We are all too familiar with news channels reporting the threat of ISIS and debates around Islam's relevance in the modern world. The daily dose of graphic images of ISIS beheadings reinforces the anathema for Islam and its followers. In such fraught times, anti-Muslim racism reigns. Arun Kundnani contends that "Anti-Muslim racism ... appears as the most recent layer in this longer history, a reworking and recycling of older logics of oppression. From this perspective, Islamophobia, like other forms of racism, should not be seen only as a problem of hate crimes committed by lone extremists.
This CFP is for the MMLA Permanent Section on Travel Writing/Writing Travel.
CFP: Sonic Horror
"Shh—was that a voice?"
Call for Papers, EXTENDED DEADLINE
The Midwest Modern Language Association invites proposals for the 2015 conference, which will take place in Columbus, OH, November 12-15, 2015.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is requesting articles for its annual publication, The Lincoln Humanities Journal. The special theme for 2014 is "Memory & Remembering." Contributors are invited to examine the issues of representation, transmission, and circulation of memory, as well as the role of personal, cultural and collective memory in shaping meanings, values, attitudes and identities. They are also encouraged to address how dominant national, religious, racial, sexual or ethnic narratives of the past are reproduced or challenged.
The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.
2015 marks the thirty-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto." This groundbreaking essay has influenced a generation of scholars in diverse fields.
In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.
This year's 87th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) brings together scholars in literatures, languages, and rhetorics from all over the world. The theme this year is "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts."