The ambition to create an artificial human being is as old as humankind itself. The ancient Greeks had Hephaistos who built living golden statutes and who created Pandora to take revenge for the theft of fire by Prometheus. Jewish legends tell stories of the Golem, a being made out of mud, to protect the Jews. The alchemists developed a recipe to create the homunculus. Around 250 A.D. Clemens Romanus reported that Simon Magus created a homunculus by changing air into water into blood into flesh. And Paracelsus said – referring to the process of putrefaction – that a homunculus can be created by rotting human sperm in a vessel warmed by horse manure for forty days.
Call for Papers for the 5th issue of Localities
This seminar/workshop seeks to spark a critical conversation about how historical subjects and historical texts within the African Diaspora get re-fashioned, re-animated, and re-articulated, as well as parodied, nostalgized, and defamiliarized, to establish an afterlife for African Atlantic identities and narratives. Participants will consider how—as transnational and transhistorical sites of memory—particular performances (textual, visual, or embodied) circulate and imagine anew the meaning of prior personal and textual narratives liberated from their originary context.
Call for papers
"Shakespeare after Shakespeare"
French Shakespeare Society 2016 Conference
Paris, 21-23 January 2016
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Société Française Shakespeare is dedicating its annual conference to "Shakespeare after Shakespeare". The conference will be the occasion for academics, theater, performance and arts practitioners to discuss the playwright's long-lasting legacy.
We welcome proposals (in English or in French) on topics such as:
"Pop Culture Parenting" Call for Panelists
We are pleased to announce a call for panelists for a shared presentation entitled "Pop Culture Parenting." The focus will be on the elements of popular culture that may alternately be of concern or used as enlightening for children or student viewers. We would like to invite two panelists to join us in Dallas, Texas, on 6 June 2015. At present there are two panel members:
• Dr. Michael Vandehey, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Midwestern State University, specializing in child and developmental psychology
• J. Holder Bennett, MA, Associate Professor of History, Collin College, specializing in popular culture as a teaching tool
The State Library of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Coral Thomas Fellowship.
The Fellowship includes $75,000 AUD. An additional travel bursary will be made available if the successful applicant is from outside Australia.
The Fellowship encourages deep and focused research into Australian culture, history and society, drawing on Australian and international research collections. It also will promote discussion on Australian history and culture through research which informs and engages contemporary discourse.
In the history of science, it has been well-documented that institutionalized science and professional scientific circles actively and systematically excluded people from their ranks based on gender, race, and class. However, what has been underrepresented is the scientific work and endeavors of the marginalized groups themselves. This session seeks to recover some of these excluded voices and stories by investigating the creative, alternative ways that these groups participated in scientific discourse.
With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.
The South Central Modern Languages Association brings together a diverse group of scholarly disciplines, and this year the conference will focus around the theme of "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language."
The topic for this particular panel is open -- we welcome papers as well as more practical (i.e. experience-based) presentation proposals on the theory, pedagogy, or practical applications of technology in the classroom.
To be considered for the panel, email a 250 word abstract to:
Laura Osborne at email@example.com
Extended proposal deadline: April 15, 2015
The Superhero Project
Monday 7th September – Wednesday 9th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Presentations:
"Superman! Champion of the oppressed, the physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need." – Action Comics #1, 1938 (DC Comics)
ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 4-6, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of "Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance."
Selected papers focused on "Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance" will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).
We seek essays that explore the intersection of literature and politics. This session is open topic. The deadline has been extended to April 6.
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.
Call for Papers for Postcolonial Text
Translated Worlds: History, Diaspora, South Asia
(In Honour and Memory of Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam)
Share Your Best Practices with Colleagues Across the Disciplines and Around the World
The focus of our Fall issue speaks to a common problem on most college campuses today: "How Students Think (or not): Engaging the Disengaged."
Whether you're a new or a seasoned faculty member, your voice can make a difference in the success of your fellow-faculty as well as your students. The Atrium seeks your reflections of challenges and successes in your classroom. Our journal invites you to submit
• innovative, creative, and critical narrative essays
• research-based articles across the disciplines
• book reviews and website reviews