This year’s NEMLA conference includes focus on transnational spaces and “the complex processes of transculturation.” Since waterways such as oceans and rivers have historically been both media for and a contested sites of such processes, we invite panelists for a proposed session that will explore water and/as transcultural and transnational space. While we are particularly interested in exploring the cultural, political, and imaginative impulses that can work to turn waterways into transcultural spaces, we are equally interested in explorations of the forces that resist processes of transculturation.
world literatures and indigenous studies
While young people have always occupied an important place in world literature, such characters, because they embody both transition and awakening, can offer a helpful angle from which to examine francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures.
This panel will examine what it means to re-imagine a region of the world that continues to occupy the imaginations of, among others, artists and scholars, vacation goers and/or environmentalists. The islands of the Pacific, for instance, were regarded by colonial explorers from Europe as utopias untouched by humankind. Beginning in the twentieth century, some islands were used as military testing sites by the United States and Europe with no regard for the Indigenous people of these locations. And most recently, as literary theorist Aimee Bhang explains, the Pacific “is laden with speculation, mostly of two kinds: one that anticipates the economic potential of the ‘Asian century,’ and another that projects its ecological devastation” (663).
tired bodies, tired worlds
An interdisciplinary graduate student conference
Department of English || University of Chicago
November 15-16, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chairperson of Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute
In a society where urban life recreates otherness, dissolves geographical and social borders, creates transnational spaces and crafts new identities, how do Latinos and Hispanic immigrants of various Latin American regions living in cities in the US (re)build the local and global from inter- and cross-cultural perspectives: language, history, sense of belonging, conflict, territorializing, mobility?
This call is for an accepted session at the 50th Northeast Modern Language Association convention in Washington DC, March 21-24, 2019.
Chair: Nathan Douglas / Indiana University, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
Panel: "Representing Religion in an Era of Secularization and Nation Building"
The Postgraduate English Journal, Durham University’s Online peer-reviewed literary journal, is one of the longest-running online postgraduate literary journals in the UK. In recent years the journal has received reprint requests from academic publishers.
Early-career researchers/academics and postgraduates are invited to submit papers of 5,000–7,000 words (or book reviews of no more than 2,000 words) by Friday, August 31, 2018 for the journal’s 37th edition.
Call for Papers
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application) invites papers on any topic of Monsters/Monster theory, or the Supernatural/Uncanny for a special issue of the journal Preternature(PSU Press). The special issue will celebrate MEARCSTAPA’s tenth anniversary as an academic society dedicated to the study of the monstrous.