NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing a 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.
La significativa presencia de viajeros e inmigrantes italianos en el continente americano durante los últimos doscientos años, especialmente relevante tanto desde el punto de vista histórico, como cultural y humano, permite de forma excepcional estudiar el complejo fenómeno migratorio partiendo del caso concreto de Hispanoamérica, tomando para ello como referencia los múltiples ejemplos de contacto entre ambas culturas, al igual que sucede en América del Norte, donde el arribo de oleadas inmigratorias y los contactos políticos y culturales fueron también sumamente fructíferos.
Much has been written and said on the 'other' Dickens (from John Bowen's Other Dickens (2000) to the international conference organised by the University of Portsmouth, The Other Dickens (2012), to mark the bicentenary of Dickens' birth in the city, via The Other Dickens (2011), Lilian Nayder's biography of Catherine Hogarth), but what might it mean to talk of an alternative as opposed to an other Dickens?
10th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Leipzig, Germany September 4-5, 2014
Important Dates (Research & Application)
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 23, 2014
Paper Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: June 27, 2014
Camera-Ready Paper: July 14, 2014
Important Dates (Posters & Demo Papers)
Submission Deadline: July 17, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: July 31, 2014
Camera Ready Paper: Aug 01, 2014
J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.
Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.
Call for Papers:
Raymond Carver's Life, Legacy, and Works
2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
Detroit, November 13-16, 2014
Panel hosted by the International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)
The IRCS regularly hosts panels at the MMLA. The IRCS invites proposals for 20-minute talks on any aspect of Raymond Carver's life, legacy, and works. Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a 100-word biosketch to:
ircs AT internationalraymondcarversociety.org
No later than May 15, 2014
Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies in partnership with DEMOS presents a day conference:
New Racisms: Forms of Un/Belonging in Britain Today
FRIDAY 9 MAY 2014
Prof. Les Back, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Melanie Friend: photographer, University of Sussex
Prof. Mary Hickman, St Mary's University, London
Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future
David Goodhart, Demos
The Refugee Council
CALL FOR PAPERS
This is the first international conference on Kazuo Ishiguro's works to be hosted in Japan.
32 years have passed since his debut as the author of A Pale View of Hills in 1982. We are in need of assessment and evaluation of his works and achievements from fresh perspectives. The conference calls for papers on any aspect of Kazuo Ishiguro and his works and invites scholars from the world to reassess their significance in the context of contemporary literature and culture.
Possible topics include, but are surely not limited to:
Intellectual Properties: Archive, Canon, Copy, Clone (2014)
The 3rd Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Minnesota
Dates: September 26th-27th 2014
Keynote: Jane Gaines, Columbia University, second speaker TBA
Call for Papers
The Future for Honors
26 – 27 September 2014
to be held at:
The Honors College
Rochester MI 48309
What is the future of the Honors College in higher education?
How distinctive is honors education in today's universities, and how might it be so in the future?
How can honors programs/colleges meet the challenges in higher education over the next 10, 20, 30 years?
Who are honors college graduates and what does this mean for honors education in the future?
How does honors in the USA relate to developments in supporting excellence in undergraduate education around the world?
The 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference is organizing a panel on Arab-American Culture. This conference will take place at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN on 3-5 October 2014. Topics can include--but are certainly not limited to--contemporary expressions of identity via cuisine, literature, media representations, museum displays. Historical case studies of Arab-American culture in the United States are also very welcome. The deadline for the submission of a 250 word abstract is 30 April 2014. You can upload this abstract to the Middle Eastern Culture area at http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/. If you have questions, please email Stacy E.
The 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference is currently organizing a panel on American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa. This conference will be held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN on 3-5 October 2014. Topics can include--but are certainly not limited to--any historical or contemporary representation of the Middle East in American popular culture, including sermons, songs, plays, paintings, travel accounts, memoirs, novels, movies, and the media.
Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.