Approximately thirty sessions for the November 11-13, 2016 Pasadena, California PAMLA Conference are still in need of a paper or two. To propose to one of these open sessions (see a partial list below) go here: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas . These open sessions will be open until August 5, or the session fills, whichever comes first.
Christianity and Literature
CFP: The Secular and the Literary
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE DRAMA SOCIETY
Call for Papers: Leeds IMC 2017
Passion, Power, and Rhetoric: Latin Influences on Early Drama
The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress (IMC) will take place in Leeds, UK, from 3-6 July 2017. The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.
The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society seeks three 20-minute presentations on any aspect of medieval and early modern Dutch and Flemish drama for a session at the 2017 International Medieval Congress at Leeds.
Jenny Gottstein, the Director of Games at The GoGame, a company that builds interactive experiences and high-tech adventures around the world recently remarked that, "Studying Arts & Humanities engenders a healthy sense of curiosity and wonder - not only with regards to how the world actually is, but how it might be. Some might call those who chose this path of study ‘dreamers’ but the truth is, they are ‘futurists.’ And having produced interactive games for thousands of companies around the world, I can tell you, the best ones are powered by futurists."
A SUITCASE OF HER OWN: WOMEN AND TRAVEL
International Conference organised by the Department of Postcolonial Studies and Travel Literatures, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Szczyrk, META Hotel, 20 – 23 September 2017
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Sarah Le Fanu, author and broadcaster (S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream,2012; Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer’s Journal, 2013)
Olga Tokarczuk, author (Księgi Jakubowe, 2014; Bieguni, 2007; Dom dzienny, dom nocny, 1998)
American Academy of Religion (AARWR), Western Region, Jewish Studies UnitLoyala Marymount University, Los Angeles, CaliforniaAddress: 1 LMU Drive, Lost Angeles, CA 90045March 10-12, 2017Conference Theme:
Religion, Race, and Racism Jewish Studies Unit: ADDENDUM: Because of the recent death of Elie Wiesel, the Jewish Studies Unit also invites papers regarding his many contributions.
The International Margaret Cavendish Society is pleased to announce that the next biannual conference is set to take place on June 22nd-24th, 2017 at Bates College, Maine. Professor Carolyn Merchant from the University of California, Berkeley, will be the keynote speaker. Preference will be given to abstracts that closely relate to the conference theme, but all talks about Cavendish, her family, and related subjects will be considered. The conference theme is "Margaret Cavendish: Reception and Representations." Cavendish has increasingly garnered intense academic interest during the past twenty five years by scholars from a wide range of disciplines such as literature, history of science, philosophy, history and politics.
I <3 POP: An Interdisciplinary Conference
November 10-11, 2016. Keynote speaker: TBD
Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY; New York, NY
“If I had to choose between the Doors and Dostoyevsky, then—of course—I’d choose Dostoyevsky. But do I have to choose?” –Susan Sontag
There seems to be no end to the anxieties, fantasies, pleasures, and possibilities of pop culture—how we consume it, avoid it, appreciate it, and allow it to inform our identities. Yet, can we theorize pop today? And if so, to what extent are we obligated to do so?
CFP for the "On Breath"-Panel at the ACLA Convention 2017, University of Utrecht, June 6-9 2017
“Under these conditions, the individual’s breathing is an observed, an occupied breathing. It is a combat breathing.” (Frantz Fanon)
“Das Gedicht bleibt [...] pneumatisch berührbar.” (Paul Celan)
“The HEART, by way of the BREATH, to the LINE.” (Charles Olson)
“Pas de parole sans air qui la véhicule.” (Luce Irigaray)
“Je suis un respirateur.” (Marcel Duchamp)
CFP: Climates of disaster and performance (Special Issue of Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance, for release in March 2017)
Taking off from the theme of the Philippine cluster event of PSi#21: Fluid States in 2015, the second issue of Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance, which will be its first themed issue on performance, will feature papers from the November 2015 conference ibut is open to new submissions and will be fully double-blind peer reviewed.
The aim of this roundtable is to present possible guidelines and book selections for a hypothetical undergraduate course in “Novels of the Holocaust.” The panel will be resolutely international and open to books originally published in any language. As this roundtable is sponsored by NeMLA’s comparative literature director, participants are not obliged to use or refer to English translations if they wish to use original texts. The course that might be called the “target course” may be for any undergraduate level and for any country.
While this is roundtable is meant to follow the interests of its participants and not impose any institutional rigidities, seven particular themes or questions seem especially important.
Since 1945, Berlin has become a cultural Weltstadt in many ways; this panel would like to focus on three of them. First, the contemporary situation of Berlin in reunified Germany serves as a lens for the flow of people, ideas, rinfluences between Europe and the rest of the world. Second, from 1945-1989, most of the tensions of the Cold War converged in Berlin. Third, for both of these reasons, today a large number of films, novels, and TV programs are set in Berlin, thus making it a privileged place of cultural representation. The purpose of this panel is to study all three of these situations from an international and comparative point of view.
The present literary reputation of Albert Camus is both fascinating and instructive. It is fascinating because, on the one hand, his work is all but absent from global university curricula; yet, he is one of the most widely read authors on the planet. Who has not read The Stranger or The Myth of Sisyphus?
Moreover, Camus and his work are instructive for many reasons.
World War I marked one of the great turning points in the political, social, and cultural history of Europe and the world. This panel explores the lived, daily experience of this war by looking at five different forms. Presenters can address these forms in isolation or show the relationships between them.
First, presenters may analyze and evaluate the experience of the Great War through its literary texts, diaries, or journals. Presenters are encouraged to choose a single passage or two in order to explore the concrete experience of the war. The texts may focus on soldiers, civilians or both. Any text—on the fronts or at home—are suitable for this panel.