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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.

Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital

‘Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital’

We are very pleased to announce the publication of MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities volume 10 (2015) ‘Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital’.

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities is an open-access electronic publication forum intended to allow researchers to present initial findings or hypotheses such as might, at a more advanced stage, become eligible for publication in established scholarly journals. As such it will be of particular interest to postgraduate researchers, though established scholars are also invited to submit papers.

The volume is available online.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sophie Corser, Lucy Russell

The Scrutiny of Poet Squab: John Dryden and the Figure of the Critic in Late Seventeenth-Century London, 1668-1700: Sean Whitfield

‘In the Advance Guard’: Evelyn Waugh as a Reviewer: Yuexi Liu

Into the Author’s Mind: Cesare Garboli and the Essay as Embodied Comprehension: Paolo Gervasi

Heidegger and Nietzsche: On the Need for Criticism and its Critique: Jack K. Rasmus- Vorrath

 

CFP: Have you Heard…? Navigating the Interstices Between Public and Private Knowledge

Have you Heard…?

Navigating the Interstices Between Public and Private Knowledge

The annual MHRA Conference

Friday, 14 October 2016

at the Institute of Modern Languages Research,

University of London, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

Keynote speakers: Professor Alison Sinclair (University of Cambridge) and Dr Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck College, University of London)

One of the things that makes us human is language, both in the power of speech, and the production of written texts. How do ideas and opinions get into the public domain, and what is the nature of the sometimes fragile boundary between public and private?  The aim of this conference is to explore the power and vicissitudes of the transmission of knowledge, and of unofficial modes of communication.  Its intention is to go beyond the corpus of public elite literature and to bring into consideration the transmission of knowledge in a broad range of forms, including the trivial and ephemeral (as in pamphlets, chapbooks, street literature and newspapers). This range of material allows us to explore the cultural imaginary in ways that are many, various and erratically policed.  What we choose to suppress in terms of public knowledge may well be as significant as what we choose to propagate. This interdisciplinary conference aims to consider the interactions between public and private knowledge, and the ambiguous, unofficial space that lies between.

We invite proposals covering a range of periods (from the medieval and early-modern to the twenty-first century) and across different national contexts (including French-, Hispanic-, Germanic-, Italian-, Slavonic- and English-speaking cultures).  We hope to attract scholars working in different fields (Modern Languages, English studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural History, Film and Media studies and Digital Humanities, Performance and Reception History, History of the Book and of Print Culture, and others).  Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Unofficial production and consumption:  peddling, trafficking, barter
  • Purposeful or purposeless dissemination of news, ideas, opinion, images
  • Construction, regulation, censorship: public opinion, the cultural imaginary
  • Gossip, rumour and the power of hearsay
  • Gender and power in public and private knowledge
  • Private vs published materials: correspondences, diaries, the ‘hidden’ archive
  • Theorising the ‘unofficial’ (theorists might include, but are not limited to: Bakhtin, Bourdieu, Habermas, Foucault, Simmel, de Certeau)
  • Questions of power and pleasure in the reception and/or dissemination of knowledge

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers.  Please send your abstract – of no more than 250 words – accompanied by a short biographical statement on the same page, to a.lewis@bbk.ac.uk by 15 February 2016.

MHRA PG Editor and PG Representative

The MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) is looking for a second postgraduate editor for its online journal, MHRA Working Papers in the HumanitiesWorking 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, and the position will also involve an element of conference organisation. For further information about the work of the MHRA see www.mhra.org.uk.

This position starts in January 2016 and ends in December 2017. 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), together with a letter of support from their supervisor, as email attachments to Dr B. Burns (barbara.burns@glasgow.ac.uk), Honorary Secretary, by 10 December 2015. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to the current representative, Lucy Russell, at postgrads@mhra.org.uk.

Contributions Invited for 2015 MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

Contributions are invited for the 2015 volume of the MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, an international, refereed online journal aimed at postgraduate and early-career researchers. The theme of the 2015 volume is ‘Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital’.

Proposals and informal enquiries should be directed to the editors  by 24 April 2015. Those selected for further consideration will be required to produce their article, of no more than 4000 words, by mid-July 2015.

See the call for papers for  details.