Tag Archives: conference

CA & CFP: Melancholy, Love and Letters – International Congress on Soror Mariana Alcoforado (1640–1723), Beja, Portugal – 15–17/11/19

Source of information and text/s: conference website
Name of event: Melancholy, Love and Letters – International Congress on Soror Mariana Alcoforado (1640–1723)
Dates: 15–17 November 2019
Hosts: NOVA University of Lisbon, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Venue: tbc

Description (from the conference website; not edited): The obscure letters a nun from Beja, Portugal, wrote to her fugitive lover build a crescendo of longing, affliction and abandonment, refashioning the pristine motives of medieval Galician-Portuguese «songs of a friend» with a new baroque hypersensitivity. They have attained, since their unauthorized publication in 1669, 350 years ago, an improbable success throughout Europe and the world, sparking fashions, instigating literary and scholarly battles, and inspiring countless imitations and tributes.

About these poignant documents of hopelessness, everything has been questioned: the letters’ authorship and original language; their author’s sex and nation; the authenticity or artifice of the emotions they project; the veracity or fictionality of the biographical and topographic contexts they evoke. Scholars, polemists, literary critics and Mariana’s devotees have put forward strong arguments in favor of various hypotheses concerning the text’s authorship, which have been raised, denied, reformulated, resumed, recombined, and joined also by a growing corpus of recreations that threaten to relegate the text itself to a faded background. Despite this fertile reception, or by virtue of it, Mariana’s passion remains at the center of the gallery of Portuguese love myths, parallel to the tragedy of Pedro and Inês.

Three and a half centuries later, the time has come to rescue the text, reevaluate its authorship, and celebrate the inexhaustible fascination of its themes: volition and desire, expressed through the ancient practice of prayer; the penitent self-examination, trained in the rigorous discipline of confession; and the «contemptus mundi», root and pillar of the cloistered condition. Mariana’s tribulations thus attain the full potential of the four canonical readings: the historical (the unhappy convent romance in Beja), the allegorical (the existential solitude of any individual), the moral (the desperation of lovers facing the impossibility of total union), and the anagogical (the lament of the soul, while abandoned in its earthly exile, yearning for its return to the Creator).

The NOVA University of Lisbon, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and with the generous support of Beja Town Council, will hold an International Congress on Soror Mariana Alcoforado in Beja, on 15-17 November 2019, to mark the 350 years of the princeps edition of ‘Lettres portugaises traduites en françois’ (Paris: chez Claude Barbin, 1669). The Portuguese National Library will showcase a related bibliographical exhibition, among other celebrations in Beja, Lisbon and worldwide.

For a description of the conference programme, see their website.

CFP: Please send paper proposals on Mariana Alcoforado, on love letters, or on Beja and Alentejo writers such as Mário Beirão (1890-1965), Luís Amaro (1923-2018), and others to mariana @ missiva.pt by June 30. Include title, 300-word abstract, and a brief bio note. Presentations in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish will be accepted.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by July 15 and acceptance decisions will be communicated by e-mail by July 20.

Conference fees: participants, including round trip Lisbon/Beja, 2 nights accommodation, dinner, luncheon and Congress Certificate – 25€; attendees – free (may join the travel, pending availability of places).

Reblogged: Announcement: MLA 2017 Special Session on Godwin, Shelley, and Hazlitt — Pamela Clemit

A Special Session will be held at the 2017 MLA Annual Convention (Philadelphia, 5-8 January) on Thursday 5 January, 1:45-3:00 p.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center. Reloading the Romantic Canon: New Texts and Contexts from Godwin, Shelley, and Hazlitt Until the last two decades of the twentieth century, the canon of British Romantic authors installed by the […]

via Announcement: MLA 2017 Special Session on Godwin, Shelley, and Hazlitt — Pamela Clemit

Conference: Speaking in Absence: Letters in the Digital Age (Tuesday 21 June 2016 – Weston Library and Wolfson College, Oxford)

Description: The conference is a one-day, interdisciplinary, student-led conversation on how we engage with handwritten letters in the digital age. We aim to explore the potential for collaboration between academics, librarians, technicians, editors, and publishers for the creation of mutual frameworks within which to use the digital as a means to supplement the analogue. We have chosen correspondence as a vehicle for this exploration because in the age of social media, its nature raises immediate and intriguing questions about the progression from material object to digital resource.

Daytime activities at the Weston Library will include an opening lecture on editing letters by Christopher Ricks (Co-director, Boston University Editorial Institute), a panel discussion with the leaders of pioneering digital editing projects (Electronic Enlightenment, Darwin Correspondence Project, and Cultures of Knowledge), a demonstration of the process of digitizing letters by Miranda Lewis (Digital Editor, Early Modern Letters Online), a visual tour of correspondence in the Bodleian collections led by Special Collections curators, and a panel on publishing with representatives from Oxford University Press and Blackwell’s.

It will also include the launch (with discussion) of Bodleian Student Editions, a digital scholarly editing course organised as a collaboration between the Bodleian’s Department of Special Collections, Centre for Digital Scholarship, and Early Modern Letters Online, and we warmly invite students to join the discussion. There is a limited number of subsidised undergraduate bursaries available so please register quickly!

From the Weston Library, delegates will then proceed to Wolfson College for a further panel discussion with writers and directors, and drinks reception with research posters by postgraduate students.

The conference is organised by students as part of the TORCH-OCLW annual postgraduate conference competition, and is additionally sponsored by the Bodleian Libraries and Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.

The conference fee (£45 / limited number of subsidised undergraduate places at £20) includes refreshments throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks, drinks reception). The conference dinner (£30) must be booked separately. For the full programme and instructions on registration options, please click here.

Registration is now open.

If you have any questions please contact olivia.thompson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Upcoming conference on the history of childhood (including papers on children and letters)

Horrible Histories? Children’s Lives in Historical Contexts

16-18 June 2016, King’s College London

Theme and Focus

It is now over forty years since the bold declaration of psychohistorian Lloyd deMause that ‘The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken’. Stirred by such claims, scholars have subsequently tested the ‘nightmare thesis’ for both the pre-modern and modern eras, locating children’s agency in unexpected places and stressing the contingencies of context, gender, ethnicity, age, class, caste and sexuality. Narratives of historic and contemporary institutional abuse, however, together with insights concerning the legacies of forced child migration, children’s labours and other challenging aspects of childhood experience, suggest that sorrow rather than joy characterises much scholarship on children and childhood. Should this be so?

In another context, since 1993 the phenomenally successful Horrible Historiesbooks, stage plays and television series have helped introduce countless thousands of children around the world to the past. As their titles indicate, Horrible Histories also examine difficult and sometimes grisly historical episodes. Progressive narratives are at work here too, reinforced by children’s museum exhibits emphasising an emergence from the ‘dark ages’ of childhood in the twentieth century.

‘Horrible Histories? Children’s Lives in Historical Contexts’ is the launch conference marking the inauguration of the new UK-based Children’s History Society. Offering a forum for historical reflections from established and upcoming historians of children, childhood and youth, we also anticipate that this will be a platform for school-age scholars to reflect on the ways they respond to the history. This three-day conference will host papers on the following themes:

  • Dealing with difficult history and heritage
  • Children’s histories and the longue durée
  • The ‘West and the rest’ in children’s history
  • Definitions of subjecthood and status
  • Pain and resilience
  • Archival approaches for retrieving children’s agency
  • The things of childhood
  • Play as protest, recreation and the ‘work’ of childhood
  • Children’s histories in museums, online and in the media
  • The histories of children’s places and places for children
  • Future trajectories for researching children’s histories

Note that our definition of children is flexible, reflecting the multiple constructions through time of childhood as a social category.

A complete programme can be found here.

Source: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2015-2016/MCAS/horriblehistories.aspx (additional information available there)


Call for posters: Digital Epistolary Network

Postgraduate students and early career researchers are invited to propose posters for a one-day, student-run conference exploring how we engage with letters in the digital age.

The conference takes an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach, considering letters from antiquity to the present day. It seeks to promote collaborative dialogue between academics, archivists, publishers, and the public, and to facilitate illuminating discussion from inside and outside the academic sphere – including opinion from individuals who write, read, reveal and research correspondence in their professional or personal lives. Through a focus on the conflicted and changing role of the letter as a private and public mode of written communication, the conference accommodates various perspectives: historical, anthropological, literary, archival, political, and many others. In this way, our consideration of correspondence will encompass the various digital and analogue methods for recording, interpreting, and presenting a specific material document and its inherent social connections, as well as an assessment of the ways in which recent developments in digital modes of communication have influenced, disrupted, or enhanced our relationship with this traditional form.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Howard Hotson (Cultures of Knowledge); Miranda Lewis (Early Modern Letters Online); Dr Robert McNamee (Electronic Enlightenment), Dr Alison Pearn (Darwin Correspondence Project), Rupert Mann (Digital Programme Director, Oxford University Press), Kieron Smith (Digital Director, Blackwell’s).

Selected posters will be printed for display and informal discussion during an evening drinks reception at Wolfson College, and their scope could include (but is not limited to) the following correspondence-based topics:

  • Analysis of a letter or selection of letters (if present in the Bodleian collections, these materials could also be included in an exhibition accompanying the conference).
  • Methodologies for working with correspondence material in any field.
  • Consideration of letters as a source for life-writing or historical research.
  • Implications (theoretical or practical) of editing correspondence in digital or print media.
  • Presentation or discussion of digital manipulation of correspondence data and metadata (corpus and network analysis, visualizations, translation, etc.).
  • Reflections on the significance of correspondence within personal, public, or fictional lives.
  • Comparisons between letters and other (digital) forms of communication.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to posters [at] epistolary [dot] net outlining the research your poster will present, by Friday 13th May. Preference will be given to research that demonstrably crosses disciplinary boundaries and uses diverse techniques. Posters can be landscape or portrait and should be A1 size. Printing costs (if required) will be covered, as well as the presenter’s conference attendance and limited travel expenses.

URL of original post: http://www.e-pistolary.net/speaking-in-absence/call-for-posters/

More information about the conference: http://www.e-pistolary.net/speaking-in-absence/

CA: Philatelie als Kulturwissenschaft – Berlin 01/16

Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung
15.01.2016-16.01.2016, Berlin, Museum für Kommunikation Berlin,
Leipziger Str. 16, 10117 Berlin

Obwohl Erfindung und Verwendung der Briefmarke die Kommunikation in der
Moderne geprägt haben, ist ihre Bedeutung in den Kunst-, Kultur- und
Sozialwissenschaften kaum gewürdigt worden. Im Gegensatz zur Numismatik
ist die Philatelie keine akademische Disziplin geworden, da Briefmarken
- anders als Münzen - keine lange, in die Antike zurückweisende
Tradition haben. In dieser Hinsicht lässt sich die Briefmarke mit der
Photographie vergleichen. Beide haben sich seit etwa 1840 als neue
Bildmedien etabliert, beide wurden von den etablierten Wissenschaften
und Künsten über Jahrzehnte hinweg ignoriert. Doch sind Fotos inzwischen
Gegenstand unzähliger Untersuchungen in unterschiedlichen Disziplinen

Wie im Falle der Photographie haben sich zunächst vor allem akademische
Außenseiter mit Briefmarken beschäftigt. Unter ihnen ragen aus heutiger
Sicht Aby Warburg und Walter Benjamin hervor, die unabhängig voneinander
1927 Überlegungen zur historischen, politischen und ästhetischen
Bedeutung des Gegenstands formuliert haben: Warburg in einem Vortrag,
der eng mit seinem letzten Dokumentationsprojekt, dem Bilderatlas
»Mnemosyne«, verknüpft war; Benjamin in einem Feuilleton-Beitrag, den er
in sein Aphorismen-Buch »Einbahnstraße« (1928), einem frühen Versuch zur
Diagnose der Moderne, übernahm.

In beiden Fällen handelt es sich um knappe Ideenskizzen, deren Bedeutung
lange Zeit übersehen wurde: Warburg veröffentlichte seinen Vortrag
nicht, Benjamins Formulierungen waren stark poetischer Natur. Dennoch
werden hier erstmals Theorien skizziert, die in der neueren Kunst- und
Kulturgeschichtsschreibung herausragende Bedeutung bekommen haben: die
massenhafte Reproduktion und die globale Verbreitung von Bildern, die
Bedeutung populärer Bilder als Ausdruck kollektiver Denk- und
Vorstellungswelten, das Sammeln als kulturanthropologisches Phänomen,
die Dokumentation alltäglicher Gebrauchsgegenstände als Grundlage der
Kulturgeschichtsschreibung, Mikrologie als Methode philologischer und
kulturwissenschaftlicher Analyse.

Das Kolloquium wird die Ideen Warburgs und Benjamins aufgreifen, um den
kulturhistorischen, politischen und ästhetischen Status der Briefmarke
zu analysieren.

Eine Tagung des Zentrums für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZfL)
in Kooperation mit dem Museum für Kommunikation Berlin

Konzept und Organisation: Dirk Naguschewski, Detlev Schöttker (ZfL)

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch SCHLEGEL - Berliner Auktionshaus
für Philatelie

Freitag, 15.01.2016
(Öffnungszeiten des Museums 9.00-17.00)

Oliver Götze (MfK)/ Dirk Naguschewski (ZfL)/ Detlev Schöttker (ZfL):

Moderation: Dirk Naguschewski (ZfL)

Andreas Hahn (Archiv für Philatelie Bonn): Essenz einer Nation? Die
Germania-Marken des Deutschen Reichs

Detlev Schöttker (ZfL): Politische Philatelie in der Weimarer Republik.
John Heartfield und Wieland Herzfelde

Moderation: Detlev Schöttker (ZfL)

Gottfried Gabriel (Jena):  Die politische Bildersprache der Briefmarken

Oliver Götze (MfK): Post von d'Annunzio. Propaganda auf Briefmarken des
Freistaates Fiume, 1919-1924

Moderation: Oliver Götze (MfK)

Franz-Josef Pütz (Berlin): Briefmarken als Medium der Kommunikation. Das
Beispiel Afghanistan seit 1928

Roman Siebertz (Bonn): Briefmarken als politisches Medium. Das Beispiel

Silke Plate (Bremen): Visuelles Protest-Medium. Die
»Untergrundbriefmarken« der polnischen Oppositionsbewegung der 1980er

Samstag, 16.01.2016
(Öffnungszeiten des Museums 10.00-18.00)

Moderation: NN

Steffen Haug (HU Berlin): Die philatelistische Korrespondenz Warburgs

Frank Zöllner (Leipzig): Die Geburt der Bildwissenschaft aus dem Geist
der Philatelie? Aby Warburg und die Briefmarke

Michael Diers (HfbK Hamburg/HU Berlin): Meerfabrik und Fieberkram.
Briefmarkenzeichen bei Warburg, Benjamin und in der Nachfolge

Moderation: Margarete Vöhringer (ZfL)

Isabella Woldt (Warburg Institute London): Von der Tapisserie bis zur
Briefmarke. Warburgs Florentiner Vortrag von 1927

Tom Steinert (TU Berlin): Komplexe graphische Repräsentation im Werk von
Otto Rohse

Moderation: Eva Geulen (ZfL)

Dirk Naguschewski (ZfL): Markenkunst

Ulrike Vedder (HU Berlin): Plot und Paranoia. Zur historiographischen
Funktion literarischer Briefmarken bei Pynchon, Roth und Schrott

Tagung - Philatelie als Kulturwissenschaft

URL zur Zitation dieses Beitrages

Stefan George und die Briefkommunikation im Kreis

Conference title: Stefan George und die Briefkommunikation im Kreis. Jahrestagung 2015 der Stefan-George-Gesellschaft
Place and time: Stefan-George-Haus, Bingen am Rhein, 7./8. November 2015
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Braungart, Universität Bielefeld; Stefan-George-Gesellschaft e.V. Bingen


Samstag, 07.11.2015
09.30 – 09.45
Einführung durch den Vorsitzenden Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Braungart

09.45 – 10.45, Prof. Dr. Renate Stauf, Braunschweig
„… dass eines sein großes und edles ins andere hineinzutragen
vermag“. Modulationen der Gefühle in der Liebesbriefkultur – das
Beispiel Stefan George und Ida Coblenz

11.15 – 12.15, Prof. Dr. Dieter Burdorf, Leipzig
Lyrische Korrespondenzen. Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Brief
und Gedicht in der Literatur der Moderne

15.30 – 16.30, Prof. Dr. Christine Haug, München
Der Brief als buchgeschichtliche Quelle – Briefkommunikation im
Stefan George-Kreis

17.00 – 18.00, Prof. Dr. Joachim Jacob, Gießen
Freundschaft nebst Briefen und Bildern – Sabine Lepsius: „Stefan
George. Geschichte einer Freundschaft“ (1935)

20.00 – 21.30
Öffentlicher Abendvortrag, Dr. Ute Oelmann / Dr. Birgit Wägenbaur, Stuttgart
Einführung und Lesung. „Wie lang es dauert den Deutschen ein wenig
Geschmack beizubringen“. Stefan George und Karl Wolfskehl im
Spiegel ihrer Briefe

Sonntag, 08.11.2015
09.30 – 10.30, Janus Gudian / Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Fried, Frankfurt/Main
Die Briefedition „Ernst Kantorowicz“

11.00 – 12.00, Dr. Helmuth Mojem / Dr. Gunilla Eschenbach, Marbach a. N.
Gefährliche Liebschaft. Friedrich Gundolf und Elisabeth Salomon in
ihren Briefen

For more information see: Stefan-George-Gesellschaft e.V. Bingen

Stefan-George-Gesellschaft e.V. Bingen
Gisela Eidemüller (Geschäftsführerin)
In den Rödern 46
D-64297 Darmstadt
Telefon: 0 61 51 / 59 25 03

seen on stefan-george-gesellschaft.de