This panel welcomes papers that chart recent movements in rhetorical theory—in particular, papers on developments in rhetoric’s connection to materiality, inclusive of broad movements in “new materialism,” “agential realism,” “vitalism,” “object-oriented ontology,” and “object-oriented rhetoric,” and others. Possible questions to be considered: is “agency” uniquely human? Does agency extend into the non- or transhuman domain? To what extent do objects, materials, and environments rhetorically impact human decisions?
This panel session is a part of the 51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), to be held in Boston, MA, on March 5-8, 2020. Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's database: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18134.
Title: Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures by Phoebe Wagner & Brontë Wieland
Under contract for Salvaging the Anthropocene series from West Virginia University Press: https://wvupressonline.com/series/salvaging_the_anthropocene
This roundtable is part of the Northeast Modern Language Association conference being held in Boston, MA, from March 5-8th, 2020.
The Handmaid's Tale was originally published in 1985 and was critically acclaimed. It is a novel that has consistently been considered one of Margaret Atwood's best. However, though it was made into a movie in 1990, The Handmaid's Tale has never been more prominent and recognized than it has been since the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
CFP: Russian & American Short Stories & Influence, updated
Abstract: 7/8/2019; Completed Draft: 12/1/2019
UPDATE: Below follows our original CFP, which we now update slightly and with urgency. We have thus far assembled an excellent collection of promised essays, but are now looking specifically for essays that meet the requirements below as well as1) are about Russian authors OTHER than Chekhov (as you can imagine, we quickly got our share of those) and 2) about American authors who are of color and/or women. Please read on and submit your idea(s) to us. We are excited to hear from you.
As Chinua Achebe's second novel, No Longer at Ease, first published in 1960, arrives at its 60th anniversary, scholars have an opportunity to reassess its significance not only for African literature, but also for world literature in general. The story is set in the 1950's and richly depicts the cultural tensions of African societies nearing independence from Great Britain. It forecasts both the optimism and the disappointment that would characterize post-independence Africa. In dramatizing the fortunes of the Okonkwo family in rural Nigeria and Lagos, No Longer at Ease forms a sequel to Achebe's first and most famous novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), but is not as widely read and discussed as its predecessor.
The Victorians Institute has extended the deadline for proposals to our 2019 conference:
Transatlantic Connections: Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, & Victorian Studies will take place Oct 31-Nov 2 in Charleston, SC.
Our conference site affords an opportunity to think about transatlantic connections in the 19th century, when Charleston was a prominent intersection on a web that connected Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.
November 7-9, 2019
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Word Count: 300 words
The Disability Studies Area of the MAPACA, a regional organization of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), seeks papers for a panel on the intersection of Disability Studies with the Horror Genre. One of the most influential strains of Disability Studies has been critical approaches to media such as literature and film. Disabled characters abound in the horror genre, and disability often features as a thematic focus.
Jane Eyre calls herself “a wander on the face of this earth.” Excluded from the family in which she is raised and the normative models of female development that should guide her, her state is one of radical orphan-hood. An unwanted, unearthly thing, she must nonetheless find or make a space for herself in this world.
The edited collection, Familial Influences on Superheroes, will examine the role that the family plays on the development of the superhero as portrayed in radio, comics, graphic novels, television series, and feature films. Many superheroes have experienced the trauma of losing (a) parent(s), which sets them apart from others. Thus, the individuals that the superheroes gravitate towards become an integral part of their lives, to the point where they form a necessary and vital “familial network” of connections that would either replace those that were lost or never fully established. This network ranges from “substitute” parents/guardians as well as siblings and relatives, to significant others and even more extended members comprising superher
CALL FOR PAPERS
for a topical issue of Open Philosophy
OBJECT-ORIENTED ONTOLOGY AND ITS CRITICS
Open Philosophy (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opphil) invites submissions for the topical issue “Object-Oriented Ontology and its Critics,” edited by Graham Harman (Southern California Institute of Architecture).
Roundtable: Meeting the Evolving Needs of the Community College Professor in NeMLA
This roundtable invites faculty at community colleges, junior colleges, vocational colleges and other two-year institutions to discuss the challenges and rewards that come with attending and presenting at academic conferences. With a focus on NeMLA itself, we would like to hear how NeMLA is doing in this regard: what successes or frustrations have you experienced here? What will you do differently or hope to do similarly in future? The goal of this roundtable will be to begin a conversation about these issues, and perhaps leave with concrete goals for the CAITY Caucus to pursue in supporting faculty from two year institutions within NeMLA.
Dialects are a major component of Italian linguistic richness, which depict a specific community with its own history, customs and habits, and which profoundly varies from the North to the South. The peculiarity of Italian linguistic history is its resistance towards its linguistic uniformity, imposed after the unification of the Country in the second half of the 19th century, which however is still far from being a reality today. In fact, the relationship between dialects and Standard Italian results into a form of bilingualism and diglossia. These phenomena happen when the use of dialect in an informal context takes place opposed to the use of Standard Italian in a formal one within the same community of speakers.
Submissions are invited for this special edition of Lectora exploring the role and representation of jewellery, gems, and other accessories in literature. Focusing on material culture and the novel, the collection will explore how objects designed to enhance the body operate within a range of different literary texts.