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Sweet Home Chicago? Rethinking Blues Literature

updated: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:02am
MLA 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 12, 2018

Sweet Home Chicago? Rethinking Blues Literature

 

MLA 2019

Chicago, IL   3 January – 6 January 2019

 

What is the current state of Blues Literature? It has been well over thirty years since Houston Baker Jr.’s Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory (1984) put blues back on the critical map. Much has changed since then. Even with innovative interventions in the field (Davis, Bolden, Gussow, McGinley), blues literature has fallen out of vogue within academic circles. This panel seeks to rethink blues literature's critical value.

Doris Lessing Studies 2018: Special Topic

updated: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:04am
Robin Visel/Doris Lessing Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Call for Papers, Doris Lessing Studies 2018: “Alternative Domesticities in the Works of Doris Lessing.” 

Following Jenni Diski’s 2016 memoir, In Gratitude, we invite new readings of Lessing’s portrayals of non-biological families, non-normative modes of affiliation and dependence, and unconventional households and genealogies.

Textual Transactions in Netherlandic Literature, Language and Culture

updated: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:59am
MLA Dutch Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Textual Transactions IN NETHERLANDIC LITERATURE, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

3–6 January 2019, Chicago

Session organized by the MLA Dutch Forum

The Modern Language Association is the oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the study of language and literature in America. For the 2019 convention of the Modern Language Association, the MLA Dutch Forum is organizing a session on the 2019 Presidential theme ‘Textual Transactions’. The convention will be held from 3–6 January, in Chicago.

Anne Gere, the 2018–19 president of the MLA, has chosen Textual Transactions as the presidential theme for the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. This is described as follows:

Misperformance: Staging Law and Justice in the African Diaspora

updated: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:55pm
CALLALOO Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 23, 2018

A CALLALOO CALL FOR PAPERS

Misperformance

Staging Law and Justice in the African Diaspora

 

Callaloo invites papers for a special issue on “Misperformance: Staging Law and Justice in the African Diaspora” guest edited by Jason Allen-Paisant (University of Leeds, United Kingdom).

 

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Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere

updated: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 9:35am
Professor Patrick Flanery / Queen Mary University of London, School of English and Drama
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere

A Colloquium hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

 7 June 2018

Keynote speaker: Suvir Kaul, A. M. Rosenthal Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, author of Of Gardens and Graves: Kashmir, Poetry, Politics (2017)

Feminisms In Motion: Migrations, Upheavals, Relocations

updated: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 9:33am
Institute of Romance Languages and Translations Studies (University of Silesia, Katowice)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Feminisms In Motion: Migrations, Upheavals, Relocations

Call for Papers
4-6 October, 2018
CINiBA Katowice, Poland

Reality, Interrupted: New Perspectives on Magical Realism

updated: 
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 1:25pm
Liverpool John Moores University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

5th July at Liverpool John Moores University

Keynote Speaker: Dr Chris Warnes (St. John's, University of Cambridge)

It has been over twenty years since the publication of Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (1995), a collection of seminal essays which challenged the perception of magical realism as a form strictly reserved for Latin American writers. The collection instead repositioned magical realism as an international form used by writers from across the globe and to depict a variety of historical contexts. However, Netflix’s critically acclaimed Narcos (2015), a biopic of Pablo Escobar, firmly attributes magical realism to the Latin American context once again, opening with the statement:

Regional Identities & Coastal Communities of the Pacific

updated: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 7:12am
New Zealand Studies Association / University of Aveiro, Portugal
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Papers can consider all topics related to the Pacific and New Zealand, with priority given to papers that address the themes of ‘regional identities’ and/or ‘coastal communities’. We are particularly interested in papers that consider space and place in relation to the coast, beaches and beyond. However, interpretations of the theme are broad and can include national, urban and rural identities, town and country, gender and ethnicity, cultural expressions and local industries, the environment and climate change. The conference fee includes annual membership to the NZSA, which for 2018 includes a twice-yearly journal.

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