The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden seeks proposals for a multidisciplinary conference on Visions of Racial Justice and Childhood to be held in Camden, NJ, USA, on June 6 to June 8, 2024. This conference invites presentations that consider how different social actors and entities, including (but not limited to) governments, corporations, non- governmental organizations, and activist groups, have envisioned racial justice in relation to childhood and youth. What visions of racial justice are sustained, contested, and otherwise engaged across children’s literature, media, and popular culture?
Feminist Theologies in American Literature
Call for Chapters
The editor of a collection in development seeks completed chapters on literary expressions of feminist theology broadly construed. The scope of the volume is wide and inclusive. Chapters may focus on any religious tradition, historical period, genre, or form of American literature. We particularly welcome essays on works of literature
- that examine the power, enfranchisement, ideas, and practices of women
- that consider how religion subverts or reinforces androcentrism and patriarchy
- that engage with the ways that gender relations inform women’s religious concepts, commitments, and experience
The Society of Nineteenth Century Historians, in partnership with the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Augusta University, presents the 31st annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression. The Society invites submissions dealing with any aspect of the US mass media of the 19th century, including the Civil War in fiction and history, freedom of expression in the 19th century, presidents and the 19th century press, the African American and immigrant press, sensationalism and crime in 19th century newspapers, and coverage of 19th century spiritualism and ghost stories.
SUBMISSION: FULL PAPER OR **ABSTRACT**
“The End of the Human(ities)”
In The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois explained that the problem of the color line was a problem of (meta)physical and educational implications for those who “still seek, the freedom of life and limb, the freedom to work and think.” Du Bois’s “freedom” connected the liberation of the body, soul, and mind—the desire to live and learn unbounded—to the human. He introduced a quandary still relevant today: To think and be human is to think about how to study life through the “humanities.”
Historically, the campus of the Historically Black College and/or University has been inclusive and accepting for students, faculty, and staff members who hailed from various socio-economic statuses, geographical location, and even, political affiliations. However, for the individual who identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer, there is often no recoprocity in their experience on their respective HBCU campus.
Special Issue of Nineteenth Century Studies:
Blackness, Race, and Racism in Nineteenth-Century Studies
deadline for submission: August 15, 2024
full name(s)/name of organization:
Wendy Castenell and A. Maggie Hazard co-editors/Nineteenth-Century Studies
Go Slow Now, or A Dream Deferred: William Faulkner and Civil Rights
Call for Panel Papers at the 2024 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference “Faulknerian Anniversaries”
July 21-25, 2024
University of Mississippi
Organised by the Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network
This panel examines the continuum of intersectional crime fiction writing in a U.S. context, illuminating the methods, exemplary texts, and narrative strategies that embrace inclusive tenets and movements, from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ+ rights to #ownvoices and neurodivergence. The panel aims to investigate the possibilities and challenges presented by the incorporation of diverse social identities and critique of power structures within narrative cartography. This inquiry entails an exploration of how marginalized identities, including racial, gender, health status, veteran status, and class, are represented and interrogated within the broad range of crime fiction writing.
In the introduction to the collection Technologies of Speculative Fiction (2022), Sherryl Vint writes, “The same technologies that now give women more options regarding reproductive choices are simultaneously utilized by the Christian Right to agitate for regressive legislation that would limit reproductive options even more.” As we experience the continued narrowing of legal access to abortion as enabled by reproductive technologies, such as the attempt to overturn the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, how do feminist envisionings of the future help us re-frame our current political reality? This session seeks paper proposals that explore the experience of (re)reading feminist speculative fiction in the current post-Roe v. Wade climate.
The Margaret Fuller Society invites proposals for the following panel at the C19 Conference to be held in Pasadena, CA (14–16 March 2024). Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
"Refusing Foreclosures and Endings: 19C Women Writers' Defiance, Persistence, and Resilience"
The Margaret Fuller Society seeks to form a panel for the March 2024 C19 conference in Pasadena, CA. We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words that engage with Fuller and/or other 19C women writers (American and otherwise) as well as the conference theme—"The End." Papers might consider the following topics, among numerous possibilities:
Vernon Press invites book chapters for the forthcoming edited volume titled The Liminal Beings: Vulnerability and Resilience, edited by Dr. Raisun Mathew, Assistant Professor of English at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), India.
Call for Papers
ReFocus: The Films of John Singleton
Editor: Daniel Dufournaud
This is a funded, weeklong workshop hosted by the Department of English, University of Hyderabad and Co-Sponsored by the South-South Forum at Dartmouth College.
Diasporas are formed by either gradual accretion of immigrants, or sudden expulsion of huge masses. While the former is often viewed as a voluntary movement, the latter results from forced dispersal. One of the defining characteristics of migration – voluntary or forced – is that of displacement.
Demystifying Mystic Falls: Race and Racism in The Vampire Diaries Franchise
From the time it premiered on The CW in 2009, The Vampire Diaries was duly castigated in the media for uncritically tiptoeing around Civil War “lost cause” mythology and overtly tokenizing its Black characters. As the public later learned, minoritized actors were also treated poorly behind the scenes. Still, the series became a cultural juggernaut, boasting two successful spin-offs (The Originals and Legacies), reviving the book series on which the show was based, and inspiring a cottage industry of franchise-related institutions and conventions that, as of 2023, is just beginning to take off.
Remembering Nelson Mandela: Legacy of Peace, Equality, and Freedom
21-22 October 2023
(Zoom sessions: 2 days/Virtual platform: 5 days)
GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship dedicates the conference to commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, the iconic leader and global symbol of peace, justice, and reconciliation. This conference aims to honor Mandela’s remarkable life and legacy, reflect on his contributions to the struggle against apartheid, and explore the relevance of his teachings in today’s world.
In capitalism’s surplus economy, to “have plenty” frequently appears to have no bounds. The pursuit for plenty at times indistinguishable from the insatiable appetite for excess, it takes on the (ut)optics of capitalism. To have plenty becomes synonymous with the surplus and excess only available to those who wield the most power, hoard the greatest wealth.
“Plenty,” writes Tony Morrison, “in a world of excess and attending greed, which tilts resources to the rich and forces others to envy, is an almost obscene feature of contemporary paradise. This world of outrageous, shameless wealth squatting, hulking, preening before the dispossessed, the very idea of ‘plenty’ as Utopian ought to make us tremble” (xiv).
The Spatial Imagination in Postwar and Contemporary
American Literature and Art
A two-day international conference at the University of Strasbourg organized with support from the Institut Universitaire de France
Dates: 21-22 March 2024
Venue: University of Strasbourg, France
Confirmed keynote speaker: Dawn Raffel is a writer whose book Boundless as the Sky came out in January 2023.
Another keynote speaker to be confirmed.
Apply to the New Scholars Program by September 5
Established in 2000, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) New Scholars Program strives to welcome researchers who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects by nurturing and promoting their scholarship. Each year, three New Scholars receive a cash award of $1,000, a $500 travel stipend, and the opportunity to present their work by participating in a two-pronged program:
Voices for Liberty, an initiative of the Liberty & Law Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School, seeks to examine the ways in which free speech propels civil and social progress. Authors are invited to submit proposals for original articles that will ultimately appear in academic journals and explore the role free speech plays in advancing civil rights movements, especially for marginalized or underrepresented groups.
PRIORITY DEADLINE of August 15th 2023, 5:00 ET for full consideration, with review on a rolling basis through September 8th.
This panel explores and theorizes storytelling strategies used in Black (African and Afro), Indigenous, and Multi-Ethnic Futurist art and social movements, including literature, poetry, film, music, and visual and digital arts. These alternate Futurisms shift the impetus of the creative energy from discarding the past to engaging complex senses of temporality and intertextuality that often center memory, history, folklore, urban legends, and identity.
Prisons and Poetry (Seminar)
Northeast Modern Language Association 2024 - Boston, MA (March 7-10)
“It is hard,” writes incarcerated poet Etheridge Knight, “to make a poem in prison.” And yet, poetry has long been a major form of literary production in prisons around the world. From Oscar Wilde to Mahmoud Darwish, celebrated poets have reflected on experiences of incarceration in their work. In the context of the U.S. mass incarceration, poets such as Jimmy Santiago Baca and Reginald Dwayne Betts have risen to fame during or after their imprisonment. Poetry has also been an important element of writings by many political prisoners, such as Wole Soyinka, Assata Shakur, and Leonard Peltier.
- The conference will take place at Syracuse University from 8-10 December 2023.
- Henry Luce Foundation
- Syracuse University
Third-generation African and African-American writers are defined as those born within the 1960s and beyond whose literary outputs examine the social realities in their society. Adesanmi and Dunton observe that “one of the most distinctive features of “third-generation” texts is the absence of a more-or-less rooted, totalizing and over-determining historical“traditionalist center” around which narrative point of view, thematization, language, and structure are orientated” (15). Their themes are mostly shaped by the events and experiences of people within the period. Dalley Hamish believes that “third-generation literature are shaped around recent ambivalent spatiotemporal imaginaries that exceed the national-generational framework” (15).
This roundtable invites teachers/ scholars who have been incorporating African texts into their curriculum to discuss successful pedagogical strategies for teaching postmillennial African narratives. Many of these texts have continued to garner international attention by winning prestigious literary prizes. While there are several pedagogical texts on older-generation African texts, there is a dearth of resources focused on teaching these newer texts. Our goal as organizers of this roundtable is that these initial discussions will blossom into an edited volume on teaching postmillennial African narratives.
The work of creating a socially just classroom is often one of balancing a pedagogical surplus of initiatives, directions, and possibilities. Expanding the literary canon, pushing back against white supremacist norms of classroom discourse and production, and creating accessible assignments, materials, and activities all involve research, restructuring, and integration that can be labor-intensive and potentially overwhelming. Additionally, instructors often have to balance between the goals of their own classroom and institutional imperatives, ensuring students gain the preparation and cultural capital that will enable them to succeed in classrooms with traditional academic expectations.
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PAMLA Annual Conference
October 26-29, 2023
“Culture Wars 2.0” (Roundtable / Special Session)
Seeking 250-word abstracts for a panel session at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) annual convention in Boston, MA, March 7-10, 2024.
All submissions must be made through the following link: View Session (cfplist.com)
Black Rhetorics: Written and Performed
SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
Note: This call for papers was first made in October 2021. Since then, Instagram accounts such as Recognize Our Pride (@recognizeourpride) and Out Greek Fest (@outgreekfest) have gained popularity and have made more visible queer Divine Nine Greek Organization members. With hope, such visibility (and normalizing) will encourage more folks to answer this call and to share their stories thus holding the Divine Nine Greek Organizations accountable to their social justice missions while archiving the social justice work of Black queer organizing folk.