Borderlands are defined as being both 'an area of land close to a border between two countries' and 'an area between two qualities, ideas or subjects that has features of both but is not clearly one or the other' (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016). The significance of borders and borderlands has become particularly prevalent in contemporary society. Literature has always responded to the issues of its context of production such as Burke writing on the French Revolution up to and including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's 2013 novel Americanah addressing global concerns of nationality and migration.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Critical Perspectives
Reminder to get your abstracts in for Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play
School of Communication & Information
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2016
Proposals Due: April 3rd (Abstracts, 250 words)
Extending Play is back, and this iteration will play with the concept of time. We are looking for papers and presentations that excavate the past, interpret the present, and forecast the future of play and games.
This research looks at the cultural performances and popular celebrations practiced by Afro-Mexicans from the colonial period to the 20th century in the regions of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guerrero. The goal is to demonstrate how the use of performance and popular traditions has impacted Afro-Mexicans in the shaping of an imagined community, giving space for agency in the formation of their cultural identity. The scholarship of the African diaspora in Mexico is a relatively fresh area of study. Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran (1945) pioneered the documentation of their economic history including slavery and origins. Other themes of study rely on sociopolitical aspects, geographic studies, gender, magic and spirituality.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Literature/Film Association Annual Conference
October 13-16, 2016
October 6-9, 2016, Chicago, IL
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
5550 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 678-4488
The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2016 conference in Chicago, Illinois. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:
Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2016
Deadline for Completed Essays: January 15, 2017
The NBC series Hannibal has garnered both critical and fan acclaim for its cinematic qualities, its complex characters, and its fascinating reworking of Thomas Harris' mythology so well known from Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs (1991) and its variants. The television series concluded late in 2015 after three seasons and in spite of a great deal of fan support for its continuation on a premium network or through a paid service like Netflix.
RISKING THE FUTURE: VULNERABILITY, RESISTANCE, HOPE
An International Conference on the Risk Humanities
Durham University, UK
12-13 July 2016
Michaeline Crichlow (Duke University)
Simon During (University of Queensland)
Walter Mignolo (Duke University)
A 1-day conference to be held on May 25, 2016, on the subject of 'Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics'. The conference aims to explore the relations between capitalism and animal life, and will emphasise the following themes:
the intersections between capitalism and the 'Sixth Extinction';
artistic representations of animals under the aegis of capitalism;
the biopolitics of domestication;
the development of industrial animal farms.
The conference will be followed by a Postgraduate Roundtable on the 26th of May, which is open to the public.
The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed. All proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2016 via online submission: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.