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Roundtable: Breaching Boundaries Amongst Black Diasporic and Queer Communities

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:12pm
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This roundtable discussion seeks participants whose work rethinks the relationship between Black diasporic and queer activism in academic spaces. Fighting to create habitable spaces for their respective communities, activists repeatedly find themselves on what appears to be opposing sides on the same issue. To propel the movement forward and dismantle the economies of heteropatriarchal white supremacy, we invite scholars and activists who investigate exclusionary practices by both Black diasporic and queer activism. Queer and Black diasporic activism reflects, what Jasbir Puar has identified as, the "global political economy of queer sexualities" that "repeatedly coheres whiteness as a queer norm and straightness as a racial norm" (xxiv).

Violence in Contemporary European Cinema--ACLA 2016

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:02pm
Kingsborough CC

This seminar seeks to examine the representation of violence, in its public and private manifestations, in contemporary European cinema. Brutality, cruelty, and aggressiveness permeate not only the lives of victims of war (as in Grbavica [2006], Caché [2005], etc.), of totalitarian regimes (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile [2007], etc.), or of crime syndicates (Gomorrah [2008], etc.), but also that of the ordinary individual confronted with racial and ethnic injustice, poverty, or familial conflict (Gegen die Wand [2004], Lilja 4-ever [2004], L'enfant [2005], Entre les murs [2008], Fish Tank [2009], La Pianiste [2001], Pozitia copilului [2013], Leviafan [2014], Urok [2014], etc.).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:23pm
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)

The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:21pm
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)

The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Literature and Human Rights (ACLA 2016 CFP)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 5:22pm
Sonali Perera (Hunter College, CUNY) and Janice Ho (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This seminar will explore the historical and ideological conjunctions between literary forms and discourses of human rights. On the one hand, human rights have been celebrated for representing a shared vision for social justice and international law in a cultural relativist world of shifting norms and disconnected struggles. On the other hand, human rights have been criticized for charting a path towards "imperial internationalism" wherein the rhetoric of the civilizing mission of colonialism is sometimes reproduced in an age of military humanism and "just wars."

Politics of the Copy, a One-Day Workshop, 28 November 2015

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 4:03pm
University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Given the status of knowledge in the contemporary global economy, contestations over its production, dissemination, and ownership have intensified and expanded.

Prize for best grad student, independent scholar, of junior faculty paper: Dickens Syposium

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:23am
The Dickens Society

The Dickens Society is pleased to be able to offer

The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize

Applications are invited for the Partlow Prize, named in honor of the original Secretary-Treasurer of the Dickens Society and one of its founding members. The prize may be in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500 OR two of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defray costs of attending the Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper on any aspect of Dickens's life or work. The registration fee and cost of the Dickens Dinner will also be waived.

UPDATE: ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:18am
Edinburgh University Press

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. The volumes to be published this year focus on Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, and Budd Boetticher.

Global Dickens

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:15am
Northeast Modern Language Association

47th Annual Northeast MLA Convention; Hartford, Connecticut; March 17-20, 2016

Panel Title: Global Dickens (panel sponsored by the Dickens Society)

Chair: Diana Archibald (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Description:

World-wide interest in Charles Dickens experienced a resurgence during the bicentennial in 2012 when scholars and enthusiasts across the globe engaged in celebrations, interrogations, and encounters with the Inimitable. Throughout the last two decades a few works of interest have been published on global Dickens, and this appears to be a growing topic of interest both for Dickensians and other scholars, especially those researching and writing in postcolonial and cultural studies.

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