“Queer Corruptions” will examine the theme of queer texts that corrupt characters who encounter them within a narrative. We are looking for papers that explore how a text that is discovered by a character/s in a narrative serves as a queer agent that corrupts the character/s. Consider, for example, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in which Lord Henry gifts Dorian with a small book bound in yellow cloth that turns out to be Joris-Karl Huysmans’ Á Rebours, a seminal French Decadent novel. It is this book that begins to take hold of Dorian’s psyche and serves as his introduction to queer desire.
CFP: Quaring Childhood
south: a scholarly journal invites submissions for “Quaring Childhood,” a special issue guest edited by Katherine Henninger, to be published in Spring 2019. This issue brings several fields that have developed substantially in the past two decades—childhood studies, critical race studies, queer theory, and new southern studies—into dialogue.
Representations of Class Intersectionality
ACLA 2019 — March 7th - 10th
Georgetown University, Washington DC
Black Panther ventures Afrotopic advancement and this panel engages receptions of Black civilization as literary form (i.e. reading film, graphic novel, etc. as text) in order to create dialogue generally about various aspects of African and African diasporic representation. This panel reviews and welcomes both ideal and/or dystopic civilizational interpretives. Papers should endeavor various facets seen on screen as text and how it reveals connectivity from or to a Black past particularly locating eutopic notions that counter or embellish traditionalized (and/or sexualized, racialized, classized) gazes. We encourage submission that read rendering notions of race, class, gender, intelligence, civilizations, colonialisms, etc.
The Caribbean basin has long been theorized as a crossroads of multiple political, cultural, environmental, and social influences. Within the specific context of the French Antilles, the 1946 act of departmentalization has served to increase the region’s ambiguous political and cultural status. Indeed, many French Caribbean artists, activists, and writers have staged, questioned, and probed the ramifications of these multiple epistemological points of contact.
Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement
University of Oregon in Portland
April 5-6, 2019
Organized by the University of Oregon SLOW LAB, this interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields to explore the aesthetic dimensions of gentrification in the present era of accelerated urbanism.
A multidisciplinary research focusing on the complex interrelationship of music and literature has expanded rapidly in the recent years. There are numerous examples in European and American literatures, both in poetry and prose, where music plays a vital rolе (Leo Tolstoy, Chekhov, Proust, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, George Eliot, Henry James, and many others), and while there has been many published studies focusing on the formal relationship between the sister arts of music and literature (Steven Paul Scher “Literature and Music,” Werner Woft “The Musicalization of Fiction,” Delia de Souza Correa “George Eliot, Music and Victorian Culture”), there has not been much research focused specifically on music or musical performance within the text.
"This game is seven card stud." -- A Streetcar Named Desire.
"I get so lonely….I get the feeling that…I won’t be making a living for you, or a business, a business for the boys." -- Death of a Salesman
Moving images are an evocative site for inquiries into various modes of articulations; however, these inquiries have largely detailed its cinematic borders without further exploration of alternative expressions of the medium. This panel delves into the ephemeral space that emerges in moments where expressions and experiences of cinema make meaning while breaking and shifting boundaries of time, space, sound, and image. It speculates on how contemporary moving images have become portals for moving and fracturing the boundaries of cinematic temporalities. We invite contributions that pay specific attention to works that address:
- Notions of temporality and/or transportability through the lens of spectatorship and/or embodied experience
In On the Genealogy of Morals Friedrich Nietzsche writes critically of just how bound his own native German was to more widespread religious-moral beliefs, such as those which take a fixed moral subject as the beginning and end of all we can know, thereby leaving out one’s own doing as secondary to who one is. Nietzsche writes: “But there is no ‘being’ behind doing[…] – doing is everything” (GM I, 13) and thus suggests that the underlying grammar of the languages he himself knew well – all of which acknowledge if only implicitly an objective difference between subject and verb, doer and deed – were in fact wrong and had to be thought through from the ground up. One might yet take Nietzsche to task on this provocation.
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?