This panel at the ACLA annual meeting (Vancouver, March 31- April 3, 2011) seeks to actively engage with the transnational, translational, affective, and transformative aspects of fandom communities, especially in (but not limited to) new media contexts. As Donna Haraway puts it, "when were love and knowledge not co-constitutive?" What are fan culture's canon and literacies? Who actively reads fandom's texts, and what does that literacy entail? What social constructs govern and emerge from these subcultural activities? And whose purposes do these questions serve?
Keynote Address by Dr. Shoshana Felman, Emory University
Apocalypse, post-apocalypse, atomic and nuclear narratives have increasingly shifted from the science fiction genre to pervade American literature as a whole. Authors such as Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy, among many others, consider historical or imagined catastrophes that usher in new sensibilities, while simultaneously shattering connections to the past. Traditionally, apocalypse narratives attempt to assert order and coherence where none previously existed. Does apocalypse literature still presume control over disaster? What has apocalypse literature come to signify in the U.S.? What does apocalypse literature offer? How have imagined or real endings come to be portrayed in American literature?
At the ACLA in Vancouver I am chairing a panel on Postcontemporary thought. Some presenters are interested in the possibility of publishing an essay collection on that subject. Of course, a good collection will need more essays than this panel would yield, and I would like diverse, even global, perspectives.
Proposals are now being accepted for the Children in Film Area of the 31st annual PCA/ACA & SWTX PCA/ACA joint conference April 20-23, 2011, in San Antonio, TX.(www.swtxpca.org). Proposals are sought that explore and interrogate the representations of children in Hollywood film, independent film, foreign film and/or children's film.
The University of Arizona New Directions in Critical Theory Conference
"Singularity: Transdisciplinary Explorations in Language, Culture, and Theory"
The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). April 29-30, 2011.
Keynote Speaker: Vincent B. Leitch, General Editor of the Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association
Call for Papers:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ann Laura Stoler, The New School
Faculty Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Britt, Northeastern University
March 19-20, 2011
Post•45 @ Rock Hall: April 29-30, 2011.
Keynote speakers: Steve Earle, Rick Moody, Kevin Young, Dana Spiotta
Post•45 seeks paper and panel proposals to complete the program for our 5th anniversary conference, to be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. We are looking to add three to six panels or round-tables.
This conference will host a mix of academics, creative artists, and public intellectuals for a series of panels on media, the archive, film, literature, creative writing, and popular music. We welcome papers and panels from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies.
In recent years, John Dos Passos has fallen to somewhat low priority in critical study, but the few publications that do exist since the 1970s are engaging and compelling and stand as proof that this author deserves further consideration in our field. This individual panel proposal for ALA's 2011 convention hopes to illustrate the value of continuing to engage in scholarly research, critical conversation, and/or pedagogical approaches to John Dos Passos in the 21st century. Papers of about 20 minutes/10 pages in length on various approaches to Dos Passos's work will be considered for inclusion on the panel. Please submit an abstract of about 250 to 500 words, a CV, and any requests for A/V equipment to Victoria M.
Call for Papers on Social Networks, Communities, and/or Public Service
Proteus: A Journal of Ideas seeks submissions that explore themes relating to social networks, communities, and/or public service for an upcoming issue titled "Building and Strengthening Communities and Social Networks." We are soliciting a wide range of articles and creative works—including broad theoretical inquiries, individual case studies, traditional scholarly articles, and works of creative nonfiction. Theme-related photographs, poetry, and creative writing are welcome.