American comics have a long and checkered history in the way they have portrayed racial difference, though more recent comics/graphic novels have used the medium to comment effectively on American racial politics. As the genre grows in popularity in bookstores and on college campuses, now seems an opportune time to take stock of the ways this medium has both fostered and critiqued racist attitudes. This panel welcomes submissions on this topic from any era of American comics/ graphic novels and from any literary critical or cultural studies perspective.
Call for Papers: ASAP/Journal Special Issue
Rules of Engagement:
Art, Process, Protest
Special Issue Editors: Melissa Lee, Jonathan P. Eburne, Amy J. Elias
Essay Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017
From Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, a long tradition of antebellum American fiction concerns itself with the “prehistory” of American capitalism. While many critics have drawn attention to these formative years of a distinct American literature and their relation to the national imaginary, few if any have emphasized that these narratives underscore both the importance of land appropriation and the institution of economic contract to the transition between this “prehistory” and capitalist social relations.
Conference Dates: March 10-11, 2017
Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT
Keynote Speaker: Kim Gallon, Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University & Founder of the Black Press Research Collective
CFP: Panel at ACCUTE 2017, Ryerson University (Toronto) May 27-30, 2017
"Cognition Estrangement in American SF"
(A joint panel of the Canadian Association for American Studies and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English)
Deadline: November 1st, 2016.
This issue would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors.
Proposals may discuss, among other issues:
Established scholars in the field of African-American letters seek contributors for a comprehensive volume they are editing on the Black Arts Movement. The book is under contract with a major academic press. Entries should run from 250 words for minor topics and up to approximately 3,000 for major topics. For more information and available authors, groups, works, etc., please contact Verner Mitchell at email@example.com.
The Journal of American Culture
CALL FOR PAPERS
Theme Issue: Visions of Black Womanhood in American Culture
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
This panel hopes to investigate affect as that which disturbs the binary logic structuring contemporary discourses on collectivity. What happens when, rather than thinking of affect’s circulation as “mediating” between subjectivity and collectivity, we allow affect to unsettle this dyad? What does it mean for affect to render undecidable the relation between individual and collective, or to orient us towards a relation possessed of no advance guarantees? How does negative affect—for example, Sedgwick’s notion that shame throws the question of identity into relief—augment normative notions of self-possession towards new understandings of relationality?