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Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship (CAA, NYC, 11-14 Feb 15)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:26pm
Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila/panel co-chairs for 2015 College Art Association conference

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this panel examines the role of art and visual culture in reflecting, confirming, or challenging ideals of citizenship across historical periods and media.

« Ecritures plurielles de la Franco-Américanie d'aujourd'hui », atelier dirigé par Peggy Pacini (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00am
ACQS 19th Biennial Conference, Montréal, QC, 16-19 octobre 2014

Dans l'épilogue à son ouvrage Les Franco Américains de la Nouvelle-Angleterre : rêve et réalités, Roby en 2000 offre une conclusion à la fois réaliste et pessimiste de la situation en Franco-Américanie à la fin des années 1980 : « il existe toujours des foyers de vie franco-américaine dynamiques à Manchester, à Worcester, à Orono et à Woonsocket. Cependant, la poigne de militants qui les animent s'essouffle sérieusement. Faute de relève, ils disparaissent de la scène l'un après l'autre sans être remplacés. » (490). La question que nous souhaitons soulever ici se porte précisément sur l'état de cette relève presque 25 ans plus tard. Qu'en est-il par exemple, du débat sur la « culture sans la langue » qui avait occupé les pages du FAROG Forum ?


Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:14pm
Humanities and Technology Association

Call for Papers (Deadline: August 1, 2014)
06 - 08 NOVEMBER 2014

Reanimate Earth: Liminality and Communitas in Literature of the Americas

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:05pm
South Atlantic MLA Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (Nov 7-9, 2014)

Seeking out new growth in devastated spaces and optimism in the face of environmental despair, this panel will take on the task of enchanting readers with physical spaces in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America that have already been toxified or left for dead. The liminal, a conception traditionally most relevant to anthropology and psychoanalysis, has the capacity to reinvigorate the relationship between culture and its more anomalous literary environments.

'Conversations with Tradition' conference

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:56pm
Modern Horizons

Conversations with Tradition

In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'

NeoAmericanist CFP Issue 7.2

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:09pm

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.

La presencia italiana en las Américas

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:33am
Zibaldone. Estudios Italianos de La Torre del Virrey

La significativa presencia de viajeros e inmigrantes italianos en el continente americano durante los últimos doscientos años, especialmente relevante tanto desde el punto de vista histórico, como cultural y humano, permite de forma excepcional estudiar el complejo fenómeno migratorio partiendo del caso concreto de Hispanoamérica, tomando para ello como referencia los múltiples ejemplos de contacto entre ambas culturas, al igual que sucede en América del Norte, donde el arribo de oleadas inmigratorias y los contactos políticos y culturales fueron también sumamente fructíferos.

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English April 28 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:02am
Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

Raymond Carver's Life, Legacy, and Works 13/11-16/11/2014 MMLA

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:47am
International Raymond Carver Society

Call for Papers:
Raymond Carver's Life, Legacy, and Works
2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
Detroit, November 13-16, 2014
Panel hosted by the International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)

The IRCS regularly hosts panels at the MMLA.
The IRCS invites proposals for 20-minute talks on any aspect of Raymond Carver's life, legacy, and works. 
Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a 100-word biosketch to:

ircs AT

No later than May 15, 2014

Intellectual Properties: Archive, Canon, Copy, Clone, September 26-27, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:18am
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

Intellectual Properties: Archive, Canon, Copy, Clone (2014)
The 3rd Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Minnesota
Dates: September 26th-27th 2014

Keynote: Jane Gaines, Columbia University, second speaker TBA

UPDATE: The Future for Honors - 5/1/2014 (9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014)

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 8:24pm
The Honors College, Oakland University, MI

Call for Papers

The Future for Honors
26 – 27 September 2014

to be held at:

The Honors College
Oakland University
Rochester MI 48309

What is the future of the Honors College in higher education?

How distinctive is honors education in today's universities, and how might it be so in the future?

How can honors programs/colleges meet the challenges in higher education over the next 10, 20, 30 years?

Who are honors college graduates and what does this mean for honors education in the future?

How does honors in the USA relate to developments in supporting excellence in undergraduate education around the world?

Arab-American Culture in the United States

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 7:49pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

The 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference is organizing a panel on Arab-American Culture. This conference will take place at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN on 3-5 October 2014. Topics can include--but are certainly not limited to--contemporary expressions of identity via cuisine, literature, media representations, museum displays. Historical case studies of Arab-American culture in the United States are also very welcome. The deadline for the submission of a 250 word abstract is 30 April 2014. You can upload this abstract to the Middle Eastern Culture area at If you have questions, please email Stacy E.

American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 7:43pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association

The 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference is currently organizing a panel on American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa. This conference will be held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN on 3-5 October 2014. Topics can include--but are certainly not limited to--any historical or contemporary representation of the Middle East in American popular culture, including sermons, songs, plays, paintings, travel accounts, memoirs, novels, movies, and the media.

The Literary Canon and Sociohistorical Performances

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 5:34pm
SAMLA 86: Humanities and Sustainability Nov. 7 - 9 2014 Atlanta, GA

Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.