Much of Walker Percy’s fiction and non-fiction writing is social commentary. At least two novels - Love in the Ruins and The Thanatos Syndrome - may be called dystopian or post-apocalyptic. His numerous essays on race relations, on secular materialism, on misguided “self-help” books in a postmodern world seem to indicate that he suspected 20th century America was a dystopia itself. Additionally, Walker Percy’s personal life included social action in his local community and through the Catholic Church. Proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" in Walker Percy’s fiction, non-fiction, or life are welcome. Send 300-word abstracts, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dr.
In honor of Walker Percy’s 100th Birthday Anniversary, proposals addressing any topic or area celebrating Walker Percy’s life, his fiction, or his non-fiction are welcome. Send 300-word abstracts, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dr. Karey Perkins, University of South Carolina - Beaufort, at both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7.
The Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies session seeks proposals related to the literatures and cultures of Portugal, Lusophone Africa, and Brazil for the SAMLA 88 conference to be held in Jacksonville, FL, November 4-6, 2016. Papers that engage with the conference theme of utopia/dystopia in contexts such as exploration, migration, and nation formation in the Portuguese-speaking world are especially encouraged. By June 1st, please submit an abstract of up to 250 words and expected A/V requirements to Katherine Ostrom, Emory University, at email@example.com.
For its 25th annual meeting, the British Women Writers Conference invites papers and panel proposals considering the theme of “Generations.” As we look back on a quarter-century of feminist scholarship and practice within British Studies, we want to celebrate those who have defined the British Women Writers Association’s past and nurture those who will shape its future. Of course, even within literary traditions or scholarly networks, generational transitions are rarely ever easy or smooth. Such transitions may be accompanied by paradigm shifts, struggles to be heard, or difficulty letting go. We therefore welcome investigations into the complexities of generational exchange and transition in women’s writing.
International Bilateral Conference Portugal/Italy
Performance analysis: A bridge between theory and interpretation.
SEMA 2016 Proposal
Call for Papers for SEMA 2016
The Medieval “Freak Show”: Putting the Monstrous on Display in the Middle Ages
People and creatures perceived as monstrous or wondrous are often put on display for profit or exploitation. At times, this exhibitionism presents itself as “education.” What has popularly been called the “freak show” achieved its height via the emergence of working class entertainments that transformed visual cultures in the nineteenth century, as exemplified in P.T. Barnum’s circus and its sideshows, but also including innovations such as the stereoscope and the panorama, which prepared the rise of cinema and, later, television.
English and Italian Hybridity
CFP for Renaissance Society of America, March 30-April 1, 2017, Chicago, IL.
October 29, 2016, 8:30am - 5:30pm
4th floor Information Commons, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elaine Hadley, The University of Chicago Introductory Speakers: Anna Kornbluh and Benjamin Morgan, V21
In Past and Present (1843), Thomas Carlyle states, “The condition of England, on which many pamphlets are now in the course of publication, and many thoughts unpublished are going on in every reflective head, is justly regarded as one of the most ominous, and withal one of the strangest, ever seen in this world.”
Rolling CFP: The Phoenix Papers
The Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association is pleased to announce a rolling CFP for our open access, peer-reviewed journal of fandom and neomedia studies. The projected publication date for our next edition is January 2017. Items submitted after 1 December 2016 will be considered for inclusion in the next journal edition in July 2017.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.
Alternately celebrated and pilloried, mother figures have been assigned contradictory roles throughout the histories of English-speaking societies. Reflecting the power structures and conflicts of their times, they have been portrayed as pillars of society, providing material and emotional security, and models of sacrifice, or vilified for failing to perpetuate the expected values of individual responsibility and self-control. Nearly a century after winning political emancipation and almost half a century after the historic struggles for sexual emancipation—which yielded unequal results from one country to another—, women in all segments of society in the USA, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth are still regard
Call for Articles : Translating and Adapting Petrarch (Proposed Collection of Essays)
Anafora, an international journal published by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, invites contributions for the upcoming volume.
Announcing THATCamp @ The Lake! On June 18th and 19th, we’ll gather at Wright State University’s campus in Celina, OH for an open meeting of the minds. In two days, we plan to explore the intersection between technology and the classroom, as well as discuss the ways that technology can expand our pedagogy and research.
I am currently seeking a scholar, teacher, or librarian who is interested in writing a 3,000 word essay on censorship in world/global young adult literature. In particular, I am interested in essays that explore YA censorship in a non-U.S. context, and that offer readers strategies on how to prevent, address, and prepare for potential acts of censorship. The piece written by the selected columnist will be published in volume 44, issue 3 of The ALAN Review (http://www.alan-ya.org/calls-for-manuscript-submissions/).
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.