American literature has often turned its lens on Asia and Africa, evoking tropes of the exotic with American values presented as the standard. Americans within these narratives are often presented as the adventurous travelers, who return with their impressions of a "strange" land and its people.
Keynote: Omise'eke Tinsley, University of Texas at Austin
Conference Date: October 16, 2015
Kinships that cross boundaries often entail radical decenterings of family, community, or subjectivity. What happens when Yellow Peril supports Black Power in Ferguson? When Maggie Simpson holds up a Je Suis Charlie sign? When, in a single frame, Kordale and Kaleb dismantle stale notions of Black masculinity, queerness, and fatherhood?
Can we undomesticate kinship?
This panel invites papers that contrast the writing and life of Ernest Hemingway with aspects of the American West. For example, papers might focus on "The Wine of Wyoming," Robert Jordan's Montana roots, or places where the west appears in stories like "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." Papers might also look at new ways of viewing Hemingway's own western experiences or later friendships with people like Lloyd and Tillie Arnold.
Please send a 250 word proposal and brief CV to Professor Sara Kosiba (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than March 10th, 2015.
"More than Writing: Narratives" Graduate Conference
Department of English Graduate Student Conference
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Centennial Student Union
The third annual English Department graduate student conference is a collaborative symposium focused on narratives across all English-focused academic disciplines. This conference will also include Q&A sessions with working professionals from the community who are represented both inside and outside of academia. The conference committee requests presentations from scholars across all English programs including Creative Writing, English Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching Writing, and Technical Communication.
CALL FOR PAPERS: "Circum-Caribbean Poetics"
Professor Jana Braziel (email@example.com) and Nicasio Urbina (firstname.lastname@example.org) are issuing a "Call for Papers" for a special issue of Cincinnati Romance Review (slated for publication in spring 2016) devoted to the theme of Circum-Caribbean Poetics.
Submissions Due September 1, 2015.
This session invites proposals for papers that rethink the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character and characterization in the nineteenth century. Papers might consider character in relationship to affect and feeling; cognitive studies and theories of mind; digital textual analysis; or political and economic theory. Please email a 250-word abstract and short bio to Anna E. Clark (email@example.com) by 13 March 2015.
Call For Papers
The Journal of Improvisation in Professional Practice
A partnership with The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University
This panel explores the relationship between forms, logics, and rhetorics of "pastness" and the politics of identity in the present. It asks what it means when discourses that once animated forms of contemporary identity are consigned to the past, and it queries the mechanism by which such "pastness" is produced. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the idea of a post-race society, the relationship between contemporary race politics and the Civil Rights Movement and/or Black Power, the relationship between contemporary feminism and first/second/third wave feminism, literary periodization, and queer pastness.
Send 150-250 word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 10, 2015.
This conference is designed to explore the relationship between David Foster Wallace and short fiction. The organisers particularly welcome proposed papers on as yet unstudied, or understudied aspects of Wallace's own use of the short story, as well as its influence on contemporary short fiction. What is evident in Wallace's own short fiction is a continued experimentation with the possibilities of the form, framed by the almost inescapable influence of the form's recent history. Wallace's engagement with Barth - and 1960's postmodern fiction more generally - has been well covered by critics, but there is little discussion, as yet, on the ways in which Wallace employed short fiction as a means of understanding genre, period, and styles of writing.
Keynote: Marius Kociejowski
"Self-identity is inextricably bound up with the identity of the surroundings."
– Lars Svendsen, A Philosophy of Boredom
Taking place on 2nd June 2015 at the University of York, this interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.