Much has been written in academia about narrating one’s own life and the lives of others that scholars have subsumed amongst others under life writing which includes a multiplicity of different (sub-)genres such as autobiography, biography or diary (see, e.g., Smith and Watson 2010). Leggi tutto “01/09/2021 – CFP: Life Writing, Creativity, and the Social in the Americas”
This roundtable session addresses the 2022 NeMLA conference theme of “care” to explore its significance and resonance throughout the Black diaspora. As Christina Sharpe asks in In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), “How can we think (and rethink and rethink) care laterally, in the register of the intramural, in a different relation than that of the violence of the state?” (20) This session aims to continue to rethink care in this context. Leggi tutto “30/09/2021 – CFP: Diasporic Blackness and Enactments of Care (NeMLA)”
The 13th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 24-25, 2021 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Leggi tutto “30/06/2021 – CFP: 13th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference”
Guest Editors: Valentina Romanzi + Bruno Walter Renato Toscano
The quest to define the true essence of US identity dates back to colonial times, long before the nation itself was formally established. Yet, scholars traditionally situate the first explicit investigation into what constitutes an American citizen in J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur’s Letters from an American Farmer (1782). The third of the titular letters, aptly named “What is an American,” offers a list of features that de Crèvecœur considered quintessential to Americanness: industry, freedom, individualism, equality, assimilation. All these elements converged in what later became known as American exceptionalism, a doctrine that undergirded (and, to an extent, still undergirds) most, if not all, of US foreign policy.
This edited collection seeks to explore the representation of the First Lady in a range of different texts and media. The collection aims to examine the President’s wife in a purely cultural context by investigating the ways in which she has been represented, embodied, characterised and commemorated in film, fiction, memoir, photography and portraiture, television, theatre, education, museum studies, fashion, and social media. Leggi tutto “16/07/2021 – CFP: Beyond the White House: The First Lady in Film, Fiction, and Culture.”
You might consider applying for the 26TH AISNA BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: Crossing Territories. Recognition across Time, Space, and Textuality in the US and Beyond. Department of Humanities, L’Aquila, September 23-25, 2021.
Recognition and Recovery of Caribbean Canadian Cultural Production: a special issue of Canada and Beyond: a Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies (Issue 10, 2021), with guest editors Michael A. Bucknor and Cornel Bogle. Leggi tutto “31/07/2021 – CFP: CFP: Recognition and Recovery of Caribbean Canadian Cultural Production”