James Baldwin, one of the most eminent and evocative American essayists, novelists and playwrights of the twentieth century, would have been ninety-one years old on August 2, 2015. Literary critics have described Baldwin as the most successful African American writer of his time, and even of all time. His prominence or fame are of less importance, though, than the substantial body of complex writing he left behind for readers, students, and scholars to interpret.
Narrative representations of war have long been important culturally, having the power to help people feel and, one hopes, ultimately understand important personal and historical events. Susan Mackey-Kallis, a film studies scholar, observes that popular films, and I would add popular novels, help to "make sense retrospectively by storytelling in the present, drawing on events in the past," which then "shape[s] that past and make[s] it usable" (23). Literary and filmic representations of war are important tools in understanding and creating a social memory of it. These representations stand alongside historical documents, news reports, journalism, and non-fiction to create a full perspective of war and the experience of serving in it.
CFP: Globalizing the Humanities - #EIRAAR
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
"Globalizing the Human(ities)"Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion 2016 Annual Meeting
University of Pittsburgh May 6-7, 2016
Deadline for submission of proposals: February 15, 2016
The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent scholars, and professionals from both inside and outside the Region to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2016 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme of Globalizing the Human(ities).
For the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference, March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University
In 2014, "Religion, Ethics, and Literature" became a new research committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA). Its members adhere to a range of scholarly perspectives that represent not only philosophical, but also cultural divergences. While scholars within the group focus their attention on multiple literatures, their perspectives can be grouped under three basic positions, all of which depict how the faculties interact with each other because of the convergence of religion, ethics, and literature.
This seminar investigates the views man has expressed about the impact of technology and science across recorded history. Questions that might be addressed include: What is the relationship between religion and technology? Has man always viewed technological innovations as positive? What relationship is there between man's vision of utopian society and technology? The seminar promotes awareness of the importance of literature in creating and maintaining the social, political, ethical and religious systems by which we live. The seminar also considers how humans have discussed the impact of technology and science on society. Suggested primary works may include, but are not limited to, T. More's Utopia; A.Huxley's Brave New World; H.
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 28–29, 2016, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
CALL FOR PAPERS
37th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on
February 10-13, 2016
in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The area chair for Horror at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, digital and online media, as well as in general culture. Given the strong showing of work on horror cinema in recent years, we hope to continue this tradition, but also to diversify into new and unconventional areas, especially with the addition in the last three years of roundtable sessions on a variety of popular topics.
This roundtable proposal seeks to expand the conversation on sound studies in literature. Instead of focusing on one time period or geographical area, this roundtable brings scholars of all different types of literature together to discuss sound in literature.
Since the era of slavery and continuing through the present, Black women have articulated a vision of freedom, equality, anti-racism, and racial uplift, drawing from Scripture to sustain their work of promoting equal rights for African Americans. From the early female abolitionists such as Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, to the anti-lynching activists Ida B. Wells and Mary Talbert, to the twentieth-century civil rights activists Ella Josephine Baker and Septima Clark, and countless others, these "churchwomen" actively challenged the status quo that relegated Black women to the least empowered positions in the social order.