The Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. In fitting with the location, this year's theme is "The Lives of Cities," which is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight.
James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues": Suffering and Sustainability
SAMLA, November 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, GA
"For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard." --James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"
To support and amplify this year's conference theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel seeks discussion-friendly presentations on topics about any critique of James Baldwin's novella "Sonny's Blues," including, but not limited to, addiction studies; jazz/blues, America's classical music; religious views on suffering, especially the Hindu connection; and African-American studies.
I am soliciting abstracts by scholars from all disciplines, including scholar-fans and fan-scholars, to be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Bruce Springsteen, which will eventually be submitted to Routledge's Studies in Popular Music series. The editor of this series has expressed an interest in seeing a Springsteen collection proposal.
In the middle of Bruce Springsteen's 2012 Wrecking Ball tour promotional interview with the Paris media, one reporter observed, "so many people these past couple years look to you for your interpretation of events… . Look at us: when we were waiting for you earlier, so many people care about what you think, and what you feel about what is happening in the world."
The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the 18th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. The theme for 2014: Great Migrations and Global Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Harlem Renaissance Era at Home and Abroad.
The focus for presentations will center on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches from the social and political sciences, economics, and STEM.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are one of the best known couples in Literature. Since Arthur Canon Doyle first published his famous detective stories in 1887, with his work covering the years 1880 until 1914 when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson finally retired to the countryside, these stories have not lost any of their charm. Frequent adaptations in both the book world and the movie world have demonstrated that the famous detective has neither lost his charm nor his appeal. Different adaptations have added different layers to the Sherlock Holmes universe. While Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock brought a sexy playfulness to the screen, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock made his social ineptness as well as his disabilities more prominent.
Call for Proposals: Saints, Sinners, and Seekers: A Collection of Essays on Rock and Religion
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: September 15, 2014
Drawing from Raymond Williams's assertion that "the idea of nature contains, though often unnoticed, an extraordinary amount of human history," we seek to explore how problems of human rights are manifest within environmental problems and proposed solutions. What do problems that arise at the intersection of sustainability and human rights elucidate about the inclusionary politics (including, but not limited to race, class, and gender) of these respective social movements? We welcome papers that consider the overlaps between these two movements and the politics involved in each. Possible topics of investigation include vulnerability studies, fair trade and labor movements, and resource wars.
Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
Call for Chapter Proposals
Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research
Maureen Daly Goggin and Peter N. Goggin, editors
Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.1
--Louis Pasteur (1854)
Please note: The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 20 JUNE 2014.
Submissions as a Word or PDF document should include a
* 350-word abstract and title
* and a cover sheet including: your name, university, contact information, plus a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests,
and be emailed to conference organisers Emma Grundy Haigh, Sam Goodman and Brittain Bright at:
Comics and Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health
Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, June 26-28, 2014. Keynote speakers: Ellen Forney,Arthur Frank, Carol Tilley, James Sturm. http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comics-and-medicine-conferences/2014-balt...
Cartoonists, comics scholars, health care workers,patients. Scholarly sessions, lightning presentations, artists' tables.
In Tillie Olsen's working class novel Yonnondio, the character Anna takes her children out, "looking for empty lots where dandelions grew," so they may harvest dandelion greens. It is here—foraging for food in Omaha, Nebraska—that we see a glimpse into Anna's rural past. The knowledge she has gained from her rural life allows her to supplement her family's needs when they could not afford to buy fresh food in an urban environment. Yonnondio is not unique in chronicling migration to the city for work; there are other novels about poor people with a rural knowledge base living in an intolerable urban culture. In these stories, what is lost or gained when one migrates or immigrates from the agrarian lifestyle to the urban?
In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?
Survey for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler
Edited by Tarshia L. Stanley
This survey is designed to gather information about instructors' methods and materials for teaching the works of Octavia E. Butler, for the purpose of developing a new volume on the topic in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Respondents are invited to answer the questions related to their teaching below. They are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a contribution to the volume. Proposals and survey responses are due by 1 July 2014, after which the survey will no longer be available online. All respondents will be acknowledged in the published volume.
An interest in the concept and the importance of genre has resurfaced in recent years. Indeed, "[t]here has of late been no shortage of serious writers swerving with fanfare into the lowly precincts of genre fiction" (McGurl 2010, n.p.). As a contribution to the debate on the valence of genre in the contemporary novel, I am looking for essay submissions to a volume on the poetics of genre in the contemporary novel that proposes to investigate the nature of this potential "generic turn" in contemporary fiction.