The literary world lost both Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall within a week of each other in August 2019. Together, these renowned Black women writers influenced generations of writers, summed up most memorably by Edwidge Danticat’s recent reflections in The New Yorker: “Both Ms. Morrison and Ms. Marshall have helped me make my narrative dumplings.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams from My Father (1995). Praised by Toni Morrison and Philip Roth, Obama’s memoir explores his life up to his admission to Harvard Law School in 1988. More recently, 2018 saw the publication of Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir Becoming, which is the story of her life up through the end of her tenure as first lady. This panel seeks papers that critically explore the major prose works by Barack and Michelle Obama: Becoming, Dreams From My Father, and The Audacity of Hope.
Questions to consider include, but are not limited to:
As we progress deeper and deeper into an age of data abundance, as what Simon Rogers describes a phenomenon of a “time in which we are all surrounded by data” with continued access to it, we are at the heart of a process of self-digitization, datafication, and online existence. Our move into cyberspaces and our dependence on digital platforms for information, communication, congregation, and self-design necessitate the crucial intervention of the Humanities as a discipline and a human-centered approach to understand what it means to be human in the digital age.
After completing four essays (two with a co-author), which are set to be published in different collections, on COVID-19 Internet memes, this edited collection seeks to include novel perspectives in addition to these to be gathered in a meme-focused volume, especially since online practices and behaviors have become the critical forms of expression during the pandemic.
Topics include but are not limited to:
CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Proposed Title of the Book: Gender, Sexuality, and Literature
Mountaineering and Climbing have become extraordinarily popular lifestyle sports. More generally, mountain-going has been one of the fastest growing leisure activities of the past thirty years where an estimated, ‘10 million Americans go mountaineering annually’ (Macfarlane, 2004: 17) and In the United Kingdom 2.48 million people participate in recreational rock climbing and mountaineering (Mintel, 2018).
The Burney Journal is now accepting submissions for volume 17, to be published in late 2020, and for subsequent issues to be published annually. A peer-reviewed publication of the Burney Society, The Burney Journal is available in print and indexed online by EBSCO Host.
CALL FOR PAPERS: GENERATIONAL STUDIES
POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION 2020 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2020
We welcome proposals for papers on any and every topic related to America’s generations including Baby Boomers, Generation Jones, Generation X, Xennials, Millennials (Gen Y), and iGen (Gen Z).
We invite submissions from individuals and organized panels (3 or 4 persons), focusing on topics related to:
CALL FOR PAPERS ISSUE 5.2: ‘Bodies in Disarray’
Over the last ten years, the biopic has been carried out by many relevant filmmakers —within and beyond the mainstream— and it has become a key genre in contemporary cinema. This fact is attested by titles like 'Carlos' (Olivier Assayas, 2010), 'J.
[Inter]sections publishes academic articles, reviews, and interviews relevant to the field of American studies. We encourage our authors to explore the most recent scholarship, from a solid critical background and in conversation with relevant and challenging work from the field. Although we focus primarily on subjects that are grounded in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century, we do not exclude work that explores other time periods. The scope of our journal includes research in the fields of North American literature, history, visual culture, film and television studies, popular culture, political studies, race and ethnic studies, philosophy, gender and sexuality studies.
This proposed roundtable will explore current manifestations of the grotesque in various forms and genres, using a range of current critical approaches. This could include, but not be exclusive to, analyses using a posthumanist, postmaterialist, postmillennial, or similar critical lens. In an age when so much seems grotesque—from our art to our politics to our everyday lives—this session will provide new ways to think about both contemporary literature and our current cultural moment. Submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief c.v. by Sept. 30 to the NeMLA website:https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP
The Lamar Journal of the Humanities, an interdisciplinary journal, invites papers for its Spring 2021 Special Issue on American Countercultures.
Call For Papers – ReFocus: The Films of David Mamet
1st Rupkatha International Open Conference on Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Humanities, 2020
In collaboration with
Indian Institute of Technology Patna
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Siksha O Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
University Distinguished Professor, Dept. of German Studies, the University of Arizona
CFP: Celebrity Studies Special Edition, “CHILDREN AND CELEBRITIES.” Deadline: August 7, 2020.
The entertainment industries create the most widely circulated popular images of children and childhood, and yet the role of children in celebrity studies warrants further study. As John Mercer and Jane O’Connor (2017) point out, the intersection between Childhood Studies and Celebrity Studies has been gaining traction in recent years, highlighting a tension between the dominant discourses of innocence surrounding children, and the highly competitive commercial imperatives of celebrity culture.
An international biannual print and on-line 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 by scholars of any nationality 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 America and other cultures. The journal also publishes interviews and and book reviews.
Call for Papers
What do we care about?
A Cross-Cultural Textbook for
Undergraduate Students of Philosophical Ethics
Second Call for Papers
Special Call for Sections
Representing Philosophical Ethics from
Asia, South America, and Australia as well as from underrepresented groups from North America and Europe
Dr. Björn Freter, Knoxville, USA
Dr. Elvis Imafidon, Ekpoma, Nigeria
Prof. Gunter Bombaerts, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Prof. Benda Hofmeyr, Pretoria, South Africa
Prof. Marie Eboh, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Special Edition of Revenant: Obscene Surfacings and the Subterranean Gothic
Deadline for abstract submissions: October 31st 2020
Guest Editors: Joan Passey (Bristol), Sherezade García Rangel (Falmouth) and Daisy Butcher (Hertfordshire)
Although the corresponding conference is postponed until fall 2021, the organizers are moving ahead with preparations for the volume Work: The Labors of Language, Culture, and History in North America. The conference cfp also serves as the volume cfp (see below).The volume will be published in the series Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (Narr/ Francke/ Attempto).
The last two decades have witnessed an explosion of literary works that adapt, challenge and elaborate the narrative and lyrical traditions of the Spanish-speaking world. From the neorrural novel of Spain to the Mexican ‘Generación del Crack’, from the neoclassical poetry of Aurora Luque and Juan Antonio González Iglesias to the experimental artifacts of Agustín Fernández Mallo or Pablo Katchadjian, novelists and poets in Spain and Latin America have reimagined their literary traditions and adapted them to the new realities of the 21st century.
Please consider submitting an abstract for the following session at NEMLA in Philadelphia, PA, 3/11-14, 2021. Abstracts (300 words+ short bio) must be received by September 30 at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18915
Framing Narratives: NEMLA, 52ND ANNUAL CONVENTION
March 11-14, 2021 - Philadelphia, PA
(Comparative Literature / Cultural Studies and Media Studies)
Bucknell University’s series, Transits: Literature, Culture, Thought 1650-1850, invites expressions of interest for essays or collections of essays that highlight the scholarship of teaching the long eighteenth century including the Romantic era. Proposals for edited volumes need not have firm commitments from authors at this stage, but should detail possible contributors and topics.
What can be better, during these uncertain times, than producing innovative research about fun primary sources that can fill our hearts with hope and motivation? With the aim of making that possible, the PopMec academic collective opens a call for papers about one of the most successful and influential American popular culture productions: the Rocky film series. Mostly written, starred and directed by Sylvester Stallone, the story of the Italian-American boxer Rocky Balboa cautived the world, since 1976 till our days, with 6 movies and 2 spin-offs (the Creed series).
Vampires are a phenomenon that have captivated humans since ancient times, and continue to globally fascinate different target audiences. From vampires in early Chinese traditions to their depiction in early poems such as “The Vampire” by Heinrich August Ossenfelder, to Lord Byron’s “The Vampyre”, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to vampires in more recent TV series and movies, this creature has not only evoked fear and horror but has also embodied both anxieties as well as desires of the culture and time in which it was created. Consequently, as vampire narratives today have started to go beyond the realms of horror, sometimes even turning the vampire into romantic heroes, they bring new insights to current issues across various fields.
“Perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery”: Critical Essays on Unsolved Mysteries
A special issue of ZAA Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature, and Culture (http://www.zaa.uni-tuebingen.de)
Moritz Ingwersen, American Studies, University of Konstanz,
Timo Müller, American Studies, University of Konstanz
Call for Book Chapters for Edited Volume
"Science Fiction in an Age of Crisis: Towards a New Aesthetic Paradigm"
MEL (Middle Eastern Literatures) is willing to consider a potential special issue on men and masculinities to discuss the changing social construction of masculinities in Middle Eastern literatures, and to elaborate on how literature as a field can contribute to the theorization of masculinities. This special issue is intended to explore masculinities as dynamic and multifaceted phenomena emerging within contradictory cultural, material and discursive contexts of the Middle East. The aim is to locate and dislocate masculinities, along the line of thought presented by Andrea Cornwall and Nancy Lindisfarne in Dislocating Masculinity (1994).