The Langston Hughes Society will sponsor a panel at the 2012 American Literature Association Conference that reexamines the vexed relationship between political and aesthetic radicalism in Hughes's writing. Critical judgments of Hughes have long distinguished between the works of a politically-radical, leftist Hughes and the works of a formally-radical, modernist Hughes. For instance, Hughes's sociopolitical Marxist verse of the 1930s, when not dismissed, has been devalued in relation to his modernist blues- and jazz-informed verse experiments of the 1920s and 1950s.
Many obscure, enigmatic and buried symbols enrich children's picture books, poetry, and fiction. Secrets, nonsense, allegory, symbols, ciphers, dreams, or "things buried" may be central to a story's theme or may be hidden in the text or the book design itself, discovered not only by doing multiple readings, but also by upside down and forwards and backwards readings. Is there a special relationship, for instance, between such concepts as "secrets" and "dream" and children's literature? Does children's and/or young adult literature conceal "secret" knowledge? This panel invites papers that explore these topics through a variety of critical theoretical lenses as well as formalistic readings.
This panel explores how experiences of immigration, refuge or exile have been told through American children's literature. How have these experiences been passed on through storytelling, folklore, folktales, poetry, picture books or other forms of children's literature, such as video games and other forms of digital media? How has global cultural awareness influenced identity understanding in children's and young adult literature? What questions do these topics lead us to ask about authenticity, relevance, and specificity in story depiction in literature? What other questions are raised?
Science and Method in the Humanities (3/2/12, abstracts due 11/7/11)
Rutgers University announces "Science and Method in the Humanities," an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University).
John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries).
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2011
Conference Theme: Foods and Culture(s) in Global Context
Building off of this year's ACLA theme of "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change," this panel seeks to explore the space left in the wake of these three Cs. What remnants or remainders are left in their afterness? How do we mark the time of these events or the coming of these events? This panel will take as its starting point the act of mourning which is called to recognize these events, as well as the naming of the events. We will also call into question the act of remembering as binding. How is writing the space of afterness; can writing stitch together what remains of a collapse? Does the mere recording of the event eternalize it or memorialize it? How does catastrophe call us to bind together the spaces that surround and make them anew?
Call for Papers: Adolescence in Film and Television
The Adolescence in Film and Television Area Chair seeks individual-paper proposals for presentation at the 2012 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from Wednesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 14, 2012.
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.
Statement of Journal:
Burning Daylight is an annual student journal published through Sonoma State University's Department of English graduate program dedicated to providing a place for the emergent voices in the field of literature. We publish original critical and theoretical essays from B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students that represent the current work, trends, and thoughts in literary criticism, composition, and rhetoric.
ACLA 2012: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012
In a world of crisis and catastrophe, what do words like "forgivenesss" or "reconciliation" mean? How can we define forgiveness in the post-911 world? What does forgiveness look like in the digital age?
This panel will explore the ethical, social, and political significance of forgiveness in literature. We welcome all topics related to the depiction of forgiveness from all genres and time periods. Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to, analyzing the philosophical, theological, cultural, political, historical and/or social implications of forgiveness.
KES IIMSS 2012
Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services
Risk and Cognition in Intelligent Systems
The purpose of this session is to assess the situation concerning the research works using cognitive sciences to design new systems and methodological tools that can help solving problems in the domain of Risk.
Call for Papers: History Section at Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 2012 Conference
March 2, 2012 | Alma College
Submission Deadline: Nov. 28, 2011
The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, a regional multidisciplinary academic association for the humanities, welcomes proposals for presentations on any area of history study for our 2012 annual conference. Submit your paper abstract or complete panel proposal at themichiganacademy.org by Nov. 28, 2011.
Call for Submissions: Luna Park---On literary magazines
Luna Park is looking for writing about literary magazines, because everyone else is writing about books. Looking for such things as perhaps: essays on lit mags, interviews with people in lit mag world, commentaries, pieces from makes or lit mags, graphs, pie charts, maps, etc. The lit mag reviews we publish are either of individual pieces found in lit mags, or reviews of the entire magazine---even reviews of few issues of the magazine, or of different magazines, & etc.