Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference
Writing about Alfred Stieglitz's photography in 1923, Hart Crane said, "Speed is at the bottom of it all. The hundredth of a second caught so precisely that the motion is continued from the picture indefinitely: the moment made eternal" (qtd. in Sontag's On Photography 65). A thoroughly modern art form, photography reflects the sense of urgency and impulse to record found often in poetry. As discrete units of artistic representation, the photographic image and the poem unveil new ways of looking and interpreting. Both art forms seek to represent that moment, that impression attempting to make the moment eternal, in the image and in the text.
On October 16, 1995, over 1.18 million people attended the Million Man March (MMM) in Washington, D.C. to promote unity in the African American and African world community with a specific focus on the development of Black men in the U.S., and a general assessment of the social, economic and political plight of the Black community. Not absent from criticism (John R. Lewis, Mary Frances Berry, etc.), the MMM, its chief organizers (Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., etc.) and organizations (the Nation of Islam, the National African American Leadership Summit, etc.) managed to host an historic grass-roots centered event that is said to be responsible for the registration of 1.7 million more African American men to vote.
CFP Deadline Extended to June 30th, 2014.
November 6-8, 2014
Lord Baltimore Hotel
2014 marks the 25th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. For this occasion, MAPACA returns to the city that hosted its first conference in 1990. The conference will be held at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The Lord Baltimore Hotel was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was purchased by the Rubell Family who launched a complete remodel and restoration of the French Renaissance hotel.
American Studies Association of Texas
58th Annual Conference
Call for Papers
REIMAGINING, REFRAMING, AND REFLECTING AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Join us November 13-15, 2014, at Sam Houston State University in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas, as we celebrate multi-disciplinary interpretations and iterations of American Studies.
Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders
Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College
With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago
Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014
Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 36th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM. Papers and panels that connect European popular culture and literature to the conference theme "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture," are especially encouraged.
For the past forty years, Toni Morrison has emerged as one of the pre-eminent authors and social critics of American/African American literature and culture. Her novels, ranging in topics from racial caste systems in The Bluest Eye to the horrors of slavery in Beloved to the traumas of foreign wars and re-integration on familiar soil in Home, represent an ongoing and oft-time harsh critique of American history and identity. Additionally, her non-fiction texts challenge readers to reevaluate notions of language and imagery in literature, and the ways in which both may distort perception, reinforce stereotypes, and circumvent understanding and acceptance.
The recent death of Amiri Baraka, the co-founder of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), offers a unique opportunity to assess his legacy, the movement, and the current direction of African American literature. As a poet, Baraka's work embodied the role of the Black artist/activist as one who 're-evaluate[s] the western aesthetic...the social function of the artist…and develops a new Black aesthetic' – ideals outlined in Larry Neal's manifesto, 'The Black Arts Movement.' In addition, BAM birthed numerous artistic innovations, in particular a reemphasis on orality and the call and response tradition.
Call for Papers, Poetry, and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2015: The 1970s
Guest Editors: Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán
The 1970s was a revolutionary moment for women. It transformed the very notion of female power regarding their bodies, their pleasure, and their work. In addition, women's activisms in the decade shaped new paradigms for thinking about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, labor, colonialism, technology and the environment. Inaugural moments in film, music, television, sports, visual arts, and computing remain crucial landmarks in debates and interventions concerning pornography, sex work, sound studies, digital feminism, legal theory, and religion.
Finding a coin in a street gutter, the protagonist of Charles Reznikoff's 1930 novel By the Waters of Manhattan concludes, "If there was woodcraft . . . he was master of a new science, citycraft." Though his sense of mastery is short-lived, the language of his expression points toward a method of grappling with the economic realities of modern city life that aligns with what Tim Armstrong identifies as a conflict between the modern and the inherited.
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
This panel seeks papers on the representation of the urban metropolis (Toronto, Brooklyn,etc.) or on comparative studies of such representations in Caribbean literature. Papers on the writings of Austin C. Clarke and Paule Marshall are particularly welcome; so are explorations of literary depictions of Toronto/Brooklyn as sanctuary, refuge, menace, or promised land for Caribbean immigrants who flocked to Toronto/Brookilyn in droves in the 1960's in pursuit of the great Canadian or American dream.
Submit 250 word abstract and brief vitae by September 1, 2014 to the following link at NEMLA:
From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.
The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.