Although we have recently seen the implementation of institutional changes that have altered the legal and socioeconomic status of queer people in the United States (i.e. United States v. Windsor in 2013 and Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015), queer individuals continue to encounter discrimination, violence, and death based on their gender and/or sexual orientation. The stark rise in murders of trans people of color and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting are just a few of the events that have disrupted the misguided sense of utopia instilled by institutional change, and have brought into question whether it is possible for queerness to link to notions of futurity.
A.K. Ramanujan in a poem entitled “Small-scale Reflections on a Great House” had mused, “Sometimes I think that nothing/that ever comes into this house/goes out. Things come in every day/to lose themselves among other things/lost long ago among/other things lost long ago”. The description may seem oddly apt for the field of postcolonial studies which continues to search for new shores even as some of the concerns of the past begin to fade with the inevitable processes of history. Even as the field remains committed to a quest for emancipation from violence and discrimination and deprivation, caused by the forces of race, class, gender, sexuality and a number of other factors, the modalities continue to change and the boundaries begin to blur.
Please consider submitting to a special session in MLA convention 2018.
Voicing the Refugee Crises:
The urgency of the current refugee crises in the Western world impels us to examine texts coming from refugee writers seeking hospitable homes.
Call for Papers
EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 29
New Directions in Critical Theory Graduate Conference 2017:
Transgressions: Performance, Practice & Code
The University of Arizona’s Department of English
April 21-22, 2017
“[T]here are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.”—Herman Melville, Mardi
The Anthropocene: Fiction and the End(s) of Human Ecologies
Guest Editor: Robert P. Marzec
Deadline for Submissions: 1 March 2017
‘Reading and Its Objects’
University of Sussex
8-9th May 2017
‘What is important now is to recover our senses. We must learn to see
more, to hear more, to feel more. […] The function of criticism should be to
show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.’
-- Susan Sontag, ‘Against Interpretation’ 
‘What would a less strong theory look like – one that leaves room for the
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sorcha Gunne, NUI Galway. Dr Gunne's paper is entitled 'Gender, Genre and Modernity: Feminist Politics and Irish Chick Lit from a World-Literary Perspective'
Event Type: Academic Conference, 11-13 September, 2017
Location: University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Organiser: Dr Nathan Waddell, University of Nottingham
CFP: Eccentric modernities: The Essay and Intellectual Networks in the Hispanic area
25-27 October 2017 - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Placing, Spacing, Displacing: A Postgraduate Symposium
Department of English, University of Malta
‛[T]he work is a work only when it becomes the intimacy shared by someone who writes it and someone who reads it, a space violently opened up by the contest between the power to speak and the power to hear’ – Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature
‛Just as none of us is beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography’ – Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism
‛[W]hatever your interests may be, they can be significantly advanced by adopting a critical spatial perspective’ – Edward W. Soja, Seeking Spatial Justice