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CFP: JAm It! Issue #5: “Watching the Watchmen:” The State of Policing in U.S. Cultural Production

CFP: JAm It! #5, Special Issue
“Watching the Watchmen:” The State of Policing in U.S. Cultural Production

US obsession with policing can be traced back as far as John Winthrop’s sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” (climaxed in the noted “the eyes of all people are on us”), delivered in 1630 on board of the Arbella. In one of white America’s foundational texts, the “eyes of all people” stand as an early figuration of panoptical undercurrents in the United States, whereby a professedly metaphysical yet very concrete control is enforced to safeguard social and ethical order. Canonical US literature, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man also reminds us that order, even when not deferred to the State, has been violently enforced through coercion, stigma, or segregation throughout the history of the nation. Echoing the seminal figure of Esther Prynne, narratives produced by authors as diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and, more recently, Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, are figurations and proofs of the United States’ leviathan policing apparatus and its employment in regulating non-conforming subjects in the name of a perfectly-engineered City Upon a Hill and the capitalistic permutation of its transcendental concept of social order. 

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15/10/2020 – CFP: Gratitude in Transatlantic Relations and Diplomacy

This online symposium seeks to bring together new approaches to international studies – affect, material culture, public diplomacy – to examine the significance of gratitude in the history of transatlantic relations. The symposium aims to build collaborative networks and to publish a collection of articles in a peer-reviewed journal.  Leggi tutto “15/10/2020 – CFP: Gratitude in Transatlantic Relations and Diplomacy”

02/10/2020 – CFP: Le rappresentazioni visive del West americano

La conquista del West immaginario e la sua eredità culturale
13 settembre 2021, 12:00 pm CET – 16 settembre 2021, 12:00 pm CET
Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Ca’ Bernardo, Dorsoduro, 3199, 30123 Venezia VE, Italia

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General CFP: Journal of American Studies of Turkey

An international biannual print and on-line publication of the American Studies Association of Turkey, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey operates with a double-blind peer review system and publishes work in English by scholars of any nationality on American literature, history, art, music, film, popular culture, institutions, politics, economics, geography and related subjects. Leggi tutto “General CFP: Journal of American Studies of Turkey”

01/11/2020 – Call for Applications: Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships 2021–2022

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and visual culture of the United States. Leggi tutto “01/11/2020 – Call for Applications: Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships 2021–2022”

January 2021 – CFP: Crisis, Pandemics, and Counter-hegemony: Reading Paradigm Shifts across World Literature

While it may be too soon to assess the long-lasting impact that the Covid19 pandemic will have on our societies and ways of life in the future, it is timely to consider how the collective experience of emergency and crisis tends to prompt reflections and critique —sometimes renewed, though not always— on the ways in which we live, as well as tending to inspire new conceptualizations and directions in thought, behavior, policy, and the arts. Leggi tutto “January 2021 – CFP: Crisis, Pandemics, and Counter-hegemony: Reading Paradigm Shifts across World Literature”