In light of the FIFA world cup 2018 in Russia, an upcoming issue of gender forum approaches the question of gender and sports from a multi- and interdisciplinary angle. With the common division into men’s and women’s sports, athleticism appears as an inherently gendered occupation. Yet even outside the pitch itself, these implications reign supreme.
What exactly is the content of a literary text, and how does it affect the experience of reading? How should critics approach a text's overt elements and ideas? A lengthy and currently influential tradition of thought has emphasized literary form in a variety of creative ways, but very little has been done to explain how critics should think about content. This panel will bring together six scholars, who will each briefly (in 8 to 10 minutes) offer a definition of literary content and an example from a particular text. Please submit an abstract for such a paper, along with a one-page CV, to pfessenbecker at gmail.com by March 15.
Note: this is a non-guaranteed special session, and requires MLA approval.
La Ceiba: The Undergraduate Journal of Central American Studies is now accepting submissions for its spring 2018 special issue, themed “DACA, TPS, & Uncertainty: Immigrant Lives in the Contemporary U.S.” From the White House and State Capitols to city councils, immigration policies are currently intensely debated and contested, resulting in a myriad of changes in federal, state, and municipal laws.
SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES
devoted to cross-disciplinary, cross-genre, and cross-media scholarship
SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES is a scholarly, academic conference which runs in conjunction with HawaiiCon (September 13-16, 2018) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the western coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i.
At their most basic level, sporting events are about numbers: wins and losses, percentages and points, shots and saves, clocks and countdowns. However, when it comes to sports narratives—the expert commentary before, during and after, the athlete interviews and press conferences, the fan debates around a television or in online forums, etc.—the stories quickly leave the realm of analytics and enter into mythos. The narratives we tell make sports so compelling. We shape athletes into heroes or scapegoats, Davids or Goliaths. We mold the sporting event into a comeback tale or a fall from grace. In other words, we make sports dramatic.
"Aging and Theatre/Performance"
Special claims have always been made about poetry. For Plato, poetry carried a special danger: its imaginative and rhetorical projections had the potential to corrupt the citizens of the Republic by leading them away from what is good and true. For other thinkers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, poetry has a special moral force that must be recognized as necessary to society, even when the political efficacy of individual poems is not obvious or immediate. Theodor W. Adorno argued that the uniquely “virginal” expression of an individual lyric poem implies a protest against a social situation we cannot but feel as oppressive.
Call for Papers: Frontiers of Narrative Studies
As more institutions turn outward to offer unique learning experiences for students, how do we create literature-based service-learning projects that are engaging and impactful?
Looking for presentations on successful service-learning projects that will be completed or in-progress by Fall 2018.
Faculty-student co-presentations are especially welcome.
Email CV & 200 word abstract by 25 March 2018.
Call for Papers, Women's Studies Special Issue: "Futures of Feminist Science Studies"
This special issue of Women's Studies: an interdisciplinary journal invites submissions that work at the intersections of science studies, feminism, and cultural studies. We are especially interested in work that explores the possibilities that emerge from feminist science studies, both as a critique science’s “culture of no culture” and as a pedagogical intervention relevant to the training of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students. Submissions for this issue should fall into one of two broad categories: "Gender, Science, and the Practice of Culture" and "Feminist Science Studies in the University Classroom."