Enacting Change in a Polarized World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inequality
Bourdieu and Postcolonial Studies
Organizer: Raphael Dalleo
American Comparative Literature Association Conference
March 20th to 23rd, 2014
Conference Theme: Capital
Postcolonial studies emerged as an academic discipline in the 1980s as figures like Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, and Homi Bhabha adapted post-structural theory by Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan to examinations of the non-European world. But since the early 1990s, there has been a move towards more materialist approaches in postcolonial studies, including Marxist critiques of the field as well as increased interest in archival research and book history.
South Central Renaissance Conference
April 3-5 2014, Tucson, Arizona
New York City is in many respects the center of the world, artistically, culturally, and, of course, economically. In the latter regard, it became site of resistance to neoliberal capitalism in the fall of 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street movement. But in a broader perspective, debates about capitalism have focused on defining what New York City means from the beginning of the neoliberal era, if not before. The seminar invites proposals on New York City's place in the historical imagination of contemporary and modern capitalism.
The 24th annual Mardi Gras Conference invites scholars to investigate discourses on secrecy, anonymity, rumor, masking/masquerading, and mysterious places in literature and writing--along with discovering the hidden treasure in the king cake.
Masquerading, secrets, and intrigue feature prominently as themes of the Carnival celebration from Venice to New Orleans. In Venice, elaborate Carnival masks enable revelers to celebrate in disguise, while in New Orleans, the tradition continues with many masked krewes. For these krewes, not only is the identity of their king unknown by the public, the theme of their parade remains a guarded secret until the day of the event, creating an air of mystery and suspense.
Extended Deadline: we are now accepting proposals through November 20, 2013.
Motor Culture and the Road spans across a variety of different disciplines. More often than not, we associate "motor" with automobile culture; but the term "motor" can also simply describe any type of movement at a steady pace. In addition, the concept of "road" can remind of us freedom or escape; but it can also be an obstruction, such as "the road to nowhere" or "the end of the road." Regardless of how one interprets these constructions of motor and the road, it is clear that we are all impacted by their presence in everyday life. The theme of this year's conference asks us to contemplate the past, present, and future of popular culture; and in this call specifically, the motor world.
In Pascalian Meditations Pierre Bourdieu implies that the acquisition of cultural capital through the exercise of academic discourse simultaneously devalues alternative discourses. Given that academic discourse underwrites the University as a privileged site of inquiry, how might academic discourse operate as a dominant discourse, or with respect to the Western university a colonial discourse, that erases modes of inquiry governed by the rules of other discourses? Does—or can—the University (e)valu(at)e discourses in opposition to academic discourse? Are academic and oppositional discourses mutually definitive?
UPDATE: Deadline extended to November 15
Call for Papers: American Studies and American History
35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (SWPACA)
Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
February 19-22, 2014, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Toll Free: 888-421-1442
Call For Submissions
From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers
Edited Collection of Essays
Editors: Dr. Bilge Mutluay Cetintas and Dr. Ceylan Ozcan
Comics scholars lament the problematic association of comics and fiction. Many of the most celebrated "graphic novels" are not novels at all but autobiographies. These "graphic narratives" make use of fictive literary devices, to be sure, but they also employ other devices of storytelling that are distinct from fiction. And yet, even that argument fails to address whether long-form comics can ever convey literary meaning without narrative.
What gets lost in some of the genre-squabbling over graphic novels is the extent to which comics can be poetry. This panel probes the possibilities of a lyric comics mode, a comics form that has more in line with poetry than narrative.
This special topics panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between the human and the hand-drawn image in all of its contemporary media forms from comics and illustrations in children's literature to animated cartoons.
Some particular questions to respond to include:
*In what ways do these images theorize the human?
*What is the status of the hand-drawn image in the age of digital reproduction? How does that status relate to the human?
*To what extent do such images intervene upon the aesthetics and politics of realism?
*How might the study of hand-drawn images and visual culture pertain to the current status of the humanities?
Illustrating the Child and the Adolescence of Illustration is a special-topics panel to be held at the 2nd Annual Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College, February 28 – March 2, 2014.
This panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between childhood or adolescence and the hand-drawn image in all of its forms, from comics and illustrations in children's literature to animated films.
Two primary question this panel asks are:
1) How does the child continue to configure comics, illustrated books, and/or animation even when particular texts in those media are not geared for children?
*What is the future of illustration studies?
*What can comics scholars learn from animation studies and vice versa?
*Do illustrated books or graphic novels resist the supposed obsolescence of the book? What do pictures want (now)?
These and related questions will be explored at the Second annual Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College to be held February 28 – March 2, 2014.
Scholars interested in the illustrated image in all of its mediated guises are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. Scholarship on illustrated or drawn narrative 'text' is eligible for consideration, including: