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).
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
I. Guest Editors
Yen-bin Chiou, (Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Hung-chiung Li, (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
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 mericamagazine.org (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.
47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
17 March - 20 March 2016
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015
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.
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.
Languagetalks 2016: Graduate Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
IBZ Munich, 24th to 26th February 2016
Graduate School of Language and Literature
Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion
Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?
Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
African Literature Association 2016 Conference
Justice and Human Dignity in Africa
and the African Diaspora
Venues: Marriott Marquis and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in
Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
April 6-9, 2016
Conference website: http://ala2016.com