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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by January 16, 2017.
Open to all discussions of teaching true crime texts on American Literature syllabi - by JANUARY 10 2017!
American Literature Association Symposium, "Criminal America: Reading, Studying, and Teaching American Crime Fiction"
March 3-4 2017 / Chicago
American Documentary Poetics
CFP for American Literature Association (ALA) 28th Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2017, Boston, MA
Call for papers on any topic related to American docupoetics/investigative poetics. Part documentary, part imagination, investigative poetry incorporates a variety of data and reportage into the poem—including photos and images, testimonials, interviews, facts and figures—in order to explore the historical and political conditions of contemporary culture.
Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by January 15, 2017, to Tana Jean Welch, Florida State University, at email@example.com
See the proposal on the ASA Collaborators page here: https://www.theasa.net/collaborate/fugitive-impulses-thinking-teaching-l...
Fugitive Impulses: Thinking, Teaching, and Living Fugitivity
Session type: Traditional Panel
ALA 2017: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100
In “Gwendolyn Brooks at 73,” Haki Madhubuti compared Brooks’s mind to “a tornado redefining the landscape.” The landscape of contemporary literature has been changed by her poems: “poems with muscle and sinew, poems that weren’t afraid to take the language and revamp it, twist it and energize it so that it shimmied and dashed and lingered,” in the words of Rita Dove. At least two new collections—Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku’s Revise the Psalm, and Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith’s The Golden Shovel Anthology—will celebrate her centennial in 2017.
NEW YORK AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
42 ND Annual Conference
at The University at Buffalo, New York
31 March – 1 April 2017
CALL FOR PROPOSALS/ ABSTRACTS / POSTERS
DEADLINE EXTENSION: 15 February 2017
THEME: EMERGING AFRICAS: VERSIONS and VISIONS
After 40 years, the Annual Conference of the New York African Studies
Association returns to Buffalo. In 1977 we organized our program on the
theme of “The Applications of African Studies.” In world tradition, 40 years
is a significant time. It is clear that both in 1977 and today “Africa” has
always been a concept as well as a continent, and since 1977 its many