Since the cultural turn of the 1970s that placed culture at the centre of scholarly debates, the field of cultural studies has expanded to explore the presence of meaning, affect, society, and thought in academia. Etymologically drawing upon the Latin “colere”, culture implies growth and cultivation, also accumulation and acquisition. Raymond Williams defined it pluralistically, calling culture a way of life at once material, intellectual and spiritual.
To whom does aestheticism belong? Traditionally critiqued as an outgrowth of western bourgeois culture, aestheticism, with its assorted attributes (including aesthetic detachment, disinterestedness, and autonomy) seems ill equipped to respond to our contemporary concerns with marginalization, power imbalances, and the reproduction of hegemonic structures. And yet, the commitment to aesthetic detachment continues to pop up in seemingly unlikely places—in various corners of postcolonial literary production and in the writings of political exiles and Holocaust survivors. We therefore ask to whom aestheticism belongs today, who makes use of it, to what ends, and under what circumstances?
Dates: March 31 to April 1 2023
Plenary Speakers: Shola Von Reinhold and Robert Stilling
Chair: Cherrie Kwok
This two-day conference aims to connect those who are working on any aspect of Decadence so that they can share their research or projects with the field, learn from one another, and discuss the possible futures that the field might take within—and outside of—academia. This deliberately expansive conference invites short position papers and project presentations related to any and all aspects of Decadence from scholars and artists across the globe.
The 45th Comparative Drama Conference welcomes Lucas Hnath as its Keynote Speaker.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 October 2022
Though “posthumousness” takes a variety of forms, the texts within its ambit share a quality that Jean-Christophe Cloutier, in Shadow Archives, calls “a belated form of timeliness.” The editorial apparatus of posthumously published texts, such as Claude McKay’s Amiable with Big Teeth or Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast, foregrounds these novels’ prior lostness and subsequent belated arrival in forms and contexts that their authors could not have foreseen.
17-18 November 2022
CALL FOR PAPERS:
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) - Chicago, Illinois, March 16-19, 2023
Video games and environmental imaginaries of the Anthropocene
From cold, creeping survival in the Canadian tundra to neon-cathode dreams of a geoengineered utopia, from the weed-choked ruins of far distant future cities to the shattered landscapes caught under the shadow of nuclear annihilation, numerous video game titles across multiple platforms have in recent years contended with the political ecologies, environmental implications, and apocalyptic manifestations of the Anthropocene.
The University of Maryland’s Graduate English Organization invites proposals on the topic of “Binaries” for our 16th annual conference, to be held hybrid/in-person on March 3rd, 2023.
Coming from the Latin bīnārius, the Oxford English Dictionary defines “binary” as “Of, pertaining to, characterized by, or compounded of, two; dual.” While this can be seen on one hand as collaborative and additive, binaries are also often understood as oppositional or dichotomous.These competing definitions, then, form a complicated interpretational binary.
Living as we do in the age of technology, we have witnessed the internet, social media, and smart devices penetrate every sphere of human activity. Technology provides powerful tools to conduct research on a scale hitherto unimaginable: for the first time in history, scholars from the stream of humanities are facing the problem of data abundance rather than scarcity (Rosenzweig, 2003). New methods and tools are evolving everyday to analyse Big Data. New formats of presenting and disseminating research have also become available, of which pre-print archiving and open access projects are only some of the most common examples.
Call For Papers
27th-28th April 2023, Institute for English Studies, University of Luxembourg
Before Maastricht: Identity and Place in European Writing before the EU
Virtual papers welcome!