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‘Environments: Landscape and the Minds’: Postgraduate Conference at Goldsmiths

Environments Landscapes and the Mind ImagePostgraduate students based at Goldsmiths, University of London,University of Essex and the University of Kent will be organising a conference entitled ‘Environments: Landscape and the Minds’ on 19 June 2015 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The interdisciplinary conference is sponsored by CHASE.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings from postgraduate students on the connections between landscapes, society, and self are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 12 April 2015.

See the call for papers for details.

CfP for ‘Fictionality: Law. Literature. Science. Interdisciplinary Approaches’ at Yale

Yale WHCWG ‘Fictionality: Law. Literature. Science. Interdisciplinary Approaches’ invites presentation proposals for its concluding conference on 20-21 May 2015 at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. The Conference will consist of two whole-day panels: one on the role of Fictional Discourse in Legal Theory and Practice, and a second on the intersections and relations of Law and Fiction in general (a more traditional law and literature session) that is open to inquiries of all sorts. The keynote address will be given by  Professor Peter Brooks (Princeton/Georgetown Law/Yale).

Abstracts of maximum 500 words (single spaced) for 25-minute presentations and short academic resume (not more than 5 lines) that need to be both put on one single page, preferably as PDF, should be send to Hans Lind.  The e-mail subject needs to be: either ‘Session 1 CFP’ or ‘Session 2 CFP’ followed by your last name and the title of your proposal (for automatic filtering purposes). The deadline for proposals is 30 March 2015. A selection of papers is planned to be published.

Session 1: Fictional Discourse in Legal Theory and Practice

This whole-day session will address the question of fiction in law from theoretical and dogmatic standpoints. What function and form may have fictions in the legal world? What parts do they play in legal codifications, in trials or as part of legal thinking and legal theory? Questions of the relations of Law to Reality in general are as welcome as more specific enquiries (eg. the nature and purpose of the fictio iuris).

Papers could address:

  • Fictions as part of laws and codes / Fictional quality of Laws, legal examples, etc.
  • Questions of legal semiotics (Truth, Reality of the Law, legal concepts etc.); Law and Language
  • Question of Legal Interpretation and the search for a fixed or variable ‘truth’ (Originalism, etc.)
  • The nature and the reality of the Law
  • Law as Literature
  • Law as Fiction (LaRue, etc.)
  • Fictions as part of trials and investigation (eg. the story of the case as a fictional construct)
  • Fiction(s) as part of legal thinking
  • Fiction(s) as part of legal instruction
  • Relations of Law and Reality
  • The question and nature of the fictio juris/ fictio legis (legal fiction)
  • Historical or theoretical inquiries (e.g. Benthams Theory of Fiction, Locke, Fuller, etc.)
  • Reception and application of philosophical theories /literary theory on truth and fiction in the field of law (John Searle, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, Michael Riffaterre, Niklas Luhmann, Gregory Bateson, Ernst von Glasersfeld, Heinz von Foerster, Roman Ingarden, Gans, Gottfried Gabriel, Marie-Laure Ryan, Wolfgang Iser)
  • Deconstruction and the Law
  • Constructivism and the Law
  • Neuroscience and the Law

Session 2: Law and Fiction

Papers are expected to address a great variety of approaches on the intersection of law and fiction.

The following are especially welcome:

  • legal narrative techniques and form in fiction
  • fiction as legal experiment: fictional stories that could serve as legal thought experiments
  • law in literature: what do we learn about the law in novels and drama (its nature, its status, its relation to truth, its value, its discontents)
  • fiction (novels, drama, etc.) as a forum/means to discuss the questions and discontents of the law (e.g. Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial’, ‘Before the Law’, ‘The judgement’, ‘The Penal Colony’)
  • fictional quality of law, trials, etc. as a topic of storytelling (in novels, drama, etc.)
  • ‘novelists and poets’ as the principal teachers of law (John Wigmore, Benjamin Cardozo; Robert Weisberg)

CfP: Mapping Identities in the Modern World

The fifth annual postgraduate symposium of the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York will take place under the title of ‘Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present‘ on 2 June 2015. The interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cartography and the shaping of geographical boundaries;
  • The construction of selfhood and the ‘other’;
  • Contested identities, spaces and territories;
  • Nationalism and racism 1830-present;
  • Travel-writing/travelogues, voyages of self-discovery;
  • The overlap of identity and culture;
  • Spaces and places of identity in literature;
  • Artistic representations of the self;
  • Cultural identities;
  • (De)constructing identity in the humanities;
  • Philosophies of self;
  • Alienation and/or isolationism.

Proposals of 250-300 words should be sent to The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2015.

See the call for papers for details.

Call for Papers: CCLPS Postgraduate Conference at SOAS

The 2015 Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Postgraduate Conference entitled ‘Beyond Eurocentricism: Rethinking Spatial Representation’ will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on 19 June 2015.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • imperialism and geography;
  • borders and the nation state;
  • ideological spaces;
  • national and/or communal borders;
  • the city and the country;
  • metropolitanism;
  • cosmopolitanism;
  • formations of spatial identity and ‘Otherness’;
  • intercultural and interlinguistic space;
  • diaspora narratives;
  • local cosmologies;
  • mythical and/or spiritual representational spaces;
  • imagined spaces;
  • alternative histories of landscape, environment and architecture;
  • ecologies;
  • parallel universes;
  • the wilderness, the unseen, the underground;
  • spaces occupied by non-humans;
  • interrogations of space as a gendered entity;
  • space and sexuality;
  • the public and the private;
  • areas of safety;
  • sites of violence.

The organisers hope to establish comparative critical perspectives informed by, but not limited to, cultural studies, literary studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, architecture, gender studies, urban studies, urban cultural studies, animal studies and ecocriticism.

Proposals for panels (up to 400 words) and papers (up to 250 words) accompanied with 50-word biographies are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2015.

See the call for papers for details.

Call for Papers: Literary Transnationalism(s)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) will be hosting a conference entitled ‘Literary Transnationalism(s)‘ on 8-10 October 2015.

From the organisers:

In recent approaches to literary studies we notice a turning away from an (almost) exclusive attention to national literatures in favor of a variety of “transnational” approaches. One may here think of world literature and geocriticism, but also of the so-called “-phone” studies, i.e. anglophone, francophone, hispanophone, or lusophone, but increasingly also sinophone and other linguistically-inspired categories, often from a postcolonial perspective, in the case of literatures in European languages, but sometimes also from an “imperial” point of view, as has sometimes been argued with respect, precisely, to sinophone developments. But it is equally possible to consider not necessarily linguistically but rather culturally, historically, or geographically related areas such as “Europe,” the Americas (often now referred to as “hemispheric America”), the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, the Atlantic or the Pacific Rim, the Indian Ocean, or the Silk Road. There is room for both synchronic and diachronic reflections on any or all of these approaches.

The conference will bring together a number of leading international theoreticians, critics and literary historians. Confirmed participants include: David Damrosch (Harvard University), Djelal Kadir (Pennsylvania State University), Longxi Zhang (City University of Hong Kong), Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus University), Hans Bertens (Utrecht University, President of the International Comparative Literature Association), Ottmar Ette (University of Potsdam), César Domínguez (University of Santiago de Compostela), Jean Bessière (University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle), Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford).

The organisers would like to offer participants the opportunity to test their own insights, theories and proposals in an intensive exchange of views with these internationally recognised authorities. At the same time the international experts will be invited to not only consider their own specialty, but to at least partially adopt a meta-stance, reflecting on their own approach next to and in relation to the other approaches highlighted.

Proposals for 25-minute papers should be sent to Dagmar Vandebosch  and/or Theo D’haen. Deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2015. Early submission is encouraged.