This research looks at the cultural performances and popular celebrations practiced by Afro-Mexicans from the colonial period to the 20th century in the regions of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guerrero. The goal is to demonstrate how the use of performance and popular traditions has impacted Afro-Mexicans in the shaping of an imagined community, giving space for agency in the formation of their cultural identity. The scholarship of the African diaspora in Mexico is a relatively fresh area of study. Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran (1945) pioneered the documentation of their economic history including slavery and origins. Other themes of study rely on sociopolitical aspects, geographic studies, gender, magic and spirituality.
From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Literature/Film Association Annual Conference
October 13-16, 2016
Chapter proposals are invited for a new interdisciplinary and transnational volume focusing on the social and cultural contexts of vegetarianism throughout history. This volume will represent the first scholarly collection of essays that critically considers vegetarianism as both a worldwide phenomena and an aspect of the longue durée of history, and seeks to explain vegetarianism as a global, social, and historical continuity. Taken as a whole, the essays will provide an answer as to how and why vegetarianism has been a constant throughout human history despite continuous social challenges.
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference/Midwest American Culture Association
Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9, 2016
Hilton Rosemont Chicago
Deadline: April 30, 2016
The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. It holds an annual conference in a Midwestern City. This conference is organized according to principal Areas of Popular Culture in the United States, including the Middle East and North Africa. As the Area Chair, I invite submissions of abstracts for a panel addressing "Arab-American Culture in the United States."
The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. It holds an annual conference in a major Midwestern City. In October 2016, this year's conference will be held in Chicago, IL (specifically Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago).
This conference is organized according to principal Areas of Popular Culture, including the Middle East and North Africa. As the Area Chair, I am inviting the submission of abstracts for a panel addressing "American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa."
October 6-9, 2016, Chicago, IL
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
5550 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 678-4488
The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2016 conference in Chicago, Illinois. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:
Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2016
Deadline for Completed Essays: January 15, 2017
The NBC series Hannibal has garnered both critical and fan acclaim for its cinematic qualities, its complex characters, and its fascinating reworking of Thomas Harris' mythology so well known from Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs (1991) and its variants. The television series concluded late in 2015 after three seasons and in spite of a great deal of fan support for its continuation on a premium network or through a paid service like Netflix.
From the locked room to the mean streets of the metropolis, the concept of space has always played as important role in crime fiction as the concept of time. A lot has been said in recent years about the importance of a specific locale in crime fiction. Both readers and writers like to divide crime novels into certain national and spatial genre variants: Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, L.A. Noir etc., but are these variants really so different from each other? How does space define a particular formula?
RISKING THE FUTURE: VULNERABILITY, RESISTANCE, HOPE
An International Conference on the Risk Humanities
Durham University, UK
12-13 July 2016
Michaeline Crichlow (Duke University)
Simon During (University of Queensland)
Walter Mignolo (Duke University)
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
October 6-9, 2016
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
We are looking for proposals for arguably the hottest area in popular culture: Youth Literature and Media. Youth Culture is everywhere. From the rise of YA Lit to the fall of Facebook, twenty-five is the new eighteen. The Millennials are here. This area is for the study of Lit and Media for Youth (all three terms broadly conceived), representations of youth in Lit and Media, and youth as consumers and producers of Lit and Media.
The 2017 International Pynchon Week will be held on the French Atlantic coast in the old harbor of La Rochelle, from which a number of Europeans set sail for the New World. The conference will be hosted by the Musée du Nouveau Monde, among its collection of Allegories of America. The conveners hope this liminal space on the margins of Europe will inspire Pynchon scholars to sail out towards yet unexplored territories, following some of the leads below or picking up any related or unrelated Pynchonian line.
A 1-day conference to be held on May 25, 2016, on the subject of 'Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics'. The conference aims to explore the relations between capitalism and animal life, and will emphasise the following themes:
the intersections between capitalism and the 'Sixth Extinction';
artistic representations of animals under the aegis of capitalism;
the biopolitics of domestication;
the development of industrial animal farms.
The conference will be followed by a Postgraduate Roundtable on the 26th of May, which is open to the public.
The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed. All proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2016 via online submission: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.
Talks on any aspect of the session topic are welcome: models, tips, strategies for teaching literature at the college level (English, American, world, other). This is a fun panel with great energy and enthusiasm. Come share what's working in your classroom.
Please send a 250 word proposal and a brief bio by April 1 to Monica Hart at email@example.com.