While the word “community” is more often than not suffused with a benevolent glow, connoting the virtues purportedly associated with groups of people—shared values and heritage, constancy and solidarity—“neighbourhood” is a term that has a more ambiguous, even troublesome, valency. Neighbourhoods, depending on one’s point of view, can be good or bad, welcoming or hostile, safe or dangerous, dull or vibrant. They can also, in both their physical and figurative senses, change over time, beset by vagaries, be they sociological, geographical, political, moral or even psychological..These changes can be existential—neighbourhoods come and go, they die out or are subsumed into larger ones, or are supplanted by newer geographical collectivities.
The First Heterotopic Junction Graduate Conference in Language, Literature and Culture (HJC-1), which will take place on Saturday 13 April 2019 at Hong Kong Baptist University, is now calling for abstracts. This conference is open to all graduate students globally (including advanced undergraduates who are progressing to postgraduate studies) to submit research in the areas of linguistics, literature and culture.
Each person may submit at most one single authored and one co-authored abstract to HeterotopicJunction@gmail.com by 15 December 2018.
The 44th Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies theme is "The Eighteenth Century in Perspective." The meeting will take place February 21-23, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. The full conference announcement is available at http://www.scsecs.net/scsecs/2019/2019cfp.html.
Call for Papers:
Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives
Keynote: Joseph Bristow, “Decadent Historicism”
Goldsmiths, University of London
18-19 July 2018
XXXI Annual Conference of Polish Association for American Studies
October 23-25, 2019, University of Opole, Poland
The Sound of Silence in American Literature, Culture and Politics
Though usually relegated to second status critically, the short story is having a moment. When Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2013, it was specifically for her contribution to the short story genre. As a writer who does not write novels, she acknowledged the importance of the award: “It’s a wonderful thing for the short story.” Indeed.
This panel seeks proposals on theater and performance of the long eighteenth-century, especially those that address the theme of perspective. Essays might consider the way that perspective functioned thematically in plays and other public performances, such as opera, dance, and music, and the ways that perspective (e.g., perspective scenery) affected the material conditions of performance. What perspectives did eighteenth-century audiences have on theater and performance? How did these perspectives in the public discourse shape the drama and performances of the period, and how was eighteenth-century society shaped by these cultural institutions?
Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Call for submissions
The Indigenous Eighteenth Century
The paper submission deadline for SCSECS 2019 has been extended to Friday, December 14. A full list of panels can be found at scsecs.net. Please submit abstracts directly to the panel chair. If you don't see a panel that fits your paper idea, you can submit a proposal to conference co-organizer Ashley Bender at email@example.com.
Deadline extended! Submissions now due January 28, 2019.
What counts as labor, and who gets to decide? For the 8th Annual Tufts University Women’s Center Symposium on Gender and Culture, we will explore how questions of identity shape our ideas about labor. What kinds of work are men, women, and trans or nonbinary people expected to perform, and for whom? How do various identities and positionalities—like gender, race, class, and sexuality—inform the work we do? And what does it mean to resist gendered, raced, classed, or otherwise invisible labor? How can we reshape our understanding of what is work and what work matters?
Religion and the Future
April 5, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Professor Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech
Call for Essays, Comics, and Course Designs
(Proposals due 1/28/19; see below for specific details)
Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness (edited collection under contract with Penn State's Graphic Medicine series)
Call for Papers: Predicate (Spring 2019)
An Academic Journal of Literary Studies