This panel will examine the function of nostalgia in class-conscious writing, specifically its role in the construction of working-class identities, both fictional and otherwise. To that end, presentations will gauge the efficacy of nostalgic representation in terms of literary aesthetics and/or political imperatives. Using literary texts as a lens, topics might include (but are not limited to):
ethnicity and national identity
Middle English language and literature’s status is a perennial matter of debate, whose immediate political subtexts include race, class, gender, and nation. Middle English texts themselves categorize barbarous tongues, mother tongues, lay and learned languages. How do medieval linguistic taxonomies politicize identity and territory, medieval or postmedieval? Can we locate concepts like the vulgar tongue and vernacular eloquence in our current critical lexicon? What is at stake in contemporary deployments of categories like classical, vernacular, or sacred language and world, national, provincial, or cosmopolitan language? How do these and other linguistic terms participate in the broader cultural politics of labels like barbarism and civilization?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference in the BerkshiresCatalyzing 21st Century Discourse and Engagement on RaceJune 11-14, 2019Keynote Speaker: Nikki Giovanni (Biography)World-renowned activist, commentator, educator, poet, and writer
MLA 2020 ASLE Co-Sponsored Roundtable: Indigenizing the Future: (Re)Imagining the Future of the Environment
Although the Holocaust has long engaged writers in Canada – those with and without direct links to the historic event – their particular exploration of the subject has received little critical or scholarly attention. We now invite submissions to a collection of scholarly essays on Canadian literary works that treat the subject of the Holocaust.
Call for Papers
Journal of Working Class Studies
Social Haunting, Classed Affect, and the Afterlives of Deindustrialization
This Special Issue of the Journal of Working Class Studies will bring together essays that explore the lingering afterlives of deindustrialization.
The Humanities at the Crossroad of the Local and the Post-Global
October 17-18-19, 2019, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
A collaboration between Phantasma Center and the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies on Planetarity (CELCP, Université de Montréal)
Co-presidents: Laura T. Ilea, Corin Braga, Simon Harel, Heike Härting
Conference Date: April 4-6, 2019
Why are space and place important categories for the study of religion? What role do these categories have in formulating concepts of religion? Scholars have attempted to not only theorize space but also to employ it in their work to better understand how humans interact with the spaces around them. These spaces are not confined to physical spaces. We invite papers that address, ask, and employ any discussion regarding space or place concering religion. Scholarly work is not restricted to one single field, and neither is this conference! We welcome proposals from all fields of interest and relevant disciples.
Living and travel expenses are covered by the department.
Since the arrival of the first European colonists on the North American continent, frontiers have served as powerful forces within the public imagination. Often characterized as lawless hinterlands, frontiers call boundaries into question and operate largely independently of, yet in juxtaposition with, larger units--imperial, national, cultural, racial--in which they are classified. For this proposed panel to the Charles Brockden Brown Society Annual Conference in Lexington, Kentucky from October 3-5, 2019, we invite proposals exploring any facet of the utility of frontiers, or borderlands, to protest or revise social or cultural ideas from the colonial period to the present.
Modernist Afterlives and the Politics of Literary Inheritance
Panel proposal for MSA Toronto, 17-20 October 2019