United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS) panel on Local and Global Transgressions invites papers that address transgression in literature and art as well as transgressive art in general. The panel seeks to explore the complexity of transgression as it crosses cultural boundaries in terms of both production and reception. Papers are encouraged to consider but not limited to the following aspects:
Queer Intimacies, Queer Spaces, & Scales of Desire
This panel is searching for papers that address how LGBTQ* texts of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries construct varieties of queer intimacy and attempt to anatomize the epistemological, formal, and affective structures that make such intimacies possible—whether in public or private. We are looking for papers that discuss the ways queerness operates in a variety of spaces: city streets, forest clearings, parks, gardens, restrooms, bedrooms, manor homes, and apartment buildings.
Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London
"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)
This session will present new work from scholars in an emerging line of inquiry: post-medieval outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of feasting and eating. This session purposefully reaches beyond the Middle Ages to demonstrate that outlawry is a global phenomenon, one that is not only present in a variety of literatures, languages, and cultures, but also one that is inherently intertwined with food and feast. While outlawry has its formal origins in the Middle Ages, the outlaw is a figure and trope present in many post-medieval texts: several Renaissance dramas, and especially American, Native American, African American, and Australian outlaw narratives.
In an age when technology and digitalization continue to redefine how we think about and explore African American literature, this panel invites considerations of the critical yet ever-evolving relationship between the archive and African American literary production. While possible papers might explore the role of traditional institutional collections in informing us about particular writers and periods, the panel also welcomes broad and open interpretation of the term "archive." How do texts, bodies, and performances function as archives? How does collecting, cataloguing, and curating impact modern racial formation? What is the relationship between the archive and pedagogy? How does the archive relate to contemporary discussions of post-blackness?
This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?
CALL for PROPOSALS
The Land Has a Story
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501
Keynote by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society
Interdisciplinary Conference on Sports and Violence, March 19, 2016, Proposals due by October 31, 2015
Americans love sports. An estimated 35 to 50 million American youth play organized sports, the Super Bowl regularly attracts over 160 million viewers, and sports figures are among America's most recognized celebrities.
This proposed panel for the 2016 C19 conference seeks paper proposals on the topic of collectors and collections in nineteenth-century American culture. In keeping with the conference's theme of "Unsettling," this panel aims to explore how examining practices of collecting opens up new approaches to considering American literature in relation to institutions, print and material culture, and scientific study. How does literature engage with the efforts of individual collectors or institutions to organize texts, natural specimens, material objects, and other forms of information? How did competing taxonomies unsettle existing modes of categorizing objects?
In recent scholarship, lyric emerges as a privileged form for expressing, simulating, and circulating pain: its formal flexibility, non-narrative structure, and somatic elements allow lyric to evoke an embodied sensation whose "resistance to language," as Elaine Scarry memorably argues, "is essential to what it is." Yet these characteristics do not adhere neatly to lyric. Not all lyrics are formally free and non-narrative. Furthermore, various literary genres employ the formal invention, non-narrative digressions, and somatic elements most often identified with the lyric form.