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  • Winston-Salem

    Call for papers - Modern

    “Marine Feet and Vesuvian Eyes”: The Volcanic Aesthetics of Maria Orsini Natale

    Edited Collection

    This volume intends to fill a gap in the critical reception of a remarkable Southern Italian woman writer. A journalist, a poet and a writer, Maria Orsini Natale (1928-2010) lived and worked at the foot of Vesuvius, and began writing at age 69, receiving several literary recognitions. Her novel, initially written as Ottocento Vesuviano, then entitled Francesca and Nunziata, and published for the first time in 1995, was also made into a 2001 film directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Sophia Loren and Giancarlo Giannini. The book earned her a semifinalist’s place in the Strega Prize, the most prestigious Italian literary award, and features a family from Amalfi, dedicated for generations to the white art of pasta making. More than fiction, it illustrates what in Neapolitan is called a ‘cunto’, part historical account and part allegorical tale, derived from a reservoir of collective as well as personal memories.

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  • Chicago

    Call for papers - Modern

    European and global responses to the concept of “literary engagement” between 1945 and 1968

    ACLA 2020 panel

    The question of “engagement” (or commitment) became one of the defining elements of post-WWII literature and was, for a long period, at the center of the discussions about the relationship between aesthetics and politics in several European countries. Commonly associated with the name of Jean-Paul Sartre, the success of the notion of “committed literature,” however, went well beyond the French national space. This panel focuses on the transnational circulation of the concept of “committed literature” and, more broadly, on the circulation of related notions, such as writers’ “responsibility,” as well as on any type of counter-discourse or counter-theory targeting “committed literature.”  We would like to explore the different degrees of transnational propagation and dissemination of these debates both in regions that absorbed the intellectual debates taking place in France and in the case of countries which remained more impermeable to them. 

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  • St Louis

    Call for papers - Europe

    “Faceless”: A Journal on the Works of Pascal Quignard – Varia

    Le sans-visage, a bilingual, international and interdisciplinary journal, publishes articles on all aspects of Pascal Quignard’s works. It particularly welcomes new perspectives, essays by junior researchers, and interdisciplinary approaches, to which a special section is devoted in every issue. It also welcomes creative pieces.

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  • New Orleans

    Call for papers - Language

    Boris Vian: an Artist “Outside the Norm”?

    In celebrating Boris Vian’s centennial in the birthplace of jazz, our conference wishes to pay a tribute to the author and his work by bringing him to the place that so powerfully struck his imagination. Vian’s Centennial is also an opportune moment to cast a new light on a multifaceted artist, in continuation of the meeting organized by Marc Lapprand (March 2020) whose project is to re-examine a body of work that has remained only marginally investigated. By focusing precisely on the notions of artistic freedom, irreverence, unconventionality and spontaneity, this conference aims to provide new directions in our interpretations of Vian. Given that playfulness and the rejection of the norm take on such an important part in Vian’s work, it comes as twist of irony that he trained as an engineer and became first employed by the Association Française de Normalisation (French Standardization Association).

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  • Tucson

    Call for papers - Language

    Arizona Graduate Conference in French

    The French & Italian Department at the University of Arizona is delighted to organize this conference to which all MA and doctoral students in French are invited to participate so that they may have the opportunity to present their work. Abstracts will address one or more of the following strands: theoretical and applied linguistics; first, second language acquisition; teaching French as a second/foreign language; digital technologies and pedagogy; French and Francophone literature, culture and civilization ; Francophone cinema; Women's studies, queer studies and sexuality.

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  • New Haven

    Call for papers - Thought

    Crossing borders

    Existential philosophy, poetry and the visual arts in the work of Benjamin Fondane

    The aim of the colloquium is to provide a platform for debate on the interdisciplinary relation between philosophy, literature, poetry, and visual arts in Fondane’s work. As a Romanian Jewish émigré, who adopted French as his language after his exile in 1924, Benjamin Fondane offers one of the rare examples of a poet able to cross languages, cultures and genre frontiers: his work encompasses poetry, philosophy, aesthetics, theory of cinema and filmmaking, playwriting and photography.

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  • Los Angeles

    Call for papers - Language

    The Poetic Nuance in Literary Translation

    American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, panel

    This panel is part of the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) annual convention and invites innovative reflection on the status of the literary translator, the emergence of new paradigms and shifting viewpoints with regard to the translation of poetry and prose, the interchange between theory and practice, and the contribution of literary translation to the wider rapport between cultures.

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  • Baltimore

    Call for papers - Thought

    Utopia in a Post-secular Society: at the Cross-sections of Literature and Philosophy

    48th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

    An element that seems to characterize the 20th century reflection on utopia is its secular nature. Through a re-thinking of the place and roles of religion in society, the post-secular turn we are witnessing in recent theory (Habermas, Taylor, Asad, Mahmood) may provide a critical point of departure for questioning this specific aspect of utopian tradition. In this panel, we invite papers that reflect on the relationship between utopia and religion, as it is worked out in 20th century literature and philosophy: How does the place of the utopian tradition change in the context of the “return of the religion” in a post-secular society?

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  • Durham

    Call for papers - Representation

    The Alain Resnais archipelago

    International conference

    L’univers cinématographique d'Alain Resnais (1922-2014) forme un paysage aussi singulier qu’insaisissable, privilégiant les démarcations floues, les topographies imprévues. Dans leur ouvrage, Alain Resnais : liaisons secrètes, accords vagabonds (Paris, 2006), Jean-Louis Leutrat et Suzanne Liandrat-Guigues invoquent l’image de l’archipel comme point d’entrée dans un monde à la fois dense et élusif, constitué de territoires multiples et éparpillés néanmoins reliés par un fil souterrain. Ce colloque a pour but de (re)baliser l’« archipel Resnais » en traçant les héritages et les sources d’influences du cinéaste. Favorisant un dialogue interdisciplinaire, il accueillera des intervenants venant de disciplines les plus diverses. Cet événement représentera aussi la première étape vers une publication d’essais novateurs sur Resnais.

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  • Massachusetts Avenue Heights

    Call for papers - Language

    Fernando Pessoa as English reader and writer

    Fernando Pessoa's British education left long-lasting traces in his writings, particularly (but not exclusively) in his English texts. The aim of this issue is to study the pivotal role that the English language and literary tradition played in Pessoa's production throughout his life. In order to achieve this, we propose a volume traversing a wide range of topics bridging the author's Archive and Private Library.  Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies is a multilingual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that addresses the literatures and cultures of the diverse communities of the Portuguese-speaking world in terms of critical and theoretical approaches.

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  • West Lafayette

    Call for papers - History

    The Spaces of Arts

    Thinking the National and Transnational in a Global Perspective

    L'histoire de l'art est-elle suffisamment globale pour relever le défi du transnational, sans négliger pour autant les processus de territorialisation et de nationalismes culturels ? L'approche spatiale et cartographique peut-elle la renouveler ? Autour d'Artlas (artlas.ens.fr), le colloque de Purdue (West Lafayette, USA, 27-29 septembre 2012) invite les chercheurs à réfléchir aux stratégies possibles pour étudier les processus de circulation et de globalisation, sans laisser de côté les questions d'ethnicité ou de nationalité, échappant ainsi autant aux limites de la simple narration qu'à celles d'un globalisme aveugle.

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  • Baltimore

    Call for papers - Language

    Norms and Forms

    Le domaine littéraire se définit par des frontières, plus ou moins mouvantes selon les époques : inévitablement, celles-ci incluent, définissent et excluent. Au cours de ce colloque nous proposons d’explorer les enjeux de l’établissement des normes, des formes et des genres, tout aussi bien que les transgressions et les obéissances vis-à-vis de ceux-ci. En unissant une approche historique et un souci théorique, la question de la valeur littéraire et des modalités de son attribution seront également au cœur du colloque.

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  • Buffalo

    Call for papers - Language

    Oulipo@50

    La dernière avant-garde continentale ?

    À l'occasion des cinquante ans de la fondation officielle de l'Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), se tiendra un grand colloque international à l'université SUNY-Buffalo (État de New-York, USA) du 5 au 8 octobre 2011.

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  • Miami

    Call for papers - Thought

    Spaces of Relation

    9th Annual Graduate Conference - university of Miami

    En sociologie comme en linguistique, la différence est génératrice de sens. C'est pourquoi cette conférence interdisciplinaire se propose de découvrir et de discuter les différents espaces (physique, historique, virtuel, fictif, théorique, etc.) dans lesquels le concept de relation peut être envisage.

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