Knowledge production and social transformation are closely intertwined. Academic scholarship plays a crucial role in analyzing and critiquing social, economic, ecological, and political developments, while simultaneously, however, being inextricably linked to its social context and its inherent relations of power and domination. Scrutinizing the link between social critique and scholarship also entails the critical examination of the tools applied in analyzing social phenomena, which in turn lay the basis for academic social critique. Scientific methods of gaining knowledge not only co-constitute and shape the object of research, but also the kind of knowledge that is produced.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets, a cadre of writers including Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Kelly Norman Ellis, Crystal Wilkinson, Crystal Good, and Bianca Spriggs, among many others who continue to shape the literary landscape of the American South. Co-founder, Frank X Walker coined the term "Affrilachia" in an effort to "[challenge] the notion of a homogeneous all-white literary landscape" in Appalachia, and the collective has, indeed, spent two and half decades not only producing work which continues to mount a formidable movement against the myth of an all-white region but also documenting the nuanced realities of an ever expanding global South.
Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.
Heralded by The Telegraph as a 'global phenomenon,' BBC's Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet's 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette in his only screen appearance as the famous sleuth, makes it especially timely for film scholars, students, and audiences to reassess the cultural legacy of Holmes onscreen. Forthcoming work by Hills (2016) and Poore (2016) argue strongly for Holmes as a continuing source of scholarly interest, spurring us to look at Holmes' filmic lives.
HBCUstory Symposium 2015 | Call for Papers
Theme | Reconstruction in an Age of Resistance: Respecting our Roots. Restoring our Rites.
Presented by | HBCUstory, Inc. + Fisk University
HBCUstory Inc., in partnership with the Fisk University, proudly presents the third annual HBCUstory SYMPOSIUM Oct. 9-10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Held in Nashville, Tennessee, a distinctively southern city that is home to four of the nation's 107 HBCUs, the two-day research and cultural symposium is first of its kind to convene Historically Black College and University (HBCU) researchers, presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.
With its insightful and quirky brand of humour, Issa Rae's popular web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011- 2013) has shown how alternative pathways for the production, circulation and reception of interactive new media also makes possible a more expansive approach to the question of who and what can be funny. Much of the humour in Awkward Black Girl arises from the social ineptitude of J, its titular character. The series' characterization of her subjectivity as multi-layered and complex also prompts interrogation of gender and racial stereotypes through humour, and the ways in which digital platforms create opportunities for women and minority media-makers to develop their projects outside of mainstream media industries.
The 4th Annual DIVAS Conference: From Margin to Center:
Telling our Stories as a Form of Activism
September 12, 2015
D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) are
delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 4th annual DIVAS conference to be held at the School of Education on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, September 12, 2015. Proposals for poster sessions, individual presentations, and panel sessions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 15th 2015.
"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society."
--- Angela Y. Davis
Seeking 300-word proposals for an edited collection (already under contract with Salem Press) of 15 essays on the work of Alfred Hitchcock. All Hitchcock (and Alma Reville Hitchcock) topics are welcome. I am particularly interested in essays that address Hitchcock's silent work, Selznick-era work, and post-MARNIE works such as TOPAZ and FRENZY, but proposals on the "old standbys" are also very welcome (AND NEEDED). Proposals for essays rooted in deep theory are also welcome, but the final papers for such accepted proposals will need to be accessible to an undergraduate readership. Essays about unproduced Hitchcock works (e.g., MARY ROSE, BLIND MAN, etc.) are also welcome. Proposals must be received by 15 June 15.
With apologies for cross posting:
International Girl Studies Association are seeking submissions for our inaugural conference which is being held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich from 7-9 April 2016. The inaugural conference seeks to bring together researchers and students working on girls and girlhood in any part of the world and in any discipline or interdisciplinary field.
Girl Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing a vast array of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars from across the world to explore experiences of girlhood, recent developments within the field, investigating new questions and revisiting historical issues.
Session: Comparative American Ethnic Literature,
November 6-8, 2015, Portland State University and Hilton Portland, Oregon
Open topic: Papers comparing any ethnically/"racially" defined American literature or papers on any one of those literatures are invited.
This is a standing session of the annual PAMLA conference (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association).
Submit any proposals via the Online Submission form at pamla.org
Deadline: June 10, 2015.
Chair of session: Martin Japtok
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vol. 2, Issue 2
Reading the Queer in Literature, Film, Culture and Theory
[Journal Issue & Ed. Vol.]
Submissions are invited for the forthcoming issue of "The Apollonian" on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of literature, art, cinema, culture, critical theory, philosophy and history. The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Philosophy and Poetry (Edited Volume)
This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.
Inspired by the 50th year anniversary marking the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery, the journal Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity invites submissions for a themed special issue on Race and 'Normalcy.'
"Race and 'Normalcy,'" builds on Dr. Martin Luther King's (1965) address at the conclusion of the march, in which he states: