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Ethos/Pathos/Logos. The Sense and Place of Persuasiveness in Linguistic, Literary and Philosophic Discourse
Ploiești,18-20 October 2012
10th Conference on British and American Studies: "Crossing Boundaries: Approaches to the Contemporary Multicultural Discourse"
Brasov, 6-7 April 2012
(M)other Nature? Inscriptions, Locations, Revolutions
Bucharest, 31 May–2 June 2012
BAS (British and American Studies)
Timisoara, 17-19 May 2012
East/West Cultural Passage: Literature and Music
Sibiu, 10-12 May 2012

 


 

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East/West Cultural Passage: Literature and Music

Organizers

The Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Letters and Arts, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania;
Roehampton University, London, UK

Place and date

The Faculty of Letters and Arts, Lucian Blaga University, Blvd. Victoriei Nr. 5-7, Sibiu, Romania,

10-12 May 2012

Deadline for proposals

28 February 2012

Presentation

From Verdi’s Otello and Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata to Anthony Burgess’s literary and musical compositions and Kazuo Ishiguro’s fictional musicians, literature is obsessed with music, and vice versa. This is the first conference critically to explore the connection between music and literature in a comprehensive fashion.

Keynote Speakers: Wendy Lesser (Berkeley), Gerry Smyth (John Moores University, Liverpool) and Stephen Benson (University of East Anglia).

With Performances by Special Guests including Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine), Tom McCarthy, Zsolt Sores, Tiffany Murray, Douglas Cowie.

Participants are invited to explore the relationship between music and literature from theoretical and/or text-based interdisciplinary perspectives in individual presentations, panels, and/or workshops. Topics might address (but are not limited to) the following fields:

  • literary representations of music and musicians
  • the "culture industry": pop music, pulp fiction vs. high art
  • "acoustic borderzones": noise, sound, music and language
  • literature aspiring to the form of music (e.g. Ezra Pound, Anthony Burgess)
  • adaptation / performance
  • representations of music in translation
  • music, literature and the teaching of English
  • musical / literary movements: Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism, Punk, Jazz etc.
  • Hip-hop / poetry and music
  • Nietzsche, Wagner and the operatic tradition
  • key figures: from Bach to The Beatles
  • media and formats: scores, literary texts, radio, records, codices, tapes, digital formats

Please send proposals for papers to Matthew Taunton at m.w.taunton@qmul.ac.uk and Anca Tomus at ancadianaignat@yahoo.com, before 28 February, 2012. Proposals for special panels and workshops are particularly welcome. Proposals should include titles of papers/ panels, abstract (200 words), 5-7 keywords, name and institutional affiliation, a short biographical note (100 words), mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address. A limited number of postgraduate student bursaries are available. Requests for early notification of acceptance for international delegates are welcome. A selection of the papers presented will be published in American, British and Canadian Studies and East/West Cultural Passage, but there are also plans for a volume of essays with a major publisher.

For conference fee details, please visit our website.

Contact person(s) and email(s)

Conference site address

http://conferences.ulbsibiu.ro/eastwest/index.htm

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BAS (British and American Studies)

Organizer

English Department, Faculty of Letters, West University Timisoara

Place and date

Timișoara, 17-19 May 2012

Deadline for proposals

15 February 2012

Presentation

The 22nd edition of our conference invites presentations/workshops in the same fields: British and Commonwealth Literatures, American Literature, Language Studies, Semiotics, ELT, Translations Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies.

Conference fees:

The early conference registration fee is EUR 80, to be paid by March 15; the late registration fee is Euro 110.

For RSEAS members the early registration fee is lei 200; the late registration fee is lei 250.

Contact person(s) and email(s)

Conference site address

http://www.litere.uvt.ro/vechi/BAS_conf/index.htm

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(M)other Nature? Inscriptions, Locations, Revolutions

Organizer

Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest

Place and date

Bucharest, 31 May–2 June 2012

Deadline for proposals

15 February 2012

Presentation

The conference invites papers on the theme of "nature" from a variety of interpretative approaches, to discuss modes in which the continuous present of (mother) nature – as concept, reality, representation – is configured in conjunction with expressions of cultural history, literary and visual texts, as well as a controversial discourse of immanent otherness, of disjunctive forms, of ironic identity constructions, of equivocation and power codes.

An abstraction or a cryptic restatement of the notion, an "alibi", an "elsewhere" of the human subject, the discourse of nature (the equivalent of Lacan’s "lettered unconscious") and the repertoire of conflictual positions displayed by (m)other nature contribute in various modes to the configuration of natural identity and to fantasies of originality and origination. However, the tropes, stereotypes, fetishes of mothering and otherness playing out their differences, and metaphors and metonymies of (m)other nature articulating a (natural?) imaginary all remain marked by an irreconcilable dualism: (m)other natures are "spoken" both as spaces of plenitude and enlargement, beyond logical, visual and geometrical limitations and as forms of duration, as time comprehensive of anteriority and posteriority in fluid intimacy. Nature energized by imagination, reinvented by memory, governing the poets’ "rhythmic body", a discordia concors on the stage of the world is still generative of dilemmas: is it an illusion of truth, musealized, denied. or simply "occulted"? An affirmation of the transience and the nearness of the real, the interpretation of nature is, for the "the history man" of contemporaneity, not only a fictional space of freedom, but also a mirage providing social, political, economic and psychological contexts, as well as the aesthetic substitute of adventure, the boundary of selfhood, a state of mind and a signifying tale of both exilic distanciation and compensatory homecoming.

Suggested topics:

  • Art and nature

  • Environmentalism and literary studies

  • Eco- / environmental criticism

  • Mythical translations of nature

  • Nature and feminism

  • Nature and spirituality

  • Nature and mortality

  • Nature and mothering

  • Nature and memory

  • Nature and/in performance

  • Mother country / tongue v. alterity

  • The location(s) of nature

  • Psychoanalytical views on nature

  • Performance and the environment

  • Race and literary environmental studies

  • Colonialism / postcolonialism and the environment

  • (M)othering signatures and appropriations

  • (Re)writing nature

  • (Re)inventing nature

  • Nature and history

  • Nature and the technologies of control

  • Utopias of nature

  • Spectres of Nature

It is anticipated that participants will adopt a variety of approaches, including examinations of individual works in various genres and media, comparative, transcultural and interdisciplinary studies, and discussions of theoretical issues.

Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words (including a list of keywords) in Word format, with an indication of their institutional affiliation, a telephone number and e-mail address at which they can be contacted, and a short bio of up to 100 words. Proposals for panel discussions (to be organized by the participant) will also considered.

A selection of papers will be published in University of Bucharest Review (listed on EBSCO, CEEOL and Ulrichsweb).

Conference fee: 50 euro or equivalent in Romanian Lei

The fee is payable in cash on registration, and covers the opening reception, conference materials, and refreshments during the conference.

Contact person(s) and email(s)

litcultstbucharest@gmail.com

Conference site address

http://www.unibuc.ro/depts/limbi/literatura_engleza/conferinte.php

10th Conference on British and American Studies: "Crossing Boundaries: Approaches to the Contemporary Multicultural Discourse"

Organizer

The English Department at the Faculty of Letters, Transilvania University of Brasov

Place and date

The Faculty of Letters, Transilvania University, Brasov, 6-7 April 2012

Deadline for proposals

15 March 2012

Presentation

Commonly defined as the acceptance and even endorsement of cultural diversity, multiculturalism seems to echo Bakhtin’s notion of heteroglossia, a polyphonic dialogue between texts, voices and discourses, where hierarchies are constantly undermined by the free play of centres and margins. Today, multiculturalism has become an effigy of the contemporary society and discourse, but although it is generally perceived as a positive outcome of cultural progress, it also poses some ethical problems related to cultural assimilation and erasure of boundaries. Our conference aims to host discussions on the ways in which the contemporary discourse mirrors this symptomatic crossing of linguistic, cultural and narrative boundaries, in order to achieve an accurate radiography of multiculturalism in all its aspects.

The conference fee of 200 RON (60 Euro for foreign participants) will be paid upon arrival and covers conference pack, refreshments, and lunch.

Contact person(s) and email(s)

Oana Tatu at oanatatu_brasov@yahoo.com

Andreea Nechifor at andreeabratan@gmail.com

Raluca Sinu at sralucag@yahoo.com

Conference site address

www.unitbv.ro/anglistica