One interpretation of the NeMLA 2024 theme of Surplus centers on embodiment, and the transatlantic long nineteenth century was arguably a key historical moment for envisioning material embodiment in terms of surplus, or lack thereof. Representation of both individual and corporate embodiment often turned to material resources like food to express approval or disapproval for various bodies’ relationships to each other. As David J. Hutson argues, during the nineteenth century “body weight was allowed to hold multiple symbolic positions, with thinness and fatness understood as both positive and negative” (2017).
Latin American ARTivism: Promoting Anti-Racism Action Via Art and Activism
2023 saw a surge of wildflower blooms in an historic superbloom in California following an unusually wet winter after years of extreme drought in the state. On the other end of the spectrum, years of drought, excessive heat, and denser vegetation have made wildfires not only more likely to occur, but to rapidly spread out of control, which led to almost $12 billion in damage across the United States in 2022. In the anthropocene, nature lends itself to narratives of both excess and surplus, but also of extreme deficit, and the language which is used in policy documents, news stories, and fictional narratives provide a space in which both extremes come under a microscope.
This creative panel will be dedicated to nonfiction stories of excess and loss, of fear and humiliation. Through personal accounts that unfold around moments of trauma—of violences big and small—we will explore the place of resilience and revelation amid a surplus of pain.
This panel is part of the NEMLA conference taking place in Boston March 7-10, 2024.
It seeks to analyze the development of urban cultures in France while taking into account the impact of postcolonial studies since 2005, the year of the "urban riots". It also aims to discuss the political aspect of urban culture as well as the influence of American culture on French production.
Possible themes include:
· Urban literature and "banlieue" culture
· The literary aspect of French rap
· Urban culture and postcolonial studies
· French Caribbean rap
· Urban culture and social activism
· The American influence
· Global "Francophone" hip-hop
Calling all Paul Auster fans to propose presentations for a roundtable discussion on all things Auster.
Do you want to do a scholarly reading of one or more of his novels? Would you like to do an analysis of any of his films? Are you thinking of doing a close reading of one of his poems? Do you just want to tell us why you love Auster’s work? We’d love to hear it!
Would you like to talk about…
Old stuff? (The New York Trilogy, The Music of Chance, Mr. Vertigo)?
New stuff? (4 3 2 1, Burning Boy)?
Borrowed stuff? (Squeeze Play…his early novel in which he borrowed a style/genre that didn’t quite work out for him)?
Blue stuff? (Blue in the Face)?
Update: Panel for NeMLA 2024. Abstract submission deadline 30th September 2023
Please submit your abstracts for the panel Cracking Impossible Silences: Women's Narratives of Political Conflicts in South Asia, which will feature at the 55th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, March 7-10, 2024 in Boston.
All abstracts need to be uploaded through the portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20560
Building on conversations and topic connections from the 2023 Convention, this panel invokes the 2024 conference theme surplus in regards to witches and depictions of the occult. All too often, witches were history’s unwanted women, defying cultural and social norms in ways that were determined to be in excess of what was conventional. What does it mean that these narratives of witches, both real and fictional, have been told and retold such that the witch is now a near constant presence in popular culture, literature, museums, and local histories? Does this exposure enhance what we know about witches in society and their histories or futures, or does this exposure complicate and possibly dilute their historical, social, or gendered power?
19th of January, 2024 – Université Paris Cité
‘Fantasies of France : Exploring Transatlantic Misunderstandings from the 18th Century to the Present Days’
‘Correct understanding is a particular instance of misunderstanding.’ – A. Culioli
Keywords: transatlantic circulation, cosmopolitanism, reception, translation, expatriation
This open invitation calls for authors to submit 500-750 word abstracts for Peitho’s Summer 2024 Special Issue: “Small and Subtle Feminisms: Reconsidering Who or What Is Feminist Enough.”
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
- Conference: 55th NeMLA Convention
- Conference Theme: Surplus
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Abstract Deadline for Paper Proposals: 30th September 2023
- Conference Date: 7-10th March 2024
Panel: Half Knowledge: Identity, Philosophical Difficulty and the Remains of Value
Chair(s): Leo Kadokura (University of Oxford)
Submit 200-300 word abstracts (with a short bio) via the NeMLA Portal | EXTENDED DEADLINE: October 15, 2023.
Frame Narratives: Then and Now (Seminar)
Fungus is everywhere. From the parasitical infection at the core of HBO’s The Last of Us, which has sprung a viral interest in cordyceps and other killer fungi, to Jeff VanderMeer’s Ambergris and Southern Reach trilogies, and even Michael Sarnoski’s 2021 truffle-centered drama Pig, mushrooms, spores, superbugs populate discourse, real and fictional.
Media & Jornalismo, an internationally recognized and Portuguese pioneer journal in the field of Media and Journalism Studies (indexed in Scopus and ERIH Plus), invites the national and international scientific community to submit articles that fall within the thematic scope of the journal and to submit proposals for the organization of special issues.
This call for papers and proposals for thematic issues is related to the editorial changes that Media & Journalism is implementing and that will come into full force in 2024:
The convergence of critical masculinity studies with postcolonial theory aims to interrogate discourses that created hegemonic and binary categories that in turn became eventual grounds for the historical racialization of gender and sexuality, as well as the gendering and sexualization of race. Following palimpsestic models of narrativization, this session seeks to problematize the layerings and shifting stratigraphies of power that obscure, erase, or overwrite the specific experiences that underpin notions of Asian masculinity and male identity as represented in various forms of literature and media.