This special issue for the Western Journal of Black Studies will address the growing interests in interdisciplinary scholarship on Critical Race Theory and African American Folklore. Historically, scholars collected folklore to examine how African Americans constructed a life in America, and the creative expressions that African Americans employ to define themselves and in opposition to dominant discourses about themselves and African American culture. Despite the oppositional intentions of this scholarship, African American people and culture were still, sometimes, depicted in ways that fulfilled or perpetuated negative dominant discourses or stereotypes.
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April 2012
Keynote Speaker: Dr Matthew Beaumont
UCL English Department and The City Centre
Author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England and Editor of A Concise Companion to Realism.
The committee invites submissions for papers by UK-based postgraduate students across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines on perspectives relating to studies of reality. In particular, we encourage papers that interrogate ideas of the real in an interdisciplinary manner and explore the critical possibilities of the theme.
The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions for its spring 2012 issue, themed "Apocalyptic Visions: Literal, Metaphoric, Transformative." Submissions: May 2, 2012.
Professors for Peace CFP
Submit a paper or panel to the Professors for Peace Conference 2012. This conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference for scholars in the humanities and sciences who are interested in coming together to create a more peaceful world. Professors for Peace is a non-profit and non-governmental association that maintains no favoritism toward any religious, political, philosophical, or national affiliations. Professors anywhere in the world from all disciplines are invited to discuss the idea and practice of peace in the world today. For more information contact professorsforpeace at gmail.com or visit our website at professorsforpeace dot com.
Abstracts due by May 15, 2012.
This panel seeks to explore the cultural intersections of the Orient in the Hispanic world in literary, historical and/or visual texts. We welcome papers that examine these cultural crossroads in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, Asian Hispanic identities, (mis)representations, art, film, and theater.
Please submit your proposal online at http://www.pamla.org by 22 April 2012.
"Modernist Spectacles of Disability" (MSA 14)
-David M. Halperin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
-Jelisaveta Blagojević (Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia)
-Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)
-Marina Gržinić (Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria)
-Francesco Macarone Palmieri a.k.a. WARBEAR (independent social anthropologist and multimedia queer artist, Rome/Berlin)
-Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
-Jamie Heckert (University of Essex, UK)
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is 'Sports, Games, and Pastimes'. Topics that might be addressed are:
Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 12.1 "Locations of Stardom"
Edited by Lisa Patti and Stanka Radovic, afterword by Barry King
'From S.A. to L.A.': Branding Transport and Circulating Celebrity in South Africa's Nonhle Goes to Hollywood, by Brandeise Monk-Payton
On the (Im)possibility of Canadian Celebrity, by Michele Byers
'If it be Love Indeed, Tell Me How Much': Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and White Pleasure After Empire , by Gloria Shin
The Subversion of Abstract Space in U2's Rhizomatic 1990s, by Anthony Cristofani
White Weddings: New Media Archives and the Transformations of Michael Jackson's Thriller, by Lisa Patti
"A Society to Match The Scenery:" Spectacle and Western American Modernisms
Proposed Panel for 2012 Modernist Studies Association