Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies (AMS Press) seeks reviews of recent publications, including autobiographies, memoirs, letters, and so on. Word length: 1000-1500 words. Citation style: Chicago, 16th edition (author/date). Deadline for submission: December 1st, 2016. Expected publication of volume 6: 2017. Please get in touch with short proposals and questions.
In what ways can superpowers be read as disabilities, or disabilities as superpowers? For example, The Avengers hinges on Tony Stark’s ability to recruit Bruce Banner, the Hulk, by acknowledging how they both share the “privilege” of what are interpreted as disabilities: Stark’s heart injury that led him to develop the Arc Reactor powering the Iron Man robotic suit, and Banner’s condition as the Hulk, which by height, weight, mentality, and emotions can compromise his involvement in the world but can also make him a superhero.
This panel seeks to bring together teacher-scholars who utilize the philosophical tradition of American Pragmatism in teaching literature, writing, digital media, cultural criticism or rhetoric and composition.
This includes those who teach the work of William James, John Dewey and their progeny directly, and those who use pragmatist thought to inform broader pedagogical or theoretical projects. Whether interested in the semiotics of C.S. Peirce, the neo-pragmatism of Richard Rorty or Stanley Fish, the “prophetic pragmatism” of Cornel West, or any other branch of the pragmatist tradition, all are welcome.
In the past year, The New York Times has rekindled a decades-long national conversation about crises in American masculinity with articles titled “Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest” and “A Master’s Degree in… Masculinity?” These pieces of popular journalism look (warily) to the academy to demystify what it means to be a man; this panel turns the lens back on popular culture to trace how contemporary popular narratives produce images of masculine feeling and masculine crisis. As The New York Times pieces attest, the field of masculinity studies has gained traction in a political climate in which calls for gender equality and gender diversity are growing louder and more insistent.
For a moment in time, a generation ago, apostrophe became for some scholars the embodiment of the lyric gesture itself. In Jonathan Culler’s words, apostrophe signals “not a moment in a temporal sequence but a now of discourse, of writing,” typified by the poetic “O.” Long the neglected step-sibling of lyric apostrophe, chiasmus (“a crosswise placing” from the Greek letter chi) embodies the boustrophedonic turns of repetition and reversal, which also might be seen at the heart of the lyric. Where apostrophe involves a turning away to address an absent person, thing, or idea, chiasmus seems to turn inward—to sound, form, image.
NeMLA 48, Baltimore, Maryland, March 23-26, 2017
Modernist Forms of Fidelity
Call for Conference Papers:
Diverse Unfreedoms and their Ghosts
A One-Day Conference
Rutgers University, Camden
March 31, 2017
Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2016
Roundtable Discussion on Pedagogies Across Disciplines (addressing 19th century works)
Nineteenth Century Studies Association Meeting, “Memory and Commemoration”
February 2-4, 2017 in Charleston, SC
Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television
DATE: April 6-8, 2017
PLACE: The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Nothing important can come from the South. The axis of history starts in Moscow, goes to Bonn, crosses over to Washington, and then goes to Tokyo. What happens in the South is of no importance.
--HENRY KISSINGER, 1969
I invite proposals for a collection of essays that examines the theme of revenge in American fiction, film, and television. Vengeance – that quest for violent reciprocity – is one of storytelling’s oldest and most enduring plots. But in the modern American imaginary the familiar shape of retribution assumes a new form. Over and over, avengers on page and screen desire not only blood but also symbolic victories. In Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer (1996) a troubled protagonist named John Smith yearns to kill the one “white man [who] was responsible for everything that had gone wrong” for Native Americans.
CFP for Edited Book Collection: War in the Whedonverses: Essays on Warfare and Military Studies in the Works of Joss Whedon
Editors: Ensley F. Guffey and Samira S. Nadkarni
Publishers: McFarland and Co.
Book Website: warinthewhedonverses.wordpress.com
Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2017 Confeence
Call for Panelists
Transnational Science Fiction Film and Media
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
Articles are sought for a collection of essays on representations of Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in African-American literature. This collection seeks to explore how African-American writers have used, referenced, engaged and disengaged with Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in their writing through various cultural and historical movements.