Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed academic journal, now in its seventh year, published by members of the School of English at the University of Leicester. Our remit is to publish leading research from those academics at the very beginnings of their careers (graduate study, post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the community. This approach also includes the notion of 'work in progress' and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or Heads of Departments.
The worldwide growth of English as a first and foreign language has by now necessitated the a term like 'Global Englishes' to describe the range of dialects and usages. Such a term calls attention to the de-coupling of the language from its Anglo-American 'homes', and to the popularity of English as a foreign subject of study. The place of Anglophone literary education, however, is less firm. Despite the fame of certain canonical Anglophone writers and the global domination of Anglophone publishing conglomerates, Anglophone literature is often taught in the service of language rather than literary education.
"Follow the money: financing and industrial practices in contemporary international cinema"
Vol. 32, no 2, Fall 2012
Description of topic
Seeking article submissions that discuss the relationship between African American poetry and ecocriticism for a scholarly anthology. Selection of African American poetry may cover any time period, ranging from slavery to the Reconstruction era, early twentieth century/Jim Crow, early twentieth century/modernism, Civil Rights, post-Civil Rights, and current/contemporary works. Ideally, the anthology will demonstrate a range in African American poetry and ecocriticism by hopefully covering each of the above mentioned historical epochs. I am currently in the process of securing an academic publisher and will notify authors selected for publication of all publishing developments. Complete articles should be sent (not abstracts) by December 31, 2011.
The teaching of writing is characterized by a wide array of practices, often cycling through popular phases or trends. When evaluating the potential effectiveness of instructional methods, many educators rely on descriptive and anecdotal publications, as the literature is replete with them. Although these publications have merit in their ability to disseminate ideas, how can faculty go beyond the descriptive and the anecdotal when determining the most effective means of teaching writing?
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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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...