Chiasma #9 Why are we [still] doing Theory?
“We are not essential. We are sacrificial.” With this statement, Sujatha Gidla, a subway conductor in New York City compelled back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, observes that service workers who have been defined by their disposability constitute a bedrock for racial capitalism in an era of proliferating crises. We invite submissions to a special issue of Post45 that will turn to aesthetic and cultural mediations of service in the late 20th and early 21st century in order to theorize and historicize the relations between death, labor, and racial capitalism.
Call for Contributions and Book Reviewers for PSA Newsletter #28: Loving the Stranger
We invite you to join us in building a creative, interdisciplinary, and accessible symposium that considers the challenges of engaging the public and the role of resistance within the cultural spaces curating Americana. This two-day event will take place on the 19th and 20th of May. Hosted online by the University of Kent, UK.
Please submit a 250-word proposal, with title and 50-word biography for a presentation, panel or workshop to email@example.com by April 17th, 2022.
Russell T Davies has been one of the foremost voices in British television for the last three decades. The range of Davies’s work is formidable - from his early work on children’s television such as Dark Season (1991) and Century Falls (1993), to his ground-breaking work creating programmes such as Queer as Folk (1999-2000), Bob and Rose (2001), The Second Coming (2003) and Mine All Mine (2004), to his phenomenally successful rejuvenation of Doctor Who (2005), through to his more recent work such as Cucumber (2015), Years and Years (2019) and It’s a Sin (2021). In the process, he has indelibly transformed the British televisual landscape.
The Travel and Literature session is part of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 2022 conference, to be held in Los Angeles at the UCLA Luskin Hotel and Conference Center, from Nov. 11-13, 2022.
Proposals on any topic related to Shakespeare are welcome, though we specifically seek proposals that engage with the 2022 MMLA theme of “Post-Now.” What is the role of Shakespeare in society moving forward or are we “post-Shakespeare”? Are there pedagogical approaches, performances, or research foci that might help us envision the “revolution of the times” as it relates to Shakespeare and Shakespearean studies? Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief bio (or brief CV) to Jeanette Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2022.
This session welcomes papers that delve deeply into the shared spaces between literature and philosophy for this year's PAMLA Conference in Los Angeles, California (Nov. 11-Nov. 13, 2022). Literature has had a long history of being discerned and practiced through the philosophical. From the early writings of Plato to the contemporary work of Martha Nussbaum, literature has generated invaluable resources of epistemology, normativity, aesthetics, and studies of language and consciousness (among other critical fields of study).
French and Francophone Literature and Culture Panel at PAMLA 2022 Conference in Los Angeles, CA
Date: November 11-13, 2022
Place: UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel
We are open to a wide range of paper topics dealing with French and Francophone literature and culture, but are particularly interested in papers that engage with the special conference theme of "Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian."
October 20-22, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC*
Plenary Speakers: Kristen Carella (Assumption University), “Crossing Every Border: Transgender Identity from Merlin to Laura Jane Grace;” and Orville Hicks, renowned Appalachian storyteller
FRAME 35.2 “Sounding Literature” - Call for Papers
Please submit letter of interest or an abstract by 9/1/22.
Goal: completed first draft of collection by 12/1/22
Crossed Borders, Changed Lives: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Young Adult Immigrant & Refugee Literature will include scholarly and artistic articles in a collection that focuses on moments of diversity, equity (or inequity), and inclusion (or exclusion) pertaining to images of immigrants and refugees in recent Young Adult (YA) fiction.
CONTENT & CONTRIBUTERS:
The collection will address themes such as inclusion / exclusion (racism), equity/ inequity, identity construction, transnationalism / emotional transnationalism, social justice, empathy, etc.
Participation both depends on and produces agency. Therefore, it is always embedded in power structures and power remains unequally distributed. Though empires are long gone, neo-colonial structures of domination continue to exploit the so-called Global South, to privilege Eurocentric knowledge traditions over non- Eurocentric knowledge, and to exclude racialized subjects or people and communities from erstwhile colonized countries from power positions. For decades, postcolonial subjects have worked against imperial forms of oppression. They continuously labor to create space for local and hitherto marginalized world views and experiences. Processes of (self-)translation produce spaces of articulation and enable participation.
The Coronavirus Pandemic: An Environmental Humanities Perspective
Organized by Tatiana Konrad, Savannah Schaufler, and Chantelle Mitchell
University of Vienna
Conference Dates: February 15-17, 2023
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2022
Venue: University of Vienna
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Cymene Howe (Rice University) & Dr. Eben Kirksey (Deakin University)
Penn State’s Center for American Literary Studies presents
Racial Justice Protests and The Media: Unprecedented and Routine Violence
Friday, April 15, 2022, Noon–1:00 p.m. EST via Zoom
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
Abstracts are invited on any topic related to Asian comparative literature and film, including both intra-Asian comparison, and comparison between Asian and non-Asian traditions.
The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association is a regional association of the Modern Language Association. For many years, it has had very strong turnout from scholars of Asian literatures. The 2022 meeting will return to an entirely in-person format, so that only those who are able to travel to Albuquerque should submit abstracts. RMMLA membership and conference registration are required for attendees, though rates are reasonable; see rmmla.org for details.
Since launching its hugely popular “Countdown to Christmas” made-for-TV movie series in 2009, Hallmark has expanded its offerings of American small-town romances to include Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and Hanukkah, as well as winter, spring, summer, fall, and “Christmas in July.” Dozens of original films are planned and shot each year, often in Canadian locations such as Vancouver and Ottawa. These now-year-round productions are formulaic, heteronormative, Christian, and overwhelmingly white—and they have been undeniably commercially successful, rocketing Hallmark to cable success and spawning imitations across multiple platforms.
We invite submissions for a Special Session Roundtable at PAMLA 2022, to be held in Los Angeles, CA from November 11-13, 2022.
Psychodynamics and Shakespeare
Literary Druid (ISSN 2582-4155) is delighted to announce the special issue entitled Psychodynamics and Shakespeare, commemorating the 458th Birthday of the bard of Avon, William Shakespeare. The bard’s birthday has been celebrated all over the world that falls this year on Saturday 23 April 2022. Literary Druid has planned to celebrate his birthday with a modern approach to Shakespeare, decoding his myriad works in psychodynamic perspective.
The MMLA’s permanent session on American Literature pre-1870 seeks papers that engage with the conference theme, “Post-Now,” in a pre- and post-Revolutionary context. The moment of the Revolution was simultaneously a moment of explosive ideological change and continued oppression for millions of marginalized individuals in the colonies and subsequent United States. How do authors, artists, politicians, intellectuals, and writers of any background confront this division, and how are they able to propose a future for the new nation that recognizes continued tyranny in its social and political structures? Interdisciplinary and multinational perspectives welcome.
In considering the Ars Memoriae, Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) envisioned a universe of many worlds, many dimensions. The practice of remembering and forgetting had profound political, intellectual, social, religious and cultural consequences in the medieval and early modern world. Frequently, the past served as a legitimising force, helping to justify the actions of the present or to graph future perspectives. It was therefore vehemently contested, habitually revised and amended, or even exploited. This two-day conference provides an opportunity for scholars to discuss the numerous ways in which memory practices influenced the pre-modern world.
Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
Call for Papers (Deadline Extended)
“From the Black Death to COVID-19:
Airborne Diseases in History, Literature, and Culture”
Type: Call for Papers
Dates: November 16-18, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended: May 1, 2022
Venue: Virtual via Zoom
The Department of Languages, Philosophy, Religion, and Cultures and the Department of Education at Rockford University invite you to submit a proposal (abstract) to participate in the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Student Conference “Celebrating the Interdisciplinary Humanities” to be held both in person and via Zoom, on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 2022. Students are invited to present their research papers in any area of the Humanities with special emphasis on interdisciplinary connections. This conference will discuss cultural, theological, literary, and philosophical inquiry across time periods, genres, and cultural traditions.
Call for contributions to an edited collection
Walking, Empire, and Nineteenth-Century Literature
Deadline for Proposal Submissions: July 31, 2022
Editors: Dr. Vivian Kao, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities,
Lawrence Technological University; Dr. Joshua Bartlett, Assistant Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
The last few decades have been characterised by a growing interest in literary multilingualism. Multiple studies have examined the way linguistic diversity manifests itself in literary works, for instance focusing on multilingual practices such as code-switching. However, fewer and often isolated studies (Jacquet 1972, Gauvin 2004, Montermini 2006, Bürger-Koftis, Schweiger and Vlasta 2010, Loison-Charles 2016, etc.) have focused on linguistic hybridization in literature, a process “whereby separate and disparate entities or processes generate another entity or process (the hybrid), which shares certain features with each of its sources” (Sanchez Stockhammer 2012).
Cities come alive and build themselves from moments. Moments we breathe in the present, moments that shape both collective and individual memories. All these memories drift from a solitary pace in a crowd, to a dialogue between us and the other united by the urb. As in Dickens’s words (1859) “a multitude of people and yet a solitude.”
This conference aims at approaching topics from the past, both nearby or further away; topics from the present, globally, locally or glocally relevant and topics from the future – real or imaginary. Munford (1961) states that “the origins of the city are obscure, a large part of its past buried or effaced beyond recovery, and its further prospects are difficult to weigh.”