Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?
"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every time" – Leonardo DeCaprio as Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA) invites artists and writers from the Afghan diaspora in North America to participate in Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art, a three-day series of literary, visual, and performance art responding to the different relationships, connections, detachments, and dispositions one can have to "the homeland" in one's creative work. The program is designed to critically engage with the question of what kinds of expectations and creative freedom does being called upon as a member of a diaspora place on artists, writers, and intellectuals.
The editors of Barzakh Magazine are proud to present our new RAGE issue, featuring new work by Lydia Davis and other talented writers! Our writers approach the question of RAGE in its varied iterations and demonstrate that creative inquiries into the topic can be as diverse as the contentious history of the word.
We'd like to thank all UAlbany's faculty, our staff, and our contributors for helping us to put together the issue. You can find it at barzakh.net under the "Current Issue" heading!
The Editors at Barzakh Magazine
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.
Theme: Natural and Unnatural Histories
Keynote Speakers: Kate Flint (University of Southern California) and Elaine Freedgood (NYU)
March 10-13, 2016, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, NC
Hosted by Appalachian State University
Popular Modernisms: Then and Now
Proposed Edited Collection
Abstract Deadline: July 26, 2015
Keynote speaker announced: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London)
Extended deadline for abstracts: 20th July 2015
The extended deadline reflects the interest we have received in wider European male experience. We now welcome papers that focus on British and European devotion. This conference is co-hosted with the Universities of Reading and Liverpool Hope. It aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. Suggested themes include:
CALL for PROPOSALS
The Land Has a Story
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501
Keynote by Sarah Piccinni, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society
Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film
November 6, 2015
Texas A&M University- San Antonio
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224
Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 14, 2015
The English Graduate Student Committee at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is pleased to announce the inaugural graduate and undergraduate English conference. The conference theme is "Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film." This conference will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on November 6, 2015.