Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print by The University of Birmingham. It includes submissions from postgraduate students, alumni and external students based in the UK, specializing in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.
The BJLL is seeking short pieces ('Notes') for inclusion in Volume VII (2015). These can be on any topic of academic interest, including (but not limited to):
The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers
An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM), and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio) with the support of the regional program EnJeu(x).
Université du Mans, June 15th and 16th, 2016
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2016
This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in education. As with IAFOR's other events, ACCS2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies and The International Conference on Japan and Japan Studies. Registration for one of these conferences will allow attendees to attend sessions in the others.
Following Foucault's description of sodomy as "that utterly confused category," literary scholars like Jonathan Goldberg and Alan Bray, among others, have continued to theorize the ways in which sodomy denotes no fixed set of bodily acts, but rather persists as a mobilizable category with social, political, and juridical valences. Sodomy necessarily persists, that is, in excess of the material bodily configurations it purports to police. Even so, much prevailing scholarship nonetheless returns to anal penetration as a presumptive and primary figuration in the discourse of sodomitical, disorderly, and/or illicit sexual acts.
To propose a paper for this seminar, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words through the ACLA online portal: http://www.acla.org/annual-meeting/
The paper submission portal will open September 1 and close on the 23rd.
Retriangulating Franco-African-American Culture in Sound, Image, and Text
In "The Caribbean and Transvestism," Mayra Santos Febres personifies the Caribbean as a transvestite, a Siren born when Europeans declared the existence of the islands and thus began the process of dressing the Caribbean in a set of identities imposed from elsewhere. Santos Febres explains that against a world of "fixed categories, of demarcated identities, histories of liberation and nation-state foundation, we Caribbean folk, perceive our 'oddity.' We posture as heirs to cultures which are not our own, we negate identities we never really got to know, we think ourselves citizens and natives of countries where we have never lived" (161).
KORE AWARD FOR BEST DISSERTATION IN WOMEN AND MYTHOLOGY 2016
The Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology is conferred by the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. The award was established in 2009 and is funded by the gift of a generous contributor. The intention behind its founding is to create awareness of excellence in Women and Mythology, and to provide an organizational framework for supporting graduate students in their work. The award is presented at the biennial national conference, for dissertations completed and defended in 2015 and 2014. Defense must be completed by December 31, 2015.
The Sarasvati Book Award solicits nonfiction books published during 2013-2015 in the field of goddess studies. Named for the Hindu goddess of learning and the creative arts, the Sarasvati award from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) honors creative work in the field of goddess and mythology studies. The award will be presented during ASWM's biennial conference, Boston, April 1-2, 2016.
Past winners include Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Voctor H. Mair (Cambria, 2010). and The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology and the Origins of European Dance, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Norton, 2013).
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