Call for Papers: Conference on Enslavement and Cultural Memory

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 20, 2011

Enslavement: Colonial Appropriations, Apparitions, Remembrances, 1750-Present Day
University of Portsmouth, Centre for Studies in Literature Annual Postgraduate Symposium, 17 June 2011

Proposals due by 25 February 2011

Keynote Speaker: Professor James Walvin

Harold Bloom, in his critical introduction to Enslavement and Emancipation (2010) does not, as one might expect, lament the monstrous history of the slave trade. Instead, he returns to the second book of Tanakh (Exodus): an original tale of bondage and liberation. For Bloom, it is not merely a matter of re-imagining a theme now largely associated with the transatlantic slave trade, but moreover to consider how ‘[l]iberation movements to come will go on
finding their model in it’. The Hebrews’ bondage in Egypt, here conceptualized as archetypal suffering and liberation, resonates for Bloom throughout history, leaving its trace in subsequent emancipation movements. Recent studies in the slave trade, too, often move beyond the historical moment to consider how cultural events are remembered, appropriated and disseminated. This work has garnered interest in Britain since the bicentenary of abolition in 2007; the issue of remembrance remains somewhat political and contentious in the US today.

This symposium aims to consider the wider connotations of the term ‘enslavement’ as well as its more specific importance in critical studies of slavery, memory and cultural return. We welcome papers that consider ideas of colonial appropriation; fiscal, somatic, or agricultural enslavement and / or indenture in literature from 1750 to the present day. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Slave Trade Literature
  • Economies of Colonial Exploitation / Fiscal Enslavement
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • ‘Hauntology’ / Memory Theory and Slavery
  • Psychological Enslavement
  • Hegelian Master / Slave Dialectics

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to Lucy Ball and Jane Ford: cslpgconf@port.ac.uk.

Call for Papers: The Deadly Sins of the Baroque across Time

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 20, 2011

2011 International Conference on Arts, Ideas, and the Baroque: ‘Deadly Sins’
The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, Montréal, 24-26 June 2011

Proposals due by 5 February 2011

This conference seeks to examine the ‘baroque’ in the early modern world as well as its echoes and resonances across time. Defined differently by different academic traditions, the notion of the baroque remains a point of reference as well as contention, and a signifier of cultural legacy as well as innovation – as in the notion of the ‘neo-baroque’. We propose to investigate the rich artefacts, representations, and influence of the era—particularly around the theme of Deadly Sins (also the theme of the 2011 Montréal Baroque Festival to be held in conjunction with this conference). We invite papers which address interdisciplinary scholarship and make new connections between research fields. Proposals from scholars working in all disciplines might address, but are not limited to, the following fields:

  • Musicology and Music Performance
  • Law and Legal History
  • Social and Cultural History
  • Literature
  • Architecture and Design
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Art History
  • Religious Studies
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • Philosophy

Proposals for complete panels as well as for individual papers in English or French are welcome. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words, and brief (2 page) cvs to: baroque@mcgill.ca. Deadline for submissions: 5 February 2011.

IPLAI is a new undertaking by McGill University’s Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Management and Religious Studies and the Schools of Architecture and Music.  Its goals are to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the humanities, to reinvigorate the place of humanities scholarship in public discourse, and to examine the life of ideas across time. The Montreal Baroque Festival is a unique festival celebrating the creativity, expressiveness and inspiration of music-making in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The chapels, crypts, chateaux, cafes, cellars, attics, gardens and streets of Old Montreal are brought to life with operas, oratorios, recitals, improvisations and jam sessions performed by an international roster of brilliant musicians.

Conference Registration Fee: $60 (faculty); $25 (students)
Online registration will open March 2011