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.
Rhetorics of De/Humanization
This special session investigates the role language and discourse play in dehumanization, the psychological process by which we view other peoples as "less than" or sub-human.
While the literature of decadence often emphasizes the imaginative transgression of borders of all kinds, studies of literary decadence often remain strictly bound by the borders of Europe. Moreover, publishing programs dedicated to anthologizing decadent literature routinely reinforce national paradigms, marketing themselves as collections of the decadent literature of France, England, or Germany, for example. While various studies examine decadent literature's complex temporalities, these studies also focus largely on the usual fin-de-siècle suspects and their immediate predecessors or modernist successors.
The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts
Ed. Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes
Much has been written about the subject of cruelty against children, but this volume of collected essays seeks to focus critical attention instead on the representation of the cruel child. As a cultural sign, the cruel child lies at the nexus of many different and competing discourses that construct the child and childhood. By examining the cruel child in many kinds of popular texts we can sharpen our understanding of the changing nature of the representation of the child.
Supporting the concept of mulitdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdiciplinarity the meeting welcomes papers in different academic disciplines. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the newest developments of global societal challenges. GAM 2015 will gather researchers, policy makers and company employees from all around the globe, who will have opportunity to express their attitudes towards current challenges that society is facing with and suggest further steps for societal development.
Our proposed collection aims to explore the meanings of crossover in the eighteenth century. The concept of crossover grew out of the uneasy reconcilement between the era's belief in the absoluteness of taxonomical categories and its paradoxical insistence on the potential malleability and manipulability of the same. Sweeping changes in the cultural scene challenged the seeming discreteness between conceptual kinds, and unleashed the possibility of transcending boundaries of all sorts.
Papers are invited for a special session on treatments (and elisions) of racial politics, aesthetics, identities, and experiences in recent conceptual writing and related experimentalisms. If conceptual writing pits itself "against expression," how might its practitioners offer possibilities for challenging and reworking conventional ways of writing racial politics or for entrenching racialized assumptions and racial privilege within the worlds of experimental poetry and poetry studies?
This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature and trauma theory to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that can combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV by 13 March 2015 to Eden Wales Freedman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
THE 2015 ELLAK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
"Spaces/Spatialities: Practices, Encounters, and Articulations"
December 10-12, 2015, Busan, Korea
This Special Session navigates the intersections between African literature and electronic literature, examining the influence that both fields have over each other. Abstract of approximately 150-250 words by 15 March 2015