This session invites submissions related to Nineteenth-Century Latin American texts that examine social issues which remain largely unresolved around the world. The topic is widely defined and also encourages analyses of texts not traditionally categorized as "literary." Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and U.S. immigration policy; industrialization; class warfare; indigenous rights; narratives of environmental destruction; slavery and other forms of exploitative labor; women's agency; modern representations of 19th-century Latin America; and so on.
Referring perhaps in part to the crisis of the humanities, a recent SAMLA newsletter states that "shifting employment and institutional structures pose potential threats to long‐standing models of our profession." Accordingly, this session examines the value of Spanish colonial texts in reaching more objective understandings of contemporary issues. Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: modern representations of colonial writings; the colonial feminist; political identity and philosophy; religious and/or psycho-social dynamics; the colonial educational paradigm and its evolution over time; the practice of and access to medicine; stereotyping and indigenous rights; and so on.
"Blurring Boundaries without Burning Bridges:"
Italian Contemporary Performance, the Theatre of Emma Dante and Beyond
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Thursday, September 4th – Friday, September 5th, 2014
Fifty years after the death of the Flannery O'Connor, this panel looks to the future as well as the past to explore the possibilities for sustaining the focus and relevance of O'Connor for coming generation of students and other readers. How do we keep readers interested in a writer whose themes and lifestyle might appear to be increasingly antiquated? How do we approach the charges of racism in a culture in which any recorded use of "nigger" is considered taboo? How has O'Connor influenced other writers in ways that have not been explored? What lies in the future of O'Connor studies? This panel seeks presentations that offer insights into new ways to approach O'Connor.
Session ID: 15117
Session Format: Panel
Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.
Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies
Deadline for abstracts: Sept. 30, 2014
Universality in the Renaissance
RSA Berlin 2015
This interdisciplinary panel asks how Renaissance notions of universality differ from modern paradigms that idealize a human subject abstracted from culture, history, and the material world. The panel seeks a broad variety of approaches to its topics and will strive to think through the connections and tensions between perspectives in different disciplines and in relation to different texts, images, and cultural objects.
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2014 Conference
Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center
1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA, 16801
October 3-4, 2014
PCEA invites either panels or individual papers for the 2014 PCEA Conference.
Proposals in any and all areas of English (or English-related) studies are welcome: literature, film, composition studies, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, et al. Both pedagogical and theoretical proposals are encouraged. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.
PCEA invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit proposals.
Cross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English articles. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and promoting academic engagements since 2008.
In the Introduction to the collection Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, editor Jeffrey Jerome
Cohen remarks, "Things matter in a double sense: the study of animals, plants, stones, tracks, stools, and
other objects can lead us to important new insights about the past and present; and that they possess
integrity, power, independence and vibrancy" (7). Building on the concept that Things do, in fact, matter
(or that matter matters), this panel invites papers exploring the duality of material/natural objects, such as
"Black & White / Red & Blue: A Graduate Visual Culture Conference"
Saint Louis University
Department of American Studies
October 10-11, 2014.
FB: SLU American Studies Department
The journal darkmatter is currently accepting articles that explore how racial politics born of colonial and neocolonial relations of production influence current debates about sustainability, food security, and efforts to address global climate change. Academic and governmental discussions about these pressing international problems often focus rather narrowly on diagnoses and solutions drawn from the natural sciences — new strategies for rooftop agriculture, carbon capture technologies or genetically modified fish stocks, for example. However, twenty-first century barriers to sustainability cannot be fully addressed without also grappling with patterns of land use, economic development, racism and social inequality rooted in the colonial past.
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
46th Annual Convention
April 30-May 3, 2015
Host: Ryerson University
Hotel: The Fairmont Royal York
Spectral Uprisings as Imperialist Critique: Rethinking the Anglo-Indian Gothic
Melissa Edmundson Makala
Women lost, isolated, backed into corners – the troubled woman pervades contemporary culture. This panel invites papers that address representations of breakdown, loss of identity, obsession, violence, victimization, criminality, and other kinds of trouble. What is this trouble? Is trouble necessarily a bad thing? Does trying to get out of trouble always lead to more trouble?
In our interconnected age, everyone can be a published writer. Not only do blogs and discussion boards make it possible for any writer with a smartphone to reach a global audience, but the Internet also puts aspiring writers into immediate contact with publishers, editors, and webmasters in search of content. This situation has significant implications for composition studies. With the Internet at the tip of everyone's fingers, a world of publication opportunities is only a click away.
Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory
This panel invites papers that read Indigenous texts via Indigenous theoretical lenses. Key questions to consider are "how can Indigenous texts be read and analyzed without falling back on Western theoretical traditions?" And "what is Indigenous theory?" This panel welcomes various paper topics including:
1. The state of Indigenous theory/theories—present and future;
2. Commentary on important moments/critics from the past;
3. Application of Indigenous theory to Indigenous American texts (literature, art, music, pop-culture, etc.).