2017 was a year of feminist action: the year began with the national Women’s March in DC, and the year closed with media reporting mass cover-ups of sexual exploitation and abuse in Hollywood and with the reporting of women finding power in uniting their voices. The #metoo movement was birthed and has become a rallying cry for continued awareness of misogynistic practices, collaboration to resist gendered violence, and recover women’s innate worth. Oprah Winfrey summed up these actions in her 2018 Golden Globes speech stating, “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”
Sir Walter Scott: His Worlds and His Legacies
A Special Issue Dedicated to the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of Ivanhoe
Dr Kang-yen Chiu (National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan) and Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow, UK)
In his 2012 essay “On Failing to Make the Past Present,” Stephen Best argues that the slave archive is not always “a ready prism for apprehending the black political present,” pressuring contemporary scholars to make a distinction between today’s political crises and black diasporic history. And yet, recent political regressions force us to re-examine how our current moment may be informed by and understood through the optics of abolition, emancipation, and reconstruction. This panel seeks to re-focus current critical thought on the links between the traumatic past and the historical present by examining how the poetry of slavery accentuates—and even depends upon—these linkages.
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 29th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018.
Panel 1: William Dean Howells and Democracy
“Melville at 200”
Deadline: September 1, 2018
And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher. (Chapter 99 of Moby-Dick, “The Doubloon”)
In an introduction to a 2017 special issue of American Literature, Carol Batker, Eden Osucha, and Augusta Rohrbach ask how our current political moment gives rise to new questions about the role of teaching and scholarship in American literary studies. The issue calls for the radical potential of intertwined scholarship and teaching that makes literary studies necessary to the work of unmasking the asymmetrical relations of power that persist in the academy. In response, our roundtable proposes an examination of feminist pedagogy practices, or a pedagogy that privileges collaboration and resists canonical syllabi to engage students in interdisciplinary projects of recovery and resistance.
Murder, She Tweeted: Crime Narratives and the Digital Age
August 23-24, 2018
University of Tampere, Finland
Keynote speakers: Andrew Pepper (Queen's University Belfast) & Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University)
First Call for Papers
Biannual Meeting of the European Early American Studies Association
London 14-16 December 2018
The Making and Unmaking of Identities and Connections in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850
Call for Papers for a Panel on
Communities in Print / Communities of Print:
Periodicals and the Constitution of Community in Early America
Conveners: Tim Lanzendörfer (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) and Julia Straub (University of Bern)
Our panel seeks to make a slight pivot on the opening provocation of this year’s conference theme, “States of Emergence,” that “our sense of crisis must be thought alongside our constant commitment to challenging the calamities that beset us and to producing alternative—indeed better—worlds.” Rather than thinking of our sense of crisis and our commitment to challenging calamities as two things we might put alongside each other, what happens if our commitment to challenging calamities emerges precisely within, even as, our sense of crisis?
CFP: “Forms of Resistance: Women’s Family Letters of the Early Americas” SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 7-11, 2018