This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. In particular, it welcomes papers that explore the topic of theodicy in contemporary American literature. How have the events following 9/11, and the developments in post-secular and trauma studies made the question of theodicy a more vital, urgent topic in our contemporary moment? How has 9/11 transformed the ways in which Americans think about the problem of evil? How has this event and other acts of terror influenced our cultural imaginations of suffering and death? How have contemporary American writers contributed to the conversations about the presence or absence of God in suffering?
CFP for NeMLA 2020 Boston
Please submit via nemla.org
Panel ID #17905
Chair: Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez
Human beings express sexuality as individuals, yet society continues to enforce heteronormativity. This panel seeks papers that challenge this heteronormativity in Latinx novels written in English, Spanish or Spanglish from Latinx authors that reside either in Latin America or in the United States. Specifically, theoretical approaches that question the role of power in any guise or interrogate the status quo are welcome.
Modernist Short Stories Writers
Sponsored by the Kay Boyle Society
The American Short Story: New Considerations
New Orleans, Sep. 5-7, 2019
Many modernist writers experimented with the short story genre early in their careers, while reading, publishing and critiquing each other’s work in small magazines.
The objective of this panel is to engage in comparative, reflective conversation, bringing out as yet unnoticed similarities and convergence in themes, writing practices, and subjectivities among these writers.
This panel invites papers on the work of one writer or in the context of other writers, on one or more of the following themes:
Colleges and universities have witnessed great shifts in student populations over the last few decades, including new populations of veteran and adult students. Now, as the traditional aged student continues to decline in numbers, one additional population of potential students appears to continue to grow: prison inmate students. College prison programs include both credit programs and enrichment programs. Through programs such as Shakespeare Behind Bars, the recidivism rates have declined as the men and women in these programs discover empathy, a love of language, and the value of community. This panel will explore college prison programs.
In the wake of the recent Postcritical Turn in literary studies, a pall has been cast over suspicious modes of analysis. Eve Sedgwick famously sought to move away from the paranoid imperative towards a more reparative relation; Sharon Best and Stephen Marcus have proposed surface reading as an antidote to symptomatic methodology; and, more recent still, Rita Felski has underscored the banality of suspicious hermeneutics as a central premise in her circumscription of the limits of critique.
Decolonizing the Digital Archive
In recent years we have witnessed a proliferation of digital archival work – often (but not always) in the form of open access platforms developed to gather, preserve, and share historical documents. The very nature of open accessibility counters a rhetoric of retreat and the construction of barriers among knowledge producers and consumers – by refusing ownership over its content and seeking collaborative and communal engagement in both interpretational and curatorial work, open access digital archives are often decentralized archives that provide modes for democratic access, exchange, and co-construction of knowledge.
NeMLA 51st Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2020
The collection Children’s Geographies explores children's places from playgrounds, social networks, schools, streets, villages, and so much more. Peter Hunt’s “Unstable Metaphors: Symbolic Spaces and Specific Places” differentiates between the internal/personal of the “space” and the external/reality of the “place.” Drawing on these ideas, this panel seeks to continue the discussion of children’s places and spaces by asking how children exist in the real world and the fictional world, in addition to how their literature serves (or doesn’t serve) as a distinct space of its own.
The Katherine Anne Porter Society session at the 31st annual American Literature Association Conference invites papers on any topic that makes use of Porter's correspondence digitized by the Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence Project at the University of Maryland Libraries (https://www.lib.umd.edu/kaporter-correspondence).
Please send a 200-word proposal and a brief biographical statement to Beth Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2019.
The conference will be held at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, May 21-24, 2020.
This panel investigates the concept of landscape in American literature. For Americans, the landscape brings strong associations, whether cultural, political, historical, or commercial. The landscape, in a sense, is central to the American identity. This session seeks proposals on the meaning of landscape in American literature. How do Americans use landscape to create identity? In what ways are landscapes used politically or culturally to create meaning? This session encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the landscape in American literature, including the examination of literature and the visual arts.
Marriott Copely Place
March 5-8, 2020
Panel: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism
Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference
March 5-8, 2020
Seeking papers on the politics of futurity in Afro-diasporic writing from before the mid-twentieth century for the following guaranteed session at NeMLA 2020. Abstracts due by September 30 on NeMLA's website. Visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17890 to submit.