This panel will broach the topic of shaping a poetic identity through the prism of a traumatic experience of displacement. How does the poet present a disturbing personal history on the page? Coming from one place and being forcibly moved to another also involves confronting a different language and culture: how is such an occurrence translated to the page? Is poetry a space where cultures and languages clash with one another, or does the expression effect a reconciliation? How does this potential blend of languages and cultural references (including code-switching and code-mixing) inscribe a troubled identity, trying to reconstitute oneself via a poetic text?
26-27 March, 2020
University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference
Keynote: Kandice Chuh (CUNY) - "The Humanities as a Racial (Trans)Formation"
Masterclass: Jahan Ramazani (UVA) - "Poetry, (Un)Translatability, and World Literature"
DH Masterclass: Brad Pasanek (UVA) and Brandon Walsh (UVA)
We welcome papers on any aspect of Shaw studies, including but not limited to:
comparative treatment of plays by Shaw,
Shaw and his contemporary playwrights,
cultural aspects of Shaw’s works, and
international Shaw play productions.
The world is in crisis: socially, politically, environmentally. We are increasingly confronted with notions of otherness as the world is shrinking – we interact with diverse cultures, ideas, agendas as we never have before. Yet, at the same time, we are increasingly polarized in our thinking, with the rise of a global right-wing agenda challenging a progressive wave of policies the world over. Yet, these crises seem to pale in consideration of the increasingly urgent climate crisis.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the year of freedom from indentureship for Indian labour. Ninety-two years had elapsed between start of the system and this red letter day when they say the system finally collapsed. It was a relief for many of those caught by its myriad snares. The worlds and the subjectivities that were imbricated in the system, giving rise to it or succumbing to the weight of its oppression or emerging from under it, have not yet been fully explored. We are proposing an anthology of stories in your unheard voices in order to create an opportunity for exploration.
Can you write a story or a poem that imagines what it was like for someone from the Indian sub-continent to become an indentured labourer?
As a flagship title for Sony’s Playstation console, Final Fantasy VII was one of the first high-profile games to blend cinematic narrative with deep/immersive gameplay. Thus, the editors of Final Fantasy VII at 25, an upcoming title in McFarland's Studies in Gaming series, are seeking contributions to a collection which will examine the storytelling of the game, the many themes and motifs expressed, and how various mechanics all relate to the player experience.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale had an enduring cultural effect well before the world began so uncannily to reflect it. Notable hallmarks of its resulting renaissance include, among others, the following three. Bruce Miller’s ongoing television adaptation, on the one hand, beginning in April of 2017, its second and third seasons moving us a few years away from Gilead as an established dystopia, as depicted in the body of the novel, toward its eventual downfall, as acknowledged in its concluding “Historical Notes.” On March 26, on the other hand, shortly before the third season’s premiere, Renée Nault’s graphic-novel adaptation of the original appeared.
CALL FOR PAPERS: GENERATIONAL STUDIES
POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION 2020 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2019
We welcome proposals for papers on any and every topic related to America’s generations including: Baby Boomers, Generation Jones, Generation X, Xennials, Millennials (Gen Y), and iGen (Gen Z).
We invite submissions from individuals and organized panels (3 or 4 persons), focusing on topics related to:
A recent trend has seen many writers create literary narratives that confront twentieth-century events while inscribing into that past the authors’ contemporary selves (e.g.: Binet 2009; Jablonka 2012; Foenkinos 2014). These biographical meta-narratives seem dictated by the impossibility to construct one’s own subjectivity without facing the very notions of civilization and humanity that our violent pasts have reconfigured.
The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction is accepting submissions for a special issue on environmental studies and science fiction to be released in the summer of 2020.