Consumption sustains and undermines modern life, from popular culture to our most privileged art. The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars is seeking abstracts that address consumption in any of its many forms, including but not limited to the following: eating, buying, obsession, the reception of media, and the status-seeking public use of resources first called "conspicuous consumption" by Thorstein Veblen in 1899.
In recent years, it has become clear that 'Gothic' as a critical term has the potential to bring together varied perspectives, from numerous areas of enquiry. While there has been some interest in analysing examples of tourist experiences through a Gothic lens, this has mainly been limited to a small number of locations and disciplinary perspectives (London, Whitby and literary related subjects and approaches, for example). Thus, the topic of 'Gothic tourism' offers a new area that can be addressed from a number of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.
Current discourses surrounding education rely heavily upon developmental psychology and cognitive theory as the primary tools for depicting and explaining human experience and subjectivity. However, these tools prove to be inadequate, as they fail to account for the historicity and materiality of human development and personhood. Alternate approaches are needed if we are to understand the making of the self as a process through which socially and culturally situated bodies are construed and experienced within and against histories of racism, sexism, heteronormativity, ableism, and class inequality. Certainly the histories of oppression based on social hierarchies are addressed in social foundations literature as well as anti-oppressive pedagogies.
People in ethnic/racial minority groups, those from colonized countries,
and immigrants often carry with them a rich heritage of oral story telling and musical performance—from the Ananci stories out of Africa to the Klezmer music of Jewish immigrants. This panel invites papers on literary texts that represent, celebrate, rework, or otherwise engage with the conference theme of creativity in all of its manifestations. Topics might include, but are not limited to: the use of trickster figures in literature, reworking/rewriting of oral myths/legends, the use of music in literature, and the use of visual and/or performing arts in literature. Presentations should run between 15 and 20 minutes and allow time for discussion.
Call for Papers: Where in the World is Shakespeare?
"Bridging the Distances between Text and Reader: Strategies for Teaching Multicultural Literature in the Undergraduate Classroom"
Call for Papers: MCEA Conference on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015
Theme: Conflicts and Resolutions
Featured Luncheon Speaker: Poet Linda Nemec Foster
Location: Davenport University, Robert W. Sneden Center, 6191 Kraft Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512
The theme of the 2015 Conference on the Black Experience (COBE) is: Civil Rights and Student Activism in America: Unfinished Business. The COBE Committee has selected this theme to mark the 50th anniversary of events, such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Bloody Sunday, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Such events are still very relevant and should be studied and discussed for insights into not just individuals, but ideas, organizations, and actions that changed the trajectory of America for the good.
It seems that someone is always travelling somewhere in the Western. Be it progressive or populist, romantic or realistic, epic or tragic the American errand into the Western's wilderness transmits sets of assumptions about the American Character and the American Experience. Commenting on the economic, psychological, political, and social fluidities of American life, the Western frontier is itself constantly in flux.
As both science and the arts engage in conversations about the proposed new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, this interdisciplinary panel seeks papers addressing the "human layer" in turn of the century and early twentieth century literatures. Currently, scientists measure the human layer quantitatively, defining the human in terms of geological impact. But how is the human layer conceived before such sophisticated scientific measurement was possible? Where does the human species—proven to be a geological agent —fit into the division of the Earth into spheres—the lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere? How does the identification of these spheres affect the concept of the human, or does it?