American Conference for Irish Studies, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, March 20-23, 2019; www.acis2019.com
Declarations of Independence: Treaties, Transitions, and Tearing Away
In “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,” W. B. Yeats asked, “But is there any comfort to be found? / Man is in love and loves what vanishes, / What more is there to say?” The old world had ended, and a new one was beginning. The year 1919 witnessed the first meeting of Dáil Éireann, the start of the Irish War of Independence, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the publication of several episodes of Ulysses in The Egoist, the release of the expanded version of Yeats’s The Wild Swans at Coole, and Éamon de Valera’s dramatic visit to America, among many other notable events. It was, in short, a year of treaties, transitions, and tearing away, a time when Irish writers, artists, historians, intellectuals, political parties, and social movements faced the realities of a continent beginning to recover from the Great War and a nation still fighting for independence.
In the centenary year of these events, we invite Irish Studies scholars to gather in Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution and self-styled capital city of Irish America, to reflect on the 1919 era, its legacies throughout the twentieth century, and its resonances within the twenty-first. We welcome papers and panel proposals in all areas of Irish Studies, with particular interest in topics related to independence, transitional moments, and negotiated treaties or agreements.
Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
- Formulations of political and/or artistic independence
- Peace agreements or broken treaties
- Sexual orientation and transgender identities
- Religious differences and interdenominational collaborations
- Poetic statements of community or individualism
- Literary portrayals of individual and collective independence
- Dramatic representations of rebellion on stage or screen
- Ireland, America, and Paris
Conference events will include a poetry reading by Michael Longley at the Boston Public Library, as well as keynote addresses by Aileen Dillane, Catherine McKenna, John Regan, and a reading by poet Leontia Flynn. The Boston Park Plaza hotel is centrally located, and conference participants are encouraged to make the most of the many archives and university libraries in the Boston area during their stay. The Burns Library of Boston College will host an onsite exhibit of artifacts from their Irish collections.
Submission Guidelines: Individual papers and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcomed, as are proposals for presentations in non-traditional formats such as roundtables, discussion groups, or seminars. Abstracts should be 250 words in length and should include a brief (100-word) bio of the presenter. Proposals should be submitted via www.acis2019.com. Please note that participation in ACIS 2019 is available only to American Conference for Irish Studies members in good standing. Details on joining ACIS or renewing your membership can be found at www.acisweb.org.
Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis, but the final deadline for submission is Friday, November 16, 2018.
Conference co-hosted by Boston College, Bridgewater State University, Framingham State University, and UMass Boston.
ACLA 2019: Aestheticism and Decadence in Comparative Contexts: Criticism, Philosophy, PoliticsACLA 2019: Aestheticism and Decadence in Comparative Contexts: Criticism, Philosophy, Politics
My co-organizers and I seek proposals for a seminar on Aestheticism and Decadence in Comparative Contexts at the ACLA Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2019, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
The seminar solicits papers on Aestheticism, Decadence, and L'Art pour L'Art in a variety of comparative contexts. We are especially interested in papers with strong criticial, philosophical, and theoretical dimensions. Although we anticipate that most papers in the seminar will discuss nineteenth-century versions of Aestheticism and Decadence, submitted topics need not limit themselves to the nineteenth century. We will also consider papers on Aestheticism's and Decadence's incarnations in the twentieth century and beyond. Nor will we limit our focus to British and Continental European contexts. We encourage submissions on Aestheticism and Decadence in a variety of transnational, cosmopolitan, transatlantic, and global contexts.
For a fuller description of the seminar, and to submit a proposal go here.
Proposals are due September 20, 2018 by 9am.
Professor of English
University of Utah
British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century
We seek proposals for scholarly essays on eighteenth-century British women satirists, their texts, and their contributions to the theory and practice of satire in the long eighteenth century. Accepted essays will be included in a book collection of articles to be published by a leading academic press. This timely essay collection will challenge current assumptions about eighteenth-century women writers and the gendered practice of satire during the long eighteenth century. We invite abstracts of up to 750 words for essays that uncover, examine, or reconceptualize the varied means by which British women writers in the long eighteenth century self-consciously and intentionally employed satire to critique, reform, and interrogate social, cultural, religious, or political practices and assumptions. We also invite essays that theorize works of female-authored satire and/or explore iconoclastic or everyday female satiric occasions through a variety of methodologies (historicist, feminist, material, archival, rhetorical, editorial, ecological, etc.). Chapters will address how eighteenth-century British women satirists appropriate, challenge, and disrupt traditionally masculine genres, modes, and styles of dramatic, verse, prose fiction, and ephemeral satire.
Potential Areas of Inquiry:
- Female satirists in (or in contrast to) the Horatian, Juvenalian, and Menippean traditions
- Satiric fiction and the woman novelist; satiric subgenres, embedded modes; romans à clef
- Women’s verse satire; satyrs; anti-pastoral poetry
- Women writers and editors of satiric periodical essays
- Women playwrights and dramatic satire
- Satiric retorts to male-authored satires; interrogation or acceptance of the concept of “masculine satire”
- Women’s contributions to the literary theory of satire
- Women’s participation in satiric political commentary or censure
- Female-authored translations or adaptations of classical satires
- Feminist satiric critiques of class, gender, courtship, and marriage
- Women satirists and legal or political philosophy
- Women’s satires of didactic literature
- Women’s satires of cultural consumption
- Amanda L. Hiner, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator, Critical Thinking Program, Winthrop University
- Elizabeth Tasker Davis, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University
Timeline and Important Dates for Contributors:
- Essay Proposal/Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2018
- Notification of Acceptance: January 1, 2019
- Completed Essay Deadline (6500 – 7500 words): August 15, 2019
Article Abstract/Proposal Details:
- Detailed description of proposed research subject with brief outline of article topics
- Also, attach an abbreviated CV including a list of research interests
Margaret Cavendish Society Conference 6-9 June 2019 TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
The society welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers on topics related directly or indirectly to the theme, or on any aspects of Cavendish, her work, her family (including William Cavendish, Jane Cavendish, and Elizabeth Cavendish) and her contemporaries, influences, and responses to her work. In particular, we invite panel proposals on the work of Anne Conway and other early modern women scientists and philosophers. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following disciplines:
- art history
- social history
- book history
- digital humanities
- the history of science
- political theory
- gender studies
- translation studies
- pedagogical approaches
The 2019 conference will feature invited speaker Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World (2014):
Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poems, four collections of essays, six novels, and a work of nonfiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her most recent novel The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Book Prize for Fiction 2014. Hustvedt has a PhD in English from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry at the Dewitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.
Abstracts of 150 to 200 words should be emailed to Lara Dodds and Lisa Walters together with a brief CV by December 1st, 2018.
'Europe' in Contemporary Literature and in Literary Studies (ACLA Conference, Washington, D.C., March 7-9, 2019)
Recent scholarship and creative writing have addressed the European project and cultural imaginaries of Europe in innovative ways. Examples include special issues on the future of Europe [New Literary History 43.4 (2012)] and European memory [European Review of History 24.4 (2017)], as well as essays such as Robert Menasse’s Enraged Citizens, European Peace and Democratic Deficits (2012, transl. 2016) that challenge readers to imagine what a supra-national Europe might look like. Fiction also engages with many of the issues that have dominated current debates in Europe – racism, the civil rights of refugees, and religious belonging, to name just three. The novel is still the most popular genre with which authors such as Jenny Erpenbeck in Germany (Go, Went, Gone, 2015), Shumona Sinha in France (Assomons les pauvres! 2011) or Mohsin Hamid in England (Exit West, 2017) have tackled these issues.
Projects in the public realm address similar questions, for example, the House of European History that opened last year in Brussels “is dedicated to the understanding of the shared past and diverse experiences of European people” and provides access to its exhibition in 24 European languages. But what does it mean to “discover […] common ground in European history” at a time when incompatible concepts of – and realities in -- Europe and in particular in the European Union threaten to tear the continent apart - politically, economically, and socially? In light of these challenges, is it tenable to promote notions of European identity via the assertion of a common European memory? A more productive approach might be to think of “European” cultural memory as a way to engage with contravening memories. Arguably, literary fiction is well equipped to address these multi-layered perspectives. At the same time, the arts, in particular literature and film, can contribute to the “thickening” of imaginative relations with other group and help create alternative shared points of reference for the future (Rigney 2012, 622).
Against this backdrop, we propose a seminar that explores the treatment of Europe in contemporary literature written across the European continent as well as outside of Europe. We welcome papers that address questions such as the following: What might a field of Critical European Culture Studies look like and what is the role of contemporary literature in this context? How is Europe conceptualized not only in the discipline of Comparative Literature but also across the various “national” literatures? What are European topics in contemporary literature (roughly, the literature published since the end of the Cold War)? How is Europe narrated? And what is a European narrative, anyway? Possible thematic foci include European cultural memory, transnational legacies of colonialism and war, flight and migration, and mobility and belonging, among others.
Histories, Theories, and Uses of Waste Paper in Early Modern England
Deadline: 1 October 2018
Balliol College, University of Oxford, 15 June 2019
This one-day multidisciplinary conference will explore the manifold afterlives of waste paper in early modern England. Manuscript and printed sheets were frequently reused to wrap later volumes, to stiffen spines and cover the inside of bindings, to line boxes, to serve as notepaper, or (in the words of the poet Henry Fitzgeffrey) ‘to wrap Drugg's’, ‘dry Tobacco in’, and package ‘Pippin-pyes.’ While this cycle of use has long been understood as destructive, it also speaks to a distinctly pre-modern sense of how texts might endure beyond their initial form and function. We seek 15-minute papers that consider the origins, functions, and legacies of waste paper, as well as related practices of textual use, destruction, and care. Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 October 2018.
The Irish Republican Army on Film: Critical Essays and Interviews
from editor: Matthew Edwards
This is a call for papers for a new anthology on the I.R.A and its depiction in film and documentary, with particular emphasis on The Troubles.
Through films such as The Crying Game, Bloody Sunday, '71, The Hunger the collection will look to analyse the conflict through both a historical and cinematic perspective. How have these films/documentaries dealt with such an emotive and sensitive subject and dealt with the controversial political discourse on The Troubles and other key historical events? How do these films portray the sectarian violence and do these films approach the subject matter with their own political agenda/viewpoint? How do these films portray the British forces, paramilitary groups and police/security forces during the conflict? How has the I.R.A been depicted on genre films?
The collection is looking for scholarly essays on any aspect of the I.R.A in relation to its cinematic portrayal. Both minor and major works will be considered along with documentarires and interviews with filmmakers who have been brave enough to turn their cinematic lens on this traumatic event.
To date, I have sourced an interview with the director of The Outsider.
Please send a full abstract and full biography to email@example.com. All abstracts should be in Times Roman, pt 12. If invited to submit a full essay for the collection, a style guide will be sent to adhere to (all essays should use the MHRA referencing system). I am hoping to get all the content finished by end of January 2019, though I can be flexible.
Matthew Edwards is the editor of a number of scholarly books relating to cinema. He is the editor of The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, was was published by McFarland to co-inside with the 70th Anniversary of the bombings (2015); Film Out of Bounds (2007, McFarland and Co) and the acclaimed collection Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema (McFarland and Co, 2016). He is also the author of Twisted Visions: Interviews with Horror Filmmakers, which was published in 2017 by McFarland and Co. My latest collection, The Rwandan Genocide on Film was published in summer 2018 by McFarland. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers.