Modernity is often defined as a series of political, social, and economic shifts related to the emergence of an autonomous subject. Nevertheless, there is a lack of consensus of how to measure the underlying forces driving this supposed change of paradigm. In light of recent approaches to subjectivity, we invite participants to circulate 5-8 pages papers (with theoretical or empirical foci on the topic) and discuss them after a brief presentation. The goal of the seminar is therefore to interrogate the condition of the “early modern subject” through the analysis of established binaries such as (but not limited to) unity/plurality, transcendence/immanence, individual/communal, East/West, local/global, medieval/modern, etc.
The literary productions of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century African diasporic thinkers are widely acknowledged as the discursive corrective to African enslavement and colonization under Western hegemonic domination. Olaudah Equiano’s, David Walker’s, and Frederick Douglass’s works emphasize the significance of ancient African history and agitate for the abolition of chattel slavery; in the early twentieth-century, W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction (1935) and C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins (1938) contest the Eurocentricity of traditional Marxian thought by highlighting the import of enslaved African labor to the development of the modern Western capitalism.
Historical English poetic comparison with Pakistani Poetical forms in Wordsworth and Shinwari’s poetry
Ph.M Scholar, Department of English Language and literature,
The University of Lahore, Lahore-Pakistan
Mob: +92 3366317543
A reviewer of Claudia Rankine's Citizen writes, "one problem with writing poetry about political or historical issues is that poetry proves a terrible method for transmitting information." This is an assertion we have encountered before. Regarding Ezra Pound's Cantos, Donald Davie writes, "Whatever more long-term effect Pound's disastrous career may have on American and British poetry, it seems inevitable that it will rule out (has ruled out already, for serious writers) any idea that poetry can or should operate in the dimensio of history, trying to make sense of the recorded past by redressing our historical perspectives. . . .
Performance philosophy has been in development for the past decade as an interdisciplinary approach to performance studies. The contemporary global reality and political-economic situations have called forth performances that operate within new frames of reference and use new technologies. Understanding the complex politics of these new performances requires a fresh theorizing, a specifically contemporary philosophy of performance. The ‘crossover’ of performance and philosophy hybridizes the spaces between and around the two ‘conceptual personae’ (Deleuze and Guattari). The present areas of conceptual interrogation include radical interventionist studies of existing philosophies to place performance into perspective.
“…STRAIGHT OUTTA ENGLISH…"
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR
CHANGING ENGLISH: STUDIES IN CULTURE AND EDUCATION
After the success of the NWA hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton, the importance that NWA played in the emerging culture we knew then as hip-hop is crystal clear. Subsequently, it is also clear that this once-emerging culture is now the pulse for popular culture. At the same time, movies like Dope become critical in thinking about the rendering and (re)rendering of hip-hop in this new wave of popular culture. This viewpoint is evident by simply observing the following nexus of events:
ReFocus: Announcing a New Series in Film Studies: The International Director
In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus: The American Directors Series. Each book focused on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition.
Call for Papers (Symposium) - deadine for proposals: Friday, 1 July 2016
Oscillations of Gender & Genre: Intersections of the Literary and Visual Arts
9-12 November 2016
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Featured Speakers: Jen Bervin, Dianna Frid, and Cecilia Vicuña
CALL FOR PAPERS
Bodies in the Streets: Somaesthetics of City Life
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 26–27, 2017, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
Baltimore, Maryland, has been the home of several important African American authors, including Frederick Douglass and Frances E. W. Harper. In addition to these major writers who influenced the emergence of African American protest literature of the tumultuous nineteenth century, there are several other significant writers of prose and poetry who have lived in the city and created African American literature. Notable examples include Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Waters Turpin, Eugenia Collier, and Lucille Clifton.
In keeping with this year’s broad PAMLA conference theme, “Archives, Libraries, Properties,” the Comparative Media panel seeks submissions for 15-20 minute presentations dealing with the interrelationships between various media forms and/as archives, libraries, and properties. The panel welcomes presentations that define the panel’s key terms – archives, libraries, properties, and media – broadly, and use them in productive tension and collaboration with one another. Presentations that seek to creatively disrupt the traditional media forms of conference presentations – thinking the conference itself as a kind of library or archive of performed academic properties – will be particularly welcome.
Maps bound in at the beginning of books can shape the reading of the book in a variety of ways. Whether they map continents and signal the sweeping world building of a high fantasy, or map an idyllic English village and signal a cozy murder mystery, both the scale and content of a map provides important information for a reader of fiction. This panel will consider the questions of genre raised (and perhaps answered) by prefacing fiction with maps, and also the various issues of intertextuality indicated by the presence of the map. For instance, is the map part of the packaging? Is it paratextual? Bound in as a page, does it reify text by providing the semblance of context?
Seminar: “Modernism & Fascism”
Organizers: Dr. Franco Baldasso, Bard College; Dr. Sara Marzioli, Penn State University
Guest Speakers: Jennifer Scappettone, University of Chicago; Laura Wittman, Stanford
In today’s global landscape, the category of the “human” has assumed a principal position not simply in terms of its ontological centrality but also in relation to surrounding nonhuman worlds. At stake are questions ranging from the impact of humans on the biosphere (the Anthropocene) to their involvement in the virtual world (Knowledge Commons and Ergodicity) to their experiences of the “inner life” of things (Object-oriented ontology and Affect Theory) to the ethical politics over the Other (the terrorist, the refugee, the queer).
The Compass is an online scholarly journal edited and produced by students in the Arcadia University Honors Program. It is dedicated to providing a platform for undergraduate research and insight so that it may inspire, intrigue, and inform an audience. The journal’s primary aim is to cultivate scholarly community and intellectual curiosity by featuring multidisciplinary perspectives. The Compass endeavors to build an intellectual collaborative community that promotes the circulation of research and ideas.
All papers must be formatted in Chicago style with a bibliography. End notes should be included in place of footnotes.