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CFP eSharp Journal

eSharp, Issue 28 (Summer 2020), ‘Estrangement and Reconciliation’

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit an article for possible inclusion in the next issue of the eSharp journal on the theme of ‘Estrangement and Reconciliation’.

Deadlines:
Abstracts: Thursday, 6 February 2020
Full Paper: Monday, 30 March 2020

eSharp is an international online journal for postgraduate research in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and Education. Based at the University of Glasgow and run entirely by postgraduate students, it aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the realm of academic publishing for emerging academics. Papers will be submitted to double-blind peer
review.

Estrangement and Reconciliation
The Oxford English Dictionary defines estrangement as ‘separation, withdrawal, alienation in feeling or affection’. It gives a number of meanings for reconciliation, including ‘the fact or condition of a person’s or humanity’s being reconciled with God’, ‘The action of restoring estranged persons or parties to friendship’, and ‘The action or act of bringing a thing or things to agreement, concord or harmony’. As the breadth of these definitions demonstrates, the experience of estrangement, and the struggle for reconciliation, are part of the universal human condition. Dealing with estrangement is not only a personal challenge for individuals, but a central concern in art and literature (playing a major role in movements such as romanticism, modernism and post-modernism), in education (where there is an increasing focus on teaching inter-personal skills and on pastoral care), and in politics (not only when responding to political and military conflicts, but also to issues such as migration and climate change). We would welcome proposals that explore the theme from the perspective of any of these disciplines, of any geographical location, and of any historical period. We particularly encourage proposals that are interdisciplinary, and that compare and contrast different approaches to achieving reconciliation. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

1) Estrangement due to exile, migration, environmental changes, border frontiers, seeking asylum, the condition of being a stranger.
2) Estrangement due to encounters with the arts, the representation of the known world or having been brought out of oneself, as well as experiences of the abject or the uncanny.
3) Estrangement due to breakdown of personal relationships, the struggle to form such relationships (e.g. among minorities such as LGBTQIA+ people and those with autism), as well as physical, linguistic, social, cultural, ethnic, political and military divisions.
4) Spiritual estrangement due to guilt, the loss of religious faith, separation from nature, a feeling (as in existentialist fiction and philosophy) that one is an ‘outsider’ in one’s native land.
5) The process of individual and collective acceptance of the new identities/selves/relationships borne of estrangement.

Requirements
We welcome contributions by postgraduate students working in any area of the Arts, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences or Education. We also accept submissions from postdoctoral researchers within one year of completing their PhD.

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words summarising your argument, and a list of 3-5 keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. When contacting us, state your year of study, programme and briefly describe your research interests. Successful candidates will
be notified by Monday 20 February, and may be asked to make relevant editorial changes in order to qualify for publication within a specific time frame.

All articles should adhere to the word limit (4,000-6,000 words) and be submitted with a bibliography listing all works cited (not works consulted) by Monday 30 March. These should either be in doc/docx or RTF format.

A full list of guidelines and our style sheet is available at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/esharp/
For all enquiries and comments please contact: esharp@gla.ac.uk

Publication: New edition of Margaret Cavendish’s Grounds of Natural Philosophy

Broadview Press has recently published a new edition of Margaret Cavendish’s Grounds of Natural Philosophy, edited by Anne M. Thell.

This edition aims to make Margaret Cavendish’s most mature philosophical work more accessible to students and scholars of the period. Grounds of Natural Philosophy is important not only because it is Cavendish’s final articulation of her metaphysics but also because it succinctly outlines her fundamental views on “the nature of nature”—or the base substance and mechanics of all natural matter—and vividly demonstrates her probabilistic approach to philosophical enquiry. Moreover, Grounds spends considerable time discussing the human body, including the functions of the mind, a topic of growing interest to both historians of philosophy and literary scholars. This Broadview Edition opens to modern readers a vibrant, unique, and provocative voice of the past that challenges our standard view of seventeenth-century English philosophy.

ANZAMEMS members interested in obtaining an electronic exam copy of the edition for potential course adoption or review are encouraged to contact Assistant Humanities Editor of Broadview Press, Tara Bodie.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Southern California

The USC Center for the Premodern World invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2020. Applicants will hold a degree in one of the Center’s areas of strength: Classics, History, Religion, Art History, or East Asian Languages and Culture. The salary for the postdoctoral fellow is $65,000 per year plus fringe benefits, with an additional research and travel account of $2000.

Applicants must have received their PhD no earlier than July 1, 2016, or else expect to have completed it by July 1, 2020. Applications from scholars whose work focuses on one of the Center’s current areas of thematic interest are especially encouraged: the Premodern Mediterranean, Sacred Ground, and the Early History of the Book. The holder of the fellowship will be expected to pursue research and teach three courses over four semesters, with at least one semester devoted fully to research. The holder is expected to reside in the Los Angeles area during the academic year and to participate in the scholarly life of the Center and the University.

To apply, please submit as a single PDF document:
· Cover letter, including a proposed research agenda (three-page maximum)
· CV
· One-page proposal describing two courses the applicant might teach
· Writing sample (either one dissertation chapter or an article)
Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. All materials should be sent to cpw@usc.edu. Applicants are responsible for making sure all application material, including letters of recommendation, are submitted before the deadline. Please allow ample time for referees to submit their letters.

The application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm PST.

Inquiries should be directed to cpw@usc.edu

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

Eligibility
· Applicants will hold a degree in one of the Center’s areas of strength: Classics, History, Religion, Art History, or East Asian Languages and Culture.
· The dates for completion of the Ph.D. degree are strictly observed, with no exceptions. “Date of completion” is defined as the day the applicant officially fulfills all requirements for the Ph.D. degree according to the guidelines of their institution.
· Citizens from any country are eligible for this fellowship.
· Candidates with a Ph.D. granted by an institution outside the U.S. are eligible to apply.
· Scholars who have held or currently hold terminal postdoctoral positions are eligible to apply.
· Scholars who have received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California are not eligible to apply.
· Scholars who are permanently employed in full-time, tenure-track positions are not eligible to apply.

Reminder: Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century Registration

Registration for the ANZAMEMS symposium ‘Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century’, held 20-21 February 2020 at the University of Adelaide, is free and open until 14 February. Registration can be completed via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/western-civilisation-in-the-twenty-first-century-tickets-79997658149

The full schedule can be viewed here: https://westernciv2020.wordpress.com/schedule/

Australian Academy of the Humanities Trendall Lecture: ‘Straying from Myth’

Free public event, Dunedin, NZ – The 22nd Trendall Lecture ‘Straying from Myth’

The Academy’s Trendall Lecture series celebrates distinguished scholarship in the classics. The 22nd Lecture will be given by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire.
Dates: 6pm-8pm, 28 January 2020

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Overview: The Academy’s Trendall Lecture was made possible through a bequest made by Professor A.D. (Dale) Trendall AC CMG FAHA (1909–95), a Foundation Fellow of the Academy. He envisaged the lecture series as ‘an annual lecture or lectures by a scholar on some theme associated with classical studies’.

New Zealand artist Marian Maguire, best known for images which fuse ancient Greek vase painting with New Zealand colonial history, will deliver the 22nd Trendall Lecture — Straying from Myth.

The lecture will occur at the Australasian Society for Classical Studies conference at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, from 28 – 31 January, 2020.

Registration: Visit the Society’s conference website to register.

Deadline extended: Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The CFP for the 14th International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS) with the theme ‘Food: Sacrificial, Spiritual, and Secular’ to be held at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, on 23-24 October 2020, has been extended until February 10. The updated CFP can be downloaded below.

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