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THE IX AHH International Congress (Deadline March 30, 2018)

La Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades tiene el honor de invitar a los profesores, investigadores, escritores, estudiantes posgraduados y demás personas interesadas en los estudios, la investigación y la difusión de las humanidades hispánicas al IX Congreso Internacional de la AHH que se celebrará en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Extremadura, campus de Cáceres, del 19 al 22 de junio de 2018 sobre el tema
Aportaciones y retos de la tradición cultural hispánica
en una sociedad global
Quienes deseen participar en el IX Congreso pueden organizar paneles, mesas redondas, sesiones temáticas o foros de escritores y artistas, con una participación máxima de cuatro personas. También tendrán cabida las comunicaciones individuales relacionadas con el tema del Congreso y las áreas de investigación mencionados. Las comunicaciones individuales, así como la  participación en paneles, mesas redondas, simposios, etc., no deberán exceder los 20 minutos. Las sesiones, paneles, mesas redondas, etc. se limitarán a 90 minutos.
Los idiomas del congreso son el español y demás lenguas hispánicas, el inglés y el portugués.
 
El plazo para recibir las propuestas de comunicaciones individuales, mesas redondas, paneles, simposios y foros estará abierto hasta el 30 de marzo de 2018. Se empezará a confirmar la aceptación de propuestas a partir de enero de 2018.
 
El formulario de inscripción está disponible en la página web de la Asociación:
https://ahhumanidades.org/   También se puede mandar al correo electrónico: propuestas@ahhumanidades.org). 
Se sugieren, sin excluir otras, las siguientes areas de investigación:
La tradición cultural hispánica en
  • Las literaturas hispánicas                          
  • La fotografía, el cine y la televisión                       
  • La música y las artes plásticas
  • Las revistas y los cómics
  • El cartelismo, la publicidad y los medios de comunicación
La tradición cultural hispánica y el pensamiento
  • Historia y memoria
  • Libertad estética, personal y nacional
  • Comunidades imaginadas: nación e identidad
  • Nacionalismos en la historia, la filosofía, la lengua y la literatura
  • Monumentos e imaginación pública
  • La tecnología y la tradicion cultural hispana
La tradición cultural hispánica en la lengua
  • Análisis crítico del discurso
  • El español como lengua de herencia
  • La enseñanza del español como segunda lengua
  • Estudios sociolingüísticos
La tradición cultural hispánica y los movimientos sociales
  • Inmigración y emigración
  • Las fronteras del idioma
  • Los medios masivos de comunicación
  • Los dialectos y los idiolectos
  • El lenguaje de la democracia
Pedimos a los participantes que lleguen a Cáceres el día 19 de junio para poder participar en la apertura del congreso en la mañana del miércoles 20 de junio.
Para información adicional: Carmen T. Sotomayor ctsotoma@uncg.edu (presidente de la AHH)
utilizando el encabezamiento: Cáceres 2018

The Hispanic Association for the Humanities has the honor of inviting professors, researchers, writers, postgraduate students, and others interested in the study, research, and dissemination of the Hispanic humanities to the IX AHH International Congress to be held at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Extremadura, Cáceres Campus, Spain, from June 19 to 22, 2018 on the general topic of:

Contributions and challenges of the Hispanic cultural tradition
in a global society
 
Those who wish to participate in the IX Congress can organize panels, round tables, thematic sessions, or forums about writers and artists, with a maximum participation of four people in each session. Individual papers related to the theme of the Congress and the research areas listed below will also be considered. Individual presentations, as well as participation in panels, round tables, symposiums, etc., should not exceed 20 minutes. The sessions, panels, round tables, etc. will be limited to 90 minutes total. The languages of the congress are Spanish and other languages of Spain, English, and Portuguese.
 
The deadline to receive proposals for individual papers, round tables, panels, symposiums, and forums is March 30, 2018. The authors of accepted proposals will be notified beginning in January 2018.
 
The registration form is available on the Association's website: https://ahhumanidades.org/
You may also send an email to: propuestas@ahhumanidades.org.
The following areas of research are suggested, without excluding others:
 
The Hispanic cultural tradition in:
·         The Hispanic literatures
·         Photography, film, and television
·         Music and the visual arts
·         Magazines and comics
·         Poster design, advertising, and the media
 
Hispanic cultural tradition and thought on:
·         History and memory
·         Aesthetic, personal, and national freedom
·         Imaginary communities: nation and identity
·         Nationalisms in history, philosophy, language, and literature
·         Monuments and public imagination
·         Hispanic technology
 
The Hispanic cultural tradition in linguistics:
·         Critical discourse analysis
·         Spanish as the language of inheritance
·         The teaching of Spanish as a second language
·         Sociolinguistic studies
 
The Hispanic cultural tradition and social movements, such as:
·         Immigration and emigration
·         Linguistic borders
·         The mass media
·         Dialects and idiolects
·         The language of democracy
 
We ask that participants arrive in Cáceres on Tuesday, June 19 in order to participate in the opening of the congress on the morning of Wednesday, June 20.
 
For additional information: Carmen T. Sotomayor ctsotoma@uncg.edu (president of the AHH) using the subject: Cáceres 2018

 

Library Research Grants: Georgia College (Deadline April 2, 2018)

Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, offers short-term Library Research Grants every year to scholars and students whose work would benefit from access to materials in Ina Dillard Russell Library’s Special Collections. Strengths of the collections include Milledgeville/Baldwin County history and culture, (local/regional) women’s history, and Georgia College history. Special Collections houses the papers of authors Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker and several political figures, including U.S. Secretary of Labor W. J. Usery, U. S. Senator Paul Coverdell, U. S. Representative Carl Vinson, and Georgia State Senator Floyd L. Griffin, Jr. For more information about Special Collections or the grant, please visiour website (Contact: nancy.davisbray@gcsu.edu).

Beyond Binaries: Trans Identities in Contemporary Culture (Deadline April 30, 2018)

A growing awareness of transgender issues has intensified in recent years, especially after the high-profile media example of Caitlyn Jenner, the career ascension of Laverne Cox, and the cross-media achievements of Jazz Jennings. This rising awareness has caused activism both for and against the transgender community and compels us to question many of the binaries that permeate popular culture. Few issues question borders and transcend boundaries in such an important manner as current transgender concerns, and although there has been scholarly attention on trans communities, there has been little attention given to the intersection of trans identities and broader contemporary culture.

We are seeking 200-400 word abstracts for book chapters (18-20 pages with end notes) exploring the theme of what exists within and beyond the binaries that were, upon a time, never questioned or examined, especially as expressed through a transgender lens and in popular culture.

Any solid methodological approach will be considered. We are particularly interested in projects that question or redefine gender and transgender identities beyond the expectations of binary codes, be it language, media portrayals, and historical considerations, such as but not limited to:

  • Transgender presence in cinema
  • Transgender identities in music
  • Transgender culture and fashion
  • International perspectives on transgender visibility and perspectives
  • Social media representations of trans identities
  • Transgender presences in video games

This collected work will explore numerous aspects of transgender identity from a scholarly perspective while at the same time using transgender as a lens to investigate cultural practices and constructions. It will be multidisciplinary and well researched, but also accessible to a non-scholarly audience. The book would be organized in three major sections roughly corresponding to the past, present, and future of the transgender presence and movement.

By April 30, please submit for consideration a chapter abstract or a completed book chapter and brief bio to Dr. John Lamothe, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, at john.lamothe@erau.edu.

Our current timeframe is:

April 30, 2018—Deadline for chapter proposals

May 2018 – Put out 2nd CFP to round out any chapters we’re missing.
September 2018 – Deadline for completed chapters.
November 2018 – Deadline for final chapter revisions.
December 2018 – Submit final manuscript to publisher.
Spring/Sum 2019 – Final book goes to press.

Variations on the Flâneur and Flâneuse in International Modernism:
Utopian and Dystopian Experiences of the City, 1860-1945 (Deadline May 1, 2018)
 

The flâneur figure, originating in texts like the anonymous 1806 pamphlet describing a loitering Monsieur Bonhomme, developed in fiction by Honoré de Balzac, Louis Hart, Charles Baudelaire, and Victor Fournel, reinforced in Walter Benjamin’s momentous project on 19th century French culture, and appropriated by avant-garde groups like the Surrealists, has experienced recent revisiting. Explorations into gender (Susan Buck-Morss 1986, Griselda Pollock 1988, Janet Wolff 1989, Anne Friedberg 1993, Deborah Parsons 2000, Elizabeth Wilson 2000, Mariah Devereux Herbeck 2013, and Lauren Elkin 2017), different forms of city travel (Makiko Minow-Pinkney 1998, José Eduardo González 2012), and urban drifting outside of France (James Werner 2011, Dorde Cuvardic García 2012, Richard Wrigley (ed.) 2014, and Peng Hsiao-Yen 2015), have challenged the traditional definition of the flâneur as a male pedestrian strolling through the French capital. With the aim of contributing to this expanded concept of flânerie, and developing a more comprehensive understanding of the range of urban experiences in the modernist period, we invite submissions for chapter contributions to an edited volume on the relationship between the flâneur/flâneuse and city in modernist literature, film, visual and performing arts, and popular culture. For the purposes of this project, the modernist period will be broadly delineated as ranging from 1860 to 1945 so as to examine the changes and variations in flânerie over more than eight decades.

The overarching theoretical question of this collection is whether the flâneur/flâneuse figure-- broadly conceived--experiences the city and modernity as utopian or dystopian, that is, as paradisiacal or infernal, as sources of pleasure or pain, as places of beauty or ugliness, as canvases for artistic creation or as settings of destruction, death, or ruin, as egalitarian or stratified spaces, as a matrix of liberation or confinement, etc. Contributions should explore how the flâneur/flâneuse figure--whether historical or literary, filmic, artistic--understands and engages with his/her environment. Some possible questions to address are:

  • In what ways does flânerie illuminate or complicate the modern experience of the city?
  • What roles do gender, class, sexuality, nationality, race or ethnicity play in the practice of flânerie?
  • What are the concerns of the “peripheral” flâneur/flâneuse and what “peripheries” ought to be examined?
  • How does flânerie intersect with, engage in or evoke diametric notions like town and country, society and nation, high and low art, the artist and the streetwalker, reverie and action, escapism and engagement, aesthetics and politics?
  • How have leading artistic, social and political paradigms of the modernist period-- Aestheticism, Surrealism, Marxism, Freudianism, First-Wave Feminism, etc.--affected the genealogy of the flâneur/flâneuse figure and flânerie studies?
  • How have later theories like Postmodernism, Situationism, Postwar Feminism, or Mobility Studies shaped more recent understandings of modernist flânerie?
  • How have major theoretical contributions such as those of Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin been revisited, revised, or rewritten by later theorists, authors, and practitioners of flânerie?
  • In addition to textual and literary definitions or characterizations of flânerie, what kinds of alternative examples exist? What is the significance of the flâneur/flâneuse image in art, film, graphic novels, photography, popular magazines, performance or fashion?

Variations on the Flâneur and Flâneuse in International Modernism thus aims to explore both early manifestations of the flâneur figure in mid- to late-nineteenth century texts as well as later variations in early- to mid-twentieth century treatments of the topic. Chapter contributions will be grouped both chronologically (roughly 1860-1900 and 1900-1945) and theoretically (utopic and/or dystopic). We are open to studies on any geographical region and on any genre or form.  Please email completed chapter submissions of 7,000-9,000 words to Kelly Comfort (kcomfort@gatech.edu) and Marylaura Papalas (papalasm@ecu.edu) by May 1, 2018 for consideration in this volume. Please follow the most recent MLA style guidelines.

 

New Media and the U.S. South [Edited Collection] (Deadline May 1, 2018)

Editors: Gina Caison (Georgia State University), Lisa Hinrichsen (University of Arkansas), Stephanie Rountree (Auburn University)

We are seeking inventive work from scholars in a variety of fields for an edited collection that will examine the role of new media in relationship to the U.S. South. Technologies of virtuality and transformations in digital media and the geowebare augmenting traditional concepts of space and place, offering new knowledge politics that carry a cluster of implications for commerce, governance, civic participation, and activism. Beyond its global reach through popular web-­‐based and mobile applications, new media reshape the ways we view and interact within the local, from altering the way we navigate city streets to innovating modes of human intimacy; they challenge and change the ways in which we build and express attachments to place(s), form spatial imaginaries, and interact with landscapes. In examining how changes in information and media landscapes modify concepts of “region,” this collectionwill both articulate the virtual realities of the 21st-­‐ century U.S. South andalso historicize the impact of “new” media on a region that has always been mediated.

Recognizing that many forms of “old” media were once “new,” this collection seeks to engage with epistemologies of “newness” that act upon ideas of both “media” and the “South.” To that end, this collection poses several questions for investigation. How have new media technologies challenged the material and linguistic nexuses of southern communities? Might digital technologies aid in, to useBrittany Cooper and Margaret Rhee’s phrase, “hacking the b/w binary” that has permeated narratives of the U.S. South? Or do technologies of geomonitoring and surveillance trap humans in forms of what Jerome E. Dobson and Peter F. Fisher have called “geoslavery”? How are our knowledge and memory of southern space and place being reshaped by new media in the present, and what are the historical antecedents to this phenomenon? What new types of collective memories, politics, and publics are being created through new configurative practices inherent to digital media?

We welcome papers from a variety of scholarly perspectives and methodological approaches. Suggested topics include:

  • The impact of mobile technologies on privacy and surveillance in southern spaces
  • Identity issues in social networks including but not limited to gender, sexuality, race, and disability
  • Place-­‐based new media practices
  • •     New media and the fostering and/or threatening of cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Digital neocolonialism
  • Digital decolonization efforts and activism
  • U.S. South/souths and the digital public sphere
  • Virtual/viral/hypertextual souths
  • Region and the digital divide
  • The U.S. South and big data
  • The mobilizing potential of new media
  • Digital news and disinformation
  • Networked cultural production in the digital age, including media convergence
  • New media and the construction of cultural identity
  • Specific studies of the U.S. South/souths on or across specific platforms (e.g. WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Wikipedia etc.)
  • Affective experiences with the new media
  • Phenomenological and epistemological implications of new media
  • Podcasting the U.S. South/souths
  • Digital temporalities
  • Locational data mining and new forms of “geoslavery”
  • Neogeographic mapping practices
  • Spatial archives, digital preservation, cultural heritage practices
  • Transmedia narratives
  • The aesthetics and politics of new media
  • New pedagogies for the new media landscape

Chapter  proposals  of  500  words,  along  with  a  200-­‐word  bio  should  be  sent to southandnewmedia@gmail.com by May 1, 2018. We expect to notify authors by the end of May, and to require chapters to be completed by the October 1, 2018.

The 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities (Deadline May 15, 2018).
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University of West Georgia (UWG) invite you to celebrate the 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, October 25-27, 2018. We welcome submissions from across the Humanities, Fine Arts, and the Social and Natural Sciences, dealing with INTERSECTIONALITIES/INTERCONNECTIONS/LIMINALITIES and the many relations and intersections between them. Papers, exhibits, performances and screenings may be submitted by scholars, graduate students, writers, artists, and performers.  
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook
Professor Juanamaría Cordones-Cook is the University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor, the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages and a member of the Academy of Letters of Uruguay. Her scholarship includes contemporary Spanish American literature, theater, and visual arts with a focus on Afro-Hispanic writers and artists. Along with an extensive publication record of journal articles and award-winning books, Cordones-Cook’s research also incorporates image, sound, and movement, having produced and directed oral histories and documentaries. An Emmy nominated filmmaker, Professor Cordones-Cook has built a panoramic compendium and archive of Havana’s Black Renaissance with over twenty documentaries on artists and writers of the African Diaspora with emphasis on Cuba.
 
We encourage presentations about Intersectionalities/Interconnections/Liminalities on topics including, but not limited to:
  • Africana and Indigenous Studies
  • Literary studies of all periods, places, and times
  • African, Maghrib and Saharan Studies
  • Haitian studies
  • Filmography
  • Afro-Hispanic Studies
  • Opposing concepts such as: war/peace; love/hate; local/global; citizens/immigrants; etc.
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Imperialism and the Natural Sciences
  • Cultural studies
  • Migration, immigration and globalization
  • Feminism, queer and postcolonial theory
    • Linguistics, language and bilingualism
    • Eco-criticism
    • Memory, memorials, and commemoration
    • Study abroad
    • Anthropology
    • Geography and cartography
    • History, historiography, and historical revisions
    • The visual arts, including film studies, photography and graphic design
    • Environmental Studies and Urban Studies
    • Health and travel concerns     
    • Theatre, scenes and landscapes
    • Philosophy
    • Myths and mythology
    • Music, including musical history and theory
    • Economics, including commerce, marketing and trade

We especially welcome presentations about Haitian Studies to honor Dr. Flore Zephir. Dr. Albert Valdman, Director of the IU Creole Institute, will participate in this important recognition.

For individual proposals please submit a one-page, double-spaced abstract to Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle at azapata@westga.edu.  Include the presenter’s name, institution, email address, phone number, and any audio-visual or technical requirements for the presentation on a separate page. Papers in French, German and Spanish are welcomed as part of a pre-organized panel.

Submissions for panels of 3-4 presenters are especially welcome.  For panel proposals please submit the panel title, abstracts, and contact information for all speakers and for the panel moderator.  Proposals are due by May 15th, 2018.

In cooperation with the UWG Library, the ILL Conference is pleased to offer conference presenters the opportunity to showcase and discuss their recently published books. Certain books may be purchased by the UWG Library. As space may be limited, presenters interested in displaying their published works should contact the organizing committee upon registration. Conference presenters may bring copies of their works to share; however, writers will not have the opportunity to sell their books at the conference. 

Organizing committee:
Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle (University of West Georgia)
Dr. Tomaz Cunningham (Jackson State University)
Dr. Kyle Lawton (University of West Georgia)
2018 registration fees:
  • All UWG faculty and All graduate students: $65
  • Faculty, scholars, and other participants:  $110

"Bad Boys" and Girls in Sports (Deadline October 1, 2018)

At their most basic level, sporting events are about numbers: wins and losses, percentages and points, shots and saves, clocks and countdowns. However, when it comes to sports narratives—the expert commentary before, during and after, the athlete interviews and press conferences, the fan debates around a television or in online forums, etc.—the stories quickly leave the realm of analytics and enter into mythos. The narratives we tell make sports so compelling. We shape athletes into heroes or scapegoats, Davids or Goliaths. We mold the sporting event into a comeback tale or a fall from grace. In other words, we make sports dramatic.

Just like any great drama, sports imply conflict, not just battles on the field of play, but clashes of personalities, goals, and strategies for accomplishing those objectives. Conflict creates heroes … but it also invites stories of villainy. Sometimes an athlete is villainized for a game or a season, but occasionally a player breaks from social expectations so often or in such a dramatic fashion that (s)he is labeled a “bad boy” in the sport. From John McEnroe and Pete Rose to Tonya Harding and Michael Vick, sporting history is punctuated by these bad boys, and what it takes to be placed in this category varies depending on many factors: the particular sport, social trends, race, gender, relationship with the fans or media, etc.

This collection will explore “bad boys” and girls in sports and their place in both the sporting world and broader culture. Each chapter will focus on a central figure within a specific sport, and it will use that figure as a way to explore larger sporting and social issues. For example, what does it take to be cast as a bad boy in a specific sport? What does that say about the values held in that sport during that time period? How does race, gender, social-media use, media/fan relationships, background, domestic versus international competition, social expectations, etc. play a role in the creation of a bad boy?

We are seeking chapter proposals that explore this topic. Any methodological approach is welcome, but the chapter should be geared toward an audience that could range from sporting enthusiast to critical scholar. Although there is some room for overlap, we would like each chapter to explore a different sport, and no two chapters will explore the same central figure. Proposals have already been accepted that examine John Daly, Collin Kaepernick, Ryan Lochte, and Jameis Winston. We welcome analysis of any sport, but we are particularly interested in chapters on Baseball, Tennis, Cycling, Basketball, Soccer, American Football, Boxing, Hockey, Auto Racing, and Olympic competitions.

Proposals should be between 400-700 words, and they should include a brief author bio. Please email proposals to Dr. John Lamothe at john.lamothe@erau.edu by May 1, 2018. Completed chapters will be expected by October 1, 2018.

 

Rohingya Refugees: Identity, Citizenship, and Human Rights (Deadline October 15 2018)

Issue 53: December 2018: Rohingya Refugees: Identity, Citizenship, and Human Rights

[Last date for submission: 15 October, 2018; Date of publication: 1 December, 2018]

Guest-Editor: Chapparban Sajaudeen Nijamodeen, Assistant Professor, Centre for Study of Diaspora (CSD), Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India.

Rohingyas are the ethnic native community of the Rakhine State, which is situated on the western coastal region of Burma, today’s Myanmar. The words ‘Rakhine’ and ‘Rohingya’ are known for their preservation of national and ethnic heritage from centuries but, unfortunately, they have been rendered homeless in their own country. Rohingyas have become stateless through sophisticated de-nationalization which automatically made them among the “most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world”. The ethnic, racial, cultural, linguistic identity of the Rohingyas was selectively and strategically excluded from the ‘national imagination’ of Myanmar state. They are denied citizenship and have become victims of structural violence, forced labor, confiscation of property, rape, gender abuse, human right violation, etc.

In this context, it is pertinent to ask the following questions: Who are the ‘Rohingyas’? What are their ethnic, linguistics, cultural, and religious identities that are not accommodated within the multiethnic national fabric of Myanmar? How have political parties responded to Rohingya crisis and refugees in India, a country which is not a part of 1951 Conventions relating to the status of refugees or the 1967 Protocol? What is the role of UNCHR-India in reaching out to the Rohingyas amidst the political tension over Rohingya refugees in India? How have the Asian countries accommodated the Rohingya refugees and what are their challenges and perspectives? How have lawyers, academicians and scholars on migration studies, social bodies, think-tank, civil societies, human rights activists, and NGOs taken up the issue of Rohingyas at both national (India) and at international level and facilitated these refugees?

The present issue of Café Dissensus aims to explore the following subthemes to understand the Rohingya crisis in general and their problems as stateless and refugees in other countries. Contributors are requested to focus on the following themes (but are not limited to these alone):

  • Identity, Culture and ethnicity
  • State, Citizenship, and Rohingyas
  • Arkan/Rakhine State and Rohingyas
  • Politics and Rohingyas in India
  • Rape, Sexual Violence, and Gender
  • Media and Rohingyas
  • Rohingyas and International Communities
  • Literature and Rohingyas
  • Media and Rohingyas
  • Rohingyas and Human Rights
  • Rohingya, Refugees, Refugee Camps
  • Legality, Illegality and Rohingyas
  • Refugee Conventions and Rohingyas
  • Civil Societies, NGOs, and Rohingyas

Articles, research papers/reports, narratives from people who are working with Rohingyas in refugee camps, first-first narratives from Rohingyas themselves are invited. Submissions should be of roughly 2000-2500 words. Some longer pieces would be considered, if they deserve more space. Submissions will be accepted till 15 October, 2018 and the issue will be published on 1 December, 2018. Please strict to deadline and email your submissions to the issue editor, Chapparban Sajaudeen Nijamodeen: shujaudeen09@gmail.com

About the Magazine

Cafe Dissensus is an alternative magazine dealing in art, culture, literature, and politics. It’s based in New YorkCity, USA. We DISSENT. The magazine also runs a blog, Cafe Dissensus Every day. Our ISSN No: ISSN 2373-177X https://cafedissensus.com/

 

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