What is perhaps most striking regarding Melville’s relation to the idea of the origin is the repeated lack of anything like a definitive starting point throughout much of his work. From the apparition of Bartleby’s “pallidly neat” appearance at the threshold of the lawyer’s office on Wall Street, to the stranger who steps aboard the Fidèle at the beginning of The Confidence-Man, Melville’s work is filled with beginnings without origins. Not only is the origin in question for Melville, but further, any singular concrete point in general: the “ocean that rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago” at the conclusion of Moby-Dick is a much an ending as it is a beginning.
This session seeks papers that explore the concept of citizenship in hemispheric American literature. The scale and severity of the current immigration crisis in the United States presses us to reconsider how the category of citizenship produces exclusions and abuses that arise from our national imaginary. Thus, we seek papers that broaden our understanding of citizenship beyond the spatially-bounded to better grasp the range of categories that bestow and rescind national belonging. Recent work, such as Carrie Hyde’s Civic Longing: The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship, reframes citizenship as an imaginative longing that sutures the legal concept of the citizen to the cultural work of fiction.
The deadline for the 2019 IASPM-US conference is coming up on October 1. The conference will be held March 7-10 in New Orleans, and this year’s theme is “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography and Myth.” For the call for papers and submission guidelines, click here.
Psychoanalytic theory continues to be a powerfully productive discourse for queer theory, critical race theory, Asian-American studies, and Black studies. Queer theorists, for example, have located in Sigmund Freud’s “Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality” the “polymorphous perversity” that constitutes all human sexuality. Yet, while queer theory and psychoanalysis has had a lot to say about subject formation, the death drive, and anti-social forms of belonging, they have had very little to say on the conditions which allow access to such conceptual models.
This panel seeks to open a conversation about how formal experiments in the contemporary American novel attempt to find new ways to discuss race, and what these experiments might signal about the future of the novel.
Call for Papers and Sessions
25th Annual Critical Geography Conference: A Quarter Century of Critical Geography
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, October 19-20, 2018
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 40th Annual Conference, February 20-23rd, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.
The Television Area Chair invites interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of television, past or present. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Call for Papers, Book History at CEA 2019
March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on [special topic title] for our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org
Call for Papers:African American/Black Studies
40th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center/Albuquerque, New Mexico February 20-23, 2019
The African American/Black Studies area of the conference welcomes proposals regarding any aspect of African American life, culture, performance, literature, demographics, history, law, politics, economics, education, healthcare, art, religion, social sciences, business, representations in popular culture, music, the diaspora, Africa, or any other issue relevant to African American/Black Studies and culture.
This collection seeks 4,000-6,000 word chapters on cinema and liberation theology for an edited collection which a major academic publisher is interested in.
This collection focuses on liberation narratives which are in some way related to or inspired by religious traditions/literatures/practices/discourses from around the world. The films and analyses need not be explicitly religious in content, but need only to be argued in the context of liberation with theology, spirituality, or divinity.