Artists and writers have long been deconstructing dominant notions of the American West. In 1957, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins released Way Out West, a record that drew inspiration from California landscapes, TV Westerns, and overlooked Black cowboys. The album cover depicts Rollins outfitted as a gunfighter in desert surrounds, complete with cacti and a sun-bleached cattle skull. Where you might expect to find a big iron on his hip, he cradles his tenor sax. Today, artists like Orville Peck continue to revise, rewrite, and expand the boundaries of what we might consider the story of the West both in sound, style, and location—the South African-born crooner, now based out of Canada, has gained major success on the U.S.
“The August Wilson Archive is our most important [collection] to date, and we believe it will present innumerable opportunities for local, national, and international researchers
to create new knowledge.”
Kornelia Tancheva, PhD, Hillman University Librarian and Director of University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS)
The August Wilson Society (AWS) joins the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the University
of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS), the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, and theater lovers around the world in celebrating the grand opening of the August Wilson Archive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2-4, 2023.
Intra-African Migration and Kinship Structures: Reframing Afropolitanism
Afropolitanism has generated a great deal of debate and discussion, and many panels on Afropolitanism have been organized at African Literature Association conferences since the first such a panel in 2015. These discussions often point out how Afropolitan concepts can question national and geographical affiliations and dislodge fixed ideas of belonging in the contemporary world. Too often the scholarship focuses on Africans’ connections to the West, a focus that has provoked significant controversies and disagreements.
International David Foster Wallace Society 2023
“The Subject and Art”
Call for Abstracts
June 22 – 24, 2023
Conference Director: Vernon W. Cisney,
Chair and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Gettysburg College
Lee Konstantinou, Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park,
Author of The Last Samurai Reread and Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction
We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Association of Adaptation Studies Conference is taking place at the University of Birmingham. Please see below for the call for papers, and check back for more details of the conference as we get closer to the event.
Call for papers
Authenticity and Adaptation: Association of Adaptation Studies Conference
Pakistani Literature in English: Rethinking Conventions and Conflicts
Guest Editor: Javaria Farooqui (COMSATS University Lahore)
SEX, SEXUALITY AND SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS IN SCIENCE FICTION
Stella Incognita Annual Conference Sorbonne University, Institute of Slavic Studies, Paris
April, 5 – 7 2023
Call for Papers
Call for papers - Media Mutations 14
Investigating Medical Drama TV series: approaches and perspectives
Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti – DAMSLab, May 18th-19th, 2023
Organized by Stefania Antonioni (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo) and Marta Rocchi (Università di Bologna).
In collaboration with the research project “Narrative Ecosystem Analysis and Development framework (NEAD framework). A systemic approach to contemporary serial product. The medical drama case”
Confirmed keynote speaker:
Irene Cambra Badii (Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya)
It has been decades since linguistics began to transcend beyond the study of structure. Linguistics has departed from the confines of phonetics and phonology (the study of linguistic sounds), morphology (the study of word formation), syntax (the study of the structure of phrases, clauses, and sentences), and semantics (the study of meanings). Countless studies have been undertaken involving linguistics and other related disciplines.