In 1925, the editors of Quarto Stato questioned the forms in which the Turin communists were addressing the "Southern Question," critical of how Italy's unification in 1870 resulted in advanced industry and agriculture in the North and the reinstatement of traditions of feudalism in the South. In Antonio Gramsci's reading, the move of the Turin communists was far from dividing the country but instead was based on creating alliances between the workers from the North and the peasants from the South as a strategy for revolution. In 2015, with austerity crippling southern Europe countries, what old and new "Southern Questions" are shaping the long history of inequality in the very idea of south?
LGBTQ social, cultural, and political issues have become a defining feature of twenty-first century American life, transforming on a national, international and transnational scale a number of institutions. With this special issue of the European Journal of American Studies we will stage a timely and much-needed conversation between American Studies and Queer Studies, in order to address America's rapidly changing position in relation to LGBTQ issues.
Thinking the Americas: narratives and violence/ Pensar las Americas: narrativas y violência is a bilingual volume, organized by the Master Program in Literature at URI, RS, Brazil. Texts will be published in Spanish and Portugueses; submissions in English will be translated, and the translated version will be submitted to the author before publication. The volume aims to collect essays that reflect on how literary prose produced in the twentieth and twenty-first in the Americas addresses violence.
Romance Writers of America announces the eleventh annual Research Grant competition. The grant program seeks to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers. Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to anthropology, communications, cultural studies, education, English language and literature, gender studies, linguistics, literacy studies, psychology, rhetoric, and sociology. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome. The ultimate goal of proposals should be significant publication in major journals or as a monograph from an academic press. RWA does not fund creative work (such as novels or films).
Grant amount: $5,000
Time and Timelessness:
Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
April 1-3, 2016
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
"Memory is a stopgap for humans, for whom time flies and what is passed is passed."
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
This panel invites papers that explore how multi-ethnic authors perform unconventional identities by manipulating readers' expectations of formal conventions of literature. As Trinh Minh-ha says, "Clarity is a means of subjection, a quality both of official, taught language and of correct writing, two old mates of power." By revising form and genre to avoid outright clarity, do authors revise society's expectations for their characters and for themselves as artists?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's articles, letters, papers, and library underscore a central quality of her diverse and prolific career: her works were deeply engaged with the social and scientific milieus of her time. An avid reader, enthusiastic learner, and active member within her own intellectual communities, Gilman often reached out to those whose work she admired – as well as to those whose work she found lacking. Through her lectures, publications, and correspondence, Gilman impacted a broad cross-section of scholarly and literary discourses.
Globalization, understood as the expanding integration of economic, cultural, political, technological and social activities on a worldwide scale, presents challenges, opportunities, and crises, which can involve emerging literacies and changing modes of thought. How might critical thinking and writing pedagogies shape and/or be shaped by this growing complexity? Double Helix welcomes the submission of work that both explores linkages of critical thinking and writing and considers how that work might contribute to, and perhaps to some extent define, the role of the university in the context of globalization.
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.
Southern Humanities Council Conference
The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
January 28-January 31, 2016
"Public Bodies, Private Spaces: Private Bodies, Public Spaces"
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference (UK)
Sat. June 18 – Sun. June 19 2016
Imperial College, London
Proposals are invited for the 19th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference.
Proposals for presentation of critical work or for creative presentations (e.g. readings) will both be very welcome.
In 2016, the 19th year of the conference, we will look to the current conditions of your individual creative writing practice, to research and teaching in creative writing, and to the experiences of creative writing teaching, learning and research from a faculty or student perspective. All topics will be welcome!