August Wilson’s plays are powerful in their ability to center marginalized histories through performance and language. With the recent release of Denzel Washington’s award-winning film production of Fences (2016), and the award-winning Broadway production of Jitney (2016-2017), there has been renewed focus and interest in not only Wilson’s work, but also the Hill District, where Wilson lived and where all but one of his plays are set.
Modernism/modernity Print+ CFP – proposed Forum
Title: Vanguard U: Universities as Infrastructures of the Avant-Garde
Editors: Joyce Tsai (University of Iowa) and Jennifer Buckley (University of Iowa)
250-word abstracts due April 20
3000-word position papers due June 15
Call for Papers for the 2019 New England American Studies Association Conference
Representation(s): Image and Reality, Identity and Community
In his seminal study No Accident, Comrade (2011),Steven Belletto draws a distinction between fictions which are about the Cold War and fictions that are of the Cold War. What is meant by the former is clear enough: these are fictions which are written or set during the Cold War period and which engage thematically with it. The latter, however, is a more fluid category whose implications can be theorized further. Papers in this stream will seek to do precisely this – namely, to think through what this ‘of’ might signal in relation to literature, film, art, politics, news reporting, or society more broadly. What kind of preoccupations, narratives, theories, or ideologies might be described as being of the Cold War?
Persons in Poetry and Law
Panel Proposal for MLA 2020
January 9-12, Seattle, WA
What relationships exist between poetic and legal invocations of personhood? What emerges in examining the formal strategies involved in processes of invocation? Seeking papers that put poems and legal texts in conversation. Please send a 300-word proposal by March 13th to email@example.com.
This special session invites papers that explore the countervailing, and occasionally contradictory, double meanings obtaining in our notion of the “public intellectual” today. This session is especially interested in papers that comment on the figure of the public intellectual by thinking beyond the limits of the university and the academic profession, as traditionally “licensed” intellectual spaces and modes, and consider new networks and formations of intellectual affiliation, movement, and struggle that have emerged with the generalization of social media platforms and digital publishing venues (i.e. twitter, reddit, etc.), and especially in the wake of the election of 2016.
How do emergent and traditional forms of nonreading shape literary discourses and the political commons?
The Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area of NEPCA invites proposals from scholars of all levels for papers and/or panels that explore any aspect of the role of political actors, institutions, ideology, rhetoric, and satire in popular culture. Papers may be drawn from all policy domains, both foreign and domestic.
Recent conferences featured panels on:
- The presidency in popular culture
- Storytelling in the public square
- News coverage of political figures and campaigns
- Narrative approaches to public policy
- Political icons
- American identity
Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on the final panel size.
EXTENDED DEADLINE - MAY 5, 2019
Call for Papers
African American Literature, Regular Session,
South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Oct 24-26, 2019
The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites paper proposals on 'Nabokov and Contemporary Writing' for its guaranteed panel at the MLA 2020 Meeting in Seattle next January. We are interested in papers on how living writers - whether novelists, poets, playwrights, or writers of creative non-fiction - have drawn on Nabokov's work, whether in celebration or in criticism. How does Nabokov continue to be a fertile and challenging presence in contemporary letters?