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Passing the Personality Test: Dissent and the Therapeutic Subject

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 4:41pm
Jessica Hurley / American Studies Association, Chicago 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

From the Buzzfeed quiz to the status update, the courtroom to the therapist’s couch, U.S. culture is rife with sites where subjects are asked to pass the test of whether they inhabit personhood in the right way. How does mental wellness become yet another attribute of the liberal subject who deserves to thrive? How does the performance of a personality determine the distribution of privilege? In particular, we aim to consider how the the psychologization of power bolsters structures of oppression along lines of race, sex, gender, and ability. What happens when homosexuality or blackness, for example, are reinscribed as forms of personality disorder or schizoid psychosis?

ASA 2017--Speculative American Histories

updated: 
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:45am
American Studies Association, Chicago 2017/Gabriella Friedman
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This panel will consider the works of 20th and 21st century American writers who have speculatively (re)imagined American history. For the purpose of this panel, “speculative” will encompass any text that deploys the tropes of fantasy and science fiction, that rejects the realist/non-realist binary, or that engages explicitly with the concept of “speculation” in any of its many forms (i.e. financial speculation, cognitive or imaginative speculation).

The panel will explore the following questions:

21st-Century War Veterans: Victims, Heroes, or Something Else?

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 6:21pm
Peter Molin
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 20, 2017

Call for Papers:  American Literature Association Conference, May 25-28, 2017, Boston, MA.

This panel invites investigation of fictional representations of veterans of war in Iraq and Afghanistan in works such as Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds, Roxana Robinson’s Sparta, Phil Klay’s Redeployment, and Roy Scranton’s War Porn, especially as they intersect with national debates about PTSD, “trauma heroes,” “thanking veterans for their service,” the “civil-military divide,” and current political trends.

Submit proposals of 250 words or less to Peter Molin at petermolin@msn.com by January 20, 2017.

Principled Separatists: Representations of Withdrawal and Dissent in American Literature and Culture -- ASA 2017

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:15pm
Matthew Mosher
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Non-guaranteed session for ASA (American Studies Association) 2017. From the hermit’s tales of the eighteenth century through the writings of transcendentalists in the nineteenth and expatriates in the twentieth (to name only a few), American writers and cultural producers have long represented separation from society as a form of political, social, and/or cultural dissent. This panel seeks to examine such representations with an eye toward their inherent ambiguities. To what degree and under what conditions can dissent, a form of oppositional political engagement, stem from what is ostensibly a strategy of disengagement—i.e., separation and withdrawal?

The Writer as Recluse in American Literature -- MLA 2018

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:15pm
Matthew Mosher
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

Non-guaranteed session for MLA 2018. This panel seeks to explore the figure of the reclusive writer in American literature, and is open to papers on both fictional writers in literary works as well as real-world writers of literary works. All periods and critical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by March 1 to matthew.mosher@stonybrook.edu.

Update: The William Dean Howells Society (ALA 2017)

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
The William Dean Howells Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2016

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 28th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017. 

 

Panel 1: On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells

Submission Call : The Sunflower Collective

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
The Sunflower Collective
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

deadline for submissions: April, 2017 full name / name of organization: The Sunflower Collective contact email: thesunflowercollectiveindia@gmail.com 

The Sunflower Collective is looking for submissions. We celebrate the personal and the political - which we believe to be one and the same thing - in art.

 

www.sunflowercollective.blogspot.com

 

American Literature Association - Postwar Geographies

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
Jacqueline Foertsch / U North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Postwar Geographies: Discussions of literature, 1945-1975,wherein mapping, locating, traveling, place-making, or turf-marking plays a significant role:  the Iron Curtain, the color line, the "women's room(s)," Model Cities, etc.  Abstracts to foertsch@unt.edu by 16 January 2017.

American Literature Association - Postwar Iconicities

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
Jacqueline Foertsch / U North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Postwar Iconicities:  Discussions of literature, 1945-1975, treating iconic persons or milestone events historical or fictionalized.  Postwar literature regarding fame, celebrity, infamous crime or court cases, quintessential Americanness.  Abstracts to foertsch@unt.edu by January 16, 2017.

Teaching True Crime in American Literature

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
American Literature Association - "Criminal America" Symposium in Chicago, March 3-4
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Open to all discussions of teaching true crime texts on American Literature syllabi - by JANUARY 10 2017!

American Literature Association Symposium, "Criminal America:  Reading, Studying, and Teaching American Crime Fiction"

March 3-4 2017 / Chicago

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