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December 10th, 2018
Welcome to the Brandeis Novel Symposium, an annual one-day conference that will hold its third annual meeting Friday April 12, 2019. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on theoretical and scholarly questions raised by the novel more generally. This year’s theoretical and critical topics unfold around the question of the graphic novel: last year’s symposium was about science fiction and centered on The Three Body Problem; the inaugural event in 2017 was on Karl Ove Knausgard’s My Struggle.
This year, the BNS board has chosen to focus on another fascinating edge case, the graphic novel. Even that label is a disputable one: many scholars prefer to speak of comics, and many of the works classed as graphic novels do not fit the traditional genre criteria for the novel per se. Indeed, one of the two texts we have chosen, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, is a memoir. The other, Sonny Liew’s brilliant The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, has a fictional protagonist, but is studiously faithful to the historical upheavals around Singapore’s independence struggles. So we anticipate that the papers and the discussion will not only zero in on the particular attributes of the books in question, but will also radiate outward to reflect upon the questions of genre and categorization that make the evolving field of the graphic narrative arts so fascinating.
As always, we encourage but do not require you to read Fun Home and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in advance of the conference: if you can, please buy them at an independent local store like Million Year Picnic or New England Comics. There will also be some discussion (and a mixed graduate and undergraduate seminar in the morning) that focuses on Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.
You can register here: https://bns2019.wordpress.com/register/
December 3rd, 2018
Attached is a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Spring 2019 semester. Please click the link below for the full list:
August 30th, 2018
Brandeis Novel Symposium
April 12, 2019
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2018
The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium will address the graphic novel, with particular attention to three texts: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Chan Hock Chaye, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. We welcome paper that approach these texts and their genres from any perspective. Topics might include issues of fictionality, cultural translation, media, visual semiotics, political identity, genre history, sociology of reading, aesthetics, and more.
Papers may also use one of these three texts as a provocation or jumping off point into theoretical considerations of graphic novels or comics. In addition, we welcome papers that are not centered on any particular text: e.g., papers raising conceptual or theoretical questions about the graphic novel as a literary form and cultural practice.
October 30th, 2017
September 15th, 2017
September 1st, 2017
Attached is a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2017 semester. Please click the link below for the full list:
February 28th, 2017
Find information about speakers and registration here.
October 5th, 2016
Jamais Vu is a sounding of individual joints and social folds — the phrasal body creaking, the integral body singing its connections, wave after wave, in the particular mode:
“like a sail I found myself
in material I could carry”
Mneme tremors in the wall-dust of ruined stars. Or we can be literal: Jamais Vu is a series of image and breath-centric lyrics that seek, in the space between voices, the deeper reaches of personal memories, where recollection becomes a reinvention (a re-breathing) of historical figments and figures. From the introduction by april joseph:
“Ancient and (music)noteworthy mystics appear throughout this pureland reminding us of ancestral roots’ voice, of its seekers, seers, mourners and singers. As we sail through the ‘hour of revelation’ we discover a ‘sonar alphabet’ and ‘two language reservoirs.’ (What does your alphabet sing like?) Broumas and Begley ask us to engage in deep play, allowing us to seek the oracle in nature, revealing the imaginary. One reservoir holds a ‘hurricane of sound’ while the other contains ‘bits of god black ribbon | hundreds unseen and outspread on the sand.’ We stand on the shore and feel the tide’s call, its pull so alluring, we only sink deeper into shore becoming ocean.The collaboration carefully articulates what is unknown. Broumas and Begley’s practice of titration gives us a momentary glimpse of what we do not know and reveals the ghost: ‘…darkness gathers | this small corner of silence…’ We enter unrealized space through their anatomy of poetics — placing awareness on the breath, we rest before we take another step further through.”
To find out more about the book click here.
August 25th, 2016
The APA is pleased to announce that Berislav Marušić has been awarded the 2016 Sanders Book Prize for his book, Evidence and Agency: Norms of Belief for Promising and Resolving (Oxford University Press).
Marušić will receive the $7,000 award at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting in Baltimore, MD.
The Sanders Book Prize is awarded to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition published in English in the previous five-year period. This prize is funded through the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation.
For more information on this prize, visit the Sanders Book Prize page.
November 12th, 2015