How can we read the public reaction to earlier images of violence against African American children, including Emmett Till and the four little girls of the Birmingham church bombing, in relation to the creative work produced in the post-civil rights period, such as Dael Orlandersmith's The Gimmick and Tayari Jones's Leaving Atlanta? These later texts depict children who come of age in a period when the dominant representations of violence against the black child's body in the cases of the Atlanta Child Murders, Latasha Harlins, Girl X, and Tawana Brawley, among others, evoked much different responses within local communities and the larger culture.
"Between Science and Sensation: Psychic Networks in the Mid-Victorian Period" at NAVSA 2012
Narratives Mediated: (dis)junctions 2012
19th annual graduate student conference
Keynote speaker: Dr. Leo Braudy
University of California, Riverside
April 13-14th, 2012
Abstracts due: February 17th, 2012
MLA 2013 (Boston), January 3-6
Special session: Literature and Reductionism
What is reductive thinking—and is it always a bad thing? This panel invites papers that reconsider reductionism as a formal, theoretical, disciplinary, or historical problem.
200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guest column for this issue should provide a general discussion of one or more of this issue's themes as they present themselves in literature and/or history.
Volume 2, Issue 2: Revolutions & Reversals
We are currently experiencing a worldwide rejection of corruption in government: widespread revolution in the Middle East, the tea party, the occupy movement. We would like for this issue to speak to these shifting attitudes in the way we approach and think about authority and social structures. We particularly encourage literary criticism that takes up as one of its primary goals the examination of the following in literature: authority, politics, government, familial structure, utopia, dystopia, gender, social norms, etc.
Diesis Volume 2, Issue 2:
Revolutions & Reversals
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2012
The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities (ISSN 2161-3095), a journal of literary criticism particularly interested in giving voice to undergraduate and graduate students, is inviting submissions to its third issue. This issue takes up authority, social structure, and the construction of desired realities in literature as its primary focus.
How did ethnic American writers use the periodical as a vehicle for reform at the turn of the twentieth century? Please submit a 300 word abstract to Jacqueline Emery (email@example.com) by 2 March 2012.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Theme: CROSSING LINGUISTIC BORDERS IN POST-COLONIAL ANGLOPHONE AFRICA
Editor Valentine N. UBANAKO, PhD
Department of Bilingual Studies (English/French), University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.
Brief abstracts are sought for a panel on the intersections between American Studies and Contemporary Media Theory to be proposed for the 2012 New England American Studies Association Conference.
DRACULA AND THE GOTHIC IN LITERATURE, POP CULTURE AND THE ARTS
An Interdisciplinary Colloquium at the Centenary of Bram Stoker's death
University of Minho – Braga, Portugal
29-30 June 2012; Abstract deadline: 15 April 2012
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, travelers of all kinds documented their experiences in private letters and diaries, official correspondence, life writing, spiritual and religious narratives, and ethnographic accounts. Furthermore, these experiences were often transformed into works of art, with real and imagined moments of contact serving as the inspiration for painting, music, poetry, prose fiction, photography, and other creative ventures. These aesthetic productions transformed the foreign into the national, the known into the unknown, appearing to expand access to other cultures--a model of cultural transportation that recent criticism is troubling.
12th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference:
The Art of Revolution
March 30-April 1 2012
University of Iowa
"…Do not be afraid to say revolution!"
You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen. To submit an abstract, please go to http://www.usi.edu/glorydays and click on the abstract link.
The conference, organized by the University of Southern Indiana, Monmouth University and Penn State Altoona, will be held at Monmouth University in northern New Jersey from September 14-16, 2012. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.
Shipwrecks and Islands.
A thematic, multidisciplinary and comparative volume of essays.
Recurrent motifs, shipwrecks and islands have always, together and separately, fascinated artists and writers as fundamental expressions of both crises and new beginnings. Proposals with literary, philosophical, artistic, filmic and/or musical foci are welcome.
Please send your proposals (500 words) to Olga.Springer@dcu.ie by February 20, 2012.
Acceptance of proposals will be sent by February 27, 2012.
Final articles should be about 5000 words in MLA style and sent by May 14, 2012.