This seminar proposes a collaborative theorization of Boys Love (BL), a transnational Asian media phenomenon conventionally associated with adolescent heterosexual female fan subcultures who create, consume, and circulate content depicting male-male romance and sexuality. We invite papers that theorize BL as vernacular forms of world literature with a reach beyond their targeted demographics to unsettle norms of gender and sexuality across national, linguistic, and cultural borders.
This panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in literature and media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” An overworked but underexplored cultural trope, safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.
Blooming: Metamorphoses and Seasons of Queerness
Nothing stays static in the natural world. The cold and dead of winter gives way to the green shoots of spring, which flower out in summer’s long, warm days, only to wither and fall as the end of the year comes again. In this age of cold-hearted and unenlightened legislators attacking trans rights, a false spring of marriage equality, and (somewhat) greater representation in popular culture, we wonder what season are we in today as queer and trans people? How can we bloom in an ever-changing world and shape those changes to promote better, more just, and warmer-hearted treatment for all?
This seminar investigates “pornography” and “propaganda” as two categories that attempt to set boundaries around acceptable language. They work as genre designations as often as they work as aesthetic judgements and denunciations. When an object, a picture, or a text is accused of being pornographic or propagandistic, it stands accused of using representational force in an unacceptable way – too direct, too explicit, too symbolic, too something to accord with the idealized sincerity and critical openness of acceptable, normal, or mainstream discourse, of speech that should be unquestionably “free.”
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
Call for Papers: Indigenous Modernities
Indigenous societies around the world are reimagining themselves, foregrounding elements of historic and/or traditional cultures and emphasizing their ‘indigeneity’. Within the context of Western modernities and urbanization, indigenous identities are being renewed or reconstructed and new conceptions of the indigenous self are emerging.
This National Virtual Conference on Contemporary Readings in Literature, Arts and Aesthetics is an academic platform for meaningful dialogue and discussion on the aesthetic reflections in our socio-cultural, literary and political life. The conference is a joint venture and the following academic institutions areactively taking part in this event:
OUR COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS:
James Baldwin Review Volume 9 (2023) CFP
James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its ninth volume. An online, open access publication, James Baldwin Review brings together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative non-fiction on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
The vast worlds of fantasy fiction often mirror our own. Through this mirror, readers may reflect on their values when they see real-world problems staged in speculative spaces. As a result, fantasy has the power to open the boundaries of pedagogy for today’s students, especially when learning through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens. This ground-breaking, edited essay collection published by McFarland and Company will take two crucial paths: one that celebrates critical analyses educators and scholars can use to empower students and readers, and another that inspires fans and gamers to be more civically engaged with the texts they consume and communities they inhabit.
Brontë Studies is delighted to announce that it is hosting a Special Issue to celebrate the life and work of Anne Brontë. Led by articles emerging from the Brontë Society’s conference, ‘I wished to tell the truth’: Anne Brontë at 200 that was originally scheduled for 2020 but, due to the pandemic, was reorganised and held online in 2021, the Special Issue presents an ideal opportunity to challenge the long-held perception that the youngest Brontë sibling was the least talented and lacked the genius of her sisters. With Anne Brontë’s marginalisation in mind, potential topics for articles to be explored could include, but are not limited to, the following:
An international biannual print and online publication of the American Studies Association of Turkey, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey operates with a double-blind peer review system and publishes work (in English) on American literature, history, art, music, film, popular culture, institutions, politics, economics, geography and related subjects.
The Editorial Board welcomes articles which cross conventional borders between academic disciplines, as well as comparative studies of the United States.
THE ZOMBIE STUDIES NETWORK IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR UPCOMING ZOMBIE CONFERENCE FOR HALLOWEEN, 2023. HOSTED BY ULSTER UNIVERSITY IN NORTHERN IRELAND, THE CONFERENCE COINCIDES WITH THE DERRY HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, EUROPE'S LARGEST HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL.
Following the success of its previous ACLA seminar “Stories of Memory in the 21st Century” in 2022, this seminar invites paper proposals to discuss how memory is represented and imagined diversely in the movies and TV series from different cultural contexts. Living in an age saturated with memory and forgetting, we see the protagonists unsettled by their lost memory in films such as Memento (2000), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Girl On the Train (2015), etc.. These amnesic protagonists, haunted by déjà vu they can never make sense of, often experience trauma and violence. Their attempts to repeat or re-enact the past complicate one’s understanding of temporalities as well as their identity.
Humanities Bulletin Journal - Call for papers
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2022
Vol. 5, No. 2 - November, 2022
Humanities Bulletin is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journal which features original studies and reviews in the various branches of Humanities, including History, Literature, Philosophy, Arts.
This journal is not allied with any specific school of thinking or cultural tradition; instead, it encourages dialogue between ideas and people with different points of view. Our aim is to bring together different international scholars, in order to promote the dialogue between cultures, ideas and new academic researches.
The Journal is hosted by London Academic Publishing, London, UK.
Call for papers on any topic dealing with literature, politics, and society.
Theorists like Henri Lefebvre (1968), Guy Debord (1981), and John Urry (2004) have long drawn attention to the shifting social and cultural significance of the automobile. In the US, Paul Gilroy argues,“Cars emerged as a potent presence in the newly imperial nation’s potent fantasies of metropolitan order, commerce, and reform” (Gilroy 2010, 33).
VLT #93: Reconsidering Mass Media
The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell is pleased to announce the 33rd annual Medieval Studies Student Colloquium (MSSC), which takes the idea of “Lacunae” as its theme. The conference will be held virtually over Zoom on Saturday, March 11th, 2023.
The editors of New Global Studies invite proposals for essays on the subject of ‘global futures’. Essays may cover any historical period. The central questions that this forum poses are:
How have globalization and globality affected historical periodization?
How do global re-conceptualizations of the past and present rely on assumptions and beliefs about the future?
How has the now-widespread use of the term ‘anthropocene’ affected a global consciousness?
How do the phenomena of de-globalization and re-globalization relate to global futures?
How do ‘unforeseen’ future events (particularly crises such as pandemics) employ global narratives?
What is the place of futurism in global studies?
How do we build after our foundations have been shaken? How do we create images after the afterimage? When four graduate students came together to plan a conference, we realized that we shared a methodological and utopian vision for our field. We have been trained to dismantle images, methods, and structures, but what we long for is to create, sketch, build, make, affirm and fabulate. We cherish the tactics of critique and deconstruction that came after the foundations, but we now find ourselves reaching for different tools, ones that can help us draw a new blueprint. With “AfterAfter,”wewish to create a venue for scholars who are also interested in generative, affirmative, and speculative methodologies for the study of cinema and media.
Convenience stores and gas stations that serve food exist nationwide, yet the full meal options available to patrons in the US South appears to be something of an anomaly. The menus at these southern roadside establishments look like they could be found at any restaurant, offering items from fried chicken and potato logs to collard greens and cornbread to sausage biscuits and roast beef po-boys. But unlike traditional or fast food restaurants, gas stations and other roadside food providers are sustained by the traveler. For the traveler, roadside or gas station food allows a brief respite and the comfort of hot food while away from home.
CFP Panel - Home-making Today: Interdisciplinary reflections on domestic space, home, and the ancestral homeland in Asia and the Diaspora
Penn State University, Penn State, PA
March 31- April 12023
Send a 250-word abstract and a 150-word bio by November 2, 2022
The Caribbean and The American South: Interrogating Contemporary Literary, Artistic and Cultural Relations
The Saul Bellow Society will host one session at the ALA Annual Conference in Boston, on May 25-28, 2023. Proposals are welcome for paper presentations of 15-20 minutes in length concerning any aspect of Saul Bellow's work or life, including comparisons with other authors.
Roundtable proposed at the 2023 ASLE + AESS Conference: “Reclaiming the Commons”
July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon
On the topic of regional literature, authors Sherrie A. Inness and Diana Royer write, “[W]e find our subjectivities profoundly influenced by our locatedness” (6) – that our personal relationships with land and place are inherently connected to the discourses of socio-cultural conflicts and tensions which emerge from these defined regional spaces. Through the lens of ecohorror, we aim to examine literary and visual representations of regional identity-making as they intersect with (and are informed by) the uncertainties and fears specific to their locality.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Dialogues with the Dead
Guest Editors: Dr Anna Maria Barry and Dr Fiona Snailham
Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of Butler University, which is sponsoring the MELUS 2023 conference in Indianapolis, April 20-23, 2023, we'd like to reach out and invite you to send a proposal for the upcoming conference and announce our extended deadline of November 30th. We encourage individual, panel, and/or roundtable proposals. Please share this CFP with any faculty, grad student, or postdoc colleagues that may have an interest.
The 2023 theme will be “Crossings and Crossroads,” and will also be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of MELUS.
October 5-7, 2023
The University of Gothenburg, Sweden
In Nicomachean Ethics and Politics, Aristotle conceived ethics and politics to be both interrelated and exclusively male endeavors. This notion continued to be influential in the early modern period (c. 1500 – 1800). Yet in recent decades, feminist scholarship has showed that throughout the early modern world numerous women nonetheless discussed, developed, and challenged politics and ethics in profound and often surprising ways.
This two-day interdisciplinary conference calls for a renewed exploration of Modernist discourses to reflect on the plural iterations of the machine – as a myth, cult, and mechanical product – within the context of Modernism and modernity.
Invitation for papers for the “Pulp Fiction” conference
To be held on 31 May‒1 June 2023, the conference treats the relationship between society and culture with a focus on popular/commercial literature—romantic novels, romantic detective fiction, young adult literature, children’s literature, science fiction, fantasy, spy novels, light erotica, historical novels, noir fiction, comics, digital poetry, fan fiction, chick lit, etc. For academic faculty and graduate/post-graduate students interested in literature, books, and popular literature in higher-learning institutions, libraries, educational systems, etc. We invite proposals for lectures or panel sessions.