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Signs of the Times: Activism as Literature

updated: 
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:32am
Susan Gilmore, NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

What new modes of literature have emerged in current activist movements and subcultures?  How do they mesh with longer standing forms of performance and protest?    This session, approved for the 2018 Northeast Modern Language Association in Pittsburgh, April 12-15th, aims to explore the explosion of activist communications online and in the streets to discover how they constitute new genres, forms, and modes of literacy. Papers on Women’s and Climate March posters, Pantsuit Nation posts, agitprop theater productions, poetry broadsides and posts, and on theories and ethics of activist communication are welcome.  

A Museum of One’s Own: Literature, Space and the Work of Art

updated: 
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:32am
49th annual NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (April 12-15, 2018)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This panel will aim to conceptualize the relationship between literature and the museum in the age of cultural mediation and digital media. We will examine how the imagined and immaterial museum space, as represented in the narrative text, can contribute to redefining the aesthetic experience for the spectator. This will also allow us to explore the critical posture adopted by contemporary authors with respect to the existing configuration of the physical museum space available to the public. The multiplication of stories staged in the museum space raises the question of the type of narratives that the museum experience can offer.

"The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents" Panel in London, April 4-7, 2018

updated: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:19am
EAAS
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 15, 2017

Conference Call for Papers

 

"The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents"

Panel

organized within the framework of the

European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and British Association for American Studies (BAAS)

 “Environment, Place and Protest” conference

King’s College London, University College London, and the British Library

London

4-7 April 2018

 

 

CFP for ACLA Convention in Los Angeles  March 29-April 1, 2018  Tropical Disasters: New Approaches from the Environmental Humanities

updated: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:49pm
Charlotte Rogers
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities offers new ways of considering tropical disasters.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and similar incidents were once thought to be acts of God or isolated natural occurrences.  New eco-critical approaches to the field, however, challenge the separation between human activity and environmental events.  

Minor Print Cultures of the Nineteenth-Century United States

updated: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:43pm
Northeast Modern Language Association 2018 Annual Convention
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

49th NeMLA Annual Convention

April 12-15, 2018 / Pittsburgh, PA

"Minor Print Cultures of the Nineteenth-Century United States" (Panel)

"Wonderwoman: Comic Myth or Idealized Icon?"

updated: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:49pm
NeMLA Annual Conference 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 25, 2017

We know the four tenets of True Womanhood and understand the Feminine Mystique. But, today, what gender role prescriptions still proliferate concerning domesticity and work, family affairs and public relationships? Anne-Marie Slaughter tells us women still can’t have it all. Barbara Spar shreds the Superwoman myth. But, Ariana Huffington tells us we can THRIVE if we just have the third metric. These three notably professional women have differing views. Can and should women decorate like the Gaines, cook like the Barefoot Contessa, thrive professionally like Huffington, be sexy as Kim Kardashian, not miss kids’ soccer practices, and all the while smiling? Has or can contemporary women break out of the American ideological boundaries?

Conflicted Spaces: Queer/Trans Relationships to Ideas of Safety and Space

updated: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:54pm
Megan Paslawski / NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This panel seeks papers that discuss the historical and cultural relationships between queerness/transness and ideas of safe spaces. Focal points may include, but are not limited to, college campus, gayborhoods, and the queer/trans internet. Areas of particular interest encompass the effects of the “non-profit industrial complex” on LGBTQ understandings of their needs, intergenerational mentorship and the relationship of the “traumatized past” to the “safe future,” how race, class, and gender affect queer ideation of safeness, utopian impulses in striving for safe spaces, and the relationship of queer theory to the resurgence of identity politics.

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