While historical and literary archives have long been integral to the study of the humanities, they are more than simple repositories for historical artifacts. They don’t just preserve works and fragments to be studied, they help us, as scholars, to actively engage in the public sphere. As Randall C. Jimerson notes “Archivists can use the power of archives to promote accountability, open government, diversity, and social justice.” In doing so, archivists can democratize information and open up new avenues of knowing by employing ethical and objective—but not neutral—strategies. This can be especially important for subjugated communities, who’s histories and cultures have been bound and kept distinct.
South Asian Fiction in English
This panel is proposed for Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention at Washington DC in March 2019.
This panel proposes to explore South Asian Fiction in English in all its aspects. Topics may include but are not limited to:
South Asia in North America
This panel is proposed for Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention at Washington DC in March 2019.
In tune with the 2019 NeMLA convention theme of “Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples”, this proposed panel aims to draw more scholarly focus on the theme of diversity and cultural interactions in the US. People from all around the world emigrate to the US and Canada, enriching their cultural texture. This panel will particularly concentrate on the immigrants from South Asia.
Some of the topics that it hopes to address are:
This pre-approved panel seeks scholars to present at the 2019 NeMLA conference (March 21-24 in Washington, DC) on the topic of trauma studies.
Within literary trauma theory, no critic is more ubiquitous than Cathy Caruth whose seminal works—Unclaimed Experience (1996) and Trauma: Explorations in Memory (1995)—remain hegemonic more than two decades since their publication. Drawing on the work of psychiatrists Judith Herman and Bessel van der Kolk, Caruth imagines trauma as an “impossible history” and claims that to listen to trauma is to listen to narrative “departure.” Trauma figures into Caruth’s work as silence—a force strong enough to cause language to fail.
We seem to be living in bewitched times. Witches are everywhere in pop culture, and we're also seeing victims of alleged "witch hunts" pop up all over the place, especially on Twitter and other social media. Pop-stars perform as witches: like Katy Perry in her performance at the 2014 Grammy awards, where she appeared in a cowl before a crystal ball, while later dancing with broomsticks as poles. Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade” (2016) made several explicit references to the historical figure Marie Laveau and magical witchcraft rituals drawn from Yoruba traditions.
This year’s NEMLA conference includes focus on transnational spaces and “the complex processes of transculturation.” Since waterways such as oceans and rivers have historically been both media for and a contested sites of such processes, we invite panelists for a proposed session that will explore water and/as transcultural and transnational space. While we are particularly interested in exploring the cultural, political, and imaginative impulses that can work to turn waterways into transcultural spaces, we are equally interested in explorations of the forces that resist processes of transculturation.
As threat, as abject, as subject, and as a combination of all three, the figure of the migrant and the figure of the refugee loom large in the ethical imagination. The recent surge in desperate efforts of people to leave their homelands for other places, the Syrian refugee crisis, the mass displacement of the Rohingya, the “caravan” of Central American migrants seeking to cross the US-Mexico border, and of course the surge in anti-immigrant, and anti-migrant discourses all speak to the moral urgency of collective responses to these figures. It is one of the most pressing concerns of our current moment.
2nd Global Conference:
The Changing Faces of Evil
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Saturday 9th March - Sunday 10th March 2019
Prague, Czech Republic
Evil – the things we do as well as the things that happen to us – continues to be a stubborn and destructive presence in our lives. Despite often repeated slogans of ‘never again’ and ‘lessons will be learned’, and in the face of all of the monuments, memorials, speeches and books designed to keep the ills of the past ever in our thoughts, the sheer savagery of the evils we are individually and collectively capable of performing is writ seemingly larger every day.
Call for Roundtable Participants at the 2019 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Seattle, Washington:
Physical Media and Pedagogy in Archival Practices and Information Literacy
Chairs: Saul Kutnicki and Andy Uhrich, Indiana University
Translating LSP in Literature through a Gender Perspective
Editors: Eleonora Federici, Margaret Rogers and Federico Pio Gentile
Sunny Pleasure Domes and Caves of Ice: Utopias and Dystopias in World Literature
The E. E.
“Edges of Transatlantic Commerce in the Eighteenth Century”
SCMS 2019 – Call for Papers: “Horror and Nostalgia” Panel
The twenty-first century has seen a renewed attentiveness to nostalgia within a variety of scholarly contexts and disciplines. Such work has been especially prevalent in the fields of film, television, and media studies. The purpose of this panel is to bring critical engagement with nostalgia into closer contact with horror studies.
Seminar at the 2019 NeMLA Convention
Washington, DC, March 21 - 24, 2019
Organizer: Kristopher Poulin-Thibault (University of Toronto)
The Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA) invites paper proposals for a panel at IMC Leeds 2019
Abstract: Antipodes are periphery to the European core, and recent developments in decolonization and the Global Middle Ages have contributed to understanding the inherent nature of a core/periphery dialectic that subsists in medieval studies.
Access for antipodal scholars (however defined) to the materialities (the products, the evidence) of medieval cultures of the northern hemisphere is heavily mediated, through hegemonic and competing mechanisms of scholarship (such as the academy) as well as through non-formal means, including popular and social media.
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Francisco Franco’s subsequent dictatorship (1939-1975) were traumatic events that transformed the Spanish nation politically, socially, and economically. Whereas the II Republic sought to build a modern democratic, secular nation, the Falangist regime led to an authoritative, Catholic, ultra-conservative society that shaped, for instance, the education system and gender roles for the decades to come. This panel will accept papers that examine the ways in which Spanish identity was affected by Francoist ideology.
Seeking 15-20 minute papers on Sam Shepard’s work, global reputation, and/or career. The panel will be part of the University of Louisville’s Literature and Culture Conference scheduled in February 2019. Details are available here. https://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/ Please submit 250-word abstracts to email@example.com by 1 September 2018.
Technoculture (https://tcjournal.org) is seeking critical articles, creative works and reviews covering a broad range of books, movies, theater, games and other objects that focus on the use of technology in society for Volume 8 (2018). This call is ongoing and open topic; as a journal, we are interested in a conception of technology and the humanist impulse that pushes beyond contemporary American culture and its fascination with computers; we seek work that deals with any type of technology or technologies in any number of historical periods from any relevant theoretical perspective, such as:
The Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, held in Louisville, KY, USA, has sent out its CFP, which includes the opportunity for panels from author societies. The basic details for the conference are below. The dates are 21-23 February 2019.
I'm planning to chair a panel on Katherine Mansfield, sponsored by the Katherine Mansfield Society.
If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, I’ll need (a) abstracts and titles for the papers to be presented; (b) the following information for each presenter: name (as it will appear in the program), address, e-mail address, academic affiliation (if applicable). I will want this information by 21 August 2018. I have to submit the full panel by 10 September.
“A nomadic poetics will cross languages,” states Pierre Joris, “not just translate, but write in all or any of them.” His foreshadowing of contemporary trends brings us to consider the stakes of multilingual fluency in works by Anne Tardos, Uljana Wolf, Jérôme Game, and Erin Mouré, among others. If the Modernists commonly tied multilingualism to erudite allusions, what forms do polyglot poets today use to restore cultural specificity? How do multilingual practices reframe figures of the foreign(er) and translatability? What reading communities do such works engender? Can multilingual poetry published in Anglophone countries resist becoming a trope of global culture?
Race and Versification in Anglophone Poetry
Studies of versification tend to be silent on race, and with some exceptions (such as Anthony Reed’s 2014 Freedom Time), studies of race and poetic form tend to turn away from the mechanics of versification. As Dorothy Wang argues in Thinking its Presence: Race and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (2014), most accounts of poetic form revolve around the technical accomplishments of white poets, while minority figures are seen as more valuable for their poetry’s social or thematic content. What would happen if nonwhite poets were read for their proficiency with poetic forms, and were made the center of conversations about poetic technique?
The Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association of American Studies
25 – 27 April 2019 in Bergen, Norway
Submission deadline: 15 Sept. 2018
Monuments construct the past in the present, and link it to a predetermined version of the future. Monuments tell singular and unified stories, acting as master narratives that impede other voices. Monuments have become some of America’s most important storytellers, giving form to power, but also to particular acts of resistance.
Call for Papers
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
The conference seeks to explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text. The conference will particularly focus on time and space representations and on treatment of the theme of cultural ambivalence and identity conflict. The subject of displacement will be regarded as both a migration, voluntary or forced, and a sense of being socially or culturally “out of place”.
Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
CFP: Shirking the Canon: “Obscure” or “Unpopular” Texts in the Survey Classroom
54th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
9-12 May 2019
The Adolescence in Film and Television Area invites paper proposals for presentation at the annual Popular Culture Association Conference, to be held April 17-20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The official deadline for online submission of presentation abstracts (see below for additional information) is October 1, 2018.
Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to the portrayal of adolescence/adolescents in film and television, during any historical era, are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels.
How material exchange and mobility affect people and their ideas? How do these subjects and these objects transform the place of destination and its practices, knowledge, texts, and understanding of the world? This panel will address the consequences of the mobility of subjects and the exchange of objects in the early modern world. Early modernity is a time strongly characterized by the increasing crossing of boundaries. In this sense, this panel wants to analyze how material exchange enables different cultures to cross borders and permeate different social spaces, modifying those who import them and those who export them.
Call for Papers for NeMLA 2019
Gaylord National Resort Center
March 21-24, 2019
Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples
Critical Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and Writing
Rhetoric & Composition / Cultural Studies and Media Studies
Chair: Maryann DiEdwardo (University of Maryland University College)