Abstracts for 20-minute presentations are invited on any topic--literature, music, biography, storytelling, and the expatriate experience in Morocco. Part of the re-invention of Bowles from beyond stereotypical avenues of surrealism and Orientalism will be his cross-cultural examination from the post colonial and postmodern, in a reassessment of his rhetorical ambitions and the displacement of modern reason in the changing East-West dynamic expression of man's social being.
Negotiating identity has become more complex in this era of globalization than ever before. As cultural norms dictate what is considered acceptable, worthy, and ideal in all areas of life, academics considered "other" have historically had to fight their way in to the university, first as students and then as faculty to gain tenure and promotion. Specifically, being of color warrants a difficult environment as racial profiling extends across campus. The university's security guards constantly require us to show our identification badges.
India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.
Theorizing Feminist Media and Comedy
From suffragette caricaturists lampooning the British Parliament, to Amy Schumer's scathing parody of 12 Angry Men (on what The Atlantic has declared to be "the most feminist show on television"), women have long used media comedy as a platform for raising serious questions about feminist politics. Papers on this panel will explore the dialectic between comedic representation and feminist political activism-- as well as what feminist theory might have to offer to the analysis of comedy, and vice versa. What does it mean to theorize humor as a gendered form? What is the status of comedy in feminist theory?
As the prophet of magic realism and an extraordinary satirist of political dictatorship, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's literary horizons are incomprehensibly vast, and the rigorous intensity of his writings is inexplicably multidimensional. Marquez challenges the luminal line between 'story' and 'history', and interrogates the public and private domain with an uncommon and effortless ease and clarity. He fuses the chaotic and the cosmic, the materialistic and the mystical, and invites us to participate in a magico-historical narrative of which he is an undisputed craftsman.
We are looking for a third contributor for a panel on "Localities" at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The idea is to examine Modernist narratives that theorize, explore, or trouble notions of the "local." If you have a project that might fit this theme please write up a 250 word abstract and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14th. I have included our panel's abstract (which will be amended once a third contributor is added), as well as the general conference CFP below.
Air and the Visual Session
Association of Art Historians 2016 Conference
University of Edinburgh
7–9 April 2016
'The air is unique among the elements in having this affinity with nothingness, in signifying the being of non-being, the matter of the immaterial' (Steven Connor, The Matter of Air, 31).