In 1784, Benjamin Franklin writes of Americans "[we] do not inquire concerning a stranger, what is he? But, what can he do?" When the first Europeans settled the shores of what is now the United States, hard work was necessary for the very survival of the small communities, yet since then, the notion of hard work and a strong "work ethic" has passed into American consciousness as a (if not the) defining virtue of both an individual's identity and of national identity. This panel seeks papers exploring what literary work produced in "Antebellum America" (roughly 1820-1861) has to say about this idea of hard work as the primary shaper of both individual and national identity.
Both science fiction and postcolonial theory are concerned with troubling normative understandings of movement, diaspora, and hybridity. Indeed, "The Stranger in the Strange Land" is an oppositional trope that is at the heart of both science fiction and historical colonial encounters. The other-worldliness and futurity of science fiction has offered numerous writers an effective (and increasingly popular) medium to critique political, social, and cultural issues, and in many ways presents an ideal literary landscape to interrogate the colonial enterprise. Even so, there is a relative lack of postcolonial voices in the mainstream SF genre. What accounts for this silence?
CFP: American Comparative Literature Association, 2016
Seminar: Proustian Awareness: Seeing, Reading, Listening, with the author of la recherche
Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Dates: 17-20 March, 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 23 September, 2015
Contact: Adeline Soldin, Dickinson College
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show's producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many "conversations about race" that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
The editors of the award-winning Victorians Institute Journal are accepting essay submissions on all aspects of Victorian literature and culture for Volumes 43 and 44. Submissions of 5000-8000 words should be sent electronically in Word format to the Editors at VIJ@mtsu.edu. All essays should follow Chicago manuscript style.
For more information about the journal, visit the VIJ website at: http://victorian.utk.edu
The year 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Nella Larsen. In spite of the modest size of her œuvre and her early departure from the scene, by all accounts she ranks as one of the leading writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Well regarded during her brief literary career and for a few years thereafter, her works—like their creator—nevertheless slipped into obscurity. In 1986, Deborah McDowell's publication of a new edition of Larsen's two novels was a key element in sparking a revival of interest that took hold in the 1990s and has continued to this day.
Call For Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers
DEADLINE: October 1, 2015
The Black Performing Arts Area provides a scholarly forum to share and disseminate research pertaining to the Black performing and visual arts. Broadly defined, the area focuses on all forms of performing and visual arts, including jazz, blues, gospel, hip hop, rhythm and blues, Caribbean music, dance, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and acting, in the mainstream marketplace.
Patricia Clough has recently identified what she calls an "affective turn" in fields across the humanities and social sciences, which reimagine the place of emotion and the body within the political, economic, and social. Affect is increasingly important to nineteenth-century American studies, as critics like Michael Millner and Christopher Castiglia work to understand how feelings such as sympathy and anxiety helped shape literature and popular culture, as well as our definitions of citizenship more broadly. In addition, this affective turn is present in the sciences: Raffi Khatchadourian's recent investigative piece, "We Know How you Feel: Computers are Learning Emotion and the Business World Can't Wait" in the New Yorker (19 Jan.
This seminar invites presentations on the liveliness, actual or apparent sentience, and uncanny autonomy of objects in Shakespeare's plays. The surge of new materialisms across disciplines, including thing theory, actor-network theory, speculative realism, and object-oriented ontology, opens up new possibilities for understanding the latent forcefulness of things—from stage props to statues to dead bodies to coastlines—and the social, economic, and ecological assemblages of human and non-human matter that collude in the creation of Shakespeare's theatrical worlds.
ACLA 2016 (Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA: March 17-20,2016)
Visual (Inter)Changes in the Mediterranean Basin: Medieval & Renaissance Western and Eastern Illuminated Manuscripts
"Yet does illustrating in a new way signify a new way of seeing?"
― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
Placing Bilingualism: Bilingualism in Comparative Perspective
Seminar at ACLA Annual Meeting
March 17-20, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Submission deadline: September 23
Bilingualism is a phenomenon that unites literary creation across geographic and temporal boundaries. Yet questions about the role of bilingual competencies in literature often remain overlooked. This panel seeks to bring together scholars across disciplines in exploring the place of bilingualism in literary production and the comparative potential of bilingualism in literary criticism.
Proposals are now being accepted for the NeMLA conference that will be held in Hartford, CT March 17th-20th 2016.
New Conference Dates: June 23 and 24, 2016
The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers
An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM) and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio), with the support of the regional programme, EnJeu(x).
Université du Mans, June 23rd and 24th, 2016
Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts
2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.