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Spectacles and Performances: Voodoo Aesthetics within Low and High Art Forms

updated: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:35am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017

The pairing of voodoo and literature causes one to immediately think of writers like Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Ishmael Reed, Toni Cade Bambara, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, as these authors use conjure unequivocally within their literary works. However, voodoo flows more freely in the veins of popular culture than one may realize. Though Christian cultures have largely shunned voodoo as a practice, Western literature has used voodoo as sites of spectacles, moments of revenge, and performances of Africanness. In fact, western literature has a nuanced relationship with voodoo or voodoo aesthetics.

Approaches to Jordan Peele's Get Out

updated: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 6:47pm
Dawn Keetley / Lehigh University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jordan Peele’s horror film, Get Out (2017) just became the highest-grossing debut project for a writer-director with an original screenplay (beating out the prior holder of that record, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s 1999 film The Blair Witch Project).

 

Get Out is not only an enormous box office success but it has won a critical acclaim unusual for a horror film—currently (as of early April, 2017) standing at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes with 225 positive and only one negative review.

 

SAMLA 89: Modern Drama

updated: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:05pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017

This session welcomes abstracts on any aspect of Modern Drama. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 89 theme, High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture, are especially welcome. By June 15, please submit a 250-word word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Revisiting the Elegy: Mourning and Resistance

updated: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:52pm
Tiffany Austin
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Revisiting the Elegy: Mourning and Resistance

“And there is pause, a breathspace in the strife;/A spirit brave has passed beyond the mists/And vapors that obscure the sun of life./And
Ethiopia, with bosom torn,/Laments the passing of her noblest born.”

Poetry, Race, Gender, and Culture: Reading the Work of Harryette Mullen in the 1990s

updated: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:39am
Kimberly Lamm
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Call for papers

Poetry, Race, Gender, and Culture: Reading the Work of Harryette Mullen in the 1990s

We seek papers for a panel devoted to the work of Harryette Mullen for the National Poetry Foundation Conference, “The Poetry and Poetics of the 1990s,” June 28-July 1st 2017.  https://nationalpoetryfoundation.wordpress.com/

Marking the Margins and Setting the Center

updated: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:43am
New York College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NYCEA 2017 Conference

Call for Papers

Marking the Margins and Setting the Center

October 20-21, 2017     University of Rochester, Rochester NY.

In partnership with the University of Rochester's Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

 

"Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art.  Only on the margins does growth occur." --Joanna Russ.

            As the quotation from Joanna Russ--a prominent science fiction author and feminist--indicates, this year's New York College English Association conference is concerned with exploring art, literature, and pedagogy on or around the margins.

Resonance

updated: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:52pm
University of California, Santa Barbara
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Call for Papers: Resonance

University of California, Santa Barbara

Revisiting the Elegy: Mourning and Resistance

updated: 
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 5:29pm
Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Revisiting the Elegy: Mourning and Resistance

“And there is pause, a breathspace in the strife;/A spirit brave has passed beyond the mists/And vapors that obscure the sun of life./And
Ethiopia, with bosom torn,/Laments the passing of her noblest born.”

Women in Literature MMLA 2017—“Literatures from the Lockdown”

updated: 
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 1:28pm
Midwest Modern Language Association, "Women in Literature" Permanent Session
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Women in Literature MMLA 2017—“Literatures from the Lockdown”

 

Thinking about this year’s MMLA theme, “Art and Activism,” led us to consider the ways in which women’s art and women’s activism have been “locked down.” Sometimes women’s art and women’s activism locks itself down; after all, Audre Lorde once proclaimed at an MLA conference, “What does it mean when the tools of a racist patriarchy are used to examine the fruits of that same patriarchy? It means that only the most narrow perimeters of change are possible and allowable.” How, then, do we escape the lockdown? How do we empower even as we resist?

 

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