The urgency to understand the transformations in the capitalist world system since the 1970s and describe its volatile processes of expansion has spawned a few creative attempts at periodization: Eric Hobsbawm’s “Landslide” (1994), Robert Brenner’s “The Long Downturn” (2006), Immanuel Wallerstein’s “Managed Decline” (2006), and Judith Stein’s “Age of Inequality” (2010) to name only a few. While economists and historians may disagree about the sources of crisis, from Harvey’s over-accumulation thesis to Brenner’s over-production and over-competition, there remains little doubt that the 1970s proved to be a “pivotal decade” and that we are now living with the consequences.
cultural studies and historical approaches
The Mind of the South: Mind in Southern Literature from 1850 to 1950
Sciences of the Mind Conference to be held at University of Kent 17-18 July 2018
Panel organizer: Filip Krtička
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces the 25th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball
Wednesday, February 28 - Saturday, March 3, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton--Phoenix Tempe
2100 South Priest Drive
In his 1973 classic, The Country and the City, Raymond Williams noted an ideological divide between the country and the city, stating: “powerful, hostile associations have also developed: on the city as a place of noise, worldliness and ambition; on the country as a place of backwardness, ignorance, limitation. A contrast between country and city, as fundamental ways of life, reaches back into classical times” (1). Williams seeks to bridge this divide by demonstrating the ways in which both country and city were bound together in a complex system of rural exploitation. Nevertheless, today the ideological divide between rural and urban is as strong as ever, as highlighted by the recent U.S. presidential election cycle.
Children’s / Young Adult Literature and Culture Area
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference.southwestpca.org/
This call is for a seminar to be held at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Convention, March 29-April 1, 2018 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The purpose is to re-think, re-tool and re-invigorate "versions of pastoral" as the medium of critique, and of the subsumption of the literal in particular. The supplementary purpose is to unearth a new series of pastoral figures, possibly beginning with that of a refugee.
Organziers: Kaitlyn Murphy, Arizona State University and Stephenie Young, Salem State University
ACLA Seminar @ UCLA, 3/28-4/1/2018
Call for Papers: Walt Whitman and the Press
Whitman Studies Association panel at the 29th annual conference of the American Literature Association (2018).