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The Tacky South

updated: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 3:09pm
Monica Miller
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Call for papers: The Tacky South
American Studies Association Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia
November 8-11, 2018

As a way to comment on a person’s style, the word “tacky” has distinctly southern origins. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it first emerged around 1800 as a noun to describe “a poor white of the Southern States from Virginia to Georgia.” Although the OED does not draw connections between this origin and the origins of the adjective describing something “dowdy, shabby; in poor taste, cheap, vulgar,” these definitions suggest a clear link between national stereotypes of region, race, and class and urbane (and northern urban?) notions of taste, class, and sensibility.

Call for Applications: NEH Seminar "Why Literature Matters"

updated: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:57pm
The Dickens Project
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Dickens Project is now accepting applications for the NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers, "Why Literature Matters: Voices from Nineteenth-Century Britain and America," directed by Professor Janice Carlisle. The seminar will take place from June 24-July 29, 2018 at UC Santa Cruz. Applications are due March 1, 2018. Please see our website (https://teachers.ucsc.edu) for more information and to apply.

Selling Childhood

updated: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:18am
Modern Language Association Convention 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Convention

Chicago, IL

January 3rd – 6th, 2019

 

Selling Childhood

 

Arguably, Western culture has been selling the concept of childhood from its inception.  In the eighteenth century, figures like John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau persuaded their peers to buy the new idea that childhood constituted a distinct phase of human development. 

 

Willa Cather's Irish Connections

updated: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:20am
The Willa Cather Foundation
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018

 

Willa Cather Symposium: IrelandJune 28–July 1, 2018Limavady and Derry, Northern IrelandHOSTED BY ULSTER UNIVERSITY AND THE ROE VALLEY ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE, AND SPONSORED BY THE WILLA CATHER FOUNDATION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN

Set in the ancestral home of the Cather family, and taking place during the centennial of My Ántonia, the symposium will explore themes deeply resonant in Willa Cather’s life and work (including but not restricted to):

Women of Bay Area Lang-Po

updated: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:34am
Laura Hinton, The City College of New YOrk (CUNYO
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Women have played a major role in the poetics and politics of the West Coast Language Poetry movement based in the San Francisco Bay area.  This panel proposal, for the American Literature Association My 24-27 in San Francisco, would consider the important contributions of female poets both solo and in collaboration, including Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman, Erica Hunt, Rae Armantrout, Leslie Scalapino, Beverly Dahlen and many others in propelling and sustaining one of America’s most radical literary movements, both aesthetically and politically, since the early 1970s.

Humor in America Conference

updated: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 4:22pm
American Humor Studies Association / Mark Twain Circle of America
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Humor in America 2018
Call for Participants

Sponsored by:
American Humor Studies Association
Mark Twain Circle of America

Website: https://humorinamericaconference.wordpress.com

ASA 2018 Roundtable, "American Studies in the Plantationocene: Emergent Methods for the Long Emergency"

updated: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 4:22pm
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University, and Rebecca Evans, Winston-Salem State University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

The term "Plantationocene" has recently been proposed to describe the extractive and alienating processes of racial capitalism that have undergirded imperialism, racial slavery, environmental degradation, and climate colonialism. We invite proposals that interrogate this term in relation to the methods and field imaginaries of American Studies. Proposals may address questions such as: How does the Plantationocene inflect or change practices of periodization, (trans)national studies, and disciplinary boundaries within American Studies? What histories and texts take on new or different significance in the context of the Plantationocene? How has or hasn't the field begun to address the Plantationocene? How can we teach (in) the Plantationocene?

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society — SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver

updated: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 4:21pm
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society invites proposals for a panel on “Recovering Gilman for the 21st Century” for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado (November 7-11, 2018).  This panel will explore how recovery provides new contexts and frameworks for analyzing and teaching Gilman’s work.  Topics include but are not limited to

 

  • Recovery of Gilman’s published and unpublished writing

 

  • Digital recovery projects on Gilman’s work

 

  • Teaching Gilman and feminist recovery practices in the classroom

 

The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness: Religion, Activism, and Protest

updated: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:15pm
Josh Privett / Georgia State University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Too often, especially in the United States today, religion is seen as the enemy of socio-political progress and change. But even a cursory glance at U.S. history — the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement, the Sanctuary Movement — attests to the role religion and religious individuals have played in resistance movements. This panel seeks papers that consider the influence of religion on political activism and protest movements — and not only in America, but globally.

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