Calls for Papers

Making Common Causes: Crises, Conflict, Creation, Conversation

2016 Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) Conference June 15-18, 2016, Queen’s University, Kingston ON, Canada

Global climate change, soil depletion, the enclosure of the commons, the acidification of the oceans, ground water contamination, mass extinctions: in a context in which the environmental crises of the day seem to us so intractable, at such large scales and dominated by such powerful interests, the making of common causes seems especially urgent. But ...

Critical Theory and Nature

Critical Theory and Nature: Seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 17-March 20, 2016.

Over the past decade, discourses encompassing Post-Humanism, animal ethics, environmental humanities and post-humanism have focuses renewed attention on writings about nature and animals.

Nature plays a prominent yet under-examined role in Critical Theory. Steve Vogel’s 1996 Against Nature: The Concept of Nature in Critical Theory explores the relationship. Since then, many developments have taken place in each field and the intersection of the ...

The Place of Memory and Memory of Place

Conference: The Place of Memory and Memory of Place Organiser: Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, Warsaw, Poland – 22-24 October 2015 Deadline Extended: 23 August 2015 Conference website: http://placememory.wordpress.com

Places are repositories of memory which embody human emotions and intentions. Space accumulates historical experiences, such as past events which were so powerful that they are still present in the landscape. In this sense, space is a model of representation of the remembered past. On the other hand, space can be consciously created by those people who have the power to shape it and ...

Specters of Dark Ecology: Romantic and Victorian Underside

Proposed panel at NeMLA Convention, March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut. The underside or lower surface (OED) is the space of the unseen—the obverse or negation. As negative space, the underside remains hidden lurking below the surface, which is present through its absence from visibility. In French poststructuralist philosophy, the underside is Jacques Derrida’s différance—the difference and deferral of meaning based on distinction among signifiers (i.e. /a/ vs. /e/). The /a/ is indistinct from /e/ and is unknown until it comes into being ...

Roots of Ecocritical Practice: 19th-century Anglophone Phenomenon

Proposed panel at NeMLA Convention, March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut. Contemporary ecocritical praxis often yokes the literary with the ecological. That is, literary texts are often examined with an ecocritical perspective to yield readings that consider the value of place and space (as opposed to race, gender, and class distinctions). In so doing, the literary texts are not examined necessarily for the structure or the absence of structure; rather, literature as an object of study becomes the means by which ecocritics can ...

Climate Change Pedagogy: Literature, Arts, Interdisciplinarity, Action (ASLE-Sponsored Session at NeMLA)

Climate Change Pedagogy: Literature, Arts, Interdisciplinarity, Action: ASLE-Sponsored Session at the 47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), March 17-20, 2016, Hartford, CT.

Cultural theory, literature, and other arts offer invaluable opportunities for thinking critically about the different aesthetics, emotions, stories, voices, values, and ideologies important to understanding climate change. Often, however, students who want to see possibilities, not just problems—to feel empowered, not just enlightened—feel justifiably frustrated by apocalyptic narratives and, more generally, by critical analysis, which doesn’t automatically help them envision ...

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries 2016 – The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence Prophecy and Conspiracy in Early Modern England Florence 22nd April 2016

The 2016 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the themes of prophecy and conspiracy in early modern texts.

A number of texts written in Tudor and Stuart England feature sibyls, ...

4th International Conference on Comics as Visual Literature

The Literary Seminary consists of an active student body – members who are passionate about bringing an inculcation of the reading habit to the student society. As a result, we have planned to conduct an International Conference on the theme ‘Comics as Visual Literature’ from 2nd – 4th September 2015. We have discovered that comics and graphic novels can be used as an effective means of communication, especially to the present generation.

In order to take the first step towards change, a group of ...

Anti/Post-disciplinarity Rethinking Academic Paradigms

Anti/Post-disciplinarity: Rethinking Academic Paradigms

Conference dates: Wednesday December 9 – Thursday December 10, 2015 Venue: Conference Hall at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in Kairouan

Human knowledge ranges from pure science to pure myth. In between lies a broad gamut of conceptually different cognitive experiences and patterns of perception which represent the world in visions and theories. The authority to produce and authenticate/validate knowledge, that which allows for theoretically informed descriptions and explanations of the nature of any given social, cultural or linguistic phenomenon, ...

Touching the Body in Pieces: Affective Ecologies of the Modern Body (NeMLA- March 2016, Hartford, CT)

From artist Hans Bellmer’s distorted dolls, to Rupert Brooke’s “dust” in a “corner of a foreign field,” to Virginia Woolf’s “orts, scraps, and fragments,” bodies – textual, phenomenological, cultural, political, and physical – seem to fall to pieces in modernism. How can we conceptualize the modern body in light of its affective and ecological surrounds?

Broadly, this panel at NeMLA 2016 seeks to examine these ecologies of bodies and their surrounds in modernism. Specifically, we endeavor to explore textual bodies and their composition (or ...

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