The dynamics of international trade have taken on an added significance in the light of the challenges created by the recent global financial crisis. Entire sectors and even nations have begun to reassess their trading relationships and the more enlightened are eager to gain an insight into the theories and processes that have helped certain economies to weather the storm. The emerging giants of Brazil, China and India are demanding greater attention and ensuring that practitioners and academics alike invest more time and resources in understanding where their economies are at and how they will shape future of international trade.
This panel explores modes of self-representation of African American women living in Rochester, New York. For example, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman resided in the Rochester area roughly concurrently; however, each approached telling her story distinctively. Truth promoted abolition through her portraits and public speaking. Tubman gave performances. Jacobs published an autobiography. The panel considers how gender, class and race shape the forms in which African American women in Rochester represent themselves, especially non-linguistic forms such as music or visual art. Papers on women from any era are welcome.
Please send 250-word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to jennifer.sieck[at]gmail.com.
Sexualities and Children's Cultures: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly
The Reconstructing Multiculturalism Research Network and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on multiculturalisms from 14th – 17th May 2012.
The conference will be held at Gregynog Hall. This residential conference centre is situated near Newtown in mid Wales. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx)
This roundtable will explore pedagogical approaches for teaching the Harlem Renaissance across disciplines and academic levels. Proposals on any aspect of this topic will be considered, but please note that presentations must be 5-7 minutes because of the roundtable format. Papers that focus on cultural works as instrumental in creating a distinctly Black aesthetic are encouraged. Please send a 250-word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 20, 2011. Also include your name, academic affiliation, a brief biography, and contact information.
This panel will examine early narratives (including first person, oral, and translated/transcribed) by Diasporic Africans as part of a discourse of resistance. Papers will essentially explore eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African Diasporic narratives, which challenge Western cultural, religious, and social values as a paradigm for intellectual thought. Papers which employ African-centered theoretical frames are highly encouraged. Please send a 500-word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter (email@example.com). Also include your name, academic affiliation, a brief biography, and contact information. The deadline for submission is September 20, 2011.
This panel invites participants to explore the ways in which visual rhetoric is defined and operates in various visual cultures and digital spaces. Presentations may seek to answer any of the following questions: How do we as scholars and educators define and use visual rhetoric to foster the critical examination of visual texts, locations, performances, embodiments? In what ways does visual rhetoric help explicate the rhetorical activities of digital and social media? What teaching strategies help students learn how to critically examine visual and digital spaces? How do the practices of visual rhetoric connect or move among various academic disciplines?
Introducing "Cultural Productions of 9/11"
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 11.2
Edited By Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson
Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson, "Avatars of 9/11"
Wendy Kozol, "Looking Elsewhere"
Scott Cutler Shershow, "The Time of Sacrifice: Derrida contra Agamben
Daniel Ross, "Passages to Immortality: Arakawa and Gins, Stiegler, and September 11"
Caren Kaplan, "'A Rare and Chilling View': Aerial Photography as Biopower in the Visual Culture of '9/11'"
Marian Macken, "The Event in Miniature: 9/11 and the New York City Model"
David Simpson, "A Confusion of Tongues"
Understanding Medium: Word, Image, Media in Nineteenth-Century America, @ c19, the Conference of the Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists (Berkeley, CA, April 2012)
Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal welcomes submissions from any academic field on the topic of evolution in its myriad forms. Preference is given to papers with an interdisciplinary approach or a focus on interdisciplinarity, though all submissions will be entertained. For further information on submissions please consult our guidelines at: https://ojcs.siue.edu/ojs/index.php/polymath/about/submissions#onlineSub...
The aim of the conference is to investigate the relationship between translation and gender and how it has been approached in different European countries in recent decades, since the beginning of the theoretical debate in feminist TS. Many have been the voices on gender and translation, especially in Canada and in Spain, two cultural contexts in which the problems inherent to translation and the category of gender have been fruitfully discussed by eminent scholars such as Barbara Godard, Sherry Simon, Luise von Flotow and José Santaemilia. These theorists have given prominence to the translator, whether woman or man, to her/his choices and to the strategies outlined in order to unveil the gender-related aspects in translation.
UCSIA is organising an international workshop on the topic of public apology in the fields of communication and media, law and diplomacy, business and public relations on March 22nd-23rd 2012 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
The deadline for submission of applications is set for November 25th, 2011.
For more details: http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=*UCSIAENG2&n=97789&ct=97487 or www.ucsia.org
Call for Papers
European and Italian EcoGothic in the Long 19th Century
Luigi Capuana; Carlo Collodi; Arthur Conan Doyle; Antonio Fogazzaro; H. Rider Haggard; Henry James; Vernon Lee; J. Sheridan Le Fanu; Cesare Lombroso; Arthur Machen; Paolo Mantegazza; Edgar Allan Poe; Mary Shelley; Bram Stoker; Ann Radcliffe; Matilde Serao; Robert Louis Stevenson; Ugo Tarchetti and the Scapigliati; H. G. Wells (only a list of suggested authors).
Proposals are invited for a special issue of Gothic Studies, to be edited by David Del Principe (Montclair State University) and William Hughes (Bath Spa University) which will consider EcoGothic approaches to European and Italian literature in the long nineteenth century.
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
"Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"
Panel to Be Held at the American Literature Association Symposium, "Mysterious America: Crime Fiction
in American Culture," Savannah, Georgia, September 22 – 24, 2011 (see ALA website at http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/ for additional information about the symposium).
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: August 15, 2011