In recent years, the critical discourse surrounding the personal narrative has increasingly recognized autobiography as an important literary genre that is developed within a continuously evolving framework. The recent inclusion of unconventional modes of personal writing within discussions on autobiography reflects the latest development in autobiography studies from a highly conventional genre to an open, changing, and ever-expanding practice that connects writing with other modes of representation.
Call for papers for Book Essays in edited collection
Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this book seeks essays that examine the role of art and visual culture in the Modern and Contemporary eras.
Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts
Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens
University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
9am-6pm, Friday 11 September 2015
Dangerous Girls or Girls in Danger?: Questioning Narratives of Girls' Sexuality
Girls' sexuality has long been a site of intense parental, pedagogical and public concern. Even today, the question of how (or even if) a girl might be sexual without being passively 'sexualized' continues to resonate, as evidenced by the American Psychological Association's 2007 Report of the Task Force on The Sexualization of Girls.
This proposed panel for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies 2016 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia seeks to explore conflicting narrative representations of girls' sexual desires and behaviors, in hopes of drawing out the divergences, presumptions, and anxieties regarding the sexuality of girls.
Call for submissions: An edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell.
Editor: Dr. Ruth Charnock [University of Lincoln, UK].
Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell's music: her tunings, her lyrics, her scope have drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This edited collection will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation, with a major publisher having already expressed interest.
Tuning Speculations III, November 20-22 2015
Plenary Speakers: Anna Munster (University of New South Wales) and Rebeka Sheldon (Indiana University)
A One-Day Public Conference @
Working Class Movement Library, Salford, UK
Saturday 26 September 2015
Keynote Speaker: Professor David Howell, University of York
Call for Papers for Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication
Circling The Elements Conference: The State(s) of Hip Hop & Rap
April 7-10, 2016
Call for Papers for an Interdisciplinary Workshop as part of the research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War.
Colonialism, War & Photography
London - 17 September 2015
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
(Re)forming the Progressive Era
The Progressive Era (1890-1920) occupies an unsettled place in Americanist literary studies, despite the period's claims to forward-looking progress. To some extent, this uneasy relationship to the discipline-- whose professional protocols, pedagogy, and scholarship often operates by means of century-based periodization-- reflects the period's own wildly unsettled nature.
This special issue will focus on literary texts by African writers in which the protagonist returns to his/her 'original' or ancestral 'home' in Africa from other parts of the world. Oxfeld and Long, writing on the ethnography of return suggest that it differs from globalization and transnationalism since 'it is situated in particular events and experiences' reflecting 'particular historical, social, and personal contexts' (2004: 3). Nevertheless, they go on to state that returns do have an effect not only on the communities the returnee leaves or joins but also on 'global ways of relating and interacting with one another' (2004: 3-4).
Popular Modernisms: Then and Now
Proposed Edited Collection
Abstract Deadline: July 26, 2015
As part of the scientific program PRES FE2C "Cultures and Territories," we organized a workshop in 2012 on "Itineraries" and more recently a symposium entitled "Cultures in Movement." We are pursuing these research topics in the context of a collective publication, focused on the more specific issue of itineraries/routes.
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: