We seek cutting-edge papers from an international cadre of scholars to introduce intriguing and effective ideas about using the Afrocentric paradigm to update, re-frame, modernize, and re-engage African global intellectual legacies. We are excited about the methods and applications presenters will offer to give contemporary Afrocentric readings of the knowledge and values found in experiential and life narratives from the global African intellectual tradition. Such a collective exploration of the possibilities of discovery and re-discovery of innovation and genius-thought has dynamic potential to inform contemporary strategies for liberation, agency, historical awareness, and ancestral acknowledgment.
Possible topics: animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life words, and narratives and poetics of living in common(s). We especially welcome papers attending to the affective, everyday nature of more-than-huamn encounters and eco-spheres, as invoked/mediated in Romantic poetry and Victorian fiction. The diverse, if diffuse, impact this period's representations of more-than-human publics have on contemporary or subsequent readings of nineteenth-century England and its empire, and, more broadly, on animating new relations/approaches to postcolonial studies, green studies, bio-politics, more-than-humanism, etc., are of particular interest to this panel.
Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
Representation, technology, labor, construction of self and community. Mediatic heteroglossia: print, film, animation, graphic novels, digital, artisanal texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Radost Rangelova (email@example.com).
Despite the ubiquity of the peripatetic figure in the modernist text, the early twentieth century is marked by persistent tensions on the traveller: as technological innovations granted greater mobility, the state moved to restrict motion. By the 1880s, transatlantic steamship crossing, once a weeks-long affair, could be completed in a mere five days, yet the introduction of mandatory passports in the West about 1914 meant the global traveler faced increasing juridical restrictions on their movement. These forces share a common thread: they are structured and made possible by paperwork.
MLA special session will investigate the influence of literary translation and adaptation on the development of new genres, forms, and modes of literature.
How do translated texts contribute to already-established literary canons in the receiving culture(s)? What kinds of translational choices do translators make? What is kept and what is lost in the process of translation?
Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction
Paper proposals are now being accepted for a collection of essays potentially to be published for the new imprint at the University of Wales press for critical work on the genre of Indigenous science fiction.
For a good introduction to the genre, see Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction edited by Grace Dillon.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2015 VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
VICTORIAN WORK AND LABOR
OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2015
The concept of personal, as well as societal, industry was essential to the Victorian sense of self. The idea of work as a virtue, a duty, and a privilege was widespread (and sometimes mocked). For the 44th annual meeting of the VICTORIANS INSTITUTE, we invite proposals from a variety of disciplines addressing issues of Victorian work and labor. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Call for papers: The politics of art and art scenes in Latin America
The upcoming issue will examine the political function of art in diverse contexts in Latin America. The issue aims to discuss the implications and consequences of the formation of Latin American contemporary art scenes, with respect to artists' ability to reflect and influence their local political situation, as well as the possibility of cooperation between artists and art scenes across contexts and countries.
We invite contributors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to submit essays, exhibition reviews or interviews that address the theme "The politics of art and art scenes in Latin America" through a high variety of possible angles.
Call for Papers (deadline, September 1, 2015)
Playing Offstage: Theatre As a Presence or a Factor in the Real World
I am issuing a call for papers for a collection to be called Playing Offstage: The Theatre As a Presence or Factor in the Real World. I have proposed an edition of some 8-10 essays (along with an introduction). This collection would complement an earlier issue of Comparative Drama I had the privilege of editing: The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years. There the issue was the real-life audience's leaving the house and, as actors, entering the illusory world onstage. Here, the theatre moves offstage and into the larger, everyday world.
We seek articles responding to the CFP below by April 30, 2015 for Vol. 2 Issue 1 of Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry.
The University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts will host a two-day conference addressing the theme of Theory and Practice. The conference seeks to explore the tenuous relationship between theory and practice in the human and social sciences, and the practical dimensions of theoretical interventions in struggles for political emancipation, institutional structures, and artistic, historical, and scientific movements.
Our keynote speaker will be Danielle S. Allen (UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study).
Deadline extended to April 15!
These days the word "craft" gets attached to a lot—from cocktails to crochet, 3D printing to upcycled t-shirts, handmade paper to handmade pickles. And this trend only appears to be growing as craft is closely connected to the DIY movement: a wide-ranging, ever-expanding, and sometimes controversial field of work and play.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONFERENCE
"Bridging: Past & Present"
Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, TESL, Creative Writing and Education
This year's theme is "Bridging: Past & Present." Following the theme is encouraged but not required. Submissions that follow the theme will be given priority. The E.L.C. provides a platform for students to
present research on their field of interest. Our hope is to give students an opportunity to practice presenting in a conference setting, network with fellow scholars, receive constructive feedback, and add public speaking experience as well a published abstract to resumes and CVs. Presentations will be 10-12 minutes long. Students may read papers or give more informal talks.
Faculty of Foreign Languages (Alfa University in Belgrade) is glad to announce its Fourth International Conference on Language and Literary Studies, which will be held on May 22 and 23, 2015.
For the fourth issue of our annual conference, we hope to gather scholars and teachers whose scientific research focuses on the study of
LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN THE CONTEXT OF PHILOSOPHY