From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?
"Has Theatre Ever Been Secular?"
Session for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's 2015 Conference
30 July-2 August, 2015; Montréal, Québec, Canada
Since the turn of the twenty-first century, American writers have begun to return to the political and aesthetic moment of the late 1960s and 1970s. This turn has taken both a domestic and a global perspective: from the recent revival of interest in the Weather Underground as the United States' own stillborn revolutionary moment—we can think of Bill Siegel's 2002 documentary, new novels from Russell Banks and Jay Cantor, and the recent memoirs of David Gilbert, Bill Ayers and Cathy Wilkerson, to name just a few—to a revisiting of 1970s global insurgencies in places such as Italy, India, and South Africa as in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowlands, and Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas respectively.
The Subject Beside Itself: Ecstasies of Juxtaposition
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WASHINGTON IRVING AND ISLAM
CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS, AMS Press
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World will organize a session at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers to be in held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association's 26th Annual Conference. The conference will be held in May, 2015 at the Copley Westin in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis's work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.
Democracy, Resistance, and the Practice of Literature
Sanglap Vol I No. II
Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the spring 2015 edition: Vol. 11 – 01
TITLE OF THE EDITION
The Aesthetics of Erasure
Paul Benzon, Temple University
Sarah Sweeney, Skidmore College
Although it was significantly eclipsed by the United States and the Soviet Union in the last century, Europe was once a name for total domination of the world, a name that not only commanded cultural and political authority but also was—and still is—tied up with memories of its violence and crime. Franz Fanon famously declared, "leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe." On the other hand, however, there is a sense of incompleteness about this name.
7th annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)
June 4-6, 2015
Panel CFP: Settler Colonial Biopolitics and Indigenous Lifeways
Waste Matters: Environmental Pollution and Materiality (ASLE Session)
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 30-May 3, 2015
Dealing with Academic Stress and Personal Crises
This board-sponsored roundtable aims to help NeMLA's members deal with academic stress and personal crises (e.g. divorce, death, serious health issues, caregiving, among other challenges). The goal of this roundtable is sharing helpful suggestions and strategies with the audience rather than telling personal stories. To ensure that participants represent different professional categories and that all types of crises are covered, interested participants are invited to submit their detailed 300- to 350-word proposals.
Chair: Josephine McQuail
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