This special issue will focus on literary texts by African writers in which the protagonist returns to his/her 'original' or ancestral 'home' in Africa from other parts of the world. Oxfeld and Long, writing on the ethnography of return suggest that it differs from globalization and transnationalism since 'it is situated in particular events and experiences' reflecting 'particular historical, social, and personal contexts' (2004: 3). Nevertheless, they go on to state that returns do have an effect not only on the communities the returnee leaves or joins but also on 'global ways of relating and interacting with one another' (2004: 3-4).
As part of the scientific program PRES FE2C "Cultures and Territories," we organized a workshop in 2012 on "Itineraries" and more recently a symposium entitled "Cultures in Movement." We are pursuing these research topics in the context of a collective publication, focused on the more specific issue of itineraries/routes.
CALL for PROPOSALS
The Land Has a Story
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501
Keynote by Sarah Piccinni, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society
ACLA 2016 Seminar Proposal
March 17th-20th, Harvard University
The Wild Irish: The Irish-American Experience
November 20-21, 2015
Valley Forge, PA
The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—
•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.
•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.
Following Foucault's description of sodomy as "that utterly confused category," literary scholars like Jonathan Goldberg and Alan Bray, among others, have continued to theorize the ways in which sodomy denotes no fixed set of bodily acts, but rather persists as a mobilizable category with social, political, and juridical valences. Sodomy necessarily persists, that is, in excess of the material bodily configurations it purports to police. Even so, much prevailing scholarship nonetheless returns to anal penetration as a presumptive and primary figuration in the discourse of sodomitical, disorderly, and/or illicit sexual acts.
Feminist Spaces invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit academic papers, creative writings, and artistic pieces that adhere to this issue's theme of feminist LGBTQ+ intersectionality. The Supreme Court's recent ruling regarding same-sex marriage equality and the media's growing interest in transgender men and women has re-initiated discussions of feminist intersectionality with regard to the LGBTQ+ movement. The feminist movement has been divided into various waves, each advancing a different majority opinion of LGBTQ inclusion or exclusion.
Submissions in PROSE
Generally, we're looking for people who want to critically examine our society through their writing. This can be done in a variety of ways.
We accept op-eds, book reviews, film reviews, television reviews, memoir narratives, flash fiction, art reviews, and open letters.
Some current topics for consideration:
Working class rhetorics
The body as a site of radical change
Submissions can be 500-2,500 words. We welcome non-academic and even anti-academic writing.
In today's complex world religious discourse is especially crucial, considering that secularism is expanding around the globe. We seek contributions on the representation of the Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art. Comparative approaches are always welcome. Religious and cultural literacy is important for domestic and international politics, the practice of peace, harmony, justice, and social prosperity. Thus, this edited volume will help diminish religious illiteracy. Contributions are welcome from scholars in various disciplines in the humanities. Please send your proposals, along with your CV by July 31 to Elena Shabliy email@example.com