In keeping with this year’s SAMLA theme of utopia and dystopia, this panel will investigate the ways in which work, class, and labor have been represented throughout these traditions in American literature and culture. From utopia texts from authors like Edward Bellamy and Ignatius Donnelly to dystopian films like The Hunger Games and Divergent, utopian and dystopian representations have had a lot to say about work, class, and labor. In this panel, the questions we are interested in posing in this session are these: how are utopias/dystopias important for thinking about social class and labor? What can these representations tell us about popular and theoretical understandings of social class and labor?
KIERKEGAARD: UTOPIAN OR DYSTOPIAN?
Since the discovery of oil in the 1970s, Gulf Cooperation Countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) have employed a large expatriate labor force, primarily from neighboring South Asian Countries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Philippines. Recent studies claim that nearly 50.4% of the total population of the Gulf Cooperation Countries are expatriates. Such mass emigration has not only allowed for the rapid economic expansion of these Gulf countries, but at the same time they have produced a number of cultural and socio-economic consequences for the countries from where Gulf’s primary work forces originate.
This panel intends to examine the works of Muslim American poets, novelists, jazz musicians, punks, hip hop artists, mipsters, filmmakers, and visual artists. Muslims are woven into the American fabric, from the generations of Moorish slaves accompanying the conquistadors in the Southwest, enslaved West Africans such as those in the coastal Gullah communities, Arab laborers in the Midwest factories in the late 1800s, twentieth-century immigrants fueling the medical and technology sectors, to those currently displaced by wars and natural disasters. Papers are invited that explore the diverse compositions of Muslim American identities in literary and cultural texts.
I am interested in collecting essays that explore religious belief and practice in contemporary young adult fiction (written after 2001). There are several questions that each chapter will address: How are the religious experiences of teenagers expressed in contemporary young adult literature? What is the relationship between the characters’ religious beliefs/values and their interactions with parents, their friends, their schools, and their societies (real and fantastic)? How do young adult authors use religious texts, traditions, and beliefs to add layers of meaning to their characters, settings, and plots? How does contemporary young adult literature place itself into the larger conversation regarding the postsecular?
Call for Papers:
Vernacular Practices across East Asia
The University of Chicago Graduate Student Conference 2016
Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th
Keynote Speaker: Bao Weihong, Assistant Professor in the Chinese Program and Film Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Special Event: “Kagawa Ryo Live in Chicago,” a performance of Japanese folk music
Apollon, a peer-reviewed undergraduate eJournal in the humanities, announces the call for papers for its seventh issue. The sixth issue is online with six peer-reviewed research contributions from undergraduate scholars across the US, and expanded features such as audio and video interviews, material and art history videos, and editorial pieces. Apollon invites college and university undergraduate students to help edit or get published in a new peer-reviewed digital humanities publication.
Student submissions deadline is July 01, 2016. Interested faculty should contact us with interest or inquiries as well. Go ahead -- you know you want to.
George IV fined Leigh Hunt, the Editor, £100 for publishing Lord Byron’s anonymous satire, “The Vision of Judgment,” in their new independent journal, “The Liberal,” about George III not exactly having gone to heaven in 1823. Earlier, on September 3, 1811, Byron wrote in a letter to Hodgson, a friend, “I will have nothing to do with your immortality; we are miserable enough in this life, without the absurdity of speculating upon another. If men are to live, why die at all? And if they die, why disturb the sweet and sound sleep that ‘knows no waking’?...
The editors of a new book on cinema from the suburbs seek a chapter relating to film and architecture in the suburbs, or cinema and the industry of cinema in the suburbs, or a related topic.
This book is already contracted and due for completion in the next few months, so a chapter that is already written or draws from research already undertaken would be most likely, but all ideas are welcome
The Editors can be contacted at email@example.com
This session aims to further a scholarly debate on the reality of multilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States in the context of a globalized market led by the United States. The tragic events of 9/11 brought to the public discussion the United States’ inability to communicate with and comprehend other cultures and other languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged even at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.