Sex (biology) and gender (culture) were teased apart and are currently being collapsed, an interesting rhetorical history in itself. Often under-explored out of concern for the rights of transsexual/transgendered people, these shifts in logic and rhetoric potentially reveal new relationships between biology and culture, oppression and late capitalism, and vulnerability and privilege. The relationships potentially reveal cultural assumptions and expose the forces of normalization.
In a 2004 interview, author Percival Everett was asked if in his works he was trying to rewrite history. He candidly responded: “What the hell’s wrong with that? You can write anything you want to. If anybody takes anything they read, history or fiction, as some gospel, then fuck ’em anyway, who cares?
Special Issue of CR: The New Centennial Review vol. 22, no. 2: “(In)finite Ecologies”
Guest editors: Christine Bennett, Katherine Greulich, and Garth Sabo (Michigan State University)
March 10-13, 2022
This bilingual panel seeks to analyze the development of urban cultures in France (especially urban literature and music) while taking into account the impact of postcolonial studies in France since 2005, the year of the "urban riots". The panel also aims to explore the political aspect of urban culture as well as the influence of American (especially African-American) culture on French production.
Possible themes include:
Digital Humanities has the potential to add to the traditional study of Spanish Literature and Culture. By moving beyond the traditional theoretical frameworks of literary theory and criticism, Digital Humanities processes provide the opportunity to re-examine cultural production. Digital Humanities also provides an outlet to examine the intersectionality of Linguistics and Literature and Culture, combining two fields which have traditionally remained exclusive. Therefore, this panel provides the opportunity to showcase Digital Humanities projects and/or methods that incorporate digital tools in the interrogation of Spanish Literature and Culture, and/or those which combine Linguistics and Literature and Culture.
In Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination (2013), Nicole Seymour writes, “In the past few years, queer ecology has emerged as a burgeoning area of interdisciplinary study,” (21) which traces and builds upon a host of “empathetic, ethical interrelationships between the queer and the non-human” (23). In a similar vein, Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson state in “A Genealogy of Queer Ecologies” that “the task of a queer ecology is to probe the intersections of sex and nature with an eye to developing a sexual politics that more clearly includes considerations of the natural world and its biosocial constitution” (161).
Call for Papers
Campus Nostalgia: An International Seminar on Campus Fiction
15 – 16 October 2021, online
School of Letters and Arts, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Newton and modern science, especially Mathematics and Physics, have completely changed the concepts of space and movement. Unlike other thinkers of that century, among whom Immanuel Kant stands for his remarkable thought, the new concepts of space and movement don’t seem to have influenced Diderot’s thinking effectively.
The Latina maid has historically been one of the signature roles Hollywood has created for Spanish-speaking and/or Latina actors in both film and television entertainment. The late Lupe Ontiveros (1942-2012), one of the most recognizable and respected contemporary Mexican-American actors, said to have played the role of the Latina maid approximately 150 times for US audiences during her career, reflecting the stereotyping that still abounds in the US popular imaginary about the female Latinx Other.
The Canadian Parliament passed the War Exchange Conservation Act (WECA) late in 1940 to preserve its currency for the war effort by limiting the importation of nonessential goods. Periodicals, including popular American comic books, were one casualty. Within a few months, Canadian artists and entrepreneurs responded by launching a domestic comic book industry often regarded as Canada’s golden age of comics. This industry produced four publishing companies and six years of original Canadian comics production, including Robin Hood Comics and Triumph-Adventure Comics, which featured Adrian Dingle’s Nelvana of the Northern Lights, one of the earliest female superheroes in comics.
Humanities Podcasting Symposium
Call for Contributors
Humanities Podcasting Symposium
October 15-16, 2021
The Humanities Podcast Network (humanitiespodnetwork.org) is inviting expressions of interest for our first annual symposium on academic podcasting.
The symposium will build on the aims of the HPN to offer guidance and support to instructors, scholars, and independent creators working in the Humanities who are interested in incorporating podcasts into their classroom practice and/or making their own podcasts.
As media texts show us superheroes from around the world(s), demonstrating extraordinary abilities and living a life shaped by a moral code, how we define their iconic features and cultural impact has been the focus of much scholarly debate.
Superheroes have proliferated and multiplied in the 21st Century, coming to prominence in film, television, and video game industries the same way that their popular narratives had begun to flourish in the comic book industry some eighty years before. Yet, while all of these stories and characters are tethered to these early years of the genre, through iterative retellings, reboots, and cultural readjustments, superheroes have consistently found renewed life in modern and contemporary re-imaginings.
An ocean is not just an ecological space, but a social, economic, and cultural one. The threat of overfishing incorporates all these dimensions, yet research has not addressed overfishing equitably across geographies, species, cultures, economies or futures (especially in relation to climate change). Even rarer are studies that address the complex risks arising from overfishing in a way that transparently acknowledges uncertainties and interactions across these multiple aspects.
SEASECS will hold its 48th annual meeting, February 17-19, 2022, at the Luminary & Co Hotel and Caloosa Sound Convention Center in Ft. Myers, Florida. The theme for this year's meeting is "Oceans Rise, Empires Fall: Tidal Shifts in the Eighteenth Century.”
We invite individual paper proposals and fully-formed session proposals on this theme or any aspect of the long eighteenth century:
The East Asian Network for the Academic Study of Esotericism (EANASE) invites you to consider sending a proposal for an online conference to be held on Zoom every Saturday of November 2021. EANASE's first conference aims to offer the chance to reflect on the intertwined relationship between spirituality, healthcare and social movements in East Asia from a trans-national/local/cultural perspective.
From the Franciscan value of compassion to the empathetic responses that many neorealist works propose, the Italian culture abounds with examples of the human capacity to share in the feelings of others. Drawing inspiration from the conference theme of "care," this panel welcomes papers that address compassion and/or empathy in Italian literature, cinema, and the arts.
Please submit an abstract and a short bio by September 30, 2021 here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19574
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
**Call for Papers and Creative Pieces **
Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic
Issue III: Haunted Shores
Deadline for Paper Abstracts: Wednesday 28th July 2021
Deadline for Creative Pieces: Friday 10th September 2021
Guest Editors: Dr Emily Alder, Dr Jimmy Packham, and Dr Joan Passey
Editors-in-Chief: Dr Elizabeth Parker and Dr Michelle Poland
**Call for Papers and Creative Pieces **
Kayfabe: Working Theories
A Special Section of the Professional Wrestling Studies Journal
deadline for submissions:
August 15, 2021
full name / name of organization:
We seek submissions for The Feminist Playbook: Classroom Activities for Intersectional Pedagogy—an edited book collection of interdisciplinary, feminist lesson plans intended for any higher-eduction class where learning happens outside of the gender box. We are currently in discussion with Routledge and CRC press about publishing this professional resource for faculty and instructors teaching in colleges and universities.
Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue Call for Papers
“Questioning the Canon: Rethinking the Golden Age of Children’s Literature”
Guest editor: Jill Coste
What remains in the aftermath the overarching deconstruction theory for the fields of literary criticism and literary practice? Did the humanities find their vocation in the field of (meta)-theory and did literary practice abandon its traditional craft for good? Or does the advent of theory spell out a crisis of the humanities, and the "literature of replenishment" has been replaced by the "literature of exhaustion" (John Barth)? These are some of the questions we will try to address in the third issue of the Romanian online magazine In Spatele Blocului (www.inspateleblocului.ro), together with discerning new ways of configuring the craft of literary practice in general.
This is a call for panelists on an invited panel.
The topic of the panel is Antoine Volodine, and the theme is “the medium is the message.”
Below is a draft of the panel proposal.
The fiction of Antoine Volodine often depicts media traveling across networks and communities. Messages are destroyed after being disseminated, a la Snapchat. The low character counts of the narrats call to mind the brevity of Twitter posts. How does the literature of Volodine, across five decades (the 1980s through the 2020s), depict the rise of new media technologies? What does the treatment of media technologies in the novels of Volodine say about the current era of silos, polarizations, suspicion, censorship, and propaganda?
Proceeding from the beginning to the end of time, occurring in a ritual space, and focusing on moments of extraordinary joy, suffering, humor, and election, medieval drama maps worlds of vulnerability and interconnectedness. Its scope has continued to inspire re-enactment and adaptation from Passion Plays and the Mormon Hill Cumorah pageants to Yiimimangaliso, a South African version of the Chester mystery plays stressing truth and reconciliation, and Brandon Jacob-Jenkins’ reworking of the medieval morality play Everyman as Everybody.
We envision this seminar as an opportunity to further reflect on the changes in pedagogy and performance praxis that have germinated from the changes brought about by the global health crisis and social justice movements. As Shakespeareans working across the disciplinary lines of literary and theatre pedagogy and performance, we invite colleagues to present papers critically discussing the experience of reading, teaching, performing, and appreciating Shakespeare in text and in performance.
Badr University in Cairo
School of Linguistics and Translation
Italian Department & The Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo
The 1ST International Conference
Dante and the Arab World: 700 Years Later
23rd - 24th, October 2021
Virtual Conference; Friday- Sunday, September 24th-26th
Join the Wayne State University Pop Culture Consortium for #WaynePop2021, our 7th annual Conference on Popular Culture! This conference will be held virtually and includes both asynchronous and synchronous components.
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Modernities in the Contact Zone: Translating across Unfamiliar Objects
GAPS Postgraduate Forum "Postcolonial Narrations"
October 21-23 2021, Universität Potsdam
Extended deadline: 01.08.2021
Translation Review invites submissions of
- translations of contemporary prose and poetry into English
- manuscripts on the process and practical problems of translating, including the reconstruction of the translation process.
- interviews with translators
- manuscritps that address the concept of translation in the visual and musical arts
- translation in the digital age
Please note that all scholarly manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style EB (endnotes and bibliography).