Recounting Evidence in African American Digital Studies (REAADS)
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Scholars of African American experiences have long insisted that we shift perceptions about evidentiary privilege. Now, in tapping historical and contemporary humanities data, how do notions about evidence and recovery change when we reconsider what gets labeled “absent” or “present?” What are the advantages of meaning-making at the margins? From Colored Conventions to Ida B. Wells to the recent #SayHerName movement, subjects and figures once considered invisible are now core to varied approaches to studying the intersection of race, class, and gender.
Building on models in the field, this workshop aims to foster a community of scholars interested in developing digital projects in African American studies. We will do so by igniting a conversation about evidence and data that challenges popular ideas about obscurity and ubiquity connected to Black intellectual enterprises. Along the way, participants will also learn about practices in data curation, mapping, and text analysis.
Join us as we gather at the Studio@Butler to examine these case studies. No previous experience in digital humanities is needed, but those with digital humanities experience at any level are welcomed.
In this workshop participants will take up the questions about how digital methods can extend or reconstruct the ways that we have thought about, collected, and analyzed evidence. How do we interpret graphs, maps, and more to situate them within larger critical conversations about identity, technology, and evidentiary privilege, thereby transforming African American cultural studies as well as digital humanities?
The workshop will be led by an interdisciplinary collective focused on nurturing and exploring humanist approaches to the documentation, preservation, and interpretation of African American history and culture.
Initial collaborators include:
- Caitlin Pollock (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
- Trevor Muñoz (African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities, University of Maryland)
- Katie Rawson (Emory University)
- Sarah Patterson (Colored Conventions Project, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
- Jim Casey (Colored Conventions Project, Princeton University)
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Please enjoy listening to the amazing work of Anna Mae Duane and her team.
The episode was produced by Ali Oshinskie with the support of WHUS studios. Post-production assistance by Doug Guerra
Call for Papers
Pauline E. Hopkins Society
American Literature Association
29th Annual Conference
May 24-27, 2018
San Francisco, CA
The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 29th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.
Panel One: Pauline Hopkins and Genre
Pauline Hopkins’s work is notable for its experimentation with genres. Like W.E.B. Du Bois’s use of multiple genres in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Hopkins’s writings in The Colored American Magazine encompass – and often blend – biographies, fiction, histories, and more in her attempt to combat the stereotypical depictions of blackness that were the norm in the mainstream press of the day. Her novels engaged with a variety of literary genres in order to expose and subvert racism in the Jim Crow United States and to argue for a black history that is grounded in richness, depth, and beauty. John Gruesser’s description of Of One Blood as a text that “combines elements from a number of popular genres” and thus “frustrates attempts to briefly summarize it” applies to many of her writings. This panel welcomes papers on Hopkins’s use of genres in her novels and/or her other magazine work. Comparative papers that analyze her use of genres in relation to other writers, such as Du Bois, are particularly welcome.
Questions to consider might include: What is the connection between Hopkins’s literary experimentation and her racial politics? How does Hopkins align her work within genre conventions or subvert them? How does her emphasis on genteel class politics intersect with her use of popular genres? In what ways does her use of genre work to “frustrate” her readers?
Panel Two: Pauline Hopkins’s Activism in 2018
2018 will mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and the establishment of the first black studies department at San Francisco State. It will also likely be a year that continues the conversations and activism around issues like mass incarceration and police violence against African Americans. These instances of racial violence and the responses to that violence call attention to similar issues of the Jim Crow period – or, perhaps, it is more accurate to state that the racial violence and protests of the 21st century are themselves continuations of those of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Where do Pauline Hopkins and her work – in her novels and in the magazines – fit into the current climate? Papers that engage with Hopkins’s activism, particularly in relation to racial violence, are especially welcome. Approaches to teaching Hopkins in the United States of 2018 are also welcome.
Instructions for proposal submission:
· Abstracts for both panels should be no more than 300 words and accompanied by a brief CV.
· Proposals for both panels should be sent to Eurie Dahn, Program Committee Chair, at email@example.com by January 8, 2018.
· The subject line of the email should be “Hopkins/ALA panel one (or two).”
· AV needs should be included in the proposal.
· Membership in the Pauline E. Hopkins Society is required of presenters.
32nd Annual MELUS Conference in Las Vegas
Conference Theme: “TransCulture”
May 3-6, 2018
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Deadline for Abstracts: EXTENDED to November 27, 2017
Las Vegas is a transcultural city, rich in racial and ethnic diversity, and UNLV has recently been ranked as one of the most diverse college campuses in the nation. As one of the last major US metropolitan areas built from the ground up in the twentieth-century, Las Vegas is also a transformative and transient city in the American Southwest, where issues of mobility are constantly negotiated and identities are reimagined.
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels on the broad spectrum of transcultural issues in multi-ethnic literature. Considering the concept of “trans” as relating to that which moves across, beyond, or through, or which enacts a change, topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
Transamerican and hemispheric collaborations and tensions in multi-ethnic texts
Transnational and transhistorical dimensions of the multi-ethnic West
Transformative landscapes and spaces, including, among others, deserts, cities, highways, and borderlands, and in relation to issues of indigenous sovereignty and land claims
Transience and permanence in migrant, immigrant, refugee, and diasporic experience, and in the context of debates about citizenship and borders
Transgender and LGBQ identities and experience in multi-ethnic literature and culture
Transcultural literary representations of popular culture and the entertainment industry
Transvestism, performativity, and spectacles of gender and sexuality
Transportation, transit, and mobility in the multi-ethnic West
Transatlantic routes, identities, and experiences in multi-ethnic literature, including economic and technological considerations
Transformations in the definitions, status, and criticism of multi-ethnic US literature, and in relation to indigenous and national literary traditions
Translation and multilingualism in multi-ethnic texts
Transversing, transgressing, and experimenting with forms and genres, including, but not limited to, film, graphic narratives, spoken word poetry, and multi-genre works
We also welcome proposals on all aspects of multi-ethnic US literature. More information about housing and guest speakers will be available soon. Please send 250-300 word abstracts by Nov. 27, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about MELUS, The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, visit www.melus.org; for more information about the MELUS journal, visit https://academic.oup.com/melus. We hope to see you in Vegas in 2018!
Cross-Currents: the Indian Novels of Elizabeth Oakes Smith
A Special Session for the American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco May 24-27, 2018
While it remains important to continue to re-locate Oakes Smith’s place in cultural conversations of her time—for example, relating recently recovered novels such as The Western Captive to other representations of Native Americans in the 1830s and 40s, or to other antebellum representations of women—one of the next steps in the full-scale recovery of Elizabeth Oakes Smith is the tracing of a variety of elements within, between or among her own works as they were published in the nineteenth century. How did Oakes-Smith’s writing change over the course of her career in response to different audiences, changing political conditions, or even stylistically in her development as a prosewriter?
Using Caroline Woidat’s recent work on The Western Captive (1842) as a starting point, the proposed panel would reveal the complexity and development of Oakes Smith’s professional situation, her political aims, and literary strategies in her “Indian” novels, specifically—at least two of which (The Sagamore of Saco and The Bald Eagle) appeared in markedly different forms during her career. Papers might focus on the following topics, among others:
Representations/Rhetorical Positioning of Native Americans
Figures of Female Adoption/Assimilation
Transcendentalist Philosophy/Representations of Nature
Representations of Masculinity
Writing for the Masses (“Books for the People”/Beadle’s Dime Novel series)
Explorations/Revisions of “American” History
The Native/American Hero
Novels, Nation and Indian Policy
Maps, Place and Geography
Marriage and Miscegenation
Women on the Frontier
Animal Symbolism/Animal Violence
Please send 250 word abstracts with relevant portions of your c.v. to Timothy H. Scherman (email@example.com) by December 28, 2017. Links to available forms of these texts will be available at our website, www.oakes-smith.org by November 21. Please circulate this CFP as widely as possible.