Navigating urban spaces as a queer subject in a global world can prove to be challenging. Indeed, the experience of being queer in the cité, favela or any major urban space around the globe may conjure up a different reality based on the subject’s country and society. This panel will consider the way writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals view queers and their relationship with the urban spaces they inhabit, especially cities implicated in postcoloniality, globalization, and nationalism and that struggle with tradition and modernity, religious faith and secularism, political upheavals and economic crises.
Since the critical adoption of “world literature,” literary scholar have too willingly taken “the global” to be a natural scale of analysis, clearly discernible from its necessary opposite: the local. This seminar looks to identify and articulate distinct relationships between various forms of “the global” and “the local” that frustrate the easy binarism we find ourselves using as we delineate the field. We thus seek to complicate assumptions about scales of analysis, without resorting to hybrid or co-constitutive terms such as “glocal” (Appadurai) or “local internationalism” (Massey).
Sounding Transnational Literature
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting
March 29 – April 1, 2018, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Co-organizer: Julie Cyzewski, Murray State University
Co-organizer: Lisa Hollenbach, Oklahoma State University
This panel seeks papers that analyze textual, visual, and/or performance-based media in which female, trans*, and/or genderqueer protagonists fight against injustice, whether through explicitly political acts (e.g. protest) or by living a life in opposition to oppressive hegemonic demands. How is this resistance coded aesthetically, linguistically, formally, and/or narratologically? How do intersecting aspects of the protagonist’s identity, such as race, ability, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and/or nationality/citizenship status shape the kinds of resistance undertaken? How are these acts interpreted by other actors in the storyworld and what is their impact?
We are soliciting contributions for an edited collection on cosmopolitanism and contemporary fiction. This collection, under contract with Routledge, explores the ways in which contemporary fiction addresses and mediates cosmopolitan experiences in a globalized world. We are particularly interested in the ambiguities, opacities, contradictions, and inconsistencies in our cosmopolitan present. We are open to contributions on a range of geographical and linguistic contexts.
Call for interdisciplinary papers for an edited collection of critical and creative essays relating to the topic "Deconstructing islamophobia." Welcome critical essays engaging with how theories of race, immigration, religion, culture, postcolonial, geopolitics, gender, and class can be employed to understand the global rise of Islamophobia in recent years and how these and other idelogies can be employed to also deconstruct these attitudes. Also welcome are essays that explore specific case studies, institutional and governmental programs that have successfully addressed tensions around Islamophobia as well as work relating to efffects of radical Islamic terrorism and the policies of the war on terror on attitudes towards Islam in different soieties.
Call for Papers, Post-Colonial Literature at CEA 2018
April 5-7, 2018 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Post-Colonial Literature for our 49th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org
2018 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
March 29–April 1, 2018
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The Performativity as Critique: The Transpacific Under and After Imperialism seminar at the 2018 ACLA Annual Meeting invites submissions for individual papers. Submissions can be made between Thursday, August 31, 12 PM EST and Thursday, September 21, 9 AM EST, through the ACLA online portal. Please visit https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting for more details about the meeting.
Performativity as Critique: The Transpacific Under and After Imperialism
Travel narratives are unavoidably influenced by the changes in perspectives and new experiences that take place as bodies cross national, political, and cultural boundaries. They also situate the body, particularly the gendered body, within a larger context that ascribes bodily roles and hierarchies through the rhetoric of power and mobility.