How is individual or collective identity constituted by, or articulated in terms of, ability(ies), broadly conceived? How is such identity expressed in opposition to its other(s), whether in- or dis-ability per se or a specific dis/in/differently abled other? What follows from such constitution or articulation?
Drugs and spices have long been at the center of global trade, but the concept of “drug” in its modern, Western sense is particularly derived from interactions with cultural “others.” Thinkers such as Jacques Derrida have written on the ancient Pharmakon and its relationship to signification and sacrifice.
Although much has changed in the academy in the last fifty years, many struggles related to gender and the “traditional notions” of the roles women fulfill and the roles men fulfill in the academy have remained strikingly rigid, to the detriment of individuals as well as to the collective institution. Women still bear a service burden disproportionate to that of their male colleagues, still struggle with childbearing and childrearing choices that men in the academy do not face in the same way, and still face sexism and sexual harassment that their male counterparts escape. For women of color, the burdens are magnified.
SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 2–4, 2018 ◆ Sheraton Birmingham ◆ Birmingham, Alabama
SAMLA is again pleased to offer prospective participants the opportunity to submit abstracts to a General Call for Papers. The General Call for Papers will be used to build programming from accepted abstracts that did not resonate with any of our currently published CFPs.
Papers will be presented as part of a panel at the 2019 Northeast MLA convention in Washington D.C., which will take place from March 21-24, 2019.
Proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2018. For enquiries, contact Gayatri Devi at email@example.com.
The digital age is changing the way we access the past. Previously, writers often accepted family lore, the recollections of elders, as a way to access the past. However, in the digital age, lore may be proven false. A recent post on a Facebook Ancestry.com group reported that a common disappointment for many users is that their DNA results indicate no Native American ancestry despite family legend of a great-grandmother “Cherokee Princess.”
Social perceptions of madness continually inform interpersonal and policy decisions in the US, notable of late in the shooting of unarmed, non-violent mad people of color; the use of mental “unfitness” to disparage Donald Trump; and the equation of madness with violence after school shootings. Contemporary discussions of how to surveil, restrict, and value those identified as “mad,” mentally and emotionally disabled, or distressed demonstrate the significance of Mad Studies work in the humanities.
While young people have always occupied an important place in world literature, such characters, because they embody both transition and awakening, can offer a helpful angle from which to examine francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures.
Anthem Studies in South Asian Literature, Aesthetics and Culture will encourage a trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural understanding of South Asian ways of doing literature, thinking and performing culture, linguistic philosophy that links South Asian Studies with global studies. The series will be a vibrant ground for the study of a critical and radical aesthetics in South Asia, one that is in cross-dialogue with other traditions and cultures of thinking and thought. Titles will include intellectual biographies, critical introductions, socio-literary studies, and cover events or phenomenon related to South Asian literatures and cultures.