J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Although this quotation has experienced its fair share of "inspirational quote" status by both Tolkien and Coachella fans alike, there remains a question of what "wandering" and "being elsewhere" means for the academic community. The 2018 New Voices Graduate Conference invites submissions that consider concepts of elsewhere. How do the terms interdisciplinary, difference, and othering delineate the elsewhere of cultural studies? What do authors and texts stand to gain wandering outside canonical forms? We also invite papers that explore the elsewheres of canonical texts, as well as papers that illuminate uncanonized and/or forgotten works.
Constructing South Asian National Identity in Literature and Film: Confluences on the Asian Subcontinent
When Partition created India, East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) and West Pakistan in 1947, the nationhood of these new states moved from the theoretical to the real in dramatic fashion, setting up complexities and contradictions that continue to reverberate into the present day. This panel will investigate the past, present, and future of these South Asian nations’ search for cultural identity in an examination of their fiction, poetry, and film.
In American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film (2015), Ann Brigham elaborates the identity building capacities of the road trip genre, and takes on the problem of mobility in women’s and minority writing. By challenging our privileging of mobility as a cultural mythology, Brigham complicates the required agency behind the very act of going on the road, analyzing ethnic and minority literature in light of contemporary political tensions.
In recent decades, scholars have become increasingly interested in analyzing and recovering eighteenth-century travel writing, but the visual side of travel texts is often ignored. By the time the word “scrapbook” entered the English lexicon in the 1820s, personal, visual travel records had long existed and circulated in other forms, including the album, the illustrated journal, and the commonplace book. These forms typically contained less of a chronological narrative than written travelogues, but they presented a highly curated, interactive, and, in some cases, tactile experience for their viewers.
In advance of her 125th birth anniversary, and in the shadow of the destruction of antiquities during the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq, Agatha Christie’s ‘forgotten’ Syrian memoir Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archeological Memoir was republished in 2015. In the memoir, Christie chronicles her experiences of participating in various archeological digs at Nimrud, Mosul and Palmyra, all sites which have been irreparably damaged in the intervening years.
Subject: Call for Papers: Creative Nonfiction at CEA 2019
Call for Papers, Creative Nonfiction at CEA 2019
March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on or in Creative Nonfiction for our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org
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ACLA 2018 Seminar:
Medieval and Early Modern Encounters: Travel, Geography and Ethnography
Co-Organizers: Shirin A. Khanmohamadi (SFSU) and Christine Chism (UCLA)
This panel reflects on the relationship between space and psyche in contemporary Latinx and Latin American texts. With movement across the Americas in constant flux, Latin American and Latinx literatures offer insights into this border-crossing psyche, with recent novels depicting the diverse reactions subjects exhibit in forming, surviving, and thriving. For example, the heroine of Yuri Herrera’s Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (2011) comes to terms with her subjectivity in her journey north, while the journalist of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Insensatez (2004) finds his conception of self shaken after his move.
Proposals are invited for essays on early travel accounts by British Women and their experiences in Africa, Asia, America, Australia, Europe, Canada, West Indies, for an edited collection of essays on British Women, Travel and Empire, 1770-1850 (to be published by Routledge).