Our social, political, and religious climate has been dominated recently by a mood of collective fear, regarding everything from economic anxiety, the outbreak of new and frightening diseases, mass shootings, social tension and violence between law enforcement and communities of color, environmental and technological dangers, and the threat of terrorism both foreign and domestic. Where is there room for hope in such times of uncertainty and fear? Indeed, what would hope look like? What might the interplay be between hope and fear as we reflect on the past, present, and future not only of this country, but of humanity as a whole? How might respect and compassion overcome division and mistrust in our discourse and interactions?
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Abstracts due February 13, 2017.
Joss Whedon’s short-lived series Firefly developed a fierce following while it aired from 2002 to 2003. After its cancellation, fans cried foul and demanded more, which eventually led to the 2005 feature film follow-up Serenity, along with several tie-in comic books. The series and film were celebrated for their mixing of science fiction and western iconography, dystopic settings, progressive gender representations, underdog storylines, and clever and fast-paced dialogue.
Call for Papers
6-8 July, 2017
The Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Sharon P. Holland (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Composition theory has gone through many changes, from an affiliation with historical rhetoric, a shift to process, then post-process, and social consciousness. Technological advances have allowed composition theory to move more solidly into the visual realm, and courses and classrooms have adapted in exciting ways to account for this shift. As a result, both visual and digital rhetorics are more prevalent in college composition than ever before. However, academic writing in higher education, at times, stigmatizes some representations of these rhetorics, which can confuse students about when the rhetorics are acceptable and when they are not.
Many champions of liberal education defend against the reduction of education to purely instrumental purposes. An undergraduate education, they argue, is an incubator for a democratic ethos and it can, at its best, encourage a critical understanding of one's own beliefs, while taking seriously beliefs that shape the lives of others. In this way, the spine of liberal education is hortatory: a call to action that seeks to preserve what is best and to critically reflect and alter those features of our collective inheritance that fall short of our ideals. Thinking beyond one's self-interest, being an engaged citizen, and cultivating the capacities to integrate and appreciably assess data seem hallmarks of the liberally educated person.
Animals, Plants, Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film
Deadline: January 31st 2017
We are inviting article proposals for a volume titled "Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film" Proposals should not exceed two paragraphs and should respond to the following description: