From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.
Call for Papers:
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Deadline: April 30 2015
Sigma Tau Delta Southern Conference: Discovering the World in a Word
St. Augustine, FL @ Flagler College
October 2-3, 2015
This year, 2015, St. Augustine, Florida celebrates its 450th year. It's a milestone that invites reflection on the city as well as on the process of discovery. Discovery often requires a vision, a destination, and dedication. In keeping with the city's celebration of discovery, the Alpha Epsilon Omega chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Flagler College will hold an undergraduate research conference for the Southern region: "Discovering the World in a Word." Flagler College's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta invites eligible members to send proposals for papers, creative works, and panels on "Discovery" and related topics.
Personhood, personality, impersonation, personification in literature and law: Can literary persons provide insight into corporate personhood and other forms of artificial legal personality? How can legal fictions of personhood inform discussions of personhood in literary fictions?
**Short Notice* Conference takes place on the 10th of April 2015*
The contemporary "boom" in the publication and consumption of auto/biographical representation has made life narratives a popular and compelling subject for the 21st century classroom. The proliferation of forms, media, terminologies, and disciplinary approaches in a range of teaching and learning contexts invites discussion of how and why we teach these materials, and with what implications and considerations. This special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies seeks contributions that examine the ideologies, methods, and practices that underpin the teaching of life writing subjects and texts in the twenty-first century classroom, extending the landmark work of MLA publication Teaching Life Writing Texts (Fuchs and Howes, 2008).
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit presentations for a conference that explores, challenges, and re-imagines the concept of identity.
This conference will allow students to present on a variety of issues and themes related to identity. Identity, in this context, can refer to an individual or group and comprises various registers—including race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, nationality, ability, religion, political affiliation, etc. Also, identity can be explored in multiplicity: considering how certain identities impact others.
The intersection of the literary and the visual is fraught with questions pertaining to time. As Walter Benjamin and Mikhail Bahktin argue, technological advances that fragment or preserve time, like photography and cinema, have altered our modes of interaction with lived experience. Similarly, Nicholas Mirzeoff argues that visuality is contingent on the prevalence or rupture of temporal and spatial configurations. Mirzeoff, like Paul Gilroy, specifically emphasizes the concept of the chronotope, a conflation of time and space, as a means of communicating and deciphering lived experience in narrative structures. This panel welcomes papers on the concept of time vis-à-vis visuality in Modern and Contemporary American literature.
Special Session CFP: Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African American women's poetry from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. Topics might include, but are not limited to: thematic or aesthetic divisions within a poet's oeuvre and/or in contemporary scholarship, negotiations of audience and/or publishing venues, poetry of social protest, etc.
Please send a 250-word abstract and short bio to Heidi Morse (email@example.com) by March 15, 2015 (extended deadline). The 2016 MLA will take place in Austin, TX from January 7-10.
MSA 17: The Modernism of Politics
The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.