Recently, in an epic #Verzuz battle organized by producer Swizz Beatz and rapper-producer Timbaland, the Grammy-Award winning singers Erykah Badu and Jill Scott appeared on Instagram live. Therein Scott invoked Langston Hughes as an inspirational artist, pointing to the poet’s continued popularity in the twenty-first century, especially during #Covid19. For countless African Americans, the death tolls from the virus, inadequate health care, unemployment, and white supremacist bigotry epitomize Hughes’s notion of the dream deferred. Video footage released May 26, 2020, showed officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department kneeling on Floyd’s neck for at least seven minutes in broad daylight. Floyd died afterward.
Social Movements Initiated by Literature and Writing
Northeast Modern Language Association
52nd Annual Convention
March 11-14, 2021 Philadelphia, PA. Marriott Downtown
Submit abstracts to:
Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism. We are seeking chapters that show how transgender theory can provide novel insights for developing literary theory and conducting literary criticism, as well as chapters that analyze specific literary works that explore transgender identity and experience from the perspectives of a variety of literary theories. A sampling of confirmed contributions follows:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing announces a Call for Proposals/Submissions for a collection of essays provisionally entitled Re-examining Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Nils Clausson, author of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018; paperback 2019). The focus of the collection will be on re-examining all aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and writings. Proposals should make clear how the chapter will specifically contribute to the project of re-examination.
Messengers from the Stars:
On Science Fiction and Fantasy
No. 5, 2020
Edited by: Matthew Hill
Co-edited by: João Félix
Messengers from the Stars is an international, peer-reviewed journal, offering academic articles, reviews, and providing an outlet for a wide range of creative work inspired by science fiction and fantasy. The 2020 issue will be dedicated to the following theme:
Utopias, Dystopias, Ecotopias and Heterotopias
Rethinking Relations - Michel Serres and the Environmental Humanities
An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Konstanz, Germany
November 11-13, 2021
Moritz Ingwersen, American Studies, Konstanz
Beate Ochsner, Media Studies, Konstanz
So forget the word environment, commonly used in this context.
--Serres, The Natural Contract--
(Update on) Situations Annual Conference 2020
Between Asia and Europe: Whither Comparative Cultural Studies?
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nov 26-27, 2020
** The conference is now scheduled for Nov 26-27, 2020.
** The deadline for your 4,000-word proposal, which includes a 100-word bio statement and a 150-word abstract, is Sep 20, 2020.
Both perennial elements of a society, scandal is often fodder for humor, and humor fodder for scandal. From their subversion of existing power structures, to issues of critical reception, to objectionable behavior on the part of creators, humorous texts have exposed, caused, and responded to many instances of cultural uproar. This panel will explore the ways that humor and scandal are intimately related. Papers and presentations on any aspect of humor expression are welcome, including but not limited to analysis of stand up or sketch comedy, satire, political cartoons, satirical activism, parody, literature, television, film, or music.
Science fiction is the literature of the human species encountering change. Such changes can arrive in a myriad of ways including, but not limited to, scientific discoveries, technological innovations, natural events, or societal shifts.
Science fiction asks us to consider “what if?”
For our second issue, we are looking for papers that explore:
SAMLA - DEADLINE EXTENDED
(Previously Jacksonville FL, now Digital - November 13-15, 2020)
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020
Sahara Las Vegas Hotel
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION
Of City Spaces and Graveyards: A Pictorial Reading (Workshop)
Call for Papers for the Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
Nationalism and the Human Condition: Then and Now
Guest Editors: Dr. Goutam Karmakar & Rajarshi Roy
Navigating Chaos: Living the Apocalyptic Dystopia
Hegel wrote that the only thing we can learn from history is that we learn nothing from history, so I doubt the epidemic will make us any wiser. The only thing that is clear is that the virus will shatter the very foundations of our lives, causing not only an immense amount of suffering but also economic havoc conceivably worse than the Great Recession. There is no return to normal, the new “normal” will have to be constructed on the ruins of our old lives, or we will find ourselves in a new barbarism whose signs are already clearly discernible. (Slovaj Žižek, Pandemic!)
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS), an open access academic e-journal, invites original and unpublished research papers and book reviews from various interrelated disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, law, ecology, environmental science, and economics.
11th International Conference
Political Imaginaries of Small Cinemas and Cultures
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
September 11-12, 2020
Recent scientific discoveries in climatology, animal cognition and microbiology have radically altered our conceptions of ourselves and the environment we live in, both on micro and macroscales. Zooming in on the human microbiome and out to the planetary ecosystem, or even further into infinite cosmic spaces, the sciences are revealing strange dynamics of human-nonhuman interconnectedness, doing away with the established anthropocentrism and the idea of human exceptionalism.
Hi everyone, I'm currently editing an Encyclopedia of Latino Literature for Students for ABC-Clio with my colleague, Lacie Buckwalter, and I'm looking for some last minute contributors to write the encyclopedia entries for some authors (I am missing only the following entries) that some scholars here might be interested in writing. Please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and I'll send you more information about the project. Most of the entries are around 1,000-1,500 words, due July 5, 2020The authors/entries are:
Beyond “An Institution Adrift”: The Third Current of Writing at CUNY in the 21st Century
Eds. Todd Craig (Medgar Evers College), Neil Meyer (LaGuardia Community College), Amy J. Wan (Queens College)
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, 11-14 March 2021. Abstracts for 15-20 minute papers that consider multiple temporalities within or across works of literature, criticism, or other forms of media, discourse, or performance, such as temporalities that are varied, conflicting, competing, haphazard, (re)constructed, broken, or accidental. How do temporal modes or frameworks--or their enforcement, or their lack, or resistance to them--reflect differences of intention, ideology, social or natural order, technology, ontology, or ethics? In what ways are temporalities variously material, subjective, human, organic, or inhuman?
CFP: Emerging Trends in Twenty-First-Century Horror
Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
contact email: email@example.com
Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: Sexual Identities and Assault in Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture for an edited collection Voices From the Wreckage: YA Voices in the #MeToo Movement edited by Kimberly Greenfield Karshner (Lorain County Community College).
In 1996, the MLA Press published Approaches to Teaching Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Other Works. Now the press is seeking contributions for a new volume to explore both the teaching of Atwood’s publications since that time and 21st-century approaches to teaching The Handmaid’s Tale that draw on the Hulu TV series, the graphic novel, and/or The Testaments, its sequel.
This panel will explore the many forms of adaptation in Hispanic cultures, offering a comparative dialogue on the multiform products and processes of adaptation within Spain and Spanish America. We encourage contributors to employ interdisciplinary tools and theoretical perspectives that open new conversations on the porousness of cultural edges and the artifacts that sustain and deny them. We welcome paper proposals on topics including studies of texts, genres, contact zones, and analyses of adaptation itself, among others.
This roundtable will feature 5-minute papers/presentations that explore best practices for including community engagement within Humanities courses. Experiments with critical pedagogies and research programs, as well as creative and thoughtful engagements with regional and local communities, are especially welcome. The roundtable format features brief formal or informal presentations, leaving plenty of time for interaction and discussion between, and among, participants and audience members.
By June 26, please send a 200-word presentation abstract, a 1-page CV and A/V requests to Elisabeth Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is the final Call for Papers for the edited book ‘Capture Japan: Visual Culture and the Global Imagination from 1952 to the Present’. The book analyses, deconstructs and challenges representations of Japan in a variety of different visual media such as cinema, documentary film, photography, visual art and computer games. The book is now under contract with Bloomsbury and due to the recent withdrawal of a contributor, we are now looking for a replacement chapter. We are particularly keen to hear from potential contributions on anime, manga, animation or comics which are topics that are currently underrepresented in the book.