In The Tropics Bite Back, literary scholar Valérie Loichot highlights Maryse Condé’s urging of Caribbean writers to “bite back” (mordre en retour) at their respective colonial powers. One method, which Condé calls ‘literary cannibalism,’ has been employed by authors throughout the African diaspora. Examples include Zora Neale Hurston’s revisiting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in her short story “Spunk”, Condé’s own Windward Heights, a revision of Charlotte Brönte’s Victorian classic, and Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1
Call for Papers
Department of French and Italian
Transparency and Opacity in French Language Literature
Keynote speaker: Prof. Thomas Connolly, Yale University
Polish Association for American Studies Annual Conference
American Studies Center, University of Warsaw,
27-29 October 2016
Transnational American Studies:
Histories, Methodologies, Perspectives
Rob Kroes, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Agnieszka Soltysik-Monnet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Across genres and eras, black women's bodies have existed as hypersexualized sites of desire and objects of inequality. This can be observed from the Hottentot Venus to the minstrel trope of the jezebel to the video vixens of hip-hop. In Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks states that "When race and ethnicity become commodiﬁed as resources for pleasure, the culture of speciﬁc groups, as well as the bodies of individuals, can be seen as constituting an alternative playground where members of dominating races, genders, sexual practices afﬁrm their power-over in intimate relations with the Other." Yet today there are departures from these power relations wherein black women have seized agency through their sexuality.
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the first printing of Thomas More's Utopia, the text that created and provided the name for its own genre. Since the appearance of More's text, utopias have been imagined as unreal realities and worlds where people exist according to a specific vision of an author, whose aim might be justice, art, or an imagined reality with a specific agenda.
We request abstracts that address any aspect of early modern utopianism. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts along with a brief bio or a one page C.V. by May 15, 2016 to: Dr. Ruth McIntyre, email@example.com.
Call for papers
Planned Obsolescence: Texts, theory, technology
Université de Liège (Belgium) - December 8th and 9th, 2016
[Pour le français, voir plus bas.]
Film Adaptation: Theory, Practices, Reception
School of Film Studies and School of English
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
May 25-27, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Deborah Cartmell
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Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas
Literature, Justice, Relation
An Interdisciplinary Canadian Literatures in English Conference
University of Toronto
May 25-27, 2017
Smaro Kamboureli, University of Toronto
Larissa Lai, University of Calgary
Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero? The Politics of Non-Hegemonic Superheroism
Superheroes are, by definition, guardians of law and order, i.e. of the status quo. Not coincidentally, the majority of them—and certainly the most famous ones—are male, straight, and white. Yet there are costumed crime-fighters who do not conform to that tacit rule and serve, in this sense, as examples of what we can call alternative superheroism. Those are the ones this collection of essays will examine.
In keeping with SAMLA's theme for this year, this CFP is inviting papers that focus on the Caribbean in America, with the intent of examining the challenges that Caribbean writers have brought to the American literary landscape. Caribbean Poets and authors of novels, some of whom have been re-defined as African American writers, have been engaged in a discourse that begs the question: "Whose Paradise is it?" The challenge is often equally made to both Caribbean and American cultural idealisms. How effective are these literary works? Why do they matter?
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Southern Humanities Council Conference
The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY, January 26-January 29, 2017
Movements, Flow, Resistance
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 31TH ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE IN THE HUMANITIES
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University of West Georgia (UWG) invite you to celebrate the 31th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, September 22-September 24, 2016. We welcome submissions from across the Humanities, Fine Arts, and the Social and Natural Sciences, dealing with NATURE/CULTURE/COMMERCE and its many crossroads and intersections. Papers, exhibits, performances and screenings may be submitted by scholars, graduate students, writers, artists, and performers. Papers in French, German, or Spanish are welcome when part of a pre-organized panel.
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Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL - Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Extended Deadline: May 15, 2016
The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.
The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.