Tyler Perry has become an African-American cultural icon through his stage plays, films, sitcoms, and now, primetime dramas. As such, his works have come under scrutiny for their representations of the African-American family unit as well as representations of race, class, and gender. Though Perry has an avid fan base, all do not agree with the ways in which his "art" functions culturally within the African-American psyche. W.E. B. DuBois states in his 1926 article which was published in The Crisis, "I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.
47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
17 March - 20 March 2016
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015
Prof. Carol Dyhouse (University of Sussex)
Prof. Rosalind Gill (City University London)
We are working on an edited collection about working-class literature(s) from a global and comparative perspective, and would like to invite scholars to contribute with text on working-class literatures from various countries/regions.
Interdisciplinary Conference in Arts and Science
Venue: Southern Regional College, Newry, Northern Ireland
Date: 13th- 14th November 2015
The School of Academic Studies and Applied Science at Southern Regional College calls for papers for a two day interdisciplinary conference on Memory.
Key note speakers: Prof. Nigel Fabb, University of Strathclyde
Deadline: 8 November 2015
Panel: Fanfiction In Medieval Studies
Conference: 51st International Congress in Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016)
Organizer: Anna Wilson
If measured by their impact on French and English novelists, Russian authors surely take pride of place among the writers of the world. Adapting Fyodor Dostoevsky's famous quote "We have all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat'", it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that some of the most notable French and English authors are deeply indebted to Russian literature. From the late 19th century in particular, Russian literature has heavily influenced a plethora of French and English novelists in a variety of ways.
Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.
Languagetalks 2016: Graduate Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
IBZ Munich, 24th to 26th February 2016
Graduate School of Language and Literature
Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion
Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?
Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
African Literature Association 2016 Conference
Justice and Human Dignity in Africa
and the African Diaspora
Venues: Marriott Marquis and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in
Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
April 6-9, 2016
Conference website: http://ala2016.com
Media and Surveillance
Since its inception, surveillance studies has confronted questions of control and governance, accounting for a variety of technological assemblages like CCTV and tracking devices and their relationships to state politics, cultural identity, and new spatial imaginaries. In today's era of social media, internet tracking and corporate data mining, increased airport and border control, and major government data breaches, scholars are prompted to reconsider the relationship between surveillance and our everyday uses of media.
CALL FOR PAPERS
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
"Literary Journalism: Telling the Untold Stories"
The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-11)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Faculdade de Comunicação Social
Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
19-21 May 2016
The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 19-21 May 2016. The conference will be held at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Call for Papers
The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA
8-9 April 2016