**Short Notice* Conference takes place on the 10th of April 2015*
The contemporary "boom" in the publication and consumption of auto/biographical representation has made life narratives a popular and compelling subject for the 21st century classroom. The proliferation of forms, media, terminologies, and disciplinary approaches in a range of teaching and learning contexts invites discussion of how and why we teach these materials, and with what implications and considerations. This special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies seeks contributions that examine the ideologies, methods, and practices that underpin the teaching of life writing subjects and texts in the twenty-first century classroom, extending the landmark work of MLA publication Teaching Life Writing Texts (Fuchs and Howes, 2008).
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit presentations for a conference that explores, challenges, and re-imagines the concept of identity.
This conference will allow students to present on a variety of issues and themes related to identity. Identity, in this context, can refer to an individual or group and comprises various registers—including race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, nationality, ability, religion, political affiliation, etc. Also, identity can be explored in multiplicity: considering how certain identities impact others.
The intersection of the literary and the visual is fraught with questions pertaining to time. As Walter Benjamin and Mikhail Bahktin argue, technological advances that fragment or preserve time, like photography and cinema, have altered our modes of interaction with lived experience. Similarly, Nicholas Mirzeoff argues that visuality is contingent on the prevalence or rupture of temporal and spatial configurations. Mirzeoff, like Paul Gilroy, specifically emphasizes the concept of the chronotope, a conflation of time and space, as a means of communicating and deciphering lived experience in narrative structures. This panel welcomes papers on the concept of time vis-à-vis visuality in Modern and Contemporary American literature.
Special Session CFP: Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African American women's poetry from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. Topics might include, but are not limited to: thematic or aesthetic divisions within a poet's oeuvre and/or in contemporary scholarship, negotiations of audience and/or publishing venues, poetry of social protest, etc.
Please send a 250-word abstract and short bio to Heidi Morse (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2015 (extended deadline). The 2016 MLA will take place in Austin, TX from January 7-10.
MSA 17: The Modernism of Politics
The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.
When underground comix emerged in America in the 1970s, they were connected with the counter culture movement and rife with anti-establishment content. These comics participated in and addressed counterpublics, which queer theorist Michael Warner defines as "formed by their conflict with the norms and contexts of their cultural environment." Yet much of the scholarship of the underground comix movement has centered on straight white men located in San Francisco (e.g. R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson).
Keynote Speaker: Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah from University of Kent
The International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (ISSN 2356-5926) invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, anthropology, business studies, communication studies, criminology, cross-cultural studies, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, literature, discourse studies, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women and gender studies, queer studies etc…for the June 2015 Issue (Volume Two, Issue One). Manuscripts Submission Deadline: May 20, 2015. Issue Publication Date: June 2015.
Reading and Writing Uncle Remus:
Soliciting proposals for an essay collection on the legacy and future of the Uncle Remus stories.