Across genres and eras, black women's bodies have existed as hypersexualized sites of desire and objects of inequality. This can be observed from the Hottentot Venus to the minstrel trope of the jezebel to the video vixens of hip-hop. In Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks states that "When race and ethnicity become commodiﬁed as resources for pleasure, the culture of speciﬁc groups, as well as the bodies of individuals, can be seen as constituting an alternative playground where members of dominating races, genders, sexual practices afﬁrm their power-over in intimate relations with the Other." Yet today there are departures from these power relations wherein black women have seized agency through their sexuality.
Our first bi-annual conference on early modern verse drama by Shakespeare’s contemporaries will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the 1616 folio publication of Ben Jonson’s Workes. We’re calling for papers that examine some aspect of one or more of the playtexts found within this volume, but we also welcome topics involving Jonson’s works in performance or Jonson’s influence on seventeenth-century print culture. The conference will be held at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia on September 23 and 24, 2016.
This panel welcomes interdisciplinary investigations of various aspects of global migrations. Special attention will be given to the connections between writing and global movements, personal and institutional constructions of citizenship, and such issues as literacy narratives, the work of memory, personal and public archiving of migrant experience, and representations of refugee crises.
Submit 250-500 word proposals on the PAMLA Online Submission Page by June 10:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Untold Futures: Speculation, Redemption, Disappointment
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 17-18, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Kate Marshall, Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame
Roundtable: Adrienne Brown, University of Chicago; Penelope Deutscher, Northwestern University; Joseph Masco, University of Chicago; Vivasvan Soni, Northwestern University
Gwyneth Shanks, UCLA
Areum Jeong, UCLA
Lilia Adriana Perez Limon, University of Wisconsin Madison
The frontier emerged as an important critical concept for an understanding of American history over a hundred years ago, and its status has changed from a celebrated catchphrase to explain away the perplexities of American identity, through an F-word not tolerated in the progressive circles, leading finally to a rehabilitated, more inclusive use. Its variations include terms such as periphery, edge, and borderland, and the very proliferation of the term suggests that its provocative character still inspires critics and artists in the Americas today. The purpose of this conference is to explore the borderlands between critical theory and other ways of interpretative thinking, such as art.
Call for Papers
Eastsploitation: Eastern Europe and the Cinematic Lowbrow
Edited by Jindriska Blahova and Richard Nowell
SCSECS returns to Salt Lake City for its annual conference in 2017. The conference will be held on February 16-18 at the downtown Radisson hotel. Full details can be found at http://www.scsecs.net/scsecs/2017/cfp.html.
Call for Submissions of Ecocritical Scholarship:Deadline Extended to June 1st.
Kudzu House Quarterly is calling for submissions for the annual Kudzu Scholar issue (Vol. 6, Iss. 3: Fall Equinox). Send full essays as word documents directly to email@example.com until June 1st.
Our issues are arranged by cluster, but we also read anything of relevance to ecocriticism, broadly defined. Here are some of our open clusters:
How do writers represent the work of being women—where “work” is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? How do race, class, sexuality and national identity affect women’s ability to define both the meaning of their work and their ability to engage in work?
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the first printing of Thomas More's Utopia, the text that created and provided the name for its own genre. Since the appearance of More's text, utopias have been imagined as unreal realities and worlds where people exist according to a specific vision of an author, whose aim might be justice, art, or an imagined reality with a specific agenda.
We request abstracts that address any aspect of early modern utopianism. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts along with a brief bio or a one page C.V. by May 15, 2016 to: Dr. Ruth McIntyre, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This section of the academic journal "Sinestesieonline" is open to contributions about theatre and performing arts in all historical ages, forms and variations, in English, Italian and foreign languages.
"Il Parlaggio" is the name created by Gabriele d'Annunzio for the amphitheatre in Vittoriale – a place of empathy, a cradle of emotions, a crossroads of cultures, a connection between antiquity and contemporaneity, an emblem of the "neverending show".
Seeking SLSA members interested in putting together a panel or roundtable on the Anthropocene for the 2016 meeting in Atlanta. The theme of the conference is "creativity," including the theme of "creating environments." That is exactly what the Anthropocene names: The creation of a distinctively human-marked form of the planet's environment. The panel might offer analysis of the history, textuality, and criticism of the Anthropocene. More specifically, the idea of the Anthropocene involves posthumanist notions of creativity, in which the collective actions of our species produce a form or a reality without a creator or a singular agent. We might discuss the Anthropocene as a kind of hive or swarm creation, then.
Call for papers
Planned Obsolescence: Texts, theory, technology
Université de Liège (Belgium) - December 8th and 9th, 2016
[Pour le français, voir plus bas.]