This Series seeks scholarly works on intercultural encounters in literature, particularly East-West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re-create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:
Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review invites graduate students and scholars who have recently obtained their doctorates to submit original, unpublished essays and reviews related, however loosely, to the theme of its inaugural issue: intellectual activism.
Where do or should scholars stand with regard to activism and transformative politics? Does traditional scholarship confront and challenge the dominant culture or serve to safeguard the status quo in the privileged comfort of the "ivory tower" of academia? How can we re-envision the university as a place of intellectual activism or reinvent the role and responsibility of the scholar? These are a just few questions to be addressed in this issue.
The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its eighth annual symposium. The symposium will take place September 19 and 20, 2014, on the MSU campus in West Plains, Missouri.
How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? Please send 250-500 word abstracts by May 15 directly to the conference website: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas Questions? Email Susanne Weil, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, Centralia College, Washington, email@example.com.
CALL FOR PAPERS—ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Call for Bloggers: International Gothic Association Postgraduate Blog
The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division, invites proposals from faculty, graduate students and administrators on "Southern Sensations and Sensibilities." The theme highlights the combinations and contradictions that create Southern life, past, present, and future, from "melancholy little dramas" to panoramic visions.
Possible topics for the theme include, but aren't limited to
• Characters, crime, and craziness in the South that shape literature, art, film, and performance
• Southern political, social, and historical trends and crossroads
• Cultural construction through Southern humor and humorists
• Civic engagement and service learning in the South
Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, "Confluence and Division"
Nov. 6-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA
Call for Papers:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.
Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures
2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Deadline: May 15, 2014
Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.
Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference
The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its second bi-annual Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 10 & 11, 2014. The theme of this year's meeting, "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture," highlights the interconnections between the experiences of Blacks living in Africa and the Black Diaspora and the significance of these experiences in the formation of past and current identities in a global world.
Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia will host a two-day international multidisciplinary conference in American studies. The conference is organized by Prof. Vakhtang Amaglobeli Center for American Studies at Akaki Tsereteli State University and John Dos Passos Association of Georgia. The event is supported by the US Embassy in Georgia.
We invite a variety of contributions that address any of the following topics:
•U.S. Culture and Arts
•U.S. Politics and Economics
•U.S. Education System
The Confluence and Division website poses the question "How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity's energies, imagined as layers, structures, and figures of confluence and division?" We suggest that modernist representations of contingency afford unique ways of situating these energies in a variety of aesthetic, political, and philosophical contexts. Our panel proposes to examine texts, artifacts, and modernist contexts in which communities are constructed in relation to, and make productive use of, a phenomenon that has been identified as one of the key characteristics of modernity: that of contingency.
"The aesthetics and politics of contemporary women's life-writing in Canada and the US: multicultural perspectives"
07 March 2015
organised by the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
Call for papers
The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.