CFP: Migration, Border, and the Nation-State (4/9-4/11/09)

The joint conference looks for presentations that investigate new meanings, assumptions, and implications of migration, border crossing, and nation building as well as papers that explore the representations of emigration, borderlands, and nation-states in different cultural forms, literary genres, and technological media. We welcome both proposals that examine the interrelations among migration, border, and the nation-state in political and historical terms and projects that offer innovative interpretations of cultural productions that foreground the new dynamics in relation to our everyday life, social practice, and planetary awareness.

CFP: Literature, Geography, Translation: The New Comparative Horizons (Uppsala University 11-13 June 2009)

The Departments of Literature and English at Uppsala University, in collaboration with the University of Oslo, will host a conference in Uppsala, Sweden, on 11-13 June 2009 on this theme. Papers should address, mutatis mutandis, each of the terms “literature”, “geography” and “translation” within a transnational frame. Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2008.

CFP: Media in Transition 6

International Conference

April 24-26, 2009
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In his seminal essay “The Bias of Communication” Harold Innis
distinguishes between time-based and space-based media. Time-based
media such as stone or clay, Innis agues, can be seen as durable,
while space-based media such as paper or papyrus can be understood as
portable, more fragile than stone but more powerful because capable of
transmission, diffusion, connections across space. Speculating on
this distinction, Innis develops an account of civilization grounded
in the ways in which media forms shape trade, religion, government,
economic and social structures, and the arts.

CFP: The Poetics and Politics of Reading: Studies in Honour of University Professors Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin

As 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, the 20th Annual International Graduate Colloquium will celebrate its longstanding place as a nexus of provocative thinkers on and influential theories of reading: its nature, its significance, its politics. Beginning with the watershed work of its founder, Northrop Frye, the Centre for Comparative Literature has been the birthplace of some of the most important contributions to the field of literary and cultural studies, particularly regarding the status of readers (who can read?), their place in the culture around them (by what terms can they read?), their relationships to texts (what can be read and how?) and their relationships to one another (how can they read the signs of another/an Other?). Over the years, these contributions have included now-classic works, such as Wolfgang Iser’s The Act of Reading, Paul Ricoeur’s The Rule of Metaphor and Fredric Jameson’s The Political Unconscious, all delivered as lecture series at the Centre.

Luiz Costa Lima and the Control of the Imaginary

Luiz Costa Lima and the Control of the Imaginary
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the English translation and publication of Control of the Imaginary: reason and imagination in modern times (1988), a groundbreaking work by Brazilian intellectual, Luiz Costa Lima. To celebrate this event Crossroads has published a selection of work from Costa Lima covering the period 1980-2008, this including excerpts from his books, articles and seminar papers. Half of this selection has never appeared in English before.

Call for Contributions: The Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (Routledge ABES, UK)

The Centre for Postcolonial Writing (CPW) is the Editor of the Postcolonial Literary Studies Section of Routledge’s On-line bibliography, the Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES), which commended in 1999 and has just been remodelled and relaunched for 2008. The CPW is expanding its network of annotators in the area of Postcolonial Literature. Our contributors write short annotated bibliographies of articles, monographs, edited collections and online products, that they consider to be valuable and necessary reading in the field.

CFP: Contested Spaces: Conflict, Counter-Narrative and Culture From Below in Canadian and Québécois Literatures

May 1-2, 2009 Université de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, Québec
We invite papers which discuss the literary text as the site of contestation, counter-memory and conflict in Canadian and Québécois literatures. In what ways do marginalized individuals, communities, and social movements contest, appropriate, and represent their specific memories, spaces, and identities as counter-discourses of nation or as expressions of culture from below? How are political, ideological, spatial, and cultural conflict represented in the literary text?
Nous sollicitons des communications qui discutent le texte comme lieu de conflit, de contestation et de contre-mémoire dans les littératures du Canada et du Québec. De quelles manières les individus, les communautés et les mouvements sociaux contestent, s’approprient et représentent leur mémoire, leur espace et leur identité comme des contre-discours de la Nation ? Comment les conflits politiques, idéologiques, spatiaux et culturels sont-ils représentés dans le texte littéraire?
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2008

CFP: NEOHELICON Special Number: Poetics of the Paratext

The “paratext,” here defined as any textual accompaniment exterior to the text proper and yet intrinsically bound to it (prefaces, prologues, prolegomena, forewords, codas, authorial appendices, marginal notes, didascalia and other scripturally-conjoined paraphernalia) constitute the focus of this special number. Priority will be accorded to papers exploring the theoretical consequences and/or poetic operations of paratextual “objects” within the plexus of a work or series of works. (Submission Deadline: 1 July 2009)