As a nation of settlers and immigrants, Americans often confront the possibility of claiming a mixed heritage, whether their ancestors have resided in the country for generations or they themselves are the first generation who have come from another country. Translating Rosemary Serra's study, Sense of Origins: Studies on the young Italian Americans of New York, I have confronted numerous interpretations of how the relationship between two countries (in this case Italy and America) constitutes an essential element of individual identity. Perhaps the most significant aspect is the extremely varied nature regarding how the individuals assign meaning to the term "Italian American."
The co-chairs of the PCA/ACA Vampire Studies area are soliciting papers, presentations, panels and roundtable discussions that cover any aspect of the Vampire for the Annual National Popular Culture Association Conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA from April 15-18, 2020.
As this year’s conference takes place in Philadelphia, home of the Rosenbach Library and the working notes of Bram Stoker, this year’s central theme is the legacy of Dracula. As well, we are particularly interested in papers, presentations, and panels that cover:
Bram Stoker’s Dracula in popular cultures
Digital Monochrome: World Cinema’s New Black and White
“It’s not a vintage black and white. It’s a contemporary black and white. Black and white was part of [Roma’s] DNA.”
“Movies in color seemed unrealistic because they were undramatic.”
The panal orgnaizers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to Hiberno-Latin literature and studies.
Seminar Proposal for the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
March 19-22, 2020
Clothes, as fashion scholar Tanisha Ford writes, serve as a “powerful social skin”. While the selection of what one wears is linked to taste and trends, clothes can also reflect one’s socioeconomic status, age, physical ability, gender, ethnicity, ancestry, and politics. In this way, clothes often function simultaneously as an assertion of one’s individual self and as a mode of publicly claiming community. Its historical role in the construction of identity situates fashion as unique within the material world and, as this seminar suggests, within literary cultures as well.
Call for Papers
The seventeenth HCA Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion will be held from March 23-27, 2020. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.
The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week.
As medievalism has made its way into mainstream medieval studies, and the teaching of medievalist film alongside medieval texts has become commonplace, what new opportunities and challenges do scholars of medievalist film studies face? These shifts have prompted heated debates in recent years on the values and dangers of teaching Game of Thrones in medieval studies classes, the inadequate framing of medievalist films as adaptations in literature classes and as fiction in history classes, and the formal differences between cinematic and written texts. This roundtable seeks short presentations that address some aspect of this development in scholarship and teaching.
Call for Papers - Radical women: the construction of Latin American women artists through exhibitions (DEADLINE: 10 AUGUST 2019) Session at the College Art Association CAA2020 annual conference, 12-15 February 2020, Chicago Chairs: Elize Mazadiego (email@example.com) and Eve Kalyva (firstname.lastname@example.org) In 2017, the exhibition Radical Wom
RHYTHM, DURATION, PRESENCE (OCTOBER 2019)
Modern Horizons invites short abstracts for papers (of 25-30 minutes’ length) to be presented at our “Rhythm, Duration, Presence” conference to be held 25 October, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
Following our 2018 conference on “Senses of Architecture” where the texture of form was of particular concern, Modern Horizons’ 9th annual conference wishes to address questions of tonality, rhythm, and forms of time in literature, art, cinema, music, and dance.
Please consider submitting an abstract for this panel proposal at the 2020 C19 conference in Coral Gables, FL. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2018 helped make “Believe Women” a new rallying cry for the #metoo movement(s). This roundtable will examine the contentious issue of women’s believability during the latter half of the nineteenth century, a time when the credibility of women was also at the forefront of popular consciousness, occasionally heralded but more often interrogated. How did writers and activists push back against the persistent gaslighting of women during the postbellum period?
Early Modern Resilience and Resistance: Deadline July 29th, 2019
For this session, we seek proposals exploring the factors shaping nineteenth- and twentieth-/twenty-first-century literature (in its broad sense) about the Middle Ages as well as the differences in approaches to the Middle Ages in each century. What historical, social, and intellectual views shaped nineteenth-century approaches to the Middle Ages? In what ways were these views limited or biased based on what the Victorians knew and believed and did not know, particularly when compared to advances in historical, psychological, and political knowledge in the next centuries? Conversely, what shaped twentieth-/twenty-first-century views of the Middle Ages?
Despite the fact that, as Jonas Wellendorf has recently pointed out, “students of Old Norse literature and literary culture have long been aware that hagiographical and ecclesiastical literature has a longer written history in the North than the native saga genres,” (The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas, 48)there is still, generally, an imbalance in the critical studies of Old Norse-Icelandic hagiography in comparison to studies of the konungasögur and Íslendigasögur.
Seeking final submissions for Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturistic Visions: Reframing Identity, Culture, and History. This edited collection is under contract with Lexington Books and slated for publication in 2020.
CFP: C19 - - Queer Eccentricity in the Long Nineteenth Century - -
Queer Eccentricity in the Long Nineteenth Century
The University of Wolverhampton, UK
Saturday 1 February, 2020
The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) presents:
Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro
Contributions by, amongst others:
Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin, UK)
Andrew Bennett (Bristol, UK)
Christine Berberich (Portsmouth, UK)
Max Berghege (Wolverhampton, UK)
CFP: Historical Perspectives on Fan Culture
(SCMS: April 1-5 2020, Denver)
14-16 May 2020
Fudan University, Shanghai
Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University)
Simon During (University of Melbourne)
Matthew Hart (Columbia University)
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE
Volume: 29, Issue: 2, Year: 2019
CFP: Jerusalem the Holy City
The Stanford University Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) is pleased to announce that we will sponsor three sessions at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 7-10, 2020). Among these are two linked panel sessions entitled “Jerusalem: The Holy City.” The first considers medieval imaginings of a distant Jerusalem across textual, visual, and material culture, while the second considers Jerusalem as an interreligious experience among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Editors - Dr Joshua Gulam (Liverpool Hope University), Dr Sarah Feinstein (University of Leeds), and Dr Fraser Elliott (University of Salford)
We are seeking chapter proposals for an edited collection on the culture, commerce, and ideology of The Fast and the Furious films.
This undergradaute conference seeks to examine the concept of labor in all of its forms: intellectual, artistic, physical, and otherwise. Our conference theme rises out of Sigma Tau Delta’s proposed common reading of the year, Tess Taylor’s Work and Days. This is, of course, a theme celebrated in literature through the ages.
For instance, in Robert Frost’s poem “The Death of the Hired Man,” Silas, the hired man, works one summer beside Harold Wilson, a boy home from college. Silas believes if he could teach Harold to build a load of hay, “he’d be / some good perhaps to someone in the world. / He hates to see a boy the fool of books.” This poem presents a tension between physical labor and intellectual labor.
Despite a growing body of exciting research on medieval animality, the beast epic, which should loom large in this area of interest, has largely remained on its side lines.
Queer Media and the Digital
Digital technology has altered all aspects of media cultures, including questions of identity that can affect everything from the production of texts, their content, their distribution, their reception, and more. At the same time, popular and academic understandings of queerness have evolved to incorporate expanding ideas of gender, sexuality, race, disability, ethnicity, and other identity categories. Not only has digital technology altered the ways in which queerness can be articulated, but queer media has also shaped the form and reception of digital texts. Understanding queerness in the digital age requires us to account for the changes in both queer studies and digital studies.
Literature, film, and other forums for bearing witness to injustice can create space for voices that have been silenced. They can lead to the recognition of people subjected to human rights violations. As such, narratives of witness have the power to connect people across divisions of nation, culture, and experience. They may contribute to shared national and even transnational identities.
“Post-Political Critique and Literary Studies”
Call for Papers for ACLA 2020 Seminar (Chicago, 19-22 March 2020)
This seminar seeks papers that reflect on the analytical bridges that might exist between post- political theory and literary studies. The main question the seminar aims to answer is the following: Decades after everything was declared to be political, what are the affordances, triumphs, and pitfalls of a post-political theory of literature?
Proposals Submission Deadline: September 2, 2019
Full Chapters Due: November 15, 2019
Submission Date: February 23, 2020
Call for Abstracts
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2020
Conference Dates: March 19th-22nd 2020, Chicago
Abstract submission deadline: Sept 23, 2019 (9 a.m. EST)
New Perspectives on the Indian New Wave: Fifty Years On
Organizers: Manishita Dass (Royal Holloway, University of London) & Usha Iyer (Stanford University)
The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $300, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.
The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
IMC Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020)
Organizer: Elizabeth S. Leet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Much early ecocriticism focused on natural spaces as complements to human agency. For example, studies of the hortus conclusus in medieval romance emblematize this view of nature as a fecund space mastered by humans. In our time of climate crisis, however, ecocritics seek to complicate anthropocentric views of medieval environments. By studying climates and environments that reject human dominion and endanger human lives, we may examine the violence these environments enact and evaluate the models they offer for human survival and care amidst climate disaster.