CFP: Literature and Surveillance in the Age of Globalization – Deadline 31 March 2019

Call for Papers
Literature and Surveillance in the Age of Globalization
Durham University, 24 May 2019

Department of English Studies at Durham University is convening an annual postgraduate conference which will be held in 24 May 2019.

We invite doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines to submit abstracts for consideration. The aim of the conference is to explore how mechanisms of surveillance have changed since the Cold War and how literature has responded to new forms of surveillance in the age of globalization. As some argue, we have moved away from Foucauldian notion of discipline society to control society. This new control society – an intensification of the postmodern surveillance which best manifests itself in the life and fiction of the cold war – no longer functions based on exclusion (as in a disciplinary society that would exclude minorities such as lepers, women, mad people, etc.). Rather, to guarantee the flow of capital, it celebrates multiplicity and difference in contrast to the postmodern discourse of the high period of cold war.
Proposals can be on any topic related to literature and surveillance in an era of increasing scrutiny. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Literature and transnational capitalism
Literature, trauma and risk society
Literature and controlling society
Literature and therapy culture
Literature, ethics and surveillance
Literature, paranoia and surveillance
Literature, technology and surveillance
Literature, totalitarianism and surveillance
Literature, feminism and surveillance

The standard length of a talk will be between 20 minutes. An important part of the conference is that successful candidates will be published in the online journal Postgraduate English. Information can be found at
http://community.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/ojs/index.php/pgenglish/

To apply, please send your proposal not more than 300 words length to nadia.terki@durham.ac.uk, kashish.madan@dur.ac.uk or arya.aryan@durham.ac.uk

Please mention your full name, level of study and name of university and faculty. The deadline for submitting your proposals is midnight 31 March. We will respond to them by 15 April.

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‘Trust Me’ Symposium, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies & Wellcome, Friday 25 May

‘Trust Me’: The Language of Medical Expertise and Imposture in Britain, 1400-1900

A Symposium at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and the Wellcome Collection

25 May, 9:30 AM – 6 PM

 

‘Trust Me’ is an interdisciplinary symposium on the long history of medical confidence and publicity. How did medical practitioners craft a language to cultivate confidence in their knowledge and abilities? We hope to trace how assurances (and overassurances) of expertise—as expressed in mountebanks’ medicine shows, print medical advertising, bedside manner, and training literature—adapted to new knowledge paradigms, media technologies, and regulatory regimes to win that trust of prospective patients and skeptical authorities. How did this language of medical publicity circulate? How was this language translated into social life and the popular imagination?

 

  1. A. Katritzky(Barbara Wilkes Research Fellow in Theatre Studies, Open University) will deliver the plenary lecture, ‘Performing medical harangues in early modern Britain and beyond’.

 

Participants will include:

  • Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection)
  • Joe Stadolnik (UCL)
  • Sarah Mayo (University of Georgia/UCL)
  • Genice Ngg (Singapore University of Social Sciences)
  • Alannah Tomkins (Keele University)
  • Jeni Buckley (Warden Park Academy)
  • Emily Senior (Birkbeck)
  • Cara Dobbing (Leicester)

This symposium was organized as part of the ‘Lies’ research thread at the IAS by Joe Stadolnik, in partnership with Dr Elma Brenner and the Wellcome Collection. This conference is generously supported by the IAS and a conference grant from the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

 

All welcome. Please find the programme here and register here.

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CFP: Satellite deadline 28 February 2017

Satellite – the School of Arts group/subcommittee focused on technology-enhanced learning, broadly defined – is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for exploratory events to take place this Summer Term 2016-17.

These exploratory events are an opportunity to explore more subject-, disciplinary- or problem-specific developments, innovations and issues related to technology-enhanced learning, and more generally the implications of new technologies for pedagogy. You may, for instance, want to organise an event around alternative approaches to assessment that make use of techniques such as mobile video, social media or blogging. Or an event which considers innovative ways in-class learning experiences can be blended with online activities in-between sessions. Or the ways in which the digitalisation of our research objects or methods might shift how we teach and assess our subject areas. These examples are not exhaustive, and there are many other possibilities.

Exploratory events can be proposed by School academics, teaching and scholarship staff, administrative staff, as well as postgraduate research students.

Proposals are due by 5pm on 28 February 2017 and must include the following:

  • Event Title
  • Event Convenor(s) (name and short bio / link to web profile)
  • Event Description (no more than 500 words)
  • Requested funding amount and its purpose(s) (e.g. catering costs – please specify if Satellite funding will be complemented by other funds, e.g. from department or research centre)

Please submit your proposal to Scott Rodgers at s.rodgers@bbk.ac.uk. Feel free to get in touch with Scott should you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss a potential idea further.

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Critical Waves on Resonance104.4FM 23rd and 30th June

Tune in to Resonance 104.4FM on Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th June, 8-9pm to hear cutting-edge research from the brightest new talent in the arts and humanities.

Listen in to be inspired and intrigued by thinking off the beaten track, as researchers from across the UK explore; three-sided football, haunted mirrors, the cost of thinking, black women in space, the psychogeography of a ‘bike cemetery’, fiduciary law, the world of nocturnal music, the sound of climate change, and what happens when we analyse poetry according to Jeremy Paxman.

You can tune in at 104.4FM in London or online here

The programmes are the result of Critical Waves, an innovative series of talks and events, delivered by Birkbeck College in partnership with the ICA and Resonance 104.FM.

During spring 2015 Critical Waves brought together leading artists, academics and broadcasters for a series of talks and workshops aimed at exploring the role of radio in academic research. In response to these events postgraduate research students and early career researchers have produced short radio programmes on elements of their work. A selection of these programmes will be showcased during the broadcasts on Resonance 104.4FM in June, but you can find even more online where a complete archive of all the programmes made by Critical Waves’ participants will be available at criticalwavesradio.wordpress.com

To listen to the programmes or for further information about Critical Waves visit criticalwavesradio.wordpress.com

Critical Waves is generously supported by a Collaborative Development Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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