In the twenty plus years since independence, South Africa has been mired in economic struggles, social crises related to HIV and ADIS and xenophobia, and increasingly demanding political protest. Have the visions of a utopian future that were sparked with Mandela's release from prison evaporated under the weight of so much disillusionment, or is there still hope that the nation's unparalleled constitution can ever be brought to fruition? This panel welcomes papers examining contemporary works from South Africa that advance an idealistic image for the nation despite the many obstacles faced in building a democratic state.
NeMLA 2017 in Baltimore, MD
Writing Beyond the Language Requirement
Recently, scholars have recognized that “L2 writing is not only an ability to acquire, teach, and assess—as is conventionally assumed—but L2 writing is also a means, context, and basis for learning, both of language and of writing” (Manchón, 2011, x). That is, second language writing involves both learning to write and writing to learn. What does this mean for our curricula?
Disjunctions 2016: “Crude Matter”
“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force flow around you. Here, between you, me…” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
March 23-26, 2017
Northeast Modern Language Association
The Shadow of Ethnography
Evelyn Waugh Studies, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, invites essay submissions about any aspect of the life or work of Evelyn Waugh. Evelyn Waugh Studies is published three times per year, indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, and is distributed by EBSCO Publishing, the Gale Group, and ProQuest. Submissions should follow MLA style and should generally be no more than 5,000 words in length.
JUXTAPOSITIONS: Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship
By recruiting minority writers and teaching them to "write what you know" and "find your voice," MFA programs have generated landmark works of fiction that perform and celebrate marginalized racial and ethnic identities. However, critics argue that the institution of Creative Writing and its aesthetic values are culturally specific and may fetishize racial and ethnic difference for white audiences. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about authors or texts that exemplify the intersection of—or friction between—MFA aesthetics and race/ethnicity.
This panel will be part of the 48th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Baltimore, MD (March 23-26 2017).
Modern Technology in the Composition Classroom Presiding Officer: John Misak, New York Institute of Technology
This session would focus on the implementation of modern technologies (digital texts, smart devices, social media, video games, etc.) in first-year writing and strategies to incorporate them in the classroom. It will explore research, empirical and theoretical, on technology as an aid to writing instruction, and ways to navigate common pitfalls with the practice.
Proposal link: http://www.pamla.org/node/add/proposal
NeMLA Annual Convention 2017 -- Baltimore, MD March 23-26 David Foster Wallace has been one of the most influential American writers at the turn of the twentieth century, seeming to capture so perfectly the hallmark voice and style of a postmodernism that he ironically disdained. Twenty years after the publication of Infinite Jest, and nearly ten years since Wallace’s suicide, critics still find him to be an elusive figure.
This book project seeks to elaborate lines of thinking that emerged during the panel, “The Unsettling Real in the Composition of Nineteenth-Century American Photography,” from this year’s C19 conference at Penn State University. The heart of our inquiry concerns the problem of referentiality and the real in photographic compositions that proliferated middle-class culture through the machinery of Victorian-era mass production. Contemporary scholarly analysis of this photographic tradition has tended to follow the classical semiotic assumption that the referent and its representation occupy distinctly different epistemological spaces. In contrast, we draw on the insights of contemporary aesthetic theory and the field of object studies to c
Call for Papers: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016.
Editorial Team: Monica Louzon, M.L.S. (Managing Editor), Rachel Lazarus, Ph.D. (Co-Editor), Heather McHale, Ph.D. (Co-Editor), Barbara Jasny, Ph.D. (Co-Editor),
Editorial Board: Nancy Kress, M.S., M.A.; Charles Gannon, Ph.D.; Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Ph.D.; Terence McSweeney, Ph.D.