CFP: Movable Type UCL Journal

Call for Papers Volume 12 : Nostalgia Summer 2020 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON ENGLISH JOURNAL

Marcel Proust closes the first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu with the assertion that ‘remembrance of a particular form is but regret for a particular moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fugitive, alas, as the years.’ To Proust, nostalgia for the past, no matter how powerful, can only ever be a pale imitation of previous lived experience.

Coined to describe feelings of homesickness experienced by soldiers abroad, the term nostalgia has since come to stand for sensations of loss with regards to the irretrievable nature of places, communities, and experiences that no longer exist as they once did. Indeed, as Svetlana Boym suggests, these may never even have existed in the first place. In her seminal work The Future of Nostalgia (2001), Boym describes the emotion ‘as a defense mechanism in a time of accelerated rhythms of life and historical upheaval.’ Nostalgia is often construed as a conservative force, one which seeks to revert to past certainties as a response to the mutability of the present. Nevertheless, the act of looking back can also lead to radical leaps forward. In certain circumstances, the retrieval of that which appears lost to the past has the potential to act as a catalyst for renewal.

As our current climate makes clear, the manipulation of nostalgia can have a significant impact on the social fabric, in terms of the way that we conceive of our place in history and our future trajectory.

Volume 12 of UCL English Department’s journal, Moveable Type, looks to explore the nostalgic impulse, broadly interpreted. In addition, we will consider artistic responses such as poetry, flash-fiction and short stories. Some potential topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lost time: memory and temporality in literature
  • Life-writing/auto-fiction
  • Nationalism and revivalist literature
  • Lateness and late-coming
  • Looking back in anger: the dangers of nostalgia
  • The nostalgia of history, myth and folklore
  • Editing: the search for the Ur-text
  • Postcolonialism, decolonialization, and exile
  • Amnesia and forgetting
  • Iconoclasm and nostalgia: policing the past
  • Solastalgia – nostalgia for a prior ecological state
  • The retro
  • Sensory nostalgia
  • The nostalgic impulse in canon formation
  • Hauntological readings of nostalgia

Please send submissions to editors.moveabletype@gmail.com by 1 February 2020 (doc/docx files only), with a short abstract and bio in the main body.

Academic articles are limited to 3000-5000 words and should subscribe to MHRA referencing guidelines. Authors are limited to only one submission. We ask that creative responses do not exceed 5000 words, though they can be an interlinked series of poems or prose pieces. All academic submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed, and feedback will be provided for all submissions.

In case of any queries, please contact Niall Ó Cuileagáin or Sam Caleb at niall.culligan.15@ucl.ac.uk and sam.caleb.18@ucl.ac.uk respectively.

Call for Reviews
We are also accepting pitches for reviews of academic works relevant to the theme of nostalgia, broadly interpreted. Upon the acceptance of a pitch, writers will submit 700 to 1000 word pieces that critically analyse a recent monograph or edition. Potential books could include:
§ Critical editions of authors and texts § Theoretical works that focus on new or developing critical methodologies § Novels, poetry collections, films or dramatic texts § Secondary material on authors that are relevant to the theme of nostalgia

Reviews of recent digital resources are also desired. Books for consideration must have been published since 2017. If this is of interest to you, please send pitches to editors.moveabletype@gmail.com with the full bibliographical information and a few sentences explaining why you want to review the book by 31 December 2019. We do not limit pitches to academic texts only, and welcome pitches for reviews of all genres and media

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CFP: AB 2020: Beardsley Re-Viewed – deadline 30 December 2019

AB 2020: Beardsley Re-Viewed

28–29 May 2020, Bridewell Theatre, St Bride Foundation

Supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund

Organised by Dr Sasha Dovzhyk

in association with the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

‘The Beardsley “craze”, indeed – if “craze” there be – is really just beginning’. (C. Marillier, 1899)

A ‘decadent fakir’ and ‘an intellectual Marcellus’, ‘the Fra Angelico of Satanism’ and ‘the only artist who knows what the dance of seven veils is, and can see that invisible dance’: Aubrey Beardsley was many things to many an observer. He ‘pictured’ some of the iconic volumes of the Yellow Nineties, including works by Ernest Dowson, George Egerton, and Oscar Wilde, and defined the style of the two key periodicals of the English Decadence, The Yellow Book and The Savoy. Exploiting the cheap, accurate, and speedy method of photomechanical reproduction, Beardsley’s black-and-white designs achieved, in his own words, ‘publicity without a frame, and beauty without modelling’. Provoked by his wanton line, the guardians of good morals, parodists, and imitators added fuel to the fire of the Beardsley Craze, while artists worldwide absorbed the lessons of his stylistic economy and near-abstract composition. Although his professional career spanned a mere six years, the aftermath of the 1890s Beardsley boom was felt throughout the twentieth century across the globe. With the publication of Linda Gertner Zatlin’s fundamental Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonné of 2016 to be followed by a major Beardsley exhibition at Tate Britain in 2020, are we in a new ‘Beardsley period’ today?

AB 2020: Beardsley Re-Viewed aims to reclaim the artist for the twenty-first century and revive the subversive and transformative potential of the Beardsleyesque. This two-day conference welcomes interdisciplinary approaches as interventions to established models for Beardsley scholarship and invites debate about academic and museological narratives that have shaped Beardsley’s reputation. In keeping with the transnational turn in the humanities, we will explore responses to Beardsley’s work from a variety of cultural locales and across the arts. We are curious about the metamorphoses of Beardsley’s imagery and styles in the work of Mina Loy and Pablo Picasso, Claude Cahun and Leon Bakst, Vladimir Nabokov and Alexander McQueen, as well as lesser-known cultural figures and movements. While highlighting new archival work, we seek to reassess Beardsley in relation to the urgent debates around mediality, queerness, disabled identities, and camp aesthetics. Finally, we are eager to view and review the largest exhibition of Beardsley’s original drawings scheduled for Spring 2020 at Tate Britain and scrutinise the current ‘Beardsley period’ from within.

Forms of participation

  • Conference papers

We welcome 400-word abstracts for 20-minute individual papers which may reflect on the following themes:

  • AB as camp, AB in camp
  • AB and the economics of artistic freedom
  • Beardsley Women, Beardsley Men
  • AB’s sexuality and sexual iconography
  • Line process in relation to AB
  • Transnational Beardsleyism, global Beardsleyana
  • AB and the mythologies of the artist
  • Bibliophiles, collectors, Beardsleyites
  • AB within New Decadence and New Modernist Studies
  • AB and Medical Humanities
  • Queer perspectives and appropriations of AB

 

  • Contributions to the roundtable on Tate Britain’s Beardsley show

We accept 150-word expressions of interest from potential participants in the roundtable discussion of the upcoming exhibition at Tate Britain.

  • Creative responses

We are interested in featuring creative works that in any way engage with or draw on Beardsley and the Beardsleysque. The projects may include but are in no way limited to installations, readings, performances, photography, textile art, printmaking. Proposals should include a 500-word project descriptions, artist’s CV or Resume, up to 6 links or images of previous/related work.

Please email submissions and 50-word biographies to sasha@sashadovzhyk.com by 30 December 2019.

AB 2020: Beardsley Re-Viewed is generously supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund.

Alessandra Wilson (1943–2007) was an outstanding teacher and a dedicated comprehensive head, who served 21 years, first at Walsingham School on Clapham Common and then Hampton Community College. Alessandra’s entire professional career was devoted to pursuing the ideal of equal opportunity. In keeping with this vision, we are delighted to offer free attendance to all as well as travel bursaries to students and early-career participants of the conference.

 

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CFP: British Orientalism at Royal Holloway and the Watts Gallery – deadline 31 July 2019

Call for papers

To coincide with Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (WG-AV) exhibition John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame (9 July – 3 November 2019) this interdisciplinary event aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection between Orientalism and visual culture across the nineteenth century. Alongside WG-AV’s John Frederick Lewis exhibition, the collection of so-called ‘uncomfortable pictures’ at Royal Holloway (which includes Edwin Long’s Babylonian Marriage Market) will act as a catalyst for wide-ranging debates around Orientalism’s place within British scholarship today. This conference invites contributions that explore the visual material of the Orient in the contexts of transculturation, imaginative geographies, and cultural border crossing in both directions. This event hopes to attract a wide range of perspectives and invites proposals from scholars in all sub-fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2019

Please send submissions to Abbie Latham at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (curatorialtrainee@wattsgallery.org.uk) by 31 July 2019

Full details at:

https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/eastern-questions-new-perspectives-british-orientalism/?edit&language=en-gb

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CfP – CHASE PG Journal Brief Encounters (deadline: 17 June)

The editors of Brief Encounters are pleased to open a call for papers for the journal’s fourth issue and warmly invite research students and staff to submit a short article, review or creative piece of work for publication. Submissions deadline: Monday, 17th June 2019.

Brief Encounters is an open access, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, postgraduate journal organised by CHASE. All postgraduate research students, regardless of their funding status, are welcome to submit to the journal as are staff.

For students in particular, publishing in the journal offers the opportunity to experience the peer-review process, to give their research exposure, and to build their publication record.

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Call for Papers – Brief Encounters – Issue 4

URL: http://briefencounters-journal.co.uk/BE/pages/view/call-for-submissions

Brief Encounters is now open to submissions from research students and staff at CHASE-affiliated institutions (see below for the list). We welcome submissions in the form of academically rigorous and original articles (500–4,000 words), reviews (500–1,000 words) and creative works.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 17th June 2019.

Brief Encounters welcomes submissions from any field. The journal’s aim is to improve the exchange of ideas between geographical or disciplinary boundaries. The journal provides a space where researchers can publish short articles and share findings which might not be long enough for publication in another journal. We also aim to help students in creative disciplines share their work and engage with other researchers (see below for more information about this).

There is no theme and all submissions will be considered on their own merits. In the past, articles have reflected the academic diversity of our author-base, with work touching on concepts like belonging, embodiment, sustainability, change, identity, space, deviation and division.

Submitting to the journal provides a valuable opportunity for authors to experience the peer-review process in a constructive environment – something especially valuable for postgraduate students and early-career academics.

What is Brief Encounters?

Brief Encounters is an open access peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, run by doctoral researchers from the CHASE doctoral training partnership to showcase the work of research students, staff and alumni of CHASE-affiliated institutions (see here for the list).

About reviews

Reviews can cover new publications, films, theatre productions, documentaries, and major exhibitions engaging with any aspect of the arts and humanities. Reflecting the ethos of CHASE, we are particularly interested in emerging scholarship and innovative interdisciplinary publications and productions.

About creative works

The editorial board is especially keen to receive submissions for its creative section; potential submissions could include (but are not limited to): video essays, creative writing, documentaries, posters, musical interpretations, and photography. These must be accompanied by a critical commentary of no fewer than 500 words.

Who can submit?

  • CHASE-funded students (see a list of institutions)
  • Postgraduate students at CHASE institutions (regardless of funding status)
  • Alumni of CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by Non-HEI CHASE partners

Submission guidelines

Submission should be made by the deadline, Monday, 17th June 2019, through the Brief Encounters on-line submission process (see our step-by-step guide).

All submissions will follow MHRA style guidelines (footnotes and bibliography). Please see our style guide for further details.

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Along with your article, please submit an abstract (max. 300 words), and a list of key words (max. 5). When you register as an author on the website, please provide a brief bio statement (max. 200 words).

If you have any queries please contact journal@chase.ac.uk

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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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CFP: New Voices in Postcolonial Studies Network – deadline 18 March 2019

The New Voices in Postcolonial Studies Network is pleased to announce that we are holding a symposium at the University of Leeds, the title of which is ‘Interdisciplinary Imaginations, Critical Confrontations: New Voices in Postcolonial Studies’, on Thursday 13th June 2019.

The symposium will provoke frank and urgent discussions on the aspirations of postcolonial research and evaluate the discipline’s role in intervening in the very real challenges affecting an increasingly uneven world. How can the imaginative or speculative stakes of postcolonial thought intersect with the so-called ‘material’ exigencies of the past or present? How might we work across other diverse fields and develop new voices for postcolonial study? How can we foster a PGR/ECR community interested in postcolonial studies, and make our voices heard?

We welcome 20-minute papers, presentations, or practice-based papers on any aspect of postcolonial research. Deadline for abstracts is Monday 18th March.

Professor John McLeod (University of Leeds) and Dr Amy Rushton (Nottingham Trent University) are the keynote speakers for this event, a range of invited panellists will join our conversations. See the attached CFP and for further details visit: https://newvoicespocostudies.wordpress.com/events/.

New Voices in Postcolonial Studies is a cross-DTP PGR-led network based in the midlands and north of England, aimed at PhD students and Early Career Researchers interested in Postcolonial Studies. We are sponsored by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, Midlands4Cities, Postcolonial Studies Association, Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (Leeds), and the Postcolonial Studies Centre (NTU).

We look forward to receiving your abstracts,

Natalie Ilsley

Symposium Committee Member

newvoicespocostudies@gmail.com

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CFP: CYMERA – Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writing. Deadline 22 March 2019

CYMERA: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writing

8-9 June 2019, The Pleasance, Edinburgh UK

CYMERA is a new literary festival launching this June in Edinburgh, Scotland’s first such festival devoted to science fiction, fantasy and horror writing. This ambitious event already  has a guest list of more than 60 authors from across all three genres (full programme to be announced in March at https://www.cymerafestival.co.uk/). Now the festival is inviting early career researchers to participate in its innovative academic strand with this call for papers.

The academic strand at CYMERA is free to attend, giving you and your research the chance to engage with the public as well as other academics. Presentations will be strictly limited to five minutes, but you will be presenting to a wider audience – and, potentially, a much bigger audience – than most purely academic conferences. With only five minutes to present, your paper should focus on the core argument or findings of your research in a dynamic manner. The most engaging papers from each Saturday session will be invited back for a second presentation on Sunday. One paper will be chosen to get presented in the festival’s main hall before a major guest event, with a potential public audience of up to 300 people. For further details about how the academic strand will work at the festival, email cymeracfp@gmail.com.

For the academic strand at CYMERA 2019, we are asking for papers that explore Scotland’s contribution to science fiction, fantasy and horror. That can range from writers and creators born in Scotland [from Stevenson and Conan Doyle to Iain Banks and beyond] to those who have made Scotland their home; from Scotland as a location for the genre’s narratives [such as Under the Skin by Michel Faber] to themes of Scottishness present in genre writing. Your paper may focus on one or more of the genres; it could look beyond prose fiction to consider science fiction, fantasy and horror in graphic novels and comics by Scottish creators; or at adaptations of Scottish science fiction, fantasy and horror narratives into other media.

We invite 100-word proposals for five (5) minute papers. Suggested topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Scottish authors of the genres – past and present
  • Themes of Scottishness within the genres
  • Scotland as a location, be it rural, urban or both
  • Scotland’s role in the development of these genres
  • New theoretical perspectives on Scottish science fiction, fantasy and horror
  • Scotland’s influence on one or more of the three genres
  • Intersections, blends and hybrids within Scottish fictions of the genres
  • Scottish graphic novels and comic books within the genres, and their creators
  • Adaptations of Scottish science fiction, fantasy and horror
  • Scotland’s contribution to the genres in other media, such as games
  • Genre blending and bending in Scottish writing
  • Dualities in Scottish genre writing and its cities
  • Scotland as a filming location for science fiction, fantasy and horror film and TV

Please send your 100 word abstract with a biographical note of 50-75 words to cymeracfp@gmail.com no later than midday on Friday 22nd March 2019. Please direct all queries and enquiries to the same address.

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CFP: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives – Deadline 28 April 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Pathological Body From the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives

A one-day symposium at the Institute of Modern Languages (IMLR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK

Friday 20 September 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr Steven Wilson (Queen’s University Belfast)

* With support from the Cassal Endowment Fund *

What is sickness, and how is it represented in literature? In his twenty-volume Rougon-Macquart novel cycle (1871–93), Émile Zola creates pathological bodies living within Napoleon III’s Second Empire (1852–70), a period which is represented as being engulfed by political and social sickness. It is in the last volume, Le Docteur Pascal, that there is hope embodied within Pascal’s newborn son, the potential ‘messiah’ of the French nation. In the aftermath of the disastrous Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), Zola’s cycle may be a literary reaction to the state of a weakened France in exalting the mythicised image of the mother and child, at once a symbol of purity and new beginnings. Reflecting on the multi-dimensional aspect of Zola’s Naturalism, Henri Mitterand writes that these novels are not merely a form of social and historical documentation, but, instead, offer a knowledge that is more intuitive, modern and poetic, and which might be termed an ‘anthropomythic naturalism’ (preface, Émile Zola, Le Docteur Pascal, p. 48). This symposium aims to explore the nexus of fears, anxieties and desires that society projects onto the body within European literature and culture, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, tracing the birth and development of modern medicine. It will examine the widest meaning of sickness and the power dynamic between the body and society. Is sickness ever ‘just’ sickness, or is there often a covert ideological agenda that drives and constructs it? How can literature help us understand the relationship between the body and society? The symposium will take a transhistorical and transnational approach in order to see whether, and how, cultural anxieties which appropriate the body change and differ across European national boundaries during a time when medicine is establishing and asserting its increasing authority. The symposium will be an opportunity for colleagues to forge connections and to compare different approaches within the growing field of Medical Humanities within the Modern Languages.

Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

Fin de siècle

Gender

Race

Class

Degeneration

Blood

Hysteria

Social order

Myth

Sacred and the religious

Suffering

Contagion

Evil

Medicine

Illness and cure

Life and death

The other

Purification

Nationhood

Utopia

Politics

Deviancy

Contamination

Infection

Ideology

Rebirth

Healing

Morality

Necropolitics

Biopolitics

Power

Ritual

Abject body

Heredity

Identity

Proposals of c. 250 words for 20-minute papers in English and a 100-word biography should be emailed to the conference organiser, Dr Kit Yee Wong, by Sunday 28 April 2019. Notifications to potential speakers will be sent out by Saturday 25 May 2019.

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CFP: SLANT – Deadline 26 April 2019

Call for Papers

SLANT

Deadline: 26 April 2019

This is a call for theoretically informed, critically engaged poetic contributions for an anthology of feminist feeling, curated by Seam Editions and guest edited by Kim Lockwood. In this political climate, it is vital that we re-examine the metaphors, allusions, and avoidances that are used to construct or deny female experiences. We’re interested in work that not only reclaims or reworks traditional allegories of woman-as-muse or woman-as-myth, but pulls these metaphorical renderings apart at the seams, and refuses to let female embodiment, female feeling, and female actuality be made more palatable or less confrontational. Closing 26 April 2019 – read more www.seameditions.com/slant, or get in touch hello@seameditions.com

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CFP: Aesthetics of Kinship and Community Graduate Symposium deadline 30 October 2018

Aesthetics of Kinship and Community Graduate Symposium

Birkbeck, University of London

Friday 30 November 2018 – afternoon

Call for Papers

Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) is a research centre based in the School of Arts. We study the artistic representation of human belonging, of the human bond, in literature, film, photography, paintings, and other art forms. How is this bond presented across time and cultures, how is it analysed, deconstructed, reinvented?

We are inviting postgraduate students to present their current research within the field of aesthetics of kinship and community for a roundtable event at Birkbeck on 30 November 2018 in the afternoon. The idea is to bring together the wealth of research being accomplished on the artistic representation of the familial, the social, the political, its criticism and re-conceptions. Papers can be on any period in history and all cultures are relevant. Issues upon which papers are welcome include but are not limited to:

  • Racism
  • Sexual belonging
  • Familial configurations
  • Nationalisms and Brexit
  • Diasporas
  • Utopia(s)
  • Community and commonality
  • Anticapitalism
  • Revolutions

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Nathalie Wourm, Director of BRAKC, by 30 October 2018. Selected papers will be announced shortly after that.

Email: n.wourm@bbk.ac.uk

Website: http://www.brakc.bbk.ac.uk/

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