In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant asks why we stay "attached to conventional good-life fantasies – say of enduring reciprocity in couples, families, political systems, institutions, markets and at work – when the evidence of their instability, fragility, and dear cost abounds" (2). The post-1945 social consensus in Britain, the reproduction of the American Dream, and the social democratic promises made across Europe are political expressions of the good-life fantasy after World War Two. These social contracts have long since worn out, put under pressure from various financial crises since the 1970s and radical shifts in the political landscape.
Quantum Metaphors and Fractal Verse: Intersections in Contemporary American Poetry and Science
The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference will be held May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites multidisciplinary papers for a panel at the 40th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference: The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid: Fences, Boundaries, Borders – Literal and Imagined- we welcome papers that explore Edwidge Danticat's activist and creative work in relationship to fences, boundaries, and borders. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:
Publication: St. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)
"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives
University of Limerick, Ireland
20th-22nd May 2015
Conveners: Dr Cathy McGlynn, Dr Maggie O'Neill, Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh (University of Limerick)
The «théâtre musical léger» in Europe: From the Operetta to the Music-hall
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca/Pistoia)
Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française (Venice)
5-7 October 2015
COMPLESSO MONUMENTALE DI SAN MICHELETTO - Lucca
CALL FOR PAPERS
HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Race, Sex, Class, Privilege and Gender
CFP for a proposed-panel for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2015 Conference to be held November 4-8, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What does social healing look like in its most effective manifestations? How are we responding to the violence(s) and systemic oppression(s) that pervade our communities? How have we and how can we continue to attend to the real needs and social ills of all our respective communities? What strategies affect revolutionary positive healing? In what ways are social healers resisting, confronting, and/or transforming community healing? Our questions are inspired by the Caribbean novelist, scholar, and social activist, Dr. Erna Brodber.
Within the next few years, Williams Carlos Williams's early works such as Al Que Quiere (1917), Kora in Hell: Improvisations (1920), Sour Grapes (1921), Spring and All (1923), and In the American Grain (1925) will reach their centennial anniversary. And since these milestones also coincide with a resurgent scholarly interest in lyric studies and modernist literature in general, the William Carlos Williams Review is soliciting articles for a special, double issue on "The New Williams" (forthcoming in 2015). The coeditors of the project are especially looking for innovative research that brings contemporary critical practices and methodologies to bear on Williams's life and work.