‘Reges quondam regesque futuri’: Various Aspects of Royal Power in Medieval and Modern Fantasy Literature: Medieval Fantasy Symposium
Unieście, Poland, 1-4 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 14 February 2017
You are cordially invited to the fifth Medieval Fantasy Symposium, organised by Koszalin University of Technology, which will be held in Unieście between 1 and 4 June 2017. Medieval Fantasy Symposia aim at bringing together specialists in the areas of medieval and fantasy literature, in particular those who seek to find cultural connections between the numerous supernatural elements in the literary output of the Middle Ages (e.g. Beowulf, Norse and Celtic mythologies, Arthurian cycle) and modern tales in the fantasy genre which are set in different quasi-medieval worlds (as in The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire). The scope of the symposia is not, however, strictly limited to the world of literature, as it also embraces the many fields of artistic expression including the fine and cinematic arts.
Medieval kingship is a complex, multi-layered cultural construct. On the one hand, in its primary sense, it lays emphasis upon the numerous royal duties (moral, political, military etc.) which arise from the very fact of being a king. Hence, despite being a sovereign, he is, at the same time, a person who is, first of all, subject to the law of his realm, one who should use his power solely for the benefit of its inhabitants. Indeed, a “king is he that can hold his own, or else his title is in vain”, claims the elvish prince Maedhros in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. On the other hand, though, there are numerous examples of medieval rulers who often transgress their royal duties to satisfy their exuberant egos. They are the reges horrendi of the biblical Book of Wisdom, the rois maudits from the historical novels of Maurice Druon.
The conference will focus exclusively upon various aspects (cultural, religious, political, intellectual etc.) traditionally associated with kingship. The thematic scope will cover all sorts of texts of undisputedly medieval origin (poems, sagas, chronicles etc.) as well as post-medieval fantasy (including historical fantasy) works written by, amongst others, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Maurice Druon, George R.R. Martin and Elżbieta Cherezińska. The main themes will include:
- king-making and images of kingship.
- ideology and sacrality of kingship.
- warrior-kings and their knights.
- royal bynames, their significance and meaning.
- noble kings and their accursed counterparts.
- symbolism of crowns, swords and other royal insignia.
Individual papers on any topic within the abovementioned areas should take 20 minutes, followed by 10-minute discussion. Participants are invited to submit their proposals in the form of 200-word abstracts by 14 February 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent in early March. Selected papers will be published in a conference proceedings volume.
In addition to two plenary lectures, a number of sessions, a field trip and panel discussions are planned.
The conference will be held in the beautiful seaside resort of Unieście, situated right between the Baltic Sea and Lake Jamno. All the rooms are equipped with audio-visual facilities, including data projectors and laptop computers.
The conference fee – covering the cost of participation, accommodation, food and drink, conference materials, coffee breaks, evening reception, and future publication – will be about 110 EUR/470 PLN (90 EUR/370 PLN for PhD students).
Koszalin University of Technology
Department of Humanities
ul. Eugeniusza Kwiatkowskiego 6E
75-343 Koszalin, Poland
For more information on MFS please visit our website: http://www.medieval-fantasy.pl where you will find information on our past and present events.
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(posted 14 November 2016)
Pynchon’s New Worlds: International Pynchon Week
La Rochelle, France, 5-9 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2017
Convenors: Gilles Chamerois (Université de Brest) and Bénédicte Chorier-Fryd (Université de Poitiers)
The 2017 International Pynchon Week will be held on the French Atlantic coast in the old harbor of La Rochelle, from which a number of Europeans set sail for the New World. The conference will be hosted by the Musée du Nouveau Monde, among its collection of Allegories of America. The conveners hope this liminal space on the margins of Europe will inspire Pynchon scholars to sail out towards yet unexplored territories, following some of the leads below or picking up any related or unrelated Pynchonian line.
Literary new worlds
Pynchon’s early fiction was published under the auspices of “new worlds:” “Low-Lands” was issued by New World Writing, a paperback magazine (volume 17, 1960); speculative fiction writer Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds magazine ran “Entropy” in 1969. How “new” were and still are Pynchon’s fictional worlds? How do old and new interweave in the fabric of his texts – intertextuality, syntactic and lexical archaisms, variation and invention? Is Pynchon a belated modernist, a post-modernist, or a post-post-modernist? Is he forever striding in-between worlds?
A New World inhabited by the Old
Pynchon’s novels cast half-nostalgic, half-ironic glances back at America’s history – from the most remote to the most recent – and both conjure up and challenge visions of the New World as an earthly paradise. Is the new, revolutionary world of Mason & Dixon ‘the elder World turned Upside Down’ (M&D 263)? Or is it reclaimed by melancholy as its ‘Borderlands’ are gradually included into ‘the bare mortal World that is our home, and our despair’ (M&D 345)? And to what extent is the Puritan heritage of its founders, so pervasive in the earlier works, still at work in Pynchon’s most recent America, in Gordita Beach or post-9/11 Manhattan?
Phantoms from the old world haunt America, just as its songs and music haunt Pynchon’s texts; to wit, the resilience in America’s most native expressions of the oldest European musical modes, the songs of Europe carried across to the bars and stages of the New World and the modern avatars of the ancient mixolydian mode – the most bluesy / jazzy /funky mode, a sound made flesh in the person of Fergus Mixolydian in chapter 2 of V. What distant echoes from the old world can still be heard through the “surf music” beating in Mason & Dixon or in the Californian trilogy?
America Revisiting the Old World
Pynchon’s fictions also foray with characteristic ubiquity – bilocation applying both to characters and texts – into European history, from the Mediterranean’s most ancient shores (V.) to the waste lands of WWII (Gravity’s Rainbow). The Old World is an archival trove for American figures wandering in search of elusive roots, roaming free regardless of historical and geographical boundaries (Benny Profane, Tyrone Slothrop, but also Against the Day’s Chums of Chance). Can it be argued that Pynchon’s writings, from the very beginning (starting with “Under the Rose”), have been composing an alternative, de-centered narrative of European history, a series of Baedeker guides gone rogue?
Fantasized new worlds
At their most utopian or dystopian, balancing as they do between social, revolutionary or anarchist forms of idealism and post-modern nihilism, the novels of Thomas Pynchon offer pictures of “America as it might be in visions America’s wardens could not tolerate” (ATD, 51). Do parallel worlds – other worlds ‘humming along out there’ (Slow Learner) – underworlds, the ghostly presence of Thanatoids and other Preterites offer alternatives, if but fleetingly, to an impossible “New” World? Under the cover of novelty, is scientific and technological progress the mere re-combination of the old? Is the virtual Deep Web of Bleeding Edge a new world, or the continuation of the old by other means?
Following the democratic tradition of IPW, the whole conference will be held in plenary mode. Individual contributions as well as full-panel proposals will be welcome. For individual papers, please send 500-word abstracts for twenty-minute presentations; for full panels bringing three or more papers under one common heading, please provide an overall statement of the panel’s aims as well as the contributors’ abstracts (1000 to 1500 words in all). The notification of acceptance for both individual paper submissions and panel/roundtable submissions will go out by mid to late November.
Please send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2016.
(posted 6 April 2016)
What’s in a Century? Biannual Conference for Scholars of English in Finland, FINSSE-8
University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 7-9 June 2017,
Deadline for proposals: 9 January 2017
In celebration of the fact that 2017 marks the centenary of Finland’s independence and the fifth centenary of the Reformation, the FINSSE-8 conference will open up avenues for discussing these landmark events, as well as other aspects of periodization within English Studies. English Studies in Finland began as early as 1830 with the appointment of John Wellmer as a lecturer in the University of Helsinki, but it was Uno Lindelöf, the holder of the first Anglicist PhD in Finland (1890), who consolidated the subject’s position: taking on the post of Professor extraordinary in English in the same institution in 1907 and occupying the first Chair when it was established in 1921. Since then, English Departments have been created in eight universities in Finland, with 2016 marking the 70th anniversary of Y.M. Biese’s appointment as the first Professor of English Language in the University of Turku and 2017 falling 80 years after the establishment of Finland’s second Professorship in the subject: the J.O.E. Donner Chair in English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University, held first by H.W. Donner.
The eighth FINSSE conference is organized jointly by the two English Departments in Turku (UTU and ÅAU), and it is open to members of the Finnish Society for the Study of English and other interested individuals. We welcome papers that approach the theme of the conference understood in a broad sense as well as other topics involving the study of English.
Possible topics could include rethinking the roles of different historical periods, theories and practices of periodization within specific areas of the subject as well as their resonance within English Studies in Finland and developments in particular fields: such as linguistics, literary studies, translation studies and cultural studies.
300-word (max.) abstracts should be sent to the conference organizers by 9 January 2017 at: Finsse8@gmail.com.
Selected papers will be considered for a refereed publication. Abstracts are invited for:
- Individual papers (20 min + 5 min discussion)
- Workshop sessions of three papers on a specific topic. Suggestions should include abstracts for each paper.
- Poster presentations which are especially recommended for graduate students.
Lynne Pearce (University of Lancaster, UK)
Nike Pokorn (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Erzsébet Barát (University of Szeged, Hungary)
The regular participation fee is 70 € and 40 € for graduate/postgraduate students. The fee includes two lunches and coffees/teas. On Thursday, a Conference Dinner (payable on registration) will be served. Graduate students, researchers and higher education teachers of English are warmly recommended to join FINSSE, and other researchers may also apply (see the FINSSE homepages at http://web.abo.fi/fak/hf/enge/finsse).
Organizing committee: Joel Kuortti, FINSSE president (UTU), Jason Finch (ÅAU), Anthony Johnson (ÅAU), Sirkku Ruokkeinen (UTU), Elina Valovirta (UTU), Mari-Liisa Varila (UTU), NN (ÅAU).
Further information: email@example.com.
(posted 24 November 2016)
EAP and Positioning : NFEAP Summer Conference 2017
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway, 8-9 June 2017
Deadline for proopsals: 17 February 2017
Following our tenth anniversary conference last year, the Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes leaps into its second decade!
We are pleased to announce the 11th annual NFEAP summer conference, which will take place on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th of June 2017 at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Oslo, Norway.
The theme for the 2017 conference is EAP and Positioning. We welcome work that addresses the concept of positioning in relation to EAP theory and practice. This may include, for example, rhetorical and argumentative position, the positioning of a reader, political positions (explicit or covert), the relationship between voice and position, how the idea of positioning is effected by technology, and so forth. But it might also open questions of geographical position, and what EAP could mean in a particular place – a continent, a country, a city, a building, even. Indeed, there is no reason why these broad categories of position should be treated as separate (and if one bridges the gap between two ideas – is this bridge not also a position?). “Positioning”, in other words, can be understood broadly.
We invite proposals that explore positioning in connection with EAP concepts; EAP training methods, principles, practices and research; needs analysis, syllabus and materials design, teaching strategies and methodological issues; group/interdisciplinary teaching; critical EAP; e-learning and technology; academic identities; academic literacies; any other relevant topics.
- Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, US
- Ursula Wingate, Senior Lecturer in Language in Education, Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, King’s College, London, UK
- Lesley Gourlay, Reader in Education and Technology, Institute of Education, University College, London, UK
Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words and a biography of no more than 50 words by February 17th, 2017 using the link below. The standard length for presentations is 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion). You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by March 17th, 2017.
Please use this link to submit your proposal.
The Ann Torday Gulden Scholarship
Ann Torday Gulden has been, for many years, a tireless and vital advocate for EAP in Norway, and this scholarship is named in her honour. This annual scholarship contributes up to 5000 NOK to the expenses of an EAP teacher or researcher to come to the conference and present their work. We seek to support work that is distinctive and original and that exemplifies innovative approaches to EAP theory and practice. It is open to all – please check the box provided in the proposal submission form if you would like to be considered for the scholarship.
- Registration opens: December 2016
- Deadline for abstracts: 17 February 2017
- Notification of acceptance: 17 March 2017
- Deadline for registration: 19 May 2017
- Conference programme available: 1 April 2017
- NFEAP conference 2017: 8-9 June 2017
The 1700 NOK conference registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for both days of the conference and the conference dinner on Thursday evening.
Please note that the NFEAP is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
We would like to thank you in advance for your contribution to the 11th NFEAP summer conference and look forward to having the opportunity to discuss and disseminate your work.
(posted 12 November 2016)
Transient Bodies in Anglophone Literature and Culture
University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Germany, 9 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2016
Throughout history, the human body has always been a controversial and much debated topic and constantly had to negotiate its place between glorification and vilification. Whereas the beauty and strength of people’s physical structure was praised and positively emphasised, the body’s diseases, flaws and frailties functioned as a constant reminder of human imperfection and the inevitability of natural decay. Despite the fact that the concept of the “body” has been discussed in academic research in recent years, the representation of the transient body – a body located at the intersections of significant phases of life – has not been given the attention it deserves. Against the background of declining fertility rates and ageing populations in Western societies as well as in the context of new paradigms in interdisciplinary research, such as the medical humanities, intersectionality and ageing studies, the high complexity of cultural attitudes towards the body and its metaphorical relevance are currently gaining more public awareness and challenge us to ask new questions. How are bodily rites-de-passage, such as birth, death, disease and decay represented in Anglophone literature, culture and media? Which narrative, aesthetic and medial strategies are employed to represent and document bodily transitions from one stage of life to another?
The one-day symposium aims at discussing these questions and related topics in the context of English and American Studies and invites papers addressing the transience of the human body as represented in Anglophone literature and culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. We invite contributions from the fields of literary and cultural studies, media studies, art history, history of ideas, ageing studies and medical humanities. Topics for papers could include, but are not limited to:
- the representation of transient bodies/bodies in progress in Anglophone literature, culture and media (e.g. photography, film, music)
- the life cycle; identity and human development over the different stages of life; bodies in transition/bodies in waiting (pregnancy, birth, disease, death)
- (paradoxical) conceptions of beauty
- idealized youthful bodies vs. natural bodily flaws and decay
- the ageing body; the ageing process and the social stigma of ageing
- illness and disease, e.g. cardiovascular diseases, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer etc.
- coping with the imminence of death; coping with separation and loss; euthanasia
- human efforts at transcending bodily limits, e.g. through religious or spiritual beliefs, meditation exercises, drug abuse, necrophilia etc.
- cultural discourses on the transient body, e.g. intersectional or feminist perspectives on social constructions of meaning, medical humanities, ageing studies etc.
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute presentations and a brief bio-note in a Word document or PDF file to both conference organisers by 15th December 2016.
Sarah Schäfer-Althaus (University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Strauss (University of Paderborn), email@example.com
(posted 26 October 2016)
Transcending Borders and Binaries : New Insights into Language, Literature, and Culture
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9-10 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 20 January 2017
3rd International Conference of the University of Banja Luka (BiH) in cooperation with the University of Opole (Poland) and the University of Central Oklahoma (USA)
CELLS – Conference on English Language and Literary Studies
The Department of English, at the Faculty of Philology, University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), in cooperation with the School of English and American Studies, University of Opole (Poland) and the College of Liberal Arts, University of Central Oklahoma (USA) are pleased to announce the third conference on English language and literary studies CELLS: Transcending Borders and Binaries: New Insights into Language, Literature, and Culture.
The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences across the fields of English language and literary studies, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues raised in the fields of literature, culture, linguistics, translation studies and applied linguistics. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
- Transcending borders and boundaries in language and literature
- Linguistic, literary, and cultural identities lost and reclaimed in translation
- Representations of (transgressive) human bodies in literature and cultural studies
- Deconstructing binaries in linguistic, literary, and cultural studies
- Diasporic and migrant (non-)fictional narratives composed in another language
- Representations of gender in local, global, (trans)national, and cosmopolitan contexts
- Linguistic and literary representations of travelling subjects and (post-)memory in historical, social, and cultural contexts
- Considerations of (neo)nomadism, exile and changing of cultural habitat in language and literary studies
- Stereotypes, otherness, norms, and new approaches to literary studies and foreign language teaching
- Concepts and contexts of liminality, deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation
- Deterritorialisation and border writing / heterotopia / people in hyperspace
- Thirdspace: real and imagined places
- Transgressing oppositions in journalism and media studies between quality/tabloid, objective/advocacy, professional/amateur, coverage etc.;
- Pure vs. hybrid forms/genres in media and journalistic expression;
- Problematic representations of “us” and “them”, or unity and diversity in public discourses;
- Rhetorical and linguistic strategies that perpetuate/mitigate binaries and symbolic borderlines
The official language of the conference is English.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Dr Ryszard W. Wolny, Professor and Director of the School of English and American Studies at the University of Opole, Poland
- Dr Timothy Petete, Professor of Literature and Composition at the University of Central Oklahoma, USA
- Dr Biljana Čubrović, Professor of Phonetics, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Submission of abstracts
Please send an abstract of up to 300 words (MS Word 2003-2007) to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts should be anonymous containing only the name of the paper, the body of the abstract and references.
Please send the following information in the body of the e-mail:
- Title of the paper
- Name of the author(s)
- Affiliation of the author (s)
- Key words
- E-mail address
- Bio note (no more than 100 words)
- 20th January, 2017 Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
- 15th February, 2017 Notification of Acceptance
- 30th March, 2017 Registration
The conference fee is 70 Euros.
All the details and important information can be found at the conference website: http://www.cellsbl.com/
A selection of papers will be published after the conference.
(posted 12 November 2016)
Women, from Object to Subject: When the Law and Feminist Militancy Meet!
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, France, 15-16 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2017
Guest of Honor: Angela Davis
This new international conference is a follow-up of a symposium held in January 2015 at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole entitled ‘Women: from Objects to Becoming Subjects: Political Power, Legal Discourse and Professional Equality’. The purpose of this second edition is to invite scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to contemplate the manner in which law and militancy interact and feed each other in different states, institutions and political circles in France and other linguistic and cultural areas in the world.
The list of possible topics includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following issues:
- The relationships between feminist activism and the law
- Ways and voices of feminist militancy
- Feminist networks in the field of law
- Women and the voluntary sector: another way to promote activism?
- Feminist jurisprudence
- Women’s subordination and the law
- The mechanisms of gendered domination
- The difficult dialogue between State apparatus and the rhizomatic community sector
- Post-modernist and feminist approaches to law
- Militancy and freedom of expression: the legal framework
- Is there a specific female voice (in the judiciary, the economic and the professional sectors)?
- The female body as an instrument for feminist demands
- The female body at the heart of social and legal debates
- Female artists between public outrage and freedom of expression
- The aesthetic dimension of feminist activism in arts, visual arts, literature, cinema
Papers can be presented in French, English, or Spanish.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts (maximum 200 words) is January 15, 2017.
The proposals should include, along with the paper abstract, the paper title, a short biographical note (200 words), academic affiliation and contact information, as well as 5-6 keywords. Abstracts in Word Document (.doc / .docx) formats should be written in English and French and should be sent to email@example.com
Toulouse University: free
Students outside Toulouse University: 30 €
Researchers outside Toulouse University: 60 €
For the basic ideas and a bibliography see http://saesfrance.org/15-16-juin-2017-colloque-international-universite-toulouse-1-capitole-femmes-de-lobjet-au-sujet-quand-le-droit-et-le-militantisme-feministe-se-rencontrent/
MCF-HDR anglais et philosophie du droit anglophone au DLC
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Bureau AR221: 05 61 63 35 91
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Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
(posted 20 November 2016)
Voice(s) and Silence in the Arts
Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 15-16 June 2016
Deadline for proposals: 1st October 2016
The objective of this conference is to look into various artistic experiences — in music, in performance poetry, in visual arts and the performing arts — that are built in the space where art produces a fusion of voice and silence, of what is said and what is withheld, of speech and its deliberate omission. Voice and silence take different forms depending on the medium, the physical set-up, the places of production and reception. The physiological definition of voice is the emission of sounds produced by the vibration of the vocal chords at the moment of exhaling. It is thus not only a means of transmitting breath, but also the physical embodiment of speech and the medium of transmission of the emotions; furthermore, it cannot be dissociated from the notion of a speaking subject and subjectivity. The voice, according to Henri Meschonnic, is “the intimate exterior,” and its texture is specific to each person. In the same way, silence, a notion which is equally complex, is not simply the absence of speech or sound. By its very nature, a painting is silent and its meaning can only be verbalised metaphorically. As far as music is concerned, as John Cage pointed out, absolute silence does not exist, for we are immersed in a ceaseless hum. In the theatre, voice and silence cannot be separated, for the theatrical experience is composed of an intermingling of voices, words, gestures, glances, silences, breathing…. In the improvised poems of David Antin, the hybrid voice and body language are at the origin of the creative process, and so are breathing and the silent pauses in Gary Snyder’s poems. As for the cinema, its power and the fascination it exerts are for the most part linked to the formal processes and the various configurations of the interactions of voices, silence, and images.
This conference aims to put into perspective the numerous studies devoted both to voices and to silence. Its objective is to focus on the way in which concepts might interact, on the shifts, contacts and echoes between one another.
Submissions may examine, but are not limited to the following questions:
- As a physical mechanism, what is the connection between the voice and silence as pure materiality? The link between voice-silence and rhythm deserves being looked into.
- What about the recorded voices included in musical performances, plastic arts, stage productions, and films, or the hidden voices in multimedia installations?
- What formal devices do painters use for voices and silence to be heard and seen? In contemporary productions, what use do performing artists make of their voices and how do they distribute their silent pauses?
- In tales/storytelling, how do voices and silence combine and converse to create the estheticism typical of oral traditions?
- In drama, in the performing and living arts, how does the body language of the actor, the poet, the performer, and the choreographer contribute to creating a presence? In the more specific field of stage directions, how does one go about translating the interplay of language and silence translated from one language to the other? How are voices and silence indicated through scenography, the interaction of shadows and lights, and that of various multimedia devices?
- In the cinema, some film techniques are worth analyzing, like cutting and mixing, for example. They provide voice-silence-body links and the special effects specific to that medium and its many genres. Silent movies and hybrid ones, those which preceded the advent of the talkies, may also be examined, as well as that paradoxical contact when, within the silent space of animated images, voices attempt to make themselves heard?
- When dancers perform, to what extent do the breaks and ruptures in their gestures and the language of their breathing make listening to their bodies easier?
- In music, how does the dialectic between voices and silence work out in the process of composition? How are the silences in the score perceived, translated and interpreted by the instrumentalists? In opera, for example, what does the exchange between singers, instrumentalists and the conductor consist of? The conductor is an actor whose voice is condemned to remain silent but is “mimed analogically” with the moves of his hands through space (Sémir Badir, Herman Parret)
- What is the impact on the listener’s reception of the very moment when silence takes over within the interstices between music and applause?
“Voice(s) and Silence in the Arts” is part of five-year project organized within the IDEA research group. It results from the collaboration between the IDEA and ERIBIA research groups in partnership with the Théâtre de la Manufacture – Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine and the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine. It welcomes theoreticians as wells as performers (musicians, producers, actors, choreographers, stage designers, storytellers…) in France and from abroad. Besides the presentation of papers, workshop performances of voice(s) and silence will be organized, along with debates and round tables.
Proposals including a title, a 250-300-word abstract with a short bio-bibliography in English or French are to be sent to Claudine Armand, Gilles Marseille, Gilles Couderc and Marcin Stawiarski by October 1st 2016.
Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
- Philippe Claudel (to be confirmed), (writer, film director, and playwright)
Stephen Langridge (stage director and artistic director of The Göteborg Opera, Sweden)
- Estelle Pietrzyk (curator of the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)
Invited film director and artists
- Performance by James Luna (Native American artist, La Jolla Reservation, San Diego, California)
- Film Le Complexe de la Salamandre by Stéphane Manchematin and Serge Steyer, in film director Stéphane Manchematin’s presence
(posted 11 June 2016)
The Dark Sides of the Law in Common Law Countries
Paris, France, 15-17 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2016
The Panthéon-Assas University “Law and Humanities” research centre (a part of CERSA) is pleased to announce its first international conference to be held in Paris (France) on June 15-17, 2017. As an interdisciplinary group working on the connections between law and politics, economics, and literature, we are seeking papers exploring the dark sides of the law from a wide range of perspectives in the United Kingdom, the United States and Commonwealth countries.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Mrs. Judith Resnik, Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
Mr. Paul Raffield, Professor at the School of Law, Warwick University.
Darkness and obscurity, in the literal and figurative senses, are very much present in the law and legal language.
One of the main roles of the courts is to clarify obscure legal issues in order to improve access to law and justice. For example, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby 573 U. S. (2014) or Director of Public Prosecutions v Dziurzynski  EWHC 1380 (Admin), the judges asked the parties to “enlighten” them.
Legal language has been criticised for the intricacies of its jargon, starting with the 1362 Pleading Act rejecting the use of “Law French” in common law courts, to the extensive use of legalese that has been recently limited by the Plain Language Movement. Legalese has been removed to some extent, but some dark areas remain, due to an almost irreducible procedural formalism.
The increased liberalisation of the legal market is giving rise to issues of translation, not only from one language to another but also from one common law jurisdiction to another.
In the political world, darkness may characterise the relationship between the various branches of government or between the government and the private/public sectors and/or the People. For example, in the UK, the voluntary sector has long been intertwined with the government, thus endangering its independence.
Darkness is present in the literary and visual representations of the law and the legal world. Ever since the English Renaissance, drama and other literary genres have challenged the dark aspects of law and justice, mocking the legal professions or exposing unfair court procedures or decisions. For the past sixty years, cinema and TV series have explored the darkest aspects of the law. The dynamic relationship between darkness and light, opacity and transparency, may also be embodied in the architecture of courts.
Since the 19th century, judges have resorted to psychological analysis. Nowadays expert psychiatrists are summoned to court in order to explain the dark workings of the mind, in particular in criminal law.
For this interdisciplinary conference, we welcome proposals or contributions from scholars and academics as well as PhD students addressing any issues on darkness in relation to the law in common law countries. Papers may examine the interdisciplinary relationship between Law and any of the fields mentioned above, but also others such as economics, sociology etc.
The language of the conference will be mainly English, but papers may be given in French.
Potential speakers are invited to submit a title and an abstract of 300 words along with a brief bio-bibliography to the organising committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline of submissions is December 15, 2016.
Selected speakers will be notified by February 4, 2017.
Organising committee: Geraldine Gadbin-George, Yvonne-Marie Rogez, Armelle Sabatier, Claire Wrobel
(posted 15 September 2016)
Complicity and the Politics of Representation
Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, 16-18 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2016
Keynote Speaker: John Storey, University of Sunderland
While the concepts and manifestations of religious sin, moral guilt and legal culpability have been defined and categorized expansively, the notion of complicity, especially regarding forms of cultural representation, still remains a rich source for closer scrutiny and examination. Most broadly defined as the position of contributing to or benefiting from a moral wrong that one does not directly perpetrate, complicity is an elastic concept with political, moral, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions and implications. Even though complicity critiques have become increasingly important in cultural and literary studies (J. Pfister), the concept has seldom been properly defined or systematically analysed. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to continue a discussion about the vexed complexities of complicity initiated at Brighton University’s “Complicity Conference” in 2015, and places a particular emphasis on the politics of representation, broadly defined to include forms of cultural production including literature, film, new media, and so on.
Appropriating James Phelan’s 2014 differentiation of four levels of narrative ethics, we would like to explore complicity within the ethics of production, representation and reception, as well as investigate intra-textual negotiations of the concept. Geoffrey Hartman, for instance, argued in 1974 that texts can initiate us into complicity because “spying is complicity raised to an art, and the novelist [or ‘agent’] is a socially tolerated spy in league with many of our cruder instincts”; in addition, there are critiques of the way our engagement with texts can lead us as readers into broader complicities, either because we may be “amusing ourselves to death” (N. Postman) or pursuing the satisfaction of “false needs” (H. Marcuse). In addition to such questions concerning the ethics of production, representation and reception, we are interested in intra-textual ethics, i.e. in ways in which cultural products negotiate issues of complicity, either explicitly or implicitly.
We invite contributions from the fields of literary and cultural studies, media studies, sociology, psychology/psychoanalysis, art history, history of ideas, law, theology and political theory. Themes for papers could include, but are not limited to:
- Definitions of the term complicity
- Types of complicity (e.g. complicit silence, complicit hypocrisy, or involuntary complicity)
- Complicit language
- Complicity in racism, ableism, patriarchal ideology, etc.
- Complicity as part of a polemic moral or political critique
- Resistance to complicity
- Complicit writing
- Complicit representations
- Critical complicity; complicit reading/reception
- Complicity critique as a method
Please email 200-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to Cornelia Wächter (Ruhr University Bochum), Alex Adams (Independent Scholar) and Robert Wirth (University of Paderborn) at email@example.com by 30 September 2016.
(posted 16 August 2016)
Epistemological Canons in Language, Literature and Cultural Studies: 26th Conference of PASE
University of Gdańsk, Poland, 22-24 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2017
We hope to stimulate academic research and discussion around the theme of cognition, in relation to language (including language teaching), literature, translation and culture. In every aspect of our lives we make judgments and assessments and encounter judgments and assessments made by others, without necessarily examining closely the perspectives, methodologies or theoretical assumptions on which these judgments are based. What established procedures and canons of seeing and understanding govern the way we teach, the way we translate, or the direction of our research in any given area? Is there a need for these procedures or canons to be revised, modified or even abandoned altogether? What benefits derive from following a given procedure or methodology? How and why have ways of seeing in a given field changed over the years? What are the difficulties of defining a canon in any given field? These are only some of the questions that the conference would hope to explore. The list below, which is far from exhaustive, provides some suggestions as to areas of possible interest for panel papers.
- The fashioning and refashioning of literary conventions in response to changing world views and paradigm shift
- Literature/theatre/film and truth
- Literature/theatre/film and science
- Languages of theatre
- Cognition on stage and in printed drama
- Defining/re-defining/extending literary canons
- Themes of [re]cognition and [mis]understanding in literary texts and texts of culture
- Theories of literary and cultural studies
- Ethnography of communication
- Psychological, sociological and cultural aspects of bi-/multilingualism
- Logic and linguistics
- Language and reality, language and culture, linguistic relativity today
- Synchronic and diachronic study of language
- Comparative phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- Theories of language and field research
- Testing linguistic theories
- Theories of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics)
- Cognition and language
- Language teaching/learning and cognition
- Language teaching/learning and culture
- Teaching/learning language skills
- Teaching/learning components of language
- Language teacher training
- Bilingual education
- Translation theory vs. translation theories
- Changing objectives of Translation Studies (the “turns” in TS)
- Changing methodologies in TS
- Empiricism and translation studies
- Translation technology and epistemological concerns
- Translation industry, translation market and new perspectives in translation studies
- Plurilingualism vs. the concept of translation
- The impact of ideological concerns on translation and translation studies
- Sociology of translation
Proposals for twenty-minute papers inspired by the theme of the conference should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2017. Proposals, not exceeding 200 words, should state the author’s name, academic title, affiliation and contact details, and include a short bio note (up to 100 words).
Please include your surname in the file name for ease of identification.
Academic Advisory Committee: Dr hab. Mirosława Modrzewska, prof. UG (PSSER President, Chair), Prof. dr hab. Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak (PASE President, Wrocław University), Prof. dr hab. Artur Blaim, Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Kubiński, Prof. dr hab. Jerzy Limon, Prof. dr hab. David Malcolm, Prof. dr hab. Marek Wilczyński, Dr hab. Andrzej Ceynowa, prof. UG, Dr hab. Tomasz Ciszewski, prof. UG, Dr hab. Tadeusz Danilewicz, prof. UG, Dr hab. Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim, prof. UG, Dr hab. Marta Koval, prof. UG, Dr hab. Olga Kubińska, prof. UG, Dr hab. Olga Sokołowska, prof. UG, Dr hab. Danuta Stanulewicz, prof. UG, Dr hab. Jean Ward, prof. UG, Dr hab. Jadwiga Węgrodzka, prof. UG
Organising Committee: Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski, Dr Maria Fengler, Dr Magdalena Wawrzyniak-Śliwska, Dr Magdalena Bielenia-Grajewska, Dr Karolina Janczukowicz, Dr Małgorzata Smentek, Dr Agnieszka Wawrzyniak, Dr Grzegorz Welizarowicz, Tadeusz Wolański, MA
(posted 5 October 2016)
Gestures in Texts and the Visual Arts: INTERFACES International Conference
Université de Bourgogne, France, 29-30 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 20 December 2016
Following up on its exploration of intermediality and text-image relations, the Centre de Recherche Texte/Image/Langage of Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is organizing a bilingual (French-English) international conference on the inscription of gestures in texts and the visual arts from the early modern period.
As part and parcel of the work of artists, craftsmen, writers and labourers, gestures combine an intention, technical skills, actualisation, thought in action as well as expenditure of energy. The variety of their meanings and functions offers promising perspectives in the field of interdisciplinary and intermedial studies. In The Pleasure in Drawing (2013), Jean-Luc Nancy construes the draughtsman’s gesture as “the essence and excellence” of gestures, whether they belong “to the dancer, the musician, or filmmaker”: “this gesture is above all what is most proper to a gesture: an immanent signifiance, in other words, without the sign taking off toward the signified, but a sense that is offered right at the body [à même le corps], right at a body that becomes less active, efficient, or operative than the body that gives itself over to a motion—to an emotion—that received it, coming from beyond its functional corporeality” (p. 39, transl. Philip Armstrong). Accordingly, the conference will focus on the inchoative and technical aspects of gestures in the genesis of a work, taking into account its fabrication as well as its representation. We will explore the contemporary theoretical and technical implications of gestures—rather than draw typologies or describe the semiotics of gestures since there already exists a substantial critical corpus in that field.
We invite abstracts (in English or French) that explore the following themes in this non-exhaustive list:
- The conference will specifically examine the role, treatment and inscription of gestures in artistic and literary practices as well as in aesthetic discourse. We welcome state-of-the-art research in the field of intermedial studies as well as explorations of recent technological applications such as digital productions or augmented reality.
- Beyond the mere recording of movement, we wish to address the transcription of gestures in texts and still or moving images, which may encompass discussions of the aesthetics of notation systems or of ekphrasis. Papers may explore how artistic and poetical works engage with (actual or imaginary) gestures, and in doing so, partake in the interdisciplinary cultural practice of performance art. This may entail an analysis of the relation between gestural writings/images and the aesthetics of reception. Of equal interest is how a poetics of gesture may be defined as it is enacted in artists’ and writers’ performances.
- We also invite papers that tackle the interaction of gestures and tools/instruments in the fields of education, cognition, art and craft and in a variety of practices ranging from agricultural labour to music and dance. This may include innovative representations of technical and professional gestures, but also the recording of living gestures from an anthropological and ethnographic perspective.
- The suggested discussions above may tie in with analyses of symbolic systems. Therefore we will also welcome papers that deal with the figurative aspects of gestures insofar as they signify heroic or memorable actions (as they are recorded in chansons de geste), such as historic and political gestures along with their social, cultural and ideological dimension.
Please send a 300-word abstract (in French or in English) before 20th December 2016 to the following address: 2017Interfaces@googlegroups.com
Notification: 31st January 2017.
The programme will be finalised in March 2017.
Organizing committee: Sophie Aymes, Marie-Odile Bernez, Bénédicte Coste, Véronique Liard, Fiona McMahon, Christelle Serée-Chaussinand, Shannon Wells.
(posted 19 October 2016)
Systemic Functional Linguistics at the Crossroads: Intercultural and Contrastive Descriptions of Language. 27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference
University of Salamanca, Spain, 29 June-01 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2016
Contributions are welcome for the following thematic strands and colloquia, albeit, as in previous conferences, papers with a systemic functional focus will also be considered even if they do not address the conference themes:
Thematic Panel Sessions
- SFL at Intercultural Crossroads
- SFL at Contrastive Crossroads
- SFL at Crossroads in Linguistics and Beyond
- SFL at the Cutting Edge of Descriptions of Language
- 1er Coloquio ‘La LSF en/del Español’ / 1st Colloquium: ‘SFL in/of Spanish’ (Language of this colloquium: Spanish) (please check the conference website for this CFP)
- 2nd Colloquium ‘Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Assumptions in SFL’ (Language of this colloquium: English) (please check the conference website for this CFP)
Abstracts (300 words maximum, plus a short list of key references) should contain a statement of the aim of the contribution, and should make clear how the paper relates to previous and/or current work within SFL and to the panel and/or colloquium chosen. Abstracts should provide a description of the main contents and results to be presented.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Jorge Arús Hita (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Tom Bartlett (Cardiff University, UK)
Adriana Bolívar (Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela)
Elsa Ghio (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Dates and Deadlines
Submission period opens: 1 October 2016
Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2016
Notice of acceptance: 15 January 2017
Early-bird registration (all): 15 January to 31 March 2017
Ordinary registration period (all): 1-30 April 2017
Extension of registration period for attendees only: up to 25 June 2017
More information at: http://eventum.usal.es/go/esflc2017
(posted 23 September 2016)
Transformers: All that is solid changes into something else
University of Aveiro, Portugal, 29 June-1 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017
Keynote addresses by:
- Author and activist Roz Kaveney
- Toby Miller, Loughborough University London
Section 1: Formal and Commercial Issues
The formation of global conglomerates (delivery system AT&T is currently attempting to swallow content provider Time Warner) has created the commercial conditions for ever more lucrative exchanges between different media. Hardware, software and entertainment generation are now in lock-step, and they are like this because it makes it easier to function in global markets, working the magic transformation of your money into their money. In this regard, Sony-Columbia’s exploitation of its hoary 1950s product Godzilla is a quaint example of a practice now brought to considerable refinement. The franchise, the sequel and more recently the prequel, are now industry norms, lurching fastly and furiously into online multiplayer gaming after-life.
With these and more issues in mind, papers are invited in the following general areas:
- transmedia synergies and convergences
- innovative business practices in media and merchandising
- fandom, community and popular culture
- crossover forms and digital interactivities
- resistances to and rejections of popular cultural forms
Section 2: Thematic Content
Transformation of bodies is now an ever-present theme. Bodies may develop special abilities through forms of cod-scientific causes, such as being bitten by a spider developed in a scientific experiment, or through forms of more plausibly scientific explanation, such as current research on genetics or prosthetics extended into imagined future possibilities, or actually present technologies in the realisation of gender affirming surgery. From superheroes to cyberbodies to transsexuals may be a tasteless conjunction of disparate phenomena. On the other hand, they may also be different points on a paradigm in which the stability of bodies has been overtaken by logics of choice associated with varying possibilities, real or promised, in a battle of not just warring super and enhanced figures, but of the models of desire they embody.
Accordingly, the conference invites proposals for papers dealing with these and related thematic phenomena.
- bodies which refuse to die
- superbodies and ordinary worlds
- rehearsing technologically altered bodies
- genetics and special bodies
- identical bodies
- choosing bodies; control over bodies
Proposals of between 200 and 300 words should be submitted by February 28th 2017, along with a short bionote to David Callahan email@example.com & Anthony Barker firstname.lastname@example.org
Acceptances will be notified by March 31st. The conference language will be English.
The registration fee will be kept low at €80, and €50 for postgraduate students.
Departamento de Línguas e Culturas
Universidade de Aveiro
(posted 14 November 2016)
Nation, Nationhood and Theatre: 26th Annual CDE Conference
Reading, UK, 29 June – 2 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 16 Dcember 2016
The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (Deutsche Gesellschaft für das englischsprachige Theater und Drama der Gegenwart e.V.) is pleased to announce its 26th Annual Conference. It is organized by the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading (UK) and will be held as a residential conference at the University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus.
With the referendum on Britain’s EU membership on June 23, 2016 – ‘exit or remain’ – definitions of both nation and nationhood are being stretched on both sides of the question. As the EU undergoes severe difficulties – such as the economic imbalance between the constituent countries, the increasing clamour for the re-recognition of smaller nations within larger entities, and controversies about migration – now seems a very good time to take a fresh look at the representation of issues of nation and nationhood in contemporary theatre and drama in English.
This is not an area of debate exclusive to the UK. The ever-growing refugee crisis is creating pressure on western governments and governments worldwide to effectively close borders, or at the very least severely curtail the movement of the thousands of people seeking to find a new life. It is a pressure that is frequently xenophobic, sometimes patriarchal and homophobic and it can be related to the emergence and re-emergence of strongly nationalistic movements. They seek to define ‘nation’ and ‘nationhood’ in ways that oppose all pluralistic policies, and any programme of multi-cultural aspirations, in particular. At the same time immigrants tend to find themselves in the conflicted position of engaging with the cultural assumptions of their adopted country even as they also wish to hold on to cultural values of their nation of family origin.
It is not long since the ‘state of the nation’ play was declared a thing of the past. More recent evidence suggests that its obituary notices were somewhat premature, and that it has re-emerged – as it is always prone to do in periods of crisis – albeit in very different theatrical forms and deploying very different theatrical voices. As the theatre continues to search for ways to consider questions of nation, nationhood and national identity, this conference will seek to explore the voices and topics as well as the politics and dramaturgies contemporary plays and performances bring to the stage.
We invite proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes length, with possible topics including (but not being limited to):
- the Dis-United Kingdom and its nations
- national aspirations in Western Europe
- the global rise of nationalisms and populist movements
- borders, mobility and national identity
- the representation of national stereotypes in theatre and performance
- nations within nations: seeking to find a voice: seeking to find an audience
- issues of race/class/gender in defining the nation
- whose ‘state of the nation’ plays?
- National Theatres?
In accordance with CDE’s constitutional policy, papers should deal exclusively with contemporary (i.e. post-1989) theatre and drama in English.
Abstracts: Abstracts (300 words) for papers proposed (20 minutes maximum delivery time) should be accompanied by a short biographical note, plus full address and institutional affiliation.
Deadline: 16 December 2016
Send to: John Bull email@example.com
N.B. Only paid-up members are eligible to give papers at CDE conferences. Membership subscriptions may be taken out or renewed during the conference. For details, please contact CDE’s treasurer Monika Pietrzak-Franger firstname.lastname@example.org
(posted 22 June 2016)
Corpus Historicus: the Body in/of History
Sosnowiec, Poland, 30 June 30th- 2 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 January 2017
University of Silesia in Katowice
Faculty of Philology
Institute of English Cultures and Literatures
The significance of the body in the context of historical narratives has been paramount for the understanding of the contemporary human condition and of the past by which it has been shaped. Our perception of the body and the bodily, seen as both the object and the subject in and of history, has influenced our current understanding of both individual and collective narratives of the past, since, in the words of Donna McCormack, “[f]lesh is woven into history as both the bloody deaths necessary to achieve the desired goals and the skin on which it has become possible to write these new foundational narratives.” (Donna McCormack, Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing (London – Oxford – New York – New Delhi – Sydney: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), 2.
Therefore, the conference aims to address the ways in which the body and the bodily have been conceived of in various historical contexts, ranging from past developments in the field of medical study, epitomised in Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, to the history of futuristic reconceptualisations of the bodily and the human, exemplified, for instance, by Blade Runner. Thus, we invite scholars working in various disciplines and fields of study to consider the body as both an instrument and a subject of history, and to engage in a discussion concerning the representations of the corporeal in different media across cultures and centuries.
Dr Richard Sugg (University of Durham) has kindly agreed to be the conference’s keynote speaker. Dr Sugg is the renowned author of Murder after Death: Literature and Anatomy in Early Modern England (Cornell University Press, 2007), Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians (Routledge, 2011) and several other books focusing on early modern studies, corporeality and cultural marginality.
Specific topics may address, but are not limited to:
- the body in / as history;
- the body politic / the politics of the body;
- histories of bodies;
- the body in historiography and philosophy of history;
- the body and history in literature and other arts;
- the body in cultural history;
- the body as canvas / text / space / territory / map;geography of the body;
- the body and ahistoricity;
- the history of medicine (health, disease, pain, pleasure, physiology, body parts etc.);
- death of the body / the corpse in history;
- the body and trauma / suffering / memory;
- ideal / beautiful / liminal / monstrous bodies in history;
- histories of adornment, modification and augmentation of the body;
- transhumanism, posthumanism and futures of the body;
- the body and material culture / the materiality of the body;
- history and the body at the intersections of the humanities, science and policy;
- methodologies in body-related history;
- animal bodies in history / histories of animal bodies;
- flesh and meat in history / histories of flesh and meat.
We welcome scholars from various academic fields to submit their proposals (ca. 250 words) by 30 January 2017 to email@example.com. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 1 March 2017. A selection of papers will appear in a post-conference monograph.
The conference fee is 450 / 350 PLN (105 / 80 EUR) for full fee participants and graduate students respectively. The fee includes a meal, coffee breaks and conference materials.
Further details will be gradually available on http://corpushistoricus.wordpress.com
(posted 31 October 2016)