In an academic world of competing theoretical schools, ontological objects, long views, and swerves, scholars can neglect the building blocks of the texts, histories, and languages we study; too often, we overlook the words themselves. This session will focus on individual words or phrases—their ancestries, cognates, and legacies. In so doing, we hope to bring together a diverse range of scholars who share a philological bent. The session welcomes papers from linguists, literary critics, historians,theologians, and others who wish to turn their attention to the rich worlds contained in single linguistic grains. Papers may address issues of etymology, dialect, lexicography, phonetics, textual attestations, and so on.
MLA International Symposia: Translating the Humanities
Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations
Düsseldorf, Germany, 23–25 June 2016
Alternative Nostalgias in literature from the "Other Europes"
Svetlana Boym asserts that our age is marked by feelings of nostalgic longing, that "the sentiment itself, the mourning of displacement and temporal irreversibility, is at the very core of the modern condition". Yet, nostalgia is also often read as "memory with the pain removed" and seen as a retreat into the idealized past because of the unfulfilling present, especially in countries with recent communist pasts.
This panel session will feature the manner in which fairy tales reflect and influence values and ideals of their respective society and culture. In The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim emphasizes on how the fairy tale that an individual has read or listened to during childhood impacts him/her both consciously and subconsciously throughout life.
February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 26-28, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.
Unsettled Bodies, Fraught Environments – Sensation and Science in Nineteenth Century Texts
Call for Entries
iDMAA Conference: Call for Papers DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
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The International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual conference, this year taking place at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains and is home to many unique programs including Bluegrass & Old Time Music, Storytelling, and Appalachian Studies.
In America's bloodiest conflict, the Civil War, more deaths occurred than in all the nation's wars combined. Almost two and a half percent of the American population perished in a war that most thought would last 90 days, not four agonizing years. Thousands were buried in mass, unmarked graves. Even after Appomattox, bones remained unburied in fields for months and even years. Efforts to cope with a loss of this magnitude emerge in various forms during and after the Civil War.
In contrast to the ongoing childhood studies, humanistic gerontology is still largely an unexplored research area, despite more and more attention being paid to old age by historians, sociologists and literary scholars. The latter have taken up the subject of aging and the elderly, trying to create something like an all-encompassing literary "meta-narrative old age" (Johnson and Thane, eds., Old age from antiquity to post-modernity, 17). Johnson and Thane suggest that this may be a fallacy and that one should rather focus on more contained historical and socio-cultural research areas when studying the processes and meaning of aging. This way, for instance, one can avoid interpretative mistakes attributed to Georges Minois.
In a traditional perspective, we define crime fiction as a popular genre regulated by a clearly identifiable set of formal and thematic rules – or "formulae" (Scaggs 2005) – and aligned, with minimal departures, to the paradigm proposed by W.H. Auden in 1948: "a murder occurs; many are suspected; all but one suspect, who is the murderer, are eliminated; the murderer is arrested or dies." (The Guilty Vicarage). In its natural evolution process, the genre has emancipated itself from this formulaic structure and from the thematic limitations to become a privileged site for stylistic experimentation (including documentary fiction, both literary & filmic) and for the voicing of social concerns and political reflections.
Edited Collection: Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves
Dr. Susan Flynn, University of the Arts London
Dr. Antonia Mackay, Oxford Brookes University & Goldsmiths, University of London
Call for Chapters
Proposals submission deadline: 1st November 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1st December 2015
Full chapters due: 1st April 2016
Planned submission: June 2016
I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA/ACA Motherhood/Fatherhood Area on any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.
Recent work in such fields as disability studies, book history, affect studies, the history of emotions, and cultural studies has raised provocative questions about the writings of Thomas Hoccleve, the fifteenth-century Privy Seal clerk and friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Hoccleve's autobiographical accounts of his struggles with mental illness, social disaffection, and the physical strain of writing have offered modern scholars fruitful sites for re-examining the body, its textual representations, and its affects in ways analogous to current work in these emergent interdisciplinary fields.
Proteus: A Journal of Ideas seeks submissions for our upcoming issue, "Privacy and Freedom in the Digital Age." We are soliciting articles and creative works from a wide range of disciplines that reflect upon the issue's theme. We are looking for broad theoretical inquiries, individual case studies, and traditional scholarly articles related to the theme. Additionally, we strongly encourage submissions of theme-related photographs, poetry, and creative writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
"Women and Manuscript Culture in the Digital Age"
Once thought to embody a central cause of cultural anxiety, the New Woman was more common than she was strange in Victorian culture. Scholarship, here, has been slow to adjust. This panel traces the readings and interpretations of New Women texts that are made available if the New Woman is no longer seen as the novel's main antagonist. Observing this infamous literary figure in a more complex light, this panel will push for a wider appreciation of the dynamic motivations of New Women authors and their characters in the Victorian novel.