The cultural criminologist Michelle Brown calls for a greater consideration of the various kinds of spaces of enclosure and exclusion experienced by vast portions of the global population. While debates over the United States’ domestic policies of mass incarceration and its policies of imprisonment under the War on Terror may readily come to mind, Brown encourages us to consider how other sites such as refugee camps, migrant detention centers, and black sites blur the boundaries and push the limits of how we think about incarceration.
Utopia and Race
Special Issue of Utopian Studies--a peer-reviewed publication of the Society for Utopian Studies
Articles are sought for a collection of essays on representations of Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in African-American literature. This collection seeks to explore how African-American writers have used, referenced, engaged and disengaged with Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in their writing through various cultural and historical movements.
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
NeMLA 2017: Black Feminist Public Intellectuals from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
CFP: A Collection of Essays on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins
Reminder: Abstracts are due September 16, 2016
Abstracts for papers are requsted for the panel "Time and Trauma in Twentieth-century Literature" at
The 48th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
“…STRAIGHT OUTTA ENGLISH…"
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR
CHANGING ENGLISH: STUDIES IN CULTURE AND EDUCATION
After the success of the NWA hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton, the importance that NWA played in the emerging culture we knew then as hip-hop is crystal clear. Subsequently, it is also clear that this once-emerging culture is now the pulse for popular culture. At the same time, movies like Dope become critical in thinking about the rendering and (re)rendering of hip-hop in this new wave of popular culture. This viewpoint is evident by simply observing the following nexus of events: