We understand racial capitalism as a global phenomenon hinged on long, connected histories of dispossession and labor across geographies and temporalities. Cedric Robinson’s pioneering Black Marxism emphasizes the tendency for capitalism “not to homogenize but to differentiate–to exaggerate regional, subcultural, and dialectical differences into racial ones.” Investigating how capital draws upon differences within Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean attunes us to otherwise obscured dynamics. What histories, archives, literatures, and methods expand the vocabulary for racial capitalism to account for the specificities of diverse contexts?
This seminar for the 2021 annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association investigates the intersections and divergences among literary, sociocultural, and political-economic species of entitlement and the mechanisms of complicity that perpetuate them. It examines intertwined modes of domination and exploitation including, but not limited to:
-overtly predatory forms of droit du seigneur; Sadean (and sadistic) forms of aristocratic sexual predation; white supremacist and toxic masculinities; systems of slavery and servitude; and the “pornotropological” rhetorics and practices (identified by Hortense Spillers) that pathologize black and brown bodies; and
“Memory believes before knowing remembers, believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.” In this passage from Light in August, Faulkner articulates memory’s persistence. His recognition that emotionally charged memories linger even as details fade is why, for Faulkner, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
We inhabit a post-critical moment. In literary and cultural studies, the post-critical turn has yielded new modes of reading, while galvanizing new efforts to think beyond—challenging or perhaps circumventing altogether—the limits of critique. These efforts are not limited, however, to the fields of literary and cultural studies; they track suggestively with new tendencies in contemporary philosophy, namely “New Realism” and its polemic antagonism towards the (loosely branded) legacy of critical theory, which has arguably held a theoretical monopoly in spheres of the humanities not taken with the scientific worldview.
Call for Participants:
Syncopation, Synchrony, and the Art of Listening to Others
The Existential Psychology Group with the Performance Philosophy International Network seeks participants to create a Key Group for the 5th biennial Performance Philosophy conference, which will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from June 9-12, 2021.
The Performance Philosophy network aims to create a non-hierarchical and inclusive conference. Instead of individual keynote speakers, the conference invites proposals from key groups.
Call for Participants
Scenes of Struggle: Rethinking the Politics of Performativity Today
Organized by Ryan Anthony Hatch (Cal. Poly.-San Luis Obispo) and Joseph Cermatori (Skidmore College)
By considering antifascism’s historical aspirations to destroy fascism alongside Derrida’s neologistic distinction of deconstruction from Heidegger’s phenomenological Destruktion of metaphysics, the organizers of this seminar seek papers that probe the possibilities and limits of conceptualizing deconstruction as/toward an anti-fascism. Among questions to consider are: Is there room in anti-fascism for a deconstruction that both semantically and philosophically distances itself from outright destruction? Must a deconstruction of fascism specify the “anti” of “anti-fascism,” perhaps through an analysis of deconstruction’s critique of dialectical thinking (à la Deleuze)?
Call for Papers
Special Latin American Issue of Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Guest Editor: João Cezar de Castro Rocha (Full Professor of Comparative Literature at State University of Rio de Janeiro—UERJ)
According to Walter Benjamin, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end”; we are losing “the ability to share experiences.” Without storytelling, which was once “a capability that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions,” we are fragmented into a piece of “information” and isolate ourselves in what is believed to be subjectivity (“The Storyteller”). And yet, in exceptional situations, storytelling appears still possible. For example, when the northeast Japan was struck by the earthquake and tsunami disaster, after initial muteness and banal narrativization by the major media (which was indeed a disaster for storytelling), there emerged stories among the survivors.
The representational challenges of climate change, unending environmental disaster, and the Anthropocene have spurred lively debates about realism, its uses or limits, and its antinomies. This seminar seeks to create an opportunity for a comparative aesthetics of realism, and to think deeply about realism and its antinomies in relation to climate change.
The esteemed American Comparative Literature Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting is now fully virtual and will take place April 8-11, 2021. Please find details below about an exciting opportunity to submit a proposal to get involved with the conversation about the ‘contemporary essay’ at the ACLA 2021 virtual conference.
Panel Title: The Contemporary Essay: How Do We Read Them and Who Are They For?
Lucerne Master Classes offer doctoral students from Switzerland and from abroad an intensive exchange with internationally renowned researchers. Selected doctoral students will receive the opportunity to present their work to the other participants and to discuss it with the guest expert.
This collection aims to celebrate the work and influence of Michael Bristol by producing new scholarship on Shakespeare, early modern theater, and their enduring and complicated legacy in our modern world. Bristol’s criticism has left a profound impact on the fields on Shakespeare and early modern studies, in particular as it relates to questions of dramatic agency, theory and philosophy, to matters pertaining to the carnivalesque body, as well as to ideas of cultural production.
Call for Papers Vol. 4, n.2, December 2020
Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics
Guest Editors: Ignacio Iglesias Colillas (Psychoanalyst / PhD_University of Buenos Aires), Giuseppe Martini (Italian Psychoanalytic Society)
Deadline (full paper): 1 December 2020
I am pulling together an Edited Collection called The Metamorphoses of Historical Past: Memory, Representation and Facts and I would like to invite you to consider submitting one or more chapters.
The abstract/call for the Collection is here:
Historical facts are not objects. The ‘historical-real’ is constitutively representational because it is a process. The question of what is a given truth in history becomes the dilemma of creating a representative reconstruction of the process of (past) events that are close to the ‘real’ events as they are given in that specific time.
Published annually in June and December, Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures is seeking essays in critical theory, literature, culture, and translation theory. The submissions deadline is October 15 for the December issue, and April 15 for the June issue. The journal's website is: http://jflc.hunnu.edu.cn/. Submissions should use MLA style and be approximately 4,000-7,000 words. Inquiries are welcome to co-editor Lauri Scheyer at Lramey@calstatela.edu.
This panel addresses epistemic inequality in literary studies: the categories, theories and methods through which we read and conceptualize literature are still determined at the center of global academic production, while peripheral epistemologies often do not circulate beyond national borders and therefore do not take part in the shaping of the discipline.
As a pandemic and international solidarity for Black Lives Matter demand reckoning with crises of a global scale, we propose to rethink German Studies in its constitutive contradiction: formed around a national canon, yet also situated in global networks, the discipline calls for conceptual, aesthetic, and historical reevaluations of cultural-medial forms in motion. Around 1800, Immanuel Kant conceptualized cosmopolitanism without leaving Königsberg, and the decreasingly mobile Goethe projected the idea of world literature from his study in Weimar, suggesting that visions of global circulation often arise in tension with local limitations on mobility.
Call for Papers: St. John’s University Humanities Review Spring 2021 Issue
St. John’s University Humanities Review
“Time in the Time of COVID-19: The Relationship Between Time and Distress”
Deadline for Abstracts: December 19th, 2020
Deadline for First-Draft Submissions: January 23rd, 2021
Editor: Stephanie Montalti
Contact Email: SJUHumanitiesReview@gmail.com
Religion and Theatre Focus Group Call for Papers
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 5-8, 2021
Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary
What does "materiality" mean for the study of literature, culture, and the environment today? Should we replace “outdated” theoretical models (i.e. Marxist materialism) with newer ones or is it possible to establish a productive dialogue between seemingly disparate generations or paradigms of thought?
Seeking papers for a seminar for this year's virtual ACLA--to be held on April 8-11 2021--entitled "Theorize Yourself: Autotheory and Psychoanalysis." Submissions can be made on the ACLA portal through October 31. Description below.
Conversations about autotheory circle around psychoanalysis as a conceptual touchstone, with the understanding that analytic theory, more than serving as one of the fields that autotheoretical writers engage, is itself a parallel discourse. “Freud’s dream” of the theory of the Oedipus complex appears, in one moment, to be an autotheory avant la lettre; in the next, it seems that the birth of psychoanalysis takes place in the sublation of Freud’s self-analysis.
We are proposing the following CFP for ACLA 2021, which will be held virtually.
Times of Metaphor - a symposium on the temporal, metaphorical, and the still and moving image
A one-day symposium at Royal College of Art
June 12th 2021, London UK
The aim of this one-day symposium is to investigate how conceptions of time condition or affect our awareness of metaphorical meaning in still and moving images.
In 2017, Queer Appalachia’s zine Electric Dirt provided a platform to peoples who have historically been marginalized throughout Appalachia, such as LGBTQIA+, African Americans, Latinx, people with disabilities, and Indigenous communities.