Panel Title: Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature.
This panel is sponsored by College English Association (CEA).
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume on ecofeminist literary criticism titled Literature and Ecofeminism. Contributions covering a range of literary forms from diverse cultures and national traditions are welcome. Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to email@example.com by April 1, 2015. Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the book by April 15, 2015. For accepted proposals first drafts of full chapters (8,000 – 9,000 words) are due by September 1, 2015, and final versions are due November 1, 2015.
In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.
What makes parenting gendered? Feminism questions the idea that parenting can be explained as a consequence of biology, and the idea that motherhood reproduces itself (that women mother because they were mothered by women). Feminism understands the social organizations of biology created by marriage, birth, and divorce laws, as artificial and as an extension of the patriarchal family creating a patriarchal society. Feminist parents question and disrupt static, gendered meanings of "mother" and "father," understand difference as dominance, and resist and politicize stereotypical parenting conventions.
This panel explores SAMLA 87's theme of "literature and the other arts" through the unique dynamic of word-image interaction situated in the poet-artist collaboration. Paper proposals addressing poet-artist collaborations found in book arts, broadside printings, and museum/site-specific installations and exhibits are welcome. By May 15, 2015, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Anne Keefe, University of North Texas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society invites submissions for a special issue titled "Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century," slated for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue.
The pluralistic, sophisticated and technocrazy nature of contemporary existence has blurred concepts like marginality and minority that are inherent in human existence. Because technology seems to have melted several existential boundaries, and because theories of global citizenry give the impression of free access to movement, the sense of being marginal is almost waning. However, the network of global philosophy and technological connectivity are themselves apparent mechanisms of marginalization especially in the postcolonial context. Postcolonial theorists, intellectuals and writers have taken the intellectual, political and moral authority to challenge representational claims made by dominant Western/imperial cultures.
Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Given Lynne Huffer and Roderick Ferguson's recent groundbreaking work in Mad for Foucault (2010), Are the Lips a Grave? (2013), Strange Affinities (2011) and The Reorder of Things (2012), this MLA panel will reexamine the often fraught relation between Foucault and Queer of Color Critique to see what novel "strange affinities" might exist between these sites of inquiry today.
Send 250-word abstract and CV to email@example.com by 3/15/2015. The 2016 MLA will take place in Austin, Texas from January 7-9.