In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant asks why we stay "attached to conventional good-life fantasies – say of enduring reciprocity in couples, families, political systems, institutions, markets and at work – when the evidence of their instability, fragility, and dear cost abounds" (2). The post-1945 social consensus in Britain, the reproduction of the American Dream, and the social democratic promises made across Europe are political expressions of the good-life fantasy after World War Two. These social contracts have long since worn out, put under pressure from various financial crises since the 1970s and radical shifts in the political landscape.
"N-Determination and Critical Practices of Resistance"
UC Irvine March 12-13 (Thursday and Friday)
The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference will be held May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites multidisciplinary papers for a panel at the 40th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference: The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid: Fences, Boundaries, Borders – Literal and Imagined- we welcome papers that explore Edwidge Danticat's activist and creative work in relationship to fences, boundaries, and borders. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:
Publication: St. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)
"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
Throughout the last decade or so the formerly rather "exotic" field of "Human-Animal Studies" (sometimes simply "Animal Studies") has grown immensely and produced an amount of exciting and innovative work that by now has gained some deserved recognition from the academic mainstream across a whole range of disciplines. Briefly put and among other things, Human-Animal Studies are interested in the manifold intersections of human and animal lives, the forms and modes of human-animal relations in different historical, social, literary, cultural and other contexts, and also inevitably touch upon the question of what it means to be a *human* animal.
Global France, Global French
Humanities Research Centre, ANU
21-23 October 2015
Professor Dominic Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
What does social healing look like in its most effective manifestations? How are we responding to the violence(s) and systemic oppression(s) that pervade our communities? How have we and how can we continue to attend to the real needs and social ills of all our respective communities? What strategies affect revolutionary positive healing? In what ways are social healers resisting, confronting, and/or transforming community healing? Our questions are inspired by the Caribbean novelist, scholar, and social activist, Dr. Erna Brodber.
Within the next few years, Williams Carlos Williams's early works such as Al Que Quiere (1917), Kora in Hell: Improvisations (1920), Sour Grapes (1921), Spring and All (1923), and In the American Grain (1925) will reach their centennial anniversary. And since these milestones also coincide with a resurgent scholarly interest in lyric studies and modernist literature in general, the William Carlos Williams Review is soliciting articles for a special, double issue on "The New Williams" (forthcoming in 2015). The coeditors of the project are especially looking for innovative research that brings contemporary critical practices and methodologies to bear on Williams's life and work.
Call for Papers for Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume
Critically Mediterranean: Aesthetics, Theory, Hermeneutics, Culture
co-edited by Yasser Elhariry (Dartmouth College)
& Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (Tulane University)
The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for its inaugural panel at the 29th Annual MELUS Conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures" we welcome papers that analyze Edwidge Danticat's work (activist, fiction, film, non-fiction) in relationship to immigration arrivals and departures, including presentations that seek to address, but are not limited to: citizenship rulings, detention, mobility, and transportation. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15 -minute presentations, possible topics include:
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar (Croatia)
10th Call for Papers
CFP: Utopia and political theology today
Call for Papers
Southern Humanities Council Conference
January 29-February 1, 2015
Graduate Athens Hotel
"Virtues and Vices, Desires, Devices"
Mark Bruhn (Regis College)
William Croft (University of New Mexico)
Emily Troscianko (Oxford)
Arts Practice Research: Scholarship, Pedagogy, and the Creative Process October 1-3 2015
Maroons, Indigenous Peoples, and Indigeneity
June 19-23, 2015
Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica
The Seventh Charles Town International Maroon Conference invites papers that explore the relationships between place and tradition in Indigenous and Maroon communities around the globe.