Per William Faulkner’s famous phrase, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This is to say that the forms of social inequality that characterize contemporary life and drive contemporary activism are rooted in long histories of violence. Yet over time, as these histories extend not only throughout individual lives but also across generations, they can become so naturalized that they run the risk of being functionally invisible.
Contemporary migrant literature/s from the Arabian Gulf implore us to examine and reinterpret the ethico-political practices of a land that is paradoxically inhabited primarily by people from elsewhere. Non-citizens are a significant part of Gulf’s population. Benyamin’s Goat Days, Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People, Saud Al Sanousi’s The Bamboo Stalk, and Mia Alvar’s In the Country are some of the texts that make visible the particular anxieties of modern Arabian Gulf migratory politics through fiction.
Sometimes we have to laugh to keep from crying...and many people, especially today, use humor as a form of critique and resistance. This panel welcomes abstracts on any aspect of humor and activism in America. By May 16, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Autumn Lauzon, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This panel is an affiliated session with SAMLA 90 (November 2-4, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama).
The AIDS crisis in France and Francophone countries has seen the emergence of a “littérature SIDA,” as well as artistic expressions through various media such as photography or films. On August 23rd 2017, the movie 120 battements par minute (BPM), shed a light on the first years of activism of Act Up-Paris in the early 1990s. In April 2018, France Culture’s radio show LSD, La série documentaire, dedicated four days to the topic “Quand la création raconte le SIDA.” Despite the medical advances, both the movie and radio show reminded viewers and listeners of a duty to remember the AIDS crisis. This panel will focus on the representations of AIDS and the accompanying activism in literature, cinema and arts from French and Francophone artists.
CFP for SAMLA 90, November 2-4, Birmingham, AL
Margins and the City of God: Locating Christianity and Literature
Affiliate Group: Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature
Conference Dates: October 18th-19th, 2018.
Keynote Speaker: Richard T. Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside
Deadline for Submissions: August 1st, 2018
This two-day interdisciplinary symposium will look at how American literature was taken up into French culture over a fifty-year period bounded by two defining moments in French-US relations: 1917, when the US entered World War I, and 1967, when NATO troops withdrew from French soil.
The Cine-Files, Issue 14 (Fall 2018)
Special issue on Animals in Cinema
Submission Deadline: July 30, 2018
The Cine-Files, an online journal of cinema scholarship, is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2018 special issue on animals in the cinema that will be edited by Catherine Grant and Tracy Cox-Stanton.
We seek submissions for scholarly essays (4000-6000 words) that explore the significance of non-human animals in moving image studies. These essays will comprise the peer-reviewed, “featured scholarship” portion of issue 14.