Networks of protest and dissent, actual and virtual, were understood to have become increasingly centreless and leaderless across the 1990s, and beyond. Even the nature of protest and dissent fell away from previous models, as aligned to pragmatic demands and manifestos, single issues and norms of controlled civil disobedience. Now the masses were understood not to assemble behind any one position, or rally to one slogan, but more to stand in a kind of collective negative correlation to the faltering status quo: a crowd of singularities.
‘You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours… Or the question it asks you, forcing you to answer, like Thebes through the mouth of the Sphinx’
Italo Calvino - Le città invisibili
I am chairing a panel titled "Normalcy as Dystopica: Disability Studies Perspectives" as part of the the SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) annual conference this coming November 4-6 in Jacksonville, Florida. Conference participants must join SAMLA.
Abigail G. Scheg (Western Governors University, USA)
Melanie Shaw (Northcentral University, USA)
Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016
Full Chapters Due: October 15, 2016
Submission Date: January 30, 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS
Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal
Special Issue on “Data”
Guest Editors: Miriam Posner (UCLA) and Lauren Klein (Georgia Tech)
The Griot Institute at Bucknell University and the Africana Studies program announce and invite paper submissions for a conference entitled African-American Arts: Activism and Aesthetics, to be held September 29th, 30th, and October 1st, 2016 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Keynote speaker: Carrie Mae Weems. Performance by Jimmy Greene
Conference website: http://www.bucknell.edu/ArtsActivismConference
Abstracts due midnight July 15, 2016 to https://griotinstituteforafricanastudiesbucknell.submittable.com/submit
This panel seeks abstracts exploring Ezra Pound's vision of paradise as presented in The Cantos. By June 2, please send a 300-word abstracts, brief bio, and A/V requiremetns to Jeff Grieneisen, State College of Florida, at email@example.com.
Papers might also explore the utopian and/or dystopian elements of the epic poem, as the conference theme is "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" The SAMLA conference will be held Nov. 4-6, 2016 in Jacksonvill, FL.
In keeping with this year’s SAMLA theme of utopia and dystopia, this panel will investigate the ways in which work, class, and labor have been represented throughout these traditions in American literature and culture. From utopia texts from authors like Edward Bellamy and Ignatius Donnelly to dystopian films like The Hunger Games and Divergent, utopian and dystopian representations have had a lot to say about work, class, and labor. In this panel, the questions we are interested in posing in this session are these: how are utopias/dystopias important for thinking about social class and labor? What can these representations tell us about popular and theoretical understandings of social class and labor?
This panel intends to examine the works of Muslim American poets, novelists, jazz musicians, punks, hip hop artists, mipsters, filmmakers, and visual artists. Muslims are woven into the American fabric, from the generations of Moorish slaves accompanying the conquistadors in the Southwest, enslaved West Africans such as those in the coastal Gullah communities, Arab laborers in the Midwest factories in the late 1800s, twentieth-century immigrants fueling the medical and technology sectors, to those currently displaced by wars and natural disasters. Papers are invited that explore the diverse compositions of Muslim American identities in literary and cultural texts.
CONTEMPORARY SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE AND POPULAR CULTURE
This panel invites papers that focus on any aspect of contemporary Spanish American literature and popular culture. By May 30, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to co-chairs Elisabeth Austin, Virginia Tech (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Rutgers University, Newark (email@example.com).
KIERKEGAARD: UTOPIAN OR DYSTOPIAN?
Perspective, in the context of time or place, is one of the primary orienting tools of narrative. In life and story, new or different perspectives can reveal hitherto hidden aspects of realty, and differences in perspective lead to misunderstanding or conflict. In literature ranging from the English poet William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience to the Australian novelist’s Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, readers are exposed to the possibilities and problems that emerge from differences of perspective. In the very act of reading and writing, readers and authors alike are forced to confront the points of contact between their own perspective and those of others.
I am interested in collecting essays that explore religious belief and practice in contemporary young adult fiction (written after 2001). There are several questions that each chapter will address: How are the religious experiences of teenagers expressed in contemporary young adult literature? What is the relationship between the characters’ religious beliefs/values and their interactions with parents, their friends, their schools, and their societies (real and fantastic)? How do young adult authors use religious texts, traditions, and beliefs to add layers of meaning to their characters, settings, and plots? How does contemporary young adult literature place itself into the larger conversation regarding the postsecular?
This panel seeks proposals which address works (artistic, literary, historical, etc.) at the intersection of Catholicism and witchcraft (demons, devils, witches, magic, etc.) between 1500 and 1700 in England and/or Continental Europe. Of particular interest are works which link witchcraft and Catholicism; critique governmental or religious responses to witchcraft and/or Catholicism; and/or representations in literature or drama which compare witchcraft and/or Catholicism.
Apollon, a peer-reviewed undergraduate eJournal in the humanities, announces the call for papers for its seventh issue. The sixth issue is online with six peer-reviewed research contributions from undergraduate scholars across the US, and expanded features such as audio and video interviews, material and art history videos, and editorial pieces. Apollon invites college and university undergraduate students to help edit or get published in a new peer-reviewed digital humanities publication.
Student submissions deadline is July 01, 2016. Interested faculty should contact us with interest or inquiries as well. Go ahead -- you know you want to.