To Kill A Mockingbird, an American literary classic since its publication in 1960, along with the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, holds a unique place in the U.S. cultural imagination. Decades of scholarship analyzing the novel's literary, cultural, legal, and pedagogical implications confirm its artistic and social relevance. In July 2015, the publication of Harper Lee's alleged draft, Go Set A Watchman, followed by a wave of articles in the popular press, unsettled the novel's stable presence in the American literary canon, forcing readers to rethink critical and popular interpretations.
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, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
The panel "French Culture in the Shadow of Charlie Hebdo", held on Nov. 6 at the PAMLA 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon, is still looking for a panelist.
It is a great opportunity, perhaps for a local scholar or a graduate student, to share their work on a crucial subject.
The Hemispheric Americas Lecture Series at Penn State invites proposals for a two-day interdisciplinary graduate student symposium on the topic of "Race in the Americas." Some central questions we hope to grapple with include: How do we define and conceptualize race across the Americas? How do gender and sexuality complicate our notions of race? How do national, regional, local, and global perspectives add another layer of problematization in our understandings of race? How does race politically intervene in literary, artistic, and other cultural productions? What kinds of practices—medical, judicial, and otherwise—have contributed to shaping the senses (sight, sound, etc.) of bodies in this region?
Date: February 20th, 2015
Theme: Objects & Commodities
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
We are excited to close out this year's symposium with a poetry reading at a local pub! Attendees are also invited to share their works there, please check out our website or contact us at email@example.com for more information. There will also be a social on Friday
Now that the race-based master narrative of apartheid is beginning to fade from the country's collective consciousness (as seen most clearly in the South Africans born after 1994 who have no lived experience of its system of comprehensive repression), South African literature produced in recent years has begun to explore the human dimensions of new forms of discrimination resulting from social phenomenon such as xenophobia, ethnic tensions, homophobia, language bias, and the misrepresentation of HIV and AIDS. This panel welcomes papers dealing with literary works that identify such human rights violations, explore their causes and ramifications, and challenge the post-apartheid rhetoric of the rainbow nation.
The highly-prolific and well-acclaimed South African author Sindiwe Magona has been a voice for human rights and justice throughout her three decades as a writer. Her many works (including two novels, four plays, two collections of stories, two autobiographies, over 120 children's books, one biography, and one collection of poetry) demonstrate a common preoccupation with the injustices and indignities faced by South Africans both during and after apartheid. Whatever the genre, Magona focuses primarily on the experiences of women and children and provides a glimpse into domestic and familial side of life in South Africa.
The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.
CFP: Poetry and Poetics (Critical)
Abstract/Proposals by 1 November 2015
For the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association's 37th Annual Conference.
February 10 - 13, 2016
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
1-888-421-1442 / 1-888-421-1442
Fax: (505) 843-2710
We are now forming panels for presentations of American poetry and poetics criticism at our 2016 conference. There are no limits in regard to historical period, topic, or theme, and we welcome panel proposals, especially those that include panelists from multiple institutions. Acceptances will ultimately depend on the availability of compatible presentations to form coherent panels.
CFP: S84 "Cultural politics in Harry Potter: death, life and transition"
Rubén Jarazo-Álvarez, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Pilar Alderete, NUI Galway, Ireland.
Concerning Harry Potter's saga, this panel proposes to investigate death, necropower and its relationship to Capitalism, with special emphasis on cultural representation of rites of passage, from life to death, and sometimes, the other way back. Taking into account Posthumanism and the different postulations on bodies transiting from one realm to another in HP world, we invite participants to analyse any aspect with regard to the novels and/or films.
In-Yer-Face Theatre: Two Decades On
Panel for Comparative Drama Conference
March 31-April 2, 2016
By the time 1995 gave way to 1996, it was clear that something groundbreaking was afoot in the British theatre. 1995 had seen the premiere of Sarah Kane's first play Blasted, Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Joe Penhall's Pale Horse and Judy Upton's Bruises. 1996 would feature the London premiere of Trainspotting, Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking, Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan as well as Kane's Phaedra's Love and Nick Grosso's Sweetheart.
M. Wynn Thomas Prize 2016
Contributions are invited for Jadavpur University Essays and Studies (JUES), Vol . 30, due to be published in late 2016. JUES is peer reviewed (ISSN number: 0975-3478) and contributions are being accepted till December 31, 2015.
The theme of this issue is
MATERIALITY AND CULTURAL LIFE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE
We welcome contributions touching on any aspect of this broad theme. The following areas have been identified as being significant, but this list is not intended to be complete or restrictive. It is expected however that a concern about or awareness of the significance of material cultures will be demonstrated in the contribution.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS – Edited Volume on Women's Lives Around the World
Women's Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia
Volume 4: Europe
Editor: Nancy Barbour, MAIS
Executive Editor: Susan Shaw, PhD
To be published by ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press in 2017
Southwest Popular/ American Culture Association 37th Annual Conference.
Submissions are welcome that apply disability studies in any area of cultural, historical, or literary research, or that apply disability studies in conjunction with another theoretical approach, such as queer theory studies, feminist or gender studies, issues of diversity, and so on. Work addressing all media and cultural contexts (literature, TV, film, games, social media/web media, laws, social and cultural practices, politics, and so on) from a disabilities studies or combined approach is welcome.