Asian American activism emerged in 1968 as a political movement in which Americans of Asian descent came together to fight rampant racial stereotyping and institutional inequalities. Since its beginning, however, it has never been simply a shared fight for basic civil and human rights in the face of second-class citizenship. Over the past fifty years, it has become clear that minority experiences of racial discrimination are embedded within other social systems of subordination, including classism, sexism, ageism, speciesism, and environmental violence, and that the Asian Americans have played integral roles envisioning and making manifest a more just future.
The Illustrated Texts session welcomes papers as well as innovative or even illustrative presentations that interrogate the concept of illustration broadly construed. In addition to proposals that explore traditionally illustrated texts, this panel also invites proposals that question the illustrative nature of much of our own work. Does illustration "light up, clear up, or elucidate" our text as its etymology suggests or is it operating differently?
DEADLINE EXTENDED to 6 April 2015
- Call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference
AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS
18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English,
University of Chicago
John T. Cacioppo, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, Department of
Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, University of
Ronald de Sousa, Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Sensational Influences: Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Literary Legacy
A Conference to commemorate the centenary of Braddon's death
4-5 September 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet St., London
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Phegley (University of Missouri-Kansas)
Literary scholarship has long traced the intersections between Victorian fiction and 19th-century science, particularly with regard to Darwinian, Spencerian, or proto-Freudian influences on narrative structures and character portrayals. This panel invites submissions that consider the influence of 19th-century scientific and/or medical writings on literature in the broadest sense (fictional representations, plots, or poetry). Transatlantic considerations are particularly welcome. By June 1, 2015, please send an abstract of 250-500 words along with AV requests and a brief bio paragraph to Doreen Thierauf, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking good scholarly articles (20pp plus) on Adrienne Rich or Jayne Cortez for a volume in progress with a feminist and/or cultural-studies approach to these two poets.
Issues might concern: poetics, feminist politics, influence, performance. The manuscript is well underway. Please respond ASAP if you'd like to submit material for consideration.
Technical Writing Regular Panel
South Central Modern Languages Association Conference
WHERE: Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee
WHEN: October 31st - November 3rd, 2015
The South Central Modern Languages Association brings together a diverse group of scholarly disciplines, and this year the conference will focus around the theme of "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language." We welcome papers on the theory, pedagogy, or public applications of technical writing to help us explore the language and stories of this field.
To be considered for the panel, email a 250 word abstract to:
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our tenth year of issues. We are interested in articles on radicalism in a wide range of contexts and areas, and encourage articles from humanities and social science perspectives. The Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements.
According to Marx, man's aesthetic sense is socially acquired, rather than innate. As cultural producers, artists must labor in the system for the benefit of the market as well as be committed to the working-class cause. In keeping with the theme of SAMLA87, this panel will seek to explore the ways that social constructs can influence all mediums of art. Papers dealing with any aspect of Marxism will be considered as well. Please send abstracts, A/V requirements, and a brief bio to Emma Baughman, Georgia State University, at email@example.com Deadline is 10 June 2015.
Across Europe, the public discourses of migration continue to trade on anxiety and fear. Much of this debate seems wearying familiar: populist politicians rehearse familiar anti-immigration rhetoric, while EU states co-operate to target so-called "irregular" migrants. At the same time, European migration appears to display new contours and patterns that such repetitions seem unable to record. Migration within Europe has also changed, as the EU expansion has combined with the calamitous collapse of finance capital.
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The economic and political/cultural impact and transformation due to neoliberal policies and the globalizing agendas of capital are to be seen at the level of the region as much as they are at the national. Indeed, under the thrust of global financial and technological forces the region as a linguistic, geographical and political entity is at once sutured to and independent of the nation. The power of capital and corporations, often circumventing the national structures of power and governance, allows them to directly intervene into and shape the affective and ideological landscape of specific regions. The very process of integration into capital is disintegrative, heightening the region even as it dissolves its distance from capital.
Confirmed speakers include:
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Christine Ross, McGill University
Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley
Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley
Jacob Gaboury, Stony Brook University
W. J. T. Mitchell, University of Chicago
Is it … always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn't the indistinct one often exactly what we need? (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, §71)
Extended Deadline: April 6.
This is an open topic session. We seek papers exploring the intersections of literature and politics. Please send abstracts of 250-300 words.