Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and even more mimetic fiction in various media such as texts and graphic novels have long permitted the sort of free experimentation often celebrated (or bemoaned) in the American religious environment, though constrained by genre conventions, social contexts, market forces, and other factors. Thus, especially the "estranged" genres of fiction (pace Suvin) permit not only the utopian depiction of traditional religions as they ought to be and the dystopian depiction of religions as they ought not to be, but also the representation of novel religious forms—a space in which new fictional religions may be invented.
The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2016 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held February 4-6, 2016, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and a poster session.
Introducing a conversation between Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and Deepa Mehta, the American scholar Deepika Bahri recalled how Rushdie had written that "The opposite of hatred is love; the opposite of tyranny is love; the opposite of censorship is love; the opposite of evil is love; the opposite of politics is love; the opposite of war is love; the opposite of God is love." This conversation, titled, "The Only Subject is Love," emphasized the centrality of love as a theme in Rushdie's writing and in the creative process. This seminar will have us explore the role love plays in reacting and responding to its opposites in postcolonial literature.
Consumption sustains and undermines modern life, from popular culture to our most privileged art. The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars is seeking abstracts that address consumption in any of its many forms, including but not limited to the following: eating, buying, obsession, the reception of media, and the status-seeking public use of resources first called "conspicuous consumption" by Thorstein Veblen in 1899.
Articles are sought for a collection of essays on representations of Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in African-American literature. This collection seeks to explore how African-American writers have used, referenced, engaged and disengaged with Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in their writing through various cultural and historical movements.
Conference Date: June 2-6, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C., The University of Maryland
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15, 2015
Unsettling Objects: Collecting in Nineteenth-Century America
CALL FOR PAPERS
ON NEARNESS, ORDER, AND THINGS:
COLLECTING AND MATERIAL CULTURE 1400 TO TODAY
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A Joint Conference Sponsored by
Northrop Frye Centre, and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto
Victoria College, University of Toronto
8-9 April 2016
With support provided by the Jackman Humanities Institute
Program for the Arts, University of Toronto,
and from Queen's University
In the context of the upcoming ACLA conference (Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016) we invite proposals for the seminar "Marked/Unmarked: Modes of Producing Difference."
An abstract (~250 words) and a brief bio should be uploaded to the ACLA website at http://www.acla.org/annual-meeting between September 1-23, 2015. Interested participants are encouraged to contact Raelene Wyse (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Melissa Gelinas (email@example.com) for questions or ideas.