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Ms. Mentor’s List, for the 10th time

June 12, 2017 – chronicle.com

Evil Deans and the Academic Novel

“This summer’s selections will make you chortle, groan, or sigh with understanding and complicity — unless you are a dean.”

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CfP:”Representations of Textual and Contextual Boundaries in Academic Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Film” in Kaunas, Lithuania 27-28 April, 2017

 

Session organized within the framework of the

“Texts and Contexts: The Phenomenon of Boundaries” conference

Vilnius University Kaunas, Faculty of Humanities

This panel aims to explore the representations of different boundaries at work in academic fiction, non-fiction and film, be they referring to genre and its textual fabric, or the reality and different contexts these narratives depict.

Submissions can relate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Textual vs. material reality in academic narratives,
  • Student-teacher boundaries and off-limits behaviors in academic narratives,
  • Divisions in the academe,
  • No limits – academic utopias and dystopias,
  • Breaking the boundary of realism – sci-fi academic narratives,
  • Limits of empathy and identification – academics reading and writing academic novels,
  • Frontiers and trailblazers in the academe,
  • Probing the limits of truth, or facts and fiction in academic narratives and life writing – autofiction, roman à  clef etc.,
  • Academic metafiction and breaking down of the fourth wall – writers writing about writers and writing,
  • Limitless navel-gazing? Self-reflexivity in academic narratives, or academics writing about academe and academics
  • Academic novel – genre boundaries and margins

Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) for a 20-minute paper, and a bio note by 6 February, 2017 to the session organizer Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

Ms. Mentor strikes again

July 3, 2016 – chronicle.com

Academic Novels for Real People. So much for the classics; time to break open the juicy stuff.

“Question (from ‘Hegelia’): All right, I’ve read some of the books on last month’s list of classic academic novels, filled with profs performing intellectually in their native habitats. But where are the juicy academic novels?

Answer: That depends on what you mean by ‘juicy.’ For some readers of academic novels, the scholarly in-jokes are the whole point of the genre. These are the sort of readers who chortle about the literary-theory tidbits in John L’Heureux’s The Handmaid of Desire, or claim to know the real-life inspiration for the pushy promoter of ‘Diana Studies’ in Jennifer Vandever’s The Bronte Project.”

Ms. Mentor’s Summer Reading List

June 5, 2016 – chronicle.com

Reading the Classics of Academic Literature. Five lofty texts about professors and learning for your summer book list

 

Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

December 31, 2015 – telospress.com

Houellebecq and Huysmans By Ellis Hanson

” […] Houellebecq seems to have mashed together two very different books: one a dreary campus novel about a disillusioned academic who ironically relives the subject of his dissertation, and the other a Swiftian political satire about Islam and the decline of French civilization […]” 

CfP: “The Concepts of Home in the Context of Academe and Academic Fiction,” Kyiv, Ukraine, 17-18 March 2016

Call for Papers

“The Concepts of Home in the Context of Academe and Academic Fiction”

Kyiv, 17-18 March 2016

Panel

organised within the framework of the

International Conference in Literary Studies “Poetics of Home/House”

Kyiv National Linguistic University

 

In which ways does the academia warrant the status of a “second home” for its members? Do the groves of academe function as a safe haven, a sanctuary of classrooms and libraries, a harbor for liberal education, cultural exchange, tradition, and free thought? Can the academia constitute a private microcosm for an expat scholar, conference hopper, or a foreign student? And if it can, as a multicultural space providing a sense of home for representatives of diasporic communities, can it foster dialogue and reduce conflict between societies and countries?

We are looking for explorations of the academia-as-a-home in the short and the long term, in fiction old and new, ranging from Vladimir Nabokov’s Pnin to Michel Houellebecq’s Submission.

We invite papers treating these, and related themes, in all genres and sub-genres referred to as academic fiction by British, American, and international writers.

Possible topics (the list is suggestive not exhaustive):

  • The university as a private universe in academic fiction,
  • Intercultural communication in academic fiction,
  • Multiculturalism in academic fiction,
  • Expat scholars, conference hoppers, and foreign students,
  • Exchange and staff mobility programs (Erasmus+, ISEP, Fulbright etc.),
  • University as shelter,
  • At home in the world: cosmopolitanism in academic novels,
  • Surrogate homes abroad: music, food, and literature in academic fiction,
  • Unwilling dislocations and homesickness in academic fiction,
  • Speaking in tongues: language in and of academic fiction,
  • From home to college: university as a rite of passage,
  • The concept of home in academic life writing.

Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and bio by 15 January, 2016 to Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

The language of the panel is English.

 

Updated CfP: Scholars as Fictionists, or On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing & ‘Pictures from an Institution’: Academy Across Time and Media, Parallel Conferences at the University of Gdansk, October 2-4, 2015

Call For Proposals
Parallel International Conferences, University of Gdańsk
Scholars as Fictionists, or On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing
Literaturoznawca literatem: Artystyczne kreacje profesorów humanistyki
2 – 4 October 2015
                                          (conference languages: English, Polish)
Conference Focus
For humanities professors whose publications include works of fiction, collections of poetry, (screen)plays or comicbooks, the involvement in scholarship and education runs parallel to the process of creative writing preformed beyond campus and treated as pastime and/or another vocation. As scholars-fictionists and their literary works are discussed mainly in the context of dominant cultural and literary trends, the role of the university in their fiction-making is rarely given serious consideration. Given that literary achievement of university professors is distinguished by academicity (i.e. their expertise in histories and theories of literature, familiarity with the higher education system and academic publishing standards, etc.), the conference aims to provide a platform for discussion of interdependencies resulting from various forms of academic and artistic creativity. The conference will also focus on the future of creative/screenplay writing courses introduced into syllabi in a number of Polish universities.
We are inviting proposals for presentations and workshops addressing one of the following themes:
Theme 1 (language: English) On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing
·         Academic topoi, quests and quandaries in the novels of humanities professors and acclaimed English-language writers/writers in translation, e.g. Peter Ackroyd, John Barth, Malcolm Bradbury, A.S. Byatt, J.M. Coetzee, Joanne Dobson, Umberto Eco, John Gardner, William H. Gass, Rebecca Goldstein, Carolyn Heilbrun (Amanda Cross), Maxine Hong Kingston, David Lodge, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Powers, Adam Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith.
·         Theorizing and/vs. Writing Selves; Or Academic Life-Writing (autobiography, bibliomemoirs, etc.)
·         Poets- and writers-in-residence in film and fiction.
·         Creative/screenplay writing courses: theory and practice.
Theme 2 (language: Polish) ‘Między literami’: literackie kreacje polskich profesorów[‘Between Letters’: Polish Academics as Fictionists]
Polish Faculties of Humanities are havens for poets and prose writers (the Faculty of Languages, University of Gdańsk, being a prime example) whose success in literature is often overshadowed by their academic status. To redress this imbalance, we are inviting proposals for papers or workshops discussing literary works published by Polish academics, e.g. Stefan Chwin, Julia Fiedorczuk, Izabela Filipiak, Jacek Gutorow, Inga Iwasiów, Jerzy Jarniewicz, Paweł Huelle, Olga Kubińska, Jerzy Limon, David Malcolm, Stanisław Modrzewski, Kazimierz Nowosielski, Tadeusz Pióro, Tadeusz Sławek, Andrzej Sosnowski, Jerzy Szyłak, ks. Alfred Marek Wierzbicki, Andrzej Zgorzelski.
ROUND TABLE  (language: Polish; participants: academics-published writers)
‘Między literami’: pisanie prozą [‘Between Letters’: Writing (on) Fiction]
ROUND TABLE  (language: Polish; participants: academics-published poets)
‘Między literami’: pisanie (o) poezji [‘Between Letters’: Writing (on) Poetry]
Organizing Committee:
Ludmiła Gruszewska Blaim (University of Gdańsk)
Marta Koval (University of Gdańsk)
Maja Wojdyło (University of Gdańsk , conference secretary)
Abstracts (300 words) should be sent to gdanskconference2015@gmail.com by March31, 2015.
Please remember to identify the title of the conference for which you are applying. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 7, 2015.
Conference  Fee
Due to EU directives, no conference fee will be charged.
Publication
The publication of selected conference papers is planned.
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‘Pictures From an Institution’: Academy Across Time and Media
2 – 4 October 2015
                                                 (conference language: English)
Conference Focus
Scholars, scholarship and institutions of higher learning have constantly attracted attention of fictionists. Idealized or satirized representations of the academy in literature and culture of previous epochs provided twentieth- and twenty first-century writers and filmmakers with convenient models, from which to depart. As in the last decades, academics, especially humanities professors, have been forcefully encouraged to redefine their role by forming more flexible / ‘flexible’ attitudes towards teaching and research, their changing position in society has caused much comment in the mass media and found its reflection in literature and cinema. The main objective of the conference will be to discuss and compare textual—mainly literary and filmic—representations of the institution depicted as a nest of the (intellectually) Other. We are inviting proposals for presentations and workshops addressing one of the following themes:
·         Academics vs. society in literatures of earlier epochs.
·         Humanities in the age of the networked society.
·         Scholars vs. hard scientists: A war story.
·         Institutional/personal crisis points as reflected in the academic (mystery) novel.
·         Utopic/dystopic moments on campus: Visions of the brave new world in arts and the mass media.
·         Screening the Ivory Tower: The Academy in Film Adaptations
ROUND TABLE  (language: English; participants: campus novel writers)
Campus Novel in the Making
Organizing Committee:
Ludmiła Gruszewska Blaim (University of Gdańsk)
Marta Koval (University of Gdańsk)
Wojciech Klepuszewski (Koszalin University of Technology)
 Marta J. Łysik (University of Wrocław, conference secretary)
Abstracts (300 words) should be sent to gdanskconference2015@gmail.com by March31, 2015.
Please remember to identify the title of the conference for which you are applying. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 7, 2015.
Conference  Fee
Due to EU directives, no conference fee will be charged.
Publication
The publication of selected conference papers is planned.
Website: http://fil.ug.edu.pl/dzialalnosc_naukowa/konferencje/zapowiedzi_konferencji