In the twenty plus years since independence, South Africa has been mired in economic struggles, social crises related to HIV and ADIS and xenophobia, and increasingly demanding political protest. Have the visions of a utopian future that were sparked with Mandela's release from prison evaporated under the weight of so much disillusionment, or is there still hope that the nation's unparalleled constitution can ever be brought to fruition? This panel welcomes papers examining contemporary works from South Africa that advance an idealistic image for the nation despite the many obstacles faced in building a democratic state.
NeMLA Annual Convention 2017 -- Baltimore, MD March 23-26 David Foster Wallace has been one of the most influential American writers at the turn of the twentieth century, seeming to capture so perfectly the hallmark voice and style of a postmodernism that he ironically disdained. Twenty years after the publication of Infinite Jest, and nearly ten years since Wallace’s suicide, critics still find him to be an elusive figure.
Modern Technology in the Composition Classroom Presiding Officer: John Misak, New York Institute of Technology
This session would focus on the implementation of modern technologies (digital texts, smart devices, social media, video games, etc.) in first-year writing and strategies to incorporate them in the classroom. It will explore research, empirical and theoretical, on technology as an aid to writing instruction, and ways to navigate common pitfalls with the practice.
Proposal link: http://www.pamla.org/node/add/proposal
By recruiting minority writers and teaching them to "write what you know" and "find your voice," MFA programs have generated landmark works of fiction that perform and celebrate marginalized racial and ethnic identities. However, critics argue that the institution of Creative Writing and its aesthetic values are culturally specific and may fetishize racial and ethnic difference for white audiences. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about authors or texts that exemplify the intersection of—or friction between—MFA aesthetics and race/ethnicity.
This panel will be part of the 48th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Baltimore, MD (March 23-26 2017).
Evelyn Waugh Studies, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, invites essay submissions about any aspect of the life or work of Evelyn Waugh. Evelyn Waugh Studies is published three times per year, indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, and is distributed by EBSCO Publishing, the Gale Group, and ProQuest. Submissions should follow MLA style and should generally be no more than 5,000 words in length.
March 23-26, 2017
Northeast Modern Language Association
The Shadow of Ethnography
Disjunctions 2016: “Crude Matter”
“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force flow around you. Here, between you, me…” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
NeMLA 2017 in Baltimore, MD
Writing Beyond the Language Requirement
Recently, scholars have recognized that “L2 writing is not only an ability to acquire, teach, and assess—as is conventionally assumed—but L2 writing is also a means, context, and basis for learning, both of language and of writing” (Manchón, 2011, x). That is, second language writing involves both learning to write and writing to learn. What does this mean for our curricula?
European Film and Television: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis (edited volume)
Call For Papers
In the introduction to his European Cinema collection of essays, Thomas Elsaesser (2005) firmly admits that “Any book about European cinema should start with the statement that there is no such thing as European cinema, and that yes, European cinema exists, and has existed since the beginning of cinema a little more than a hundred years ago.” Adopting Elsaesser’s thesis, we also argue that the question of what constitutes “European Cinema” is impossible to answer but at the same time a question with a variety of correct answers.
“Power and Identity”
A Cross-Disciplinary Conference
The Graduate Program on Global Society (GSP), the University of Tokyo
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016
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Monday 9 January, 2017
CFP: Children in American Television: A Changing Landscape
This panel focuses on the use of American Indian Literary Nationalism as a framework for reading texts by Native authors. We will examine the ways in which AILN has been employed and has created new spaces for interpretations of Native literature. Since the 2006 publication of the groundbreaking American Indian Literary Nationalism, scholars in the field of Native American Literature are re-evaluating the ways in which texts by Native authors are read. As well, subsequent works analyzing Native literatures using the methods of AILN have been instrumental in creating new spaces for interpretation. This panel focuses on the influence of AILN and its contributions specifically to the field of Native American Literature.
Call for Papers
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SURVEILLANCE, FORM, AFFECT
An international, multidisciplinary conference
December 7-9, 2016
Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities
The Education University of Hong Kong
Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Brown)
and Dr. Karen Fang (Houston)
Rutgers University (New Brunswick), March 2-3, 2017
In a 2005 article for The New York Times, Canadian-Russian author and American academic Michael Ignatieff raised a provocative question: "Who Are Americans to Think That Democracy Is Theirs to Spread?" Surveying a range of critical responses to the US war in the Middle East, such as the idea that US involvement is economically self-serving, or that it facilitates the rise of increasingly repressive regimes, Ignatieff argues that the US has been ineffective, if not oppositional, in its stated aims of promoting democracy worldwide. This MELUS panel builds on SAMLA 88's theme of "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It" and perspectives like Ignatieff's to ask how multi-ethnic American writers position the US amidst the political unrest of their birth nation.