Category Archives: Conferences

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.

CFP: ‘Archival Afterlives’, JRRI

‘Archival Afterlives’: Postwar Poetry in English, 2017 John Rylands Research Institute Conference, 27-29 June 2017, University of Manchester.

Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (New York Public Library), with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin.

The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ will provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings in modern and contemporary literature.

Topics for presentation might include:

 Genetic histories of poetic texts; the role and place of genetic criticism in literary studies; the role and place of archival material in the study of contemporary poetry;

 Poetic communities and networks; correspondence and its role in cementing literary networks and movements; collaborations; network mapping;

 Poetry in translation; the process of translation; the relationship between the poet and the translator;

 Life writing; archives and biographies;

 The publishing of poetry; journals, publishing houses, and literary magazines;

 The relationship of poet and editor;

 The materiality of poetic texts; creating, documenting, managing and using literary drafts, manuscripts and proofs in physical and digital form;

 Collecting the archives of modern poetry; ‘being archived’; the relationship of poets with their archives, and the poet with the archivist; collecting policies and strategies; the global diaspora of modern literary archives;

 Archives and life-objects.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in the archives include Elaine Feinstein, Grevel Lindop, Elizabeth Jennings, John Heath-Stubbs, Michael Schmidt, Brian Cox, Jeff Nuttall, John Ashbery, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Paula Meehan, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Les Murray, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sylvia Plath and many more.

Submissions from researchers at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are welcome. Due to significant interest, the deadline for paper and panel proposals has been extended to Monday, 20th February 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further information and guidelines as to how to submit the proposal.

Enquiries to be directed to jrri.conference2017@manchester.ac.uk.

Conference Convenor: Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. Steering Committee: Fran Baker (University of Manchester Library), Douglas Field (University of Manchester), Vona Groarke (University of Manchester), Stella Halkyard (University of Manchester Library), John McAuliffe (University of Manchester).

Conference: Languages and Creativity, Oxford

Creative Multilingualism Conference: Languages and Creativity, Saturday 28th January 2017, Taylor Institution Library, St Giles, Oxford.

Conference Programme

9.00 – 9.30
Registration and Coffee

9.30 – 9.45
Welcome
Janice Carruthers, Queen’s, Belfast, and AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages

9.45 – 10.30
Writing between Languages
Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS, and Jane Hiddleston and Matthew Reynolds, Oxford

10.30 – 11.15
Panel Discussion – Working Languages
Chair: Leanne Tritton, Managing Director, ING Media

11.15 – 11.45
Coffee

11.45 – 12.30
Sense and Nonsense across Languages: the Example of Bird-Naming
Andrew Gosler and Martin Maiden, Oxford

12.30 – 1.15
LinguaMania – Evaluating Impact
Chair: Elleke Boehmer, TORCH, Oxford

1.15 – 2.00
Lunch

2.00 – 2.30
Multilingual Metaphor
Linda Fisher, Cambridge, Suzanne Graham, Reading, and Katrin Kohl, Oxford

2.30 – 3.30
Panel Discussion – Multilingualism post Brexit
Chairs: Rajinder Dudrah, BCU, and Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS

3.30 – 4.00
Tea

4.00 – 5.00
Languages in Performance: RTKAL (Punch Records)
Q&A led by Philip Bullock, Oxford, Julie Curtis, Oxford, and Rajinder Dudrah, BCU

5.00 – 5.30
Perspectives

5.30
Drinks Reception

Entry to the conference is free, but numbers are limited so booking is required. Please register here.

For more information, please email us at: creativeml@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

Creative Multilingualism is a research programme led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Open World Research Initiative.

Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, SOAS University of London

Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, 28th April 2017, SOAS University of London

“Minor literature is not the literature of a minor language but the literature a minority makes in a major language.” Deleuze and Guattari

“The three characteristics of minor literature are the deterritorialization of language, theconnection of the individual to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage ofenunciation.”  Deleuze and Guattari

What makes individuals or communities belong to the minority or the majority? How do authors’ positions within the minority-majority paradigm influence their fiction? Can we even formulate what minorities are? Do they have to be a minority in regard to a specific majority? Is it possible to define a majority? What does being marginal mean and how is it expressed in a work of art? How does the nation figure in defining minorities and majorities? What is the nation-state’s role in minor-major relations?

This conference will focus on the many different kinds of minority voices emanating from South Asia in the decades since independence. Any South Asian language and any form of minority identity is welcome.  By bringing scholars researching different voices from different languages in South Asia we aim to foster a dialogue that will help develop a South Asian paradigm of Minor Literature and help to identify the role of the state and different parallels across the subcontinent.

We would like to invite all scholars working on Indian or other South Asian literatures to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas.

 Caste and community

 Gender and sexualities

 Religions and traditions

 Marginalised geographies

 Poverty and class

 Minor literature in nationalisms and regionalisms

Paper proposals should include a title, 300-word abstract, institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email by January 15 2017 at the following address: samconference2017@gmail.com