Per William Faulkner’s famous phrase, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This is to say that the forms of social inequality that characterize contemporary life and drive contemporary activism are rooted in long histories of violence. Yet over time, as these histories extend not only throughout individual lives but also across generations, they can become so naturalized that they run the risk of being functionally invisible.
Sometimes we have to laugh to keep from crying...and many people, especially today, use humor as a form of critique and resistance. This panel welcomes abstracts on any aspect of humor and activism in America. By May 16, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Autumn Lauzon, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, at email@example.com.
This panel is an affiliated session with SAMLA 90 (November 2-4, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama).
This two-day interdisciplinary symposium will look at how American literature was taken up into French culture over a fifty-year period bounded by two defining moments in French-US relations: 1917, when the US entered World War I, and 1967, when NATO troops withdrew from French soil.
While historically a product of birthright, and more recently associated with merit, social class has always presented itself as a set of expectations setting the stage for encounters between unfamiliar people. Whether sincerely or in masquerade, everyone adopts a social class as a role to be played before an audience. In line with this year’s conference theme “Acting, Roles, and Stages,” this panel, examines social class as performance and focuses on literary works across genres and eras that present class accordingly. From estates satire to the minstrel show, from social realism to the theater of the absurd, we will consider ways that literature either enacts the performance of class or dramatizes its enactment.
Emmanuel Levinas writes extensively about the temptations of knowledge and the seductions of intelligibility and intentional consciousness as they enable a fascination for ontology, power, and war. For nearly 13 years, the North American Levinas Society has worked to preserve and focus this critique through social apertures that privilege questions of historical violence, transgenerational suffering, memory and repair.
Call for Papers:
2018 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 October 2018
1 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Deadline: May 15 2018
Resistant Bodies: Defiance and Opposition in American Literature
Examples of passive resistance, such as Herman Melville’s Bartleby, populate all eras of American literature, everywhere calling into question the logic of the state. As distinct from actively violent fictional or real life revolutionaries such as Toni Morrison’s Seven Days Society or John Brown, these figures resist dominant discourse and oppressive modes of being through non-response, misdirection, or refusals to participate. Such reactions expose the gaps and injustices of the state machine, providing examples of lives that can, as Thoreau argues, “be a counter-friction to stop the machine.”
"Serializing the U.S. South" (SSSL Affiliated Panel)
South Atlantic MLA
POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION IN THE SOUTH & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION IN THE SOUTH
New Orleans, LA October 4-6
The Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South meet every year to present and discuss ideas about popular culture, American and world-wide. From Andrew Marvell to Captain Marvel, topics are wide-ranging and extensive. We also encourage individual submissions and panels of creative writing. We invite panels organized around one issue or theme.
Submissions: Papers are limited to twenty (20) minutes or fewer.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
Conference theme: “Acting, Roles, and Stages”
Session: African American Literature
Presiding Officer: Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, Palomar College
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website, http://pamla.org/2018/topic-areas