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Gender Studies Network: Note and CFPs of particular relevance

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A new Gallery Picture has been posted: http://essenglish.org/gsn-gallery/

Feeling British
A special issue of the French Review of British Studies
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#feeling_British

Blues in the 21st Century: Myth, Social Expression and Transculturalism
Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, Italy, 23-24 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#blues

Language, Power, and Ideology in Political Writing
Call for Chapters
Submission date deadline: 30 August 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-07-09/#political_writing

Dikes of Courage: Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Movement and the Aesthetics of Protest
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, 23-24 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 8 September 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#dikes-of-courage

Common Room: On the Road
Płock, Poland,  19-20 October 2018
Deadline for proposals: 25 September 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1810/#on-the-road

Adaptation and the Protean Poetics of Margaret Atwood
Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon, France, 1 February 2019
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1902/#Atwood

Challenging Precarity
AURO University, Surat, Gujarat, India, 27-29 January 2019
Deadline for proposals: 10 October 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1901/#precarity

Recycling Woolf
Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 27-29 June 2019
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1906/#Woolf

Feminism and Technoscience: Third Biennial European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Women’s Network Symposium
Thessaloniki, Greece, 6 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1904/#feminism

Short Fiction as Humble Fiction
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier-3, France, 17-19 October 2019
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2019
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1910/#short-fiction

Journal Announcement: Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies

Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies exists to facilitate a dialogue among researchers who work in any field related to queer studies. Its purpose is to offer scholars working in queer studies, in and out of academia, a place to share their work, to reach like-minded readers, to initiate collaborations, to make things happen. We aim to foster a diverse and mutually respectful community among scholars of different backgrounds, research interests, methodological allegiances and disciplinary affiliations.

Each issue of Whatever will include a general section, which will host papers dealing with any and all aspects of queer theories and studies, and several themed sections, each curated by an independent editorial team. A list of the themed sections for the second issue, including deadlines and submission guidelines, can be found at https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/announcement/view/1.

In Homage to Professor Martin A. Kayman

Farewell words for Professor Martin A. Kayman

Fernando Galván and Hortensia Pârlog [1]

Professor Martin A. Kayman (Cardiff University) stepped down a few weeks ago, with the publication of issue 22.1 (April 2018), as Editor of the European Journal of English Studies, EJES, the official journal of ESSE. Our Society is not yet 30 years old, and Martin A. Kayman has been active serving it for more than 20 years, i.e. over two thirds of ESSE’s life. He has been working hard for more than two decades, initially editing The European English Messenger (or The Messenger, as all of us call it), and later, our journal EJES, which is certainly not a minor task, as anybody with an experience in editing academic journals knows very well. Continue reading “In Homage to Professor Martin A. Kayman”

Book Announcement: Fictions of Home

Martin Mühlheim, Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000

Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten (SAA), Vol. 143

2018, 384 Pages
€[D] 78,00
ISBN 978-3-7720-8637-3
eISBN 978-3-7720-5637-6

This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home.

In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.

”[A] thoroughly impressive, productive and useful work. [… T]he writing is admirably lucid and engaging.” – Randall Stevenson, Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature, University of Edinburgh

”[E]ach chapter is insightful and [… the] use of a very wide range of theorists to provide different angles of vision is deftly and impressively handled.” – Pam Morris, author of Realism (New Critical Idiom series) & Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism

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Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Crime and Criminals in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American World
Paris, France, 18-19 January 2019
Deadline for proposals: 20 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1901/

Negotiating, subverting, reconfiguring borders in the English-speaking world
University of Strasbourg, France,  5-6 October 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1810/#borders

Intersectionality: Theories, Policies, Practices. 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS)
Grainau, Germany, 14-17 February 2019
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1902/#intersectionality

‘Because of Her?’: Women and the Shaping of Canada
Bordeaux, France, 12-14 June 2019
Deadline for proposals: 20 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1906/

Nadine Gordimer, Jump and Other Stories: “the alternative lives I invent”
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, 4-5 October 2018
Deadline for Proposals: 30 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1810/#Gordimer

Tracing Non-Human Agency in Literatures in English
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany, 15-17 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#non-humans

Revisiting Multiculturalism and Interdisciplinarity in Today’s Academic Communication
University of Social Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 6-7 December 2018
Deadline for proposals: 23 September 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1812/#PTLS

Sapphic Vibes: Lesbians in Literature from the Renaissance to the Present
Université de Haute-Alsace, France, 14-15 March 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1903/

Professor Fernando Galván Reula, Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Picture Gallery

As already known, Professor Fernando Galván, the former ESSE president, has been awarded the O.B.E order of the British Empire by the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

On 25th April 2018 the British ambassador in Madrid, Mr Simon Manley, held a reception at his residence (some 60 guests attended) in order to formally impose Professor Galván the medal of Officer of the Order of the British Empire conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2017. Many academics from half a dozen universities in Spain (University of Alcalá, Complutense University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, National Open University, and University of Salamanca), as well as some educational authorities, diplomats and members of the British Council in Spain were present.

Click on the Picture Gallery, then on Start Slide Show to see the pictures taken at the ceremony.

Book Announcement: Standardising English

Standardising English: Norms and Margins in the History of the English Language

Edited by Linda Pillière, Wilfrid Andrieu, Valérie Kerfelec, Diana Lewis (Université d’Aix-Marseille, France)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication year 2018
Online publication date: March 2018
Online ISBN: 9781108120470

Table of contents

Contents pp v-vi
List of Figures, Maps and Tables pp vii-viii
List of Contributors pp ix-xi
Acknowledgements pp xii-xii

Part I – Norms and Margins: Ideology and Concepts pp 1-62
1 – Norms and Margins of English pp 3-2: Linda Pillière, Wilfrid Andrieu, Valérie Kerfelec, Diana Lewis
2 – Approaching Norms and Margins on Different Levels: Going beyond the Standard/Non-Standard Divide pp 22-42: Sandrine Sorlin
3 – Prescriptive Grammar and the Rationalist Cultural Model of Standardisation pp 43-62: Natalia Guermanova

Part II – Norms and Margins: A Historical Perspective pp 63-190
4 – Norms and Rules in the History of Grammar: French and English Handbooks in the Seventeenth Century pp 65-88: Valérie Raby, Wilfrid Andrieu
5 – The End of Toleration? Language on the Margins in Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English: Language pp 89-105: Lynda Mugglestone
6 – Eighteenth-Century Pronouncing Dictionaries: Reflecting Usage or Setting Their Own Standard? pp 106-126: Véronique Pouillon
7 – Setting a Standard: Authors and Sources in the OED pp 127-143: Charlotte Brewer
8 – Conflicting Linguistic Norms in the Letters of Virginian Soldiers during the American Civil War pp 144-170: Gaëlle Le Corre
9 – Correcting English: Josephine Turck Baker (1873–1942) and the Early American Usage Guide Tradition pp 171-190: Viktorija Kostadinova

Part III – Norms and Margins: Moving into the Twenty-First Century pp 191-276
10 – The Grammatical Margins of Class pp 193-212: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
11 – Concepts of Correctness and Acceptability in British English: Exploring Attitudes of Lay People pp 213-233: Carmen Ebner
12 – Maori English in Maori Literature: Standardising the Margin into a Norm pp 234-250
13 – Imposing a Norm: The Invisible Marks of Copy-Editors pp 251-276: Linda Pillière

Author Index pp 277-281
Subject Index pp 282-286

International and Interdisciplinary Summer School

The summer school will be organised for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and will be held at Landau (Germany) from August 20th to 24th 2018 focusing on the topic: “Political Masculinities in Europe: New Definitions, Methods and Approaches”. The Summer School will feature four key-note speakers and is organised by Kathleen Starck (University of Koblenz Landau) and Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna).

The Summer School is funded through the Volkswagen Foundation and thus comes without tuition fees and features substantial bursaries for travel and accommodation. Participants have to apply via the English website until April 16th 2018: https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/de/landau/fb6/philologien/anglistik/Page/Research/internationalsummerschool

Flyer-Summer School Landau 2018

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

The Modern Short Story and the Magazines: 1880-1950
An edited volume
Deadline for proposals: 30 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-01-03/#modern_short_story

Brexit and the Divided Kingdom
Special Issue of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures
Deadline for proposals; 16 April 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#Brexit

Scotland in Europe, Conference IV
University of Warsaw, Poland, 26-28 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 20 April 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1809/#Scotland

The Reception of Contemporary French Thought Through the Prism of Translation: TRACT Conference
Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, France, 12-13 October 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1810/#TRACT

Innovation and Experiment in Contemporary Irish Fiction
Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium, 29 November – 1 December 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#Irish_fiction

Racial Passing: New Historical and Aesthetic Perspectives
Call for articles for a publishing project
Deadline for proposals: 21 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#racial_passing

Frankenstein Revived: Essays on the International Reception, Translation and Recasting of Mary Shelley’s Novel
A collection of essays
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#Frankenstein

(Re-)Mobilizing voters: electoral strategies and practices in the English-speaking world, 1867-2017
Université Grenoble Alpes, France, 8 February 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1902/#voters

Crossroads II: City/Non-City
Institute of Modern Languages, University of Białystok, Poland, 29-30 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#Crossroads

Experiments in short fiction: between genre and media/La brièveté et l’expériment: entre genre et media
IL LI 23, Fall 2018
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#short_fiction

Avenging Nature: A Survey of the Role of Nature in Modern and Contemporary Art and Literature
An edited volume
Deadline for chapter proposals: 1 July 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-07-09/#nature

Cultures and/of Migration
The third issue of VTU Review
Deadline for complete manuscripts: 1 August 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-07-09/#migration

Place and Placelessness in Postcolonial Short Fiction
Montpellier, France, 13-15 June 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1906/#placelessness

Representing Trans
One of the three issues of volume 24 of EJES (2020)
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-10-12/#trans

Contemporary Literature and/as Archive
Special Issue, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-10-12/#archive

ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme

The deadline for applications to the ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme has been extended to 20 April 2018!

The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 4,000 Euro to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies. The main purpose of this grant is to encourage prospective co-researchers from different national associations to plan a bid for a larger award from alternative funding sources; it also aims to resource the time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of the proposed project. Applications will be assessed on the quality and originality of research, evidence of sustainable international collaboration, and the feasibility of the project and its development.

Call for Papers for EJES Volume 24

The editors of EJES are issuing calls for papers for the three issues of the journal to be published in 2020. Potential contributors are invited to submit detailed proposals of up to 1,000 words to the guest editors of the topic they are interested in.

The deadline for proposals for this volume is 31 October 2018.

Procedure

EJES operates a two-stage review process.

  1. Contributors are invited to submit proposals for essays on the topic in question by 31 October 2018.
  2. Following review of the proposals by the editorial board panel, informed by external specialists as appropriate, the guest editors will invite the authors of short-listed proposals to submit full-length essays for review with a spring 2019 deadline.
  3. The full-length essays undergo another round of review, and a final selection as well as suggestions for revisions are made. Selected essays are then revised and resubmitted to the guest editors in late 2019 for publication in 2020.

EJES employs Chicago Style (T&F Chicago AD) and British English conventions for spelling and punctuation. Continue reading “Call for Papers for EJES Volume 24”

CFP: Language.Literature.Politics.

Colloquium – New Philologies, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, and The Alps-Adriatic-Rectors’ Conference (AARC)

present the 3rd AARC Conference

Language.Literature.Politics.

1918-2018. (Un)doing Nationalism and Resistance

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria – September 20-22, 2018

First Call for Papers

The Open Access journal Colloquium – New Philologies, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and the Alps-Adriatic-Rectors’ Conference are happy to announce the 3rd AARC PhD Students’ Conference entitled: Language.Literature.Politics. 1918-2018. (Un)doing Nationalism and Resistance, to take place from Thursday, 20th to Saturday, 22nd September 2018 in Klagenfurt (Austria), at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

Although it may seem to many as a case of déjà vu, we actually bear witness to a cyclical turn of events in history. The world shortly after World War I seems very similar in many ways to the current state of affairs in the sense that another major push against multinationalism, multiculturalism, and globalism is clearly evident. Mirroring 1918 and the nationalist movements of the time, 2018 seems to bring a strong (or at least a loud) return to nationalism. After a long general movement into globalization, unification, and multiculturalism that has marked the period succeeding World War II, nationalism, particularly in the Western World, seems more pronounced today than any time in the last 70 years. It is particularly rampant in the political discourse of today. On the other hand, supranational entities such as the EU, seem to be deriving new motivation precisely from the revival of these nationalistic tendencies. A thorough look is hence needed into the languages not only of nationalisms, but also of critique and resistance to them, especially into their narrative, rhetoric, and argumentative strategies, as well as their use of metaphors, images, and other devices of communication.

As environments are linguistically classified in different ways, both culturally and cognitively, understanding the various experiences that influence these classifications is crucial for us to be able to account for the different modes of the human condition expressed by language that socially constructs us. The conference thus invites contributions in all of the disciplines of linguistic, literary, and cultural analysis, and artistic installations focusing on studies of language as a vessel of negotiating nationalism in the various instantiations it can take, especially in:

  • literature;
  • linguistics;
  • media;
  • politics;
  • the arts (including popular culture and visual culture);
  • sports;
  • and the academic world.

We particularly welcome papers or posters reflecting on topics such as:

  • language and identity;
  • cultural identity;
  • public political discourse;
  • conceptual metaphors and nationalism;
  • nationalism and citizenship;
  • gender, sexuality and nation; and
  • nationalism and social media.

We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring scientific exchange in a very peculiar region. The Alps-Adriatic region is gifted and haunted alike by its very special historical and sociocultural situation as the point of intersection between three language communities, various systems of beliefs and thoughts as well as economic and political experiences. It is a region characterised by experiences of generations of the local population that were able navigate between these various linguistic, cultural, and political systems as part of their everyday lives, within and beyond existing national boundaries.

Contributions may take the form of traditional paper presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time) or of standard poster presentations. Additionally, we are also featuring theory reading and discussion workshops (discussion groups organized around a previously set reader, particularly open to early career researchers). Extended abstracts of approximately 800 words (including a theoretical outline, the methodology employed, and the tentative results) are to be submitted as MS Word (.doc or .docx) file to aarc18@aau.at by 15th April 2018, while the notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 1st June 2018.

No conference fees apply.

There will be a limited number of travel and accommodation grants available. Further information will appear on the conference website.

Selected contributions will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Open Access Journal Colloquium – New Philologies (http://colloquium.aau.at/).

The official language of the conference is English.

Plenary speakers to be announced.

Further details will appear on the conference website: https://conference.aau.at/event/150/

Conference committee:

  • Cristina Beretta (Department of Slavonic Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Nikola Dobrić (Department of English, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Angela Fabris (Department of Romance Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Thomas Hainscho (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt , Austria)
  • Doris Moser (Department of German Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • René Schallegger (Department of English, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Mark Schreiber (Department of English, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Jürgen Struger (Department of German Studies Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Peter Svetina (Department of Slavonic Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Giorgio Ziffer (Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Udine, Italy)

 LLP call for papers

Book Announcement: The Postcolonial Epic: From Melville to Walcott and Ghosh

Sneharika Roy, The Postcolonial Epic: From Melville to Walcott and Ghosh

The book

Bridging classical and contemporary scholarship, The Postcolonial Epic places the epic, a form traditionally marginalised in postcolonial criticism, at the heart of the post-imperial construction of the imagined community. It introduces two major comparative concepts—political epic and postcolonial epic—in order to re-evaluate the post-Hegelian conception of epic as a discursively stable expression of the national totality. The political epics of Valmiki, Virgil, and their successors are recast as more unsettled entities, in which an avowed national politics promoting a culture’s “pure” origins coexists uneasily with a disavowed poetics of intertextual borrowing from “other” cultures. This paradox allows the book’s chiasmatic argument to come into view: while political epic employs a hybrid poetics of migration to express a monocultural politics of nation (a contradiction it must disavow), postcolonial epic allows the genre to come full circle. It deploys a migrating poetics of intertextuality to articulate a transnational politics of migration (a complementary homology it openly advertises).

Prefigured by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and exemplified by the works of Derek Walcott and Amitav Ghosh, postcolonial epic compounds the tensions already present in political epic and makes the tradition more amenable to contemporary explorations of the profoundly disruptive nature of colonialism. The Postcolonial Epic foregrounds key postcolonial developments in the genre, including a shift from politics to political economy, subaltern reconfigurations of capitalist and imperial temporalities, and the poststructuralist preoccupation with language and representation.

The table of contents

Introduction: from classical to postcolonial epic

  1. Rallying the tropes: the language of violence and the violence of language
  2. “History in the future tense”: genealogy as prophecy
  3. “The artifice of eternity”: ekphrasis as “an-other” epic

Conclusion: resistant nostalgia

The author

Sneharika Roy is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English at The American University of Paris. She is a contributor to MLA volume on Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh and to the encyclopedic project DELI (Dictionnaire Encyclopédique des Littératures de l’Inde).

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Vulgarity in literature and the visual arts of the English-speaking world
Paris, France, 2 June 2018
Deadline for proposals: 7 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1806/#vulgarity

Literary Networks and Digital Media in Contemporary African Literatures
Double Guest Issue 13:3 & 13:4 of Postcolonial Text, 2018
Deadline for proposals: 9 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-01-03/#African_literatures

Capitalist Aesthetics
A special issue of Open Cultural Studies, an Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journal (De Gruyter)
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-01-03/#capitalist_aesthetics

Pies in the sky. Food in Great-Britain and in France: How Representations and Practices Have Changed, 18th-21st centuries
Bordeaux Montaigne University, France, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1809/#food

Feminisms in Motion: Migrations, Upheavals, Relocations
CINiBA Katowice, Poland, 4-6 October 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1810/#feminisms_in_motion

Decadence, Magic(k), and the Occult
Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 19-20 July 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1807/#decadence

Representations of Age and Ageing in American Culture : 6th Annual CAAS American Studies Workshop
Zadar, Croatia, 15-16 June 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1806/#ageing

Living, Reading, Teaching and Translating in a World Dominated by the Culture of War and War of Cultures (CELLTTS-3)
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1809/#CELLTTS

Romanticism and Time
Université de Lille, France, 8-10 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#romanticism

Narratives of Power and Empowerment
Sousse, Tunisia, 23-24 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#TAELS

Multi/Inter-culturalism and identity negotiation
Summer 2018 issue of the ESSE Messenger
Deadline for submissions 1 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#Messenger

Negotiating Aging and Ageism in English-speaking Literatures, Theatre and Performance Arts
Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS)
Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-04-06/#HJEAS

Shakespeare on Screen in the Digital Era: The Montpellier Congress
Montpellier, France, 26-28 September 2019
Deadline for Seminar and Panel proposals; 30 May 2019
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1909/#WS_on_screen

Conference Report: “Nation, Nationhood and Theatre”

“Nation, Nationhood and Theatre”: 26th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)

Reading (Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading/UK),
29 June–02 July 2017

Julia Boll (Konstanz, Germany)

The 26th CDE conference, hosted at the Minghella building (Dept. of Theatre and Film) at the University of Reading, provided a platform to discuss the representation of issues of nation and nationhood in contemporary theatre and drama in English, a very topical theme in the year after the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, and in times of a global rise of nationalisms and populist movements.

The conference started with a welcome address by local organisers Vicky Angelaki and John Bull. They stressed the uniqueness of CDE and how the background of many members of the society is intricately connected to questions of nation and nationality. They also commented on the society’s spirit of community, reflected in the practise of avoiding parallel sessions, and then spoke about the critical momentum of the conference, the case of worrying nationalism, of jingoism, and how theatre might be the best way of approaching these issues. Continue reading “Conference Report: “Nation, Nationhood and Theatre””

Book Announcement: Memory Frictions in Contemporary Literature

María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro and Silvia Pellicer-Ortín (eds.), Memory Frictions in Contemporary Literature

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

294pp.

ISBN: 978-3-319-61758-9,
ISBN (eBook): 978-3-319-61759-6

Description

The essays that make up the collection delve into both the treatment of memory in literature and the view of literature as a medium of memory, paying special attention to major controversies attending the representation and (re)construction of individual, cultural and collective memories in literary narratives in English published from 1990 to the present. Focusing on texts written by authors from diverse backgrounds —Great Britain, South-Korea, the USA, Cuba, Australia, Burma, as well as Native-American Indian and African-American writers— this book attempts to explore the multifarious representational strategies used by contemporary writers so as to textualise memory and its friction areas through literary practices. The contributors to the collection analyse a good range of memory frictions —in connection with melancholic mourning, immigration, diaspora, genocide, perpetration and victimhood, dialogic witnessing, memorialisation practices, inherited traumatic memories, murder, sexual abuse, prostitution, etc.— by making use of various disciplines —such as psychoanalysis, ethics, politics, space theories, postcolonial studies, narratology, feminism and gender studies, critical studies in food and culture— resulting in a volume that is genuinely contemporary and committed to cross-cultural ethical engagement.

Contents

Introduction: Memory Frictions: Conflict-Negotiation-Politics. María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro and Silvia Pellicer-Ortín

Part I: Experimentation and Genre: Formal Memory Frictions

  • The Powers of Vulnerability: The Restorative Uses
of Elegy. Jean-Michel Ganteau
  • Narrative Form, Memory Frictions and the Revelation
of Traumatic Secrets in Toni Morrison’s Home. Susana Onega
  • The Zigzag Trajectory through Time of Colum
McCann’s TransAtlantic. Sandra Singer

Part II: Collective Tensions and the Politics of Remembrance

  • Public Art and Communal Space: The Politics of Commemoration in Amy Waldman’s The Submission. Paula Martín-Salván
  • A Korean “Apocryphal” Island, Once the Shore, by Paul
Yoon. Marc Amfreville
  • False Memories, False Foods: Eating, Cooking,
Remembering in Tastes like Cuba by Eduardo Machado. Nieves Pascual Soler

Part III: The Haunting Presence of the Holocaust: Multidirectional, Transgenerational and Memorial Struggles

  • The Holocaust in the Eye of the Beholder: Memory in
Carmel Bird’s The Bluebird Café. Bárbara Arizti
  • Lore, or the Implicated Witness: Rachel Seiffert’s
Postmemory Work. Susanne Baackmann
  • “No Redress but Memory”: Holocaust Representation
and Memorialization in E.L. Doctorow’s City of God. María Ferrández San Miguel

Part IV: Mapping Memories, Spatial F(r)ictions and Troubled Identities

  • Re-Mapping the Trauma Paradigm: The Politics
of Native American Grief in Louise Erdrich’s “Shamengwa”. Silvia Martínez-Falquina
  • Remembering the Way Back Home: The Role of Place
in Wendy Law-Yone’s The Road to Wanting. Dolores Herrero
  • Negotiating Traumatic Memories in Louise Erdrich’s
The Round House: White Man’s Law vs. Native Justice
and Tradition. Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz

Conclusion. Robert Eaglestone

Editors

María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro is  Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and German Philology in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

Silvia Pellicer-Ortín is Lecturer at the Department of English and German Philology in the Faculty of Education of the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

Further details

http://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9783319617589
http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319617589

ESSE Book Grants

Recognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE awards some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects.

Grants will be of a maximum of 300 euro per applicant. However, applications will be kept to the minimum necessary and restricted only to books that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Books that are not held by the applicant’s university libraries and cannot easily and quickly be obtained by interlibrary loan.
  • Books that need to be available to the applicants over an extended period, longer than would be possible through a library loan.
  • Books whose price would place a strain on the applicant’s available financial resources, for example, because of the high cost of the books concerned.

ESSE requests that successful applicants donate the books to their university libraries when their research projects have been completed, so that other scholars can benefit from the books.

Eligibility

  • Grants will be made only to members of ESSE, or to PhD students whose supervisors are members of ESSE.
  • Grants are available for any research project, whether it is formally registered and recognised or simply normal individual academic research. However, it is not the intention to provide books for general academic purposes, e.g. as reference works to have on one’s bookshelf.

Dates

The application deadline is 1 May 2018. Applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Books included in the application must be bought at the personal expense of the applicant between the application deadline and 30 June 2018.

After purchasing the books, the winners will send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE, Alberto Lázaro (alberto.lazaro@uah.es). The receipt(s) will include the name of the purchaser, the titles and the cost of the books (even if the purchases are electronic).

Grant money will be transferred to recipients’ accounts before 15 July 2018.

Selection Committee

 Applications

Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Bursaries Committee using the form attached.

 ESSE Book Grants APPLICATION FORM

3rd Old and Middle English Summer School and Conference

3rd Old and Middle English Summer School and Conference

Dates: 19 July 2018 – 25 July 2018

Location: Naxos, Greece

Website: https://oldandmiddleenglishnaxos2018.wordpress.com/

We are happy to inform you that registration is now open for the 3rd summer school program and conference on the history of English to be held on 19-25 July 2018 on the island of Naxos, Greece, under the aegis of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

The summer school will offer Old and Middle English intensive language and linguistics classes for a period of seven days. The aim is to attract students and scholars to study topics in Old and Middle English in a relaxed yet very focused and stimulating atmosphere that promotes in-depth analysis and discussion.

Faculty & Courses

Courses:

  • A Construction Grammar of Old and Middle English. Alexander Bergs (University of Osnabrück)
  • How did English change? A basic course in Old English and the circumstances that led to its modern appearance. Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
  • Old and Middle English through manuscripts. Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State University)
  • Old English phonology and meter. Donka Minkova (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Language contact and the development of English. Nikolaos Lavidas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants plus certification of the 6 ECTS gained, issued by the University of Osnabrück.

The 3rd Old and Middle English Summer School in Naxos will also be organizing a conference on “New Approaches to the History of Early English(es) III” as well as thematic and poster sessions on: language change, historical morphology and syntax, historical phonology, historical sociolinguistics, linguistic theory and historical data, language teaching and dialectology (diatopic aspects), language teaching and diachrony (diachronic aspects). The 2018 Old and Middle English Conference will be held under the aegis of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

Info

Registration fee: 35 euros, it covers the light lunches for the whole period of the summer school and the conference.

Accommodation: We can offer 29 beds at the municipality hostel (Vivlos/Tripodes village) for the whole period of the summer school and the conference (July 18-26).   Financial Aid: 4 scholarships available (of 250 euros each) for students of Greek universities. Applications accepted until April 15, 2018.

Financial Aid Instructions: In order to apply for a scholarship, please upload your motivation and your CV to the online application form before the 15th of April, 2018.

Registration

15 January 2018 to 15 April 2018

Registration Instructions:

Book Announcement: Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

Marianne Kac-Vergne, Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd, London

Series: Library of Gender and Popular Culture
Hardback
ISBN: 9781780767482
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2017
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 25 bw integrated

If science fiction stages the battle between humans and non-humans, whether alien or machine, who is elected to fight for us? In the classics of science fiction cinema, humanity is nearly always represented by a male, and until recently, a white male. Spanning landmark American films from Blade Runner to Avatar, this major new study offers the first ever analysis of masculinity in science fiction cinema. It uncovers the evolution of masculine heroes from the 1980s until the present day, and the roles played by their feminine counterparts. Considering gender alongside racial and class politics, Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema also situates filmic examples within the broader culture. It is indispensable for understanding science fiction and its role in contemporary cultural politics.

About the author:

Marianne Kac-Vergne is Lecturer at the Universite de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France, where she teaches courses in American cultural history at graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research focuses on gender and genre in American cinema, and she has published and presented on masculinity and femininity in science fiction, romantic comedy and western films.

Reviews:

‘A must read about gender politics in popular culture, this is a revealing and original historical study about constructed male identities in the flourishing genre of science fiction. Marianne Kac-Vergne eloquently coins key developments in the depiction of (hyper)masculinity in Hollywood blockbusters and traces the 1980s heroes with bulging muscles and hard bodies to the twenty-first century- sci-fi-species equipped with clever minds and a heart. The only staple: women stay on the sidelines while hegemonic masculinity rules. In the current political climate Kac-Vergne teaches us invaluable new insights to engage with the ideas of race and gender in mainstream film’ – Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Professor, Department of Communication, Central Connecticut State University

‘Marianne Kac-Vergne’s Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema: Cyborgs, Troopers and Other Men of the Future is a brilliant analysis of contemporary science-fiction cinema. It will appeal to academics and students in film studies, gender studies, and cultural studies alike: its smart contextualizations, subtle commentary of intertexts and astute close readings, combined with strong intersectional analyses of the masculinity in these well-known films will prompt re-viewing in another light. Broader audiences will find this is a highly enjoyable read, with a dose of wit and wry humor. This is truly a must-read for anyone who watches, studies, or indeed, makes science fiction films today’. – Monica Michlin, Professor of Contemporary American Studies, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier

AIA Summer School

AIA SUMMER SCHOOL
British Romanticism Then and Now: Poetics, Language(s), Translation and Culture

Viareggio, Palazzo Paolina
4-9 July 2018

AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica) is pleased to announce its forthcoming Summer School, which will be held in Viareggio (not far from Pisa), a special place for the British romantics as Shelley’s dead body was burnt to ashes there and a monument and a square are dedicated to him.

As you can see from the programme, there will be lectures by renowned international and Italian experts on Romanticism, and workshops for hands-on approach to the topic. The Summer School will be paralleled by a “Festival Shelley” with evening talks and events meant for the community at large and the tourists in Viareggio.

The Summer School fee is very low as we mainly want to attract PhD students, and we are looking forward to welcoming students from all over Europe.

Summer School Programme

Didactic programme

[1] Lectures

Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Bologna, Italy: Reading Shelley’s Poetry: the Language of Music and the Arts
Nora Crook, Cambridge, UK: Mary Shelley and Shakespeare: Frankenstein and Theatricality
Franca Dellarosa, Bari, Italy: Teaching and Researching Romanticisms: Race, Slavery and Abolition
Marina Dossena, Bergamo, Italy: Ideologies of Linguistic Representation in Late Modern Times and Beyond
Alan Rawes, Manchester, UK: Romantic Poetry: An Introduction Diego Saglia, Parma, Italy: The Gothic Orient and the Global: Telling Romantic (Hi)Stories

[2] Seminars

Mirella Agorni, Milan, Italy: Translating Science in the Early Romantic Period and the Birth of the Female Reader
Serena Baiesi, Bologna, Italy: Varieties of Romantic Fiction and Prose Writing: Gothic, Sentimental, Historical and Political
Rocco Coronato, Padua, Italy: Thoughts on Translating Coleridge’s Rime
Giuliana Ferreccio, Turin, Italy and Elena Spandri, Siena, Italy: “Unknown modes of being”: Wordsworth reinventing the sacred in The Prelude and in Memorials of a Tour in Italy
Greg Kucich, Chicago, US: Romanticism and Women’s Historical Drama
Alan Rawes, Manchester, UK: Lord Byron: Passion, Politics and Popularity
Annalisa Sandrelli, Rome, Italy: Adapting Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for the screen: a challenge for Italian dubbing

Key-note lectures

Pamela Church Gibson, London, UK: Romanticism, Film, New Media
Michael Bradshaw, Worcester, UK: Disabling Romanticism
Tim Fulford, Leicester, UK: Romantic Masculinities and Heroic Science

 AIA Summer School Brochure

 AIA Summer School Registration form

Book Announcement: Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre

Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost (eds.), Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre: Populating the Stage

Palgrave-Macmillan

ISBN 978-3-319-59710-2
301 pages

This book addresses the notion posed by Thomas Kilroy in his definition of a playwright’s creative process: ‘We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage’. It gathers eclectic reflections on contemporary Irish theatre from both Irish theatre practitioners and international academics. The eighteen contributions offer innovative perspectives on Irish theatre since the early 1990s up to the present, testifying to the development of themes explored by emerging and established playwrights as well as to the (r)evolutions in practices and approaches to the stage that have taken place in the last thirty years.
This cross-disciplinary collection devotes as much attention to contextual questions and approaches to the stage in practice as it does to the play text in its traditional and revised forms. The essays and interviews encourage dialectic exchange between analytical studies on contemporary Irish theatre and contributions by theatre practitioners.

Anne Etienne is Lecturer in Modern Drama at University College Cork, Ireland. She has published widely on theatre censorship in twentieth-century England, and is the main author of Theatre Censorship: from Walpole to Wilson (2007). She is currently expanding her work on Arnold Wesker. Her research in contemporary Irish theatre is devoted to Corcadorca Theatre Company.

Thierry Dubost is Professor of Literatures in English at the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France. He is the author of Struggle, Defeat or Rebirth: Eugene O’Neill’s Vision of Humanity (1997) and The Plays of Thomas Kilroy (2007). He has co-edited a number of volumes on Irish drama and culture

Professor Fernando Galvan awarded the O.B.E order of the British Empire

Professor Fernando Galvan, our former ESSE president, has been awarded the O.B.E order of the British Empire by the Queen to distinguish him for his contribution to developing educational relationships between Spain and Britain. This is a very rare occasion to give such a tribute to someone outside Britain.

Book Announcement: Two Elizabethan Treatises on Rhetoric

Guillaume Coatalen, Two Elizabethan Treatises on Rhetoric: The Foundacion of Rhetorike by Richard Reynolds (1563) and A Brief Discourse of Rhetorike by William Medley (1575)

Brill, 2017

ISBN13: 9789004322301
E-ISBN: 9789004356344

Sixteenth century Elizabethan treatises on rhetoric in the vernacular are relatively rare. Guillaume Coatalen offers annotated editions of Richard Reynolds’s The Foundacion of Rhetorike (1563), which has not been edited since the 1945 facsimile edition, and of William Medley’s unknown Brief Discourse on Rhetoricke which survives in a single manuscript dated 1575. While Reynolds’s work is an English adaptation of Aphthonius’s Progymnasmata and a preparation for Thomas Wilson’s influential Arte of Rhetoricke (1560), Medley’s is broader in scope and contains the only full treatment of periodic prose in English in the period. Both works are essential to understand how Elizabethan rhetoric in the vernacular evolved, in particular in aristocratic circles, and its links with Continental developments, notably German.

Biographical note

Guillaume Coatalen, Ph.D (2002), University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance English literature with a strong interest in manuscripts. He co-edited with Carlo Bajetta and Jonathan Gibson, Elizabeth I’s Foreign Correspondence: Letters, Rhetoric, and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Readership

Specialists working on Renaissance rhetoric and more specifically sixteenth century English rhetoric. Historians researching Puritan discourses and Elizabethan court culture.

Table of contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Sigla and Abbreviations

Introduction

Richard Reynolds, The Foundacion of Rhetorike (1563)

William Medley, A Brief Discourse of Rhetorike (1575), Cecil Papers MS 238/6

Bibliography
Index Nominum
Index Rerum

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

The Fleeting Nature of Short Forms
University of Angers, France, 18-20 April 2018
Deadline for proposals: 21 January 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1804/#short_forms

Understanding America in a Time of Change: 12th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies (HAAS 12)
Budapest, Hungary, 25-26 May 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1805/#HAAS12

Ecofeminist Science Fiction
Deadline for chapter proposals: 1 February 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2018-01-03/#ecofeminist_sf

Corporeal Archives: International Scientific Conference
Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia, 1-2 June 2018
Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1806/

Transnationalism and Imperialism: New Perspectives on the Western
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, 15-16 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#western

Water: 2018 Annual Conference of the French Society for Scottish Studies
University François Rabelais, Tours, France, 8-10 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#SFEE