• Alexandra Saum-Pascual posted an update in the group Group logo of 21st Century Hybrid Spanish Literature21st Century Hybrid Spanish Literature on MLA Commons 6 years, 3 months ago

    The 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014) will encounter the theme “Familiar Spirits.” We invite participants to consider papers on magic, conjuring, spirits, hauntings, Spiritualism, and manifestations as well as presentations that treat the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and uncanny.

    As for our Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) Standing Session we welcome papers on any aspect of Iberian literature and culture, including all periods, media, genre or language relating or not to the conference’s “Familiar Spirits” topic. Papers interested in formal experimentation and the role of technology in literature and the science fiction genre are specially encouraged. We anticipate rich and vibrant discussions that defamiliarize the known and draw near the mysterious.

    Proposals should include a brief description (max. 500 words) preceded by an even briefer abstract (max. 50 words) and should be submitted online at: http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals by May 15, 2014 (proposals submitted before the deadline are most welcome).

    Questions may be directed to saum-pascual@berkeley.edu

    • Call for Papers
      WORLDS and WORDS
      29th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities
      Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
      University of West Georgia, College of Arts and Humanities
      Carrollton, Georgia
      October 30-November 1, 2014

      Deadline Extended until July 22nd

      We welcome submissions from across the Humanities, Fine Arts, and the Social and Natural Sciences dealing with worlds and words in all their many forms. Papers, performances, exhibits, and screenings may be submitted by scholars, writers, artists, and performers and may be in English, French, German, or Spanish. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise (and translate into English) their papers for submission to the peer-reviewed JAISA: The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts.

      Suggested topics include but are not limited to Worlds and Words in relation to:
      · literary studies, including all periods and genres
      · ecocriticism and environmental studies
      · the visual arts, including film studies, photography and graphic design
      · feminist, queer and postcolonial approaches
      · geocriticism; geopoetics
      · public intellectualism
      · ecologies and geographies of the written word
      · collaboration between the Humanities and the Sciences
      · linguistics and anthropology
      · theatre, scenes and landscapes
      · philosophy
      · history and historical revisions
      · music, including musical history and theory

      Keynote speakers: Marine biologist James McClintock and poet Adam Vines, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will deliver this year’s keynote address. McClintock is a world-renowned scientist and activist who works primarily with Antarctica. Vines assisted him in editing his last book Lost Antarctica (2012 Macmillan) and traveled there with him last fall. They will speak about the ways in which art and science can combine to form powerful social and political tools.

      For individual proposals please submit a one-page, double-spaced abstract in English, French, German, or Spanish via email to Dr. Betsy Dahms, uwgconference2014@gmail.com. Include the presenter’s name, institution, email address, phone number, and any audio-visual or technical requirements for the presentation. Submissions for panels of 3-4 presenters are especially welcome. For panel proposals please submit the panel title, abstracts, and contact information for all speakers and for the panel moderator. Proposals are due by July 22, 2014. Visit http://www.westga.edu/forlangconf/ for details and updates.