From campaign slogans found on the walls in the ruins of Pompeii to lapel pins worn at the inauguration of George Washington in 1789 to today’s t-shirts, “I Voted” stickers, and protest signs, politics and material culture have always been interlinked. In a January 2016 interview, President Barack Obama was asked to discuss an object that held personal meaning for him. He chose to bring several items given to him by supporters, among them a rosary, a small statue, and a metal poker chip. Obama described how looking at these objects and carrying them in his pocket reminds him of the people he has met along his career, their stories, and his responsibilities to them.
45th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900
23–25 February 2017
One of the surest of tests is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
— T. S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood (1920)
The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites proposals for papers exploring the broad theme of “Indebtedness & Influence” in literature and culture since 1900.
Possible starting points for this topic include:
Religions (ISSN 2077-1444, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions) is currently running a Special Issue "The Buddhist Imagination: Visions and Narratives" which is guest edited by Prof. Dr. Francisca Cho of Georgetown University.
Envisioning asylum / engendering crisis http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ed/crde-call-for-papers
Co-editors: Dr Emma Cox (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Caroline Wake (University of New South Wales, Sydney)
We are inviting submissions for a forthcoming edited volume that analyse and survey folk narratives from India’s Northeast. The eight north-eastern states—Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim—have a wealth of narratives that are likely to function as alternative history beyond the generic cultural and geographical assumptions of the history of the Northeast as part of a ‘greater’ Indian history. The polyphonic potential of these narratives can be explored in multiple ways including historical, literary, sociological and political, but not exclusively such.
Since its emergence, cinema has been preoccupied with the relationship between film and politics, and across its long history filmmakers have explored the relationship between film and social change. This history seemed to reach its apogee in the 1960s with the global explosion of radical filmmakers intent on exploring cinema’s revolutionary capacities. Of these movements, Godard’s political modernist cinema and Latin American third cinema are the most well-known and have since come to stand as both the height and limit of a politically committed film practice.
This roundtable addresses the negotiation of the textual authority of those who call themselves or are called "women" vis à vis critical approaches in feminist and translation theory. The convergence of feminist and translation studies allows for the examination of power differentials in relation to women's roles as authors, translators, and activists. Moreover, this criticism has been useful in revealing the historical and present silencing of women's contributions as cultural agents. The goal of this roundtable is to consider how translation brings global and historical feminisms into dialogue, and in doing so, challenges legacies of hegemonic cultural authority.
Proposed Seminar for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) in Utrecht, The Netherlands (July 6-9, 2017)
Luisa Banki, University of Wuppertal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Franziska Humphreys, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (email@example.com)
Materiality and Affect of Reading
13–15 December 2016
Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon, Korea
The world has entered into the age of universal economic crisis. In this second decade of the twenty-first century, the long shadow of economic downturn and instability looms over not only traditionally underdeveloped countries and regions, but the superpowers of global economy, such as the US, the EU, and China. At the time when economy is at once a global priority and the source of worldwide anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, and when economic crisis seems to accelerate the crisis of humanities and higher education, the ELLAK will organize an international forum to reconfigure the interface of literature and economy and redefine the social parameters of literary studies.
Canadian Review of American Studies, a journal published by the University of Toronto, is seeking review articles for upcoming issues. Typically, a review article surveys three recently published books that explore similar or intersecting themes, summarizing the main issues raised between texts and offering a critical perspective of the given field.
CRAS is currently accepting review article submissions on a wide range of topics in the context of American literature, culture, and politics.
Please contact the Reviews Editor, Chris Vanderwees, with any questions or suggestions pertaining to review articles.