The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.
"Utopia on the Margins"
Northeast Modern Language Association
Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016
Utopian discourse has been a powerful tool for disempowered groups to critique the social norms of the present and imagine future equality. Yet recent scholarship has critiqued the limits of utopia itself. This panel will examine utopian, dystopian, and anti-utopian texts by people of color, women, and members of other disempowered groups in order to consider how writers on the margins continue, reimagine, or reject utopian traditions. Papers may address recent fiction or previously overlooked texts that engage with utopian conventions.
The city is a frequent topos in the literature of modernism and post-modernism, traceable from T. S. Eliot's "Unreal City" of The Waste Land to the imagined Guadalajara of John Ashbery's "The Instruction Manual," and yet, our sense of urban space grows less certain after 1945, when both the city and its literature change rapidly in step with the new post-war world. These times of mounting anxiety over city space and its expanding limits--from suburbs and slums to the growing insularity of neighborhoods--also give rise to a problem of literary periodization: where does modernism end, and what succeeds it? Should we speak of a "long modernism" (Amy Hungerford 2008), or do the aesthetics of the period demand another name altogether?
Traditional format panel for NeMLA 2016 Convention in Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016.
Call for papers for Book Essays in edited collection
Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this book seeks essays that examine the role of art and visual culture in the Modern and Contemporary eras.
Tuning Speculations III, November 20-22 2015
Plenary Speakers: Anna Munster (University of New South Wales) and Rebeka Sheldon (Indiana University)
Call for Papers for Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication
Circling The Elements Conference: The State(s) of Hip Hop & Rap
April 7-10, 2016
Call for Papers for an Interdisciplinary Workshop as part of the research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War.
Colonialism, War & Photography
London - 17 September 2015
Theme: Natural and Unnatural Histories
Keynote Speakers: Kate Flint (University of Southern California) and Elaine Freedgood (NYU)
March 10-13, 2016, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, NC
Hosted by Appalachian State University
(Re)forming the Progressive Era
The Progressive Era (1890-1920) occupies an unsettled place in Americanist literary studies, despite the period's claims to forward-looking progress. To some extent, this uneasy relationship to the discipline-- whose professional protocols, pedagogy, and scholarship often operates by means of century-based periodization-- reflects the period's own wildly unsettled nature.