Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.
At the root of every critical discussion, from politics to religion to student affairs, is a discussion of space, place, and location — where am I? Where can I go? Who else is here? Who cares?
Place holds a particular importance in understanding society and the social relations within it. With questions on the importance of this "ever-shifting social geometry of power and signification" (Massey 1994) that is the 'spatial,' "You Are Here," is a conference dedicated to exploring the questions and implications of space and place.
2015 has been a year of global crisis. As violence has escalated in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other politically unstable countries in the region, record numbers of refugees have abandoned their homelands and risked their lives to gain asylum in nations across Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. These events position us to interrogate the consequences of such attempted border crossings. We are also left to ask what occurs when bodies don't fully or successfully cross from one side of the border to another. We must wonder as well, if the crossing is successful, how migrants can carve a place for themselves against pushback from the dominant linguistic, political and cultural landscape.
The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2016 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions; students may submit up to three poems or one other creative work. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students.
Call for Contributions
University of Sussex and the Poetics Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London present:
Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK
9.30am-6pm, Saturday 27th February 2016
Bedford Square, London
We seek papers that explore the theme of "HABITATS AND HAZARDS" as applied to any of the texts (WRITTEN, VISUAL, MUSICAL, OR EMBODIED) of humanities studies: for example,
• THE HAZARDOUS SPACES OF ART OR LITERATURE
• DEPICTIONS OF POLLUTION OR WASTELAND
• DOMESTIC/URBAN/RURAL/WILD HABITATS
• STAGING/IMAGINING HISTORICAL SETTINGS
• LITERAL AND/OR FIGURATIVE TOXICITY
"I am forced to admit that I am, to them, not but a series of destinations with no meaningful expanses in between." Monique Truong, The Book of Salt
Deadline extension: Our first round netted some excellent submissions, but we are extending the deadline for proposals to January 18, 2016.
Keynote: The Weird & the Southern Imaginary will introduce the aesthetics and generic conventions of the Weird to cultural studies of the U.S. South and the region's local, hemispheric, and (inter)national connections. Contributions from literary critics, film and popular culture scholars, philosophers, and critical theorists will consider forms of the Weird in a range of texts (literature, art, film & television, comics, music) from, about, or resonant with conceptions of different South(s).
We are very excited to announce our 2016 keynote speaker, Dr. Roopali Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College!
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption," to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.
Identity is a complex, multi-faceted, often fragmented negotiation of social subjects and actors, yet it remains a central motif of human existence. While conscious creation of identity is more prevalent than ever, the emergence of mass social media also encourages the individual to create not only a self-identity, but an external presentation of that self, and alternate selves. On their Facebook timeline, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more, individuals identify themselves, but also identify with relevant groups or trends by likes, hashtags, and pin it buttons. The "selfie" is the perfect materialization of this duality, as it produces an ephemeral identity struggling for greater recognition.