Memory and Resistance in 21st Century Women’s Fiction
Date: August 26th, 2023.
Venue: 51 Gower Street (WC1E), London.
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Date: August 26th, 2023.
Venue: 51 Gower Street (WC1E), London.
This panel calls for stories exploring contemporary creative works as fluid and diverse moments and their relation to what it means to have an identity as both queer and African. This intersection between queer and African is fraught with conflict in the present political and social understanding of homosexuality as un-African and a Western ideology transported to Africa during colonialism. Therefore, when most African nations have made homosexuality illegal, thus, preventing human rights from queer Africans and making them surplus, this panel calls for short stories, poems, memoirs, and novel extracts about queer African characters.
This panel invites papers that explore literary representations of populations—immigrants, migrant workers, the racially or sexually marginalized, disabled persons, etc.—that are rendered ‘surplus’ by American society. This might be through economic, political, or interpersonal forces. This panel is especially interested in the ways these populations resist this dehumanization and forge their own communities. The label ‘surplus’ pushes these populations to the margins of society, deeply isolating them. Isolation is one of the most crippling afflictions that an individual can encounter, leaving them with no support system when forces like prejudices, poverty, or oppression affect them so deeply.
Subtitled “Surplus Data,” the Winter 2022 issue of Critical Inquiry began by proclaiming that, “It is no longer enough to say that data is big. Data is now in a state of surplus” (Halprin et al. 197). As private and state actors rush to generate ever more surplus surveillance data about consumer-citizens and workers across domains of life, literary scholars are compelled to question how this data is made meaningful and by whom. After all, data never speaks for itself; it must be assigned value and transformed into narratives. These surveillance stories often reify “identities of suspicion” (Monahan), marking marginalized people as themselves surplus subjects.
SAMLA 2023 (9-11 November)
This roundtable invites critics and writers to rethink cities (or neighborhoods/areas within cities) that are essential to understanding “American writing,” yet still seem to remain outside or “extraneous” to discussions of “American literature.” What historical cities, lost neighborhoods, or even ruins/necropoli are critical to enduring issues explored within American writing? What stories seem lost within locales trimmed of their histories? How does re-centered dialogue around these locations remap American literary production? What trajectories or points of transit are central to discussions of “canonical texts” in the present moment? How do these questions reframe concepts of diaspora or a “literature of the Americas?”
The study of T. S. Eliot is enjoying an unprecedented renaissance, thanks to a wealth of new primary and critical materials. New biographies of Eliot and the key people in his life, the Complete Prose, new editions of his poetry and plays, important new translations, and the publication of thousands of new letters have opened up countless new possibilities for the investigation of Eliot’s life and work. This session invites proposals on any topic reasonably related to T. S. Eliot. Preference will be given to proposals that engage with any of the new materials mentioned above. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief bio to Patrick.Query@westpoint.edu by 4 September 2023.
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference 2024
March 7-10, 2024
In Friedrich Hölderlin’s vaterländisches gedicht “Der Rhein” the most “noble” and “freeborn” river parts with its brothers “Tessin” and “Rhodanus” and rushes towards Asia (“Nach Asia trieb die königliche Seele.”) These lines are followed by the speaker’s caution against the imprudence of this act before destiny and the stanza ends with their melancholy judgment that the inexperienced soul of man knows not where to go. As the reader grapples with this stanza, she is confronted with the most enigmatic section of the poem where the speaker announces that whatever springs forth from the pure source, is a riddle (“Ein Räthsel ist Reinentsprungenes”) casting shadow on the purity of the source.
CFP: paper proposals for session at NeMLA (March 7-10, 2024, Boston, MA)
The act of translation is often discussed in terms of possession: what is lost, what is revealed, who can claim ownership of a text, and to what extent. It is possible, however, that a more enlightening conversation around translation theory and practice could be had if we shifted our focus from questions of ownership to questions of surplus and scarcity. In an age of globalization where translation is often maligned as useless and mechanized, the field of translation studies must push itself towards inclusive discussions of its most human aspects. To what extent should the translator's work be visible? How do translators negotiate the complexities of excess and lack, "too-much-ness" and "not-enough-ness," when mediating a text?
Please consider submitting an abstract for the 2024 NeMLA Convention:
This panel aims to examine how elective, therapeutic, spontaneous abortions, and stillbirths are represented in work of literature and cinema from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective at the intersection of gender studies and the medical humanities. We welcome papers that engage with novels, graphic novels, memoirs, cross-genre texts, poems, films, and documentaries, that address experiences of pregnancy loss in contemporary societies, cultures, and languages, by using different methodologies.
This book is an academic-edited volume (to be published by CSMFL Publications under its Academic Collection series) that explores the transformative impact of technology and artificial intelligence on the field of translation studies. This book aims to delve into the evolving landscape of translation in the digital age, highlighting the intersection of technology, AI, and translation practices. By examining the advancements, challenges, and opportunities presented by these emerging technologies, the book seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of how they are reshaping the field and paving the way for the future of translation.
Broad themes of the volume include the followings:
Literary Druid is a journal that destinies to foster research and creative writing in English. It welcomes all nationals to contribute for learning and research purposes. The perspective of Literary Druid is to create a niche platform for academicians and patrons to share their intellect to enrich the English language and Literature. I welcome all to learn and share.
The Journal of Consent-Based Performance invites artists, educators, and scholars to interrogate our existing practices and propose new ideas in pursuit of increasingly more equitable, ethical, anti-oppressive, and effective consent-based practices within the fields of theatre and performance. We encourage authors to submit essays that do the work of:
Analyzing or interrogating current or past understandings of and approaches to intimacy and consent—in theory or in performance practice, modeling continuous adjustment of artistic praxis
Introducing or investigating theories related to consent and power imbalances in other fields, contextualizing these theories’ potential impact upon the performance industry
Call for Papers: Consent and Cultural Competency (Winter 2023)
Extension of previous deadline.
Seeking submissions in the form of articles and/or notes from the field. Both formats are reviewed through double-blind peer review. Find more details and guidelines here: https://journals.calstate.edu/jcbp/about/submissions
The terms “community” and “immunity” on both local and global scales have become semantically interdependent with unparalleled currency. They have triggered debates about stopping the propelling cycle of immunization that claims to benefit the community and raised concerns about the pressing need to maintain naturally invulnerable societies. Prominent among the theorists who highlight the close and problematic connection between the two notions is Roberto Esposito (2012), who posits that “community” points to difference and that “immunity” designates relation/contagion.
Undue Burdens: Reproductive Rights and Bodily Autonomy in the Long Eighteenth Century
Eds. Fiona Brideoake, Ula Lukszo Klein, and Nicole Garret
This collection aims to continue the work of diversifying the 19th-century British literary canon. Many authors who were revolutionary and popular during their time are now underrepresented in the current scholarly field. The essays in the collection will touch on underread texts and authors as well as underappreciated characters in more traditionally canonical works. We welcome essays using lenses such as disability studies, trauma theory, critical race theory, queer theory, postcolonial studies, and more.
Chapter proposals can include but are not limited to:
Underread 19th-century British authors
19th-century diaries or letters that have been critically ignored
Call for Papers
Reading for Life in Uncertain Times: Literature and Wellbeing.
Online interdisciplinary Symposium: 13-14 September 2023
Hosted by La Trobe University
"There is always a wild card. And what I had were books. What I had, most of all, was the language that books allowed. A way to talk about complexity. A way to ‘keep the heart awake to love and beauty’ (Coleridge)"
Intellectus invites you to submit research articles, book reviews, and scholarly interviews on Africana philosophy, black studies, and applied philosophy (especially in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics), feminism, international law, public policy, and socio-political philosophy in their relevance to Africa or African heritage. This CFP is for Volume 2 Number 1, for the year 2023.
The Submission Process
CFP: Saying Yes to Nope: Cinema, Spectacle, and Race in Jordan Peele’s Nope
Editors: Russell Meeuf, Nancy McGuire Roche, and Eric Gary Anderson
Jordan Peele’s third feature film, Nope, has cemented Peele’s place in contemporary cinema as a visionary auteur concerned with cinema, race, genre, and media spectacle. Building on his work as a writer-director on Get Out and Us, and expanding his oeuvre as a film and television producer across genres, Nope is Peele’s most reflexive work to date, exploring our cultural obsessions with spectacle and media culture’s impact on people of color.
Contact Information: Dr. Shari Hodges Holt, University of Mississippi, email@example.com
Deadline: June 30, 2023
Proposals for 15-minute conference presentations are invited for the regular Gothic Session at the 2023 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) conference. The conference will be held October 12-14 at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, TX. The session is open topic. Presentations on Gothic tropes, the Gothic as a literary or cultural movement, or specific Gothic texts from literature, film, and popular culture are welcome.
According to the US State Department, political imprisonment is what happens elsewhere, “enabled by Orwellian legal systems designed to target peaceful protestors or government critics.” That the US would deny its participation in these processes comes as no surprise. Critics of empire and the carceral state often note that the US does in fact target protestors and imprison opponents, such that the “Orwellian” is everywhere. These critics have also put pressure on the distinction between political prisoners and “common criminals,” arguing that this distinction abjects the members of criminalized populations, whom it relegates to a place outside politics.
This issue of Critical Times probes the question of solidarity—its subjects, horizons, difficulties, and limits. In some social-theoretical accounts, solidarity is a force that coheres subjects, holds them together in one community, and coordinates their aspirations, sympathies, or interests in perfect unity. Solidarity, in other words, transcends differences to generate unity; indeed, it converts difference into sameness. And when such differences persist or reappear in new forms, solidarity is said to be in danger or to have failed. Yet this is neither the only archive nor the only horizon of solidarity.
CFP - Conference Panel: "Rethinking Language Programs: Innovative Recruiting and Retention Initiatives
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference
October 26-29, 2023
The Shakespeare panel at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention is still accepting abstracts! We encourage you to submit any and all papers concerning Shakespeare. The Convention will be held in Denver, CO, October 11 - 14.
Please send a 250-300 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st 2023 for consideration. See the link below for more information on the convention.
Brandeis Novel Symposium CFP 2023: Percival Everett’s Erasure
Friday October 20, 2023, Brandeis University Mandel Center for the Humanities
The seventh annual Brandeis Novel Symposium invites proposals for papers that think with and about Percival Everett’s Erasure. Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, Percival Everett is the author of more than 30 books including most recently the Booker Prize shortlisted The Trees. Erasure (2001) is a satire of the American publishing industry and the pressures placed on African-American writers.
Call For Papers: Narrative Matters
“Spaces can be real and imagined. Spaces can tell stories and unfold histories. Spaces can be interrupted, appropriated, and transformed through artistic and literary practice.”
The Politics and Poetics of Community within the Anglophone Left
Sorbonne Université / Paris Nanterre University
Paris / Nanterre, France
March 21-23, 2024
It is a pleasure to invite you to submit proposals for the international conference “The Politics and Poetics of Community within the Anglophone Left.” Organized jointly by Sorbonne University and Paris Nanterre University, this three-day conference will take place in Paris and Nanterre, France on March 21-23, 2024.