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[UPDATE] "Daddy, What did you Do in the Culture Wars?": Academia and Public Life - NeMLA 2016

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 9:06pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association - Hartford CT, March 17-20, 1016

It's been almost thirty years since Allan Bloom made his clarion call to classicism within the American academy with the publication of The Closing of the American Mind. For as moribund as the humanities have supposedly been (according to positivist scientists, economics majors, and higher education administrators) the "Culture Wars" have surely blazed a bright path across the consciousness of any literature, history, philosophy, theology or cultural studies major. Columnists from William Safire to David Brooks have bemoaned the supposed death of the humanities (while conveniently ignoring how supply-side economics has had a hearty role in that) identifying a "post-modern bogeyman" as being responsible for the murder.

The Novel and Digital Humanities: Seeking Teaching Tools (July 25)

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 2:33pm
Studies in the Novel Affiliate Website

The editorial team at Studies in the Novel is seeking content for its online archive of indexed teaching tools on the journal's affiliate website. I am seeking pedagogical content that addresses teaching novels using digital humanities tools/perspective. Please consider submitting sample course syllabi, specific assignments, short narrative descriptions of your own experiences, or other appropriate content. The next deadline for submission is July 25.

Proposed Edited Collection on American Women Writers and Liminality 10 Dec 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 3:03pm
Society for the Study of American Women Writers


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is seeking abstracts (250 words) for essays (7500-8500 words, excluding notes) on American women writers and liminality for a proposed edited collection. We also seek a senior scholar in the field of American women writers to write the preface to the collection and, if interested, join the team as a co-editor.

The Weird & the Southern Imaginary - Edited Collection

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 2:06pm
Travis Rozier / Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz; Bob Hodges / University of Washington

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).

CFP Anthology on Girl Labor (non-western and new media)

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 1:45pm
Diana Anselmo-Sequeira

We are looking for original contributions for an anthology on the history of girl labor to be published by an American university press. We are seeking specifically for chapters that examine girl sex work and new media labor in non-western contexts.

Preferred topics include:

Girls and internet labor: blogging, gaming, lifestyle videos, micro-celebrities in non-western contexts

Girls and self-marketing in the web: seeking sponsorships, broadcasting one's image for profit

DIY cultures: Hello Kitty, "cute cultures," fashion, girls as producers of new consumer products

Gift cultures/ alternative markets/ hunter and gathering communities

Looking for Public Humanities Pieces on "America"

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:55pm
'Merica Magazine: for the unlikely patriot......

It is our contention that a magazine like this has needed to exist for a while. There needs to be a home for the complicated patriot, the unlikely patriot.The sociologist Robert Bellah believed that the United States had a civil religion that was to be contrasted with that of other nations. If that's true – and we think it is – then this is a magazine for the agnostics. What can one say? America seems like a pretty good idea – we should try it some time.

To get what we're up to check out our website at (that's "Merica," not "America," lest you accidentally go to the other - though excellent - magazine of that name). Check out especially the "About" section and the "Submission" section for a fuller idea of our concept.

The Russians Abroad: Russian Literature in Recent French and English Fiction

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:43pm
University of Mannheim, Germany

If measured by their impact on French and English novelists, Russian authors surely take pride of place among the writers of the world. Adapting Fyodor Dostoevsky's famous quote "We have all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat'", it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that some of the most notable French and English authors are deeply indebted to Russian literature. From the late 19th century in particular, Russian literature has heavily influenced a plethora of French and English novelists in a variety of ways.

CFP: "A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice" (Edited collection)

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:57am
Stephen Ahern

Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.