The idea that African-Americans are actual and full-fledged citizens of the United States is not a new one; the racism that prevents that idea to flourish is also not new. Recent events, including the death of Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr. in Baltimore, have brought to the fore the question of whether or not the United States values its black citizens, and extends to them the same rights as it does to its non-black citizens. The historical record has much to say on this point, but the literary record also is instructive in perceptions of race in the United States.
Call for Abstracts
Policing in the 21st Century
CALLS FOR PAPERS AND CREATIVE PRESENTATIONS
JOHN R. MILTON WRITERS' CONFERENCE:
POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBILITIES / IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITIES:
GEOGRAPHIC, AESTHETIC, GENDERED, RACIAL, AND HISTORICAL FRONTIERS
OCTOBER 27-29, 2016
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA
CFP: Possible Impossibilities / Impossible Possibilities: Geographic, Aesthetic, Gendered, Racial, and Historical Frontiers (7/15/16; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, October 27-29, 2016)
Jack London Society 13th Biennial Symposium, September 15-18, 2016, Napa Valley College, Napa Valley, California
Panel for the 2017 NeMLA Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (Marriott Waterfront, March 23-26, 2017). Deadline Sept. 30, notification no later than October 15, 2016.
Abstracts must be submitted online to: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/Dashboard
Membership in NeMLA required.
Description of Panel:
Children and Childhood Studies (CCS) focuses on the societal, cultural, and political forces that shape the lives of children and the concept of childhood contemporaneously and throughout history. CCS research may originate in any discipline, including: the humanities, the behavioral and social sciences, or the hard sciences. We especially encourage multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research.
SAMLA 2016 Special Session:
Poetry of Escape and Resistance: Utopian and Dystopian Poetic Forms:
The Marxist Literary Group welcomes a wide range of paper proposals concerning Marxism, but papers addressing the SAMLA 88 theme (Utopia/Dystopia) are especially welcome. Interested panelists should submit a 250 word abstract and any A/V requirements to Emma C. Baughman, University of Rhode Island, at email@example.com by June 9, 2016.
October 19-20, 2017
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon (France)
Thoreau from across the pond
Organized by Julien Nègre (ENS de Lyon)
François Specq (ENS de Lyon)
and Laura Dassow Walls (University of Notre Dame)
From imperious TV network executives to “golden gut” programmers, star performers, influential independent producers, broadcast and cable TV mavericks, and auteurist showrunners—all of these individuals have struggled to leave their mark on mainstream and alternative television. From the early pioneering days of network television in the 1940s to the present-day hypercompetitive, multiplatform TV program milieu, these figures have strived to interpret and comprehend public taste in order to produce and distribute programming that satisfies a wide range of audiences, advertisers, and subscribers.
The Society for the Study of the American Short Story seeks papers for a panel on the American graphic short story to be held at an international symposium on the short story. The conference will convene in Savannah, October 20-22, 2016, at the Hyatt Hotel.
The broadcast of the miniseries adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots, which aired in January of 1977, became a ratings bonanza, a cultural touchstone, and a defining moment in the representation of African Americans in popular media. 40 years later, the impact of Alex Haley’s novel and the ABC miniseries continues to be felt, most notably in the recent History Channel “reboot” of the miniseries, but also in less obvious but more profound ways.
One legacy of literary studies’ long love affair with post-structuralism has been a continuing reluctance to engage the concept of totality except in order to contest or deconstruct it. Two exceptions that prove this general trend are capitalism and ecology, and one could argue that it is precisely because both are still arguably acceptable as totalizing concepts that they continue to serve as productive sites of inquiry. Beyond these two instances, however, totality seems to have gone the way of closely related relics of Western metaphysics such as universality, objectivity, and the absolute: a conceptual category to be taken seriously only by the naive, dogmatic, or otherwise insufficiently critical reader.
This book project tries to produce an outline for the diversification of literature and political writings. The book covers many disciplines ranging from political literature, gender politics, identity politics, minority politics, to ideologized writing, censorship, rhetoric and aestheticism of politics, and gendered literature.
In their essay “Surface Reading: An Introduction,” Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus famously trouble the premises of ideological critique. Far from enacting political revolution, Best and Marcus contend, critique’s generally “excessive emphasis on ideological demystification” tends to lose the very object it aims to interpret in a welter of theoretical argument that the literary object ultimately must serve. To recenter the literary object in scholarship, Best and Marcus suggest, among other strategies, a reconception of the role of critic à la sociologist Bruno Latour. For Latour, the critic “is not the one who debunks, but the one who assembles”—most powerfully through what he calls Actor-Network Theory. As opposed to plumbing the depths of a text, A