Those scholars committed to an inter-disciplinary perspective on human experiences confront centuries-old divisions between and among the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, competing investigative methods, descriptive foci, and explanatory emphases. Bolstered by specialization, administrative demarcations, professionalization, and expertise, the discontinuities generate trajectories of intellectual enrichment and progress. On the other hand, have scholars within these intellectual spheres, disciplines, and area studies become passing ships in the night? What would constitute evidence of this condition, if this is, indeed, the case? Have scholars not been displaced from public discourse and social media?
Call for Papers
Crafting, Crafters, and Craft Culture Area
Area Chair: Janet Brennan Croft
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018
Call for Special Issue Proposals (Open Topic)
English Language Notes
What issues currently generate debate among our students as they read classic American texts from the pre-Civil War era? Racism in Rowlandson and Jefferson? Toxic economic self-interest in Franklin? Paternalism in Emerson and Thoreau? This pedagogical roundtable will be devoted to a discussion of how we keep the 21st century student engaged with American texts from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. I am especially interested in the balance (if that is the right word) we strike between encouraging aesthetic appreciation of a work while simultaneously inviting sharp cultural/historical critique.
Paper Panel: “Langland’s Library”
As proposed by the celebration of the 50th anniversary of NeMLA, and following its general theme on transnational spaces, this panel seeks papers to explore the idea of transnationalism in Cuban Literature. It is open to the literary production inside or outside of the Island and through time. This panel proposes special attention to the evolving nature of displacement and to the concepts of immigration, assimilation, transnationalism, and/or post nationalism. Papers can be in Spanish or English. All abstracts must be uploaded by each presenter using their own user account.
“(Pero) hoy es incuestionable la supremacía de lo digital, y si a lo largo de nuestra historia un cambio de tecnología supuso evolución en las formas de vida, ¿qué nos puede deparar lo digital?”.
The research group EL@N from Universidade Aberta will be hosting the first conference on innovation and technology in language teaching as applied to e-learning and b-learning environments. The aim of this initiative is to spark debate on teaching practices and the effect of technology in learning, through a sharing of perspectives and approaches to the theme in different educational contexts.
The Journal of New Librarianship (newlibs.org) invites submissions from
library scholars, practitioners, and students for its next issue. JNL welcomes
traditional and unestablished forms of scholarly and professional
communication related to any aspect of librarianship. We hope to see a wide
variety of content in terms of scope, length, and format, from lengthy
treatises on intersectionality and library practice, to video projects on the
Please consider submitting a proposal to the following session for the NeMLA 2019 Convention in Washington, DC (March 21-24).
Urban Space and Cityscapes: Italian perspectives in fiction, photography, and film.
The following CFP is for the March 2019 symposium "Interactive Animation and Video Games", held as part of the annual Anifest festival (https://www.canterburyanifest.com/) at Canterbury Christ Church University.
CFP: Interactive Animation and Video Games - Friday 8th March 2019, Canterbury Christ Church University, Augustine House, Room AH3.31
**A one-day research symposium hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University that will take place as part of Canterbury Anifest 2019**
Symposium: ‘On Criticism.’ Friday 23 November 2018, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Hosted by Platform Journal.
This roundtable will evaluate the relevance of the philosophical field of phenomenology—the rigorous study of the structures of consciousness and bodily experience—to twentieth and twenty-first century American poetry through a series of short paper presentations. “[W]ords … are,” Maurice Merleau-Ponty argues in Phenomenology of Perception, “ways of singing the world, and … they are destined to represent objects, not through an objective resemblance … but because they are extracted from them, and literally represent their emotional essence” (193).
This being the 200th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, a retrospective of his possible influence on American literature may be significant. For 200 years, theories espoused by Karl Marx have been threaded within the literature of America. Notable writers such as Edward Bellamy, Jack London, and Upton Sinclair each had a different perspective related to Marxian theory and practice. The transatlantic influence of Marx is evident in the utopian fiction of Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward and especially Bellamy’s Equality.
The Outlaw Corpus and the Fight for Justice: Medieval Outlaw Narratives in Modern Form
This cfp is for a round table for The Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, to be held at the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) from 14-17 May 2019. The theme of the conference is “Outlaw Bodies.”
The academic press, MacBain & Boyd Publishers, is currently seeking book proposals and book-length manuscripts. Proposals may be for monographs, in-depth scholarly works, or anthologized collections in the below three fields of study or beyond. (Other areas of interest include political science, cultural studies, the broader arts and humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.)
Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
This seminar explores how Europeans constructed the identities of non-European and non-Christian peoples in the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds. We invite papers that examine how Europeans racialized, sexualized, or in any way “othered” either Jews or Muslims in Southern Europe, the indigenous peoples of the Americas, or the peoples of North/West Africa that they encountered in Africa in addition to those encountered as slaves when traveling to the Caribbean and Central America. Renaissance and early modern European views of different peoples was closely connected to, and constructed by, prevailing ideas about gender and sexuality as well as notions of civilization and nature.
Marxism and African Literatures: New Interventions
A Special Issue of African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society
Guest Editor: Alexander Fyfe
The first “controlled openings” in the Algerian mediatic space occurred in the aftermath of the 1988 social movements. NAQD partially examined this phenomenon in its issue number 8/9 (1995). At this time, the unequal flows of North-South information had been reinforced by the launching of numerous satellites that covered most of the planet. Everywhere, from Tonga to Ahmedabad, trans-border television was deployed without any constraints other than the acquisition of parabolic antennas by the public. In that special issue of NAQD we sought to interrogate the position of television which, in the context of post-modernity, appeared both as a privileged object of mass communication and an instrument of democracy.
Within the current political discourse and political turmoil, representation of women’s races, identities, cultures, precisely of minority women, continue to be under discussion. Women critics and writers have discussed and examined how current political discourse have changed the understanding of identity in connection with ethnicity, race, color, and language. Identity is formed and shaped by culture, beliefs, race, ethnicity, and space among several other factors.Stuart Hall argues “Identity is never complete, always in process, and always constituted within, not outside, representation.” With this in mind, howcomplex then this process of construction becomes when color, race, or religion emerges as defining factor of whether or not one belongs?
Building and Contesting the Nation in Cold War Latin America Cinema
“How are you framing that?” It’s a frequent question we hear in the theoretically pluralistic world of the contemporary humanities. The question is seldom complimentary. As an interrogatory salvo, it frequently means: “What are the epistemological assumptions that undergird your conclusions?” The question is often meant to expose undertheorized terrain so that it can be made more intellectually robust with deeper thinking—or set aside as insufficient. Visual culture scholar John Tagg concisely defines framing, used in this sense, as “discursive constraint.” All framing, however, could arguably be seen as a problem of such constraint, regardless of how big or how refined the frame gets.
Digital Humanities and Narratives of Science, Technology, and MedicineNeMLA 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington DC (March 21-24, 2019)
Women’s interest in crime, and violent crime in particular, has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Women now read more crime fiction and thrillers than men, are the primary audience for a number of popular true-crime podcasts (listeners of My Favorite Murder even refer to themselves as “Murderinos”), and increasingly enter fields of study that put them in close contact with the after-effects of violent crime, making up approximately 75% of current forensic science graduates.
This panel invites new positions from which to conceptualize postwar moving-image art, extending into the contemporary moment. Anglo-American and European scholarship on moving-image art through the 1960s and 70s has largely privileged formalist thinking. There is, as Jonathan Walley has written, a “general agreement…that avant-garde filmmakers of this period followed the trend within modernist art toward medium-specific purification: the reduction of the art object to the essential physical or material components of its medium.” In recent years, however, we have witnessed a number of crucial revisionist interventions.
This session seeks to use the concept of the absent present (that which is embodied by students but unacknowledged) within the classroom as a method of disclosure. Such a method is dedicated to both the literal and figurative spaces that foster agency for students and instructors as they embody and articulate multiple critical identities. Particular focus will be placed on the ways student backgrounds and identities are erased or ignored through various means including syllabi, modeled language, instructor feedback, and assignment and assessment structures. Attention to that which is present within our students but goes unacknowledged or undervalued allows for the exploration of ways to better foster more inclusive spaces.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Bearing Witness: Reading James Baldwin in the 21st Century
(A Critical Anthology)
“Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology . . . because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. In the church in which I was raised you were supposed to bear witness to the truth. Now, later on, you wonder what in the world the truth is, but you do know what a lie is.”—James Baldwin, Interview by Julius Lester
CFP: Celebrating WPA, 1979–2019: Forty Years of Research, Collaboration, and Community
The editors of WPA: Writing Program Administration seek proposals for a variety of historical works to be included in a special issue of the journal to appear in summer 2019. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of WPA as a peer-reviewed publication and celebrate this journal’s evolutionary and revolutionary contributions to the field of writing program administration, we encourage proposals for the following:
Workshops of Horrible Creation: 200 Years of Imagined Humans
International Conference and Workshop on Science Fiction
Organized by the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University,
and Kalpabishwa Webzine
22-24 November 2018
This year marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of English, Jadavpur University and the Kalpabishwa Webzine collective are co-hosting an international conference and workshop on SF. The conference will feature: