In his 2012 essay “On Failing to Make the Past Present,” Stephen Best argues that the slave archive is not always “a ready prism for apprehending the black political present,” pressuring contemporary scholars to make a distinction between today’s political crises and black diasporic history. And yet, recent political regressions force us to re-examine how our current moment may be informed by and understood through the optics of abolition, emancipation, and reconstruction. This panel seeks to re-focus current critical thought on the links between the traumatic past and the historical present by examining how the poetry of slavery accentuates—and even depends upon—these linkages.
Call for Papers: The Confidential Clerk (Vol.4)
The Confidential Clerk (ISSN 2454-6100), an open-access and peer-reviewed journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies, Jadavpur University, seeks contributions for its 2018 issue.
In Retrospect: Ellis Bell, Emily Bronte and their Wuthering Heights
We are happy to announce that in June 2018 Cha will be publishing a special “Writing the Philippines” issue. Submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art are accepted between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2018. If you have something original to say about the Philippines, we would like to hear from you. Please note that we can only accept submissions in English or translated into English.
Women have played a major role in the poetics and politics of the West Coast Language Poetry movement based in the San Francisco Bay area. This panel proposal, for the American Literature Association My 24-27 in San Francisco, would consider the important contributions of female poets both solo and in collaboration, including Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman, Erica Hunt, Rae Armantrout, Leslie Scalapino, Beverly Dahlen and many others in propelling and sustaining one of America’s most radical literary movements, both aesthetically and politically, since the early 1970s.
Please email, to Dr. Alice Rutkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org), by Fri Feb 9 an attached Word document that includes: 1) title of paper with 250-300 word abstract 2) contact information 3) a brief bio statement (no longer than 60 words) and 4) any a/v requirements. Decisions will be made by Mon Feb 12 in time for scholars to – if need be- submit to the general call deadline of Feb Feb 16.
Politics and Poetics in Contemporary Poetry: Visibility, Anger, Bodies and Resistance
Call for Papers
The Second CounterText Conference: The Post-Literary
University of Malta, Valletta Campus, 6-8 April 2018
The second CounterText conference will be held at the University of Malta, between the 6th and the 8th April 2018. The theme of the conference is ‘The Post-Literary’.
The Evelyn Scott Society invites abstracts of 1-2 pages on the American writer Evelyn Scott (1893-1963) for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado on November 7-11, 2018.
Papers may focus on any of her works (novels, memoir, poetry, letters, young adult literature), and they may take any contemporary critical approach. Following from the conference theme of “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas,” we are especially interested in papers that explore those themes in Scott’s work and/ or that of her contemporaries. Conference themes include:
•Writing the fight: social justice, resistance, and protest in poetry and prose
As one of the most highly-regarded, well-published of the ground-breaking Bay Area Language Poets to emerge in the 1970s—and also as a theorist, translator, publisher, and in recent decades a UC Berkeley professor—Lyn Hejinian is one of the most accomplished innovative writers in contemporary America. This panel, which will be proposed for the American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018), will examine Hejinian’s stunning oeuvre from a variety of critical perspectives. Paper proposals should include a title, 500-word description, the potential presenter’s short professional bio (publications, awards, academic rank and affiliation). Query ASAP for more information. Polished proposal DEADLINE: Jan.
Papers on any aspect of British seventeenth-century literature (including Restoration), for the annual meeting of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Oct 4-6, 2018. Email 200-300 word proposals, by March 1, to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member by April 1 to be listed in the program.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Frontiers, Encounters: Celan and Philosophy
Forty-Second Annual Conference of the German Studies Association
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 27th-30th, 2018
The poem must clear a way between silence and discourse. Lacoue-Labarthe