More than a decade ago, science fiction author and physicist Gregory Benford pointed out in his essay, "The South and Science Fiction" (2000), that the U.S. South very rarely appears in discussions of the genre. For a region that is so often characterized by its fixation on the past, looking to the future or alternative worlds seems counterintuitive. This panel aims to take up this gauntlet and feature work that engages with the U.S. South in science fiction, fantasy, and all forms of speculative fiction. Papers could consider speculative fiction by southern authors, texts that represent the South and conceptions of southern identity, or explore how the genre allows for a more complicated redefinition of regional, national, or interplanetary boundaries.
In Quentin Tarantino's neo-Western, The Hateful Eight (2015), a British hangman [Tim Roth] settles a dispute between Union and Confederate veterans stranded together in a remote tavern during a Wyoming blizzard by drawing a line down the middle of the room: one side is the South and the other is the North. The ploy fails, as regional schema often do. For all of the insistence on boundaries, the movie and its characters find themselves straddling the dividing line.
"Every day people perform dozens of rituals. These range from religious rituals to the rituals of everyday life, from the rituals of life roles to the rituals of each profession, from the rituals of politics and the judicial system to the rituals of business or home life. Even animals perform rituals" (Richard Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction 3rd ed. 52).
This session invites both new close readings of texts and other media that contain fictional religions and more abstract conceptualizations of the phenomenon.
Submit CV and abstract (300 words) by 15 March 201 by 15 March 2016.
REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS COLOMBIANOS N°48
We are happy to announce the pending launch of Quarterly Horse: A Journal of [brief] American Studies (quarterlyhorse.org).
The first online "printing" will be released November 2016 with a celebration at the American Studies Association conference in Denver. With an editorial staff now in place, the journal is currently seeking submissions. Essays will be accepted through our online submission management system (see quarterlyhorse.org/cfp).
The William Faulkner Society is planning a panel for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia that will focus on Faulkner in the context of world literature. The expansive scope is designed to reveal a range of possibilities for reading Faulkner individually or in comparison to other figures. Papers topics might include but are not limited to the following:
In the preface to Borderlands, Gloria Anzaldúa declares: "I am a border woman." As simple as it sounds, this statement suggests the individual's agency in the social and cultural production of personal identity as it boldly rejects to acknowledge the power of the state in the process.
To theorize affect is to theorize boundaries: that is, to realize and negotiate between vocabularies and cultures with overlapping and competing taxonomies. As Jonathan Flatley writes in Affective Mapping, "The vocabulary of affect can be confusing, in part because there are many terms—affect, emotion, feeling, passion, mood—and a long history of debate not only about which terms are the right ones and how to distinguish between them, but about what they mean in the first place. And while there is a great deal of excellent recent work on affect in several disciplines....this does not mean that a general consensus, or even a common conversation, has emerged" (12).
Sensing the Midwest: The Work of Michael Martone / SSML 2016 Presidential Panel (June 2-4, 2016. DUE Feb 12, 2016) [EXTENDED DEADLINE]
The Other 1916 Conference
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
June 3rd 2016
Call for Papers
The years 1916-1922 saw the nascent Irish nation take shape between the Easter Rising and the birth of the Irish Free State. The same years also function as a crucible for literary and artistic modernism, in which the relatively lean publication year of 1916 helps forge the explosion of publishing activity associated with modernism's annus mirabilis, 1922. This conference seeks to re-evaluate narratives of 1916 within each of these contexts, with a particular focus on what has often been occluded from each of these narratives.
The journal Studies in Popular Culture publishes reviews of books in the field. If you are interested in reviewing a book submitted to the journal or would like to suggest one to review, please contact the Book Reviews Editor, Clare Douglass Little, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not already reviewed a book for the journal, please include either a CV or a brief description of your interests and qualifications in the email.
Members of the Popular Culture Association in the South who have published a book are encouraged to inform the Book Reviews Editor of that fact.
Although the term is fairly recent, flash fiction—-extremely short narratives typically less than 1000 words—-is not especially new. Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Yasunari Kawabata, Isaac Babel, and Franz Kafka all wrote provocative fiction that we now label as flash. However, in the past thirty years or so, these short short stories have been all the rage. Anthologies of flash fiction abound, their pages filled with such literary giants as Robert Coover, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Updike, as well as other lesser-known but extremely influential practitioners such Pamela Painter and Michael Martone.
ORPHAN BLACK: Sestras, Scorpions, and Crazy Science
Edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Alyson Buckman
An international, interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars from across the arts and humanities to explore the array of imaginative responses to the Victorian political environment.