With the erosion of totalitarian regimes in Africa and the intense development of popular protest, women have always found ways to cope with the national disenchantment that has eternally attempted to exploit them as a means to preserve the nation’s homogeneity. Thus, the relationship between women and the nation remains rather complex: on the one hand, they are members of communities, institutions and groups that secure the nation’s political agenda, on the other hand, they are still looked at as social categories holding specific roles in the nation, namely that of reproduction.
Women in Literature MMLA 2017—“Literatures from the Lockdown”
Thinking about this year’s MMLA theme, “Art and Activism,” led us to consider the ways in which women’s art and women’s activism have been “locked down.” Sometimes women’s art and women’s activism locks itself down; after all, Audre Lorde once proclaimed at an MLA conference, “What does it mean when the tools of a racist patriarchy are used to examine the fruits of that same patriarchy? It means that only the most narrow perimeters of change are possible and allowable.” How, then, do we escape the lockdown? How do we empower even as we resist?
With the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States and Brexit, it appears like we have been returned to aggressively hegemonic geopolitics and spatial exclusions, globally and in the Pacific. We think that, under these conditions, it is important to revisit and extend Edwards Said's provocations.
Call for Papers, Doris Lessing Studies 2017: Open Topic
REPRESENTATIONS OF HOME 2
Conflict and/or (Be)longing: Thinking with Stories and Images
Venue: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, 16-17 November 2017
People not only think about stories; far more consequentially, people think with stories.
Arthur W. Frank, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology, 2010: 47.
A.K. Ramanujan in a poem entitled “Small-scale Reflections on a Great House” had mused, “Sometimes I think that nothing/that ever comes into this house/goes out. Things come in every day/to lose themselves among other things/lost long ago among/other things lost long ago”. The description may seem oddly apt for the field of postcolonial studies which continues to search for new shores even as some of the concerns of the past begin to fade with the inevitable processes of history. Even as the field remains committed to a quest for emancipation from violence and discrimination and deprivation, caused by the forces of race, class, gender, sexuality and a number of other factors, the modalities continue to change and the boundaries begin to blur.
Life and Death
15 & 16 September, 2017
An interdisciplinary conference organised by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide (Australia)
Call for Submissions
Waters are contested entities that are currently at the centre of most scientific discussions about sustainability. Discourse around water management underlines both the serious absence and devastating overabundance of water: rising sea levels compete against desertification; hurricanes and floods follow periods of prolonged drought.
Call for Conference Papers
University of Greenwich, London
27th and 28th June 2017
Conference Coordinator: Dr. Justine Baillie, University of Greenwich, London
Wreck Park is an international journal run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.