The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).
This seminar will explore the historical and ideological conjunctions between literary forms and discourses of human rights. On the one hand, human rights have been celebrated for representing a shared vision for social justice and international law in a cultural relativist world of shifting norms and disconnected struggles. On the other hand, human rights have been criticized for charting a path towards "imperial internationalism" wherein the rhetoric of the civilizing mission of colonialism is sometimes reproduced in an age of military humanism and "just wars."
Given the status of knowledge in the contemporary global economy, contestations over its production, dissemination, and ownership have intensified and expanded.
The Dickens Society is pleased to be able to offer
The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize
Applications are invited for the Partlow Prize, named in honor of the original Secretary-Treasurer of the Dickens Society and one of its founding members. The prize may be in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500 OR two of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defray costs of attending the Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper on any aspect of Dickens's life or work. The registration fee and cost of the Dickens Dinner will also be waived.
In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. The volumes to be published this year focus on Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, and Budd Boetticher.
47th Annual Northeast MLA Convention; Hartford, Connecticut; March 17-20, 2016
Panel Title: Global Dickens (panel sponsored by the Dickens Society)
Chair: Diana Archibald (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
World-wide interest in Charles Dickens experienced a resurgence during the bicentennial in 2012 when scholars and enthusiasts across the globe engaged in celebrations, interrogations, and encounters with the Inimitable. Throughout the last two decades a few works of interest have been published on global Dickens, and this appears to be a growing topic of interest both for Dickensians and other scholars, especially those researching and writing in postcolonial and cultural studies.
Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature Film Adaptations
47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
17 March - 20 March 2016
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015
Affect studies has emerged as one of the most productive fields of analysis since the turn of the 21st century. Following in the footsteps of Teresa Brennan and Eve Kosofky Sedgwick, for instance, a number of scholars have explored the function of affect and emotion in literature, culture and social life. Relying on psychoanalytical as well as social theories, the "affective turn" has contributed to cultural studies in many ways: books focusing on gender, emotional politics, transnationalism, the moving image, political engagement and leadership theories from the perspective of emotion, empathy and affect were published, among many other studies that investigate the role of emotion in social life.
37th Annual Conference February 10 – 13, 2016
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Submission Deadline: 11/01/15
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM.