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Symposium: Angela Carter and Japan

Angela Carter and Japan

University of East Anglia

Saturday 30 June 2018

Plenary speaker: Dr Charlotte Crofts (University of the West of England)

Angela Carter testified to the time she spent in Japan as life-changing, both personally and professionally. It was, in her own words, where she ‘learnt to be a woman and became radicalised’. While conscious of the traps of European exoticization, she in turn, as the lover of a Japanese man, found herself caught up in power struggles between ethnicities, genders and nations. The years Carter spent in Japan proved to be a turning point in her career, prompting speculative, radical and fantastic forms of writing.

This one-day symposium is devoted to the influence of Japan on the life and work of Angela Carter, and more broadly, to any aspect of the relation between Carter’s writing and Japan. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

  • Japanese cities and landscape
  • Romance in Japan
  • Manga and Anime
  • Japanese literary figures
  • Gender relations in Japan
  • Kabuki performances of gender
  • The Japanese language
  • Bunraku puppet theatre
  • Irezumi
  • Carter’s experience of Japan
  • Japanese sexualities

The University of East Anglia is a fitting location for Angela Carter and Japan. Carter taught here, as did Lorna Sage, one of Carter’s most important advocates and critics. The University is the home of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing and theBritish Centre for Literary Translation, together with the Centre for Japanese Studies.

Proposals for papers (c. 300 words), to be accompanied by a short biography, should be sent to angelacarterandjapan@yahoo.com

Closing date: 22nd of January, 2018

Call for Applications: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) at Cardiff University welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral* applicants to the 2018-19 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme.

ENCAP is a vibrant, research-focused School, ranked in the top 10 for research in REF 2014, in a university that ranked 5th in REF 2014, and 2nd nationally for research impact. The School has an excellent track record of supporting and developing early career researchers. If you are a highly-qualified researcher with an innovative postdoctoral project, please get in touch to discuss with us. 

Our research connects four disciplinary areas: English Literature, Creative Writing, Language & Communication studies, and Philosophy. We invite applications that engage with one of two themes indicative of our cross-disciplinary research strengths:     

1.       Health and the Humanities

We are looking for projects that complement or intersect with our expertise in language and communication research into linguistic patterns associated with disease; discourse analysis of healthcare communication, such as work on handover meetings on hospital wards; the tension between cognitive and social priorities in linguistic expression. Our philosophical research probes ethical dilemmas and decision-making in healthcare; motivations for behaviours between patients and healthcare staff, including implicit bias. Encompassing literary histories of science and medico-literary studies, our cultural and creative research examines alternatives to current policy and practice, and investigates contemporary or historical cultural fears and prejudices surrounding specific health conditions and how affected people deal(t) with them.

2.       Cultures of the Imagination

We welcome projects that respond in imaginative and novel ways to the complexities of historical or modern-day cultures, drawing on innovative methodologies to tackle (inter/multi)disciplinary questions. This could involve contributions to digital cultures; illustration studies; history of the book; heritage cultures, memory and material studies, with neo-historical and counter-factual approaches; creative-critical experiments, for example involving cultural and philosophical theory; literary, philosophical and linguistic approaches to Celtic studies; postcolonial studies, empire and slavery studies; period-based research, with particular emphasis on the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods; modern and contemporary cultures; children’s literature; women’s writing and approaches to  gender and sexuality; literary, linguistic and philosophical explorations of law; culture, ethics and religion.

* Due to the highly competitive nature of the scheme, we will only consider applications from postdoctoral scholars. Applicants should have started working on a second project that may develop from but moves well beyond the frame of their prior thesis topic.    

General enquiries about the scheme should be submitted to the ENCAP Director of Research, Professor Ann Heilmann, HeilmannA@cardiff.ac.uk . Expressions of interest should be sent to Jennifer Hulin, encap-res@cardiff.ac.uk . The deadline for receiving formal expressions of interest is 16:00,  Monday 4 December 2017.

Details of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found here:https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

Formal expressions of interest to Cardiff’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy should consist of a single-spaced one-page CV (please indicate the title of your PhD thesis) with an additional list of publications and the following details of the proposal:

(a)   the project title

(b)   a project description of up to 800 words along with a 100-word abstract;

(c)   an outline statement of up to 300 words outlining how the project will connect with and extend existing research in ENCAP

TO NOTE: The Leverhulme Trust advises that the project description should include details of the aims, objectives, methodology and outcome of the project (e.g. publication plans), to enable the Committee and referees to evaluate the scope and importance of the proposal. Methodology should be clear and explicit, comprehensible to a non-expert. Bibliographic references should be included in full, including page numbers where relevant. The project description and the bibliographic references should not exceed two sides of A4, and the applicant’s name should appear at the top of the first page. 

Successful  applicants whose projects are selected for support by the School will be notified in December. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare a full application to the Early Career Fellowship scheme. The scheme is due to open in January 2018 and finalised draft applications must be submitted to ENCAP by 1 February. The closing date for applications to be submitted to Leverhulme is 1 March.

 

REF 2021 nominations – an invitation

The CWWA Executive Committee has confirmed our process for considering applications to serve as a panel member in REF 2021.  We are keen to ensure that this process is transparent and inclusive – we especially welcome applications from candidates from previously under-represented groups, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and people with disabilities. 

 

  1. Those wishing to be considered for nomination should submit the following to the CWWA Chair (r.carroll@tees.ac.uk) by Wednesday 6 December 2017:
  • Supporting Evidence (up to 2 pages) mapped against the criteria given in Annexe E: Nomination information
  • An up to date CV
  1. A panel of CWWA Executive Committee members will review the applications to ensure that they meet the published criteria.
  2. The Chair will notify applicants of the outcome.
  3. The Chair will submit nominations on behalf of the CWWA by the given deadline of Wednesday 20 December 2017.

 Full information about the roles and recruitment of expert panels can be found on the REF 2021 website:

http://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/2017/rolesandrecruitmentoftheexpertpanels.html

 

It may be helpful to note the following definitions of candidates eligible to serve on Sub-Panels, including UoA 27: English Language and Literature:

  • practising researchers of suitable personal standing who collectively have an appropriate breadth of research expertise and carry the confidence of the community
  • members from the private, public or third sectors with expertise in commissioning, applying or making use of research

Please do bring this invitation to the attention of colleagues working within the field of contemporary women’s writing – both within academia and beyond – who you feel will be well placed to contribute to the REF 2021 exercise.