The election of our nation's first Black president ushered in a discourse of Post-Blackness, suggesting that America's race problems were behind us. Likewise, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the unconstitutionality of DOMA seem to suggest that discrimination against LGBT and queer persons was a thing of the past. However, recent political attacks on women's rights, renewed fights to prevent LGBT persons from marrying, the government shutdown, the GOP war on voting rights aimed at disenfranchising people of color, as well as our extended global "war on terror," have dispelled the notion that we are "post" anything. American exceptionalism, including intra-American exceptionalism, is in full effect. Still, we must ask, what's good about America?
One of the decade's more contentious theories concerning the reformulation of capital in (post)industrial America was the denomination of the so-called "creative class." United by a tendency toward transient "gigs," labor that blurs the line between art and technology, and innovation, its members traffic in intellectual property and abstract skill sets while seeking venues that grant them legibility. Though much debate surrounds the validity of the term, this coinage proves useful for thinking about the dialogic relationship between capitalism and creativity.
CFP: ACLA Seminar: The Poetics of Transparency / Translucency / Reflection: Glass, Capital, and Urban Narratives
Location: New York University
Time: March 20-23, 2014
Paper Submission Deadline: November 15, 2013
Contact: Mavis Tseng, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Seminar
The English Department of UMass Boston is pleased to announce our new annual event, Beacon: A Graduate Conference in the Humanities. For our inaugural conference, we are asking for papers that focus on the topics of interpretation and appropriation, and, in particular, how these terms intersect and interact with one another. How can we interpret appropriation? What constitutes appropriate interpretation?
Call for Papers
Approaches to Teaching Charles Chesnutt
Editors: Susanna Ashton, Clemson University
Bill Hardwig: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Essays on Approaches to Teaching Charles Chesnutt are sought for a collection to be developed as a project for consideration by the MLA Approaches to Teaching series. We are in conversation with the MLA editorial offices about a longer proposal that will necessarily contain a list of committed contributors with a broad range of approaches and backgrounds.
Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference Featuring Scholars and Chefs
Presented by the Atlantic World Research Network and Quaintance-Weaver
With the Sponsorship of THE FRESH MARKET
January 30-February 2, 2014
The Proximity and O.Henry Hotels, Greensboro, NC
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Elliott University Center
The Words and Music conference will take place on April 11th-12th, 2014. This conference will explore the relationship between words and music, and the place of that relationship in modern culture.
Possible topics of relevance include, but are not limited to, songs and song lyrics, poems set to music, novels about music and musicians, opera and librettos, rock opera, metaphor in music, translating song lyrics, phonetics and pronunciation in singing, drama and dramatic elements in music videos, music and travel, music and tourism, music journalism, music and ideology, using song lyrics in the classroom, and songs and culture.
Examining Assessment: Principles and Practices for Writing Classrooms and Programs
The 6th Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing
Friday, February 28 – Saturday, March 1
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Special Issue 15.3: Regional Approaches to Queer Asian Cinema
Edited by James Wren
There have been many full-length monographs dealing with the issue of Queer Asian cinema, and beyond a certain degree of redundancy, all are, when said and done, either overly general in their summation, offer few new insights into the subject, or focus on the same half-dozen examples as evidence of some still-uncertain theme. Regionalism is, for the most part, excluded from discussions. Thus, when we speak of Queer Asian cinema, we concomitantly speak of a paradox, of a homogeneous entity that we somehow have "pulled together" as a singular, clearly defined mediation of time and space.
Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives (JASEP)
Call for Submissions
Ji-Yeon Yuh, Northwestern University, USA
Louis Mendoza, University of Minnesota, USA
Publication Frequency: Semi-annual
The Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association seeks proposals for the annual conference. We seek proposals—for individual papers as well as panels—on all aspects and periods of mystery and detective fiction, including history, criticism, theory and current trends.
Since this conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, we would like to highlight works by local writers and/or works set in this region.
Additional topics may include the following:
Call for book proposals: Women & Gender in the Early Modern World
The study of women and gender offers some of the most vital and innovative challenges to current scholarship on the early modern period. For more than a decade now, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World has served as a forum for presenting fresh ideas and original approaches to the field. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope, this Ashgate book series strives to reach beyond geographical limitations to explore the experiences of early modern women and the nature of gender in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. We welcome proposals for both single-author volumes and edited collections which expand and develop this continually evolving field of study.
January 31st and February 1st, 2014
Fundamental Questions: What is College Writing?
Poe & Capitals/Poe as Capital
Critically Kinaesthetic: Performing bodies of political engagement
York University, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Dance Studies
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 16, 2014
The York University Theatre and Performance Studies third annual graduate student symposium invites paper, performance and workshop proposals from any discipline relating to this year's topic of Critically Kinaesthetic: Performing bodies of political engagement. This interdisciplinary symposium will examine the body as both expressive, and generative, of political meaning. "Critically kinaesthetic" refers to embodied knowledge systems and their engagement in both aesthetic and political spheres.