How does a particular city shape, hinder, or enable the life (career, agenda, domestication, nationalism) of a character? As urban populations grew in the Early Republic, cities both shaped and were indebted to public figures who came either to rise to prominence on account of a quality that flourishes in such an environment or a manipulation of the characteristics of the city to accomplish one's ends. Consistent with the symposium's theme of "The City and American Literature," successful proposals will explore the relationship between individual men and women and their urban environments in regard to habits, qualities, identity, or behavior.
Edited by Jennifer Bartlett and George Hart
In our rapidly shifting culture, what defines the contemporary moment is fluid and impossible to pin down. This conference will look at the relations between newness, sameness, fluidity, and change in cinema and cinematic technologies from all eras. The cinematic apparatus itself is a technology of repetition and replication, and the effects of postmodern culture are marked by self-replication, simulation, and mediation. Postmodernism is about the now, and borrows from the surfaces of history while losing the history itself. Cinema and the cinematic is increasingly marked by intermediality of both culture and "text" and constant expansion of what these terms can mean.
Reclaiming the "F" Word: Historical and Contemporary Feminist Performance as Theatrical Activism
Conveners: Victoria P. Lantz (Sam Houston State University) and Angela Sweigart-Gallagher (Northeastern Illinois University)
Briefly: A reader's sense of time in literature rests upon a fully embodied and affective reading experience. Amongst an author's mechanisms for communicating a shared sense of time with one's readers is the use of highly affective, visceral, and/or proprioceptive linguistic cues. I'm looking for work that either explains or demonstrates how the affective communication of felt time works in contemporary American literature. Interdisciplinary work especially encouraged. Panel to take place at the 2015 annual PAMLA conference in lovely Portland, OR, Nov. 6-8, under the title "Ethics and Affect III: Temporalities." Submit 300-word paper proposal to pamla.org/2015 by June 10 (this is an extended deadline).
The Worlds of William Penn
November 19-20, 2015
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
REQUEST FOR RESUBMISSIONS DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH SUBMISSION SITE
NOTE: Due to a technical problem with the email address dedicated to receiving submissions for the "Worlds of William Penn" conference, we are re-posting this announcement with a request for colleagues to resubmit submissions made to the conference prior to May 4, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you, in advance, for your patience. We will accept submissions until June 1, 2015.
The section on Politics, Civic Life, and Culture for the 2015 Northeast Popular/American Culture Association conference is now accepting paper proposals from faculty and graduate students. This year, NEPCA's annual fall conference will be held on the campus of Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH during the weekend of October 30-November 1, 2015. For more information, please visit the NEPCA website:http://nepca.wordpress.com/fall-conference/
CFP: Complicated Masculinities in Popular Culture
Recent scholarship supports the notion that contemporary American masculinity is complex and problematic. Many scholarly projects seem to reflect a "crisis" perspective and focus on the negative or limiting aspects of changing masculinities. In contrast, this edited collection will focus on the possibilities of multiple, fluid, complex, twenty-first-century masculinities.