This session seeks papers on the relationship between literature and healing, broadly conceptualized. As theories and practices such as catharsis and bibliotherapy suggest, literature has functioned, over the course of its history, as a source of healing in times of need; “We need elegies,” Countee Cullen writes in the closing line of a poem entitled “Threnody for a Brown Girl.” The expositions on literature and healing date back to ancient times and continue up to the present: Apollo is not only the god of poetry but also of medicine; Aristotle’s theory of catharsis portrays how tragedies allow readers to experience extremities in safety, as part of the purification of their soul; D. H.
2019 FAU Graduate Arts & Letters Conference
(Re)Envisioning Borders & Communities: Alternative Narratives Amplified
Friday October 25 & Saturday October 26
Themed Section for Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies
Editor: Daniel Cavicchi (Rhode Island School of Design)
Increasing disparities of wealth, inequalities, and unfairness have led to social protests, civil wars, and other forms of unrest in many parts of the world. Extreme climate changes causing droughts, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and other disasters strain already limited and finite resources and have led to social unrest and to displacement and migration of citizens in search of basic necessities: food, water, shelter. Other forces and events have disrupted the stability of Earth’s systems throughout deep time, but the Anthropocene is the only age distinguished by at least the opportunity for human self-awareness and reflexivity regarding the agency of change.
117th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, San Diego (Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019)
This panel invites contributions on mobilities in comics and graphic novels from German-speaking cultures. Mobile experiences may include everyday practices, coming-of-age adventures, transnational travels, colonial expeditions, forced escapes, and homecomings. Papers that address works from different genres and periods, as well as by individual artists or collectives are welcome.
CFP: “The Infrastructure of Emergency”
S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition
In recognition of Black Theatre scholar and educator, S. Randolph Edmonds, The Black Theatre Network instituted the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition in 1988.
This competition seeks to encourage research and scholarship in Black Theatre. The competition supports the overall mission of BTN: to expose the beauty and complexity of the inherited theatre work of our African American ancestors as well as preserve and develop Black Theatre’s unique art form.
PACIFIC ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION 2019
FILM AND LITERATURE PANEL
Conference date: 17 October 2019
Submission deadline: 3 June 2019
Conference location: Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom
In a culture that valorises busyness, productivity, pace and “progress”, stillness can be radical. Refusing, ignoring, omitting, not doing; sometimes the most political actions look like doing nothing at all. But who gets to not do? When and how is not doing a politicised, racialised, privileged, resistant or utopian act?
Boosted by Barak Obama’s revolutionary usage of social media in 2008 to mobilize young voters and energize a new party base, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign also sought to make strategic use of social media platforms—as did her opponent’s, with dramatically different results. In 2019, rising political star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been acknowledged as a master of social media for her usage of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—platforms where her followers number in the millions. For AOC, strategic utilization of social media in a limited congressional district campaign led directly to national prominence and increased presence within traditional print and television media platforms for her policy propositions.