Proof — American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference in Montreal, March 14-17, 2024
Is the 20 c. inheritance of literary criticism in its various modes of strong, ‘suspicious’, deep reading woefully inadequate for reckoning with the current and impending environmental crises, as many have claimed?
Critics declare that these crises demand entirely new concepts and ways of doing things, for example borrowing from the sciences and social sciences. But the practice of criticism, as opposed to its programmatic statements, remains remarkably consistent. This observation leads us to ask what kinds of environmental thinking established practices of criticism already perform. In other words, which concepts and methods that are not explicitly environmental are good for thinking environmentally?
AMERICAN NIGHTMARES: THE INAUGURAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAN GOTHIC
March 21st – 23rd, 2024
Conference director: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan University
With the kind support of the American Literature Association
Proposals for individual papers, 3- or 4-person paper sessions, and 5-person roundtable sessions are solicited for AMERICAN NIGHTMARES: the inaugural symposium of the Society for the Study of the American Gothic.
“Things change,” no doubt, and for many decades now changes in literature and the visual arts have often been conceptualized in two interconnected ways. First, artifactual change is taken as a sign of or proxy for deeper, systemic modifications (from old-fashioned “periods” to master changes like “rationalism,” “capitalism,” and “modernity”). To “historicize,” as Frederic Jameson enjoined us to do, means to imagine artifacts as registering the complex conditions that made them possible in the first place. Second, this brand of change is thought through the trope of rupture, since the various systems that relay one another — call them paradigms, epistemes, horizons or regimes — are held to be incommensurable, despite possible surface similarities.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Mississippi Quarterly
“Hurricane Katrina at 20: Rethinking the Literary and Cultural Legacies of the Storm”
Guest Editors, Courtney George and Judith Livingston (Columbus State University)
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast with catastrophic results for the surrounding communities, which are still recovering today. Almost immediately, journalists, artists, and scholars began producing significant work about Katrina—work that has continued, especially as we begin to view the disaster and its circumstances in the context of our current social justice and climate-related struggles.
Call for Papers, Caribbean Literature at CEA 2024
March 21-23, 2024 | Atlanta, Georgia
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 54th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org.
The general conference theme is “transformations,” so we are especially interested in presentations that feature topics relating to our theme of confluence in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.
Post45 Journal is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for two article prizes: the Mary Esteve Emerging Scholar Essay Prize and the Post45 Essay Prize for Contingent Scholars. The Emerging Scholar prize is named in honor of two-time Post45 Journal editor Mary Esteve to celebrate her commitment to the work of the journal and her generosity as an editor and reviewer. The two prize-winning essays will be awarded $500 each and—pending anonymous peer review—will be published in the journal.
Between the New Negro and Black Arts Movements
Langston Hughes's long career spanned these two movements, with his first collection, The Weary Blues, appearing in 1926, and his final collection, The Panther and the Lash, appearing two months after his death in 1967. The Langston Hughes Society invites papers related to the decades between the New Negro and Black Arts Movements, or to artists who are not typically associated with those movements.
the Black Theatre Review (tBTR) is now accepting submissions for our fourth publication,
Vol. 2 No. 2, to be published in January 2024.
We are pleased to invite submissions that interrogate aesthetics, performativity, and matters of Environmentalism in Black and African Diasporic theatre history, contemporary performance and production, dramatic literature, digital art, artistic leadership, pedagogy and praxis, and nature-based religious and spiritual performativity. We invite authors to investigate, meditate and reflect on, and respond to:
Deadline: January 15, 2024
THEATRE ANNUAL: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas
Call for Articles, 2024 Issue
Cary Nelson’s stance on archival work in his 1989 book Repression and Recovery applies to the intimate, frustrating, and rewarding practice of archival research’s potential to offer literary scholars the chance to rehabilitate both author and text. He states, “For texts previously ignored or belittled, our greatest appreciative act may be to give them fresh opportunities for an influential life. That discourse can include new constructions of the cultural work those texts may have done in their own time” (14). When archival research uncovers voices that showcase underrepresented voices, the outcome is tremendous in how it results in new ways of reading the past in contemporary culture. But what about historically problematic constructions?
Hortense Spillers describes the Black woman as “a locus of confounded identities”: “‘Peaches’ and ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Sapphire’ and ‘Earth Mother,’ ‘Aunty,’ ‘Granny,’ God's ‘Holy Fool,’ a ‘Miss Ebony First,’ or ‘Black Woman at the Podium.’” Borrowing Nicole Fleetwood’s term “excess flesh” which refers to the hypervisibility of Black female bodies, this panel seeks to engage with the representation of bodies that are seen as “excess” or “surplus.” Fleetwood explores artists and performers that reclaim or subvert the attributed “excessiveness” of the Black female body using this very corporeality to (re)gain ownership of Black female subjectivity and narrativization.
The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention will be held in Boston March 7-10 2024.
We are soliciting papers for our roundtable, entitled "Mentoring Scholars of Color." The roundtable was very popular at last year's session, and we want to resume conversations about best practices for mentoring diverse scholars today. The goal is to create a safe space for scholars of color to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the area of mentorship among scholars of color.
The University of Chicago Press and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society are pleased to announce the competition for the 2025 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship. Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars.
In Dark Matter (2013), Andrew Sofer observes that “[s]taging trauma poses a representational conundrum because trauma confounds chronology and eludes comprehension” (118). Yet the theatre has long been a site for exploring the effects of collective trauma from genocide, slavery, war, environmental disaster, and forced displacement. Building on existing trauma studies scholarship and the work of psychologists such as Cathy Caruth and Judith Herman, whose research highlights trauma’s resistance to coherent, chronological narrative and simple representation, we are seeking papers for a special panel focusing on transgenerational trauma as it is expressed in dramatic literature and performance.
In Other Wor(l)ds: Romanticism at the Crossroads, a special issue of Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840
Note: The deadline for submissions has been extended to 9/15/23.
Celebrating the Centenary of the Harlem Renaissance: Legacy, Influence, and Contemporary Perspectives
International Hybrid Conference
17-18 February 2024
University of Delft, The Netherlands
(In-Person/Physical Presence and Online Presentation sessions: 2 days)
(Virtual platform for pre-recorded presentations: 5 days)
GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship dedicated to interdisciplinarity commemorates the Centenary of the Harlem Renaissance and explore the diverse aspects of the movement, highlight its lasting impact, and examine its relevance in contemporary society.
Nicole N. Aljoe (Northeastern University)
Mona Narain (Texas Christian University
Francesca Savoia (University of Pittsburgh)
CALL FOR PAPERS
AFROFUTURISM IN BLACK LITERATURE, MEDIA, FILM & CULTURE
Edited by DuEwa M. Frazier
SEEKING ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS for EDITED VOLUME:
The dynamic tradition of Black literature and storytelling now stands at the crossroads of where historical realities meet with present day - dreams of Afro futures, to re-make, re-mix, re-store, and re-envision an ideal and artful world, from diverse points of view with the goal to inspire and educate current and future generations of scholars and creators.
TOPICS INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Afrofuturism - Interviews & Reviews
[The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 28th, 2023. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com]
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor a panel at the seventh biennial conference for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists taking place March 14-16, 2024, in Pasadena, California.
The End(s) of Originality?: The Transcendentalists and AI
Call for Papers
International Ph.D. Seminar in American History / American Studies
Middelburg, The Netherlands, 6-8 December 2023
The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) is a leading research center and graduate school, partnered with Leiden University, dedicated to the study of American history, politics, and society. Since 2003, the Institute has organized regular seminars for doctoral students pursuing research in its areas of interest.
From the Yucatán Peninsula to the Florida Keys, the many cultures of the greater Gulf have inscribed the region with their distinctive architectures, re-formed landscapes, and imagined spaces. Where once the Karankawas constructed the ba’ak, the petroleum complex sprawls with its refineries, tank farms, and pipelines.
Seeking Contributors for MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Colson Whitehead
Edited by Stephanie Li
CRES Justice Conference 2024: Movements and Migrations
March 7 and 8, 2024
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Abstract Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2023
Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karma Chávez, The University of Texas at Austin
William Wells Brown as a Man of Letters
Call for Papers, MELUS Themed Issue:
“Black Speculations / Black Futures”
Guested Edited by Justin L. Mann and Samantha Pinto
Deadline for Abstracts: November 17, 2023
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the blockbuster cinematic world of
Wakanda, Black futures proliferate—hypervisible in sci-fi casting, in reading lists for liberal
audiences, in political discourses of anti-racism and their backlash. But imagining Black futures
is not, in fact, a new (pre)occupation in Black literature and expressive culture. World-building,
CFP for 2024 C19 Conference Panel:
William Wells Brown as a Man of Letters