We are seeking and welcome perspectives from a variety of disciplines, historical, comparative, and cross-cultural, for a collection of essays entitled Toni Morrison and Mothering/Motherhood. In her vast body of work, fiction and non-fiction, Toni Morrison explores and critiques American/African American culture. While Morrison's novels examine multiple topics such as race, slavery, trauma, and identity, the theme Morrison continually returns to in her work is motherhood. Her most well-known work, for example, Beloved, is a relentless exploration of the dilemmas of motherhood under slavery. Motherhood, however, is a problematic term as it is a social construction dominated by patriarchy and in the case of African-American motherhood, racism.
This panel welcomes papers concerning the intersections of satire, political art, and other forms of subversive humor with various audiences during any time period. A discussion of any medium or combination of media is welcome. How does political art and satire affect various audiences/publics? How has this effect changed through time? What does this effect look like in the present? And finally, how has the changing nature of "audience" concomitantly affected forms of satire, political art, and/or subversive humor? Submit a 300 word abstract by March 15,2015 to Janessa Toro (email@example.com).
Barzakh Spring 2015 Issue: "Rage"
Deadline: April 15, 2015
Call For Proposals:
Conference: "Mapping Nations, Locating Citizens" An interdisciplinary conference on nationalism and identity
Dates: October 30 – 31, 2015
Institution: Humber College / International Festival of Authors, Location: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline: May 10, 2015
Film Studies Group
Performance on Film
This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of "Performance on Film," defined broadly. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 87 theme are especially welcome.
Possible topics could include:
JAST: Journal of American Studies of Turkey
Special Issue: Steampunk and the Neo-Victorian: America, England, and the Transnational
Guest Editor: Gordon J. Marshall, Department of English Language and Literature, Istanbul Aydin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Date: June 1st 2015
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)
Papers sought for a special session to be proposed for MLA 2016 on any aspect of nineteenth-century science fiction. Potential angles on this topic may include:
- proto-science fiction
- texts traditionally not viewed as science fiction, reconsidered as aligned with the emergence of the genre
- historical/cultural influences on the emergence of the genre
- literary/cultural impacts of the emergence of the genre
300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015, sent to Jessica Kuskey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
-how struggles for political representation are waged via religious representations, and the connotations that accompany particular religious traditions.
Textile objects (needlework, embroidery, tapestries) may also be textual objects. Approaches might include textiles and texts as artifacts of industrialization, imperialism, and/or globalization. Abstracts and 1 page CV by 10 March 2015; Lauren Miskin (email@example.com)