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Race and Versification in Anglophone Poetry

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:51pm
NeMLA (March 21-24, 2019; Washington D.C.)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Race and Versification in Anglophone Poetry

Studies of versification tend to be silent on race, and with some exceptions (such as Anthony Reed’s 2014 Freedom Time), studies of race and poetic form tend to turn away from the mechanics of versification. As Dorothy Wang argues in Thinking its Presence: Race and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (2014), most accounts of poetic form revolve around the technical accomplishments of white poets, while minority figures are seen as more valuable for their poetry’s social or thematic content. What would happen if nonwhite poets were read for their proficiency with poetic forms, and were made the center of conversations about poetic technique? 

Post-45 vs. The World: Global Perspectives on the Contemporary (NeMLA 2019)

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:26pm
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Much of the work done on the post-45 literary field carries an implicitly Americanist perspective. Even the name of the field suggests a certain literary history, with certain assumptions and blind spots about national spaces, identities, and histories. But what would post-45 look like when considered from outside of the United States? How do the current contours of the field exclude certain voices, either in the United States or elsewhere in the world? And, how would such new perspectives shift the beginning and possible endpoint of that literary period? What new narratives of the contemporary emerge if we begin telling the story in a different year or from a different national or global perspective?

Complications of Eating: Investigating (In)digestion in Literature and Film

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:03pm
Niki Kiviat
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

As recent literary and cultural critics have shown, food, and its presence in literature and film, is not solely linked to corporeal survival. The relationship between food and the body is also one of chemical and physical processes, and of tolerance and rejection (both individual and societal). Food—eating, preparation, choice—therefore also embodies social and cultural nuances and, in their evolution, processes of change. What is more, in the acts of consumption and digestion, food can re-emerge in various, and often socially taboo, ways and, in so doing, highlight sociocultural boundaries and normativities. In other words, food not only reflects on individual biological needs, but it also exposes larger social ontologies.

NeMLA 2019 panel: The Use of Audacity and Candor in Women's Literature (Panel)

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:01pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Audacity” is having a moment in the women’s movement. Festivals, conferences and training sessions have used the term as shorthand for women speaking their truth and owning the power to direct the outcomes of their lives. (The Audacious Women Festival in Scotland and the Audacious Women’s Network in South Africa are two examples.)

Yet audacity is not new. Throughout history, outspoken women writers of fiction, poetry, and plays have positioned themselves in the vanguard of audacity, defying public censure and personal isolation to write candidly about their world. Transgression is a disruptor of patriarchal norms. Candor is transformational when it is deployed to pose questions, shatter stereotypes, and incite change.

ACLA 2019 Seminar: Cli Fi and Beyond

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Brooke Stanley and Martin Premoli
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cli Fi and BeyondSeminar at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2019, at Georgetown University in Washington DC Contact the Seminar Organizers

CFP: Communication and Society: A New Era

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:44pm
NAQD Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

The first “controlled openings” in the Algerian mediatic space occurred in the aftermath of the 1988 social movements. NAQD partially examined this phenomenon in its issue number 8/9 (1995). At this time, the unequal flows of North-South information had been reinforced by the launching of numerous satellites that covered most of the planet. Everywhere, from Tonga to Ahmedabad, trans-border television was deployed without any constraints other than the acquisition of parabolic antennas by the public. In that special issue of NAQD we sought to interrogate the position of television which, in the context of post-modernity, appeared both as a privileged object of mass communication and an instrument of democracy.

NeMLA 2019: Deconstruction and the Legacy of Edward Said

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:01pm
NeMLa 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Edward Said has been called a great many things: humanist, critic, professor of terror. Practitioner of deconstruction, however, has never numbered among them.

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