On January 28, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Towards the beginning of his address, he stated, "Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled." To rectify this situation, he announced his plan is to offer "a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class." At no point in his address did the U.S. working class take center stage, despite a growing field of working class studies that emphasizes the necessity of research in the area.
Women's writing has a long history of articulating under-expressed experiences and responding to the dominant paradigms of the day. Early projects such as Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies (1405) and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) exemplify the complex and intriguing work created by female artists and intellectuals. Further, to examine American black women's writing is to not only outline the traditions of African American literature and American literature, but it allows one to gain a deeper understanding of our shared culture.
I seek contributors to an edited collection focused on the intersection between disability studies and literary ecology, particularly as it plays out in American literature and culture. More specifically, the collection will investigate the role that literary ecology plays in upholding what might be called the ecosomatic paradigm. As a theoretical framework, the ecosomatic paradigm underscores the dynamic and inter-relational (and thereby ecological) process wherein human mind-bodies interface with the places, both built and wild, they inhabit.
"The question... is not whether we will have the storage capacity to accumulate copies of every book, film, song, conversation, e-mail, etc. that we amass in a lifetime (yes, eventually) but how do these accumulations, these massive drifts of data, interact with irreducible levels of lived experience?"
– Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms, 2009
Because the study of children's literature is not rooted in one time period, culture or medium, it is a continuously evolving field. New books, movies, video games, magazines, comics, and websites for children are produced every year, and, because of this constant creation, we study classic literature like Alice in Wonderland alongside brand new children's films like Frozen. In looking at this widening range of texts, though, it becomes clear that while some aspects of children's texts have persisted others have changed (and are changing) rapidly. This panel seeks to explore how contemporary children's literature balances old and new.
MIDWEST AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES
October 17–19, 2014 • Kansas City, MO
Dr. George Justice,
Professor of English and Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University
"The Urban Sociability of Books"
NeoAmericanist is an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America publishing work predominantly by Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are currently soliciting peer reviewers familiar with American Studies to review and comment on article submissions for the forthcoming issue.
NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing a CALL FOR PAPERS to interested Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are accepting any academic PAPERS as well as REVIEWS of books from Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level students on the topic of the United States of America.
I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a critical compendium on the writings of David Park Barnitz, to accompany Hippocampus Press's new edition of his Book of Jade, slated to be released in late December of 2014. Barnitz is a little-known American Decadent poet; digital editions of his poetry, as well as extant critical work on his life and writing, can be found here: http://bookofjade.com/.
Papers for this session should deal with Elizabeth Madox Roberts, the Earth, Environment, and Sustainability. Topics may include but are not limited to: Roberts and Sense of Place, Roberts and Environmental Studies, Roberts and Sustainability, Roberts and Wendell Berry, Roberts and Regionalism, Roberts and Agrarianism, Roberts and the Southern Renascence, Roberts and Gardening, Roberts and other Kentucky writers (e.g., C.E. Morgan, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate). Abstracts should be 250 words and sent by June 1, 2014 to Amanda Capelli (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) at email@example.com.
Sustaining Humanity: The Abundance of Edith Wharton
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE (SCCL)
Christian Literature and Sustainability
This panel welcomes papers having to do with any issue relating to the interrelationships between the
environment, ecology, the economy, or any subject pertaining to these topics from a religious perspective. In particular, papers examining Christian attitudes or portrayals of the earth and of humanity's place in nature would be of interest, especially those which handle the impact of doctrinal differences on these themes. Is there a proper "Christian" view of sustainability? In what ways has Christian literature been supportive or resistant to environmental concerns? By June 10, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract, a
Call for papers for a special Session of the Midwest Modern Language Association conference, Nov. 13-16, 2014 in Detroit, MI.
Submission deadline: May 30.
"The City and the Open Road"
Few American cities and towns, especially in the Midwest, have survived the automotive era. In spite of decades of renewed interest in urbanism, the legacy of the last century's love of the open road remains: low-density suburban development, built up along highways and occasionally interrupted by what remains of formerly industrial towns and cities. The hollowing-out and carving-up of cities has exacerbated already existing problems of discrimination and segregation along lines of class and race, perhaps nowhere more evidently than in Detroit.
This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 1, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Theme for SAMLA 86 is Sustainability and the Humanities.
Paper and panel proposal deadline extended to June 1. Graduate student travel grants available. Please submit abstracts at www.eckerd.edu/scla
40th Annual Conference of the SCLA to be held October 10-12, 2014, at Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)
Keynote Speaker: Wayne Koestenbaum (Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, and other works)