From Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine to Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera to Toni Morrison's Home, symbolic representations of "home" mediate between the individual and the various geographies of home, both physical and metaphysical. How do literary works employ the tropes of location and dislocation, of belonging and exile, of inside(r) and outside(r), to highlight the complex relationship we have to the "place" that shapes our identities and destinies? We seek papers from any theoretical or critical perspective that interrogate the notion of home and belonging in gendered, aesthetic, political, and/or social dimensions in contemporary ethnic American women's literature.
Please consider submitting a proposal by November 1 for the collection described below.
Nobody's Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity
"The Productive Chaos of the Progressive Era"
The Mid-American Theater Conference
Kansas City, Missouri March 19-22, 2015
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014
Poe abandoned his proposed Tales of the Folio Club sometime after 1835, but still wanted to issue a collected edition of his prose fiction. Dropping the literary club motif, he combined the original tales with additional items from the Southern Literary Messenger. This new collection of 25 stories became Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). What choices informed Poe's decisions about what to include? To what extent does the term "grotesque"—especially as it relates to Poe's notions of the sublime—function as a defining characteristic of the two volumes' contents? Papers are invited on specific tales as well as on Poe's discussions of the sublime and/or the grotesque in his reviews, miscellaneous writings, and poetic treatises.
Indiana University plans an academic symposium welcoming scholars, archivists, filmmakers, and others interested in celebrating the centennial of Orson Welles's birth. The event will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 on the beautiful Bloomington, Indiana campus and hosted by Indiana University's newly established Media School; the Indiana University Libraries (including the Lilly Library, home of the Orson Welles Papers, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive); and Indiana University Cinema, which has earned an international reputation for the high quality of its facilities and programming.
This panel applies a transnational approach, which is interested in links between British Romantic and Victorian authors with American writers such as (but not limited to) William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth and Henry David Thoreau, etc. Papers will focus on how British writers influenced the form, content, and sensibility of American writers.
The International Theodore Dreiser Society will sponsor two panels at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 21-24, 2015.
Panel One: Open Topic
• Papers are invited on any topic concerning Dreiser.
Panel Two: Dreiser and Gender
• Papers are invited on topics concerning gender and sexuality in Dreiser's life and work. Over the past two decades, gender and sexuality have become particularly crucial issues in Dreiser studies. We welcome papers that contribute to the complex, provocative dialogue about these issues.
Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Panelists are not required to be members of the International Theodore Dreiser Society.
Origins and Legacies
Dewey W. Hall, Editor
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Call for Papers
Romantic Ecocriticism invites article length papers that examine the influence of cultural factors on seminal writers from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For example, William Wordsworth read Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne; Samuel Taylor Coleridge derived metaphors from the lectures by Humphrey Davy; Mary Shelley derived the basis for Frankenstein from the vitalism debate initiated by John Abernathy and William Lawrence.
The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2015 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held winter 2015 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and speakers related to our annual theme, which is as follows.
In her 2010 collection of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, the Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat writes, "There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus, like the poet Osip Mandelstam, suggests that it is creating as a revolt against silence, creating when both the creation and the reception, the writing and the reading, are dangerous undertakings, disobedience to a directive" (11). This session focuses on the literature of diasporic communities that disobey legal directives and constructions of personhood, citizenship and immigrant status in the post-9/11 era.
As one of the biggest and most successful film franchises of all time, Marvel's approach to developing an interconnected film universe has seemingly revolutionized the way superhero films are being made. Creating a shared universe with elements that crossover and interconnect individual films (culminating in perhaps the ultimate "team-up" film, The Avengers), this approach to filmmaking changed the way characters and storylines are developed. Marvel's foresight has resulted in a long-term plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which at this point consists of three distinct phases, each of which is to conclude with an Avengers film.
Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.
Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop
FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2015
Call For Participation
2015 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop: Questions of Method in South Asian Studies
York University, Toronto
Workshop dates: February 26th & 27th, 2015
CFP deadline: October 15, 2014
The Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies (CASAS) Workshop will take place on February 26th and 27th, 2015. CASAS offers a forum for exploring research on and critical discussions about the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Building on previous years, the third annual workshop will provide a space for scholars to share works in progress and engage with new ideas.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Business, Money, & Office Cultures Area of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations invites papers on the theme of the Businessman as Hero. One of the dominant narrative threads of our era places the successful businessman as the driver of history and the savior of civilization. We welcome proposals that explore how this narrative is propagated–or contested–in the mass media and how the businessman-as-hero scenario plays out in popular culture.
• The Businessman as Rock Star – corporate executives and entrepreneurs as celebrities and "do-gooders"
• Wall Street 2008: "Bailout" or "Heist of the Century" – the "Great Recession" narrative