In recent years, subtle discussions of beneficiaries (Bruce Robbins), bystanders (Robert Meister), spectators (Luc Boltanski), and implicated subjects (Michael Rothberg) have drawn attention to the political, ethical, and aesthetic imperatives emanating from occupying positions of complicity in structures propped up by historical injustice. While much of this scholarship zeroes in on atrocities and events of historical significance, Robbins and Meister, at least, also wedge open space for considering complicity at the level of everyday life. What does it mean for someone to feel depressed by diagnosis of climate catastrophe? To feel overwhelmed by capitalism? To desire escape routes in the face of resurgent racist nationalisms around the world?
We are inviting scholars and graduate students to participate in our seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2020 annual conference, titled “Decolonial Epistemic Resistances and (Trans)local Practices.” This conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago on March 19-22. Please see our seminar description below or via this link: https://www.acla.org/node/26205. The ACLA portal submission is opened until September 23, 2019. You may find more updates via this link about paper submission: https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting.
From the most sophisticated theoretical discourses to the most banal clichés, translation continues to be understood in terms of such marital metaphors as fidelity and faithfulness. Lawrence Venuti theorizes this way of looking at translation as instrumentalism. According to Venuti, the instrumentalist model of translation is concerned with “the reproduction or transfer of an invariant that is contained in or caused by the source text, an invariant form, meaning, or effect.” Since any meaning of any text is contingent upon various values and functions that a source text supports in its original language, no translation can provide “direct or unmediated access” to it.
Anglo Saxonica is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes original and innovative research on a variety of issues relevant to the study of English(es), broadly understood both as language and as all the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking world. In so doing, Anglo Saxonica also promotes dialogue among English-speaking geocultural areas. Its editorial policy promotes the thematic cohesion of each volume, open to different academic approaches on current issues in English and American studies, including original research articles, reviews, interviews and selections of creative writing. The journal also publishes special issues with a particular thematic focus that are guest-edited by leading scholars in the field.
Ever since the inception of #MeToo, conversations have largely circled around the movement as it evolved and exists in the United States. Despite multiple sessions on #MeToo at multiple conferences, I failed to find any that specifically focuses on the reception, translation, and adaptation of #MeToo in non-Western and postcolonial contexts. To fill this gap, this session, “The Other #MeToos,” aims to explore how #MeToo, a popularly Western-centric feminist movement, translates to religiously, geographically, politically, and academically Othered places and Othered women.
The Southeast Asian American Section of the Association for Asian American Studies invites submissions for a panel:
Trauma and Southeast Asian American Studies
Association for Asian American Studies 40th Conference
April 9 – 11, 2020, Washington, DC
ACLA 2020 Annual Meeting, March 19-22, Chicago
Fictions of the Neoliberal City
Critical Indigenous studies can neither be perceived as niche, nor trivialized as topical. In the way climate-capitalism has become an existential threat, a sincere engagement with Indigenous knowledges has become ineluctable. This conference seeks to initiate a multidisciplinary conversation on climate change, as conceived by, and re-inscribed within, Indigenous literatures. So far within the small domain of English Humanities, contemporary climate fiction by Indigenous authors have presented an urgent need to converse with scientific and social-scientific approaches to climate change.
Special issue of The Global South: “The Global South and/in the Plantationocene”
Deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2020