For the Northeast Modern Language Association’s (NeMLA’s) 51th Annual Conference, 5-4 March 2020, in Boston, MA, Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures, this session is seeking proposals addressing the topic, A Connecticut Abolitionist in King Arthur’s Court: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s British Reception. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s radical views on slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) took the western world by storm. Nowhere was the response more impassioned than in Great Britain.
In theorizing the break in black radical aesthetics, Fred Moten suggests, "Words don't go there [in Cecil Taylor's Chinampas]. Is it only music, only sound that goes there? Perhaps these notes and phrases will have mapped the terrain and traversed (at least some of) the space between here and there" (In the Break, 42). Moten claims that black radical aesthetics enact a generative rupture, break, or cut that create space for black aesthetic practices. This panel will consider any theorization of rupture or the break in black expressive practices with a special consideration of papers that address the break between black musical and literary practices.
This panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of masculinities that have been left on the margins of mainstream literary narratives, pop culture, and scholarship, including but not limited to: race, class, and/or privilege; body integrity, aesthetics, age, and/or health; masculine relationships and roles; and sexuality. Proposals addressing the conference theme of “Languages: Power, Identity, and Relationships” are especially welcome. By Thursday 9th May 2019, please submit an abstract of up to 250 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Dr. Catherine Mainland, NC State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dr.
EXTENDED DEADLINE - MAY 5, 2019
Call for Papers
African American Literature, Regular Session,
South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Oct 24-26, 2019
25th AISNA Biennial Conference
University of Catania, Ragusa, September 26-28, 2019
Keynote speakers: prof. José David Saldívar (Stanford University)
prof. Ira Dworkin (Texas A&M University)
prof. Erika Lee (University of Minnesota)
prof. Paola Boi (University of Cagliari)
Call for Panels
Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies (JELCS): Call for Papers
Now in its ninth year, the Digital Humanities Forum brings together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to celebrate and explore digital scholarship as a diverse and growing field of humanist inquiry. The Digital Humanities Forum 2019, presented by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), will take place in Lawrence, KS, October 3-4, 2019 at the Burge Union at the University of Kansas. Visit our website for more details: http://idrh.ku.edu/dhforum2019
As recent events in Virginia demonstrated, blackface minstrelsy is far from being a thing of the past. Despite its taboo status and overtly racist underpinnings, blackface continues to happen. In his seminal work on the phenomenon, Eric Lott argued that early blackface minstrelsy emerged out of the “intersection of slave culture and earlier blackface stage characters such as the…clown of English pantomime and the clown of the American circus.” What might this lineage tell us about the ongoing prevalence and relevance of blackface? This session invites proposals that consider and examine modern and past manifestations of blackface minstrelsy, its legacies, and its influence.
San Diego, CA
This panel seeks to explore the ways in which motherhood, in all its stages, across all demographics, is represented in contemporary American literature.
Call for Papers for Special Issue of English Language Notes:
Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille
Gary Edward Holcomb and William J. Maxwell, co-editors
University of Colorado, Boulder
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
A volume of scholarly essays to be collected under the title:
Bitch or Badass: Anti-heroines of Contemporary Literary Media, Television, and Cinema (working title)
Edited by Melanie A. Haas (Texas Woman's University ) and N. A. Pierce (Old Dominion University)
Across Europe, the critical engagement with the history of colonialism and its significant ongoing legacies has gained purchase – not least because of the critique, pressure, and demands of postcolonial intellectuals from, or with ties to, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. Matters of postcolonial justice, such as reparations to former European colonies, the restitution of human remains and cultural artefacts, and calls for the removal of national symbols and monuments that reproduce racist ideology have gained increased public attention in recent years.
This year's MMLA conference theme of "Duality, Doubles, and Doppelgangers" offers a wealth of possibilities to explore the complex relationships that minority and immigrant communities have within the larger culture of the United States, as well as the ways in which literary texts communicate the realities of their experiences to a wider audience, particularly when they are introduced in the classroom. With this in mind, the Multicultural Literature in the Classroom section seeks papers that explore the often conflicted relationships that minorities and immigrants have with the communities around them, as well as the ways in which minority and immigrant populations enrich and strengthen the communities of which they are apart, even as they strive to main
Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future
5 and 6 August 2019, Josephine Butler College, Durham University
‘[S]aying no when no feels right is something to be proud of.’
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
‘Our claim […] is a claim for the rights of all.’
– Josephine Butler
Film III: Global Film for the Midwest Modern Language Association Meeting in November 14-17 in Chicago
The permanent session on Global Cinema seeks papers that address any aspect of the conference theme of "Duality, Doubles, and Dopplegangers." We have two wider topic areas around this broader theme. Please feel free to send abstracts for one or both topics:
In Strange Talk (1999), Gavin Jones argues the ambivalence of late-nineteenth-century American texts’ incorporation of accents, dialects, and foreign tongues, suggesting its tendency both to reinforce and to resist white hegemonic control of the English language. Writing around a decade earlier, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (1988), Houston A. Baker (1987), Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (1986) theorize the radically subversive and “deterritorializing” politics of African American English. Today, American writers Junot Díaz and Esmé Waijun Wang incorporate untranslated Spanish and Chinese, respectively, into their work. This session invites papers exploring the politics of dialect, multilingualism, and coded language in American literature.
Literature and history are rife with figures who are difficult to assess. For example, the television show Dexter was premised on the question of whether or not a murderer who only kills other murderers is a villain or a dark hero. Likewise, both historians and authors have attempted to determine whether John Brown was a hero, a terrorist, a victim, or a madman? Similarly, depending on the perspective from which he is analyzed, Che Guevara was a heroic revolutionary, a violent executioner, or, perhaps, a bit of both? Was Bertha Mason the madwoman in the attic as Charlotte Bronte would have us believe or a victim of the forces of both colonialization and patriarchy as Jean Rhys describes?
Call for Papers for Special Issue of English Language Notes: Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille
Gary Edward Holcomb and William J. Maxwell, co-editors
The African American Studies Department at The Pennsylvania State University is pleased to announce a conference titled, "Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance," to take place on October 10-12, 2019 at the Penn Stater in State College, PA.
The Museum of Science Fiction is accepting 250-word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at this year’s Escape Velocity Conference in National Harbor Maryland, May 24th – 26th, 2019.
In Gender Trouble, Judith Butler famously asserts that “gender is a “stylized repetition of acts” that are not only contingent on the public reception of that style, but also on the way in which the repetition “conceals its genesis,” where the “it” is the presumed “being” of (a) gender. T.S.
Transatlantica, online journal of American Studies
Left-wing radicalism in the United States: a foreign creed?
James Baldwin: A Century Later
deadline for abstract submissions: May 1, 2019
full name / name of organization:
Kimberly Fain / Texas Southern University
James Baldwin: A Century Later
World Literary Review: Call for Papers
Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2019
Deadline for mss submissions: September 30, 2019
Call for Papers: Deadline for abstracts April 30th 2019
The Louisisna Folklore Society is an association of scholars focusing on the folklore of Louisiana. The Society supports the peer-reviewed journal Louisiana Folklore Miscellany. Our organization is looking for individuals who actively partiicipate in scholarship focusing on folklore and the south as we expand the topic of our special issue to include the Gulf South.
SAMLA's 91st Annual Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 8-10. The conference theme is "Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships." I am soliciting papers for a panel on Zora Neale Hurston's most recent publication, Barracoon.
Originally named Kossola, Cudjo Lewis was illegally brought to America on the last slave ship, the Clotilda. Hurston completed the manuscript about his life story in 1931, but it was not published until 2018 as Barracoon, The Story of the Last Black Cargo. Critics praised this text as evidence of Hurston’s anthropological skills, yet it also serves as a rejoinder to the skewed white-washed history of slavery in the popular imagination.
Bridges Across Cultures is an International Conference on the Arts and Humanities. Our 4th, biennial conference, is to be held in Maiori, Italy June 24th-28th, 2019. The “Bridges” conference provides an international venue and opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities-related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. This conference serves as a place for scholars and experts with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members within and outside of their own particular disciplines.
This proposed panel seeks abstracts on any aspect of Kara Walker's artistry. Proposals from multiple disciplines, including creative perspectives, are welcome.
Abstracts ~300 words and a short bio (300 words max) to John Brooks at email@example.com by March 27.
The annual meeting for the Association for the Study of the Arts in the Present will meet October 10-12 at the University of Maryland, College Park. More information available at: http://asap11.umd.edu/
The 11th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival: EXTENDED DEADLINE
June 20-23, 2019, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica
The Charles Town International Maroon Conference welcomes papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in exploring topics that include Maroon treaties and their legacies; indigenous approaches to negotiating and sustaining peace; the role of rights (human, nature, etc.) in adjudicating peace; wellness as a means of sustaining peace; practices of security and insecurity; violence against indigenous people and its restitution; the uses of restorative justice; strategies for effective conflict resolution; and related topics.
Interrogating Intersectionality in a Global Perspective, An International Symposium
Proposals are invited for a Symposium, "Interrogating Intersectionality in a Global Perspective" to be held at Liverpool Hope University (UK) on 21 June 2019. The symposium seeks to interrogate the potential and limitations of Intersectional approaches within a global context. It is part of an AHRC funded International Networking Project that seeks to scope the potential and limitations of intersectionality in relation to both theory and praxis. In keeping with this broad-based agenda, the organisers seek contributions from any discipline and welcome interdisciplinary approaches.