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Call for proposals:

Call for proposals for the seminars “Gentrification in Contemporary Fiction” and “Embodied and Embodying Space-Time in Aural, Visual, and Textual Narratives”, organized in the 2021 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting (Virtual, April 8–11, 2021).

The deadline for proposals is 31 October. If you have any questions, please contact the organizers of the seminars.

Please notice, that you should apply to the seminars on the ACLA website, where you can find all the seminars and their descripitions:
https://acla.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/2/sessiongallery

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“Gentrification in Contemporary Fiction”

The organisers – James Peacock, Nick Bentley and Ceri Morgan – invite abstracts for a seminar on representations of gentrification in contemporary fiction from around the world, with “gentrification” understood in its various related senses: as particular processes of urban transformation involving the displacement of certain socioeconomic groups by others; as a collective failure of memory and imagination; and as a spatial manifestation of neoliberal ideology.

The seminar will comprise three panels of three papers, with each panel exploring a range of contemporary literary texts. Topics might include, among many others:
gentrification, genre and mode (frontier, picturesque, gothic, romance, crime fiction, comedy, satire);
gentrification and haunting;
gentrification and subcultural identities;
representations of houses, apartments and interiors;
gentrification and labour (for example stories emphasizing the work that goes into conversion, renovation and demolition);
the relationship between community and capital;
working-class representations of gentrification;
gentrification and gender;
gentrification and sexuality;
gentrification and race / ethnicity;
gentrification, access and disability;
gentrification: youth, age and ageing.

Please see the detailed call and in the ACLA website:
https://www.acla.org/gentrification-contemporary-fiction
And apply to the seminar here:
https://bit.ly/3jeKxc4

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“Embodied and Embodying Space-Time in Aural, Visual, and Textual Narratives”

Space-time informs, forms, and transforms humans, and vice versa. In this process, the hierarchy between subject (observer, self, mind) and object (spectacle, the other, body) dissolves, and new ethics and aesthetics are compelled to emerge. This seminar invites papers on specific aural, visual, textual, and multimedia narratives that keenly ask—and highlight the urgency of asking—how storytellers register and mediate ambiguous and volatile relationships across porous borders between space, time, and the body, and how the audience experiences corporeality, in sound, image, and text.

This seminar will address these issues while staying in touch with the métiers of the mediums and the laws of the genres as they contribute to and contradict the urge to grapple with the body in space-time. Such material and practical conditions are not necessarily restrictive, definitive, or encapsulating but can be enabling, ambiguating, and reinvigorating. We especially encourage papers that consider attempts at exceeding the limits or reconfiguring the terms of specific aural, visual and/or textual discourse.

Concepts to be engaged with include: Acoustic space; Affect; Anthropological space; Archives; Choreography; Chronotope; Ecopoetics; Experienced space; Heterotopias; Kinetics; Lightscapes; Liquid spaces; Mobilities; Object oriented ontology; Plasticity; Prostheses; Public transportation; Rhythmanalysis; Smellscapes; Snorous bodies; Thermalscapes; Sports.

Please see the original call here:
https://acla.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/2/sessiongallery/122
And apply to the seminar here:
https://bit.ly/2Tgee1N

Any seminar-specific question can be addressed to Atsuko Sakaki, atsuko.sakaki@utoronto.ca

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Call for papers:

DiSSGeA, Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobility and the Humanities, University of Padova, Italy, organizes a seminar “Mobilities of/in the Book” and in co-operation with Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) a symposium “Mobilities of/in Urban Narratives” at University of Padova, 27 Semptember 2019.

Please see more details in the original call for papers on the conference website: https://www.dissgea.unipd.it/sites/dissgea.unipd.it/files/Mobilities_OF_IN_the_Book_Padova_27_September.pdf

If you are interested in taking part in the discussion, please send a title and an abstract (max 250 words) and a short bio by 30
June 2019 to the following address: mobileurbannarrative@gmail.com.

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Call for contributions:

We invite expressions of interest in an edited volume provisionally titled “The City and Civilization: Representations of Urban Spaces in Italian Culture” and scheduled to be published in late 2020/early 2021.

The concept of space, its representations as well as the social, cultural and political forces that shape it and inhabit it have drawn increasing attention from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Urban spaces, in particular, have come to the fore as crucial
subjects of investigation and reflection.

The city has always occupied a special position in cultural production. From the earliest surviving literary texts, city images interrogated readers as complex intersections of creative and destructive energies. In the modern era, urbanization grew as a byproduct
of the Industrial Revolution and was accompanied by the emergence of new social movements and cultural avant-gardes.

The complexity of connections among urban centers on a global scale has increased dramatically within the past two centuries. Today more than half of humanity lives in urban spaces. The imperative to fully comprehend this central space of our collective life is
becoming increasingly urgent.

In this context, this volume aims to investigate the Italian city seen as a microcosm of Italian society. We plan to organize the book chronologically, following the representation of Italian urban landscapes from the early modern period to the twenty-first century, and thematically.

In particular, we invite contributions that focus on:

  • city landscapes
  • urban utopias and dystopias
  • the opposition between urban and rural environments
  • the process of urbanization
  • representations of urban spaces as socio-political commentary
  • the influence of the arts in shaping city spaces.

If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract (200 words max.), contact details, and a brief bio to both editors’ email addresses: ascapolo [a] kennesaw.edu and angela.porcarelli [a] emory.edu by and no later than April, 5th, 2019.

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Call for panelists:

Call for panelists for the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) 2019 (Pamplona, Spain, 6-8 June 2019). The panel on urban literary studies centres on the contemporary practice of psychogeography and psychogeographical literary works. It raises the question of how such a genre or discursive method can evoke a re-examination of our experiences of and in real urban spaces. As defined by Guy Debord of the Situationist International, psychogeography is “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals” (1955). Contemporary psychogeography continues the practice of the dérive (drift) in urban settings. At the same time, it attends to the walker’s potential to actively unearth and generate narrations that counter urban scripts that have long been naturalised by formal institutions and repeated social practices.

Possible topics for the panel include:

  • Psychogeography as a genre
  • Psychogeographical literary moments as a discursive method
  • Textual cues and cognitive stylistics in psychogeographical literary moments in contemporary works (1999 and beyond) as triggers of reader emotion
  • Effects of (embodied) metaphors in contemporary psychogeographical writings
  • Urban rhythms and politics in contemporary psychogeographical writings
  • Second-generation cognitive approaches (such as enactment and experientiality) to psychogeographical writings
  • Walking-writing of the self and the imagination/fantasizing of (urban) space
  • Representation of the Thirdspace in psychogeographical writings
  • Effects of contemporary psychogeography on ideology
  • Lived spaces versus urban programmes
  • Representation and effects of urban designs, cognitive processes, and triggered experiences in psychogeographical literary moments
  • Psychogeographical walks in urban spaces (Pamplona)
  • Wordless histories: Walking as practical narration

Other topics that are related to psychogeography and the concerns of this panel are also welcomed.

See more information here: Call for Panelists ISSN 2019

If you are interested in joining the panel, please contact Kai Tan (kai.tan@ifaar.rwth-aachen.de) with a short description of your proposed paper by 31 July 2018 (Tuesday).

Call for applications:

ISTANBUL STUDIES CENTER DOCTORAL/POST-DOCTORAL RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP 2018-2019

Istanbul Studies Center at Kadir Has University invites applications for a nine-month Doctoral Residency Fellowship and a nine-month Post-doctoral Residency Fellowship starting in the Fall Semester of 2018 – 2019 academic year. We are interested in proposals that involve comparative perspectives and methods of understanding the city in general, and Istanbul in particular.

Call for applications here: ISC_Fellowship_call_2018

Please address the application material to the Director of Istanbul Studies Center (isc@khas.edu.tr). The deadline for application is 15 May 2018. Applications will be considered as they come.

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CityLAB VI: City Aesthetics and Citizenship

Five day summer school on interdisciplinary approaches to urban aesthetics and citizenship, organized by the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute, July 2-6 2018.

This summer school, organized by the Urban Studies Institute (USI) at the University of Antwerp, in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA), will investigate both the impact of the aesthetic imagination on cities and the structural tensions between artistic visions and the social and material constructions of cities.

The application deadline is 3 April 2018. Candidates can apply by sending a letter explaining personal motivation and interest in the program (max. 500 words) and their brief CV.

Read more on University of Antwerp website: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/citylab-vi-city-aesthetics/

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Call for applications:

The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) joins together the competences and resources of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technical University of Dortmund, and the University of Duisburg-Essen with the aim of further developing their performance and competitive position.

Within the framework of the Volkswagen Foundation’s sponsorship of the graduate research group Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions (see http://www.amstudies-ruhr.de), the universities of the UA Ruhr seek to fill the following positions for a total of four years from the period September 1, 2018-August 31, 2022:

7 Research Assistantships for Doctoral Candidates (TV L 13, 65%) as well as 1 Postdoctoral Position (TV L 13, 100%)

Please send your documents in PDF form (max. three attachments) with the subject line “Application: Scripts Graduate Research Group” and the code 201 18 to the speakers of the group, Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau (e-mail: barbara.buchenau@uni-due.de) and Prof. Dr. Jens Martin Gurr (e-mail: jens.gurr@uni-due.de), by April 13, 2018.

See more information Call-for-Applications_GraduateResearchGroup_Scripts_Postindustrial-Urban-Futures.pdf