The editors of CrossCurrents (www.crosscurrents.org) seeks contributions for a special issue on religious perspectives on climate change. The editors welcome scholarly, activist, experiential, and artistic approaches. We will consider: scholarship in the environmental humanities, religious studies, theology, philosophy of religion, history of religions, comparative religion, and related approaches; personal essays, testimony, witness, memoir, and manifesto; anthropological, ethnographic, and eyewitness accounts of climate activism; and artistic responses to local environments in the midst of change.
The term we still use to designate someone's attachment to a particular language, her potentially flawless competence, or the very "place" for her thoughts to emerge in coherent form, is "mother tongue". We take it to be a natural condition of language acquisition, equally valid for every individual speaker, and thus forget that it is a mere metaphorical reference to the "first" language, spoken by what is referred to, with an even more misleading metaphor, a "native" speaker. Throughout history, the use and connotations of the expression "mother tongue" have undergone several changes. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, the Latin "lingua materna" referred to the vernaculars in opposition to the learned Latin.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Fourth Global Forum of Critical Studies
Asking Big Questions Again
23 - 24 October 2015, Lucca, Italy
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 20th of September 2015
The graduate students of The University of Alabama's Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of English and the TESOL program, invite papers for our sixth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled "The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama.
Proposals about all languages are welcome in, but are not strictly limited to, the following topic strands:
The 47th NeMLA Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, March 17-20 2016
This panel addresses themes of sexual citizenship and sexual identity. Sex can be a form of play, of identity, of expression, of performance, and of reproduction, but not simply disordered in the traditional psychological sense of the word. Sharon Lamb, a leading researcher on sex education and a co-founder on sexualization research notes in her book Sex Education for Caring Schools that faculty in the Liberal Arts need to educate people about sexuality as well. All of us need to address sexuality in our own professions where sex appears on our own terms. Suggested themes are as follows:
Looking for a paper for the Nordic Literature and Culture session on any aspect of Nordic or Scandinavian literature, culture, or film. Please email (by 9/20 at the latest) your name, affiliation, email address of choice, proposed paper title, 50 word abstract, and 100-250 word proposal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Media Review section of Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities seeks reviews of contemporary media at the intersection of Afrofuturism and environmental humanities. The discourse of Afrofuturism has been recognized as an influential postmodern aesthetic, but little work has been done to understand it as a species of environmental thought. Afrofuturism asserts an eschaton beyond white supremacy and colonization by rewriting narratives of space/time travel, the topoi of urban life, and the ethics of spectacular performance. How can these practices be understood in terms of ecological aesthetics, environmental justice, and ecotopia?
This is a call for proposals for chapters to comprise a potential new publication, which has had strong interest from Bloomsbury. Editors of this volume are Dr. Julia Petrov, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada and Dr. Gudrun D. Whitehead, University of Iceland.
Wilson College Humanities Conference
DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College
sponsored by Wilson's M.A. in Humanities Program
The theme of this year's Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with the apocalypse, both in biblical representation and thought as well as more scientific and climactic concern. This Humanities Conference wishes to extend this theme beyond these global concerns to focus on doom. Always impending, doom encapsulates fears for both humanity and the individual. Doom can be personal and communal, practical and rhetorical, quite real or simply hyperbole.
In his recent Antinomies of Realism, Frederic Jameson identifies an unresolvable tension in the realist novel between two impulses. One is familiar enough: it goes under the banner of récit, the tale, or simply "narrative." It's characterized by a movement of progress and a temporality organized by past-present-future. The other impulse, which Jameson calls "affect," is everything that impedes this narrative movement, and in his analysis it is characterized by a dilatory, perpetual presentness.
CFP: Facebook Before Facebook
Seminar at American Comparative Literature Association
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts March 17-20, 2016.
Inspired by Sophie Bessis' La double impasse, this panel invites papers that explore the complex meaning and practice of modernity in the Maghreb, as represented and envisioned in contemporary literature written by women. Some questions to consider: what forms does modernity take and what role does it play in fictional and autobiographical narratives? Are traditions and modernity in some way compatible? Is there a good and a bad way to be modern? Are women able to escape or to embrace modernity? What are the obstacles and associations to it? What are its social and political implications? Who is benefiting from the lack or presence of modernity? Are women proposing new forms of modernity? Which ones?
Volume 2 of Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign begins with "I am alone," which can be taken to mean "I am alone in my world, I end with my world, and my world ends with me." Beyond the ends and limits of my world, I remember, anticipate, and imagine other worlds and the worlds of the other; beyond the end and death of my world, I am remembered, anticipated, and imagined in the world of the other. But what of the distance between these worlds? What hospitality does one world show another? How will what was me and mine alone carry on in the care of the other?
This panel explores literary, artistic, and cinematic representations of Francophone African migrants' fictional or autobiographical homecoming narratives since the 1990s. Particular attention will be given to works that emphasize the representation of real or imagined returns. What are the factors, feelings, and challenges determining the actual or symbolic return process? Are returning migrants agents of change in traditional societies? What forms do take the self-reflection process implicit in the returning migrants' readjustments? All interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.