Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
The 3rd Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.
Abstracts are invited for an essay collection, Keats in Popular Culture.
Although Keats's literary legacy and influence on Victorian, Modernist and Post-Modernist literature has been explored in some depth, his impact on popular culture—particularly in the 21st century—has yet to be fleshed out. This collection seeks essays that examine Keats's significant presence in film, television, music, comics, video games, memes, science fiction, architecture and design, matters of taste, cultural criticism, popular science, psychology and philosophy.
Interested parties, please send 500-word abstracts by June 15, 2016 to Brian Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 publication of Thomas Ohlgren and Lister Matheson's Early Rymes of Robyn Hood: An Edition of the Texts, ca. 1425-1600 provides new opportunities for scholars to reread and reconsider the earliest Robin Hood rhymes and plays. Scholars now have access to the extant manuscripts of the late medieval ballads as well as two early plays. Now that these early texts are readily available—some for the first time—it is time for scholars of a wide range of interests and backgrounds to return to the medieval rhymes with the aid of this significant new resource that allows for truly in-depth analysis of the source materials.
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.
The Writing Across the Curriculum panel will be exploring the role of writing in breaking down traditional barriers between disciplines and forming new avenues of inquiry and discourse across the curriculum. What approaches to teaching writing contribute to interdisciplinarity and illustrate innovative uses of text to that end? Please send abstracts of 250 words to Alex Johns at Alex.Johns@ung.edu by April 5th, 2016.
CALL FOR POETRY, FICTION, AND ART:
Pomona Valley Review is looking for poetry, short fiction, and artwork for our 10th issue this June. PVR needs quality work from undergraduates, graduates, and professionals alike from any college campus, but all are welcome to submit. Quality is our only criterion. Please see our website for details on submitting online and for free versions of previous issues. Deadline is May 15th.
Lucayos is a peer-reviewed journal of the literature, culture, history and creativity of The Bahamas and the larger Caribbean region. Developed by the Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts at the College of The Bahamas, the goal of the journal is to promote critical regional and cultural awareness through academic and creative writing that comments on or is a product of The Bahamas and the Caribbean. The journal is focused on the literature, culture, or history of the region or in creative expression which connects to relevant themes, places, and spaces in the Caribbean.
In a 2005 article for The New York Times, Canadian-Russian author and American academic Michael Ignatieff raised a provocative question: "Who Are Americans to Think That Democracy Is Theirs to Spread?" Surveying a range of critical responses to the US war in the Middle East, such as the idea that US involvement is economically self-serving, or that it facilitates the rise of increasingly repressive regimes, Ignatieff argues that the US has been ineffective, if not oppositional, in its stated aims of promoting democracy worldwide. This MELUS panel builds on SAMLA 88's theme of "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It" and perspectives like Ignatieff's to ask how multi-ethnic American writers position the US amidst the political unrest of their birth nation.