Call for Participation for
The Fourth International Symposium on Intermedial Studies
Intermedial Practice and Theory in Comparison
Hangzhou, China, 15-17 November 2018
world literatures and indigenous studies
Call for Participation for
Graduate Student Conference
Fugitive Futures: Graduate Students of Color Un-Settling the University
21-22 September 2018, The University of Texas at Austin
“...the subversive intellectual came under false pretenses….Her labor is as necessary as it is unwelcome. The university needs what she bears but cannot bear what she brings”
— Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study
"Maroons and Indigenous Peoples: Towards a Sustainable Future"
June 20-24, 2018, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Charles Town International Maroon Conference welcomes papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in exploring this year's theme of sustainability. It will explore the ways Maroons and other Indigenous Peoples have evolved relationships with the environment that can provide resources for today's ecological challenges. Approaching "sustainability" in broad theoretical and cultural terms, the conference will consider the roles indigenous environments, peoples, histories, and cultures play in securing an ecologically sustainable future.
What exactly is the content of a literary text, and how does it affect the experience of reading? How should critics approach a text's overt elements and ideas? A lengthy and currently influential tradition of thought has emphasized literary form in a variety of creative ways, but very little has been done to explain how critics should think about content. This panel will bring together six scholars, who will each briefly (in 8 to 10 minutes) offer a definition of literary content and an example from a particular text. Please submit an abstract for such a paper, along with a one-page CV, to pfessenbecker at gmail.com by March 15.
Note: this is a non-guaranteed special session, and requires MLA approval.
This panel will discuss the place of humour and laughter in African literatures and literatures from the African diaspora. What are the various ways in which humour manifests itself, and to what end? Diverse methodological approaches are welcome. Please send a 250-word proposal and a short bio.
This CFP seeks work that examines the intersection of animal studies with contemporary ecopoetry from around the world. The human/nonhuman distinction entails an interdiction as much as establishes the safety of a boundary that maintains human hegemony in relation to other species. Yet, the animal can powerfully redirect attention toward the necessity of humility as well as deconstruct ideas of autonomy and superiority too often entangled with human self-understanding. This panel asks how the animal negates or reifies the human/nonhuman distinction, but also how the animal speaks, or is silenced, in contemporary ecopoetry. How does the animal appear as an ethical imperative in the age of the Anthropocene and of the Sixth Mass Extinction?
Call for papers for a special session at the MLA 2019 conference to be held in Chicago:
(De) Constructing Precarity in the Global South
Performing Precarity through crises of race, gender, migration, existence, regional/national/global hierarchies. Situating Precarity in postcolonial, neoliberal Global South vis-à-vis the Global North. 300 word abstracts to be submitted by March 15, 2018 to Sagnika Chanda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Critical Multilingualism Studies
Multilingualism, Creativity, and the Arts
(Optional) 300-word queries / expressions of interest by May 1, 2018
Drafts due for peer review by September 1, 2018
Guest Editors: Steven G. Kellman and Natasha Lvovich
Call for Papers
“A painter’s drawing is really his writing…”
América Crítica (http://ojs.unica.it/index.php/cisap/index) is now accepting submissions through April 20, 2018. The editors are looking for articles, interviews as well as book or performance reviews.