The mass popularity of science fiction (sf) has shaped the racial politics of popular culture. Through the art and science of governing the complex relationships of people in society in the context of authority, arbitrary, yet traditional, divisions of human beings along lines of color (Caucasian, Negro, Mongoloid, and Latino) have been mirrored in science fiction. In short, skin color matters in our visions of the future. Though W.E.B. DuBois articulates "the color line" as "the problem of the twentieth century" well over a hundred years ago (41), it still remains a fearsome and complicated twenty-first century problem. This problem challenges, compromises, if not corrupts, all endeavors to build a better, more progressive world.
'A Self-Conscious Voice' - an Exploration of Expatriation and Literature
A post-graduate conference at the University of Bristol on May 11th, 2011
Recent landmark works in imperial historiography by such noteworthy scholars as John Darwin, James Belich, and Simon Potter have noted how conceptions of the British Empire began to change over the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Where before overseas migration to the colonies had born an innate stigma, the development of faster communication technologies, the expansion of international finance capital, and the emergence of a cultural sense of pan-Britishness all contributed to a reevaluation of the role of settler colonies within the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Technology and Modernity
Seeking several articles to round out work-in-progress on:
THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE
Editor: Karen Elizabeth Bishop
Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:
So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps
In Christian tradition love it is not an attitude, a relation, a feeling, or a condition sufficient unto itself. Love requires action, deeds. Sometimes, great deeds and other times, small ones, hidden from view, invisible but effective no less. Christian tradition also promises a messiah who will bring peace, whose kingdom is the most peaceable. While this implies a kingdom ordered by love, Jesus is still the Prince of Peace and not the Prince of Love--at least in the prophet Isaiah.
Transitions 2 is a one day symposium devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodoogies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is to spark debate and address a wide spectrum of questions.
We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words for twenty minute papers on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:
The 3rd annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 23-24, 2011 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research.
A TWO‐DAY CONFERENCE ON INDIAN CINEMA AND THE CITY
3 – 4 November 2011
Organized By Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
CinemaSpace proposes to bring together scholars working on Indian cinema in an attempt to refocus our attention on questions of technology, aesthetics and the production of cinematic space. The structuring of the cinematic city will be the organizing thread of the conference. The city here is understood as a placeholder for bringing together and delineating concerns of aesthetics, technology, modernity and development.