In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant asks why we stay "attached to conventional good-life fantasies – say of enduring reciprocity in couples, families, political systems, institutions, markets and at work – when the evidence of their instability, fragility, and dear cost abounds" (2). The post-1945 social consensus in Britain, the reproduction of the American Dream, and the social democratic promises made across Europe are political expressions of the good-life fantasy after World War Two. These social contracts have long since worn out, put under pressure from various financial crises since the 1970s and radical shifts in the political landscape.
Mediascape Features Section Call for Papers
Fall 2015: Time
For the Features section of its Fall 2015 issue, Mediascape, UCLA's journal of cinema and media studies, invites scholarly articles that address the theme of time.
"N-Determination and Critical Practices of Resistance"
UC Irvine March 12-13 (Thursday and Friday)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The poet—the contemporary—must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see?
'What is the Contemporary?' – Giorgio Agamben
Quantum Metaphors and Fractal Verse: Intersections in Contemporary American Poetry and Science
The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference will be held May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites multidisciplinary papers for a panel at the 40th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference: The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid: Fences, Boundaries, Borders – Literal and Imagined- we welcome papers that explore Edwidge Danticat's activist and creative work in relationship to fences, boundaries, and borders. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:
Happy holidays, colleagues,
Is "submit a proposal to the Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, CO next October 16-17, 2015" on your holiday to do list? I hope so!
Call for papers is at the conference website: communitywriting.org
Check out our fantastic line-up of keynotes and invited speakers:
Keynotes: Eli Goldblatt and Paul Feigenbaum
Publication: St. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)
"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:
Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives
University of Limerick, Ireland
20th-22nd May 2015
Conveners: Dr Cathy McGlynn, Dr Maggie O'Neill, Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh (University of Limerick)
The «théâtre musical léger» in Europe: From the Operetta to the Music-hall
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca/Pistoia)
Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française (Venice)
5-7 October 2015
COMPLESSO MONUMENTALE DI SAN MICHELETTO - Lucca
CALL FOR PAPERS
HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Race, Sex, Class, Privilege and Gender
Global France, Global French
Humanities Research Centre, ANU
21-23 October 2015
Professor Dominic Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Keene State College
Keene, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2015
Call for Papers and Sessions
"Representation, Adaptation, Recollection"
Keynote speaker: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English, Brown University
What does social healing look like in its most effective manifestations? How are we responding to the violence(s) and systemic oppression(s) that pervade our communities? How have we and how can we continue to attend to the real needs and social ills of all our respective communities? What strategies affect revolutionary positive healing? In what ways are social healers resisting, confronting, and/or transforming community healing? Our questions are inspired by the Caribbean novelist, scholar, and social activist, Dr. Erna Brodber.