Writing in 1940, Walter Benjamin suggests that "the historical progress of mankind" be immobilized so that we may respond to, rather than overlook, social injustices in the present. This panel seeks to examine through the theme of looking back how American literature of the Twentieth Century represents activism and defines its relationship to activism. How does a literature or literary history understand the distinction, if at all, between the world of words and that of action? Along these lines, papers might examine whether symbolic forms, namely literature, are themselves politically effective or if they must be valued as primarily heuristic formations. How, furthermore, can one create praxis through literature?
CFP Ol3Media – On-line journal of television, cinema and media studies – University Roma Tre
In recent years the vampire issue has been placed overwhelmingly all around because of a series of books and movies that have invaded our world. In film, literature or television, the vampire has reached an enviable position in the media landscape.
The next issue of Ol3Media will focus around this topic with essays that can provide food for thought on the subject on the production post-2000.
Possible suggestions (but we welcome suggestions for other topics):
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore ways in which particular screen technologies and media are displayed and spectacularised – that is, instances in which attention is drawn to the medium or technology itself rather than simply to its content.
Call for Papers: WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly) Special Issue on Market
Guest Editors: Mara Einstein and Joe Rollins
Forgotten Bodies will provide a forum in which postgraduate researchers can explore often overlooked discourses, representations and practices relating to embodiment, sexuality and gender. Previous research into this field has often urged overly simplistic hegemonic models of practices, desires and identities, which this conference hopes to reassess. Our main objective is to explore the challenges of not only researching, including but also re-positioning so-called 'forgotten bodies' in academic programmes.
The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the effects of transformative moments and experiences—textual, cultural and academic. Topics might include but are not limited to: effects of historical and political crises on literature and culture; revolutions; linguistic transformations; bodily transformations; religious conversions; personal turningpoints in autobiographies, literary characters, academic careers, etc.; genre transformations; texts into film; dissertation into book; academic turning points.
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The 36th interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies will take place April 7-10, 2010, on campus at the Nebraska Union. The theme is "Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains."
Imagining Other Histories: The SW/TX PCA/ ACA in the area of Historical Fiction invites papers on the role of history and alternate history in fiction. To what extent have fiction writers, poets, filmmakers, myth makers, and other producers of pop culture bent the paths of history into different directions, into ur worlds, friendlier worlds, bleak worlds, parallel worlds, idealist worlds? Take, for example, the way that the reality of African American history was initially omitted from standard American historical accounts and the paths of history were bent toward the hegemony of a White world.
Call for Papers: Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden at 100
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, Jackie C. Horne and Joe Sutliff Sanders are soliciting essays for a proposed volume in the Children's Literature Association's Centennial Studies Series. The series seeks to reexamine children's classics from a contemporary perspective. All critical and theoretical approaches are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: