Asian American literature emerged as a recognized area of literary interest in the late 1960s and 1970s, just as the sea change of the civil rights movement was redefining "the color line" inside and outside of the academy and new critical and theoretical models were being applied to how American literature is read and understood. Drawing on African American models of identity, response, and resistance and models of success largely defined by the white majority, Asian American literature has charted its own course, at once illuminating existing trends within contemporary American literature and challenging existing cultural and critical boundaries.
In the recent anthology Shakesqueer (2011), Madhavi Menon claims, "Reading Shakespeare as queer rather than queered challenges the rule of chronology and identity that has thus far kept his poems and plays from exercising queer agency." This panel takes up Menon's urge to reconsider the relationship between queer theory and the early modern, welcoming papers that read early modern literature, both Shakespeare and beyond, as a body of queer texts, rather than historically distant productions at which we might look through a contemporary queer lens.
Because of its unique historical and geopolitical situation -- major Asian port, economic target for Western and Eastern powers, and node for conflicts between nationalists and communists -- Shanghai has been the object of literary and cinematographic representation throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This NeMLA panel will analyze, organize, and probe the representation of Shanghai by Asian, European, and American writers and filmmakers. Comparative approaches and reflections on cultural history are particularly welcomed. Format may range from traditional papers to multi-media presentations.
The book responds to the vivid development of hip-hop culture in the Eastern and Central and Eastern European states and shows how a universal model of hip-hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange with a number of meaningful and important functions and implications. The volume takes up the challenge of showing how hip-hop became an intrinsic element of urban environments in this part of the world, what impact it has on the mainstream culture and what functions it serves in different contexts. The book's content, besides tracking hip-hop's development, exhibits and explains hip-hop's functions and receptions of hip-hop in the national cultures in the spheres such as lifestyles, social structure, politics or consumer trends.
Appalachian literature is known for its strong sense of place, emphasizing the local. However, the influence of Chinese poetry and philosophy on contemporary Appalachian writing is surprisingly strong. Chinese images, ideas, and styles appear in numerous poems and stories by contemporary Appalachian authors, for example, in the works of George Scarbrough, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Charles Wright. This session will explore how twentieth- and twenty-first century Appalachian poetry and prose uses images, ideas, and styles associated with ancient and modern China.
At the end of the World War II, the British and the French territorial control over the colonies began to crumble and a new global condition emerged in which erstwhile colonies transformed into newly independent or created nation-states. The former colonial masters, having relinquished territorial occupation, devised cultural and economic models of control that divided the world into developed and developing parts, similar to the division into the civilized and the savage parts in the colonial era. Originally literary and cultural theorists favoured violence as a necessary part of decolonization and freedom.
We seek contributors to an edited collection which explores the specific role of women in, on, and behind the film and video work of Todd Haynes. Female characters and women's genres from classical Hollywood, as well as feminist film scholars, women directors, film industry professionals, actors, and female fans have all influenced and shaped his creative work. Our collection hopes to produce new scholarship on the subject of feminism, women and Todd Haynes.
German Literature and Culture II: German Language Poetry - Section B
Topic: Post-Holocaust Poetry
This panel calls for papers dealing with notions such as debt and forgiveness, atonement and redemption in the work of Rose Auslaender, Paul Celan, Hilde Domin, Erich Fried, Nelly Sachs, and other German language poets writing in the shadow of the Shoah.
Please send 250-word abstracts by June 4th to Johannes Wich-Schwarz, Maryville University, email@example.com.
CFP Women's Studies at MAPACA
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
November 1-3, 2012
Women's Studies as a discipline acknowledges the interdisciplinary approaches to discussing issues that affect women. The Women's Studies area of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics for this area include, but certainly are not limited to:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 5 OF
Katherine Mansfield Studies
(THE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY)
on the theme of
Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial
Submissions are sought on the following:
• Critical articles on the theme of this issue: 'Katherine Mansfield and the Fantastic'
• Creative pieces – poetry and prose with a connection to Katherine Mansfield
• Book reviews with a connection to Katherine Mansfield
Essays are sought for an edited collection on the topic of sex and the fat body. The editors are looking for proposals which approach this theme from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and which take an original, critical, and body-positive approach to questions of fat and sexuality. Dr Samantha Murray will be contributing the Foreword to the collection. She is a lecturer in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, and has published works such as 'The Fat Female Body' (2008), multiple journal articles, and special issues on fat studies.
Jacques Derrida argues that the dead other can speak and remain "in us." Additionally, he argues that to keep one alive is the ultimate sign of fidelity that is accomplished through acts of mourning that necessitate the interiorization of the dead other. In a way, then, Derrida suggests that the living owe a debt to the dead: we must keep them alive, we must keep them "in us." This particular panel seeks papers that attempt to formulate and read the gift of death and the living's debt to the dead in literature. How has literature reckoned with death? Can literature do the work of mourning? How has literature represented the livings' debt to the dead? These are some of the questions this panel seeks to investigate.
CFP: Urban Culture Area, MAPACA, 11/1-11/3/2012, Pittsburgh, PA (June 15th, 2012, deadline for proposals)
The World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2012) is a multidisciplinary
congress, Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter. The WCST is
bridging efforts across the natural, social and engineering sciences, the environment and
development of communities. The congress covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to
sustainability, which includes technical and non-technical research areas. It also encourages
sharing new knowledge in the field of sustainable technologies and the environmental
impacts. The mission of WCST-2012 is to provide the opportunities for collaboration and
reflection that have the potential to greatly enhance the infrastructure and capacity for