Category Archives: Calls for Papers, Articles, Translations

CFP: Women on the Verge, Uni. of Manchester

Women on the Verge, Transformations in Literature, Gender and Society, The University of Manchester, 16th June 2017

We are proud to announce Women on the Verge: Transformations in Literature, Gender and Society, the first of a planned series of one-day conferences aimed at PhD students and early career scholars from across the Humanities and beyond.

The conference aims to serve as an interdisciplinary forum for discussion, analysis and reflection on the concept of femininity and gender representations, which are socially, geographically and culturally embedded. Furthermore, it focuses on the re-appreciation of women as creative and professional figures within the literary environment and the cultural marketplace (artists, authors, publishers, editors, translators and so forth).

We welcome papers from, but not limited to, the fields of Literature, Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies, Media and Film Studies, History, Book History and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Art History and Visual Culture.

Research topics may include:

– Processes of construction, re-construction and negotiation of women’s bodily and cultural identity.

– Constructions of female authorship and dynamics of gendered canonization and marginalisation in literary tradition.

– The influence of social and cultural structures on the role historically played by women in the literary and artistic field.

– The ‘social turn’ in Translation and Interpreting Studies, focusing on re-writing, re-translation and feminism, and the dynamics of gender and occupational segregation in the linguistic labour market.

– The use of translation as a means to assert, reflect and redefine a definition of female identities tied to cultural and geographical dimensions.

Please note, however, that proposals for papers addressing other themes are very welcome. Acceptance will be based on academic merit after a thorough review process.

The conference also invites contributions for a small photo exhibition to be held at The University of Manchester.

Abstract of approx. 250-300 words can be sent to wotvconf@gmail.com. The deadline for the submission abstracts is 15th March 2017. 

More information can be found here.

Sean O’Brien Lectures, St Anne’s College, Oxford

‘For Dreams are Licensed as they Never Were’5.30pm in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. All welcome.

Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in Comparative European Literature, Sean O’Brien. 

Tuesday 7 February 2017 ‘For dreams are licensed as they never were’. What becomes of the history poem?

Tuesday 14 February 2017 Displacement: Irish poetry and poets of Irish descent in Britain.

Tuesday 21 February 2017 ‘I only am escaped alone to tell thee’ or ‘The Faster We Go the Rounder We Get’.

Tuesday 28 February 2017 In Conversation with Patrick McGuinness.

Masterclass in Chinese to English Literary Translation

Masterclass in Chinese to English Literary Translation: Nicky Harman on Jia Pingwa, Wed 15 February 2017, 17:15 – 19:15. St Anne’s College, Oxford, Seminar Room 3.

The Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation research programme is delighted to host acclaimed literary translator Nicky Harman to give a masterclass on Chinese to English literary translation. During the course of the evening, we will focus on unpicking a single paragraph by author Jia Pingwa. Concentrating on the final paragraph of Jia’s 2007 novel Happy (《高兴》), we will look at the process of a working translator, with an eye to issues particular to Chinese-English translation. Through examining both the translator’s drafts and and her final version, we will discuss the practical problems of translation, starting with sentence structure, terminology and (nick)names. Nicky will then unpick the cultural references, both implicit and explicit, and finally consider the author’s intentions for this paragraph. The conversation with then open up for discussion, as the translator poses the question of whether her translation has succeeded in recreating the same effect in English.

All are welcome. No knowledge of Chinese is necessary. A few short preparatory readings will be circulated in advance to facilitate audience participation. Please register on eventbrite in order to receive the introductory readings. Please come prepared to ask questions!

Please contact Kate Costello with any questions about the event or registration.

CFP: The Summer of Love, Queen’s University Belfast

Call for Papers/Call for Art. “The Summer of Love”: A One-Day Countercultural Event in Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Summer of 1967. Queen’s University Belfast, 28 July 2017.

The Summer of Love was not simply an American phenomenon but an occurrence with international and intercultural influence and significant social and political effects, transforming the ways in which the counterculture, intergenerational relationships, class, gender, and race are understood. Thousands of young people ventured to the Bay Area, particularly the Haight-Ashbury district. The media’s overage of the influx of students, hippies, and others considered part of the “counterculture” drew national and international attention. This event will consist of a strong arts and entertainment component. The interdisciplinary focus of the newly formed School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s will be stressed as collaborative research projects in writing, poetry, film, and a number of other disciplines will highlight cooperative learning and community engagement. Local artists from Belfast will display their original works, a screening of countercultural films at Queen’s Film Theatre will take place, and a special evening musical performance will conclude the day’s events.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Christopher Gair, Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Associate Director of the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr Gair is the author of The American Counterculture (Edinburgh UP, 2007), The Beat Generation (Oneworld, 2008), and is the editor of Beyond Boundaries: C. L. R. James and Postnational Studies (Pluto, 2006).

Call for Papers

20-minute presentations—in areas such as Art, Film, Music, Psychology, History, Political Science, and Sociology—on themes associated with the late 1960s, are expected and appreciated. Papers can address the effects/outcomes of the counterculture of the 1960s. Proposals from postgraduate students are especially encouraged.

Paper proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract, your institution affiliation, contact information, and a 100-word biography. Topics may include:

– Vietnam and the student protests; the New Left; Students for a Democratic Society; Hippies, Yippies, and Diggers

– Timothy Leary; psychedelia and drug culture

– Deviance; intergenerational conflict; youth alienation; Free love and the sexual revolution

– San Francisco rock, folk music, protest songs, and experimental music; Bob Dylan; the Beatles (particularly Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band); Jimi Hendrix; the Grateful Dead; music festivals

– Freaks, bikers, communes, cults and other marginal groups

– Independent and cult films; the Hollywood Renaissance

– Civil disobedience, riots and race relations; the Black Panthers; the feminist movement

– Eastern religion; the New Age movement; mysticism

Please send your proposal to plederer01@qub.ac.uk

The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2017. Results will be announced by March 20, 2017.

Call for Art

Works of art—oil paintings, watercolours, charcoals, prints, etchings, photographs, etc.—are requested for part of the Summer of Love art exhibit. All of the topic suggestions for papers also apply here. Protest art, photographs representing alternative lifestyles, psychedelic or experimental works, and other subversive, counterculture creations are especially desirable.

Please email an image of your work to plederer01@qub.ac.uk. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Results will be announced by March 20, 2017. Conference booking will open in April. The event will take place in the Peter Froggat Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. A vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch will be served.

CFP: Prototypes in Recycling Cultures

CFP: Prototypes in Recycling Сultures and/or Cultural Genomes, 20-21 April 2017, Baku Slavic University, Azerbaijan.

Baku Slavic University and the Azerbaijan Comparative Literature Association (AzCLA) have the pleasure of inviting all interested specialists and postgraduate students to take part in an international conference “Comparative Literature and Culture: Prototypes in Recycling Cultures and Cultural Genomes”, to be held at Baku Slavic University in 20-21st April 2017. The conference is part of the “Criteria of National Literature and Culture” project.

The concept of culture, which may seem far-removed from politics, can both unite and divide people, races and countries. The other – the foreign, the unusual, the stereotypical as an alien phenomenon – always prompts interest at the very least and, “if required”, becomes a reason for conflict in politics. This applies to various religious faiths, to languages and customs and models of behaviour. Moreover, it’s well known that many cultures have not simply points of contact, common elements, not only with related cultures (those which scholarship recognizes as related), but prototypes which unites with cultures that are a long way away in time (right back to prehistoric times) and space (right up to different continents), without being limited to the political borders of modern countries.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Sowon Park, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Sowon specializes in British Modernism, Political Fiction, relationship between Literature and other forms of knowledge, in particular Cognitive Neuroscience.

Discussion at the conference is expected to cover the themes below, but are not limited the following:
• How “contemporary” are contemporary cultures and how authentic are they?
• Cultural heritage of deleted from modern-day history ancient people was somehow divided, transformed and branched in a new historical and geographical area. How were ancient, earlier versions of contemporary traditions? What were the predecessors of contemporary traditions and beliefs such as, for example, offering sacrifices?
• How were shaped up-dated alphabets? Are there prototypes for them?
• Words represented symbols in alphabets, and with the acquisition of local features and traditions, are carriers of cultural layers. This conference aims to consider associations between modern words and ancient words if they are transformations, or cultural matrix.
• What were or are the names of the same objects, traditions or phenomena in the different languages of people who share the same faith?
• How has the same cultural element been interpreted and reinterpreted; for example rites or genres, such as khamsa, kitab or nama in literature, marsiya or march in music? How has the development of writing and translation influenced commonality in the formation of many contemporary words?
• We do not exclude consideration of the question of “recycled cultures” in the context of “recycled genomes”. How great a role did natural selection play in the transmission of different elements of cultural heritage? Can we speak of cultural memory as we do of biological memory?
• How can “The Human Genome Project (HGP)” shed light on these issues? How unrelated are these contemporary cultures? Why do differences in culture promote aggression rather than mutual understanding when people have the same physical characteristics?

The “Prototypes in Recycled Cultures and Cultural Genomes” conference offers joint discussion of the interdisciplinary problem of “recycled culture” from different aspects and historical times, including the proto-historic (pre-literate) period, offering, a shared platform to researchers in different academic fields – specialists in literature, linguistics, religion, anthropology, music theory, translation, philosophy, architecture, history, genetics etc.

If you are interested, please send your abstracts (150-200 words max) along with a brief CV to rahilya_g@hotmail.com by 25th February 2017.