Afropolitanism currently inflects many academic and popular conversations about African literature. The term is mobilized to celebrate African influence in the world and to characterize the proliferation of African literature that is disconnected from the daily lives of average people residing on the continent. It refuses victimhood for Africans in the wake of patronizing representations by the likes of CNN, BBC, and KONY 2012 and sells a version of Africa ready-made for western reading tastes. It represents a formidable ideology formulated by Achille Mbembe, among others, and a way to sell $30 novelty T-shirts to American hipsters.
CFP: Nasty Women in Popular Culture
Editors: Dr Alexia L. Bowler, Dr Adele Jones & Dr Claire O’Callaghan
Donald Trump’s now infamous phrase ‘such a nasty woman’, uttered about his then rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential debates, was rudely used to patronise and belittle Clinton, who is known for being a strong, independent (and feminist) politician.
Spike Jonze is a celebrated director whose deeply philosophical film work crosses boundaries between studio and independent modes of production, genre entertainment and experimentalism. Jonze's oeuvre includes highly regarded feature films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are and Her), commercials, music videos and shorts; he is also a prolific producer and actor. Across his work, Jonze investigates the vagaries of contemporary American culture with a particular interest in themes of identity fluidity, loss and grief, American celebrity cultures, storytelling and metacognition, nurturance and development, technology and surveillance, evolution and sociobiology, memory and fantasy.
Author of nominally the first gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto, the collection of gothic short stories, The Hieroglyphic Tales, and the gothic play The Mysterious Mother, Walpole developed a style with hyperbolic tendencies, odd and wild ornamentation, rude irregularity and deliberate disharmony in an effort to free the authorial imagination from the ennui and malaise engendered by neoclassical order and form. The prefaces to his fictional works often featured commentary on the current state of literature, art and culture, and his self-published letters, are themselves of significant social and political interest.
the International Laurence Sterne Foundation
the Department of English, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland
invite paper proposals for The Second International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference
on the theme of
Adaptation in the Age of Sterne Although the primary concern of the conference will be the work of Laurence Sterne and its afterlife, we are also interested in papers shedding light on adaptation in the eighteenth century in general.
Call for Papers
Approaches to Teaching and Learning with Urban Spaces
49th Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds
April 12-15, 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NeMLA Web Site: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html
More than thirty years ago, Edward Said wrote in Reflections on Exile that “our age...is indeed the age of the refugee, the displaced person, mass immigration.” As migration becomes increasingly recognized as integral to contemporary societies, how does transit become central to how we understand urban spaces, communities, and the experiences of individuals within them? We understand transit as the movement of people, ideas, memories, or emotions, and what Jodi Byrd has described as “liminal existence” in “ungrievable spaces.” In what ways does the concept of "transit" model a rethinking of the relationship between individuals and postcolonial geographies? How does mobility constitute movement through both physical and ontological space?
Although popular culture has gained significant traction as a subject worthy of intellectual consideration over the last decade, a divide between popular and canonical persists. The academy may have instituted a boundary distinguishing high culture from low, but film and television regularly crosses these fabricated borders as popular media evokes the canon. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) to Penny Dreadful (2014–2016), the most successful narratives among millennial viewers (roughly, those born 1982–2004) share a common theme, the incorporation of texts considered canonical into popular storylines.
Each year, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the BSA's Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as material objects (print or manuscript). Those selected for the panel receive $600 toward the cost of attending the Annual Meeting and a complimentary one-year membership
The literature of the fantastic uniquely offers productive space for expansive political imagination, as well as consideration of factors threatening its foreclosure. Speculative fiction projects dynamic futures between utopian and dystopian extremities. Fantasy literature describes epic histories and mythic worlds within which anyone might rise to supreme power or fall into cruel ignominy. Horror stories relegate their characters to fearful ordeals typically leading to terrible ends, but not before informing the concerns of mundane existence with greater significance. Borrowing tropes from these discrete genres, the recently revived hybrid of the weird forecasts even stranger locations of wondrous destiny and sublime doom.
Levinas, the Material, and Ethics
North American Levinas Society
12th Annual International Conference
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA
July 24-27, 2017
Adriaan Peperzak, Loyola University Chicago
Tom Sparrow, Slippery Rock University
Annual Talmudic Lecture: Georges Hansel, SIREL
American Literature Association Symposium
“Regionalism and Place in American Literature”
September 7-9, 2017
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
A Two-Day National Conference (under the CAS III programme) on
Ageing, Ageism and Cultures
Organised by: Department of English, Centre for Advanced Studies, Jadavpur University
Dates: 21-22 September 2017
Coordinators: Paromita Chakravarti and Kaustav Bakshi
The presiding officer invites submissions of short works of literary nonfiction, memoir, or other sorts of creative nonfiction (such as the lyric essay) that can be presented in a twenty minute segment of the panel. Both established and emerging writers are welcome.
Please submit proposals via the online system by June 26, 2017. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12. This year’s conference theme is “The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing.”
Call for Chapters