In her 'Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)' (2005), Taiye Selasi introduced the term 'Afropolitan' as a coinage that aims at capturing the embodied experiences of a younger generation of African diasporic subjects living in contemporary world cities. Since then, the term has been claimed by many who have identified themselves with the realities Selasi depicts in her essay, while it has also been challenged by others for its alleged class, racial, and ethnic bias, and even by its purported complicity with cultural commodification processes.
Writing has long been a means of ordering human thought and working to harness meaning into a cohesive explanation or narrative. How do texts composed in the wake of societal crises seek to evoke significance, solidarity, or dissension in terms of acknowledging and processing adversity? How do crisis events affect the identity and ideology formation of individuals as subjects or readerships?
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For panel presentation at South Central Modern Language Association conference in Durham, NC (Nov. 13-15)
Call for papers for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
Nov. 5-7, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
The Travel and Tourism area of MAPACA seeks papers that discuss and explore any aspect of travel and/or tourism. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to, the following:
- travel and gender/race/class
- personal travel narratives
- heritage tourism
- material culture and tourism
Please feel free to consider a wide range of materials, texts and experiences. Applicants may also propose 3-person panels and roundtables.
Students (both undergraduate and graduate) and independent scholars are encouraged to apply.
Stream #2 – Black Affect and Minor Feelings, OCTOBER 14-17
"…we know for certain that the solution to the Black Man's problems will come only through Black National Consciousness. We also know that the focus of change will be racial. (If we feel differently, we have different ideas. Race is feeling…Art is one method of expressing these feelings and identifying the form as an emotional phenomenon."
– Amiri Baraka, "The Legacy of Malcolm X, and the Coming of the Black Nation"
We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.
Briefly: A reader's sense of time in literature rests upon a fully embodied and affective reading experience. Amongst an author's mechanisms for communicating a shared sense of time with one's readers is the use of highly affective, visceral, and/or proprioceptive linguistic cues. I'm looking for work that either explains or demonstrates how the affective communication of felt time works in contemporary American literature. Interdisciplinary work especially encouraged. Panel to take place at the 2015 annual PAMLA conference in lovely Portland, OR, Nov. 6-8, under the title "Ethics and Affect III: Temporalities." Submit 300-word paper proposal to pamla.org/2015 by May 15.
I am seeking papers of up to 8,000 words for a special issue of the theology journal Perichoresis, http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/perc, from researchers in the study of religions, philosophers, theologians or others with expertise in the field.
Broadly conceived within 'historical theology', contributions may involve philosophic perspectives or cultural issues, analysis/discussion of problems concerning language, tradition, experience, gender, practice etc, or specific exploration of/engagement with a particular text, method, approach, figure or theme.
Please contact me with an idea for a proposal or more information as required.
Arabic literature, declared Edward Said in 1990, "remains relatively unknown and unread in the West, for reasons that are unique, even remarkable."
More than twenty years later, it is hard to say that the situation has remained the same: there has been a notable rise in the quantity of Arabic literary works available in several European languages. Yet, considering the increased interest in Arab and Muslim societies following various political events and the remarkable growth of Arabic literature (especially the novel) in recent years, it is rather surprising that translating and publishing Arabic literature in European languages is often seen as something of a gamble.
Throughout the last decade or so the formerly rather "exotic" field of Human-Animal Studies (sometimes simply Animal Studies) has grown immensely and produced an amount of exciting and innovative work that by now has gained some deserved recognition from the academic mainstream across a whole range of disciplines. Briefly put and among other things, Human-Animal Studies are interested in the manifold intersections of human and animal lives, the forms and modes of human-animal relations in different historical, social, literary, cultural and other contexts, and also inevitably touch upon the question of what it means to be a *human* animal.
Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.
CALL FOR ARTICLES
For a special issue of The InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (http://portuguese-diaspora-studies.com/index.php/ijpds)
"LusoFrance: Cultural Productions by and about the Portuguese and Lusodescendants in France"
This interdisciplinary conference and its companion journal invite scholars and practitioners to address a range of critically important ideas relating to globalization in the world today.