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The Harlem Renaissance After the Transnational Turn

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 3:35pm
Special Session: MLA 2017 Panel

This proposed special session will explore how the transnational turn in literary studies has impacted the ways we research and write about the New Negro Renaissance. Publications like Escape From New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem and the 2013 special edition of Modernism/modernity "The Harlem Renaissance and the New Modernist Studies" (20.3) have pushed us to expand the boundaries of the New Negro Renaissance. As a result of works like these, scholars have begun to accept that what we call the "Harlem Renaissance" was not limited to Harlem's urban locale; the term signifies a global uptick in black cultural production encompassing the Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

8th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 2:23pm
Dr. Shane Rasmussen / Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The 8th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 16-17, 2016 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Sacred Louisiana."

Tenth Global Studies Conference - National University of Singapore

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 1:16pm
Global Studies Knowledge Community


National University of Singapore, Singapore
8-9 June 2017


The Tenth Global Studies Conference will be held at the - National University of Singapore in Singapore, Singapore, 8-9 June 2017. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

Q-Topia: Queer Futurism in Theory and Literature

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:50pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

As queer theory continues to evolve and utopian studies dusts itself off from its relative dormancy until the late twentieth century, the two strands of thought have grabbed ahold of one another in hopes to uncover just what "The Future" might mean to those identifying as queer. This panel seeks papers wishing to join the vibrant conversation of the relationship between queerness and utopianism. Is queerness inherently utopic? Is the future inherently queer? How might queer individuals enact utopic desires? Can we find moments of the queerly utopic and utopicly queer in canonical and non-canonical literature?

The Good Life is Out There Somewhere: Uncovering Utopia in the Nineteenth Century Canon

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:41pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Though neither Mr. Thornton nor Mr. Bell evoke "Utopia" flatteringly in Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, each mention of the term situates the concept of utopianism at the center of the novel's labour dispute and makes the reader wonder if Margaret Hale might not be a utopian heroine. Not considered a utopic text, North & South nevertheless engages itself in a conversation about utopianism (and dystopianism). This panel seeks papers re-reading non-utopic texts (or authors) from the nineteenth century as utopic. By June 1st, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University,

Humor as Embodied Practice

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 11:12am
International Society for Humor Studies

The Department of Drama and the Trinity Long Room Hub welcome the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) to Ireland for its 35th annual conference in June 2016. ISHS is the world's leading organization for the study of comedy, humor and laughter. Established in 1976, it boasts over three hundred members worldwide across disciplines ranging from the Arts and Humanities to the Social and Natural Sciences – from stand-up comedians, clowns and laughter therapists to researchers in media studies, linguistics and neuroscience. Bringing together a variety of scholars and creative practitioners, ISHS Dublin 2016 focuses on the broad notion of Humor as Embodied Practice.

"Object Lessons in Personhood" (MLA Roundtable)

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 11:05am
Law and Humanities Forum, Modern Language Assocation of America

A Roundtable Session for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia, organized for the Law and Humanities Forum.

Proposals are welcome for 10-minute papers that focus on a single "thing." The aim of the session is to consider key theoretical issues surrounding legal personhood—questions of consent, responsibility, rights, and freedom—as they manifest themselves at the level of substance, form, and lived environment. Taken together, these papers will establish a material archive for personhood and model new ways of putting legal studies into conversation with other thriving subfields in the humanities, such as material culture studies, animal studies, science studies, ecotheory, disability studies, and critical theory.

Update: Feasting, Fasting, Famine: Representations of Hunger in South Asian Literatures and Culture

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:14am
Guaranteed Panel MLA 2017, Philadelphia, 5-8 January

Feasting, Fasting, Famine: Representations of Hunger in South Asian Literatures and Culture

The South Asian and South Asian Diasporic Forum of the MLA invites proposals on theorizing the politics, aesthetics, ethics, affect, of figurations of hunger in South Asian literatures and cultures. Presentations may focus on hunger in a range of contexts including food insecurity and globalization; class, gender, imperial, postcolonial contexts; on memory, and memorialization, and the historiography of hunger. Among other contexts/aspects, papers may focus on hunger and the state; hunger and violence; hunger and migration; philanthropy/famine relief: a fundamental right or charity? Visual representations of hunger.

The Globe, the World, and Worldliness: Planetary Formations of the Long Eighteenth Century

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:10am
NEASECS Amherst, MA (October 20-22, 2016)

We often think of the terms "globe" and "world" as synonymous because they seem to similarly name the totality of the thing on which or in which we all find ourselves living. This panel asks contributors to consider different formations of planetary or worldly experience in the long eighteenth century, if only to highlight the particular implications of considering the world as species of globe.