UPDATED and EXPANDED CFP - Veterans Studies is a growing field of research that addresses the significant impact of military personnel transitioning from active duty to civilian life. This session invites papers that explore any aspect of military service in literature, including those that reflect the conference theme of “Send in the Clowns” or humor. Outside the trauma of military existence is the rich sense of community that exists in the humorous aspects of providing service to one’s country. These stories and experiences have provided mass media laughs in periodicals like Reader’s Digest and in television shows like Gomer Pyle and Mash. No tragedy is complete without inferences of comedy.
Conference Date: November 2-3, 2019
Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens’ Quay West, Toronto, Canada.
Keynote Speaker: Angela Davis… Activist, Author, Educator, and Scholar
In his 1903 The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois poses a question at the heart of the African-American literary tradition: “How does it feel to be a problem?” We see the question’s precursors in Walker’s Appeal, Douglass’ address on the Fourth of July, and Harper’s anti-slavery poetry. It reverberates in Hurston’s “How It Feels To Be Colored Me,” Ellison’s “black and blue,” Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Rankine’s Citizen. Taking up the affective relationship between race and national belonging, these texts ask us to contend with what it feels like to be black in a nation founded on anti-blackness. Indeed, as Baldwin and Coates make clear, the problem lies ever “between the world and me.”
This session engages in a matter-oriented approach, raising questions about the ontological status of the autonomous writing subject by joining it to the vast network of relations to objects within an area—ecozone, bioregion, biome, or ecosystem. Though the contributions by science-based writers are important (e.g., Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, etc.) New Materialist Interpretations of 19th-century Writers focuses on a different trajectory, accentuating less detectable and unacknowledged contributions to natural history writing offered by literary writers.
This panel seeks poets writing in the narrative tradition whose poems capture the personal and the public, recording and reflecting on our world by summoning the language and creating the identity of our culture. Panelists will read from their original work and then take audience questions. The Northeast MLA conference takes place March 5-8 in Boston, MA. Submit a sample poem and a short description of your narrative work by September 30. Must submit via link on NeMLA website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18130
Recent theories explain that any cultural encounter engenders the particular and, more often than not, peculiar condition of in-betweenness. Even in the past, when the immigrants faced the assimilative pressures within the American society, their identity could hardly be discussed in essentializing terms. The condition of in-betweenness affected political, cultural, emotional, familial, professional, and many other spheres of life. A number of social critics and cultural theoreticians have coined variegated terms regarding the condition of in-betweenness experienced by the representatives of certain cultural groups in attempt to redefine their identities in American society.
This is a call for papers for a panel discussion on how places in the American South are used in music, literature, and/or cinema serve as spaces for African American/Black cultural understanding. In particular this panel is looking or papers that describe or explain how Baldwin (1974) and Jenkins (2018) use Beale Street in name to narrate and visualize Black life in 1970s Harlem and beyond.
The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works that make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots.
Call for papers:
The Medieval and Renaissance Area seeks presentation, panel, or workshop proposals concerning the representations of these two eras as well as the use of their artistic productions in popular culture.
Topics for this area include but are not limited to: