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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 [email protected].  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

Consuming [the] Victorians (Deadline June 1, 2018)


Victorians Institute Conference
Asheville, NC
November 9-10, 2018


The 47th annual meeting of the Victorians Institute will explore the patterns, behaviors, and economies of consumption–both literal and figurative–that we’ve inherited from the Victorians, as well as the myriad ways in which millennial audiences consume the Victorians as part of our everyday lives. We invite participants to join us in considering the legacies of nineteenth century consumption, from the popular media we stream to the holiday traditions we hold dear to the consumer habits we can’t break.


Conference organizers are particularly interested in creating panels that address consumption and/of adaptation, literal forms of dysfunction and consumption, and pedagogy as consumption. Gillian Anderson’s performance as Lady Dedlock, Jenna Coleman’s series Victoria, and the hidden-object game based on The Moonstone depend on audiences’ interest in the Victorians, an interest created by our work in the classroom. But how do we teach students about Lowood, Rugby, or Brasenose College, without making them feel that they have been cornered by a M’Choakumchild? We welcome papers that consider pedagogy–from or concerning the Victorians–and/as consumption.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:


  • Consumerism & the birth of the department store
  • Fashion plates & self-fashioning
  • Cookery for hosting & homemaking
  • Food product availability at home & abroad
  • Commercially-processed food for mass consumption
  • Consuming resources (mining & harvesting)
  • Consuming obsessions (monomania, paranoia, & other psychological fixations)
  • Bodies consumed by industrial labor
  • Bodies consumed by infectious disease
  • Consuming national cultures in the Crystal Palace
  • Immigration & the incorporation of cultures into the body politic
  • Literature for popular consumption (sensation & other popular fiction)
  • Crime as commodity (Newgate novels & crime journalism)
  • Vampirism as fiction & metaphor
  • Modernizing agriculture & the science of feeding populations
  • Vegetarianism & the ethics of eating
  • Consuming the colonies (sugar, tea, & Imperial food production)
  • Overconsumption of alcohol, drugs, & food
  • NeoVictorianism & Consuming the 19C
  • Streaming the Victorians (popular 21C reimaginings, e.g., Victoria, Mr. Selfridge, Penny Dreadful)
  • Collecting mania
  • Sites of exchange/secondhand culture (then & now: auction houses, curiosity shops, Etsy, eBay, Pinterest, etc)
  • Modes of mass consumption
  • Work opportunities/sales jobs (shopgirls, delivery boys, street hawkers)
    Communication technologies & information consumption (the post, telegraphy, steam-press printed periodicals, the circulating library, et al for the Victorians; the web, teleconferencing, ebooks & journals, Netflix, et al for 21C Victorianists)
    Consuming Passions/Consuming Time (leisure, entertainment, work, hobbies, sports, games)
  • Materialism v. spiritualism
  • Advertising


Please send a 300-word abstract and two-page CV to the conference organizers at [email protected] (Word or PDF format). Proposals should include contact information. Panel proposals should include contact information for all participants, a synopsis of the panel, and abstracts for all papers.


All proposals are due by Friday, June 1, 2018.


VI offers limited travel subventions for graduate students whose institutions provide limited or no support. If you would like to be considered, please include a brief cover letter with your proposal explaining your request and what travel support you currently receive.


Find general info about the Victorians Institute and the Victorians Institute Journal at



Edited Collection on Charles Frazier (Deadline July 15, 2018)

The West Virginia University Press has invited North Carolina Literary Review Editor Margaret Bauer to edit a volume of critical essays on Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier. Please email Professor Bauer ([email protected]) your paper proposal before the final submission July 15 due date. Papers may be on a single Frazier novel, or they might trace a theme/conflict/character type through all of his novels. If needed, writers of the latter type of paper will be given the opportunity to expand their papers to include the new Frazier novel, Varina, just out this Spring.


"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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]

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


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