In fantasy and science fiction, death, immortality and rebirth are topics that feature frequently, elucidating that the loss of life and the questions of how it might be prevented or reversed are at the centre of human concern. These questions also constitute an essential focal point of the works of the Oxford Inklings, particularly Tolkien and Lewis.
Following a ceremony (winter 2021) in which Barbados officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Jamaica. They were met with protestors calling for apologies and reparations from the British Crown. At least five other former British colonies besides Jamaica, including Belize, the Bahamas, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis have also indicated a desire to sever direct relationships with the British Monarchy. Considering 2023 marks the 210th anniversary of Edward Long’s death, the author of the famous three-volume History of Jamaica (1774), how might we read Long’s illustrated book when the British Caribbean seems less British?
Children’s literature and material cultures of childhood have always enjoyed a long-standing relationship. In Anglocentric contexts, it is well studied how toymakers and children’s book editors worked hand-in-hand during the “Golden age of children’s literature” to construct a joint children’s market for books and toys (Masaki 2016; Field 2019). However, even though playing, with its various aesthetic, pedagogic, material and cultural meanings, constitutes an important element of South Asian children’s book cultures as well, this phenomenon has remained rather understudied in the academy.
This seminar asks, what knowledges are produced through scholarly, pedagogical, and creative engagements with electricity?
CALL FOR PAPERS
FOR PUBLICATION IN MEJO (MELOW Journal) 2022
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF T.S. ELIOT’S THE WASTE LAND
This panel aims to bring together the theoretical, methodological and political concerns of literary animal studies and postcolonial studies. As theoretical frameworks, the intersection of the two is not always free of contention. For instance, certain seminal postcolonial texts such as Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth have been noted to affirm a strongly humanist position in advancing the political project of reclaiming the humanity of the racialized, colonized subject. Nevertheless, the last decade has seen the growth of a significant body of work in literary studies and other disciplines that considers multispecies entanglements from postcolonial perspectives.
Writers, filmmakers, musicians, and other arts performers have taken a leading role in protesting governmental failure and corporate responsibility for environmental destruction and disaster across the Caribbean. In the 2000s, Caribbean writers, filmmakers, visual and other artists have spoken truth to power in Puerto Rico and Dominica after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, in the struggle to preserve Jamaica’s Cockpit country from bauxite mining, and against extractive industries, tourism, and other environmentally destructive forms of development. In fact, writers and artists have been documenting, illuminating, and protesting environmental destruction since Caribbean cultural traditions emerged.
CFP: Spatial Innovations in Rhetoric and Writing (edited collection)
The Comparative Drama Conference will be hosting Lucas Hnath as our keynote speaker on March 31st, 2023.
We welcome abstracts that address the plays and theatre of Lucas Hnath.
Topics could include, but are not limited to:
Revisiting the classics: Ibsen vs. Hnath's Nora and Helmer.
Staging real people: From the Clintons to the Disneys to Dana H. (his mother)
Hnath's disruption of the theatrical space
Hnath's use of language
Hnath's use of violence
Hnath's place amidst and comparison to his contemporaries
This panel brings together diverse readings of the hotel as a peculiarly evocative transfer point in narratives of modernity and postmodernity. It examines the uncanny power of the hotel to symbolize many of the key attributes of modern and contemporary writing, cinema, art, and, indeed, subjectivity: freedom, mobility, anonymity, alienation, limitless self-recreation (to name a few).
This seminar explores conceptions of empathy in various philosophical, cultural, and linguistic traditions across the world. The English word “empathy,” adapted from the German einfühlung and closely associated with the older term sympathy, is notoriously slippery. Scholars have identified various affective-cognitive processes that empathy connotes, including imagining oneself in others’ situations, comprehending others’ perspectives, feeling what others feels, feeling affected by others’ experiences, and caring for others. Investigating the premises and implications of these empathic processes, scholars have shown that attending to nuanced differences between notions of empathy enhances our understanding of its possibilities and limitations.
We are soliciting chapters for a forthcoming book, Figures of Freedom in Anthropocene Fiction, a collection of essays examining how American literary, filmic, and televisual narratives have represented and reimagined themes of personal and political agency within the context of 21st-century aspirations and anxieties.
Since the cultural turn of the 1970s that placed culture at the centre of scholarly debates, the field of cultural studies has expanded to explore the presence of meaning, affect, society, and thought in academia. Etymologically drawing upon the Latin “colere”, culture implies growth and cultivation, also accumulation and acquisition. Raymond Williams defined it pluralistically, calling culture a way of life at once material, intellectual and spiritual.
Date of Conference: 16-17 November 2022.
On the Google Meet Platform.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: To present a paper in the conference, please email a 300-word abstract with a Title, Name of Presenter and Affiliation, and Presenter’s Email, to Rising Asia Journal’s Editorial Board member Professor Tuan Hoang: email@example.com
Please mention “Rising Asia Conference” in the subject line of your email.
The Conference Administrators will contact you with further details.
It is common for studies in the Energy Humanities to identify the “late eighteenth century” as a backstory to the cultures, industries, and sciences of coal that emerged in the nineteenth century. This panel is interested in questioning that periodization with more complex genealogies or alternate imaginaries of energy throughout the eighteenth century.
In the rapid pivot to remote teaching at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many instructors turned to tools like Hypothes.is and Perusall that allow students to engage in social reading and annotation. These same tools are also built into many digital editions (like those in Literature in Context) and multimedia scholarly publishing platforms like Manifold and Scalar. The Digital Humanities Caucus calls for presentations on annotation in an eighteenth-century and/or contemporary context.
This panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of drama during the long eighteenth century. Submissions can address the conference theme--the quixotic eighteenth century--but do not have to. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Ashley Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2022.
Poems Invited for Dec 2022 Issue of Taj Mahal Review 43rf Issue
The 45th Comparative Drama Conference welcomes Lucas Hnath as its Keynote Speaker.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 October 2022
REVISED CALL FOR PAPERS
ARTICLE DEADLINE FEBRUARY 21, 2023
CFP: Sound Studies in African American Literature and Culture – Special Issue of Humanities. Guest Editor: Nicole Brittingham Furlonge (Deadline: Ongoing until February 21, 2023)
Special Issue Information
54th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 23-26, 2023
University of Buffalo
Niagara Falls, NY
Environmental Justice Pedagogies: Performance and Activism in the Humanities; ASLE Session
Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
Postcoloniality, Religion and Nation:
The creative work of historical fiction brings a prior time and place, one known but unfamiliar, into the present. Jerome de Groot considers one purpose of historical fiction is to “challenge the orthodoxy and potential for dissent [which will] challenge mainstream and repressive narratives.” Its characters and settings represent the cultural issues and struggles of their own time while also asking readers to recognize that many of the same situations still exist and need attention. The social and racial marginalization of women in the United States has been gaining that attention in popular culture outlets, including a recent Saturday Night Live cold open.
The deadline for this call for papers has been extended to October 15, 2022.
This call for papers is for the NeMLA conference which is scheduled to take place in person in Niagara Falls, NY between March 23-26, 2023.
Edited Collection: Cancer in Young Adult Literature
Deadline for Submission:
December 31, 2022
Full Name/Name of Organization:
Stephen M. Zimmerly, University of Indianapolis
Fashion, Culture, and the Literary and Media Arts
deadline for submissions:
January 18th, 2023
full name / name of organization:
Billy Joe Turner Interdisciplinary Symposium
Texas Southern University
Department of English, World Languages, and Philosophy
April 20th and April 21st 2023
Continually being transformed, the humanities have expanded into a discursive field of trends, movements, and methodologies that have appropriated the thoughts, ideas, and viewpoints from social and other sciences by transgressing and crossing traditional boundaries, limitations, and demarcations. The humanities which traditionally include the study of disciplines such as language, literature, arts, history, culture, and philosophy rarely prove to be “disciplined” as each one often tends to encroach upon prescribed and reserved territories of other disciplines not traditionally humanities labeled.
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) - Chicago, Illinois, March 16-19, 2023
Video games and environmental imaginaries of the Anthropocene
From cold, creeping survival in the Canadian tundra to neon-cathode dreams of a geoengineered utopia, from the weed-choked ruins of far distant future cities to the shattered landscapes caught under the shadow of nuclear annihilation, numerous video game titles across multiple platforms have in recent years contended with the political ecologies, environmental implications, and apocalyptic manifestations of the Anthropocene.
The goal of this seminar is to provide a forum in which to discuss how TV shows (reality shows, true crime, documentary broadcasts, docufictions, and web series) bridge the gap between factual knowledge and myths, and how they facilitate the transfer of ordinary knowledge into the implausible, especially in Iberia and Latin America. Entertainment business and journalism intertwine to engage an audience-oriented to the consumption of serialized narratives.
Call For Papers
27th-28th April 2023, Institute for English Studies, University of Luxembourg
Before Maastricht: Identity and Place in European Writing before the EU
Virtual papers welcome!