Humour seems to be an essential feature of human life – ‘the ability to be amused by things, the way in which people see that some things are amusing, or the quality of being amusing’ (Merriam-Webster). It is not just about jokes but a way of looking at the world. Individually, it is beneficial to health, relieving negative energy and invigorating the mind and the body. Socially, it is an indicator of frankness and sociability. Economically, it generates communication, improves teamwork and increases efficiency. Politically, it is an important form of protest and disobedience. Historically, it has proven to be a powerful weapon in times of crisis. And it can be wielded negatively, as a weapon or entrée into dark social arenas such as racism or hatred.
cultural studies and historical approaches
CFP: 2019 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth
The annual Siegel/McDaniel Award, sponsored by the Philip Roth Society, recognizes high-quality graduate student papers written within the past year on any aspect of Philip Roth’s work.
We recommend that faculty encourage their students to submit papers, and we welcome submissions from Roth Society members and non-members alike.
Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font to Maggie McKinley, the Philip Roth Society Program Director, at email@example.com.
Call for Papers for ACLA 2020 Seminar (Chicago, March 19-22)
Inviting paper abstracts for a proposed seminar for the upcoming American Comparative Literature Association conference, to be held in Chicago, March 19-22, 2020. Submit abstracts by September 23, 2019, via the ACLA website: https://www.acla.org/legal-forms.
“Transsexualité, transidentité: un tabou français?” (“Transsexuality, transidentity: a French taboo?”): such was the title chosen by the online French news magazine France Infofor an article published in 2015that discussed the lack of visibility trans(gender/sexual) people still experience in French society. Indeed, there has been an increasing visibility of trans individuals in film and TV in recent years.
Call for Papers, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh Literatures, CEA 2020
March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
Depending on the institution, the department, the politics, and the history of a space, composition and literature faculty often face constant pressure to legitimize or explain the work that we do. However, few opportunities are available to do so in real and tangible ways with departments and faculty outside of our own. This panel seeks to explore the ways that writing and English courses function within and across institutions throughout the country in an effort to develop real-time strategies that increase the visibility of our work, including its interdisciplinarity. How can we increase collaboration with faculty outside of our own silos in order to foster a stronger writing culture across campuses?
Critical Indigenous studies can neither be perceived as niche, nor trivialized as topical. In the way climate-capitalism has become an existential threat, a sincere engagement with Indigenous knowledges has become ineluctable. This conference seeks to initiate a multidisciplinary conversation on climate change, as conceived by, and re-inscribed within, Indigenous literatures. So far within the small domain of English Humanities, contemporary climate fiction by Indigenous authors have presented an urgent need to converse with scientific and social-scientific approaches to climate change.
AUTOETHNOGRAPHY AND SELF-STUDY AS EDUCATION RESEARCH METHODS:
CONTINUING DEBATES AND CONTEMPORARY APPLICATIONS
Deborah L. Mulligan*, Emilio A. Anteliz# and Patrick Alan Danaher*,+,^
*University of Southern Queensland, Australia
#Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela
+Central Queensland University, Australia
^University of Helsinki, Finland
FOCUS AND RATIONALE