gender studies and sexuality
In After Theory, Terry Eagleton writes: “Theory is general, culture specific.” If we read this assessment along with contemporary proclamations of the irrelevance of theory in reading literature, a few assumptions about what is and isn’t considered to be theory come into view. If the interruptions of culture mean death for theory as generalization, how does that immediately mean death of theory tout court? The epistemic scandal (Rey Chow, 2006) behind this melancholic gesture betrays a provincialism of Eurocentric theory.
Bodies, Sexualities, Masculinities
“I sing the body electric”
University of Minnesota
DATES: March 22-25, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jane Ward
Call For Papers (July 2017)
postScriptum: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literary Studies (online, open access, peer-reviewed, UGC approved, ISSN: 2456-7507), published by the Department of English, Sarat Centenary College, invites original, unpublished, scholarly research articles, book/film reviews for its July 2017 (Vol II No ii) issue on or before 30 September 2017.
Please follow the submission guidelines before sending papers/reviews. Submission of an article implies that:
Taking as its starting point R.W.Connel’s understanding of multiple variants of "hegemonic masculinities," this panel seeks to examine how masculinities are constructed across a vast spectrum of class, caste, and ethnic differences in South Asia. Borrowing from Stuart Hall’s theorization of "identity in process," this panel seeks to examine the idea of masculinity "in process" in post-colonial/post-imperial spaces like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This panel seeks to examine different forms of fragile masculinities and aim to unpack their inextricable relationship with hegemonic practices. By doing so, this panel will examine how the idea of masculinity is heavily influenced by both local and contemporary neoliberal practices.
When iconic feminist scholar Susan Gubar is faced with ovarian cancer, she turns to research and her pen to produce her 2012 Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer -- depicting her “life-in-death” (188) illness with brutal honesty. Gubar emphasizes a “[telling of] the truth about the experiences of the female body” as her illness works to destroy her understanding of self. While her text serves as a means to capture her illness narrative even as it defies cancer-related tropes, her memoir becomes a space where her writing process and writing product help her to work with and around her illness.
Navigating urban spaces as a queer subject in a global world can prove to be challenging. Indeed, the experience of being queer in the cité, favela or any major urban space around the globe may conjure up a different reality based on the subject’s country and society. This panel will consider the way writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals view queers and their relationship with the urban spaces they inhabit, especially cities implicated in postcoloniality, globalization, and nationalism and that struggle with tradition and modernity, religious faith and secularism, political upheavals and economic crises.
Call for Submissions
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 is a peer reviewed, open access, scholarly journal, sponsored by the Aphra Behn Society and the University of South Florida. Published twice a year, the journal focuses on gender, women’s issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century, including pedagogy and digital research techniques and findings. We are particularly interested in articles that take advantage of the multi-media potential of the online environment.
CALL FOR PAPERS - FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, Issue 5 Autumn 2019
Feminism and Motherhood in the 21st century
Guest editor: Dr Charlotte Beyer, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Gloucestershire
Motherhood has long been a vital yet complex, even problematic topic for feminism. This special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics investigates the meanings of motherhood for feminism today, and the challenges it poses, in a glocal context characterised by gender fluidity and social inequality.
This panel seeks papers that analyze textual, visual, and/or performance-based media in which female, trans*, and/or genderqueer protagonists fight against injustice, whether through explicitly political acts (e.g. protest) or by living a life in opposition to oppressive hegemonic demands. How is this resistance coded aesthetically, linguistically, formally, and/or narratologically? How do intersecting aspects of the protagonist’s identity, such as race, ability, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and/or nationality/citizenship status shape the kinds of resistance undertaken? How are these acts interpreted by other actors in the storyworld and what is their impact?