This panel seeks papers that analyze textual, visual, and/or performance-based media in which female, trans*, and/or genderqueer protagonists fight against injustice, whether through explicitly political acts (e.g. protest) or by living a life in opposition to oppressive hegemonic demands. How is this resistance coded aesthetically, linguistically, formally, and/or narratologically? How do intersecting aspects of the protagonist’s identity, such as race, ability, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and/or nationality/citizenship status shape the kinds of resistance undertaken? How are these acts interpreted by other actors in the storyworld and what is their impact?
We are soliciting contributions for an edited collection on cosmopolitanism and contemporary fiction. This collection, under contract with Routledge, explores the ways in which contemporary fiction addresses and mediates cosmopolitan experiences in a globalized world. We are particularly interested in the ambiguities, opacities, contradictions, and inconsistencies in our cosmopolitan present. We are open to contributions on a range of geographical and linguistic contexts.
Call for interdisciplinary papers for an edited collection of critical and creative essays relating to the topic "Deconstructing islamophobia." Welcome critical essays engaging with how theories of race, immigration, religion, culture, postcolonial, geopolitics, gender, and class can be employed to understand the global rise of Islamophobia in recent years and how these and other idelogies can be employed to also deconstruct these attitudes. Also welcome are essays that explore specific case studies, institutional and governmental programs that have successfully addressed tensions around Islamophobia as well as work relating to efffects of radical Islamic terrorism and the policies of the war on terror on attitudes towards Islam in different soieties.
Call for Papers, Post-Colonial Literature at CEA 2018
April 5-7, 2018 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Post-Colonial Literature for our 49th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org
2018 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
March 29–April 1, 2018
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The Performativity as Critique: The Transpacific Under and After Imperialism seminar at the 2018 ACLA Annual Meeting invites submissions for individual papers. Submissions can be made between Thursday, August 31, 12 PM EST and Thursday, September 21, 9 AM EST, through the ACLA online portal. Please visit https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting for more details about the meeting.
Performativity as Critique: The Transpacific Under and After Imperialism
Travel narratives are unavoidably influenced by the changes in perspectives and new experiences that take place as bodies cross national, political, and cultural boundaries. They also situate the body, particularly the gendered body, within a larger context that ascribes bodily roles and hierarchies through the rhetoric of power and mobility.
Adaptation studies was originally established with the intent to study the manner in which cinematic texts altered their literary sources. However, this concept has since expanded to engage with broader ideas of how adaptation functions and the manner in which it has come to interface with not only specific genres of literature, film, theatre, media, and the digital, but also the narratives that underlie these in a broader social, political, and historical sense (Raw and Gurr, 2013). In fact, it is now maintained that the field is broad enough to be conceptualised as an active determining process that affects almost every aspect of our lives as we engage with the world around us.
The Aesthetics and Theory of Repair
ACLA Seminar @ UCLA, 3/28-4/1/2018
Organizer: Michael Dango (University of Chicago)
In 1984, Diacritics published a “Colloquium on Nuclear Criticism,” exploring the need for a new subsection of theory addressing the nuclear age. Critics understood this age to have begun in 1945 but to have accelerated in the 1980s when stockpiles of nuclear weapons were at their peak and rhetoric between the US and the Soviet Union grew increasingly hostile. Total nuclear war was the main concern of this nuclear criticism. General audiences used the term “unthinkable” to emphasize the magnitude of nuclear war between the superpowers banking on the deterrence value of aiming as many warheads as possible at the enemy.
Decolonization and globalization have made us conscious of the fact that not only is literature no longer national and autonomous, but it never was. Indeed one can only understand any national literature by comparing it with others…or by comparing it with a non-national or a transnational literature. For these reasons the field of comparative literature is more urgent than it ever was.