At the “East Indians in the Caribbean Conference” in Trinidad in 1979, Sam Selvon disarmingly titled his opening address “Three into One Can’t Go—East Indian, Trinidadian or West Indian.” He presented the contradictions apparent in competing discourses of identification as the descendants of Indian indentured labourers sought to define themselves in their national and regional contexts. Selvon’s underlying question of how (formerly) indentured labourers establish a sense of belonging in their new environment is applicable to other sites of indentureship like Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Suriname, and Fiji. Another identifying label that should be added to Selvon’s triad is coolie, a pejorative that some Indians have sought to reclaim.
world literatures and indigenous studies
Verbeia is an international open-access scientific journal dealing with two philological fields:
On one hand, the different fields of literary research both in Hispanic Philology (Spanish and Latin-American) and English-Speaking Philology: narrative, poetry, literary theory and criticism, Literature applied to Education and Comparative Literature. Literature and cinema. Verbeia also considers, after the steady rise of cultural studies, contributions into such a field as well as a meeting point between cultural studies and literature.
Call for Papers- Breaking New Ground: Pluralistic Approaches to Global Ecocriticism
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Saturday, March 4, 2017
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Graduate Colloquium
University of Maryland-College Park
Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephanie Posthumus, McGill University
Abstract proposals due: December 1
Beyond Geography: Situating the Global Iranian Diaspora -- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
edited by Dr. Persis Karim, San Jose State University
Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities 2017, Ryerson University May 27-30
Migrant Literatures, Refugee Poetics
A satirical post on a bulletin board in a hallway of a university arts building condemns the literary genius — citing Shakespeare, Coleridge, Yeats, Baudelaire, Poe, Hemingway, the Beats, and others — for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, proposing that we take anti-doping measures to cull the canon of those who would cheat at their craft. Jesting aside, however, such satire points not only toward the near-ubiquity of psychotropic plant use to the literary imagination, but also to the cultural expectation placed upon the artist to trope, to turn the mind as well as the word.
The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2017 Annual Conference, to be held at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, 20 April – 22 April 2017.
FEATURED CREATIVE WRITER:
Janette Turner Hospital
CALL FOR PAPERS – IRSCL CONGRESS 2017 (Updated September 2016)
The 23rd Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature will be hosted by the Children’s Studies Program, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University in Toronto, Canada.
Cheryl Cowdy & Peter Cumming
Saturday, July 29 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017
We are now accepting abstracts for a panel to be held at the 2017 meeting of NEMLA (Northeastern Modern Language Association) in Baltimore, Maryland (March 23-26, 2017) titled "The Archipelagic Turn and the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies."
Contemporary Latin American poets have used satire and humor to comment upon the social and political realities of their countries as well as for their own pure and often mischievous pleasure, a special brand of art for art's sake. This panel will examine the wealth of techniques Latin American poets have practiced from palimpsest to word play, irony to black humor, hyperbole to double entendre, juxtaposition and collage, to name but the most prominent.