27-30 May 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
world literatures and indigenous studies
Rooted: Legacies of Recovery and (Re)Memory in Cultural Production of the Black Diaspora
“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”—Simone Weil
“My obsessions stay the same—historical memory and historical erasure.” –Natasha Trethewey
This conference will be devoted to the discussion of recent developments affecting the production and reception of New Zealand and Pacific literary, visual and performance arts in a global context. It will focus on a range of issues related to the creation, reception, study, translation and marketing of these forms of expression. Whereas on the one hand New Zealand and Pacific arts are being created and circulated as deriving from culturally specific locations, they have also been received, translated, taught and marketed as part of the more broadly defined category of ‘world’ culture.
At the “East Indians in the Caribbean Conference” in Trinidad in 1979, Sam Selvon disarmingly titled his opening address “Three into One Can’t Go—East Indian, Trinidadian or West Indian.” He presented the contradictions apparent in competing discourses of identification as the descendants of Indian indentured labourers sought to define themselves in their national and regional contexts. Selvon’s underlying question of how (formerly) indentured labourers establish a sense of belonging in their new environment is applicable to other sites of indentureship like Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Suriname, and Fiji. Another identifying label that should be added to Selvon’s triad is coolie, a pejorative that some Indians have sought to reclaim.
Verbeia is an international open-access scientific journal dealing with two philological fields:
On one hand, the different fields of literary research both in Hispanic Philology (Spanish and Latin-American) and English-Speaking Philology: narrative, poetry, literary theory and criticism, Literature applied to Education and Comparative Literature. Literature and cinema. Verbeia also considers, after the steady rise of cultural studies, contributions into such a field as well as a meeting point between cultural studies and literature.
Call for Papers- Breaking New Ground: Pluralistic Approaches to Global Ecocriticism
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Saturday, March 4, 2017
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Graduate Colloquium
University of Maryland-College Park
Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephanie Posthumus, McGill University
Abstract proposals due: December 1
Beyond Geography: Situating the Global Iranian Diaspora -- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
edited by Dr. Persis Karim, San Jose State University
Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities 2017, Ryerson University May 27-30
Migrant Literatures, Refugee Poetics
A satirical post on a bulletin board in a hallway of a university arts building condemns the literary genius — citing Shakespeare, Coleridge, Yeats, Baudelaire, Poe, Hemingway, the Beats, and others — for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, proposing that we take anti-doping measures to cull the canon of those who would cheat at their craft. Jesting aside, however, such satire points not only toward the near-ubiquity of psychotropic plant use to the literary imagination, but also to the cultural expectation placed upon the artist to trope, to turn the mind as well as the word.
The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2017 Annual Conference, to be held at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, 20 April – 22 April 2017.
FEATURED CREATIVE WRITER:
Janette Turner Hospital