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Call For Papers: African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
University of Wisconsin, Madison
September 19-21, 2014
Recent scholarship has brought attention to the possibilities of disciplinary intersections of print and digital culture with African American studies. For example, Leon Jackson has suggested numerous “advantages to be gained from an alliance between book historians and scholars of African American cultures of print” (Book History 13, 2010). Recent edited collections like Cohen & Stein’s 2012 Early African American Print Culture and Hutchinson & Young’s 2013 Publishing Blackness are strong evidence in support of Jackson’s claim and the richness of the work to be done in this field.
By not framing itself within a particular period or form of expression, the conference seeks to further this conversation through a capacious exploration of African American print and digital cultures. We hope the conference will highlight work from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and will explore diverse objects of study in African American media.
We imagine topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, explorations of African American print and digital cultures and:
• Book history, media studies
• Reproduction, originality, imitation
• Periodization, “Earliness,” “first-ness,” “post-ness”
• Archives (actual and metaphorical)
• Institutions, libraries, museums, collectors, programs
• Sonic, visual, oral, and performance cultures
• Anthologization and “recovery”
• Periodicals and serialization
• Publishers, readers, networks, platforms
• Race, intellectual property, and the law
• Digital media and social networks (e.g., #blacktwitter)
• African American publics and counterpublics
• The African diaspora, transnationalisms, hemispheric orientations
Proposals for complete panels (three 20-minute or four 15-minute papers), complete panels of roundtable discussants, or individual papers should include a 250-word abstract per paper and a one-page cv for each presenter. Proposals for innovative forms of presentation are welcome in consultation with the organizing committee. Submissions should be made via email to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be made in April 2014.
P. Gabrielle Foreman, the Ned B. Allen Professor of English and Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, will deliver a keynote address. UW-Madison Libraries and Wisconsin Historical Society archives feature strong collections of African American literature, history, and culture, and may be of interest to visiting participants.
As with previous conferences, we anticipate producing a volume of essays expanded and developed from the conference for publication in the Center’s series, “Print Culture History in Modern America,” published by the University of Wisconsin Press. A list of books that the Center has produced is available at our website (http://www.slis.wisc.edu/chpchome.htm) and the press’ website (http://uwpress.wisc.edu/PrintCulture.html).
For information contact:
Jonathan Senchyne, Associate Director,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
Anna Palmer, Coordinator,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
Conference committee: Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Ethelene Whitmire, Brigitte Fielder, Jonathan Senchyne
OTHER SOUTHS: APPROACHES, ALLIANCES, ANTAGONISMS
In her keynote address at the 2012 SSSL conference, Barbara Ladd discussed numerous recent sea changes in the field of southern literary studies. These shifts include a decentering of the Southern renascence and a heightened interest in earlier texts; in coastal, middle, and upper Souths; in previously overlooked intercultural relationships and tensions; in new ways of thinking about race and racism; in still-nascent understandings of class and classism; and in texts that illuminate “southern” without themselves being “southern.”
These turns to swamps, Indians, eugenics, early Souths, poor whites, trans-Appalachian migrations, the extrasouthern, queer Souths, digital Souths, undead Souths, and Souths we can’t even imagine are exciting both in their own right and as starting points for important new lines of inquiry. We would like to use the opportunity of the next SSSL meeting to push these questions further, and to propose, describe, define, and debate an even broader, more expansive constellation of “Other Souths.” How might we productively re-envision southern literatures, cultures, spaces, and histories? What else needs to be done? And what scholarly, pedagogical, and institutional challenges bedevil these sea changes?
Thinking in terms of southern studies as a field, how might “we”—as self-identified “southernists” or scholars working in fields that bump up against the South—position ourselves professionally, and how we might organize, collaborate, and work across disciplines? How might we learn better to be both southernists and Americanists, for example, or both southernists and comparatists? In other words, who are (and who might be) our allies? What are (and what might be) our most productive alliances? And how do we go about forming these alliances? How does a southernist become more—or differently—interdisciplinary and/or multicultural? And, importantly, as we shape and continue to build the field of southern literary studies, how do we both honor those who have come before us and develop 21st-century pedagogies, mentorships, academic programs, and institutional influence?
Finally, what are the antagonisms—the counterforces, struggles, foils, obstacles, strains, tensions, insurgences, etc.—that attend this work? Is there a value in strategic antagonism?
We’ll gather in Arlington, Virginia, a longstanding yet ever-changing site of transatlantic, multiethnic, colonial, urban, and cosmopolitan alliances and antagonisms. The Washington, DC, metropolitan area is of course replete with iconic, monumental fashionings of U.S. national identity and cultural memory. But northern Virginia is also, now more than ever before, an “Other South” in its own right, a region of tremendous fluidity, full of surprises and crisscrossed by routes—of trade, labor, government, law, media, languages, cultures—that continue to be negotiated, constructed, mapped, traveled, toured, enforced, and contested. SSSL 2014 offers us an opportunity to consider how these and other networks provoke both alliances and antagonisms, both connections and disconnections, both memory and amnesia, among the local, the federal, the regional, the national, the hemispheric, and the global.
The SSSL 2014 program committee—Michael Bibler, Lisa Hinrichsen, Kirstin Squint, and Eric Gary Anderson—invites paper and panel proposals on “Other Souths: Approaches, Alliances, Antagonisms.” All approaches are welcome, including papers that explore alliances and antagonisms in broader cultural and theoretical contexts, including circum-Atlantic, circum-Mississippian, and diasporic connections; literary canons, intertextualities, and networks or anxieties of influence; diverse approaches to power and knowledge; evolving notions of race, gender, sexuality, and/or the body; historical, social, cultural, or political tensions within and/or about “the South”; constructions and deployments of southern cultures through “non-literary” forms of film, music, visual art, popular culture, and performance; and work more specifically focused on particular writers and/or texts.
Please e-mail session or individual paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: December 15, 2013
Eric Gary Anderson
President, The Society for the Study of Southern Literature
Women’s Narratives and the Formation of Empire
Editors: Mary McAleer Balkun, Seton Hall University
Susan C. Imbarrato, Minnesota State University Moorhead
If woman is indeed not born but made, as Simone de Beauvoir maintained, then certainly the process of empire building also impacts the “construction” of woman—what is normative, what is not, and how the difference between the two is navigated, especially by women themselves. As Kate Conboy, Nadia Medina, and Sarah Stanbury explain in their “Introduction” to Writing on the Body, there is a “tension between women’s lived bodily experiences and the cultural meanings inscribed on the female body that always mediate those experiences” (1). This tension is especially acute during times of crisis and social change, natural consequences of the power struggles in emergent empires. The lived bodily experiences of women can vary dramatically depending on age, class, and other variables, and what is ultimately written on their bodies may manifest as a call for change and an insistence on reform even in the midst of cognitive and/or physical disability, freakishness/monstrosity, and/or illness.
Produced from their unique position as both insiders and outsiders—a location from which women were expected to support the work of empire but not participate in its power structures—as well as their status as items of exchange within that domain, women’s narratives can illustrate the ways gender is implicated in the process of empire building. Thus, while women are supposed to embody the values of empire, the female form is also the place where difference is encoded and where the struggle between the empire and the other (whoever that “other” happens to be) is enacted.
For this proposed volume we are looking for papers that examine women’s narratives produced between 1600 and 1820 in which the female body serves as a site of struggle in the development of the American empire. Papers should be 5000 -7500 words in length and formatted according to MLA Style. Please send complete manuscripts, with 200-word abstracts, as well as any questions, to Mary Balkun email@example.com and Susan Imbarrato firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Submission deadline: February 3, 2014
CFP: American Periodicals
American Periodicals, the journal of the Research Society for American Periodicals, invites ongoing submissions for the three primary features in the journal: scholarly essays, book reviews, and “From the Archives.” Project Muse, JSTOR and OCLC First Search host full-text versions of back issues of the journal.
Scholarly essays may treat any aspect of American periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and other periodical publications) from the beginning of American culture to the present. Submissions that treat such topics as the editorial policy, financing, production, readership, design, illustration, and circulation of one or more periodicals are welcome, as are those that explore the position of American periodicals within the broader culture. In particular, we welcome articles that, like the periodicals themselves, cross the boundaries of several disciplines and explore the complex ways that periodicals have shaped, and have been shaped by, American culture.
For additional information visit the AP web site, http://www.amperiodicals.org/ and the web site for the Research Society for American Periodicalshttp://www.periodicalresearch.org/
Craig Monk, University of Lethbridge
Cynthia Patterson, University of South Florida
Karen Roggenkamp, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Submissions are invited for an online periodical, WOMEN IN JUDAISM: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL, http://www.womeninjudaism.org
The journal is published exclusively on the Internet as a forum for scholarly debate on gender-related issues in Judaism. The ultimate aim of the journal is to promote the reconceptualization of the study of Judaism, by acknowledging and incorporating the roles played by women, and by encouraging the development of alternative research paradigms. It is particularly intended to advance critical analysis of gender inequalities within Jewish religion, history, culture and society, both ancient and modern. The journal does not promote a fixed ideology, and welcomes a variety of approaches. The material may be cross-methodological or interdisciplinary.
Articles, essays, book reviews, short notes and bibliographies from all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences are welcome. Submissions for the fall and spring issues are concurrently accepted and should be made by e-mail or by regular mail to:
Dr. Dina Ripsman Eylon, Editor-in-Chief
Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal
1136-3 Centre St., Ste.246
Thornhill, ON L4J 3M8 Canada
We are also seeking book reviewers. A complete list of books is available in our Review Books Received section, which is updated periodically. For further information and guidelines for contributors, please consult our web site or write to the Editor-in-Chief.
New Launch From Oxford Journals — CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S WRITING
Oxford Journals is delighted to announce the addition of Contemporary Women’s Writing to our literature list. This exciting new fast-turnaround journal, unique in its field, critically assesses
writing by women authors who have published approximately from 1970 to the present. The journal reflects retrospectively on developments throughout the period, to survey the variety of contemporary work, and to anticipate the new and provocative in women’s writing.
Broad in its scope, CWW welcomes submissions relating to all literary forms and from a wide variety of theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives.
For more information please visit http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/2996/1.
Book Series Announcement
Praeger Publishers Women Writers of Color Biography Series
The past half century has witnessed a true renaissance in the writing of women of color. In our global village, women of color read each other’s work and find models of strength. In poetry, fiction and drama they discover both a refuge and an embrace.
American women of African descent came early to this rebirth, which has awakened a vast general audience. This series will include high quality literary biographies of well-known African American , Caribbean, Chicana, Native American, Asian American and other women of color writers. The biographies will be geared toward an interested and sophisticated general audience that seeks authoritative information about women of color writers.
These poets and writers are familiar to the reading public: Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, June Jordan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Toni Cade Bambara, Ann Petry, Alice Walker, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Octavia Butler, Georgia Douglass Johnson, Julia Alvarez, Jamaica Kincaid, Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Helena Maria Viramontes, Paule Marshall, Nella Larsen, Jesse Fausett, Margaret Walker, and others.
Submitting a Proposal:
If you believe your work is suitable for the Women Writers of Color Biography Series, please send a proposal consisting of:
1. A detailed description of the planned work, its subject, scope and intended audience.
2. A copy of the curriculum vitae/resume for yourself and any co-authors.
3. A description of any competing books, and an explanation of how yours would differ.
4. An estimate of the length of the final manuscript in words, preferably, or in double-spaced manuscript pages.
5. An indication of how many photos, tables, or figures, if any, you expect to include.
6. An indication of when you expect to be able to submit a final manuscript.
7. A double-spaced sample chapter or two.Each project under consideration for publication is subject to review by the series editor and the editorial board at Praeger Publishers. Please keep in mind that it may take several weeks, to a few months, before a decision is made.
Professor Joanne M. Braxton
Department of English
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
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