In Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair, Sarah Schulman develops a critique of “safe spaces” as a projection of past traumas that become proscriptive in the present, a reading she illustrates with examples from her experiences as a professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Despite the rapidity with which commentators such as Columbia history professor Mark Lilla associate student interest in safe spaces with “special interest groups” and identity politics, Schulman opens her book by situating her perspective in her experiences as a lesbian and ACT UP activist.
American Dramaturgies for the 21st Century
Engaging with the new millennium on stage
Université Paris-Sorbonne – March 15-16, 2018
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic.
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This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?
University of Coimbra, Portugal, 22-24 March 2018
5th Biennial Conferenc of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (http://www.interamericanstudies.net).
Call for Proposals
President Donald Trump and his Political Discourse: Ramifications of Rhetoric via Twitter
Michele Lockhart seeks contributors for her fourth collection of essays, which analyzes a segment of language used by the 45th President of the United States, Donald John Trump.
It's A "Normal" World After All? Theme Parks and the Performance and Aesthetics of “Difference”
Jennifer A. Kokai, Weber State University
Tom Robson, Millikin University
This session welcomes papers that explore the nature of sight and touch as sources of knowledge in American literature. Papers analyzing the use of touch as a means of resolving doubts about visual knowledge or the different implications of gathering knowledge through sight as opposed to touch are particularly encouraged.
Individual paper presentations will be between 15 and 20 minutes long. Please submit proposals via the online system by May 21, 2017. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12.
Paper proposals must be made via our online system found here:
What purpose do dystopian novels serve? What is their effect on readers? Are they meant to change readers’ behavior, to call them to action, or are they meant to be read for entertainment? How do readers typically respond to reading them? When dystopian works become so popular that they flood the markets, do they lose their impact becoming merely white noise?