It is difficult to imagine a society where humor is completely absent. From ancient times to the present day, this phenomenon performs the most important functions: from psychological détente to reflection of the socio-cultural and political atmosphere in which this or that community resides. Since the XVIII century, it has also become an instrument of mass communication and political struggle, and becomes an integral part of the mass media.
HUNGER AND WASTE
Volume 39, Number 2, Fall 2021
Issue Editor: Isabelle Meuret
This issue of Literature and Medicine will interrogate expressions of hunger and waste in both literary and biomedical contexts.
Hunger is a physiological disposition, a daily preoccupation, and a metaphor for desire. On another scale, global hunger—leading to malnutrition and starvation—affects hundreds of millions living in poverty. As for waste, the dearth, careless use, or squandering of resources, together with climate change and other environmental challenges, have raised new concerns about food supplies and unequal access.
Call for Chapters: Screening Controversy
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
ALLUVIUM Rolling Call for Guest and Contributing Editors
Alluvium are looking for guest editors to thematically lead and edit three special issues in 2021. We
are also looking for contributing editors to assist with general issues of the journal.
Alluvium is an open access, BACLS affiliated scholarly journal which is dedicated to twenty-first
literary criticism. We are run by postgraduates, and we primarily publish academic articles of
approximately 2000 words, as well as interviews and book reviews. Our contributors range from
postgraduates and early career researchers to independent scholars and established academics.
This panel aims to examine fictional texts which represent an alternate past or future in order to resist dominant narratives. Papers which address the following questions (and others) are welcome:
How does speculative fiction which presents an alternate past or future allow us to critique the present?
How does imagining "what if" prompt us to question "what next?"
How do we use possible worlds theory to understand what is possible in the world, or unnatural narratology to interrogate what is "natural"?
How do Afro-, Indigenous, and/or Latinx futurisms, in particular, work as part of larger movements of social action?
ALA (American Literature Association) 2021 Boston Panel Proposal
Panel Title: Changing Perspectives: Adjusting American Literature Lenses
Due to the Covid Lockdown this past year, the ALA 2020 conference was canceled. However, we have been informed that a 2021 conference will be held in Boston. To help reconcile the lost panels from this year's canceled conference, the ALA has reached out and offered for those panels that were accepted to reply. While this panel was accepted for the 2020 conference, we have since then lost one of our presenters. Therefore, we would like to extend an invite to anyone interested in joining our panel. Our panel description is:
Scholars at all stages of their career are invited to take part in a one-day interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the School of English, University Cork, to explore the diverse roles historically played by contagion/outbreak narratives and disease metaphors. We invite 15-minute papers that engage with a variety of cultural forms, such as literature, film, television and photography. Examples of relevant topics include the function served by fear of contagion in the othering process, contemporary vampirism as a metaphor for sexually-transmitted diseases, zombiism as a metaphor for capitalism, and why epidemics and plagues that stay confined to Africa or Asia rarely form the plots of novels or films.
Call for Special Issue of Interval(le)s on "The Pastoral: New Trajectories in the Anthropocene"
Guest editors: Stefano Rozzoni (University of Bergamo / Justus Liebig Universität Gießen) &
David Lombard (Université de Liège / University of Leuven)
Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2021
“Pastoralism is a species of cultural equipment
that western thought has for more than two millennia
been unable to do without”
May 17-18, 2021
Organized by: Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Image
Centre for Film and Moving Image Research (FMIR)
Academy of Film, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University
Abstracts Due: Dec 1, 2020
Seeking proposals for an edited book of chapters on “theatre-fiction”, i.e. novels and stories about theatre.
The 42nd annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association will be held the week of February 22-27, 2021. Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, this year's conference will be completely online. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
The Pauline Hopkins Society (http://www.paulinehopkinssociety.org) is pleased to announce its fourth bi-annual competition. The society will award the best scholarly publication – book, essay, or book chapter on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2020. If you have published an essay or chapter that discusses Hopkins and/or her work, we invite you to consider entering before the March 15, 2021 deadline.
Because entries will be judged through a system of blind reviewing we recommend that any self-citation, either in the body or in notes, be reworked to the third person.
Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice; Central Piedmont Community College
Deadline extended: November 30, 2020
Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, is currently accepting submissions for our Fall 2020 issue: Teaching Horror and the Weird in the American Literature Classroom, to be guest edited by Chris Brawley, author of Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature.
Submit articles to Patricia.Bostian@cpcc.edu.
CALL FOR PAPERS: "WORLDBUILDING AND THE ASIAN IMAGINATION"
SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English
vol. 58, no. 1, 2021
The Climate of Fatigue: What Comes After Exhaustion?
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Virtual Conference, April 8-11, 2021
Co-organizers: Sarah Ensor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Steven Swarbrick, Baruch College (CUNY)
Abstracts due by Oct 31.
The Global Souths conference is a three‐day, interdisciplinary conference that aims to
explore the connections between the U. S. South and the Global Souths. The South is
more than place. It is a point of connection, a nexus of ideas exceeding both
geographical and ideological boundaries. We invite all scholars and graduate students
in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to submit critical and creative proposals
that explore interactions with and responses to an increasingly globalized world.
The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete panel submissions as
well as individual paper abstract submissions. Creative submissions related to the
conference theme are also welcome.
Following a successful first round of the BSECS Postgraduate & Early-Career Seminar Series, the postgraduate reps are happy to announce the call for papers for a second round, commencing January 2021. Abstracts are invited for either a 3-minute lightning talk or 15-minute paper.
Seminars take place on the last Thursday of the month. Two papers are presented per seminar, with Q&A to follow. Lightning talks will be held on January 28th.
Papers on any topics related to the long eighteenth century, across all disciplines, are welcome.
This panel invites discussion on how poets have negotiated the construction of publics and counterpublics in our loosely defined contemporary moment. While writers have long been interested in the genre’s ability to foment and critique the production of virtual and actual modes of togetherness, we aim to address poetry’s engagements with collectivity after the rise of mass media and the opening up of political and aesthetic representation to diverse identities and electorates that defined the postwar period in the United States. What kinds of social bodies can texts and politics produce in this realm? What does the study of poetry reveal about historical shifts in the ways collectivity gets experienced and conceptualized?
Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST): Special Issue on Asian American StudiesGuest edited by Nina Ha, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia In Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong writes: “In the popular imagination, Asian Americans inhabit a vague purgatorial status: not white enough nor black enough; distrusted by African Americans, ignored by whites, unless we’re being used by whites to keep the black man down. … We have a content problem.
We are currently accepting manuscripts for OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society Vol.11 No.1 that will be published on January 31, 2021. To be considered for the upcoming issue, OMNES 11(1), please submit your manuscript by November 15, 2020.
About the Journal
Close to 8 million people worldwide have contracted Covid-19. 1 million have died. In the United States alone, over 200,000 have succumbed to this deadly virus, and counting. With no end to the pandemic in sight, the "new normal" involves lockdowns, social distancing, face masks, fear, and political strife.
Updated Call for Papers: Situations International Conference 2021
(Hybrid Online/Offline Conference)
Between Asia and Europe:
Whither Comparative Cultural Studies?
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia May 21-22, 2021
CFP: Letters from Black Faculty
This collection seeks unfiltered, unedited letters from Black academics, intellectuals, and faculty activists that address structural racism and individual experience in the academy, and the tenuous divide between the professional, the political, and the personal. What we are looking for are those letters sent to department heads, college administrators, fellow faculty and trustees that have as their goal holding institutions to their words when they say that “Black Lives Matter”.
The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce its thirty-first annual graduate student colloquium (MSSC). The conference will take place on the 26th and the 27th of March, to be held virtually over Zoom.
This year’s colloquium focuses on the theme of movement. Movement denotes the movement of peoples, cultures, thoughts and goods, the migration of plants and of animals. What happens to movement when it is frozen in stone (the swoop of hair across a person’s face in a marble statue)? How does an idea change when it is translated from one language to another? We are interested in movement defined broadly and represented across a range of disciplines.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society (http://www.fscottfitzgeraldsociety.org/ ) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2021 American Literature Association in Boston, Massachusetts, 27-30 May 2021.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society invites proposals for papers examining any aspect of Fitzgerald’s life and work that provides fresh insights.
Overview: In 2010, Cartoon Network debuted a new animated series called Adventure Time, and within just a few short years, the show had become both a pop culture phenomenon and a critical darling; perhaps this reception is best exemplified by the words of the George Foster Peabody Awards Board of Jurors, which praised the show for “subtly teach[ing] lessons about growing up, accepting responsibility, and becoming who you’re meant to be.” But despite this admiration, not many works of scholarship have looked at the show through a critical lens.
After the success of the Folk Horror in the Twenty First Century conference hosted by Falmouth University, we are holding another related conference in 2021.
We are aiming to have a face to face conference at the beautiful Falmouth Campus in Cornwall. With sub-tropical gardens and the beach nearby, there will be a ‘Welcome to Dark Falmouth’ cemetery walk above the lovely Swanpool lake, an art exhibition, a gig and street food in place of the more usual staid conference dinner. If we’re going to beat Covid we want to do it in style!*
The American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association invites submissions for our National Conference, to be held June 2-5, 2021 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA.
From Nebraska to Pittsburgh and New York, Willa Cather’s career as a writer was—and has been, even since her death in 1947—inextricably intertwined with various popular print forms. This conference will focus on the intersections of Cather’s life and writings with newspapers and magazines. Cather sometimes disparaged periodicals by hinting to friends and colleagues that she reluctantly published her work in them only to support her more serious writing, yet she understood very well their importance to a writer’s standing in American culture during her lifetime.
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.