Rutgers University (New Brunswick), March 2-3, 2017
In a 2005 article for The New York Times, Canadian-Russian author and American academic Michael Ignatieff raised a provocative question: "Who Are Americans to Think That Democracy Is Theirs to Spread?" Surveying a range of critical responses to the US war in the Middle East, such as the idea that US involvement is economically self-serving, or that it facilitates the rise of increasingly repressive regimes, Ignatieff argues that the US has been ineffective, if not oppositional, in its stated aims of promoting democracy worldwide. This MELUS panel builds on SAMLA 88's theme of "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It" and perspectives like Ignatieff's to ask how multi-ethnic American writers position the US amidst the political unrest of their birth nation.
In The Tropics Bite Back, literary scholar Valérie Loichot highlights Maryse Condé’s urging of Caribbean writers to “bite back” (mordre en retour) at their respective colonial powers. One method, which Condé calls ‘literary cannibalism,’ has been employed by authors throughout the African diaspora. Examples include Zora Neale Hurston’s revisiting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in her short story “Spunk”, Condé’s own Windward Heights, a revision of Charlotte Brönte’s Victorian classic, and Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone.
This panel seeks contributions discussing Cuban literature in the diaspora in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially after the 1959 Revolution. The goal is to discuss relevant aspects of Cuban diasporic writing, including, but not limited to, representations of exile, diaspora, memory, political denunciation, uprootedness, social fracture, transnationalism and postnationalism.
Please, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla.html to submit your abstract online by September 30, 2016.
For only the second time in its history, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society will gather in the author’s hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for a week-long celebration of his Midwestern roots and the importance of regionalism, home, and youth in his writing (June 25-July 1, 2017). Fitzgerald was, of course, born in Saint Paul and spent most of his formative years there. The conference theme, Was student – am now writer, comes from Fitzgerald’s military discharge interview, and marks the acknowledgement of his emergence in Saint Paul as a writer.
"A DREAM / TOO BAD TO SLEEP THROUGH": ON WYN COOPER'S DYSTOPIAN NARRATIVES
This panel welcomes papers about the use of dystopian narratives and imagery in the work of poet Wyn Cooper. Papers should address Cooper's work in the fields of poetry and/or music, and will be read as part of a roundtable discussion. By June 10th, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Andrea Rogers, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's SAMLA conference is in Jacksonville, FL from 11/4-11-6.
Welcome to Night Vale collection: Approaching Deadline (6/15)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals related to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale are solicited for chapter contributions to an edited scholarly collection to be published by Palgrave.
The editor seeks to include a range of approaches focusing on both form and content. Topics may include but are not limited to:
• internal themes and allusions
• genre and influences
• performance, music, and effects
• politics and historical contextualization
• podcast production, distribution, and consumption
• reception and fandom
• paratexts, marketing, and merchandise
The European Journal of American Culture (Intellect Ltd) is seeking reviewers for forthcoming issues of the interdisciplinary journal.
We are particularly interested in expanding the journal's current scope, and are looking to review not only academic texts, but also new fiction, poetry and non-fiction; film and television; photography and art books; and video games. We want the interdisciplinarity of the journal's articles to be matched with an engagment of diverse materials and texts in the reviews.
With student protests on campuses, activism in communities, and a divisive presidential campaign filled with hateful rhetoric presented under the guise of “authenticity,” there seems to be a renewed focus on the role of political correctness in American culture and on the world stage.
In many of his writings, the German sociologist Max Weber condemned the rationality of modern bureaucratic government which, for him, restricted an individual’s freedom by compartmentalizing society. His view of the dangers of the modern state is perhaps best illustrated in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism where Weber notes that the “iron cage” of rationality extended to work as workers were forced, rather than compelled, to labor. Weber’s observation about the intersection between work and bureaucracy as the “iron cage of capitalism” has endured, in part, because of how thinkers, artists, and workers have continued to view the contemporary work-space.
The 48th Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era
Panel: Dying in American Literature: Death Spaces, Dream Spaces, No Spaces (Panel)
Hawthorne and Longfellow: Fictive and Poetic Visions of History and the Nation
This panel for the NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23 to March 26, 2017, seeks papers that examine the visions of history and the nation found in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).
South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention; Jacksonville, Florida; November 4-6, 2016
Dystopic Dickinson. Or Is It Utopic Dickinson?
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ascendancy carries the hallmarks of a Horatio Alger tale. With his 2015 recognition as a MacArthur Genius and a National Book Award winner, his rise from humble beginnings to illustrious acclaim acquired a nearly storybook sheen. A “rags to riches” account of his success holds immense charm; however, such an explanation does not offer a full picture of his significance. Coates’ path from brief attendance at Howard University to star blogger, renowned Atlantic feature reporter, and worldwide phenomenon intersects with fascinating developments in 21st century literature and intellectual history. Unfolding in a post-9/11 world, his career limns several trends in contemporary culture, chief among them the democratization of blac
The Emancipation of Bound Laborers in the Americas before the Abolition of Slavery
University of Montpellier, France
Friday, October 7, 2016