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Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4:19pm
James J. Donahue, Jennifer Ho, and Shaun Morgan

In her landmark study of race and American literature, Playing in the Dark (1992), Toni Morrison argued that literary history has taken for granted a certain set of assumptions, including the understanding that "American literature is free of, uninformed, and unshaped by the four-hundred-year-old presence of, first, Africans and then African Americans in the United States" and that "this presence [...] had no significant place or consequence in the origin and development of that culture's literature" (4-5). Morrison's work provides a thoughtful and insightful study of race in American narrative and has inspired a generation of scholars to continue the study of race and ethnicity in American literature.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 6:25am
Turkish Design History Society Congress - 2013 - GENDERED PERSPECTIVES IN DESIGN / Turkish and Global Context

An International Conference

May 9-10, 2012

Yaşar University, İzmir, Turkey

To be announced


PURITY: A Call For Papers

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:08am
Excursions Journal

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

PURITY is a division, a concept, a value-system, a fallacy, an ideal state, a doctrine, a transfer. It marks the territories of sex and contamination, mathematics and martyrdom, economy and resistance, music and annihilation.

Age, Culture, Humanities - New Journal - 15 February 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 11:31pm
Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Announcement of Publication and Call for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new journal, Age, Culture, Humanities, published by the Atheneum Press of Coastal Carolina University.

Age, Culture, Humanities seeks to promote cross-disciplinary, critical investigations of the experiences of age, aging, and old age, as seen through the lens of the humanities and arts. The goals are to consider age as a category of identity, advance understanding of the aging process and of age differences across the lifespan, interrogate cultural articulations of aging and old age, and generate innovative, engaging scholarly approaches to the study of age and aging in the humanities.

Specters of Du Bois: Dissent as Decolonization

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 9:41pm
ASA Conference November 21-24 in Washington DC 2013

This panel considers the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, as discussions commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 2013 take place internationally. For Du Bois, abolition (often neglected in narratives of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation) persists as an exemplar of an ethics of collective dissent: a "moral battle" that "cannot be truthfully minimized or forgotten." C.L.R. James, Toni Morrison, and Angela Davis (through Black Reconstruction) also draw upon the specter of abolitionism for an ongoing practice of dissent.

April 18-19 Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group Colloquium

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 1:14pm
Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group

During Captain Cook's 1769 transoceanic voyage, he collected a rust fungus in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. That rust fungus was carried around the globe until it returned across the Atlantic and the American midwest to arrive at Purdue University's herbarium where it remains to this day. The journey this rust fungus took reflects the global nature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, full of circulations between continents and islands, specimens and texts, peoples and cultures. Purdue's Early Atlantic Reading Group invites you to celebrate this interconnectedness through a graduate student colloquium exploring the material and miscellany, pictures and people, literatures and locations of the early Atlantic world.