Call for Papers for a Panel on Pursuing Happiness in African American Slave Narratives at the 2017 Association française d'études américaines (AFEA) / French Association of American Studies Annual Conference (Strasbourg, 6-9 June)
Callaloo invites papers for a special issue devoted to the life and work of the late poet, fiction writer, playwright, and scholar, Sherley Anne Williams, guest edited by Wendy W. Walters (Emerson College).
Discuss the racialized chronopolitics of US mass incarceration through phenomenology, embodied rhythms, assemblage theory, genre/narratology, plantation-to-prison history, genealogy, waning sovereignty, revolt, or other temporal approaches. "Mass-incarceration" is defined broadly here to include institutions that overlap in the "prison industrial complex", police powers, the surveillance state, border security, and so forth. Many disciplines are encouraged: History, Literature, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Criminology, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, Film and Media Studies, Theatre Studies, Gender Studies, Africana Studies, Ethnic Studies, and so forth.
The Charles Town International Maroon Conference seeks papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in examining Maroon traditions in a contemporary global context. This year’s conference theme explores connections between Maroons or marronage and the African Diaspora around the world, emphasizing the productivity and persistence of indigenous knowledge, its origin, transformation, and its potential to sustain future generations. We welcome presentations from all fields and genres, including history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, geography, education, literature, film, and the arts.
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st Submission Deadline February 15, 2017
2nd Submission Deadline March 15, 2017
Equity, Equality and Reform in Contemporary Public Education
A book edited by Marquis C. Grant (Grand Canyon University)
From the Buzzfeed quiz to the status update, the courtroom to the therapist’s couch, U.S. culture is rife with sites where subjects are asked to pass the test of whether they inhabit personhood in the right way. How does mental wellness become yet another attribute of the liberal subject who deserves to thrive? How does the performance of a personality determine the distribution of privilege? In particular, we aim to consider how the the psychologization of power bolsters structures of oppression along lines of race, sex, gender, and ability. What happens when homosexuality or blackness, for example, are reinscribed as forms of personality disorder or schizoid psychosis?
This panel will consider the works of 20th and 21st century American writers who have speculatively (re)imagined American history. For the purpose of this panel, “speculative” will encompass any text that deploys the tropes of fantasy and science fiction, that rejects the realist/non-realist binary, or that engages explicitly with the concept of “speculation” in any of its many forms (i.e. financial speculation, cognitive or imaginative speculation).
The panel will explore the following questions:
Non-guaranteed session for MLA 2018. This panel seeks to explore the figure of the reclusive writer in American literature, and is open to papers on both fictional writers in literary works as well as real-world writers of literary works. All periods and critical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by March 1 to email@example.com.
Postwar Geographies: Discussions of literature, 1945-1975,wherein mapping, locating, traveling, place-making, or turf-marking plays a significant role: the Iron Curtain, the color line, the "women's room(s)," Model Cities, etc. Abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 January 2017.
Postwar Iconicities: Discussions of literature, 1945-1975, treating iconic persons or milestone events historical or fictionalized. Postwar literature regarding fame, celebrity, infamous crime or court cases, quintessential Americanness. Abstracts to email@example.com by January 16, 2017.