This interdisciplinary conference addresses the role of historical representation in shaping radical cultural, aesthetic, and political meanings of 'race'. Celebratory conceptions of identity, e.g. 'hybridity', 'transnationalism', and the 'global', developed within the abstracted frames of postmodernism often fail to account for the nature and complexity of contemporary processes of identity formation, or for their contested political mobilisations and contexts. The conference is interested in critical historical and cultural representations that are rooted in particular histories and cultures and their legacies in the contemporary moment.
7th-8th November 2014, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, in association with Sibéal Irish Postgraduate Feminist and Gender Studies Network , and the UU Research Graduate School
'If I survive, it is only because my life is nothing without the life that exceeds me, that refers to some indexical you, without whom I cannot be.' (Judith Butler).
Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture
Area of the 36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.
February 11-14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Our area now includes "dystopia"! The Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture Area is calling for papers about anything apocalyptic, dystopic, or disaster-related. This can be in movies, television, literature, graphic novels, or any other cultural examples of disaster, dystopia or the end.
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association April 30 - May 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario
Chairs: Alla Ivanchikova, Michael Modarelli
Area: World Literatures (non-European Languages)
Space and Place in World Literature
This panel seeks to bring together papers that explore the issues of space and place in world literature. We are interested in works that investigate the multiple ways in which space and place are imagined, produced, and consumed, or disputed and dismantled in today's world literature. Presenters are encouraged to explore the panel's theme using a variety of methodological approaches, situating the work both within global and national contexts. Specific areas might include:
Accepting abstract submissions for the special session on the Old Saxon Heliand at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 14-17th 2015.
Papers are 20 minutes in length. Papers related to any aspect of Old Saxon language and/or literature are welcomed.
Please limit abstracts to one page in length.
Additional information regarding the ICMS can be found here:
The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our first annual conference on "Literature and Social Justice" for March 7th, 2015, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students on all aspects of literature and social justice across any specialties within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:
-questions on whether literature should be socially or morally "useful"
-the current state of didactic literature
The increasing attention to ontology and digital materiality in media studies bespeaks the considerable influence of new materialist theories on the field. With some exceptions, this new materialist-inflected scholarship has explicitly distanced itself from Marxist historical materialism, choosing to focus its attention on the material existence and agency of media technologies rather than on the articulation of these technologies within the historical development of capitalism. In response to these developments, this panel aims to consider what insights might be gained by rethinking the apparent opposition between historical and new materialism. What are the political stakes involved in the disjuncture between the two approaches?
Call for Papers: Picking Through the Trash
PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
***Extended CFP Deadline: August 31, 2014***
"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures."
"[T]rash talks to us, or certainly speaks of us. However much we want to put trash and garbage and waste and rubbish out of sight, out of mind, out of smell, there is considerable evidence that we take them to be revelatory of all manner of not insignificant facts about individuals, communities, civilizations, or that tired old workhorse the 'human condition.'"
—Elizabeth V Spelman
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014
"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin
Websites, social media platform, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, and studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, exhibited, and distributed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print. It includes submissions from postgraduate students with a diversity of interests and backgrounds, including specialists in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.
Each issue features articles and notes from current postgraduate students, along with book reviews. Original literary compositions and artwork are also welcomed.
Articles for the next edition are to be submitted via email to the General Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org by the following deadline: Monday 29 September 2014.
We are inviting papers for a seminar to be hosted at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Washington on March 26-29. This seminar explores how settler colonial studies contribute to our study of comparative literature, both within and beyond Anglophone settler spaces.
The past is all around us, not least in our entertainments. It is also a highly malleable thing that can be moulded and shaped to tell us who we are, who we should be, and where we came from. The myriad ways in which conceptions about the past can be informed by contemporary concerns and the ways the past can be used to legitimize present practices and ideas have been ably charted by scholars in the rapidly growing field of memory studies. Although highly interdisciplinary, comics studies has yet to truly enter this field, despite the fact that its subject matter provides ample opportunity for studies of representations of history and memory.
This proposed panel seeks to continue the conversation begun at the "Shirley Jackson: Beyond the Gothic" panel at the American Literature Association Conference in May 2014 in Washington, DC. With so much renewed attention in Jackson's work (a collection of previously unpublished works is set to be released by Random House in 2015), this panel is interested in readings of Jackson's work that go beyond the gothic or horror. The range of possible topics is broad, but of particular interest are essays that address her lesser known essays, short stories, or novels, speak to her influence on contemporary or current authors, or use emergent theoretical reading practices (i.e.
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 14-17, 2015