Material culture assumes significance of massive proportions in cultures across the globe by virtue of its ability to trace everyday life and its nuances through the signifying metaphor of objects. The historical trajectories of nations, cultures and communities function in tandem with that of the prevailing material culture(s) in as much as transformations in the latter sphere inevitably represent ruptures or shifts in the former. The stories that objects recount surpass the boundaries of time and space as they transcend both. They function as signifying metaphors, carrying multiple significations of lives lived through and with them.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 31 — CFP “Ireland in Space” (Washington, DC, November 3-4). The deadline for submitting proposals (for papers, panels, or roundtables) for the American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic Meeting is May 31. All the details are on the linked page. Highlights include: Keynote Speaker: Prof. Linda Hogan (Trinity College, Dublin)Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michael Valdez Moses (Duke University)Exhibition Launch: "Jews in Irish Literature", Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI, Galway) We look forward to welcoming you to DC in November! https://acisweb.org/announcement/cfp2017-midatlantic/
Africa in Words, a site dedicated to cultural production in Africa, is looking for reviewers interested in African literary and cultural production. Currently, our site has an average of 6,500 readers each month from over 100 countries, with our largest readerships based in the UK, US, South Africa and Nigeria. We cover books, art, film, history, music, theatre, ideas and people and the ways they interact, through their publication and circulation, with societies, economies and space.
We are inviting articles, notes and book reviews on the following broad areas. However we are open to inclusion of new topics/areas as per the scope of the journal:
The Rupkatha Journal (included in Scopus, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, MLA etc) is inviting articles on the Focus Area and the General Areas for the Vol. IX, No. 2, 2017.
Focus Area: “Technocracy, War and Walls in Art and Literature”
Papers can be submitted on any topic on,
Call for Papers Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale Extended Deadline: August 1, 2017 Issue 39.2 Thematic Cluster: The Rise of “Alt-Right” Discourse, the Backlash against Social Justice, and ResistancesEditors: Sara Matthews & Nathan Rambukkana In a Daily Intelligencer article dated November 6, 2016, Rembert Browne coined the term “the intersectionality of hate” as a way to frame how the so-called “alt-right” coalesced and mobilized their various populist platforms of hatred in support of then Presidential candidate Donald J.
The Left Conference – Photography and Film criticism
Since the late nineteenth century, the printed photograph in the media stood as a powerful tool for denouncing social injustice and claiming better life conditions – i.e. as seen in the work of Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, or Joshua Benoliel, among many others. In the early decades of the twentieth century the use of images had a significant boost with film, when directors such as Flaherty, Eisenstein, John Grierson, Vertov, Dvorjenko or Ivens, combining documental intentions with avant-garde experimental claims, made possible to discuss political and historical conditions.
The editors of MFS seek essays that engage with the concept of inter-imperiality, as developed in the recent PMLA “Theories and Methodologies” cluster (March 2015) and elsewhere. The global turn in literary and cultural studies, although productive, sometimes elides the post/colonial, economic, and other historical or geopolitical conditions of literary-cultural production. We solicit essays that offset this tendency by reading literary-cultural texts within an inter-imperial framework.
In a 2016 music video, “Borders”, the ever-controversial M.I.A., herself a Tamil refugee, comments on the gendered aspects of Western anxieties in the on-going refugee ‘crisis’: images of endless masses of all-male refugees of colour resonate with right-wing myths of uncivilized brown invaders, stealing jobs, raping white women and undermining Euro-American gender progressivism. In fact, gender issues are a constitutive force not only in refugee status and immigration law, but also in media discourses and popular knowledge production about refugees.
Special Session for PAMLA 2017 - Honolulu, HI
Nov 10-12, 2017
Victorian Empire and Oceania
Many analyses of Victorian empire focus on India and Africa, yet the British empire also expanded to many parts of Oceania, both directly and indirectly. The papers in this session will examine cultural texts that explore relationships between Victorian empire and Oceania. This session especially welcomes essays that make connections between Victorian empire and Hawai'i.
The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12.