As Holocaust survivors were liberated from concentration camps, prisons, and places of hiding—among other compromised milieus they were forced to inhabit from 1939–45—they brought the memories and the trauma of the Holocaust to the places they eventually came to call “home.” Bringing such emotional and psychological burdens with them, many survivors settled abroad—from Argentina to Canada and from the United States to Israel—and established families, rearing those who would later be called “second-generation” Holocaust witnesses. These children of Holocaust survivors (and their children) have become the carriers and bearers of their parents’ memories and trauma that came to define the domestic experience of survivor households.
world literatures and indigenous studies
A couple of years ago, when the conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith read “The Body of Michael Brown,” an appropriation of Brown’s autopsy report for a conference at Brown University, he unleashed a furious debate about the politics of speaking for another people’s pain or experience. While some accused him of bad taste and pointed to the long, colonial history of white male artists using black bodies as fodder for their art, others defended the right of the artist to provoke and explore, and decried what they considered the essentialism behind condemnations of Goldsmith’s pieces. Appropriation’s discontents are also evident in such recent controversies as the protests against the exhibit of Dana Schutz's "Open Casket" at the Whitney Biennial (and the subs
Harrison Middleton University (www.hmu.edu) is launching a Fellowship in Ideas. This is a writing and discussion project in the humanities designed for a recent university graduate from any field who has an interest in the humanities, interdisciplinary dialogue, and intellectual and professional enrichment.
Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,
in that grey vault. The sea. The sea
has locked them up. The sea is History.
—Derek Walcott, “The Sea is History”
Call for Papers
The University of Toronto’s Centre for Comparative Literature’s 28th Annual Conference
The Ocean and the Seas
“When Black people get free, everybody gets free. #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important–it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation.” – Alicia Garza
Call for Papers
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017
In Search of the Hero(es) within the Genre and Beyond
“A Hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
- Joseph Campbell
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is requesting proposals/abstracts for its sixth international conference, to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The conference’s theme is “Alternative Realities: Myths, Lies, Truths, and Half-Truths.”
This conference is interdisciplinary, and welcomes all academic disciplines including the sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. It encourages presenters to explore how this theme is represented in their own discipline, or how their discipline is affected by it. Topics may include but are not limited to:
Fact and/or fiction; Real, surreal, unreal
Deception, deceit, manipulation, entertainment
Call for Papers, Scottish Literature and World Literature Panel at CEA 2018
April 5-7, 2018 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000
Resistance is found in the seemingly miniscule and inconsequential interactions and choices of civic and private life. Resilience can work in parallel with resistance, reinforcing its resolve as well as preserving its aim.