The Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. In fitting with the location, this year's theme is "The Lives of Cities," which is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight.
Beyond the Pale: Alienation, Sites of Resistance, and Modern Ireland
The 2014 NEACIS (New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies) meeting will be held at Wheaton College on 21-22 November. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels focusing on all aspects of Irish Studies. Especially welcome are papers that address the conference theme of "Beyond the Pale: Alienation, Sites of Resistance, and Modern Ireland."
Raisin in the Sun continues to be a primary focus in discussions of Lorraine Hansberry. Two upcoming documentaries, one by Numa Perrier and Taye Hansberry, and another by Jamila Wignot and Tracy Heather Strain, may remedy this narrow perspective in biographical terms. Out the Raisin Box intends to add a scholarly perspective to this renaissance. I welcome chapters that address additional aspects of Hansberry's ouvre as well as her effect on movements dear to her heart.
Journal of Studies in History & Culture (JSHC) is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal. The journal was born out of the needs to provide a platform for interdisciplinary research to emerging scholars across the world. The objective of JSHC is to fill the lacuna in the field of graduate research given a dearth of independent research by graduate students in India and the absence of funding towards this. The journal hopes to promote originality in interpretation and encourages collaborative work based on primary sources. It also publishes constructive and critical reinterpretations of existing scholarship.
Midwest Modern Language Association 2014: The Lives of Cities
November 13-16, 2014 | Detroit, MI
NEW DEADLINE: June 10
In Programmed Visions, Wendy Chun suggests that "the call to map may be the most obscuring of all: by constantly drawing connections between data points, we sometimes forget that the map should be the beginning, rather than the end, of the analysis" (177). With this year's MMLA conference theme of "The Lives of Cities," the second annual permanent section of digital humanities will explore criticisms of, experiments with, and provocations on mapping, geographic visualization, or other conceptions of urban space that work with or against the digital. Possible topics/projects include:
*CFP Deadline extended to June 13th*
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor John McLeod of Leeds University - whose acclaimed publications include Beginning Postcolonialism; Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis and the Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies.
Dr Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literatures at York University; Editor of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and author of British Muslim Fictions.
Chiew-Siah Tei, prizewinning Malaysian novelist and author of The Mouse Deer Kingdom and Little Hut of Leaping Fishes
Drawing from Raymond Williams's assertion that "the idea of nature contains, though often unnoticed, an extraordinary amount of human history," we seek to explore how problems of human rights are manifest within environmental problems and proposed solutions. What do problems that arise at the intersection of sustainability and human rights elucidate about the inclusionary politics (including, but not limited to race, class, and gender) of these respective social movements? We welcome papers that consider the overlaps between these two movements and the politics involved in each. Possible topics of investigation include vulnerability studies, fair trade and labor movements, and resource wars.
Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
Please note: The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 20 JUNE 2014.
Submissions as a Word or PDF document should include a
* 350-word abstract and title
* and a cover sheet including: your name, university, contact information, plus a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests,
and be emailed to conference organisers Emma Grundy Haigh, Sam Goodman and Brittain Bright at:
Survey for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler
Edited by Tarshia L. Stanley
This survey is designed to gather information about instructors' methods and materials for teaching the works of Octavia E. Butler, for the purpose of developing a new volume on the topic in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Respondents are invited to answer the questions related to their teaching below. They are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a contribution to the volume. Proposals and survey responses are due by 1 July 2014, after which the survey will no longer be available online. All respondents will be acknowledged in the published volume.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Vol II Issue IV
SubalternSpeak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Print ISSN 2277-3959) (Online ISSN: 2347 2013)
Paper Submission last date: 20 June 2014
SubalternSpeak is a refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum, Pune. The Journal strives to publish works of high quality in the area of postcolonial studies. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their research articles/papers.
We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.
n Tillie Olsen's working class novel Yonnondio, the character Anna takes her children out, "looking for empty lots where dandelions grew," so they may harvest dandelion greens. It is here—foraging for food in Omaha, Nebraska—that we see a glimpse into Anna's rural past. The knowledge she has gained from her rural life allows her to supplement her family's needs when they could not afford to buy fresh food in an urban environment. Yonnondio is not unique in chronicling migration to the city for work; there are other novels about poor people with a rural knowledge base living in an intolerable urban culture. In these stories, what is lost or gained when one migrates or immigrates from the agrarian lifestyle to the urban?
In his article, "Decolonizing Fairy-Tale Studies" (2010) Donald Haase cautions against the "limited horizon of much contemporary fairy-tale research" and advocates developing "effective intercultural or transcultural model[s] for understanding the fairy tale," in order to "create a disciplinary or interdisciplinary space that can accommodate the genre in its many manifestations." A few recent, exemplary studies indicate the rich theoretical possibilities for fairy-tale scholarship: Jack Zipes draws on cognitive science and evolutionary biology in The Irresistible Fairy Tale, and Cristina Bacchilega's Fairy Tales Transformed? frames fairy tale adaptations as "ideologically-variable desire machines" entangled in a hyptertextual age of wonder and magic.
DISASTER AND DISEASE IN AFRICAN LITERATURE: THE AESTHETICS OF ENDURANCE
When the Lamps Went Out: H. G. Wells and his World on the Eve of the War
H. G. Wells Society Conference
Palace Green Library, Durham University, 27 September 2014
Professor Matthew Pateman (Sheffield Hallam University)
Megan Shepherd (author of The Madman's Daughter)