2014 CFP: Extended CFPs
- 50 Years after the Civil Rights Act: Post-Black but not Post-Race
- How does being 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Act affect the politics of the question, as Fred Moten asks,’hat will blackness be?’ What does this distance from such legislation do to our interrogation of the tensions between the fluidity & freedom of blackness in this moment and the enduring conditions undermining post-racialism? Given both the Civil Right Act & the fraught relationship between law and blackness in the US, how do we think post-Black(ness, Arts)/soul? Please send 200-300 word abstract and CV to email@example.com
- The Folklore of the River
- This panel will investigate the folklore of the Susquehanna River. Topics may include jokes, tales, foodways, festivals/celebrations, folk art, folk music, occupational folklore, urban legends, etc. While history and economy are clearly important aspects of river life, this panel is more concerned with cultural lifestyle and expression. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to James Reitter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Future of Black Studies: Past and Present
- Black Studies has reentered the lexicon of academics in the recent years more prominently. This panel explores the intellectual, cultural, historical, literary, and political weight behind five words recently spoken by Sabine Broeck: ‘Black Studies is Humanities Studies.’ How can the critical interventions being made by critics working within black studies inform, reinvigorate, and disrupt broader critical debates within the Humanities? Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Diego Millan, email@example.com.
- Post-9/11 Novels of American Im/Emigration
- How is the reality of post-9/11 America being captured in contemporary immigrant stories? Are contemporary authors telling stories of American immigration, exile, or both simultaneously? This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which 9/11 and its lingering aftermath is figured in recent immigrant fiction while examining themes and trends emerging in this growing body of literature. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (preferably MSWord or PDF attachments) to Katie Daily-Bruckner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Race, Sex, Class, and Bawdy-House Life in 19th Century America
- This panel examines bawdy-house life and customs during an era of increased anxiety over race, sex, class, immigration, expansion, urbanization, and industrialization throughout the 19th century as reflected in literary texts, illustrated magazines, plays, and photography. Topics can include: miscegenation, disease, urbanization, politics, temperance, manners, prostitution, abolition, religion, and sporting life. Send 1-page abstract and brief bio as Word attachment to Rebecca Williams, email@example.com, with’eMLA 2014’ in subject line.
- Early English Performance and Student-Centered Learning (Roundtable)
- This roundtable explores effective teaching practices for medieval and early modern performance (non-Shakespearean). Submissions should address how student-centered activities (collaborative / experiential practices, flipped / hybrid assignments, tech / web resources) overcome challenges posed by teaching lesser canonical works. Abstracts addressing a wide range of performance genres are welcome. Interested participants see http://teachingearlyenglishperformance.wikispaces.com. Please submit 250-word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fresh Perspectives on Mary Russell Mitford
- Known on both sides of the Atlantic for her poetry, drama, and prose fiction, Mitford enjoyed a long, prolific, and successful literary career that spanned from the 1810s to the 1840s. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Mary Russell Mitford’s work. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, her treatment of gender, her work in multiples genres, and her extensive network of literary friendships and professional rivalries. Please email 250-500 word abstracts to Kellie Donovan-Condron (email@example.com).
- Literary Science: Classics, Medievals, and Early Moderns (Roundtable)
- This roundtable invites short presentations on the topics of science writing, scientific rhetoric, science fiction, and related topics from the classical era through the early modern period. New methodologies, new readings of seminal and canonical texts, the use of non-traditional scientific texts, and other unique approaches are welcome. Please send abstracts in PDF form to Miriam Diller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Robert Burns and his Nineteenth-Century Literary Heirs
- This panel interrogates the impact of the Scottish poet Robert Burns on nineteenth-century writers around the globe. How did his efforts in developing a poetry that deals with freedom and nationalism inspire later authors? How was his poetics of national identity transported beyond Scottish borders to influence how writers across a variety of nations articulate national identity? Please submit 250-300 word abstracts, along with a brief biographical statement, to Jessica Gray (email@example.com) and Rebekah Greene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Tudor Grammar Schools: Drama Training and the World of the Stage (Seminar)
- This seminar examines Tudor school drama and its investment in reconstituting Greek and Roman cultures. Because boys were expected to concentrate on this ancient period, imaginative identification with such distant history was achieved by playing roles from the past. Papers may identify a wider range of interaction between Tudor school curriculum and the culture’s theatrical construction of itself; school and fitness for political office; school and class loyalties; school and gender coding, school and nationalism. email@example.com.
Comparative Languages & Theory
- Doing Violence in Literature and Photography (Seminar)
- We seek papers that address how violence has been represented and conceptualized -made into an image- through the formal resources that arise out of the inter-aesthetic ground of literature and photography. From the advent of the Civil War up to the present War on Terror, literature and photography have struggled to find new means of representing violence. We welcome theoretical, historical, or textual engagements with the problem of representation of violence at the intersections of literature and photography. firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
- New Yorks: Literary Languages of the City
- New York is the home of a large quantity of high quality literary production in English, but what about other literatures written in the city or literatures that have relied on the city for artistic innovation within their respective national traditions? This panel seeks to unite a selection of the multiple literary voices of New York City, and is particularly interested in papers that discuss multiple authors and texts. Please send inquiries and 250-500-word abstracts in the body of your email to Regina Galasso, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Note-taking: A Literary and Philosophical Genre
- This panel seeks contributions from scholars working on the research notebooks of prominent intellectuals of modernity in order to address the genre of note-taking, its cognitive patterns, its users and its potential forms given the representational possibilities enabled by current digital technologies. Please send abstracts to Silvia Stoyanova (email@example.com).
- Reconfiguring Linguistic Hierarchies in Early Modern Literature
- This session invites papers that explore linguistic issues in early modern literature. As vernacular languages vie for prestige, humanism, the encounter with the Americas and Orientalism (re)introduce ancient and exotic languages into European society. The upsetting of the linguistic hierarchy that results provides writers with rich material. What is the literary effect of several languages/dialects interacting? Comic? Tragic? Theatrical? What societal concerns are expressed? 250-500 word abstracts to Maren Daniel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reusing, Reducing, and Recycling Sacred Texts
- This panel considers the many fictional works that have arisen in response to sacred scriptures. It welcomes papers on literary works and films that’euse,’’educe’ or’ecycle’ figures from texts viewed as sacred within their respective cultures and/or the tropes or messages of those canonical works. Please send abstracts of 250 words or less to Andrés Amitai Wilson at email@example.com.
- What is Translation Studies?: Negotiating A Disciplinary Cartography (Roundtable)
- Given the rapid rise of translation studies in the academy, it seems an appropriate moment to examine the scope and dimensions of the field. This roundtable will explore various approaches to the field of translation studies with panelists discussing particular institutional approaches and relationships between translation studies and other disciplines, as well as outlining some of the many theoretical perspectives that contribute to this diverse area of inquiry. 300-word abstracts should be sent to Anna Strowe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cultural Studies and Film
- All for Love?: Family and Romance in the Hollywood Action Film
- Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts moved from’irl Friday’ in the first Iron Man to being featured alone on promotional posters for Iron Man 3, with love central to Tony Stark’s final quest. This panel focuseson the gender and social implications of placing love and family centerstage in Hollywood action narratives, as well as the implications of more emotionally connected Heroes. Please send brief abstracts in the body of the email to Elizabeth Abele <email@example.com>
- Celluloid Riders: Cinema’s take on Charro, Gaucho, Huaso and Llanero Literature
- This panel is interested in scholarly works that reflect upon the richly and complex relationship between cinema and canonical Latin American literary representations of charros, gauchos, huasos and llaneros. All critical approaches to the study of this relationship are welcome. Email abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Conversion Narrative Redux: Health, Wealth, Travel, and Bestselling Life Writing
- This panel will address the narrative and socio-political connections between physical and mental health, material wealth, and the bestselling travel memoir of the twenty-first century. Topics may include, but are not limited to: narrative analyses of contemporary travel memoir; the connections between the travel memoir and biopower and/or imperialism; religion, travel, and life writing. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (preferably .pdf attachments) to Kate Birdsall (email@example.com).
- Des/Haciendo mitos sobre inmigración y frontera en el cine y las telenovelas
- Este panel examinará trabajos que alimentan y deshacen mitos formados alrededor de las comunidades inmigrantes mundiales—en el cine y las telenovelas—que intentan redimir a través de nuevas vertientes a estos grupos viéndolos como depositarios socio-económicos e histórico-culturales necesarios de las sociedades en que se insertan. Envíe abstractos de 250-300 palabras a Angélica Silva a firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Representing the Contemporary Youth in Teen Television Drama (Seminar)
- From Beverly Hills 90210 to Gossip Girl, the genre of the teen drama series has added a unique dynamic to American television. Though academic work has been produced on teen drama series, these studies have mainly focused on these shows outside the context of their genre form. This seminar will seek to produce a more substantial study of this genre. I welcome papers on any teen television drama which examine this genre from multiple perspectives. Please submit abstracts of maximum 300 words to Adam Levin at email@example.com.
- Women and Iranian Cinema
- This panel will focus on film by post-revolutionary Iranian women. In what ways have filmmakers of the newly revolutionized cinema responded to the constraints imposed on them by societal norms? From Derakhshan Bani-etemad to Tahmineh Milani and Mania Akbari, this panel will investigate not only the representation of women in Iranian film by women but also the stylistic & thematic means through which female movie-makers have circumvented the restrictions imposed by the regime. Send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
French and Francophone
- African Cinema in the Web and Digital Era: Evolution and Perspectives
- The panel will examine how the use of the Internet and digital technologies creates new opportunities for but also challenges to the making and the distribution of African films. Topics of discussion include the aesthetic and thematic aspects of African cinema and the value of new technologies in tackling the social, economical and political transformations of the continent. Please send 300 word abstracts to El Hadji Malick Ndiaye: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Between Theatre and Cinema: Intermediality and Aesthetic Renewal
- This panel seeks to explore the aesthetic and theoretical ties between cinematic and performance texts when a play is filmed. Proposals in French or in English on the following topics are welcome: dialectical implications resulting from the filming of the stage; differences between what is commonly called the’ilm de théâtre’ and its fictional or documentary homologues; interdisciplinary approaches generated by the broad range of relationships between film and theater. Send 200-word proposals to Sandrine Siméon: email@example.com.
- Franco-American Women and Their ‘Hidden’ Contributions (Roundtable)
- This panel will explore the relationship between space and place and the ways Franco-American women women rethink place as a potential for personal and social creation, for transformation and connection. Some themes to consider: how is the virtual site of the page a place where narrator and reader connect? How do old memories and new geographical place interact and connect? How do urban environment, nature, gender, sexuality or class affect the reconfiguring of place? Abstracts to Carole_Salmon@uml.edu and firstname.lastname@example.org
- ‘La force noire’: Les troupes sub-sahariennes dans les conflits mondiaux (Roundtable)
- Figures parfois controversées dans les anciennes colonies, les tirailleurs africains représentent un aspect important de la stratégie militaire de la France au XXème siècle. Ce panel propose d’analyser les tirailleurs dans les guerres mondiales, l’action coloniale de la France ainsi que la place qu’ils occupent dans l’historiographie moderne. On privilégiera une approche interdisciplinaire à travers la littérature, le cinéma, l’art, la sociologie et l’histoire. Envoyez votre proposition à El Hadji Malick Ndiaye: email@example.com
- Littérature et anachronisme
- Ce panel cherche à mettre à profit dans le champ de l’histoire littéraire francophone la critique récente de la version téléologique de l’histoire. Usant du rapprochement et de l’anachronisme, la pensée glissantienne offre un modèle pour une telle tentative. Quels autres paysages littéraires et culturels émergent d’un tel déplacement épistémologique ? Merci d’envoyer les propositions de communication accompagnées d’une courte description biographique à firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 25 Years after the Fall of the Wall: Does the’all in our Heads’ Still Exist?
- This panel invites papers that explore the extent to which there still is a’all’ in the hearts and minds of Germans in general and Berliners in particular? Do the terms’ssi,’’essi,’ and’stalgie’ still have relevance today? What has been done to overcome the mental separation that surfaced after the fall of the Wall in 1989? Send abstracts to Kerstin Gaddy, email@example.com
- Auch ich in Arkadien. Journeys to Italy in Contemporary German Literature
- This panel seeks submissions on authors of the 20th/21st century who discuss Italy in their writings. How do contemporary authors situate themselves vis-à-vis famous predecessors? Is it possible to write about Italy without acknowledging previous authors and their influence on the German perception of Italian culture? How do writers find new ways of describing Italy that do not solely employ old clichés or operate with preconceived notions? Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Gabriele Eichmanns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beyond Franz Kafka: Other Writers of the Prague Circle
- For the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the beginning of the end of the Habsburg Empire, this panel seeks papers on the persistence of German-speaking literature in the remnants of the Empire, especially in the Czech lands. Papers on authors such as Ernst Weiss, H.G. Adler, Gustav Meyrink, and Leo Perutz, as well as on the authors who begin and end the existence of this Circle, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and Lenka Reinerová, are particularly welcome. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Traci O’Brien at email@example.com
- Culinary (Trans-) Culturalism in Austrian and Swiss Literature and Film
- This panel invites presentations and analyses of Austrian and Swiss Literature and Film in which trans-cultural eating and drinking customs, food and nutrition, and cooking and kitchen cultures play a significant role, including historical aspects and culinary tropes. Papers investigating how migration and globalization influence food distribution and supply as expressed in literature and film are also encouraged. Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to Margrit Zinggeler, Eastern Michigan University: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Work and Works of German-Language Women Translators
- This panel aims to highlight new research on pre-20th century German-language women translators. Ideally, presentations will contribute to a better understanding of (1) the material conditions of women’s translation work (financial considerations, time pressures, choice and genres of source-language texts, etc.) (2) the role of women translators and their works within literary-cultural movements (e.g., Enlightenment, Romanticism), or (3) the reception history of translations by women. Abstracts: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ethics and Aesthetics in Anna Maria Ortese’s Works
- Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Anna Maria Ortese, this panel aims to reevaluate her unique literary output. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: Ortese’s cultural critique, her travelogues, the originality of her aesthetics and its strong ethical drive. Please send 250-word abstracts in English or Italian (preferably MSWord or PDF attachments) to email@example.com.
- Fostering the Success of Italian Programs in the US (Roundtable)
- What is the place of the Humanities in the age of Technology? Why study foreign languages in the age of Google translator? Why should we have Italian in the age of global English? How to retain students and increase enrollments? Please send 150-200 words abstract to Enrico Minardi at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Giacomo Leopardi at the Intersection of Literature and the Sciences
- This panel will address the role of scientific thought in Giacomo Leopardi’s strictly literary works such as the Canti and Operette Morali. Ideally, papers will address the possibility that natural philosophical problems such as the relationship between human and non-human nature, or philosophical materialism, inform Leopardi’s poetics and satire. Especially welcome are papers that focus on the relationships between the poetry and the prose, and move beyond the Zibaldone. 250-300 word abstract to Gabrielle Sims <email@example.com>
- Homosexual Women in Italian Literature, Cinema and Other Media (Roundtable)
- Expressions of female homosexuality have only recently begun to enter the mainstream of Italian writing and culture. Following the last four years’ extremely successful sessions, this roundtable reviews selected topics addressing the past, present or likely future of all or any lesbian depictions or expressions in various Italian media, and may focus on their literary, sociological, erotic or other implications. Please send inquiries or abstracts to Erika Papagni firstname.lastname@example.org
- Legacies of Italian Renaissance Literature
- This session invites papers that consider how major and minor texts of the Italian Renaissance reappear in post-Renaissance literature, as models or as counter-models. Papers should demonstrate how the Italian Renaissance connects to subsequent periods, either directly with textual models or indirectly through the reformulation of ideas, forms, and fashions. Papers that discuss contemporary critical conceptions of Renaissance texts will also be considered. Send abstracts to Maryann Tebben, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, email@example.com.
- Teaching Leopardi Today (Roundtable)
- This roundtable proposes to discuss innovative approaches to teaching Leopardi’s work, and its vast body of bibliography, to undergraduate and graduate students, especially in non-Italian universities. Share your experiences and your visions for lending Leopardi the means to speak to today’s generation of young people. Send proposals to Silvia Stoyanova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Transcending Borders and Boundaries with Opera
- This panel will explore the variety of choices made in opera production in order to reflect on its connection with historical events, cultural backgrounds, moral questions, literary contents, staging and visual arts. Send a 250 word abstract to Daniela Antonucci email@example.com
- How to Create Online Foreign Language Courses (Roundtable)
- In a world that is increasingly replacing face-to-face experiences with technology, foreign language programs are receiving pressure to create online classes. Such courses create a challenge for teaching pronunciation, conversation and grammar skills in the second language acquisition. This roundtable panel seeks submissions for creating online foreign language courses that emphasize oral second language skills. Please send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Music and Sound in Today’s Language Classroom
- How can foreign language instructors best approach interactions between words and music, text and context? Topics might include, but are not limited to, how to explore national culture through music and/or sound, as well as how to combine discussions of music, film, the musical cultural canon, and focus on form in today’s classroom. Send a 500-word abstract and one-paragraph biographical
sketch to Pascale LaFountain (email@example.com) and Lisa Parkes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Alternative Career Paths for the Ph.D. (Roundtable)
- At a time when the humanities are increasingly beleaguered, it is important to think both strategically and creatively about how to maximize the potential of a doctorate in one of its disciplines. This roundtable aims to discuss the alternative career possibilities for the PhD, both those involving non-standard paths within academe and those within its adjacent and allied sectors, such as library science, publishing, etc. Those interested in contributing their perspective should send a 150-250 word abstract to Barry Spence at email@example.com.
- Collaboration in the Academy (Roundtable)
- This roundtable seeks to explore the nature, challenges and rewards of collaborative scholarship in the humanities and its place in the profession. Topics might include but are not limited to: co-editing; co-authoring; inter-/cross-disciplinary discussion groups; inter-/cross-disciplinary conference program planning; implications for collaboration of: technology; gender; status and hierarchy; authorial identity; voice; and other topics. Please address queries and/or proposals (250-500 words, and brief bio) to Rita Bode (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Critical Vocationalism and the Language and Literature Curriculum
- Gerald Graff and Paul Jay recently critiqued disdain for vocational training, arguing for a ‘critical vocationalism’ that prepares humanities students for critical participation in the workplace. What is critical vocationalism? What are its practices? How would it change what and how we teach or how we organize curricula? Papers exploring the concept, or examining successful or unsuccessful curricular or pedagogical examples are welcome. Submit proposals to Peter Kerry Powers, Messiah College, email@example.com.
- Interdisciplinarity and the Job Market (Roundtable)
- Navigating interdisciplinarity on the job market is tricky & interdisciplinarians often shortchange specialties to fit traditional categories. This roundtable examines how to effectively foreground interdisciplinary strengths within the pivotal context of application materials. Co-sponsored by the NeMLA’s Graduate and Women’s and Gender Studies Caucuses, this session will cover the best practices to help craft one’s letter & CV better. Send abstracts to Spear <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Spence <email@example.com>.
- Celebrating Nicanor Parra’s 100th Birthday: Antipoetry and Its Legacy
- In 2014 Chilean poet and antipoet Nicanor Parra will turn 100. As a tribute to one of our greatest living poets, it is time to reexamine the trajectory of his work and the legacy of antipoetry: its impact on other poets (the Beats, conversational poetry, dramatic monologues, poetry as concrete object, etc.) and prose writers (e.g. the work of Bolaño, Piglia) and its intersection with postmodern theory and thought. This panel invites papers in English or Spanish. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Españolas protagonistas de la transición a la democracia
- Este panel pretende analizar la labor de aquellas mujeres que desde distintas perspectivas (la de la editora, la política, la escritora, la periodista, la artista etc.) han contribuido en los últimos años a redefinir la Transición y matizar la exclusividad masculina otorgada al proceso por parte de la historiografía oficial. Envíen por favor sus propuestas de no más de 500 palabras y su CV a Noelia Domínguez-Ramos, email@example.com
- Interpretations of Alternatively-abled Women in the Spanish-speaking World
- This panel explores the interpretation of alternatively-abled women as they are portrayed in literature or film written by women in the Spanish-speaking world. (Dis)ability studies, especially as pertains to women in the Spanish-speaking world and their socio-political realities and creative cultural representations, is of particular relevance. Panelists must join both NeMLA and Feministas Unidas, Inc. WGSC Co-sponsored. Please send 250-word abstracts (English or Spanish) to Dawn Slack (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>).
- Jorge Luis Borges and the Five Senses
- This panel will explore the role of the body and its five senses—sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing—in the short fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. How do the abstract ideas that Borges presents to the reader rely on (or come in tension with) this sensory information? Topics include, but are not limited to, the strategic construction (or obfuscation) of space, gender, race, violence and sexuality within the context of Borges’ larger emphasis on textual artifice. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Madness in the Literature of the Portuguese-Speaking World
- The aim of this panel is to analyze how madness has been instrumental in constructing alternative modes of reality. These modes explore the dynamics and the intersections between idealized and disenchanted visions of reality that underlie a dialectical vision of the world. Philosophical, gender, psychoanalytic, cinematographic, and other theoretical approaches to the subject of madness are welcome. Please send a 300-word abstract to email@example.com (PDF attachment).
- Theater and (Subversive) Public Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Spain
- This session addresses the relationship between theater and public spaces, both official and non-formalized, in nineteenth-century Spain. We are interested in the construction of subversive spaces and marginal subjectivities in theatrical works as a way to support, confront, question, critique and/or condemn the new socio-political realities and historical tensions of this period. Please send 250-300 word abstracts in English or Spanish to Sara Muñoz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Vidas Nuevas, Vidas Viejas: Latinos in the Northeast
- Hispanics are one of the fastest growing demographics in our country. This panel invites proposals that deal with texts by and about Hispanics in the Northeast with a special focus on Pennsylvania. Texts are broadly defined as all types of literary production, song, film and other visual media. Preference will be given to papers that specifically address Hispanics in Pennsylvania. Please submit a 250 word abstract with NEMLA in the subject line to Kelliann Flores, Suffolk County Community College, Floresk@Sunysuffolk.edu .
Anglophone (Transnational & Other)
- Aesthetics of Dalit and Tribal Literature
- While the burgeoning publication of Dalit and tribal writers is heartwarming, it demands the need for a critical reading of the ever newer crop of poets and novelists. Writers like Bama, Daya Pawar, and Bisakha Mahji demand an aesthetic re-framing by which they are judged. Do we’ead’ Dalit and tribal writing as merely palimpsests of history, social critique, and reportage? How do we judge Dalit feminist writing that exposes personal and societal oppression? Pramila Venkateswaran, Nassau Community College. email@example.com
- Reviving, and Revising, Henry James (Roundtable)
- David Lodge called 2004’he year of Henry James,’ and the Jamesian revival has only intensified over the past decade. This seminar solicits papers on James’s relevance to the present cultural moment: these might address James’s technique, issues of interpretation, the wave of curiosity about his personal life, and the larger question of what he means to the present time, and not just to literary critics. How is James’s influence felt in popular culture and where do we see his vestiges of James in contemporary literature? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s and Gender Studies
- Cities of Protest, Cities of Collaboration
- From the recent Occupy movement to demonstrations in support of women’s right to vote, the last hundred years have seen the city emerge as a pivotal site of resistance and community for a range of social, economic, and political movements around the globe. For the 2014 Women’s and Gender Caucus sponsored panel, we are interested in papers that address some facet of women, gender, masculinity, and/or sexuality in the city from World War I to the present. Send abstracts to Elizabeth O’Connor at email@example.com.
- Civil Rights Discourse in Post-Stonewall LGBTQ Texts
- LGBTQ activist discourse often turns to the black civil rights movement as model and analogy. This panel explores post-Stonewall LGBTQ texts working both within and against civil rights discourse. What are the dangers and advantages in using ‘like race’ arguments in LGBTQ activism? How have the successes and failures of the black civil rights movement informed contemporary LGBTQ texts? Papers addressing texts from a variety of genres and media are welcome. Send 250 word abstracts and a brief CV to Laura Westengard, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Death, Gender, and Genre: On Women and Elegy
- The last thirty years of elegy studies have brought increasing critical attention to thinking about women and elegy, specifically by reconsidering the positions and practices of female elegists and feminist readers. All papers are welcome that consider the different ways the feminine elegiac reconstructs and challenges masculine elegiac conventions, tropes, modes, figurations, and poetics, thus moving beyond male-centered critical models. Submit proposals of 250-500 words to Clare Emily Clifford at email@example.com
- The Maid of Orleans: Inspired Leader, Protofeminist, and Cultural Icon (Seminar)
- Joan’s legacy has engendered admiration and/or consternation. This seminar will focus on the medieval contexts surrounding her rise and fall: from political to mystical to literary. Papers may examine Joan in her own time. Or, emphasis can be on Joan’s iconographic social status after her’ost’ trial transcripts re-emerged in the 19th century. Biographies, cultural studies, and literary texts that appeared are especially suitable. 250-word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Pro-Indigenous Feminisms, Communal Autobiography and Water
- Senses of self are traditionally communal in indigenous cultures; community includes water. Risks to the Susquehanna River (named for Susquehannok Indians) reflect tensions between Indigenous and European constructions of water. This panel welcomes discussions of water in literature, film, & cultural productions including political discourse, at intersections of pro-indigenous feminism (along vectors such as race, class, & gender), and senses of self. Abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Women in Scandinavian Plays
- This seminar is interested in mapping out the situation of Scandinavian women both in past and more recent dramatic works. How do plays with women protagonists describe female psychology and her social situation? In which ways do the historical plays reflect a later notion of’trong Nordic women’? And how does the form contribute to the dramatization of the problems? Comparative contributions relating Scandinavian plays to literary descriptions of/by women elsewhere are also welcome. Leena Eilitta: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
World Literatures (non-European Languages)
- Arabian Nights: Contact or Conflict?
- Despite their potential for reifying the West’s Orientalist fantasies of the East, Arabian Nights’ tales often provide imaginative encounters with the Other/worldly. Scheherazade’s intertextual, self-reflexive, and (post) modern narratives continue to capture the attention of Western and Middle Eastern writers, e.g. Marina Warner and Hanan el Sheikh. Papers that dwell on encounters with the Other within a global, supernatural, or erotic context are welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Sally Gomaa, email@example.com.
- Creating Global Cultural Citizenship Via Translation
- This panel seeks to move beyond labels such as transnational and postcolonial to articulate a new category of global cultural citizenship. The panel will also try to investigate to what extent translation will help or impede the process. Translations of works of Bengali and Hindi poets and novelists are invited as well as the works of the writers who write in creole, pidgin and Bhojpuri languages. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Ashmita Khasnabish at firstname.lastname@example.org.