is able to fly away.
Many years later, when Jane is 18, she leaves Lowood School to go to Thornfield Hall because the innkeeper responded to a job application she sent. After Jane meets Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield, he looks at several portraits that she had drawn and painted while she was still at Lowood. In one of the portraits there was a sinking ship, on the mast of that ship a bird was sitting. "One gleam of light lifted into relief a half-submerged mast, on which sat a cormorant, dark and large, with wings flecked with foam; its beak held a gold bracelet set with gems," (pg. 118) The bird again symbolizes her freedom to fly away and once again Jane took the opportunity to leave Lowood to go her own way. This painting is only described after she has left Lowood School and started her new life at Thornfield. Jane took her opportunity to change her life and move away from her work, her school and her home. Jane moves because as she became an adult she wanted to become an independent woman with better job prospects and she wanted to leave her nest and safe haven for a new life.
Jane eventually leaves Thornfield and Rochester due to a secret that he had kept. However, hardships with her new life causes her to look for her estranged love. When she comes back, she discovers that a house fire has caused Rochester to become blind and lose one of his hands. Jane realizes that he would need to be cared for constantly and that if she were to stay with him, she would have to spend most of her time caring for him. Jane comes to terms with her sacrifice because of the deep love she has for him. Rochester's dog, Pilot, represents Jane's ability to flee from the responsibilities she would have to face if she decides to stay with Rochester. The dog's name, "Pilot," shows that Jane is capable of leaving just as she had so many times before. "His old dog, Pilot, lay on his side, removed out of the way, and coiled up as if afraid of being inadvertently trodden upon. Pilot pricked up his ears when I came in: then he jumped up with a yelp and a whine, and bounded towards me…" (Pg. 404) Jane chooses not to fly away from the promise of her new life, however difficult it seems to be. And in this way, she begins to discover that freedom is not only the ability to leave but also the ability to stay. Jane changes her concept of freedom to spend time with the love of her life. This proves that giving up her choice to leave and using her freedom to stay is a wholehearted decision for Jane, but she knows that her love for Rochester is more important than anything she could find elsewhere.
Throughout the story, Jane Eyre proves to be a free spirit by asserting her freedom and choosing whether to stay or leave in her various difficult situations. The theme of flying is used many times during the novel to signify how important freedom is for Jane. It illustrates how important Jane's decision to give up her life of leaving for an equally unrestrained life with Rochester is. Jane continues to be impacted by her freedom even after she finally settles down with her newly-wedded husband. She realizes that although she gave up so much for her love in the end, she never had to give up her freedom.

cfp categories: classical_studieseighteenth_centuryromantic 59932Exploring FreedomThe Arachneed Journalarnav.anjaria@gmail.com1418970969african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Arachneed Journalcontact email: arnav.anjaria@gmail.com

The Arachneed Journal invites scholarly papers, commentaries, book reviews, interviews, multimedia presentation (audio visual) for its upcoming issue.
This issue focuses on "Freedom" as the broad theme. Thus contributions are invited from scholars, activists, professionals engaged in diverse streams of humanities and social sciences and allied arts.
We strongly encourage young and emerging scholars to submit their manuscripts for review, focusing on the above mentioned theme or an allied area.
The central concern of the publication with regards to this issue is to present the readers with different approaches,perspectives and categorizations through which the idea of Freedom can be deliberated upon, and thus not just through text but through several diverse mediums.
Thus The Arachneed Journal (ISSN 2322-0201) is an international, inter-disciplinary Journal that promotes academic, journalistic and artistic endeavors in a scholarly attire. For more guidelines please refer to http://www.thearachneed.com/?page_id=1728

Articles submitted for this issue for publication shall be peer reviewed by the journal and the authors would then be notified.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59933Pacific Asia Inquiry - Issue on Women, Gender, Children, and the Family (2015)Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / University of Guamebowman@uguamlive.uog.edu1418977199cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / University of Guamcontact email: ebowman@uguamlive.uog.edu

I Unibetsedat Guahan | The University of Guam

CALL FOR PAPERS: Pacific Asia Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Volume 6, Fall 2015

Scholars are invited to submit papers for a special issue focusing on women, gender, the family, and children in the Pacific-Asia region. Articles, critical essays, and case studies (both applied and theoretical) across the liberal arts and social sciences are welcome. The research emphasis of this occasional series accommodates in-depth studies on the Pacific and adjacent Asia, particularly including the Chamorro region and Micronesia. Contributors are invited not only to share their innovative research, but also to challenge extant positions and perspectives. Any theoretical or methodological approach may be employed so long as it is documented in a readable style of writing that is accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. Authors may choose to focus on any ethnic group, national culture, historical period, genre, or media.

Submission Procedures
Include the following as three separate files: 1) a cover page which includes authors' names, titles, affiliations, and addresses, including street and e-mail addresses; 2) a title page which includes the title of the article and an abstract of the paper (the abstract should be no more than 150 words); and 3) the main text, including photos, tables, figures, media, and references. Our blind peer-review process requires that authors' names and addresses appear only on the cover page. No identifying information may appear in the abstract or text itself. Relevant publications, including those written by the authors, may appear in the reference section as long as nothing is said to connect the reference with the authors.

Authors must follow the conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009), or the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (7th ed., 2009). If reviewers and the editor accept the manuscript, the author is responsible for ensuring that style guidelines have been followed in the preparation of the final version of the manuscript. Only minor editorial adjustments may be made during the final production stage.

Articles are accepted for review with the understanding that they are not being considered, in whole or in part, for publication elsewhere and have not been previously published. Enclose a memo stating whether or not the essay has been published previously or is being considered for publication in another journal or medium.

The manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word software with Garamond or Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced, with one-inch margin on all the sides, and full justification of lines. Indent the first word of a paragraph by half an inch or five spaces (one "tab"), and number all pages consecutively, putting numbers in the lower right-hand corner. Italicize phrases and isolated words in languages other than English. Figures, tables, and photos should be inserted into manuscript at the time of initial submittal. Figures, tables, and photos need to be appropriately titled, sourced, and numbered consecutively. Endnotes should be used and references should appear at the end of the paper. Do not insert automatic formatting anywhere in the manuscript. The entire manuscript should not exceed 10,000 words, including tables and references. Pacific Asia Inquiry, Volumes 4 and 5 may be used as a general reference.

Note: This is a venue for scholarly essays. Fiction and poetry are not published.

Forward inquiries and submissions electronically to:
Dr. Elizabeth Kelley Bowman, Editor
Pacific Asia Inquiry
ebowman@uguamlive.uog.edu

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.

Past issues of Pacific Asia Inquiry may be examined and downloaded in full for free at

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 59934CFP Panel on Raymond Carver at the ALA, Boston May 21-24, 2015International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)ircs@internationalraymondcarversociety.org1418984578americantwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)contact email: ircs@internationalraymondcarversociety.org

THE IRCS WILL BE HOSTING A PANEL AT THE AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN BOSTON, MAY 21-24, 2015
This is an open panel and we will be accepting proposals for talks (15-20 minutes) on any aspect of Raymond Carver's life and works.
Please send a 200-word abstract and a 50-word bio to
ircs AT internationalraymondcarversociety.org

Deadline for proposals:
January 15, 2015

All of the relevant conference information can be found at:
http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/annual-conference/

cfp categories: americantwentieth_century_and_beyond 59935[UPDATE] "Voyages" Conference - Spring 2015Associated Graduate Students of English, CSUNagse.csunorthridge@gmail.com1418989483african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Associated Graduate Students of English, CSUNcontact email: agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com

voy•age
/'voi-ij/
noun:
1. a long journey involving travel by sea or in space.
Synonyms: trip, expedition, excursion, tour

There is no mistaking the physical exploration entailed in this simple definition of a voyage, and yet the word's Latin origin, viaticum, or "provisions for a journey," calls to mind far more than embarkment alone. The origin of the word itself invites us to consider the predicate needs at our own or others' starting point(s): How will we prepare ourselves? What will allow us, inspire us, or force us to leave our present situation in pursuit of something beyond our realm of experience?

Further, as we consider moving into new spaces and new experiences, we begin to see that voyages can be physical, intellectual, or emotional; they are about process and change, and they challenge us to endure sacrifice and hardship. Whether they are narrative journeys, creative personal expressions, or critical explorations of history, pedagogy, race, gender, class, or (dis)ability, voyages require courage and open-mindedness as they land us in unusual places and connect us to new (or more complex) relationships.

The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) at California State University, Northridge is now accepting proposals for our annual Spring Conference, "Voyages." We are thus interested in critical papers/panels and creative pieces that explore the process of change and potential conflict inherent in physical, intellectual, and/or emotional voyages.

We welcome graduate and undergraduate papers/panel proposals and creative works from a range of disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Literature
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Pedagogy
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Queer Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Chicano Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Art History
  • Film and Screen Studies
  • Animal Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Popular Culture

Our conference is proud to feature keynote speaker, Dr. Viet Thanh Nyugen, Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002). A professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, Dr. Nyugen traverses genres and takes a voyage of his own, with his new fictional novel, The Sympathizer. Considered a "black comedy, historical novel, and literary thriller," Dr. Nyugen's novel draws from historical events and follows a fictional spy as he looks into the Vietnamese effort to win a lost war.

Abstract Submission Deadline -- EXTENDED: Friday, January 9, 2015

Proposals for individual papers and creative works should be a maximum of 250 words. Panel proposals should be no more than 500 words. Please email submissions as Word (.doc or .docx) attachments to agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com

Conference date and place: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at California State University, Northridge.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59936Romantic Orients, 3 July 2015Van Midert College, Durham Universityromanticorients@gmail.com1418991240eighteenth_centuryromanticfull name / name of organization: Van Midert College, Durham Universitycontact email: romanticorients@gmail.com

The increased global prominence of Asian economies has entailed greater scholarly attention to historic interactions with the East. Recent scholarship has disseminated neglected materials relevant to British engagements with Asia in the early nineteenth century – such as travel narratives, diplomacy, and trade records – and how these inform culture of the period. Yet there remains a need to interpret the significance of such material: how do Romantic-period interactions with Asia contribute to perceptions of the continent that have lasted into present times? Is it misleading to evaluate Romantic attitudes to China and Japan using modern Orientalist scholarship, a theoretical framework derived from studies of the Islamic world, and with emphasis on the legacies of Victorian imperialism?

This one-day conference will explore perceptions of Asia during the Romantic period, with focus on literature and its interdisciplinary dialogues, and the possibility of theorising Orientalist modes of the time.

Keynote Address: Professor Michael Franklin, University of Swansea

Topics may include, but are not limtied to:
Theorising Romantic Orients
Travel narratives
Performing Asia in popular entertainment
British missionaries in Asia
Trade: tea, opium, silk
Exotic disease
Receptions of Asian culture in Europe
Scientific exchange: astronomy, mathematics

Please submit abstracts (300 words) to romanticorients@gmail.com by 31 January 2015
Conference fee: £25/£10 waged/unwaged.

More details can be found on the conference webpage: www.durham.ac.uk/cncs/conferences/romanticorients

cfp categories: eighteenth_centuryromantic 59937'Animal and Natural Worlds, c. 500-1750: Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Ecologies', 3 July 2015Megan Cavell / Durham Universitymegan.cavell@durham.ac.uk1419003988ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesmedievalfull name / name of organization: Megan Cavell / Durham Universitycontact email: megan.cavell@durham.ac.uk

Organisers: Megan Cavell (Dept of English Studies), Sarah Semple (Dept of Archaeology) and Andy Wood (Dept of History)

Researchers from the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University are pleased to announce a symposium on medieval and early modern ecologies, timed to coincide with the 2015 meetings of the International Medieval Congress in Leeds and the Early Modern Studies Conference in Reading.

Building on the work of Durham's Ecologies and the Arts research cluster, the aim of this event is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange for scholars of these periods working in the growing fields of ecocriticism and animal studies. These fields espouse the importance of engaging with the study of animal and natural worlds in a way that moves beyond a human-centred focus. Turning such a critical lens to the historical periods of this symposium is both a challenge and an exciting opportunity to uncover new information about marginalised landscapes and their inhabitants. Eight speakers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds will join keynote speaker, Gillian Rudd (University of Liverpool), in presenting their research to an international and interdisciplinary audience.

Proposals for papers on any topic within the scope of the symposium are invited from scholars at all career levels. Please email your abstract of 250 words, as well as contact and affiliation details, to Megan Cavell (megan.cavell@durham.ac.uk) by 1 February 2015. Please include 'abstract: Animal and Natural Worlds symposium' in your email's subject line. For more information, see the symposium website: https://animalandnaturalworlds.wordpress.com

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesmedieval 59938[UPDATE] Mentoring for Scholarly Publication at MLA Vancouver, 9–10 January 2015The Council of Editors of Learned Journalsgmacphee@wcupa.edu1419006769african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Council of Editors of Learned Journalscontact email: gmacphee@wcupa.edu

This is an invaluable opportunity for MLA members—especially advanced doctoral candidates and junior faculty—to develop their work for publication by meeting with editors from some of the top journals in the discipline, including PMLA, Canadian Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Modernism/Modernity, MELUS, and Narrative among others.

The "Chat with an Editor" session may be used to discuss submission to a particular academic journal or address wider questions about submission and academic writing. Topics may range from understanding the review process to responding to the editor's letter about a submission. The "Chat" is intended to be a form of professional mentoring, one that will strengthen scholarly publication and academic career progression.

The schedule of the "Chat with an Editor" is listed below, and is available online at: http://www.celj.org/node/15148

Those interested can sign up for a twenty-minute slot with an editor by emailing the Chat Coordinator, Dr. Graham MacPhee, at: gmacphee@wcupa.edu

CELJ "Chat with an Editor" Schedule
MLA Convention, Vancouver, January 8–11, 2015
Vancouver Convention Centre (101, level 1, West Building)

FRIDAY, 9 JANUARY:
9.00am to 10.00am
Dan O'Sullivan (Medieval Perspectives/Textual Cultures)
Margery Fee (Canadian Literature)

10.00am to 11.00am
John Peters (Conradiana)
Stephanie Hawkins (Studies in the Novel)

11.00am to 12.00 noon
Thomas Beebee (Comparative Literature Studies)
Meredith Golsdmith (Edith Wharton Review)

12.00 to 1.00pm
Simon Gikandi (PMLA)
Debra Rae Cohen (Modernism/Modernity)

SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY:
9.00am to 10.00am
Sheri Long (Hispania)
Faye Halpern (Ariel)

10.00am to 11.00am
Jim Phelan (Narrative)
Nicholas Birns (Antipodes)

11.00am to 12.00 noon
Arthur Kinney and Bill Hrusovsky (ELR)
Gary Totten (MELUS)

12.00 to 1.00pm
Michael Cornett (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies)
Graham MacPhee (College Literature)
Bill Rivers (Russian Language Journal)

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59939More-than-Human Worlds of Violence: Section of the European International Studies Association's Annual Convention,23-6 Sept 2015Audra Mitchell, University of Yorkaudra.mitchell@york.ac.uk 1419015832ecocriticism_and_environmental_studieshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Audra Mitchell, University of Yorkcontact email: audra.mitchell@york.ac.uk

Violence is almost always framed as a dynamic that arises between human subjects. Nonhumans are usually treated as its instruments, its passive objects, and/or the background against which it unfurls. For instance, nonhumans may be instrumentalized as weapons, backgrounded as conditions of combat or identified as sites of damage (as opposed to harm). However, emerging discourses on 'posthumanist' international relations challenge the anthropocentric ontology that produces these assumptions. Insights from new materialism, animal studies, the environmental humanities, science and technology studies, and other fields have helped to reframe nonhumans as 'lively' presences in world politics. From the role of animals in warfare to drone surveillance to the ethics of mass extinction, they illuminate the ways in which nonhumans are integral to various modes of violence. Specifically, they suggest that nonhumans embody, transform and produce specific forms and modalities of violence that cannot be reduced to human agency or subjectivity. This line of thought raises a number of important questions. For instance, (in what ways) can nonhumans be subjects, objects, actants or sites of violence? What specific forms of violence do nonhumans participate in and produce? What ethical implications might arise from an ontology of violence attuned to these capacities of nonhumans? And how might such an ontology reshape the concept of violence? "More-than-human Worlds of Violence" will explore these themes through a series of five sessions (four panels and a roundtable).

Please note that this is an interdisciplinary conference and section. As such, submissions are particularly encouraged from disciplines other than international relations/international studies, and from interdisciplinary researchers. Submissions are sought from researchers of all career stages, including (post)graduate students.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studieshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencesscience_and_culture 59940ALA 2015: Don DeLillo's Influences/Influence American Literature Associationandrew.strombeck@wright.edu1419017563americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Literature Associationcontact email: andrew.strombeck@wright.edu

At this point in his career, Don DeLillo occupies a fascinating position in literary history, between modernist experimentation and the after of postmodernism, between the wide cultural changes of the immediate postwar decades and the similarly wrenching shifts of the 2000s, a widely-taught author in the Program Era who has never held an academic position, a darling of the high theory moment whose work continues to be relevant.
For a panel at the 2015 ALA sponsored by the Don DeLillo society, proposals are invited for papers that look at any aspect of DeLillo's influences and his influence.

Participants are invited to conceive of influence widely, in terms of not just literary texts, but also filmic, political, popular, religious, and other texts that influenced or were influenced by DeLillo's work.

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief CV to andrew.strombeck@wright.edu by January 15th, 2015.

Information on the Don DeLillo Society can be found at https://delillosociety.wordpress.com/.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 59941UPDATE: Festival of Faith and MusicFestival of Faith and Musicmmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu1419019713african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Festival of Faith and Musiccontact email: mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu

Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, journalists, academics, students, and lovers of music and popular culture to discuss diverse forms of popular music and issues of faith.

Past festivals have featured performances by Emmylou Harris, Sufjan Stevens, Neko Case, The Hold Steady, Matisyahu, The Civil Wars, Lupe Fiasco, and many others. Along with a nightly concert lineup, the festival has also included keynote speakers and interactive workshop presentations from a wide range of artists, critics, and academics including Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, Chuck Klosterman, Jessica Hopper, and Cathleen Falsani.

We are interested in discovering and celebrating popular music that can be understood as rooted in conviction and/or engaged with themes of faith broadly conceived, including justice, truth, hope, epiphany, transcendence, and redemption, and in hearing or interpreting popular music from faith perspectives.

Our festival is not primarily concerned with the Christian music industry or limited to discussing only those artists who publicly embrace a specific religion. Rather, we hope to facilitate a broader conversation about all forms of popular music and our response to it as people of faith.

Proposal Information: We are seeking proposals for individual 20 minute papers or 75 minute panels (3 papers) that address issues of faith in popular music and its various social and cultural contexts; these might include works of close textual analysis, sociological analysis, theological analysis, gender studies, etc.

We are particularly interested in papers related to this year's conference theme which is "music and justice"—but any proposals related to the intersection between music and faith are welcome.

This year's festival will feature a solo performance from Will Butler (The Arcade Fire), as well as lectures/workshops from James Mumford, Michael Gungor, David Dark, and many others.
Please continue to check the FFM website for confirmed artists and speakers for this year's festival.

A selection of the accepted submissions for this year's academic panels will be published in arts magazine, The Curator.

Please email a 300-500 word abstract and speaker bio (attached in a single Word or PDF document) to Dr. Mary McCampbell (mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu) no later than January 20, 2015. Inquiries to the same e-mail address.

Accepted papers and workshops will be decided by January 30, 2015.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 59942Encyclopedia of World Comics (March 1, 2015)Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher Gonzálezworldcomics2015@gmail.com1419027414cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher Gonzálezcontact email: worldcomics2015@gmail.com

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD COMICS: MANGA, ANIME, TINTIN, AND MORE COMICS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

ABC-CLIO (Greenwood Press Imprint)

Frederick Luis Aldama (Ohio State University) Editor

Christopher González (Texas A&M University-Commerce) Editor

First wave of entries due on March 1, 2015

More than ever before, the medium of comic books is enjoying serious scholarly study. This two-volume set will take readers around the world between the pages of comic books to find out how this art form reflects and shapes culture. This comprehensive look at comic books outside the United States will show the medium's significant impact within the different countries that constitute the planetary republic of comic book letters. The A-Z entries will show the relative importance of, for example, manga in Japan, bande dessinée in France, and socio-politically charged comics in Mexico, among many others.

Taken individually and as a whole, the entries for each major country that cover conventions, histories, and cultural presence will demonstrate how each region creates a subsystem that collectively work together to build a planetary system of comic book storytelling. Individual entries will provide details specific to country and region. The overview essays will make apparent how all the pieces add up to a planetary system of comic book storytelling.

Entries will cover the following regions:
• Comics in the UK
• Comics in France/Belgium/Switzerland
• Comics in the Rest of Europe
• Comics in Japan
• Comics in Asia
• Comics in India
• Comics in South America
• Comics in Mexico/Central America/Caribbean
• Comics in the Middle East
• Comics in Australia
• Comics in Africa

This comprehensive look at comic books outside the United States will demonstrate the importance of the significant contribution of other countries to the shaping of a planetary republic of comic book letters.

The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD COMICS: MANGA, ANIME, TINTIN, AND MORE COMICS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE will show its readers how the making and consuming of comic book outside of the United States has been a significant presence in the shaping of a planetary republic of comic book letters. Entries will provide in-depth coverage of the many facets of comics, cartoon art, and graphic narratives across the globe. The two volumes will provide comprehensive coverage of this art of comic book storytelling.

A-Z entries will range 500-1,000 words. Theme and overview essays will range from 1,500-2,500 words.

All contributors receive author credit and access to e-version of the encyclopedia upon publication.

Contributors of theme and overview essays (1,500-2,000 words) receive an additional $75-$100 upon publication.

If you are interested in writing an entry or multiple entries for the Encyclopedia of World Comics: Manga, Anime, Tintin, and More Comics from Around the Globe, please e-mail Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama and Dr. Christopher González at worldcomics2015@gmail.com to receive a list of entries available and entry guidelines.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 59943Modernism and the Anthropocene (edited collection, abstracts due 3/31/15)Jon Hegglund (Washington State University) and John McIntyre (University of Prince Edward Island)hegglund@wsu.edu or jmcintyre@upei.ca1419027914cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jon Hegglund (Washington State University) and John McIntyre (University of Prince Edward Island)contact email: hegglund@wsu.edu or jmcintyre@upei.ca

We are seeking 500-word proposals for submissions to a collection of essays exploring the representation of the Anthropocene within modernist literature and culture. As a whole, the volume examines the emerging and complex relationship between Anglo-American modernism and its geological, climatological, and deep historical contexts, as it is articulated in a range of literary texts, movements, and expressions in the first half of the twentieth century.

Please email proposals and queries to
Jon Hegglund: hegglund@wsu.edu or
John McIntyre: jmcintyre@upei.ca

In 2000, the atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen invoked the term "Anthropocene" to describe the period since the onset of the Industrial Revolution as an era defined by humanity's active intervention into the environmental record on a planetary scale. In its identification of a new relation between humans and their environments, the Anthropocene has become a useful term for the humanities in understanding how literary and cultural texts respond to these conditions of planetary change. Given that the temporal scope of Anglo-American modernism coincides with an acceleration of the human transformation of the Earth, we would expect to see literature and art register these phenomena, whether directly or obliquely. With such work in mind, we seek proposals for papers that explore the relationship between modernism, modernity, and the Anthropocene, taking into account how these can be seen as mutually constitutive planetary phenomena. We are interested in essays that explore modernist representations of the environment, natural ecosystems, geological time scales, and climate and climatic events, as those phenomena are related to and impacted by human activity.

Possible topics include:

- representations of droughts, floods, storms and other forms of "extreme" weather in modernist texts
- representations of geological "events" such as earthquakes, volcanoes, or tidal surges in modernist texts
- transnational and trans-cultural contrasts across modernist representations of the environment
- the impact of human activity and agency upon climate and vice versa
the relationship between genre, environment, and climate within and across modernist texts
- modernist concepts of temporal and/or spatial scale as they relate to climatic and environmental representation
- weather events and "natural" disasters as narrative cruxes or crises
modernist anxieties or fantasies about species extinction (including the human species)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 59944Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Society, ALA, May 21-24, 2015American Literature Associationcirmsche@indiana.edu1419029829americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachespoetryfull name / name of organization: American Literature Associationcontact email: cirmsche@indiana.edu

The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Society, an informal gathering of scholars and readers interested in the work, afterlife, and reception of the most popular American poet, will sponsor one session at the 2015 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2015, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston. Please send short proposals about any aspect of Longfellow's work, life, and his relationships with contemporaries, along with a brief biographical note, to Christoph Irmscher at cirmsche@indiana.edu. Proposals about Longfellow and women writers are particularly welcome.

Submissions must be received no later than January 20, 2015. For information on the ALA and its 2015 meeting, please see the ALA website at www.americanliteratureassociation.org.

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachespoetry 59945CFP: Media Fields Journal Issue 11: Surveillance Zones (Deadline: 2/25/15)Media Fields Journalsubmissions@mediafieldsjournal.org1419033293african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Media Fields Journalcontact email: submissions@mediafieldsjournal.org

CFP: Media Fields Journal Issue 11: Surveillance Zones
Submission Deadline: February 25, 2015

Since Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency's systematic interception and collection of Americans' private data, anxieties about surveillance and privacy have become even more inextricably linked to the digital age. Moreover, with powerful new technologies and networks, surveillance capabilities continue to visibly and invisibly pervade a vast range of quotidian spaces. These capabilities occupy both the aerial sphere through drones and satellites and the embodied sphere through devices like Google Glass, body-worn cameras, and smart watches. In addition, technologies such as pixel trackers and spyware are embedded in the virtualized (but not immaterial) spaces and practices of information and communication media.

As states, corporations, and citizens increasingly use surveillance technologies to both connect and territorialize spaces, scholars have responded by exploring aspects of the deeply entwined relationship between surveillance and spatiality. Notably, Simone A. Browne has considered the 'digital epidermalization' of biometric technologies at border crossings and Caren Kaplan has argued that the data collection of GIS and GPS have been combined in ways that 'militarize' and target U.S. consumers. Mark Andrejevic has also introduced the idea of the 'digital enclosure,' a virtual sphere in which every interaction produces information about itself and, in a more optimistic approach, Jason Farman has posited that the participatory surveillance of mobile media can produce new kinds of social spaces.

Building on such conversations, this issue of Media Fields Journal examines how surveillance and space manifest in discourses around complementary ideas such as security and privacy, disclosure and secrecy, and the technological and biological. We also seek to consider specific impacts of surveillance practices at different scales—among local, national, transnational, and global levels—and how these practices react to and reconfigure the political, legal, and cultural institutions of their milieux.

Furthermore, we aim to investigate how digital surveillance practices alter the interrelations of virtual and geophysical spaces and precariously position online users as both supervised subjects and surveying voyeurs. Tellingly, even as users negotiate between desires of selective visibility and invisibility online, the mechanisms of surveillance that monitor them often remain imperceptible and inaccessible to them. With this paradox in mind, we also invite perspectives on how citizens and digital users are creatively deploying subversive strategies to counteract state and corporate surveillance and create and reclaim spaces of possibility.

Additional aspects of surveillance and countersurveillance to consider addressing include (but are not limited to):

- Cultural Politics: the gendered, sexualized, or racialized dimensions of surveillance; the labor of surveillance; anti-surveillance activism and activist uses of surveillance.

- State Politics: the legal, economic, or historical dimensions of surveillance; the global and geopolitical impacts of state surveillance programs; Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and the National Security Agency disclosures; the movement for police body-worn cameras; military and wartime surveillance.

- Physical spaces: archives of surveillance footage, technologies in the home and workplace, data monitoring sites, surveillance in public and private spaces, borders and airports, aerial spaces.

- Technologies: cameras, biometric readers, augmented reality devices, wearable devices, mobile phones, drones, satellites, RFID tags and GPS devices, GIS.

- Digital practices: dataveillance, online tracking and targeted marketing, social networks and self-surveillance, mapping and data visualization, live feeds, adoption of privacy software, data encryption and anonymization.

- Media Representation: art projects or performances that address or employ surveillance, sousveillance projects, reality television shows, fictional depictions of surveillance, the coverage of surveillance in journalism, tech industry discourses about surveillance, surveillance in documentary practices.

We welcome all submissions that engage the connections of surveillance and space and encourage contributions from a range of disciplines and methodologies. We seek essays of 1500–2500 words, digital art projects, and interviews (text, audio, or video).

Please review the detailed guidelines at: http://www.mediafieldsjournal.org/guidelines and see earlier issues at http://www.mediafieldsjournal.org/.

Feel free to contact issue co-editors Daniel Grinberg and Lisa Han with questions. E-mail all submissions and inquiries to submissions@mediafieldsjournal.org. Please include a short biographical statement and abstract with your submission.

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cfp categories: science_and_culture 59948'Up We Go Then, Motherfucker': American Literary Obscenity, CFP, ALA, Boston, May 21-24.James Purdy Societymsnyder@occc.edu1419081480americangender_studies_and_sexualitytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: James Purdy Societycontact email: msnyder@occc.edu

The James Purdy Society invites proposals for papers addressing any American author or literary movement (e.g. Beat Generation) on the topic of obscenity and censorship, very broadly defined, to be presented at a session sponsored by the society at the 2015 American Literature Association in Boston, Massachusetts, 21-24 May.

We are planning a session titled "'Up We Go Then, Motherfucker': American Literary Obscenity" The title springs from the final line of James Purdy's early novella 63: Dream Palace, which was originally published by a friend in 1956, and mailed to admired authors, poets, and critics. The book was championed in England poet Dame Edith Sitwell, who wrote a 1956 letter to Purdy expressing her "profound admiration" for his work and dubbing him "a writer of genius." Sitwell helped Purdy become published in England, leading to New Directions signing him in America. She hailed 63: Dream Palace as "a masterpiece from every point of view" and, relevant to the novella's controversial concluding line, which was censored by his British publisher (who substituted "bugger") to Sitwell's protest, "there isn't a single false note, and not a sentence or a word too much, not a sentence or a word too little." The use of obscenity was not gratuitous but appropriate to the theme of 63: Dream Palace, but it was the mid-1950s. It may have been the debut of the word in literary fiction. Having pushed the envelope in this arena, Purdy subsequently rarely used language deemed obscene in his work. The visionary and grotesque content of Purdy's novels and stories, however, continued to outrage some critics and reviewers, especially another great Chicago novel, Eustace Chisholm and the Works along with his scarifying Narrow Rooms.

Please send a 250-word abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation, along with a brief CV, to Michael Snyder (msnyder@occc.edu) by January 20, 2015. Please include in the body of your message a brief biographical sketch, your preferred e-mail address, and any AV equipment needs.
The American Literature Association's 26th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 21-24, 2015 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). For further information, please consult the ALA conference website at www.alaconf.org or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at carr@georgiasouthern.edu with specific questions.

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualitytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59950[UPDATE] Keynote Announcement for IU English - "Breaking Futures"Hosted by the Graduate Students of the IU Department of Englishiugradconference@gmail.com1419099659african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Hosted by the Graduate Students of the IU Department of Englishcontact email: iugradconference@gmail.com

We are very excited to announce our 2015 keynote speaker, Dr. Jonathan Hsy of The George Washington University!

Call For Proposals: "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time"
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference entitled "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time," to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 26-28, 2015. Join us for the 13th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.

Conceptualizations of the future can simultaneously direct and disrupt the way we live, work, and plan for what's next. "Breaking Futures" invites scholars from the humanities, sciences, education, law, and public health to explore the diverse meanings of the future across texts, methodologies, and time periods. How do some futures "break" by intruding on the present? How are others "broken:" interrupted, reformed, or altogether destroyed? Why do some futures disappear while others become ubiquitous? What generates our expectations, fears, and hopes about the future, and how do these affects change over time? How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact representations of, expectations for, and prescience regarding the future? What do local, national, and global futures look like from the vantage point of higher education's shifting landscape?

We invite proposals for individual papers as well as panels organized by topic. We also welcome the interaction of scholarly and creative work within papers or panels.

Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by January 5th, 2015 to iugradconference@gmail.com. Below are some suggestions for possible topics affiliated with our conference theme. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome submissions engaged with other subject matters.

 Futurescapes
 Biological & environmental futurism
 Deep time
 The longue durée
 The anthropocene
 Periodization and periodic/epistemic breaks
 Post-raciality/black pessimism
 Afrofuturism
 Queer futurity
 Disabled futurity & crip time
 Reproductive futurity
 Techno-futurism
 Transhumanism
 Post-feminism/structuralism/colonialism/modernism/humanism/gender
 Science fiction & cyberpunk
 Retrofuturism
 Memory & dreams
 Eschatology
 Premeditation
 Political revolution & reform
 Monumentalization
 Social-scientific projection & mathematical modeling
 The future of the university
 STEM to STEAM
 Digital humanities
 Utopias & dystopias
 Optimism & pessimism

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For Goya, 'Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels', though some see his etching as revealing the dark undercurrents of Enlightenment. The monster, according to Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, offers ways of understanding the cultures which bear them; 'the monstrum is etymologically "that which reveals"'.
The inaugural issue of the journal Monstrum will showcase the kinds of cultural themes which will be revealed in this new venture from Spectral Visions Press of the University of Sunderland. The journal is a refereed academic journal and invites original articles on all aspects of monsters and the monstrous. The perspective is that of literary studies but, in keeping with the boundary-defying nature of the monster, welcomes an interdisciplinary approach that may draw on (among others) cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and the history of ideas, and which explores monstrosity in a variety of genres and media.
Proposals for individual or collaborative papers are invited on the cultural meanings of representations of monsters and the idea of the monstrous via diverse theoretical approaches in literature from realist fiction, drama, and poetry through the Gothic novel, modernism, horror, SF, fantasy, paranormal romance, comedy, YA and children's literature to myth, epic, and folklore (or in such other media as film, TV, comics, or video games).
Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Monsters and the Other (racial, ethnic, sexual, ideological, etc.
  • Monsters and the Self (what we are and what is repressed)
  • Reason, the fantastic, and the monstrous
  • The monstrous human
  • Monstrous taxonomies (how monsters escape and confuse classificatory systems)
  • The sympathetic monster and the Demon Lover
  • The Eternal Return of the Monster (how the form of the monster both endures and mutates)
  • The inanimate monster (architecture, machinery, and landscape; colossuses both natural and cultural)
  • Monstrous scales (size and sublimity; the monstrously gigantic or the insidiously microbial
  • Species of monster: vampires, werewolves, zombies, ogres, dragons, basilisks, dinosaurs, sharks, giant squid, aliens, mutants, half-breeds, perverts, criminals, terrorists
  • Infamous monsters: Lycaon, Medusa, Lamia, Satan, Lilith, Gargantua, Dracula, Frankenstein's creature, King Kong, Godzilla, Hitler, Hannibal Lecter, Cthulhu, Moby Dick, the Daleks
  • Please send electronic copies of proposals (approx. 500 words) and a brief biography (100 words) in MS Word format by 31 January 2014 to each of:

  • Dr Colin Younger, Lecturer and Programme Leader in English and Creative Writing, University of Sunderland, colin.younger@sunderland.ac.uk
  • Dr Bill Hughes, co-organiser, Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture Project, University of Hertfordshire, bill.enlightenment@gmail.com
  • Stephanie Gallon, PhD candidate in English, University of Sunderland, stephanie.ann.gallon@gmail.com
  • We will notify you over acceptance shortly after. Completed articles of approximately 6,000 words, formatted in MHRA style, will be due by 30 April 2015.

    cfp categories: classical_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59953CFP: Essay Collection, "Supernatural" and the Gothic Tradition (abstracts: 15 March 2015)Dr Melissa Makalame.makala@gmail.com1419105241americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr Melissa Makalacontact email: me.makala@gmail.com

    Essays are invited for an edited collection of essays focusing on the television series "Supernatural" and its relationship to the Gothic tradition. This study seeks to examine how the series is directly tied to Gothic concerns of anxiety, the monstrous, family/generational trauma, curses, and of course, the supernatural itself. In addition to these overarching themes, the series provides a rich framework with which to discuss major Gothic sub-genres such as the Comic Gothic, Suburban Gothic, Political Gothic, Female Gothic, and Postmodern/Meta Gothic. As a television show, "Supernatural" also allows connections between the Gothic and reception studies (such as comparisons of Gothic serialization on the page and screen). The collection is under contract with McFarland Press and will be part of their expanding Pop Culture series. Essays may examine any aspect of the representation of the Gothic/supernatural within the context of the series.

    Themes might include:
    American Gothic (particular characteristics)
    Comic Gothic (the comedic episodes that recur on the show)
    Religious Gothic (the involvement of angels and demons on the show)
    Political Gothic (leviathans, vampires, demons, angels, world dominance, social control)
    Contemporary/Postmodern Gothic (the fragmented self, shifting/multiple identities)
    Gothic Television (how the series relates to this emerging field of study)
    Meta Gothic and Fan Fiction

    Other suggested topics:
    Monsters; ghosts; vampires; revenants; shapeshifters; haunting/memories; familial anxiety; curses; cursed objects; the beast within; monstrous or victimized women; folklore, mythology and urban legends; monstrosity; hybridity; fairy tales; demons and angels; possession; identity; death and dying; the occult; mysticism; sexuality; class; race; gender.

    Please send a 300-500 word abstract (or complete essay) and C.V. by 15 March 2015. All submissions will be acknowledged. If your abstract is accepted, the complete essay (5,000-6,000 words, including endnotes and bibliography) will be due 1 July 2015.

    Submissions should be emailed to Melissa Makala at me.makala@gmail.com.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59954[UPDATE] Elizabeth Bishop's Questions of Travel: Fifty Years After, Sheffield, 25-27 June 2015 [EXTENDED DEADLINE] University of Sheffield eb50@sheffield.ac.uk1419115608americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Sheffield contact email: eb50@sheffield.ac.uk

    An international conference on Elizabeth Bishop's writing hosted by the University of Sheffield.

    Confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Stephen Burt (Harvard University), Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (University of Liverpool) and Professor Linda Anderson (Newcastle University)

    To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth Bishop's third collection of poems, Questions of Travel (1965), and the importance of Bishop as a major influence on British and Irish contemporary poets, the University of Sheffield is pleased to host this international conference on her work in June 2015.

    The aim of the conference is to look at Bishop as an international writer with allegiances to various countries and national traditions, including but not limited to the countries she lived in and felt at home. How does Bishop move between literal geographies like Brazil and Canada but also more slippery categories like home and elsewhere, human and animal, insider and outsider. While the focus of the conference will naturally fall on Questions of Travel, we welcome papers on all aspects and periods of Bishop's career, from her early writing in the 1930s to the late poems finished after Geography III in the late 1970s and those works published after her death.

    We are also interested in how Bishop's writing has itself travelled elsewhere and what Bishop sounds like in other cultures, languages and traditions. John Ashbery famously called Bishop "a writer's writer's writer." This conference will consider which writers mattered to Bishop and which contemporary writers have taken Bishop home with them.

    Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

    -The place of Questions of Travel within the Bishop canon
    -Bishop's Brazil/Brasil's Bishop
    -The meaning of "Elsewhere"
    -Bishop's dedications
    -Bishop's questions
    -Bishop's sense of humour
    -Bishop's animal poems
    -Bishop as a correspondent
    -Bishop as a translator
    -Bishop as a travel writer
    -Bishop and visual art
    -Bishop and the Cold War
    -Bishop's influence today

    We encourage proposals from anyone with an interest in Bishop's art and life, including established scholars, graduate students and creative writers.

    Proposals for 20-minute papers (maximum 300 word abstracts, plus a short biographical note of no more than 50 words) are due by 15 January 2015, and should be sent to EB50@sheffield.ac.uk. Panel proposals (comprised of 3 paper proposals, plus an additional 250 words explaining how the papers are linked in addressing the theme) are also welcome.

    In addition to academic papers, the conference will include at least two poetry readings, a wine tasting and a conference dinner.

    The conference will be held at Halifax Hall, formerly home of the Victorian industrialist, philanthropist and Lord Mayor of Sheffield Sir Joseph Jonas, later a hall of residence, now a beautiful hotel and conference venue in the middle of a conservation area and close to the city's Botanical Gardens. Accommodation is available at a special conference rate for delegates in Halifax Hall and, more economically, in nearby student halls.

    The city of Sheffield is located in the county of South Yorkshire in the north of England on the very edge of the Peak District National Park, approximately two hours by train from London.

    The University of Sheffield has a long history in nurturing great writers. Sir William Empson was a former Head of Department for two decades, Stephen Daldry and Hilary Mantel are both former students, and Simon Armitage is our current Professor of Poetry.

    cfp categories: americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 59955C PRACSIS International Conference on Space, Spatiality and Performance 7th & 8th Feb 2015 Thrissur, Kerala, IndiaCenter for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia C PRACSISdirector@cpracsis.org, cpracsis@gmail.com1419146483classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia C PRACSIScontact email: director@cpracsis.org, cpracsis@gmail.com

    Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia
    C PRACSIS International Conference
    on
    Space, Spatiality and Performance
    7th & 8th Feb 2015
    Thrissur, Kerala, India

    There has been a resurgence of studies and theories on space, spatiality and place in academia as well as in society in the wake of the emergence of space as a major theoretical and philosophical concern for artists, theorists, geographers, scenographers, anthropologists, and philosophers. From installation art to theorizing poetry or to philosophical speculations, space became a crucial tool for analyzing processes at micro and macro levels. While time, temporality and historicity marked the modernist ethos, space and spatiality predicated the postmodern. The significance of the spatial looms large in all deliberations of humanities, social sciences and performing arts in the last few decades.
    C PRACSIS invites papers on various aspects of space, spatiality and performance. The last date for the submission of abstracts of the papers to be presented in the conference is Dec 31st 2014. The abstracts of 200 words with keywords can be sent to director@cpracsis.org, raphael@cpracsis.org, cpracsis@gmail.com. Further details are available in the website www.cpracsis.org.

    C. S. Biju Raphael Joseph

    Director Conference Co-ordinator
    C PRACSIS

    cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 59956CFP: Trauma and the Asian Diasporic Literary Imagination, ALA May 21-24 2015, deadline 1/15/2015Circle for Asian American Literary Studiesjinah-kim@northwestern.edu1419163397americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Circle for Asian American Literary Studiescontact email: jinah-kim@northwestern.edu

    Annual Conference of the American Literature Association

    Chair: Jinah Kim, Northwestern University
    Due Date: January 15, 2015

    We are seeking paper proposals for a panel, "Trauma and the Asian Diasporic Literary Imagination" at the Annual Conference of the American Literature Association in Boston, Massachusetts, May 21-24, 2015 (www.alaconf.org). This panel seeks to bring together presentations that engender dialogue on Asian diasporic literary engagements with trauma and the related concepts of biopolitics, affect, grief, loss, mourning, retribution, restorative justice, reconciliation, violence, precarity, witnessing, governmentality, productivity, risk, wounds, and immunity. As a "piercing or a breach of a border that puts inside and outside into strange communication" (Roger Luckhurst, The Trauma Question, 2008: 3) trauma is an immensely productive conceptual framework and locus for creative and imaginative engagement for a global modernity shaped by "unwilled physical proximity with others" and a "primary vulnerability to others" (Judith Butler, Precarious Life, 2004: 26, 31). In addition to being a spatial experience, trauma is fundamentally linked to the temporality of repetition and concerns over trauma's future return. Thus, literary engagements with trauma constitute what Athena Athanasiou has called "archiving the future," a process of calculating future viability and action based on past traumas and fear of risky returns ("Technologies of Humanness," Differences, 2003:144). While diagnosing trauma is a necessary form of ethico-political work critical for preventing the repetition of violence, contemporary society has also devolved into what Mark Seltzer has called "wound culture" and a regressive language of therapy that encourages individuals to focus on themselves as opposed to reforming flawed social institutions. This is concomitant with an increase in technologies for trying to immunize and protect society from further trauma that has created more violence itself. The rise in the diagnosis of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder in the U.S. since 9-11 indicates how violence and pain shapes the contemporary moment. However, the designation of some events as traumatic and others not also reveals the uneven protection of life.

    Asian diasporic literature has a been a fertile site for the exploration of the biopolitical regime of trauma across time and space due to the ongoing state of war connecting the U.S. to Asia throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; militarized violence and the disavowal of colonial atrocities committed by both the U.S. and Japan as well as their lingering effects; the racialization of Asian Americans as toxic immigrants that contaminate and traumatize the national body. In addition, the experiences of racism, sexism, homophobia, and colonialism challenges the central tenet of trauma studies rooted in psychoanalysis - that trauma is caused by a sudden and piercing event - towards what Pheng Cheah has termed "insistently quotidian trauma" to describe ongoing and sustained dynamics of social injury ("Crisis of Money," Positions 16.1, 2008).

    We solicit presentations that focus on the productive relationship between Asian and Asian American literature and trauma. Submit an abstract of 350-500 words and one-page CV to Jinah Kim at jinah-kim@northwestern.edu by January 15, 2015. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) before presenting, in addition to registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59957CFP: Critical Perspectives on Ha Jin, ALA May 21-24 2015, abstract deadline 1/15/2015Circle for Asian American Literary Studiesitagaki.5@osu.edu1419169036americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Circle for Asian American Literary Studiescontact email: itagaki.5@osu.edu

    Annual Conference of the American Literature Association

    Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University
    Due Date: January 15, 2015

    Ha Jin has received some of the highest honors in fiction, and he has often been enthusiastically compared to Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov in terms of his publications in English, the adopted language for his writing. Jin's critically acclaimed novels include Waiting (1999), winner of the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; War Trash (2005), winner of Jin's second PEN/Faulkner Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and most recently, A Map of Betrayal (2014). He is author of numerous prize-winning poetry and short story collections; speeches-turned-essays, The Writer as Migrant (2008); and a co-written opera libretto The First Emperor (2008). His writings across genres have provocatively considered cultural assimilation, political upheaval, state violence, human atrocity, the Chinese diaspora, immigration, and migration.
    While this panel especially welcomes criticism on Ha Jin's more recent works, proposals on any of Jin's fiction, poetry, and essays are welcome.

    Send a 300-word abstract and one-page CV by email to Lynn Itagaki (itagaki.5@osu.edu) by January 15, 2014. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) before presenting, in addition to registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/. CAALS is a member society of the American Literature Association; the national conference meets this year at the Westin-Copley in Boston, Massachusetts, May 21-24, 2015 (www.alaconf.org).

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 59958CFP: Roundtable on Asian American Literary and Visual Cultures, ALA May 21-24 2015, abstract deadline 1/10/2015Circle for Asian American Literary Studiescaroline.hong@qc.cuny.edu1419169835americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Circle for Asian American Literary Studiescontact email: caroline.hong@qc.cuny.edu

    Annual Conference for the American Literature Association

    Chair: Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York
    Due Date: January 10, 2015

    This roundtable will focus on the connections across Asian American literature and visual cultures. Politics of visibility and visual representation loom large for Asian Americans, who are simultaneously culturally invisible and hypervisible, and who are haunted by imagery that reifies stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans as the yellow peril, the perpetual foreigner, the model minority, the terrorist, and so on. The visual has been and continues to be employed to both empower and discipline subjects, to create and destroy communities, to define and deny citizenship, to injure and traumatize, but also heal and bring pleasure. Examining the interconnectedness of Asian American literary and visual cultures in our hypermediated world is a crucial and timely project for the field of Asian American studies, one that hopefully leads to new ways of seeing and reading and generates innovative scholarly and pedagogical practices.

    Participants are invited to discuss a broad range of visual practices—both dominant/mainstream and alternative/independent, including but not limited to fine/visual arts, public art, photography, film, performance, architecture, design, fashion, advertising, graphic narratives, digital media, social media—and the material, historical, social, cultural, and political contexts of their production and consumption. Each participant will prepare 8–10 minutes of remarks, to be followed by at least 30 minutes of open discussion.

    Please email a proposal (250 words maximum) and a brief CV to Caroline Kyungah Hong (caroline.hong@qc.cuny.edu) by January 10, 2015. Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate in the roundtable, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/. CAALS is a member society of the American Literature Association; the national conference meets this year at the Westin-Copley in Boston, Massachusetts, May 21-24, 2015 (www.alaconf.org).

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 59959Intersections of E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos - Extended DeadlineThe John Dos Passos Society and the E.E. Cummings Society, American Literature Association Conference, 2015Victoria Bryan (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) and Michael Webster (websterm@gvsu.edu)1419188516americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespoetrytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The John Dos Passos Society and the E.E. Cummings Society, American Literature Association Conference, 2015contact email: Victoria Bryan (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) and Michael Webster (websterm@gvsu.edu)

    For the American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA

    This collaborative panel invites varied approaches to examining the intersections between E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos. Their careers overlap and in striking ways: both authors went to Harvard, were visual artists, wrote experimental dramas, served in ambulance services during World War I, endured the horrors of warfare and the censorship of the government, and engaged in the activism of the radical political environment of the early 20th century and the resulting hardships of the literary marketplace. In the 1930s, Cummings and Dos Passos both visited the Soviet Union and wrote about their experiences and impressions of the culture, and both experienced drastic shifts in political beliefs during that period.

    We welcome submissions related to form and genre, modernism and modernity, war, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, print culture, archival study, politics, activist writing, and related topics. Collaborative papers and pedagogical approaches are also welcome.

    300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan, President of the John Dos Passos Society (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) and Michael Webster, President of the E.E. Cummings Society (websterm@gvsu.edu) by January 25, 2015.

    cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespoetrytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59960Teaching John Dos Passos (American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA)John Dos Passos Society jdpsociety@gmail.com or vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu (Victoria Bryan, President)1419188706americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: John Dos Passos Society contact email: jdpsociety@gmail.com or vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu (Victoria Bryan, President)

    For the American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA

    The John Dos Passos Society seeks participants for a round table discussion on teaching Dos Passos in the college classroom. Papers should be between 5 and 7 minutes in length and may address your experiences teaching this author, discussions of the contexts in which his work teaches well, tactics you have taken with undergraduate and/or graduate students, materials you have found helpful in your instruction, etc.

    Please send an abstract and a brief CV to jdpsociety@gmail.com or to our President, Victoria Bryan, by January 25, 2015.

    cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59961[Update] Submission Date Extended To January 2, 2015: TRANS-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self (February 12-13, 2015)Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association mardisgrasconference2015@gmail.com1419191221african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association contact email: mardisgrasconference2015@gmail.com

    Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes and reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.

    Recent theoretical efforts (Animal Studies, Object Oriented Ontology, Cyborg Studies, etc.) challenge notions of the knowable, privileged self, expanding concepts of subjectivity beyond the human. Such readings challenge us to abandon certain routine methods of human engagement with worldly objects and systems in order to conceptualize a new self: one that recognizes its own anthropocentric view of the world in order to distance itself from this given perspective.

    Our call for papers this year is looking for graduate and exceptional undergraduate papers from all scholarly fields exploring not only performative processes of subjective becoming and transfiguration, but also larger, theoretical reworkings of individuation, autonomy, agency and selfhood.

    ● Identity and spatiality
    ● Intersubjectivity
    ● Methods of exchange with radical alterity
    ● Identity of/within networks or community
    ● Subjectivity as represented or performed across various media; subjectivity as determined by communicative exchange
    ● Subjective temporalities: steadfast or enduring selfhood; ephemeral, wayward, fading identities
    ● Negotiating and performing multiple identities

    Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words as well as your University affiliation to the following email by January 2, 2015:
    Dustin Zemel and Amanda Swenson Mardi Gras Co-Chairs
    mardigrasconference2015@gmail.com

    We are happy to welcome Ian Bogost as this year's keynote speaker.

    Bio (excerpted from his website):
    Dr. Ian Bogost is an award-winning author and game designer whose work focuses on videogames and computational media. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic. Bogost's research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political games and artgames. He is author How To Do Things with Videogames, and Alien Phenomenology, or What it's Like to Be a Thing. Bogost's games about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, consumer debt, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, pandemic flu, and tort reform. His games have been played by millions of people and exhibited internationally at venues including the Telfair Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59962Call for Submissions: The Journal of Narrative VisionsJNV: An Electronic Journal of Narrative Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Vision Carekalla.gervasio@mssm.edu1419198672general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: JNV: An Electronic Journal of Narrative Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Vision Carecontact email: kalla.gervasio@mssm.edu

    About the Journal:
    The Journal of Narrative Visions (JNV) is a newly established online journal that accepts narrative medicine and creative pieces related to ophthalmology, optometry, and vision care. We are now open for submissions including non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork.

    The mission of JNV is to provide an online space where healthcare workers, caregivers, and patients may reflect on their personal experiences caring for those with ophthalmological issues or personally living with vision problems.

    Submission Process

    We welcome submissions from patients, caregivers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other healthcare workers including medical students and residents from all over the world.

    If you would like to submit a piece, please follow our submission guidelines located under "Submissions" on our website www.narrativevisions.org. All submissions should be emailed to narrativevisions@gmail.com.

    Considerations for Acceptance

    The JNV encourages submissions that reflect on personal experiences within the realm of vision care. Topics include, but are not limited to: healthcare for the blind, the effect of technology on restoring eyesight, global health missions, and the role of ophthalmologists in identifying systemic illness (diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, etc.).

    Sponsors:

    This journal is funded in part by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

    cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryprofessional_topicsscience_and_culture 599633rd Annual University of Iowa WLGO Conference "Exploring Identities"The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO)wlgoiaconf@gmail.com1419204192ethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO)contact email: wlgoiaconf@gmail.com

    The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO) invites you to submit abstracts for academic papers or creative writing pieces from all disciplines that investigate identities: their formation, representation and influence on society and language.

    Please submit abstracts of 250 words to wlgoiaconf@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015. We prefer abstracts and presentations in English but we will consider submissions in other languages. In your abstract please specify if your presentation will be an academic paper or a creative writing piece. We welcome both individual presentations and panel proposals of 3-4 presenters. Presentations will be 20 minutes long.

    Along with your abstract be sure to include: your name, your university affiliation, the title of your presentation, and a short academic biography. Please indicate if you will need audio-visual equipment for your presentation.

    Featuring Keynote speaker: Michel Laronde, Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Iowa

    Keywords: acceptance, alterity, belonging, borders, connectedness, cross-cultural contact, exclusion, exile, gender, genre, hybridity, identification, immigration, inclusion, interfaces, intersections, intersectionality, limits, literacy, margins, markedness, minorities, multilingualism, normativity, opposition, the self, the other

    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are an individual with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in the event, please contact WLGO at wlgoiaconf@gmail.com .

    cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinary