Since its lean beginning in the concrete jungles, Hip Hop has grown into a national and international movement that stretches far beyond the streets of its urban environment(s). While the 1970s Hip Hop exposed the complexity and angst of urban youth culture, the rise of rap music in the 1980s began to create new stories about the state of affairs in black and urban spaces throughout the U.S. With such rise and popularity, Hip Hop has become a mainstream phenomenon with commercial appeal that often deviates from its core principle elements. This year's conference begs to ask what is the current state of Hip Hop and Rap today? How and where are the elements being used?
"The imaginary" invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadow, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive. This conference features keynote speakers Mya Poe of Northeastern University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth College.
For Lacan, the imaginary is the beginning: "I began with the Imaginary, I then had to chew on the story of the Symbolic ... and I finished by putting out for you this famous Real." For sociologist John B.Thompson, the social imaginary is "the creative and symbolic dimension of the social world, the dimension through which human beings create their ways of living together and their ways of representing their collective life."
We are writing to let you know about an exciting partnership which has developed as we move forward with plans for our annual "Free Exchange Conference" this year. We are pleased to be now be joining with
"The Insurgent Architects," a research group founded at the University of Calgary, and dedicated to the intersections of creative writing and social justice research. This is a particularly complementary partnership because the stated agenda of their group segues with our chosen topic for this year, "Power and Politics in Print."
Third Annual Graduate English Conference: Crime and Criminality
(April 1-2, 2016, University of South Carolina)
We are currently welcoming submissions, which should include a 250 word abstract. This year, rather than panel presentations, we will host a series of seminars. Seminars will provide participants the opportunity for a collaborative conversation around a particular topic. Each seminar will be capped at 15 participants and will be run by faculty with expertise in the topic. Each participant will submit a five-page position paper before the conference to be read and commented on in advance by the other participants; time in the seminar itself will be reserved for discussion.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Charles W. Chesnutt Association
American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
The Charles W. Chesnutt Association welcomes abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentation at two sessions on the work of Chesnutt at the 2016 ALA conference in San Francisco.
We seek intelligent critical articles written in a clear, readable style that offer our readers thoughtful, useful, pedagogically sound, and innovative ideas for teaching American literature. We are also interested in articles about new American authors or lesser known authors who haven't seen much study, particularly in ways that they could add to students' experiences of American literature. All articles go through a blind peer review process with editorial staff making all final publishing decisions. Send manuscripts with abstract. Deadline for Winter 2016 Issue is January 31.
CFP: Peer English
Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed, open-access online journal produced by the Department of English at the University of Leicester and the English Association. Since 2006, its remit has been to provide a forum for exciting, high-quality work and new critical thinking by early career researchers (graduate study, post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the community. This approach also includes the notion of 'work in progress' and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or Heads of Departments.
Call for PAMLA 2016 Special Session Proposals: "Archives, Libraries, Properties" (Deadline January 15, 2016)
Urban Humanities Convergence
March 16-18, 2016
As the world becomes more urbanized, we seek to understand how the Humanities engages with and contributes to urban communities. The Urban Humanities Convergence will interrogate notions of urban spaces, identities and movements by bringing together scholars, artists and activists working within these terrains. From anti-gentrification activism to art movements, from urban fiction to graphic novels, the conference will encompass a wide range of disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary inquiry beyond the ivory tower.
The University of Chicago Press and Signs are pleased to announce the competition for the 2017 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship. Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars.