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Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL - Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Extended Deadline: May 15, 2016
The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.
As a conscious and unconscious, sustained, even efficient effort at 'making and letting die' (Mbembe), necropolitics is systemic to capitalism. The grand-scale destruction of the earth's ecosystems, the overt and covert forms of genocide (the so-called 'war on terror' or the 'refugee crisis'), the feeding of dead poultry to genetically modified legless pigs, or the more recent 'ecological' inventions such as biocremation in which human remains are used to produce heat for leisure centres (Rumble) are only some of the familiar examples.
The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.
With the rise of the internet, computers, ipads, and other new media, children's books have begun to transform into post-books, new book-game or book-movie hybrids that are changing the nature of the children's book in the 21st century. In this session, we will theorize the roots of the change (how the new technological post-paper books are different from or similar to other earlier book-hybrids like pop-up books, book-toy hybrids, and book-game hybrids) and the ramifications (material, political, pedagogic, and aesthetic) of the new media.
Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.
Guest Editors Invited
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Guest Editor: Avishek Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Silchar
We seek essays that are interdisciplinary in nature. Papers should not be merely descriptive but involve a philosophical/theoretical exploration of the issues. Any papers that merely describe the events journalistically will be rejected outright. Please see our submission guidelines for further details.
We also seek book reviews within 1200 words and conforming to the MLA style. For works academic and non-fiction works, the books to be reviewed should have been published between 2014 and the present. For works of fiction, the reviews are to be restricted to books published from 2015 to the present.
For the 2017 RSA in Chicago, the Andrew Marvell Society welcomes submissions on topics such as
• Non-Historicist Approaches to Marvell
• Cognitive/Evolutionary Approaches to Marvell
• Marvell and Holland
• Marvell and Religion
• Marvell and the Duke of Buckingham
Please send CVs and proposals (max. 150 words) to Alex Garganigo (email@example.com) by 24 May 2016.
Non-Historicist Approaches to Marvell
Call for Papers: PAMLA 2016 - Postcolonial Literatures
We invite paper submissions on Postcolonial Literatures, a standing session of the annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference. The 2016 PAMLA Conference will be held at the Westin Pasadena from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13.
This year's theme is "Archives, Libraries, Properties." However, papers on topics related to postcolonial literary studies (such as resistance, mimicry, hybridity, nationalism, transnationalism/diaspora, neo-colonialism/imperialism, decolonization/de-imperialization) are welcome.