Young adult literature is home to a host of paradoxes. Inscribing the monstrous and yet rapturous, traumatizing and yet electrifying, self-alienated and yet self-conscious experience of adolescence, texts for and about young adults explore rich and radical liminalities. The Young Adult Literature session of PAMLA 2016 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to the vibrant field of YA literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of YA literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.
Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures
This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.
This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler's life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference's theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler's work, a theological approach to Butler's most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler's treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.
CARIBBEAN LITERATURE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES: INTERSECTIONS, EMERGENCE, TRADITION
Pennsylvania English Call for Papers
Redrafting Literary History
Special Issue on Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Digital Texts as Literature
Deadline: August 1, 2016
Call for Local Stories
The theme of the 2016 MMLA Conference, which will take place November 10-13, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri, is "Border States" (http://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/). This CFP is for a special session entitled "Crossing Boundaries in Young Adult Literature."
Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.
Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.
Papers addressing 20th/21st Century texts are preferred but all submissions will be considered.
The editors of Report from the Inside: Essays on Teaching Poetry Behind Bars would like to invite submissions of essays and instructional manuals that offer insights on teaching poetry workshops with incarcerated individuals (either nationally or internationally). We seek essays that engage, critique, and illuminate the prison industrial complex and the longstanding effects of "The New Jim Crow" as it effects creative writing instructors who choose to work behind bars.
As utopian aspirations for new and more participatory media meet the sobering realities of digital labor and the politics of self management, First Forum invites scholars to examine the ways play has shaped the rhetoric of subjectivity within academic and popular contexts as it relates to media production and consumption. The conference will investigate how we as cinema and media critics, teachers, fans, artists and activists are rethinking play and the promise of agency in order to understand how these modes of address interpret subjectivity in a diverse media landscape, how they enforce or destabilize subjective boundaries, and how they define our own identities in the process.
Wreck Park is an international journal run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.
RISKING THE FUTURE: VULNERABILITY, RESISTANCE, HOPE
Durham University, UK
12-13 July 2016
Keynote Speakers: Michaeline Crichlow; Simon During; Walter Mignolo
Extended deadline for the submission of abstracts: 2 May 2016
August 19-21, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia
'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)
The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.