The worldwide growth of English as a first and foreign language has by now necessitated the a term like 'Global Englishes' to describe the range of dialects and usages. Such a term calls attention to the de-coupling of the language from its Anglo-American 'homes', and to the popularity of English as a foreign subject of study. The place of Anglophone literary education, however, is less firm. Despite the fame of certain canonical Anglophone writers and the global domination of Anglophone publishing conglomerates, Anglophone literature is often taught in the service of language rather than literary education.
Seeking article submissions that discuss the relationship between African American poetry and ecocriticism for a scholarly anthology. Selection of African American poetry may cover any time period, ranging from slavery to the Reconstruction era, early twentieth century/Jim Crow, early twentieth century/modernism, Civil Rights, post-Civil Rights, and current/contemporary works. Ideally, the anthology will demonstrate a range in African American poetry and ecocriticism by hopefully covering each of the above mentioned historical epochs. I am currently in the process of securing an academic publisher and will notify authors selected for publication of all publishing developments. Complete articles should be sent (not abstracts) by December 31, 2011.
The Reconstructing Multiculturalism Research Network and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on multiculturalisms from 14th – 17th May 2012.
The conference will be held at Gregynog Hall. This residential conference centre is situated near Newtown in mid Wales. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx)
Introducing "Cultural Productions of 9/11"
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 11.2
Edited By Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson
Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson, "Avatars of 9/11"
Wendy Kozol, "Looking Elsewhere"
Scott Cutler Shershow, "The Time of Sacrifice: Derrida contra Agamben
Daniel Ross, "Passages to Immortality: Arakawa and Gins, Stiegler, and September 11"
Caren Kaplan, "'A Rare and Chilling View': Aerial Photography as Biopower in the Visual Culture of '9/11'"
Marian Macken, "The Event in Miniature: 9/11 and the New York City Model"
David Simpson, "A Confusion of Tongues"
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
November 12th, 2011
Keynote: Professor Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)
The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual postgraduate conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham on November 12th, 2011.
The general theme of the conference is 'American Frontiers'. The notion of the frontier has permeated the history of the United States, from colonial expansion to the optimistic rhetoric of the Kennedy administration. Moreover, the meaning of 'America' and its place within the world has been a site of ongoing negotiation in geographic, political, economic, military, intellectual and cultural terms.
The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 40th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 24-26, 2012, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com). An experimental artist of new forms in poetry, prose, painting, and theater, Cummings goes beyond a mere radical formalism to fashion a cultural aesthetics that engages the contemporary issues of his time.
Fourth Annual Graduate Student Conference for the Group for the Study of Early Cultures
The University of California, Irvine
Friday and Saturday, April 20 – 21, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Julian Yates, University of Delaware
V International Gothic Congress
During the last years, Gothic Literature has just begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time, culture, genre, and art modes.
We are seeking contributors for a collection of critical essays on Steampunk. Steampunk remains an elusive topic even among its admirers and practitioners, but at its heart, it re-imagines the Victorian age in the future, and re-works its technology, fashion, and values with a dose of anti-modernism. From sci-fi and fantasy to websites catering to a Steampunk lifestyle, this multi-faceted genre demands greater scholarly analysis.
The editors of this anthology seek contributions in the following suggested subject areas: