Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ascendancy carries the hallmarks of a Horatio Alger tale. With his 2015 recognition as a MacArthur Genius and a National Book Award winner, his rise from humble beginnings to illustrious acclaim acquired a nearly storybook sheen. A “rags to riches” account of his success holds immense charm; however, such an explanation does not offer a full picture of his significance. Coates’ path from brief attendance at Howard University to star blogger, renowned Atlantic feature reporter, and worldwide phenomenon intersects with fascinating developments in 21st century literature and intellectual history. Unfolding in a post-9/11 world, his career limns several trends in contemporary culture, chief among them the democratization of blac
The Emancipation of Bound Laborers in the Americas before the Abolition of Slavery
University of Montpellier, France
Friday, October 7, 2016
At the invitation of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, editor Abbes Maazaoui, from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, seeks original essays for an edited collection on Panopticon: Surveillance, Suspicion, Fear, to be published in 2017. Contributors are invited to examine the reality and representations of surveillance, suspicion and fear; their impact on popular culture, fiction, society, communities and politics; and their role in shaping values, attitudes and identities.
Chapters in the proposed collection may focus on one or more of the following categories:
Academic and scientific study of popular culture has only gained prominence in the 20th century, first with the Leavisites’ criticism of mass culture (as yet another form of the popular), then with the comprehensive work on the concept of ‘Critical Theory’ within the Frankfurt School. The latter half of the century saw, especially after the foundation of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, a rise in theories, definitions and approaches to popular culture so great that it occasioned Harold Bloom’s disparaging remark “that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States. … At NYU I am surrounded by professors of hip-hop.
The idea that African-Americans are actual and full-fledged citizens of the United States is not a new one; the racism that prevents that idea to flourish is also not new. Recent events, including the death of Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr. in Baltimore, have brought to the fore the question of whether or not the United States values its black citizens, and extends to them the same rights as it does to its non-black citizens. The historical record has much to say on this point, but the literary record also is instructive in perceptions of race in the United States.
Organized by the the Research Groups AGI (Art, Globalization, Interculturality) and AASD (Art, Architecture and Digital Society) from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Research Group Mediaccions from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Arts Santa Mònica. 27th, 28th, and 29th October, 2016 at the Department of Art History (UB). c/ Montalegre 6-8. 08001 Barcelona
CFP for NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD. http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html
Students in creative writing workshops often lack reading experience and knowledge, but demonstrate awareness and analysis of film and television. Graphic literature can be used to transition from the terminology and rhetorical understanding they possess to the writing and feedback skills the workshop demands. This roundtable seeks to present and discuss both recommended texts and strategies to engage students and encourage their creative writing. Theoretical and practical approaches to this method are welcome.
Deadline now extended!
This panel seeks abstracts exploring utopian and dystopian visions in the works of Donald Barthelme. By June 8th, please send a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Susan wood, University of Mississippi, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Symposium to be held in Mumbai (India), January 2018 (6-7 January)
Coordinators: Mario Wenning (University of Macao) and Nandita Batra (University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez)
Call for Abstracts
Policing in the 21st Century
CALLS FOR PAPERS AND CREATIVE PRESENTATIONS
JOHN R. MILTON WRITERS' CONFERENCE:
POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBILITIES / IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITIES:
GEOGRAPHIC, AESTHETIC, GENDERED, RACIAL, AND HISTORICAL FRONTIERS
OCTOBER 27-29, 2016
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA
CFP: Possible Impossibilities / Impossible Possibilities: Geographic, Aesthetic, Gendered, Racial, and Historical Frontiers (7/15/16; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, October 27-29, 2016)
Legacies of French Film Criticism: Crossing Cultures and Perspectives
Despite a growing trend towards globalization and an increase in transnational film production, distribution and exhibition, not all audiences make sense of movies in the same manner. When films travel across borders, how are their meanings and reception impacted? Is the meaning of a film dependent on the cultural context in which it is read? This interdisciplinary panel will examine film criticism that falls under a broad “French-language” umbrella in order to map out significant trends as well as new directions in the study of French film criticism and its points of contact with other international cinemas.
CFP: Tolkien and Jackson Fan Studies Special Issue (10-01-16)
Proposals are sought for fan studies scholarship on any aspect of fan production, creation, or activities relating to J. R. R. Tolkien's Legendarium and/or Peter Jackson's live-action film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The editors hope to co-sponsor at least one dedicated paper session at the national Popular Culture Conference (San Diego, April, 2017), and then to develop those papers to submit to a special theme issue of Journal of Tolkien Research the same year.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown, PA will be hosting the PASSHE Women’s Consortium Conference October 7-8, 2015. We invite submissions on the theme “Making Our Voices Heard” and hope you will consider submitting. The new deadline is June 15. To submit, go to http://www.kutztown.edu/events/passhe-womens-consortium/call-for-proposa...
For more information about the conference and the keynote: http://www.kutztown.edu/events/passhe-womens-consortium.htm
If you have questions about the conference or submitting, feel free to email me.
Jack London Society 13th Biennial Symposium, September 15-18, 2016, Napa Valley College, Napa Valley, California