Looking for a paper for the Nordic Literature and Culture session on any aspect of Nordic or Scandinavian literature, culture, or film. Please email (by 9/20 at the latest) your name, affiliation, email address of choice, proposed paper title, 50 word abstract, and 100-250 word proposal: email@example.com.
The Media Review section of Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities seeks reviews of contemporary media at the intersection of Afrofuturism and environmental humanities. The discourse of Afrofuturism has been recognized as an influential postmodern aesthetic, but little work has been done to understand it as a species of environmental thought. Afrofuturism asserts an eschaton beyond white supremacy and colonization by rewriting narratives of space/time travel, the topoi of urban life, and the ethics of spectacular performance. How can these practices be understood in terms of ecological aesthetics, environmental justice, and ecotopia?
This is a call for proposals for chapters to comprise a potential new publication, which has had strong interest from Bloomsbury. Editors of this volume are Dr. Julia Petrov, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada and Dr. Gudrun D. Whitehead, University of Iceland.
Wilson College Humanities Conference
DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College
sponsored by Wilson's M.A. in Humanities Program
The theme of this year's Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with the apocalypse, both in biblical representation and thought as well as more scientific and climactic concern. This Humanities Conference wishes to extend this theme beyond these global concerns to focus on doom. Always impending, doom encapsulates fears for both humanity and the individual. Doom can be personal and communal, practical and rhetorical, quite real or simply hyperbole.
In his recent Antinomies of Realism, Frederic Jameson identifies an unresolvable tension in the realist novel between two impulses. One is familiar enough: it goes under the banner of récit, the tale, or simply "narrative." It's characterized by a movement of progress and a temporality organized by past-present-future. The other impulse, which Jameson calls "affect," is everything that impedes this narrative movement, and in his analysis it is characterized by a dilatory, perpetual presentness.
CFP: Facebook Before Facebook
Seminar at American Comparative Literature Association
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts March 17-20, 2016.
Inspired by Sophie Bessis' La double impasse, this panel invites papers that explore the complex meaning and practice of modernity in the Maghreb, as represented and envisioned in contemporary literature written by women. Some questions to consider: what forms does modernity take and what role does it play in fictional and autobiographical narratives? Are traditions and modernity in some way compatible? Is there a good and a bad way to be modern? Are women able to escape or to embrace modernity? What are the obstacles and associations to it? What are its social and political implications? Who is benefiting from the lack or presence of modernity? Are women proposing new forms of modernity? Which ones?
Volume 2 of Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign begins with "I am alone," which can be taken to mean "I am alone in my world, I end with my world, and my world ends with me." Beyond the ends and limits of my world, I remember, anticipate, and imagine other worlds and the worlds of the other; beyond the end and death of my world, I am remembered, anticipated, and imagined in the world of the other. But what of the distance between these worlds? What hospitality does one world show another? How will what was me and mine alone carry on in the care of the other?
This panel explores literary, artistic, and cinematic representations of Francophone African migrants' fictional or autobiographical homecoming narratives since the 1990s. Particular attention will be given to works that emphasize the representation of real or imagined returns. What are the factors, feelings, and challenges determining the actual or symbolic return process? Are returning migrants agents of change in traditional societies? What forms do take the self-reflection process implicit in the returning migrants' readjustments? All interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
American Comparative Literature Association 2016 Conference
March 17-20, 2016
Deadline for abstracts: Sept 23, 2015
What does love make us do? How is love understood outside of hegemonic contexts?
SF Storyworlds is an interdisciplinary series devoted to the study of science fiction. We take as our starting-point that the genre boundaries surrounding sf have not only evaporated but that, in so doing, sf has also become entangled with the world as it is lived and experienced. Sf is not only good to think with, but it also shapes and informs many of the ways in which we think about the world.
Many Africas In/Of Imagination
In 2012, audiences at the Coachella Music and Art Festival were in for a shock as Snoop Lion (formerly "Snoop Dog") performed with the late Tupac Shakur. Shakur, who had died of gunshot wounds in 1996, was a hologram projection, recreated from a previously recorded concert. Until the end of the duet, in which the holographic Shakur turns into light and mist, the stage technology created a moment in which Snoop Lion was not performing with a specter of Shakur, but rather, Shakur himself. This is one example of how stage technology can offer us the magical: a beloved performing artist returns one last time to share the stage with an old friend.
A Dying and Death Research Project
Friday 11th March – Sunday 13th March 2016