Category Archives: Postgraduate Events

CFP: Endgame(s) – GLITS

Endgame(s), GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar) Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, June 9th 2017, Goldsmiths, University of London

Plenary Speaker: Professor Ivan Callus, University of Malta

Website: www.endgames2017.co.uk

We live in perilous times. Institutional decay, declining living standards, the collapse of social welfare, and potentially the end of liberal democracy all afflict our contemporary historical moment. Looming ecological and migratory issues transcend the limits of what we think and feel to be possible, threatening us in ways we are unable to imagine, let alone rationalise. Yet, there is a profound sense that every epoch has its own ‘endgame’; that every society recognises itself as itself in the vision of its own future demise. Endgames consequently populate the historical record, from the Millenarianism of the medieval world and the fin de siècle culture of Mitteleuropa, to the historical ends that the mythologies of Fascism and Stalinism sought to bring about, to anxieties of nuclear holocaust and the Y2K millennium bug and – more recently – Brexit. It seems that the apocalypse, by definition, must be repeatable. In 1925 T.S. Eliot captured appositely the sense of resultant disaffection and numbness – even frustration – this engenders: ‘This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper.’

However, living in the end-times can also be exhilarating, even liberating. A German expression encapsulates this hedonism: ‘Tanz auf dem Vulkan [dancing on the volcano]’. The end-times – different from the mere knowledge of our individual mortality – can trigger an ecstatic sense of being, perhaps even a means to bridge the intersubjective gaps that lie between us and forge new collective possibilities. Thus, leading us to the imagining of termination for positive affect; bringing current socio-economic and political systems to their [il]logical conclusions; repurposing technology for socially beneficial and emancipatory ends.

This conference seeks to explore the way in which literature and narrative cultures order and represent visions of the end of the world and how this constitutes a pervasive influence on philosophy, political theory and popular culture. We invite papers that discuss ways of thinking and feeling in the end times, those of the past, present and, inevitably, those endgames still to be played out in the future.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature of resistance, dissidence, change, from the middle-ages to 21st Century.
  • The end of literature and the contemporary novel.
  • Borders and limits in relation to migration, displacement, and refuge.
  • Apocalypse, catastrophe and revelation.
  • Climate-change, environmental disaster, and eco-criticism.
  • Corruption, decadence, degradation, decay.
  • Endgames and end-times in popular culture.
  • Epochality, historicity, temporality.
  • Technology and media.
  • Post-truth and Post-fact discourses.

We warmly welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings, from all postgraduate students by Friday 31st March to be sent to the conference organisers David Cross and Marc Farrant at endgames2017@gold.ac.uk – Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please include details of your current level of study and home institution. For creative readings, please send a short example of your work.

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.

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.

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

The MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) is looking for a second postgraduate editor for its online journal, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities. Working Papers was launched in 2006 and is aimed at early career researchers and postgraduates.

The successful applicant will serve as a second postgraduate representative to the MHRA Executive Committee, attending three committee meetings per year in London and advising on postgraduate matters. The position will also involve an element of conference organisation. For further information about the work of the MHRA.

This position starts in January 2017 and ends in December 2018. Whilst unpaid, it offers invaluable experience in the world of academic publishing, as well as representing a chance to work constructively for the future of the Humanities more broadly. Applications are welcome from postgraduates working in any of the ‘modern humanities’, defined as relating to the modern and medieval languages, literatures and cultures of Europe (including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the European diaspora).

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (in a single Word file, please), together with a letter of support from their supervisor, as email attachments to Mrs Ann Keith, Assistant Secretary, by 5 December 2016. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to the current representative, Eleanor Dobson.

Postgraduate Funding at Royal Holloway – Studentships, Masters by Research Fee Waivers

Postgraduate funding at Royal Holloway, University of London for outstanding students in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

AHRC Studentships
The Department is able to nominate students for the AHRC TECHNE studentship competition. Information about applying for an AHRC TECHNE studentship and an application form can be found on the College AHRC web page. More information about the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership is on the TECHNE website.

College Studentships
Royal Holloway also has a number of College Studentships available. Please note that students who apply for a TECHNE award will be considered automatically for a College Scholarship.

Note that the deadline for Techne and College applications with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is Monday 16th January at 4pm (references must be received by 29th January).

TECHNE is led by Royal Holloway. The other member institutions are: Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, University of the Arts London, Royal College of Art and Surrey. TECHNE’s vision is to produce highly motivated scholars prepared for careers inside and outside of academia. TECHNE has 14 organisational partners which include the Barbican, The National Archives, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum.

Current research expertise in the School includes: Animal Studies, Ecocriticism and the Anthropocene, Translation, Gender Studies, Trauma Studies, Critical and Cultural Theory, and Globalisation and Consumer Culture. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary projects https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mllc/home.aspx

For more information visit our website or contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs.

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Masters by Research Fee Waiver

Funding for Master of Arts by Research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to invite applications for Master of Arts by Research fee waiver (equivalent to a fee waiver at home/EU rate) and bursaries of £1000 (note that these may not be awarded concurrently).

This is a flexible programme offering in-depth, directed research on a topic of your choice which will allow you to gain new insights in critical and literary theory, literature, continental philosophy, film, cultural studies or the visual arts in Comparative Literature and Culture, French, German, Hispanic Studies or Italian. You will receive one-to-one supervision, feedback and support but also benefit from a taught course to hone your skills in critical analysis. As a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway, you will join an energetic research community with the opportunity for personal and research development training.

For more information,contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs.

Previous knowledge of a language is not always necessary. For more information, and for guidelines on submitting a research proposal, click here.

Deadline for Masters by Research fee waiver applications: 20th February 2017 at 4pm.