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Passing the Personality Test: Dissent and the Therapeutic Subject

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 4:41pm
Jessica Hurley / American Studies Association, Chicago 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

From the Buzzfeed quiz to the status update, the courtroom to the therapist’s couch, U.S. culture is rife with sites where subjects are asked to pass the test of whether they inhabit personhood in the right way. How does mental wellness become yet another attribute of the liberal subject who deserves to thrive? How does the performance of a personality determine the distribution of privilege? In particular, we aim to consider how the the psychologization of power bolsters structures of oppression along lines of race, sex, gender, and ability. What happens when homosexuality or blackness, for example, are reinscribed as forms of personality disorder or schizoid psychosis?

ASA 2017--Speculative American Histories

updated: 
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:45am
American Studies Association, Chicago 2017/Gabriella Friedman
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This panel will consider the works of 20th and 21st century American writers who have speculatively (re)imagined American history. For the purpose of this panel, “speculative” will encompass any text that deploys the tropes of fantasy and science fiction, that rejects the realist/non-realist binary, or that engages explicitly with the concept of “speculation” in any of its many forms (i.e. financial speculation, cognitive or imaginative speculation).

The panel will explore the following questions:

The Writer as Recluse in American Literature -- MLA 2018

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:15pm
Matthew Mosher
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

Non-guaranteed session for MLA 2018. This panel seeks to explore the figure of the reclusive writer in American literature, and is open to papers on both fictional writers in literary works as well as real-world writers of literary works. All periods and critical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by March 1 to matthew.mosher@stonybrook.edu.

American Literature Association - Postwar Geographies

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Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
Jacqueline Foertsch / U North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Postwar Geographies: Discussions of literature, 1945-1975,wherein mapping, locating, traveling, place-making, or turf-marking plays a significant role:  the Iron Curtain, the color line, the "women's room(s)," Model Cities, etc.  Abstracts to foertsch@unt.edu by 16 January 2017.

American Literature Association - Postwar Iconicities

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Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
Jacqueline Foertsch / U North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Postwar Iconicities:  Discussions of literature, 1945-1975, treating iconic persons or milestone events historical or fictionalized.  Postwar literature regarding fame, celebrity, infamous crime or court cases, quintessential Americanness.  Abstracts to foertsch@unt.edu by January 16, 2017.

Teaching True Crime in American Literature

updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
American Literature Association - "Criminal America" Symposium in Chicago, March 3-4
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Open to all discussions of teaching true crime texts on American Literature syllabi - by JANUARY 10 2017!

American Literature Association Symposium, "Criminal America:  Reading, Studying, and Teaching American Crime Fiction"

March 3-4 2017 / Chicago

[UPDATE] American Documentary Poetics--American Literature Association (ALA) 28th Annual Conference May 25-28, 2017, Boston, MA

updated: 
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:55pm
Tana Jean Welch / Florida State University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

American Documentary Poetics

CFP for American Literature Association (ALA) 28th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2017, Boston, MA

Call for papers on any topic related to American docupoetics/investigative poetics. Part documentary, part imagination, investigative poetry incorporates a variety of data and reportage into the poem—including photos and images, testimonials, interviews, facts and figures—in order to explore the historical and political conditions of contemporary culture.

Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by January 15, 2017, to Tana Jean Welch, Florida State University, at tana.welch@med.fsu.edu

ALA 2017: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

updated: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:03pm
American Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ALA 2017: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

In “Gwendolyn Brooks at 73,” Haki Madhubuti compared Brooks’s mind to “a tornado redefining the landscape.” The landscape of contemporary literature has been changed by her poems: “poems with muscle and sinew, poems that weren’t afraid to take the language and revamp it, twist it and energize it so that it shimmied and dashed and lingered,” in the words of Rita Dove. At least two new collections—Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku’s Revise the Psalm, and Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith’s The Golden Shovel Anthology—will celebrate her centennial in 2017.

EMERGING AFRICAS: VERSIONS and VISIONS

updated: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:37pm
New York African Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEW YORK AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION

42 ND Annual Conference

at The University at Buffalo, New York

31 March – 1 April 2017

CALL FOR PROPOSALS/ ABSTRACTS / POSTERS

DEADLINE EXTENSION: 15 February 2017

THEME: EMERGING AFRICAS: VERSIONS and VISIONS

After 40 years, the Annual Conference of the New York African Studies

Association returns to Buffalo. In 1977 we organized our program on the

theme of “The Applications of African Studies.” In world tradition, 40 years

is a significant time. It is clear that both in 1977 and today “Africa” has

always been a concept as well as a continent, and since 1977 its many

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