Inspired by examples such as Samuel Beckett's injunction in Westward Ho to "fail better," Gertrude Stein's inability to complete her "history of the whole world" in The Making of Americans, and Ezra Pound's lament in "Canto CXVI" that he could not "make it cohere," this panel seeks papers exploring the relationship between modernism and failure. In their varied and frequent embraces of utopian politics, incomplete narratives, and pure abstraction, many modernist writers and artists engaged in a wide range of aesthetic and political projects doomed to fail, while others embraced failure as a means of escaping the progressive, normative, or otherwise limiting aesthetic, political, and cultural models they inherited.
Watchung Review invites scholarly papers on the theme of migrations and identity. This is a timely topic, both in academic work and in the media, and one which calls on the rich work of postcolonialism, movement and migration in literature and rhetoric, and interdisciplinary studies of migration and identity. We encourage submissions which approach these deeply political issues head on, and papers which interpret the theme more broadly by investigating issues of migration arising in a variety of periods, intellectual spaces and within a range of critical and theoretical perspectives. Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:
• Historical or Temporal Migrations
• Movement across Borders
• Community and Identity
CFP: Alternative Culture "Industries" (MSA 18 Pasadena)
This call for papers invites submissions from postgraduates, early career researchers and independent researchers on the subject of Science, Society and Civilisation for the eighth edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for researchers of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in 2016.
This is a renewed call for papers for a special issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies
James Madison University is hosting The 1st Annual Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship. The symposium will be held October 7th and 8th, 2016. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University's Special Collections hosts one of the finest publicly accessible collections of pulp magazines in the United States, including a recent acquisition of over eighty issues of Street and Smith's romance pulp Love Story. There has been a recent explosion of scholarly interest in pulp magazines and popular print culture. This conference builds upon emerging scholarship in this exciting and expanding field. We are currently looking for presentation proposals related to methodologies of pulp scholarship, focusing on pulps from 1895 to 1955.
The Marxist Literary Group welcomes a wide range of paper proposals concerning Marxism, but papers addressing the SAMLA 88 theme (Utopia/Dystopia) are especially welcome. Interested panelists should submit a 250 word abstract and any A/V requirements to Emma C. Baughman, University of Rhode Island, at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2016.
[SAMLA88 will take place November 4-6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL]
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, and can be seen as an international bill of rights for women. All countries that have accepted the Convention are compelled to follow up with a series of measures that would end all forms of discrimination against women. If the purpose of CEDAW is to end all acts of discrimination against women by organizations, then we would be compelled to include organizations that propagate religion in the public domain as mostly and often, these religious bodies propound theology that is comfortably couched in misogyny, thereby validating a heightened sense of machismo as being endemic to human behaviour.
The American Journal of Semiotics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is seeking contributors to a special issue on Music and Semiotics. We are particularly interested in semiotic approaches to popular music. Among the submissions currently under review are essays on heavy metal, grunge, Laibach, Hüsker Dü, Schubert, psychedelic rock, and the Singing Revolution in Lithuania. Submissions should be sent by August 31, 2016, to Gilad Elbom, guest editor, at email@example.com.
THE SOCIAL is the title of the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference (IAVC2016@Boston). The conference IAVC2016@Boston invites international collaborations, papers and events on post-democracy, post-society, anger, violence, future visions, crisis, zombie democracies, social media, neo-slavery, post-capitalism, post-data, social evolution, revolution, actionism, post-state, interventionism, cannibalizing corporativism, post-colonialism, economic vampirism, neo-serfs, globalized thievery, art activism, red art, insurrectional art and social exploitation.