Autistics Speak: Narrative Challenges to Neurotypical Dominance
Performing Gender in the Middle East
Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:
The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association is calling for papers for its 69th annual convention! This Special Topics panel on late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century English and American literature has returned for another year of discovery and discussion. This time around, the panel should center on prose, poetry, or theater from the 1870s-1930s that, in some measure, had been "based on a true story" or had engaged with the notion that "truth is stranger than fiction." We welcome presentations pertaining to historical fiction, true-crime fiction, auto/biographical fiction, memoir, travelogue, satire, or other kinds of writing -- published in a variety of venues -- depicting or otherwise representing actual persons or events.
ASA 2015 CFP: Reproductive Monsters: Wretched Mothers' Resistance
Proposals on critical work on film adaptations of American literature: ALA conference May 21-24, 2015
full name / name of organization:
Cinema, Television, Film Association
CFP: Literature/Film Panel: Recent Work on Film Adaptations of American literature(American Literature Association Conference: Boston.; May 21-24, 2015.) Deadline for proposals: January 25, 2014.
COMPOSITION, CREATIVE AND CRITICAL WRITING, AND NEW MEDIA
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, JONESBORO, AR
The Radical Writes Conference is a graduate student conference that highlights writers who produce innovative and distinctive creative and critical work in its multitude of forms. Students are welcome to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction or works pertaining to composition and rhetoric, critical theory, literature, and related fields of study. In addition to conference participants' presentations, conference attendees can expect panels on topics related to professionalization and opportunities for networking with publishers.
Even as late as 1928, Ella Lonn found it necessary in _Desertion During the Civil War_ to offer the qualified hope that the question of desertion, "which could scarcely have found a tolerant reading a few decades ago," might be received by a more generous audience. This panel echoes Lonn's qualified hope as it asks for papers that consider desertion not in terms of cowardice, but in terms of allegiance. To whom or to what is the deserter allied, and how might that allegiance operate as a way of resistance? Does the willingness to leave one site of misery for another, potentially more miserable, site provide an alternative logic of desertion?
In 1844, Canada and the USA played a cricket match at the St. George's Club in New York, which is now the site for NYU's Medical Centre. This long-forgotten match was the first international sporting event of the modern era, predating the revival of the Olympic Games by more than 50 years. Since then, cricket's place in the cultural imaginary of North America has been displaced by the emergence of baseball and hockey as the national sports of the USA and Canada. This piece of historical trivia serves as a line of departure for the panel to investigate how sports have engaged with—by perpetuating, resisting, institutionalizing—the hegemonic narratives of the nation-state.
American Literature Association
May 21-24, 2015
WALT WHITMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Whitman and Social Theory
Leaves of Grass has long been a literary touchstone for ideas about nineteenth-century social formations of gender, sexuality, race, and class. Lately, though, Walt Whitman seems to be less a poet of social experience than a full-blown theorist of sociological issues like embodiment, socialization, object relations, crowds, and culture. This session seeks papers that examine Whitman's studies and interpretations of social phenomena, and trace the subsequent uses of his work as a theoretical resource to comprehend modern social problems.