The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, and can be seen as an international bill of rights for women. All countries that have accepted the Convention are compelled to follow up with a series of measures that would end all forms of discrimination against women. If the purpose of CEDAW is to end all acts of discrimination against women by organizations, then we would be compelled to include organizations that propagate religion in the public domain as mostly and often, these religious bodies propound theology that is comfortably couched in misogyny, thereby validating a heightened sense of machismo as being endemic to human behaviour.
The American Journal of Semiotics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is seeking contributors to a special issue on Music and Semiotics. We are particularly interested in semiotic approaches to popular music. Among the submissions currently under review are essays on heavy metal, grunge, Laibach, Hüsker Dü, Schubert, psychedelic rock, and the Singing Revolution in Lithuania. Submissions should be sent by August 31, 2016, to Gilad Elbom, guest editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SOCIAL is the title of the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference (IAVC2016@Boston). The conference IAVC2016@Boston invites international collaborations, papers and events on post-democracy, post-society, anger, violence, future visions, crisis, zombie democracies, social media, neo-slavery, post-capitalism, post-data, social evolution, revolution, actionism, post-state, interventionism, cannibalizing corporativism, post-colonialism, economic vampirism, neo-serfs, globalized thievery, art activism, red art, insurrectional art and social exploitation.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 8, 2016
The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions for its Spring 2016 issue, themed "Rebirth." Extended Submission deadline: April 8, 2016.
With this issue, we celebrate our first issue off from hiatus, and we thought it would be relevant to mark this relaunch with a look into the broad theme of renaissance and renewal as it relates to English studies.
The International Wizard of Oz Club welcomes submissions for its National Convention, which will take place in Philadelphia on August 5-7, 2016. Philadelphia was home to Oz authors and illustrators, including John R. Neill, W.W. Denslow, and Ruth Plumly Thompson, as well as favorite characters such as Button-Bright and Peter Brown.
Anything related to Oz is fair game, and we welcome ideas about non-traditional or creative formats as well. We especially welcome proposals related to the following themes of the conference and interests of our members:
The Ezra Pound Society invites submissions for a guaranteed session, "Pound, H.D. and Bryher," at the Modern Language Assn. Convention, January 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.
Examinations of H.D.'s and Bryher's engagement/disengagement with Pound's aesthetics, literary works, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by 28 March 2016 to Demetres Tryphonopoulos (tryphonopoulosd@BrandonU.ca) and Sara Dunton (email@example.com).
Please direct any preliminary questions to Sara Dunton. For more information about MLA 2017, here is the conference website:
In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make?
Submissions are welcomed for this regular session of the SCMLA annual conference to be held in Dallas, TX, November 3-5, 2016. The topic for the Southern Literature panel is open, however abstracts that relate directly to the conference theme "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture" are particularly welcome.
Abstracts of 300 to 500 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st.
Presenters are required to be members of SCMLA but can join the organization after abstracts are accepted.
CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Annual Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC)
Ermoupolis, Syros Greece July 27-29th, 2016
This conference is hosted by The Culture of Cities Centre and will convene on July 27-29th, 2016 at The Cultural Center in Hermoupolis, on the island of Syros in Greece. It is held in collaboration with York University, St. Jerome's University and the University of Waterloo.
As the cold water gushed forth, filling the mug, I spelled "w-a-t-e-r"
in Helen's free hand…. She dropped the mug and stood as one transfixed. A new light came into her face.
Across the nation, institutions of higher learning are facing radical changes from many angles, whether they be budgetary, curricular, structural, or otherwise. As educational professionals, it is our task to manage this whirlwind of redirection with aplomb and finesse while maintaining a high level of success in our primary areas of concern: our students. How do we remain innovative and focused during these times of upheaval? How do we identify and strengthen our identities as professionals? Additionally, how to we assist our students in doing the same as they shape their personal and professional identities, particularly in developmental classrooms?
Vignettes: Episodic Tales of in the Lives of Strangers
Farris Lee Francis and Sylvia C. McPherson seek contributors for their first collection of essays centred on the struggles, pain, love, despair, and destruction which creates the human experience. The editors have extensive background in social science, women and gender studies, and African American studies.
Postcolonial theory has been engaged in uncovering and castigating the legacies of the colonial contact on the colonized. This has seen a lot of discussions on postcolonial theory which focus on the material effects of colonialism such as the identity crisis occasioned by the loss of culture, the new boundaries created by colonialism and which continue to have far-reaching effects decades after the formal demise of colonialism, and the gross exploitation and humiliation of the colonized which has resulted in the inferiority complex and a loss of self- esteem. Postcolonial theory in a general sense therefore often involves the response of the colonized to the cultural and human consequences of colonial control.
In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders—or the blurring of such borders--within Science and Fiction. How does fiction work to educate us as readers on the use of technology? Are these examples historically, culturally, or socially relevant? Suggested topics may include:
* Women in Science Fiction
* Images of science in literature
* Energy resources in literature
* The image of the scientific utopia
* Science and progress
* The human body and/or its representation
* Representations of the apocalypse, dystopias, or other disasters in literature
Marxist critics from Adorno to Fredric Jameson have emphasized the revolutionary potential of modernism in its effort to project viable alternatives to capitalism. Indeed, one of the central goals of avant-garde artistic production is the radical break from existing norms, with experimentation serving as a means of liberation from artistic values and institutions deemed both oppressive and outmoded. But it is also, to varying degrees, a rhetoric of reform.