A few decades ago, the mention of most Anglophone writers would have been met with ignorance for the most. In spite of the regular turn out of creative works by these Cameroon Anglophone writers, they continue to remain obscure both nationally and internationally. This unfortunate state of affairs is not the result of the fact that these writers have not been prolific nor that their creative productions have not been of a high quality. Rather it has been occasioned by a dearth of criticism of their works. This critical void although being gradually filled is still scant, disproportionate and lacking in authority.
Amiri Baraka used the term to describe the work of Black Arts Movement writer Henry Dumas, and over the years, interest in AfroSurrealism has only grown.
Allen University is now accepting paper and panel proposals for the second annual Hip Hop Studies Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016. Students and faculty scholars from all levels and from any discipline are encouraged to apply. The deadline for proposals is March 4, 2016. For more information about the conference, see our website at hiphopstudies.weebly.com
Conference Dates: February 24-25, 2016 Flagstaff, AZ
Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016
Queer@King's invites proposals for individual talks, panels, roundtables, poetry slams, open mics, critical karaoke and other creative presentations on the topic of queer performance for a one-day conference on Saturday, June 3, 2016. What is queer performance? Where is queer performance? How can performances of queerness, from the stage and YouTube to the dance floor and online sex communities, be a mode of socio-cultural critique?
Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.
At the root of every critical discussion, from politics to religion to student affairs, is a discussion of space, place, and location — where am I? Where can I go? Who else is here? Who cares?
Place holds a particular importance in understanding society and the social relations within it. With questions on the importance of this "ever-shifting social geometry of power and signification" (Massey 1994) that is the 'spatial,' "You Are Here," is a conference dedicated to exploring the questions and implications of space and place.
Post-Hamlet: Shakespeare in an Era of Textual Exhaustion
2015 has been a year of global crisis. As violence has escalated in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other politically unstable countries in the region, record numbers of refugees have abandoned their homelands and risked their lives to gain asylum in nations across Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. These events position us to interrogate the consequences of such attempted border crossings. We are also left to ask what occurs when bodies don't fully or successfully cross from one side of the border to another. We must wonder as well, if the crossing is successful, how migrants can carve a place for themselves against pushback from the dominant linguistic, political and cultural landscape.
The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2016 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions; students may submit up to three poems or one other creative work. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students.
SAGES Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
303 Carroll St, Akron, OH 44325
April 28, 2016
The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on April 28, 2016. We welcome creative writers and scholars from various disciplines to discuss the theme, "Hysteria." This free conference is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
We invite scholarship and reflection addressing one or more elements of hysteria and its historical and cultural context.
Phenomenology has inspired countless pieces of art, literature and music, and has influenced disciplines as diverse as theology, cognitive science, anthropology, ecology, architecture and nursing. Phenomenology can also be seen as a precursor to other philosophical and theoretical movements including post-structuralism, deconstruction, post-modernism and ecocriticism. Through cross-disciplinary questioning and discussion, this One Day Symposium on 24 June 2016 at the University of Kent will reassess extant assumptions about phenomenology.
Call for Contributions
University of Sussex and the Poetics Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London present:
Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK
9.30am-6pm, Saturday 27th February 2016
Bedford Square, London
WORDS - Medieval Textuality and its Material Display
Paris, June 30th - July 2nd 2016
Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers)
Geoffrey Koziol (University of California, Berkeley)
Blackness has been a topic of steady critical concern in Poe studies at least since Harry Levin's groundbreaking The Power of Blackness (1958). More recent critics have posited a metaphysics of race, where blackness is a coded means of discussing slavery—a topic that Poe (cognizant of his readership both above and below the Mason-Dixon line) never raises directly. Descriptions of black people range from Jupiter (the loyal, manumitted slave in "The Gold-Bug"), to the benign "negro valet," Pompey (appearing in several tales), to the mutinous sailor in Pym as well as the murderous South Sea natives. Blackness finds its avatar in the titular figure of "The Raven"; and its expression of abject horror in "MS.