Telling Life Stories: Ethos, Positionality, and Structures of Narrative
The reading and analysing of life stories offer multiple perspectives in understanding the self-reflexivity of authorial consciousness, the rhetorical/stylistic fashioning of ethos, and the fabulation/fictionality of narrative. Lived experiences, of the author as well as the reader, allow perception of meaning against the sedimented social, political, and cultural paradigms of the “master” or “grand narrative,” as Jean-François Lyotard puts in his seminal work, The Postmodern Condition (1979). The dialectic of human action and social reality within such narratives serves to map the interrelated progression of individuals and cultures throughout history.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS
The Living Legacy of African American Studies: Its Past, Present, and Future(s)
Edited by: Adria Y. Goldman, Ph.D., LaRonda Sanders-Senu, Ph.D., and Laura Wilson, Ph.D.
“There is the definite desire and determination to have a history, well documented, widely known at least within race circles, and administered as a stimulating and inspiring tradition for the coming generations” - Arturo Schomburg, “The Negro Digs Up His Past”
What is African American Studies? Where is it located? Why is it important? What does its future look like?
CFP: Food and the American Dream
Proposals due February 28, 2022
With the 30-year anniversary publication of Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought, MELUS invites papers that consider historical and contemporary meanings of Black Feminist Thought in terms of ideological, cultural, and literary practice in multi-ethnic American texts. Submit titled proposals (250 words), a brief CV, and AV needs.
The Margaret Fuller Society will sponsor two panels at the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held 26–29 May 2022 at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
The Race and Yoga editorial board is currently seeking articles, personal narratives, interviews, book reviews, and creative works for the seventh issue of the journal. For this open theme issue, we are particularly interested in work that addresses the contemporary context and/or explores the connection between the present and the past.
Race and Yoga is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, and international academic journal committed to critical examinations of the history, politics, and practice of yoga.
Possible topics may include yoga in relationship to:
● Communities and accountability in the COVID-19 context, including but not limited to:
○ COVID-19 conspiracies
The Armstrong Continuum 2022 Meeting is seeking graduate student papers for a panel devoted to new work based on archival and scholarly research looking at the music, performances, and legacies of Louis Armstrong being done by graduate students across the globe. The Armstrong Continuum will be hosted by Robert G. O’Meally and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and is sponsored by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.
CFP: Precarity in Performance in the Early Global South
If New Orleans and the greater Atlantic world have been characterized by recurrent states of emergency and endemic oppression and hardship, it has also produced profound cultural invention and innovation, particularly in its wide array of performance cultures. “Precarity,” as this panel imagines it, invokes the vulnerability of living at sea level in an age of rising sea levels, but we also use the term to invoke the resourceful responses that shore up the region’s carefully constructed and balanced lives.
‘Unfeeling’ in relation to literature may evoke thoughts about depictions of cold-hearted characters, or repressive worlds in dystopian literature. It may also evoke the supposedly “emotionless” character of disinterested responses to art and literature, and of data-driven distant reading techniques. Affect and reader-response theories tell us that our feelings matter when we read, but which feelings have historically been prioritised and at whose expense?
The Chesapeake Digital Humanities Consortium (CDHC) invites submissions for its third annual conference: Digital Pandemic Studies: Public Health and Structural Oppressions. In the early 2020s we as citizens of the world find ourselves grappling with two pandemics - COVID-19 and its long tail, race and structural oppressions in public life, and all the places where these two intersect. With this in mind, the Chesapeake Digital Humanities Conference invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2022 CDHC on any topic related to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or structural oppressions in public life, and in particular where the two intersect.
Mysticism, Magic, and the Occult in American Literature
American Literature Association
33rd Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2022
UCL's English Journal is seeking reviews of poetry, novels, plays, film adaptations, and critical monographs relating to the theme of unfeeling. Ideally, texts for review should have been published in the last two-three years.
Suggestions for review:
Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings (2020)
Patricia Lockwood’s Nobody is Talking About This (2021)
Xine Yao’s Disaffected (2021)
Tomáš Jirsa’s Disformations: Affects, Media, Literature (2021)
Peter Gizzi, Now It’s Dark (2021)
Call for Papers
Abstracts: 14th February 2022
The Howard University Gregory J. Hampton Graduate English Students Association’s 6th Annual Graduate Conference
Harlem Renaissance: A Century of Black Aesthetics
Submission Deadline: January 14th, 2022
Decisions sent: January 17th, 2022
Conference Date: March 18th
Conference Location: Zoom
Keynote Speaker: [TBA]
Send Abstracts to Gesasecretary@gmail.com
This special issue of the Journal for Critical Race Inquiry aims to theorize, historicize, and challenge contemporary misreadings of and antagonisms toward Critical Race Theory. Last summer, an attack on Critical Race Theory was launched in a series of articles in the conservative magazine City Journal. The attack gained momentum when the articles’ author appeared on the Tucker Carlson show and drew the attention of then-President Trump. “Critical Race Theory” came to signify and conflate everything from diversity training and employment equity to critical thinking about white privilege or the history of racism and colonialism in the United States to campaigns to defund the police.
Call for Proposals
Theme Issue of College English:
Building Communities of Resistance: bell hooks’ Life, Work, and Impact
When we talk about that which will sustain and nurture our spiritual growth as a people, we must once again talk about the importance of community. For one of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.
Yearning: Race, Gender, and
Cultural Politics, 1999 (p. 213)
Transgressive Teaching & Learning: Critical Essays on bell hooks’ Engaged Pedagogy
American Literature Association
May 26-29, 2022
Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois
In an effort to organize a new Richard Wright Society, this call announces two sessions on Wright, along with an organizing meeting, to take place at the 33rd Annual American Literature Association Conference.
Roundtable: Richard Wright’s Place in the Canon
This panel investigates the centrality of childhood to the rapidly changing medical and scientific landscape of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, an era that saw the development of Darwin’s theories of evolution, the rise of wide-spread support within the scientific community for eugenics, and the medicalization of birth, of neurodivergence, and of gender and sex. Papers will interrogate how various scientific/medical discourses used actual children as subjects, and how these discourses relied on the imagined figure of the child to bolster scientific claims around “naturalness,” plasticity, race, and gender, and to justify invasive medical practices performed on both children and adults.
There have been several recent studies of literary writing as something that crosses between secular artistry and religious practice, for example Kyle Garton-Gundling’s Enlightened Individualism: Buddhism and Hinduism in American Literature from the Beats to the Present and Avram Alpert’s A Partial Enlightenment: What Modern Literature and Buddhism Can Teach Us About Living Well Without Perfection. The writers who are discussed in relation to Buddhism and other religions spreading from Asia to the West has increased since the Beats were the “usual suspects,” but it was surprising that Buddhism was rarely mentioned in the recent obituaries of bell hooks.
#DouglassWeek is excited to invite poets, writers and other creators from around the world to submit entries for the second annual #Douglassweek poetry competition. This year, the theme of “Intergenerational Conversations” may inspire your creations.
Call for Papers
RELIGHTING THE CROSSROADS:
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN HAITIANS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS
20-22 May 2022
A Virtual Conference
CUNY Haitian Studies Institute and the Department of Africana Studies
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
I. Conference Details
CFP: JAm It! (Journal of American Studies in Italy), Special Issue #7
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding): (Hi)Stories of American Fragility
Guest Editors: Pilar Martínez Benedí and Chiara Patrizi
Sixth Annual Global Souths Conference
Formerly the Deep South in the Global South Conference
March 17-19, 2022
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
CALL FOR PAPERS
NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature and Literary Theory (Online ISSN 2347-2073)
Vol. 11 Issue 1 Jan. 2022
New Academia is a peer reviewed and refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum. The Journal strives to publish research work of high quality related to Literature written in English Language across the World, English language and literary theory. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their works.
We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.
The Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA) and Romantic Circles Pedagogy (RCP) Anti-Racist Pedagogy Colloquium is soliciting submissions for our new resource on anti-racist teaching, "Towards an Anti-Racist Pedagogy."
This webpage, which will be accessible through the K-SAA and RCP websites, will offer suggested readings, bibliographies of relevant scholarship, sample assignments and syllabi, and guides to use in the classroom. This project will be ongoing: our goal is that each year, a new cohort will develop and expand the resource.
Bethune-Cookman University welcomes proposals for its tenth annual Zora Neale Hurston Conference, to be held virtually on February 17-18, 2022. The Immutable Zora: Classic and Classy celebrates Hurston’s legacy and recognizes established and emerging scholarship.
You are invited to submit abstracts for individual or panel presentations on topics related to Hurston or that reflect her multidisciplinary interests. Presentations can be scholarly, pedagogical, and/or creative. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts to us by 15 January 2022 here: https://forms.gle/SWEZGJwKK5F9S2MV7
Presenters will be notified by 21 January 2022.