The Journal of Race and Policy (ISSN 1540-8450) is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of research pertaining to education, employment, health care, citizen participation, social welfare, social justice and other key areas of public policy concern. It is the objective of the Journal to promote intellectual debate, scholarly investigation and new ideas that focus on the intersection of race and policy in American society and abroad. Manuscripts that consider the correlation of race and policy formation, implementation, and impact are currently being solicited for our Fall/Winter issue, slated to be released by February, 2015.
"Cities and the Social Contract in Literature" – MMLA annual convention, Detroit, Nov. 13-16, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS: PAMLA 2014
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014
SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE (PENINSULAR) STANDING SESSION
The 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014) will encounter the theme "Familiar Spirits." We invite participants to consider papers on magic, conjuring, spirits, hauntings, Spiritualism, and manifestations as well as presentations that treat the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and, uncanny.
NOLA Diaspora wants scholarly articles on New Orleans and Southern sin and/or decadence: crime and true crime, detective fiction, Mardi Gras and masking, Marie Laveau, and related topics.
Possible authors: Nevada Barr, James Lee Burke, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Jane Clark, Kate Chopin, Nicole Cooley, Moira Crone, Randy Fertel, Tim Gautreaux, Zachary Lazar, Laura Lippman, Bill Loehfelm, Walker Percy, Tom Piazzo, Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams, and Christine Wiltz
Possible topics: NOPD, Louisiana politics and politicians, Katrina survival stories, New Orleans Noir, post-Katrina life and rebuilding, Southern Gothic, Voodoo, Vampires, and Loup Garou and other mythical swamp beasts
The Human (issn: 2147-9739) is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, Irish, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama & theatre studies, and comparative literature (where the pieces bridge literature of a country with Turkish literature). To learn more about The Human and its principles, please visit this page:
NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing an extension on its CALL FOR PAPERS to interested Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are accepting any academic PAPERS as well as REVIEWS of books from Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level students on the topic of the United States of America.
Please note that «Ticontre» Journal deadline for the Call for contributions for the monographic section "In principio fuit interpres: Translation as the Genesis and Palingenesis of Literature" has been extended to May, 31st, 2014.
«È noto che all'inizio di nuove tradizioni di lingua scritta e letteraria, fin dove possiamo spingere lo sguardo, sta molto spesso la traduzione: sicché al vulgato superbo motto idealistico in principio fuit poëta vien fatto di contrapporre oggi l'umile realtà che in principio fuit interpres, il che significa negare nella storia l'assolutezza o autoctonia di ogni cominciamento.» (Gianfranco Folena, Volgarizzare e tradurre, Torino, Einaudi, 1994)
Republics of Letters is a peer-reviewed, digital journal dedicated to the study of knowledge, politics, and the arts, from Antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the early modern period. Articles are organized by forum, each of which, unlike special issues in print journals, will continue to accept new material over time. All articles are freely accessible. The journal is sponsored by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) of Stanford University.
This special session for MMLA 2014 (Detroit, Nov 13-16) seeks papers on the Renaissance formerly known as Harlem. Recent scholarly debates—including the recent special issue of Modernism/modernity on "The Harlem Renaissance and the New Modernist Studies" (20.3)—have suggested new terminology to define the New Negro movement in the United States during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. From "New Negro" to "Black" Renaissance, these terms highlight alternative spheres of black cultural production. While it is necessary to move beyond the narrow geographic parameters of the "Harlem" Renaissance, it is also important to break open Harlem itself and to understand it as a globally inflected cityscape.
LEISURE PLEASURE & ENTERTAINMENT
45TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE EAST-CENTRAL AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES (EC/ASECS)
University of Delaware
November 6-8, 2014
We're gonna party like it's 1769! A culture of leisure, pleasure, and entertainment grew from infancy to maturity during the eighteenth century. The changing face of public places—theatres, pleasure gardens, taverns, coffeehouses and brothels—reflects the dynamic change underway in arts and culture. These developments can be seen on both sides of the Atlantic. Pleasure was also a mentality, something that people sought in their day-to-day lives.
In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.
CFP for Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture
Please submit proposals on the undead and culture for the Beyond Life panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, held at the Riverside Convention Center, California, Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014.
The undead have forcefully risen in popular literature and media and targeted the pillars of society—identity, family, religion, and government. Normal life simultaneously loses and acquires value vis-à-vis threats from the undead. This session investigates the significance of the undead within culture, literature, and philosophy.
Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2014
When blogger Lady Goo Goo Gaga opened a Pottery Barn Kids catalog, she discovered that she is a "very, very bad mother...because I have not once shaped sandwiches into a tic-tac-toe game utilizing carrot shreds and pieces of grapes." The catalog's lunch boxes, displaying an idealized vision of mother's love in comestible form, highlight the way props become an intrinsic part of maternal performance.
In a 2005 essay entitled "Why Experimental Fiction Threatens to Destroy Publishing, Jonathan Franzen and Life as We Know It: A Correction," American fiction writer Ben Marcus suggests that by catering to the masses, authors have willingly diluted their literary works. For Marcus, this is frightening because it means that novelists are "selling out" to readers who crave easy reads in exchange for the author gaining some economic stability. Even worse, he attests that the publishing world is squeezing out those experimental writers whose works are not necessarily economically viable precisely because they do not appeal to a wide audience.
This panel considers depictions of young women in mystery fiction written for the teen audience in the 20th Century. Characters such as Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, and countless others provided role models for young readers, and this panel considers these figures in terms of the intersections between scholarship and fandom.