A threshold marks the end of one space and the beginning of another. Therefore, we may conceptualize a threshold as either a border or an entrance. Borders need not be physical or geographic: they may be ideological, linguistic, economic, psychological, or identified by another theoretical approach. For example, we may consider physical borders between countries or the boundaries between texts, identities, or communities. Boundaries may be immobile and limiting, or they may be transgressed and manipulated; for that reason, a threshold is a paradoxical space where meanings connect or collide. We may examine thresholds within textual content, or outside of the text with regard to literary response and interpretation (e.g.
Beyond the Culture: Black Popular Culture and Social Justice is the first popular culture and social justice conference to be held at Georgia State University. The conference will be held in Atlanta on February 6 and 7, 2020. The purpose of this conference is to critically examine the use of popular culture in social justice. Specifically, this conference will examine the ways in which artists, scholars and activists have used popular culture to pursue social justice. Various forms of popular culture are used in the fight for social justice across the many realities of the human condition. This includes music, comic books, literature, film, television programs and social media branding.
The intensifying intimacy between humans and technology generates “de-naturalized” relations of body, cognition and time. This bodily experience of alienation is not solely technological, but also social. While we can try to escape denaturalization and alienation, we can also consider them as autonomous processes of production and reproduction.
Today, predictive processing determines how control is produced and reproduced technically, whether in drone warfare, high-speed trading, computerized borders, or facial recognition technologies. As attention-management, statistical parameters and machine learning emerge as nonlinear instruments, biology is no longer describable under the strict terms of biopower.
Call for Participants
A Workshop on Synthetic Sound and Modular Thought
October 2-4, 2020
The first Earth Day, celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970 by millions of people and now mobilizing citizens and communities worldwide, represented the first massive expression of public concern with the ecological sustainability of our planet, launching the modern global environmentalist movement. As the world signals its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Symposium (Re)thinking Earth: From Representations of Nature to Climate Change Fiction, aims to bring together an intersection of plural perspectives and representations of the tropes of threatened nature and climate crisis, spread over time, place, formats and aesthetic models, under the collaborative interdisciplinary model of the environmental humanities.
CFP to a volume entitled Becoming Home: Diaspora and the Anglophone Transnational, edited by Jude V. Nixon & Mariaconcetta Costantini and published in 2021 by Vernon Press.
SPARK 2020 CALL
BLACK STUDIES, ACTIVISM & EMERGENCE
Deadline for Submission for May 2020 Issue: 30 December 2019
Sparkis an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed journal published annually. It provides a forum for activist students, teachers, and researchers in writing, rhetoric, and literacy studies to articulate the public and disciplinary value of their social justice pursuits.
CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline, January 15, 2020
Society for the Study of American Travel Writing
American Literature Association 31st Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2020
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
The SSATW (https://www.facebook.com/americantravelwriting/) invites abstracts of 250-300 words for presentations at the annual conference of the American Literature Association (http://americanliteratureassociation.org/). The society will be hosting two thematically linked panels.
The Witch in Medieval and Early-Modern Literature
In our supposedly disenchanted world, depictions of witches follow fairly standard aesthetic and ideological criteria the role of which is to maintain or, on the contrary, to challenge societal considerations regarding gender roles or normative female bodily depictions. But such standardization does not do justice to the heterogeneity of representations that pre-modern witches actually possessed.
Routledge Studies in the History of the Americas book series
Pablo Baisotti, editor
Dear colleagues I would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Routledge Studies in the History of the Americas book series The project will be divided into 4 volumes:
American Literature Association
San Diego, CA May 21-24
Two Gileads in Contemporary Fiction: Margaret Atwood and Marilynne Robinson
American Literature Association
San Diego, CA May 21-24
Keywords in the Study of Religion and American Literature (Roundtable)
The Cinema Television Literature Association welcomes proposals for a panel to be held at the 2020 American Literature Association Conference in San Diego, May 21-24, 2020.
The panel “Film and Literary Texts” seeks four presentations on the use of American literary texts in feature films or long format episodic series or the use of film or long format episodic series in American literary works.
Proposals (for presentations no longer than twenty minutes) should include the title of the panel, the title of your presentation, your name and affiliation, and a 200-400 word abstract.
Call for Proposals
All in the Mind: Adaptations of Mental and Cognitive Disability in Popular Culture
Whitney Hardin, Kettering University
Julia Kiernan, Kettering University
“Digital Humanities in the American Literature Classroom”
The Digital Americanists solicit abstracts (c. 250 words) for a roundtable discussion at the 2020 American Literature Association Conference (San Diego, May 21–24, 2020).