In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in this literature. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is, as well.
Romantic Legacies, 18-19 November 2016
Conference Website: http://rl2016.com/
Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London): "Romantic Walking and Railway Realism"
Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University): TBA
South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 88th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, USA 4-6 Nov. 2016.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Haiti Needs New Narratives: Literary and Critical Responses to Persistent 'Disaster Zone' Discourse
There is a Haitian phrase that describes the nation as being on tè glise, slippery ground. This condition is the effect of Haiti's many historical and contemporary catastrophes, both natural and (inter)national. Haiti has been beset by not only hurricanes and earthquakes, but also economic struggles after the revolution that freed the slaves and rocked the West, which persist under the further influence of U.S. imperialism and occupation and the devastating Duvalier dictatorships.
We are currently inviting submissions for 2-3 chapters for an edited collection on Washington and Politics on Contemporary US Television already contracted by Ashgate.
Television has been accommodating a bigger number of political narratives in the last years. From the dramatic "The West Wing," "Scandal," "Madame Secretary," "Homeland," "House of Cards," to the short-lived yet impressive "Boss," and "Commander in Chief" and the mini-series "Political Animals," as well as the comedic "Veep" and "The Brink," millennial TV is fraught with political plot lines that are edgier and more provocative than their filmic counterparts.
Traumatic Memory CFP
A monographic volume on trauma and traumatic memory
Papers are invited to discuss a wide range of issues concerning trauma and traumatic memory ---- in poetry, novels, autobiographical works, book reviews etc.
Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references, and should follow the MLA Style Manual (7th edition) for internal citation and Works Cited.
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 April 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2016
The final date for submitting articles: July 2016
Please send your abstract to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ERIF is proud to announce the Call for Contributions for its second conference Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance. Picking up from our first conference – 2014's Returning the Gaze: Blackface in Europe – our second edition will continue to present a critical view on European racialised imagery, while approaching from a broader angle the departs from only blackface related themes, namely with a focus on resistance to racism and racist imagery.
Part II will be hosted at the University of Innsbruck, Austria on the 4th and 5th November 2016 and will examine the usage of racist and racialised imagery across the following topics:
Introducing Europe: past and present resistance against racialised imagery
How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?
Shepherding Language: Restoring Faith in Words
Call for Papers
Recent headlines abound decrying the death of academic disciplines traditionally concerned with the care and tending of language. Has a loving and lyrical approach to language become an antiquated notion? Everything from research studies on the relationship between literature and empathy to informal conversations about the power of a good story attest to language's enduring capacity to incite wonder, motivate compassion, or provoke reflection. Words, indeed, serve as the means through which restorative faith is expressed to, explored with, and embraced by the reader.
This panel welcomes papers analyzing postcolonial fiction addressing transnational migration for labor (legal or illegal) and trafficking. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme of Utopia/Dystopia are especially welcome. By May 31st, please submit a 500-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Laura Barberan Reinares, Bronx CC of the City University of New York at email@example.com.