Conferences and Sessions
SAMLA 86: Sustainability and the Humanities, November 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, USATeaching Heart of Darkness and Other Texts by Joseph Conrad (by June 20, 2014)
For the 86th South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta November 7-9, 2014: While taking into consideration the special focus for SAMLA 86, we will consider the importance of artfully and effectively introducing Conrad to undergraduates. Making Conrad authentic, pertinent, and interesting for students as we go forward can contribute to the goal of sustainability in the Humanities. How might such lesson be designed? What might a student-centered class period (or several periods) devoted to a Conrad story look like for the student? What sequence of activities might the facilitator, the professor, choose to guide the students in a way that allows them to make crucial discoveries about Conrad on their own? For this session, one might take a paper already presented or one newly written and think about creative ways to help the student apprehend the meaning while minimizing lecture in favor of a series of activities designed to foster insight and discovery, as well as to promote engagement. This might be a pre-reading activity, during reading, or a post-reading activity, or a combination of all three. It might involve multiple media and multiple class days. It might be centered on Conrad and his themes and techniques and meanings, or it might use Conrad to illuminate aspects of Modernism or Romanticism or perhaps to exemplify the processes or perspectives of a particular school of literary criticism. There can also be a sense of assessment of learning outcomes, and—particularly useful—suggestions for how different teachers in different learning situations can modify the lessons and activities for their own use. By June 20, 2014, please submit abstracts of about 300 words on any example of teaching Conrad in the classroom, along with A/V requirements, to Chris Cairney, Middle Georgia State College, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Annual Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, Canada, 2015
Conrad and Joyce: Comparative Angles.
Chair: Christopher GoGwilt and Sebastian Knowles
"'Mapping the Void': Terror and Redemption in Conrad and Joyce"
"Decoud, Dedalus, and the Anxiety of Patriotic Production"
"Poor Visions: Joyce, Conrad, and Weak Epistemology"
"Conrad and Joyce in 'iSpace'"
Conrad and Ecocriticism
Chair: Lissa Schneider-Rebozo
"Conrad's Weather: The Politics of Nature in Under Western Eyes"
"Images of Catastrophe: Contagious Ecology in Conrad's Stormy Fictions"
"Joseph Conrad and Weltliteratur’s Environmental Consciousness"
"The Atmosphere in The Secret Agent"
For questions, contact Dr. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo (Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conrad's Victory 100 Years Later
"The New Text of Victory"
“Degeneracy in Victory: Fin-de-Siecle Anxieties on the Verge of the First World War"
“Looking Back in Victory: 'Native Life,' the Threat of Witness, and Narrative Perspectivism"
For questions, contact Debra Romanick Baldwin (email@example.com).
The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) Annual Conference
The 41th Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society UK will be held in summer 2015. More information forthcoming. Inquires should be sent to Robert Hampson: R.Hampson@rhul.ac.uk.