This seminar/workshop seeks to spark a critical conversation about how historical subjects and historical texts within the African Diaspora get re-fashioned, re-animated, and re-articulated, as well as parodied, nostalgized, and defamiliarized, to establish an afterlife for African Atlantic identities and narratives. Participants will consider how—as transnational and transhistorical sites of memory—particular performances (textual, visual, or embodied) circulate and imagine anew the meaning of prior personal and textual narratives liberated from their originary context.
"Pop Culture Parenting" Call for Panelists
We are pleased to announce a call for panelists for a shared presentation entitled "Pop Culture Parenting." The focus will be on the elements of popular culture that may alternately be of concern or used as enlightening for children or student viewers. We would like to invite two panelists to join us in Dallas, Texas, on 6 June 2015. At present there are two panel members:
• Dr. Michael Vandehey, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Midwestern State University, specializing in child and developmental psychology
• J. Holder Bennett, MA, Associate Professor of History, Collin College, specializing in popular culture as a teaching tool
With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.
We seek essays that explore the intersection of literature and politics. This session is open topic. The deadline has been extended to April 6.
In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.
albeit invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "War."
Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
Our panel explores the various temporalities at play within the binary realms of childhood and adulthood with the aim of rethinking its teleology of 'growing up' from temporal perspectives.
Interested panelists should submit a brief bio (50-100 words) and an abstract (250-300 words) to email@example.com by April 20, 2015.
Southern Humanities Council Conference
The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
January 28-January 31, 2016
"Public Bodies, Private Spaces: Private Bodies, Public Spaces"
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College in Plano, Texas, is pleased to hold its inaugural conference, featuring keynote speaker and noted historian Dr. Heather Thompson of Temple University, who will present "What Mass Incarceration Means to the American Working Class." The conference, which will take place in the Living Legends Conference Center at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College on April 10, 2015, and will also feature scholarly panels and roundtables by faculty from a variety of disciplines. For the conference program and registration, please go to http://iws.collin.edu/lkirby/
From the early decades of the twentieth century the concept of 'revolution' has provided modernism with a powerful historical imaginary of rupture and change, encompassing phenomena ranging from overtly political manifestos through to radical challenges to established aesthetic forms and prevailing critical frameworks. Taking our cue from this year's MSA theme, this session seeks to rethink modernism's broader relationship to categories and modes of the historical. We invite papers that both broaden and complicate current understandings of the interrelation between conceptions of history and modernist artistic practice.