Panel 15980: Religious Authority in American Literature
As the historian Thomas Schlereth noted in an essay from which this panel takes its name, the memory and image of Christopher Columbus were appropriated by citizens of the United States for a wide variety of purposes during the long nineteenth century. A feminine personification of the new republic signifying liberty and progress was named Columbia in his honor; the exploits of a newly recovered historical Columbus were invoked in support of western expansionism and Manifest Destiny; and the naturalization of various ethnic groups was a process of Columbianism, whereby the Admiral's status as an immigrant to the New World rhetorically sanctioned the integration of Italians, Jews, and other groups into the American body politic.
India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.
Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
May 12-15, 2016
Preaching Texts in Early England: Homiletics and Beyond
This proposed panel seeks to present new and challenging perspectives on the history of the slave narrative genre. Recent studies have sought to recontextualize and/or reconsider the generic contours of the Anglo-American slave narrative. For example, Daphne Brooks has suggested the development of a "sonic slave narrative"; Nicole Aljoe and Ian Finseth have drawn attention to the "journeys" of the form in the early Americas; Deborah Jenson has highlighted popular sources from the Haitian Revolutionary period; John MacKay has written comparatively about the autobiographical writings of American slaves and Russian serfs.
VI Annual Languages Graduate Student Association Conference
University of Connecticut
CALL FOR PAPERS
At the Crossroads: Mapping Dichotomies in Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Date: November 6, 2015
Venue: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
"Making Time/Making Space: Temporality in Medieval and Renaissance Drama"
International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
12-15 May 2016
We are looking for a third contributor for a panel on "Localities" at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The idea is to examine Modernist narratives that theorize, explore, or trouble notions of the "local." If you have a project that might fit this theme please write up a 250 word abstract and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14th. I have included our panel's abstract (which will be amended once a third contributor is added), as well as the general conference CFP below.
The study day we organized on April 21st 2015 investigated the theme "Order and Disorder" in different fields. Several participants were enthusiastic about the theme and presented an important selection of papers which covered such panels as reflections on order and disorder in the literary imagination, innovation and education, formation and information, social and political order in the contemporary world.
As a theme for an international symposium, we need to pursue the investigation into these fields but also extend it to other spheres such as art and linguistics.