This panel seeks to explore what it means to feel/be uneasy. How are feelings of unease depicted: what are the movements; what are the affects; what (if any) are the boarders of unease? Is there a difference in representations of unease in literature, film, fine arts, etc.; or the proliferation of unease in contemporary cultural studies? In her feminist critiques of happiness and phenomenology, Sara Ahmed notes how feelings of unease can saturate a body or environment: “The word ‘comfort’ suggests well-being and satisfaction, but it also suggests an ease and an easiness. To follow the rules of [heteronormativity] is to be at ease in a world that reflects back the form one inhabits as an ideal.
“The Withering of the State?”
2018 English Department Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Illinois at Chicago
March 10, 2018
Keynote speaker: Corey Robin, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College and author of The Reactionary Mind.
The society which organizes production anew on the basis of free and equal association of the producers will put the whole state machinery where it will then belong—into the museum of antiquities, next to the spinning wheel and the bronze ax. —Friedrich Engels
The upcoming February lectures conference and edited collection will explore how, in contemporary South Africa, queer lives and queer writing intersect with the narratives of colonial history, the actualities of the postcolonial now, and, specifically, the drive towards decoloniality.
We would like to invite chapter contributions that open spaces of discussion and exploration between queer theory and narrative(s) of the contemporary moment in South Africa, but also more generally in the global South, such as:
‘Negative Pleasures: The Cinematic Sublime’
“The Rest” Writes Back: Collapse of the Empire
University L’Orientale, Naples, 8-9 February 2018
2nd Valencia/Napoli Colloquium on Gender and Translation: Translating/Interpreting LSP through a Gender Perspective
CALL FOR PAPERS
Call for Papers, Disability Studies at CEA 2018
April 5-7, 2018 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Disability Studies for our 49th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org
2018 marks the tenth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the beginning of widespread public awareness of the global financial crisis. In contrast to the assertions of experts in the years preceding the crash that the economy was simply too complex for individuals to understand, novels and films have emerged in the past decade as key genres in which to explore the causes and consequences of the financial crisis. This panel seeks to address two primary questions with regard to narratives of the financial crisis:
1) What is their ideological function, and
2) what is their ongoing cultural and historical significance?
Call for Papers
Film Theory & Aesthetics
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
SETC Theatre Symposium Volume 27
“Theatre and Embodiment”
DATES: April 13-15, 2018
LOCATION: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
At the heart of the theatrical act is the simultaneous live presence of the actor and the audience. Given primacy of bodies in and to the theatrical act, how do we understand those bodies as communicating meaning? How do bodies understand themselves as operating within the theatrical or performative context? The 2018 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Theatre Symposium will focus on the interplay between theatre and embodiment. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: