The superhero-as-outsider has been a narrative told for decades since Superman’s parents sent him on a rocket from Krypton to Earth. The immigration narrative is closely aligned with extraterrestrial heroes, including refugees such as the Martian Manhunter and Icon. Yet a superhero does not have to be from another planet to experience the process of immigration: in just X-Men, Charles Xavier, Deadpool, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Storm all work outside their nations of birth, and Magneto forms Genosha as an international sanctuary for mutants persecuted by their governments. Recent films such as Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther examine the challenges of being forced out of one’s home and taking on the role of an exile.
cultural studies and historical approaches
EUDORA WELTY and MYSTERY
Eds. Jacob Agner and Harriet Pollack
Edited Collection CFP
INFLUENCE, DISINFORMATION, AND POWER IN EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS
January 17th,18th, 19th, 2019
UNIVERSITY OF CAEN-NORMANDY, FRANCE
In his book Power: A New Social Analysis(1938), the British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: “The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.”
Please consider attending or joining the panel of the following roundtable session at the 2019 NEMLA conference this spring. In case you are unfamiliar, a roundtable does not require a paper submission, just an abstract of your informal presentation: “Roundtable — 3-8 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience” (NEMLA).
Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory calls for the December issue of the Journal, welcoming a non-themed collection of papers written by established scholars and young researchers alike. Would-be contributors are invited to send articles illustrating the complexities of their field of choice, engaging with the literary and cultural theory so as to promote reading in a customized framework that privileges interdisciplinarity and self-reflection. We highly appreciate critical efforts to tackle contemporary fictional works while connecting them to philosophical attempts to theorize their cultural context. Especially encouraged are cultural, historical, and theoretical considerations suspicious of grand narratives.
We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels and/or individual papers. Sessions are scheduled in 1-½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. We encourage the submission of topics on African American and African-derived performance and culture.
Should you or any of your colleagues be interested in submitting a proposal or have any questions, please contact:
E. Gaynell Sherrod, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Department of Dance and Choreography
Virginia Commonwealth University
1315 Floyd Avenue
P.O. Box 843007
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3007
CFP: NeMLA 2019 panel
Washington, DC: March 21-24, 2019 (deadline 9/30/18)
The boom in contemporary scholarship on transmedia storytelling, media convergence, and narrative remediation has largely focused on the interactions between old and new media modes in our digital age. But to what extent have literary narratives exhibited similarly transformative cross-media/cross-genre exchanges during earlier periods in media history? This panel examines how literary fiction was adapted, remediated, and remixed by popular media and performance platforms during the mass culture explosion of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February, 21-23, 2019.
CFP for a panel I am organizing at the 2019 meeting of NeMLA in Washington, DC (March 21 to 24). To submit a proposal, please go to https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html. The panel description is as follows: