Abstracts now due June 15th.
Examining Past and Defining Present
The Black Literary Aesthetic in the USA, Canada, and Caribbean
April 11 – 13, 2013
Abstracts/Proposals Due: October 26, 2012
Founder of the Black Arts Movement
This panel will address the narrative and socio-political relationships between contemporary memoir and self-help. Topics may include, but are not limited to: narrative analyses of popular self-help texts; the co-evolution of memoir and self-help; how the narrative of self-help embeds itself in memoir; revisiting trauma in a public forum.
Abstracts that suggest a theoretical connection to gender/sexuality/queer studies are encouraged.
Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (preferably .pdf attachments) to Kate Birdsall (email@example.com) before September 30, 2012.
First Workshop on Emerging Technologies and Devices in Signal Processing 2012 (IW-ETDSP'12)
October 3-5, 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia
Call for Papers for an edited volume on
Visualizing Violence in Francophone Cultures
August 10, 2012 – Deadline for 300-400-word proposal submissions
December 30, 2012 – Deadline for 7000-8000-word contribution
Edited by Robert St. Clair and Magali Compan
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
Panel: Sex and Spirit in the Works of William Blake
Call for Proposals
Political Women: Language and Leadership
Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick seek contributors for a collection of essays considering women and leadership.
Our book is (tentatively) entitled, Political Women: Language and Leadership. The collection of essays will demonstrate the ways in which women have used political rhetoric and political discourse to provide leadership, or assert their right to leadership, at the national level.
Miranda famously declares at the conclusion of The Tempest that she now exists in a "Brave new world." This oft-quoted line is frequently misremembered as referring to the enchanted island itself, when in actuality she only utters it upon first encountering all of the Europeans who've been shipwrecked on the island. As Prospero makes clear to his daughter, in fact Miranda's new world is an old world. This scene in Shakespeare's most colonial of plays subverts our expectations of what "encounter" means in a New World context. In this panel we will look at narratives that upend the standard representations of encounter in the early modern age of exploration, that convert new world into old, and old into new.
In Book V of Paradise Lost, Raphael aptly summarizes the difficulties of communicating sacred truths to the human consciousness: "how shall I relate / To human sense th' invisible exploits / …; how last unfould / The secrets of another World, perhaps / Not lawful to reveal?" His intriguing suggestion that earth may be "but the shaddow of Heav'n" invokes a rich complex of early modern traditions that view "the shadow" as an image of the divide between the worldly and the otherworldly, and a figure that can potentially bridge that divide. This panel examines ways early modern English literature exploits and explores "the shadow" in its attempts to mend the gap between material and spiritual worlds felt to be intimately connected, yet inextricably divided.
44th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
Panel: Poetry and the Body
The rapid changes currently experienced in the different spheres of contemporary life are loosely addressed by the term "globalization."
How do we theorize these changes? And perhaps more importantly, while these changes are often considered a global phenomenon, are they not also shaped by a set of discourses? This calls for a reconsideration of key terms such as "domination" and "hegemony", as well as of the various intellectual/cultural positions associated with them. In particular, we aim to reconsider the cultural sphere as a globalized phenomenon in which cultural products circulate on a worldwide scale, and as a sphere where "global" experiences are articulated.
This panel explores French hip-hop's engagement with Islam in order to understand its ethnic, cultural, and political significance to youth of immigrant origin in France. While scholarship on French rap music has focused chiefly on constructions of ethnic and racial identity, the question of Islam in French rap remains underexplored. This panel seeks to address this gap in coverage by analyzing how rappers—for example, Abd al Malik, Médine, Rhoff, Diam's, and Kery James—reclaim Muslim identities in their works and refute the binary and essentialist interpretations of Islam imposed on them. Such analyses encourage a pluralistic view of Muslim identities in French public life.
"Conservation, Restoration, and Sustainability: A Call to Stewardship"
Brigham Young University
Thursday, 8–Saturday, 10 November 2012
The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for essay submissions on its 2011 Conference Theme: "Play." Essays treating any aspect of "Play" in language, literature, drama, film, and popular culture are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: drama and performance studies; satire and parody; linguistic play; game theory; innovative pedagogies; scholarship as play; hoaxes and cons; queerings; subjectivity and identity performance; sport; transgressions and boundary-crossings; mindgames.