We invite contributions to an edited volume on comparative ecocritical studies of Latin American writing, film visual art, and performance that address the topic of ecological violence. How do writers, filmmakers, visual, performance artists, and practitioners of other forms of material culture conceptualize, visualize, and describe ecological vulnerability and insecurity? What are their strategies to convey the acts of violence on the environment that, as Rob Nixon explains in his definition of “slow violence”, are all too often invisible because they are “dispersed across time and space”? Which forms of expression are chosen, alongside and beyond conventional genres, to help apprehend ecological destruction and threats?
Mazaa: Rethinking Fun and Pleasure in South Asia
Call for Papers
March 23, 2018
We invite papers from advanced graduate students and junior scholars from any discipline for a one-day workshop to be held at Brandeis University that addresses fun, pleasure and play, with an eye towards rethinking the role of the critic in relation to her object of study in South Asian Studies more broadly.
The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States. It encompasses colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.
We welcome a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates. Thus we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural panel proposals.
NEMLA convention (April 12-15, 2018; Pittsbugh, PA)
Globalization and Cultural Production in the Maghreb
Alexandra Gueydan-Turek (Swarthmore College)
Neil Doshi (University of Pittsburgh)
CALL FOR PAPERS
“Romantic E-Scapes: Popular Romance in the Digital Age”
9-11 July 2018
University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
While much of the Anglophone world remains transfixed on the rise of the majoritarian right in the United States and Britain, little attention is paid to the nationalist politics that have defined daily existence in states such as Pakistan and India, or Egypt, Turkey and parts of the Middle East through the dialectic of minoritization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This panel is interested in the cultural apparatus—literature, media, museums etc.—that has become indispensable in the making of national identities in the postcolonial state. What are the systems of “social reference,” to use Edward Said’s phrase, that enable the construction of a volk, of the people who constitute the nation?
Ecotones 3 – Indian Ocean: Ecotones, Contact Zones, and Third Spaces
Observatory for Indian Ocean Societies, University of Reunion Island
in partnership with EMMA (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3) and MIGRINTER (CNRS-Université de Poitiers),
"Ecotones" Program (2015-2020): Ecotones: Encounters, Crossings, and Communities
June 14-15, 2018
Meg Samuelson, University of Adelaide, Australia
Françoise Vergès, Collège d'Etudes Mondiales, FMSH, Paris, France
CALL FOR PAPERS
ACLA Seminar: Teaching Race in the 21st Century: Anti-Racist Pedagogies in Literary, Media, and Performance Studies
ACLA Annual Meeting (March 29-April 1, 2018)
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
It has become increasingly difficult today to characterize cultural belonging. This is not to suggest that cultures have disappeared but that it has become impossible to think of them as homogeneous, providing us with totalizing expressions of collective identity. The globalizing movement of modernity, the deterritorializing flows of its economic relations and the migration that follows it show that the borders between cultures have dissolved while the concept of culture itself is more than ever characterized by internal tensions. It is then neither cultural identity nor its constitutive outside that is central to culture but rather the movement in which it already resides.