As Carroll Pursell suggests in Technology in Postwar America, technology enabled America to develop global prominence in the 20th century. And in seems poised to do the same in the 21st. Yet the relationship Americans have with technology is thorny. For instance, Thomas L. Friedman lauds technology, observing that “Globalization 3.0,” a new era in global history that is marked by digital developments, is leveling the playing field (The World is Flat 10).
Bodies, and representations of bodies, surround our everyday existence. Our bodies, and the bodies around us, are subject to norms that police how a body should look or behave in a given context. Glamorous and desirable bodies draw positive attention and literary and cultural representations reflect this, while deviant bodies are policed and regulated. This panel aims to explore how various bodies are represented in contemporary culture as well as analyze how these representations impact our perceptions of self and world. In a moment where the international political landscape is reliant on the policing and weaponizing of bodies, it is more important than ever before to consider how conceptions of bodies foster these divisions.
Conference postponed until 2021: Pacific Ancient and Modern Langauage Association (PAMLA) 2020 CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS: Thursday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15, 2020
Deadline Extended to 21st July.
The 118th Annual PAMLA Conference is being hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and held at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel.
19th-century America was the site of various reform movements: antislavery, women's rights, education, temperance, penal reform, et al.
This panel deals with women writers’ intervention in the Latin American political arena during the 20th and 21st centuries. Either by participating in a political party, a feminist organization, or by writing independently, this panel addresses how women writing have opposed, transgressed, and sought changes in the social order of their time. We invite proposals—in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—that reflect on how these subversive practices and ideas circulate and construct a personal and collective subjectivity. Additionally, this panel inquires on the relationship between these women’s writing and both the feminist movement and the wider political / economic context (which in Latin America has been marked by dictatorships and crisis).
As a result of the pandemic, the RHOME 2020 Conference on Dislocation (22-23 October 2020) has been postponed. However, the good news is RHOME will launch the first issue of, its new creative journal, ROAM, later this year.
Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and confinement, RHOME sees the need to continue its focus on the theme, the experience and the actuality of home, the place and abode that looms so large these days in the lives of everyone on the planet.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Art and Aesthetics in Pandemic Time
The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 61 (2/2021)
Ineta Kivle (University of Latvia, Riga)
Dominika Czakon (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)
Natalia Anna Michna (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender
Call for Panel Proposals
Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
Dublin, Ireland, 7-10 April 2021
In Demand the Impossible, Tom Moylan writes, “Utopian writing is, at heart, rooted in the unfulfilled needs and wants of specific classes, groups, and individuals in their unique historical contexts.” Women have long been creating utopic and dystopic visions in literature, history, and politics, sharing their own unfulfilled desires through dreams of better worlds or nightmares of oppressive societies. Texts such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland and Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower present alternative realities that simultaneously critique the author’s present time and place.
As we (North American academics) think and, moreover, live in the shadow of the global pandemic, the role digital media plays in our no-longer-ordinary lives becomes increasingly salient. During the quarantine, participation in digital lives can be said to be no longer a supplement or replacement for “real life”; instead, it seems to have become its constitutive activity. Nevertheless, this new entanglement between the pandemic and digital media is not devoid of national, political, economic, and linguistic specificities: issues of accessibility, censorship, credibility, and the like cannot be addressed in the abstract. Instead, they only become visible when uses of digital media is contextualized and compared across national and linguistic boundaries.
NeMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association
52nd Annual Convention, March 11-14, 2021, Philadelphia, PA
Theme: Tradition and Innovation, Changing Worlds though the Humanities
SEASECS 2021: “Oceans Rise, Empires Fall: Tidal Shifts in the Eighteenth Century”
February 18-20, 2021 in Ft. Myers, Florida
Session Proposal Deadline: 6.15.2020
(Individual Papers and Fully-formed Panels Deadline: 10.15.2020)
The 47th meeting of The Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) will take place February 18-20, 2021 in Ft. Myers, Florida, a historically rich, culturally vibrant city also known as a winter getaway for its warm temperatures, tropical scenery, and beautiful shorelines.
Call for Contribution Proposals
To be considered for the edited volume, Queer TV China
Dr. Jamie J. Zhao, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Investigating the Detective Genre Across Cultures and Mediums
In the age of multi-platform streaming services, online gaming, and mass-market novels, the detective genre continues to be one of the most popular and successful narrative forms. The genre has cultivated an impressive intellectual half-life from its modern origins in the nineteenth century due to its ability to adapt to the needs of new cultures and mediums. From quiet English villages, to interactive space odysseys, to collaborative reimagining of World War II, the socio-cultural-temporal settings change, but what remains is the genre’s ability to smuggle cultural critiques into and through its narrative.