Bridging the fields of queer ecology, transnational feminist theory, diaspora studies, and comparative literature, this panel invites proposals from literary scholars who perform "counter-topographic" readings of diasporic literature pertaining to ecological, interspecies, and interplace-based themes. Some questions might include: What does "queer ecology" mean in the context of diasporic literature? How do diasporic texts engage with issues of ecological consciousness? How are rural/urban imaginaries re-defined through diasporic consciousness? Is it possible to trace rural and urban communities/continuities across nation-states? How are human/interspecies relationships redefined in such diasporic imaginings?
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 42 No. 2 | September 2016
Call for Papers
Life Writing as Empathy
Guest editor: Rocío G. Davis
University of Navarra
Word Hoard is soliciting articles, essays, interviews, creative pieces, and other publishable works on the theme of "Scum and Villainy" for our fifth issue. (Please find our previous issues at http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wordhoard). We believe both "scum" and "villainy" have social, ethical, and epistemological implications reaching far beyond literary and popular tropes, and thus far beyond the lush taxonomy of opportunistic or conniving archetypes (e.g., muggers, grifters, the debased; psychopaths, traitors, the corrupt). Characterizations of "scum" or "villainy" interest us far more than literary characters as "scum" or "villains."
The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2016 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held February 4-6, 2016, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and a poster session.
CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Fear and Loathing Worldwide: Gonzo Journalism Beyond Hunter S. Thompson
With an aim to discover what "Gonzo" means in relation to literary journalism around the world, submissions are invited for an edited volume, projected to be published in 2016.
In the nineteenth century, the question of the United States' growing status as a world power manifested itself not only through territorial expansionism, but also through the nation's economic ties to the rest of the globe. Whether through vociferous debates about tariff policies, or through competition with European powers over trade with Asia, or through consumers' metaphorical ownership of the world imagined through the possession of imported goods, nineteenth-century Americans were aware of the geopolitical implications of the United States' economic policies and entanglements.
Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?
This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Rendezvous: Journal of Arts and Letters
Volume 43, Numbers 1 & 2
The Rendezvous Journal of Arts and Letters invites submissions for an upcoming issue that addresses the current state of the humanities and humanities education in colleges and universities in the United States.
Submissions may take the form of scholarly articles, reviews, or creative works (e.g., poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art work). Provision may also be made for a select number of digital and multimedia works.
What Is the State of the Humanities Today?
In Defining the Humanities, Robert Proctor states:
Call for Papers, CEA 2016
Conference Theme: creation
47th Annual Conference | March 31-April 2, 2016 | Denver, CO
Native American Literature Panel(s)
This year's conference theme is particularly relevant to Native American/Indigenous/First Nations peoples. While all topics related to Indigenous literatures will be considered, including Indigenous poetics, Indigenous rhetorics, as well as issues of sovereignty, separatism, and transnationalism, papers that address the conference theme will be especially welcome.
Proposals will be accepted online at www.cea-web.org beginning August 15,
Submission deadline: November 1, 2015