Over the last decade, the vibrant subfield of Afro-Asian Studies has played an integral role in advancing comparative racial analysis, highlighting the deep and under-recognized history of political cross-fertilizations that have taken shape among Africa's and Asia's diasporic communities and, in particular, between these continents' anti-colonial nationalist leaders, such as Chairman Mao, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Ho Chi Minh.
SYNOPTIQUE Journal Colloquium
October 16-17, 2015
HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS: Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media
DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 15th, 2015
Colloquium hosted by the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Reconstruction 17.1, In-Between Spaces: Interstices and Borders of Identity
(Abstracts 250-500 words due Dec 1, 2015, full papers due Mar 1, 2016)
Edited by Amanda Gradisek and Ron Scott
Reconstruction 16.3: Game Studies and Determinism,
edited by Reconstruction staff
(Abstracts 250-500 words, due Oct. 1 2015, completed papers by Feb 1, 2016)
Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how "dead," to borrow Faulkner's famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.
The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—
•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.
•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.
The siting of the 2016 SCMS conference in Atlanta (3/30-4/3/16), where the Audre Lorde papers are housed at Spelman College, provides an ideal opportunity to convene a panel that addresses Lorde's investment in the intersections of race, gender, class, ability, age, and power. This panel seeks scholars, media makers, activists, and educators who have made use of the Audre Lorde archive, both at Spelman and at large, to examine the impact of the Black lesbian feminist poet's ideas on the contemporary moment.
Our focus is on the South, but for the 2015 Symposium, we are particularly interested in the intersection of art, particularly photography, and creative writing. How does the visual evoke the written word?
We are accepting proposals for readings in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction as well as panel discussions and workshops.
Writing Workshops: Propose a workshop that gives Symposium attendees practical writing advice that enhances their writing. All genres and geographic locations welcome.
Presentation/Panel Discussion Sessions: Pitch a panel or presentation that explores any aspect of creative writing from the idea to the marketplace.
Essay proposals are invited for a volume entitled Teaching Modernist Women's Writing in English, to appear in the Options for Teaching series published by the Modern Language Association. The purpose of the volume is to meet the needs of instructors seeking pedagogical strategies for teaching modernist women's writing in English and the ways in which women were vital creators and participants in the works and networks of modernism.
In William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton's problematic play Timon of Athens, the fate of Athens hangs in the balance as the eponymous character threatens the city with literal and figurative diseases from outside its walls. Timon thus embodies a nightmarishly pathogenic force, sending forth plagues and venereal diseases to "thatch your poor thin roofs/With burthens of the dead" (V.iii.143-145), even as the city's gates bar his physical entrance. Although Timon of Athens has traditionally been regarded as an anti-corruption allegory, the play thus presents fruitful opportunities for examination through the lens of quarantine and urban containment.