Echi Oltremare: Italy and the Mediterranean... Interactions and Intersections

At a time when Western values and Italianness are increasingly challenged by the forces of globalization, it is necessary to reconsider former epistemologies of space and ontologies of identity that now seem to be obsolete. In this context, the Mediterranean paradigm is (re)-emerging as a crucial framework through which Italy can re-examine its cultural traditions, while charting future paths based on the transnational exchanges with other cultures from the Mediterranean basin. Italian ...

Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: 11-13 June 2014
Conference Focus: The Humanities Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. Over the past nine years, the Humanities Conference has established a reputation as a focal point for new ideas and new practices in humanities research and teaching. The conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that ...

TRACES, 5th Annual GLITS Interdisciplinary Conference

This interdisciplinary research conference seeks to explore the concept of ‘traces’ in literature, creative writing, the visual arts, media, philosophy, sociology, psychology and other fields. A ‘trace’ can be that which has existed, and which is now past; or that which has passed, in the case of a track or a footprint; or that which copied or drawn or outlined, such as a map or a word in the sand. It can be used as a noun or a verb: as an object or concept, or an ...

Cracking the Ivory Tower

       The editors seek abstracts for essays sharing advice, unique stories or sage wisdom for graduate students at all levels. We are seeking to increase transparency and a community of support for graduate students. We welcome abstracts outlining personal experiences from graduate students at every stage in their academic career (i.e. first year, post Comprehensive exams, ABD, etc.).

    Abstracts should be no more than 200 -300 words ...

Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium: When "I" Means "We"--Poetry and Social Life

When “I” Means “We”: Poetry and Social Life

Eighth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetry & Poetics Colloquium

Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The role of poetry in social life is fraught: to question it is to open the door to paradox and polemic. Today, with the humanities increasingly forced to prove their “usefulness,” poetry comes under particular scrutiny. Does ...

Representations of Horror in Contemporary Media and Culture

International Summer School for Postgraduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

“Representations of Horror in Contemporary Media and Culture”

August 4-10, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

It was one of the central concerns of the age of Enlightenment to expel all sorts of spectres, monsters, and vampires from our conception of reality. But the present boom of horror figures in various media conveys the ...

Othello's Island 2014: The 2nd Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus

Othello's Island 2014: The 2nd International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus

4 to 7 April 2014

Following its successful first year in 2013 the new annual conference and study trip to explore the Medieval and Renaissance history of Cyprus, Othello's Island, returns in 2014.

In Cyprus the Medieval and Renaissance period was marked by almost 400 years of rule by French Lusignan monarchs and the Republic of ...

Family Feeling in Early Modern Literature (MLA 2014)

Family Feeling in Early Modern Literature

Historians of the family have disagreed about the role that feeling and affection played in the formation and lives of early modern families. Similarly, interpreting family relationships in early modern texts poses a very specific set of intriguing difficulties.
Possible paper topics, addressing specific texts, could be:
how do feelings respond to ideologies of family?
how are emotions among family members constructed?

Touring Consumption 2013

Touring in terms of travel, tourism or varying aspects of mobilities contribute substantially to particular conventions and rituals of consumer practices, especially with an eye towards the enactment of scripts. However, touring consumption delineates a kind of performance that is not only reproduced, but is productive and emergent in its own right. Hence, the more traditional conceptions of tourist, pilgrim, vagabond, refugee, expatriate, international student or business traveler are ...

Intoxication in Paris: Summer 2013

Throughout literary history writers have consistently been drawn to intoxication. They have used their work to ponder the temptation of intoxicants, and the altered states of perception they produce. Writers have also regularly intoxicated themselves to aid the creative process, or to escape the pressure of artistic creation and the monotony of humdrum reality.

The intoxicant of choice can take many forms. It can be legal highs: cigarettes, strong coffee and alcohol favoured by the ...


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