In his 1967 "Des Espace Autres" Michel Foucault wrote that in contrast to literary and cultural criticism's previous privileging of history, periodization, and time that "The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space." In the past generation scholars working across a wide variety of the humanities including literary theory, history, philosophy, cultural studies and religious studies have confirmed Foucault's prediction.
When is a text an impostor? When does it speak with a monstrous voice? How is authority conferred to texts? At what point does an imposition become a keystone text? How does a field change in relation to these emerging impositions? Is the revolutionary already normative? Is it possible to answer these questions within a developing field of study? How do you situate the individual vis-à-vis a field?
Dangerous Visions: Science Fiction's Countercultures
In the introduction to the chapter on "Countercultures" in his edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014), Rob Latham asserts that "Science fiction has always had a close relationship with countercultural movements" (383). The alternative worldmaking capacities of SF&F, in other words, has long had resonances in the sub- and countercultural movements of the past few centuries, "especially," as Latham qualifies and expands, "if the allied genre of the literary utopia [and, we might add, the dystopia] is included within" the orbit of SF.
Title: Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies: The Intersection of Species and Power in the World of Fictional Saviors
We are seeking 300-500 word abstracts by March 15th, 2016 for possible inclusion into an edited collection seeking to explore the world of animal rights and liberation against the backdrop of superheroes in film, television, and comics. While there are many book projects that look at the superhero universe from a variety of perspectives there has yet to be a collection that approaches it from the question of the nonhuman. This project is meant to fill that absence focusing on the construction of the (super)human as it relates to the way our culture understands and values nonhuman animals.
Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.org) is organizing a special issue to analyze the work of Frances Cress Welsing, MD. The editors are Jahi Issa, Ph.D., Patricia Newton, M.D., MPH, M.A. (Nana Dr. Akosua Akyaa) and Lawson Bush V, Ph.D. (Nana Kweku Baakan). Papers examining her books, articles and presentations are welcomed.
Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)
The Carolina Graduate Literature Society is thrilled to announce the third annual Graduate English Conference at the University of South Carolina:
Crime and Criminality
April 1-2, 2016
Shelley Streeby, University of California San Diego
John Muckelbauer, University of South Carolina
NEW SERIES – HORROR STUDIES
JNT publishes theoretically sophisticated essays that examine narrative from a host of critical perspectives. Of particular interest are history and narrative; cultural studies and popular culture; discourses of class, gender, sexuality, race, nationality, subalternity, and ethnicity; film theory, queer theory, and media studies; new historical, poststructural, or global approaches to narrative forms (literary or otherwise); along with essays that span or subvert epistemic and disciplinary boundaries. JNT is multi-genre, multi-period, multi-national.
Is the historical novel a literary genre in the formal sense or is the term merely a placeholder for fictions about the past? This proposed Special Session seeks papers exploring how we identify and evaluate the historical novel in light of recent work by scholars such as Perry Anderson, Ian Baucom, Fredric Jameson, Rachel Teukolsky and others. 300-word abstract due by 1 March 2016.
Policing Crises Now: The Cultural Studies Association's Performance Working Group invites submissions for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), to be held at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA, June 2-5, 2016.
We welcome abstracts for presentation at two sessions.
Call for papers: "Bodies and Politics"
An international conference organized by CIMMA ("Identity Constructions and Mobilizations in the English-Speaking World"): http://imager.u-pec.fr/5-groupes-de-travail/cimma
Dates: September 8-9, 2016, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France
300-word abstracts and short CVs should be submitted by March 30, 2016
Selected speakers will be notified by May 2016
Scientific coordinators: Sonia Birocheau, Karine Chambefort, Mélanie Grué
All topics are welcome, especially presentations on new insights and perspectives.
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street, Dublin, Ireland
Deadline for proposals: Monday 1 February 2016