From 'flyover country' to 'coastal liberals,' from the 'American heartland' to 'urban elites'--the 2016 presidential election engendered numerous debates about where the allegedly 'real' America lies. Beyond displaying political divisiveness, each invocation stylizes a vision of the United States that stands as an alternative to the presumed political and cultural mainstream, each locates 'real' America in a different place, and each constitutes an attempt at making alternative voices heard--from Americans who feel un- or misrepresented by politicians or neglected by the media, thus trying to reassert themselves into the public sphere.
Department of American Literature and Culture, in cooperation with the Video Game Research Center, is organizing a two-day international conference “ExRe(y) 2018. Exhaustion and Regeneration in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture.”
We seek proposals for papers and panels that focus on the topic of exhaustion and regeneration in American and Canadian literature and visual culture (film, visual arts, video games, television, and others) of the last seventeen years, from the year 2000 to the present day.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
Call for Submissions
East – West Cultural Passage is an internationally-listed, peer-reviewed journal in the field of the Arts and Humanities, published biannually by Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania. Submissions are now accepted for its two 2017 issues. The journal seeks quality essays in the fields of language, literature, culture, civilization and religion. Scholars are strongly encouraged to submit original articles that have not been published elsewhere, nor are currently under review in any other journal. We regret that we are unable to accept multiple submissions. Papers presented at conferences may be submitted only if they have been thoroughly revised or extended.
SHORT FORM CFP:
This panel examines the relationship between the contemporary poetry community’s call for “poetry of resistance” and the particular locations or spaces that such poems represent. Papers may examine how particular locations or spaces define the language of resistance or how poetic resistance defines particular locations or spaces. How is resistance defined locally, globally, geographically, environmentally, or personally in poetry? And how does poetry define the relationship between resistance and location?
Send 250-300 word abstracts to Kirsten Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2017.
Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out
'The boundary between the animal and the human has long been unstable, especially since the Victorian period. Where the boundary is drawn between human and animal is itself an expression of political power and dominance, and the ‘animal’ can at once express the deepest fears and greatest aspirations of a society' (Victorian Animal Dreams, 4).
'The animal, like the ghost or good or evil spirit with which it is often associated, has been a manifestation of the uncanny' (Timothy Clark, 185).
ACLA Seminar: Race and Materialisms
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in California remains under-researched. The MLA International Bibliography shows 50 scholarly works on The Last Tycoon, out of more than 2,300 scholarly works in that bibliography for just Fitzgerald. This session will explore Fitzgerald’s years in Hollywood, as a writer and as his works have been adapted. Submissions may consider works Fitzgerald wrote in California, including Tender Is the Night, The Last Tycoon, “The Pat Hobby Stories,” and his screenwriting for United Artists, MGM, and freelance, as well as his estrangement with Zelda, his alcoholism, and his death. Submissions that consider adaptations of Fitzgerald’s works for film are also welcome.
This pedagogical roundtable welcomes proposals that offer innovations for teaching Fitzgerald's many works. How does his literature speak to the Jazz Age and major moments in United States and global history? How can works such as The Great Gatsby clarify studies of ecology, urban environments, photography, and other topics? Proposals that consider the author’s lesser researched works are encouraged.
Submit 300-word abstracts by September 30th with a free account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17003.
Spike Jonze is a celebrated director whose deeply philosophical film work crosses boundaries between studio and independent modes of production, genre entertainment and experimentalism. Jonze's oeuvre includes highly regarded feature films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are and Her), commercials, music videos and shorts; he is also a prolific producer and actor. Across his work, Jonze investigates the vagaries of contemporary American culture with a particular interest in themes of identity fluidity, loss and grief, American celebrity cultures, storytelling and metacognition, nurturance and development, technology and surveillance, evolution and sociobiology, memory and fantasy.
Inaugural Conference of the 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Network
Conference website: http://clabi4.wixsite.com/1819network/2018-conference
University of Colorado Boulder
Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28, 2018