In Emails from Scheherazad, Mohja Kahf writes back to post-9/11 neo-Orientalist epistemologies, informing Western discourses on Muslim, especially veiled, women: “Yes, I speak English/Yes, I carry explosives/They’re called words/And if you don’t get up/Off your assumptions/They’re going to blow you away” (35). Similarly, other writers, such as Leila Aboulela, Ahdaf Soueif, Hanan al-Shaykh and Tahmina Anam, work towards decolonizing Muslim women’s bodies, whilst stressing piety as a lived experience. Still others, among them Randa Abdel-Fattah, Shelina Janmohamed, G. Willow Wilson and Umm Juwayriyah, are turning to and ‘Islamizing’ youth culture genres like young adult fiction, romance, fantasy and urban fiction.
This year’s MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging in tensions of “human” and “animal” found within a variety of ancient textualities related to the broad field of animal studies. In ancient Greek and Roman society, animals serve important roles, often as a medium in religion, as symbolic function in Greco-Roman mythology, and as poetic symbol in ancient oral tradition and later written literature. Often, animals are given titular roles, and they carry strong symbolic function in the narrative, whether the narrative is oral, written, or artistic.
We are seeking contributors for a planned special issue of the Journal of Global Catholicism on the theme of multi-sited pilgrimages (call for papers pasted below). Please send abstracts of 500 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 5. Many thanks in advance.
Kate Yanina DeConinck (University of San Diego)
Marc Roscoe Loustau (College of the Holy Cross)
Call for Papers
Pilgrimage Palimpsests: Storytelling and Intersubjectivity Across Multiple Shrines, Sites, and Routes
Eleventh Annual Ozarks Studies Symposium, 2017
Call for Proposals
The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its 11th annual symposium to be held in the West Plains Civic Center on September 22 and 23, 2017.
Please send abstracts of 250-500 words on any aspect of Arab-American literature or culture for a panel at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association's conference in Spokane, WA to be held October 12-14, 2017. The conference site can be found here: http://www.rmmla.org/convention. Submission deadline is April 30, 2017.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Arab-American Graphic Novels
Arab Americans and Religion
Arab Americans and Sexuality
Arab Americans and Politics
Arab Americans and Immigration
Arab Americans in Movies and Television
Arab Americans and US Education
Deadline extended to July 1, 2017!
The Center for Sermon Studies at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia announces its inaugural conference, to be held October 19-22, 2017. The theme is “Sermon: Text and Performance”; the goals of the conference include
The latest research indicates that more than 400 million people embark annually on traditional pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, and elsewhere, with the numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. These include the small-scale ‘walkabout’ of Outback Australian Aborigines in search of their own and their country’s spiritual renewal, the Sufi journey to the Mausoleum of Sidi Shaykh in the Algerian West Sahara, or to Lourdes in France, which welcomes over five million Catholic pilgrims each year in search of healing or deliverance.
In keeping with this year’s MMLA convention theme of “Artists and Activists”, presentations investigating the complex relationship between poetics, rhetoric, and politics will be of particular interest. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
CINEMA 9 CFP: ISLAM AND IMAGES
Patrícia Castello Branco (IFILNOVA)
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (SOAS University of London)
Sérgio Dias Branco (University of Coimbra/IFILNOVA/CEIS20)
In recent times, due to significant political, mediatic and social, but also aesthetic and artistic factors, we have witnessed an awakening of interest in Islamic aesthetics and imagery.
We are looking for new takes on Flannery O'Connor and her work for a panel at the SCMLA in Tulsa Oct 5-8.