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Homing and Hosting: Transnational Belonging across Italian Cultures

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 11:45am
MLA International Symposium Glasgow 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 18, 2020

Often conceived as a private, intimate space, the “home” is also host to a variety of social, political, and economic dynamics that bring questions of domesticity to merge and interact with broad, even abstract, concerns. Taking as its point of departure the recent critical analysis of “home” as “a matter of search...an open-ended and possibly unaccomplished process” (Boccagni 2017), this session will address how “homing,” “hosting,” and “Italianità” speak to issues of identities, mobilities, and negotiations. Parsing “home” as a place and “homing” as a practice, this panel will concentrate on three major themes: translations and transitions, communities and environments, and hybrid homes and hybrid hosts.

AMP: American Music Perspectives (newjournal)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 11:44am
Kenneth Womack, Monmouth University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 16, 2020

Monmouth University is proud to announce the publication of a new scholarly journal. Entitled AMP: American Music Perspectives, the journal is sponsored by Monmouth University and published by Penn State University Press.

AMP welcomes manuscripts from a variety of cultural and theoretical perspectives, while also considering traditional, biographical, historical, and archival studies of American music and its artists, composers, genres, and practitioners.  AMP also welcomes interpretive analyses of American music, as well as manuscripts that investigate its sociocultural production, its political manifestations, and the history of the business practices and technological innovations associated with its development.

(NeMLA 2021 panel) Laughing Off Violence: The Genre of Comedy and its Politics

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:16pm
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 10, 2020

We invite presentation proposals for the 2021 NeMLA Annual Conference, to be held virtually Mach 11-14.  

The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights the relationship between disaster, racism, and comedy in unexpected ways. Fear, hostility, and open acts of violence towards Asian bodies, the perceived carriers of disease, are naturalized in part through their exaggerated and comic portrayals. The images of Oriental “gross” food consumers in Hazmat suits and masks circulate via internet memes and anecdotes of personal encounters, generating a shared normal response of derision and repulsion. What is so funny, though?