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Queer Subjects and the Contemporary United States

updated: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
Christopher W. Clark, University of East Anglia
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 26, 2017

A one-day colloquium at the University of East Anglia, U.K.

Hosted by the School of Art, Media, and American Studies.

Saturday 5th August 2017

 

Keynote speaker: Sam McBean (Queen Mary, University of London)

 

Religion and the Formation of US Literary Histories (Roundtable)

updated: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
MLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture (Oxford UP, 2016), Jeffery Einboden writes that his "excavat[ion]" of "Arabic and Persion precedents that shaped U.S. authorial lives and letters" rests on the ongoing "remappings of U.S. literary origins" which have redefinined the ways we think about authorship, nation-states, and literary texts in the wake of the transnational turn.

“Which Side are you on?”: Literature and Activism in America After 1870 MMLA “Art and Activism” Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017

updated: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

“Which Side are you on?”: Literature and Activism in America After 1870

MMLA “Art and Activism”

Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017

 

In recognition of this year’s theme: “Artists and Activists,” the American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that address the connections, contradictions, and tensions between literary production and political activism in America from 1865 to the present.

Possible topics for discussion include:

Barbara Kopple Collection

updated: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
EUP--ReFocus
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 17, 2017

We are currently soliciting abstracts for The Films of Barbara Kopple, one of the scholarly editions to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press in a new series of anthologies examining overlooked American film directors. Series editors are Robert Singer and Gary D. Rhodes.

“Alternative Facts” and Fictions: Multiplicity, Indeterminacy, and the 2016 Presidential Election

updated: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:57am
MLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

This MLA roundtable will reconsider the “Theory” debates of the 1980s and after in light of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Is poststructuralist “de-centering” somehow complicit in the rise of “alternative facts” of recent newspeak or does it offer a critical bulwark against it?  (This is not a guaranteed session, so the proposal will be submitted once the roundtable is set.)  Please send a 250-word abstract and short biographical blurb by March 10 to David Ben-Merre (benmerdn@buffalostate.edu).

Listening to Refugees

updated: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:57am
albeit journal
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Issue 5.1: Listening to Refugees

albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of literature by and concerning refugees.

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
Fictional accounts of exile
The Jewish diaspora
Literature of political disillusionment
The role of nostalgia in displaced writers
Being “at home” in America
Trauma and/as emigration
Representations of exile in comics and graphic novels

Social Activism in American Religious Literature (MMLA 2017)

updated: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:59am
American Religion and Literature Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panel at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association convention, November 9-12, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.

Session title: “Social Activism in American Religious Literature” 

MLA 2018: Langston Hughes' "Let America Be America Again" Revisited

updated: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Wallis Baxter, Langston Hughes Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention will be held from January 4-7, 2018, in New York, NY. The Langston Hughes Society, as part of its continued commitment to honor the life and the legacy of Langston Hughes, will once again host a panel. Interested participants are encouraged to develop a proposal on the subject of "Let America Be America Again” Revisited. 

In the midst of the current sociopolitical climate and the Trump Era’s aim to “Make America Great Again,” it is important that we consider how Hughes speaks to the least, left out, and left behind within America. Specifically, how does Hughes engage the lower class, the immigrant, and the economically disadvantaged, and what insight does he offer in our current context?

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