In The Age of the World Target (2006) Rey Chow argues that we now live in an era in which "the target" is a key technological, geopolitical, and cultural figure. New technologies of targeting are emerging to reach global destinations with pinpoint precision; yet, errors result in accidental or unintentional targeting. "Being targeted" has become an everyday reality for many individuals and social groups: citizens are targets of national security states and mass Internet surveillance; "terrorists" (but also civilians) are targets of drone strikes; young individuals in U.S. cities are routinely targets of racial profiling by police. The overdetermined figure of the target reveals a sense of crisis on multiple fronts.
TALTP (http://cpcc.edu/taltp), a peer-reviewed journal, seeks articles aimed toward instructors of American literature courses in 4-year and 2-year universities and colleges. Our goal is to feature practical articles and reviews on best classroom practices, including the use of the Internet and other technology. Articles featuring the use of critical theories in teaching American literature and introducing minor or lost American authors are welcome, as are reviews of new titles that would interest instructors. Our readers seek to more effectively transfer their knowledge of, interest in, and passion for American literature to their students.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy Publication
Protest: Resistance and Dissent in America
BAAS Postgraduate Conference, Saturday 15th November 2014
University of Sussex
Professor Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr Joe Street (Northumbria University)
Metamodernism and the Humanities
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical, Creative and Cultural Practice.
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
University of Strathclyde; Confucius Room, Lord Hope Building; 141 St James Road, Glasgow
facebook.com/OscillateStrathclyde : @OscillateStrath
The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. An Open Access online publication, The James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin' writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
Deadline for submissions: Sept 30th, 2014. Submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract. Detailed submission instructions can be found on our website:
CFP: Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
"Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture"
February 11th – 14th 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102
Submission Deadline: November 1st 2014 at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org
The IJHCS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, English language, cultural studies and creative writing for the Volume 1, Issue 2 (September 2014). Manuscripts Submission Deadline: August 25, 2014 (extended). Issue Publication Date: September 2014. For more details on the manuscripts and submission guidelines, please visit the Submission Guidelines webpage. Contributions have to be sent to:
Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.
Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies
Deadline for abstracts Sept. 30, 2014
The Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announces its $1000 Book Prize.
The prize will be awarded for the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.
The Book Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2015. The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2015 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.
Call for Papers
Deadline September 15, 2014
Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought
Hosted by The Department of Comparative Literature
University of California, Berkeley
November 21-22, 2014.
This conference aims to explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts. We welcome submissions from graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Abstracts due to email@example.com by September 15, 2014.
Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought
Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley
The meaning of "women's work" has never been stable. While women have consistently engaged with the production of home as well as labor outside the home, their involvement in what Marx conceptualizes as wage-to-labor power exchange did not achieve heightened visibility in U.S. cultures until the nineteenth century. "Women and Work," a proposed panel for the 2015 SSAWW conference in Philadelphia, seeks to explore the many ways that women have offered their labor in service of their families, their communities and their nations and how this labor constructs a variety of liminal experiences. How does women's labor provide opportunities for collective dissent regarding the ethics of labor practices as well as the continued undervaluation of women's work?
Call for Proposals (Deadline 1 September 2014)
Utopian Bodies and Media
Montreal, QC, Canada 21 – 22 October 2014
Inaugural symposium of the Leverhulme International Research Network
Imaginaries of the Future: Historicising the Present
This panel seeks fresh scholarly and pedagogical approaches to early American literature (to 1865) through the lens of performance theory and performativity. Proposals can work with intersections between performance theory and a wide range of topics, including ethnicity, identity politics, (trans)national identity, social roles, power relations, democracy, the culture of novel reading, contact literature, missions literature, travel literature, and so on. Special consideration will be given to proposals that tether performance in literary studies to early American history and culture. Proposals working with oral literatures, such as those of Native Peoples, are also welcome.
"Government" and "literature" belong to different spheres, exercise different forms of power, and are studied in different departments. As literary scholars, we often pit literature as a positive (humanizing, expressive, or empowering) force against negative (impersonal, bureaucratic, or oppressive) governments. Or, perhaps more commonly, we treat governments as irrelevant to the production and circulation of literary works. This seminar works to move beyond these familiar positions. We welcome papers from varied national, transnational, and historical contexts that stage the relation between government and literature in new and surprising ways.