In queer theory, few texts have spurred as much division and debate as Lee Edelman's 2004 polemic, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. This panel takes as its grounding premise one of this monograph's central arguments; namely, that queerness figures an irony that serves as a “corrosive force… [that] threatens, like a guillotine, to sever the genealogy that narrative syntax labors to affirm… [and] the continuity essential to the very logic of making [political] sense” (23-4). Upon its publication, Edelman's No Future drew reproach from queer theorists like Jack Halberstam, who sought to affirm queerness as a "form of negative knowing" (823) that projected a "bleak and angry" future politics (824).
cultural studies and historical approaches
Can the Other Speak? Productive Difficulties in Ethnic and Postcolonial Literature
Our 2020 NeMLA panel emerges from Gayatri Spivak’s seminal question, “can the subaltern speak?” Following Spivak’s response to this question, we will investigate moments when subalterns cannot speak or have difficulty speaking. Our inquiry into these moments will build on and sharpen conversations about otherness with respect to literary texts and beyond.
Date of Conference: March 13-15, 2020
Location: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
Call for Papers
Cormac McCarthy Area
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
We would like to invite you to the 2020 International Conference on Literature: “Asian Diasporic Literature: Past, Present and Future”. The conference is organized by the Postgraduate Students’ Club of the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and takes place on 29-23 July 2020, in Penang, Malaysia. (http://icl.usm.my/index.php)
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-forpapers/
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) 2020: The Uses and Abuses of Shame in the American South
Call for Papers
SEDERI welcomes articles, notes and reviews for its next issue (nº 30) to be published in Autumn 2020.
SEDERI, Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies, is an annual publication devoted to current criticism and scholarship on Early Modern English Studies. It is peer-reviewed by external readers, following a double-blind policy. It is published in paper and online, in open-access.
Quality Assessment and Indexing
Literature and Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century
Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick
Saturday 15th February 2020
Keynote: Prof. Derek Attridge (York); Prof. Esther Leslie (Birbeck)
Eighth Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Call for Papers
Anxieties of Empire: New Contexts, Shifting Perspectives
March 5-7, 2020