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 http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/. If you have questions, please email Stacy E.
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.
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Confirmed keynote speakers :
Pr. Tobias Döring (University of Munich)
Pr. Diana Taylor (New York University)
Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture
Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects
Panel Proposal for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2014 Conference – "Fluid" - Dallas, TX - Oct. 9-12, 2014
Send ~250 word abstract and a brief biographical note to Matthew Dodson at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 20, 2014.
"When verbal and visual representation is saturated, meanings seep into bodily and other dense, seemingly silent registers."
Laura Marks, The Skin of the Film
Keynote by Eugenie Brinkema, Assistant Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brinkema teaches Film Studies and her fields of specialty include Film Theory; Violence and Representation; Embodiment and Affect; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis and Continental Philosophy; Gender and Sexuality Studies. Brinkema is the author of The Forms of the Affects (Duke UP, 2014)
2013 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
We are seeking proposals for papers addressing any aspect of William Faulkner's literary production for a panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California. Please submit proposals before May 15th, 2014, using the on-line submission system at "http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals".
You must become a member of or renew your membership in the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association by June 10th, 2014, in order to be eligible to present a paper at the 2014 conference. PAMLA requests that people do not submit the same proposal to more than one session at the conference.
The 'Current Thinking on the Western' workshop will take place on 18 June 2014 at the University of Leeds, UK.
Keynote speaker: Professor Edward Buscombe.
This one-day event seeks to draw together international film studies scholars of all levels (postgraduate research students, early career researchers and established researchers) who are working on the Western.
Proposals (around 250 words in length) are invited for 20 minute papers concerning any aspect of current research on Western genre films but the following areas are of particular interest:
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