Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines January-March 2018

The 20th- and 21st- Century Irish Literatures: Between Realism and Experimentation
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies)
Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2017

HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies) seeks essay submissions for a thematic section of a 2019 issue on “The 20th and 21st Century Irish Literatures between Realism and Experimentation.” HJEAS is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, publishing critical articles and book reviews in the fields of American, British, Canadian, and Irish literature, history, and culture, and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. (http://www.hjeas.unideb.hu)

The tension between realism and experimentation has marked the development of modern Irish literature, being intrinsic to the work of a number of major Irish writers. Often regarded as a father-figure of all experimental writing, James Joyce was attacked by as different commentators as Lukács and Pound for the scope and radicalness of experiment, particularly in Finnegans Wake. Joyce himself considered his work to be firmly set in the realist tradition. At a time when he was yet to publish his first collection of lyrics, W. B. Yeats was encouraged by his father to write realist prose, which may eventually have contributed to his abhorrence of realism in favour of ever more daring experimentation in verse writing. Nonetheless, Yeats’s poetry is packed full of amazingly realist portrayals of the world about him. J. M. Synge may have worked in a realist mode but his implementation of vernacular Aran speech paved the way for the linguistic experimentation of the following generations of Irish (also English-language) playwrights.

Modern Irish literature may seem to be a field of vacillators (whether conscious or not remains to be investigated) who employ traditional genres and modes of writing, while at the same time, almost instinctively, seeking to supersede conventions. Sometimes this happens tacitly, by pushing the boundaries of expressiveness a little further, like with Synge. Occasionally the revolt engulfs conventions in flames in which new means of expression are forged, as is the case in Joyce.

Papers may include but are in no way limited to:

  • Realist and experimental modes in high modernism and onwards
  • Experimental literature today and a century ago: continuity and change
  • Revisions of the realist mode in contemporary Irish literatures
  • Ethics and aesthetics of realist and/or experimental literature
  • The great masters’ (stifling/enabling) influences
  • Contemporary realisms (including magical realism)
  • Voices from the margin (social, cultural, racial, etc.) and the conventions and aesthetics they have embraced or created
  • Cosmopolitanism vs. parochialism – openness and resistance to foreign trends
  • Irish literature and globalization (e.g., realism and experimentation in literary responses to global traumas, literature and the new media, literature and migration, etc.)
  • The aesthetics of nostalgia and futurity

Completed manuscripts of 5,000-10,000 words must follow the MLA parenthetical citation with Works Cited. Please follow the HJEAS Style Sheet available at http://www.hjeas.unideb.hu/submitting-manuscripts.html

Proposals of 500 words with a 100-150 bio are due by February 15, 2018. Final papers are due by July 15, 2018. Please send the submissions and all inquiries to the guest editors, Wit Pietrzak (witpietrzak@wp.pl) and Katarzyna Ojrzyńska (k.ojrzynska@sens.net.pl)

(posted 14 August 2017)


Black Womanhood in Popular Culture
Open Cultural Studies, Peer-Reviewed Journal by De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proopsals: 15 January 2017

Editors: Dr Katharina Gerund (Erlangen/Nürnberg) and Dr Stefanie Schäfer (Jena).

In contemporary popular culture, black womanhood frequently takes centre stage. It occupies an increasingly central place and articulates new and renewed dimensions, prompting questions about the status of black women in the cultural imaginary of the US and beyond. Most prominently, Michelle Obama’s First Ladyship has sparked scholarly and media discussions around the significance of stereotypes associated with black women, the possibilities and limitations of public figures to create new images and anchor them in the cultural imaginary, and about the subject positions and images that express and shape constructions of black womanhood. Further examples include the pop singer Beyoncé, who has proclaimed her commitment to feminism and designed an already iconic celebration of black motherhood (concerning Afro-futurist tropes), wildly popular TV shows like Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder which feature black female protagonists, or literary works and feminist manifestos such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013) or We Should All Be Feminists (2014) and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017). Our special issue aims to examine the multifaceted ideological implications of this proliferation of black womanhood in popular culture. We would like the contributions to this special issue to discuss representations and performances of black womanhood in the transatlantic sphere. Contributions may address a broad range of topics, pertaining to e.g. visual culture (comics, films, TV shows, etc.), material culture and bodily practices, literature, performances, or the arts. We welcome academic essays as well as images to our volume. Issues to be explored include but are not limited to:

  • Black women as cultural agents
  • Feminist agendas and their representation in cultural discourses
  • Epistemologies of black womanhood and systems of knowledge production
  • Afropessimisms and ontologies of black subjecthood
  • · Histories and genealogies of representing black womanhood

Please submit abstracts (500 words maximum) and biographical information to schaefer.stefanie@uni-jena.de and katharina.gerund@fau.de by January 15, 2018. Manuscripts of 5000 to 7000 words will be due by May 1, 2018.

Full call for papers is available here: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1431

(posted 5 September 2018)


Industrial Heritage in the UK : Mutations, Conversions and Representations
Contributions are invited to an issue of LISA e-journal
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2018

https://lisa.revues.org/9025

Since the mid-1950s, the UK has witnessed a growing interest in the study, protection and conservation of industrial heritage, and is often considered as a leader in the exploration of the significance and potentialities of such historical remains. This rise in public awareness was accompanied by the development of industrial archaeology as a discipline in its own right, which later led to industrial heritage being seen as a resource for regeneration and for a global reflexion on the protection of memories of the collective past. The discovery of the economic and social potential of derelict buildings has gone hand in hand with the development of (living) museums, with a surge in urban renewal policies in the context of deindustrialization and with preoccupations with sustainable development or green tourism.

This LISA e-journal issue will thus focus on industrial infrastructures such as former textile mills, factories or warehouses – whether listed or not – along with their surroundings when they constitute a landscape and/or are integrated into a conservation area. The palimpsestic quality of this industrial past is integral to popular and collective memories that are kept alive through museum initiatives whether in the private, public or charitable sectors but also through fictional or documentary films, web sites or the social media. Nostalgia for a glorious past era of British history contributes to the desire to preserve and celebrate the unique skills, the impressive know-how and more generally the salient traits of a bygone civilization.

We welcome contributions aiming to explore changes in the field of industrial heritage and industrial conservation and their instrumental role in the provision of spaces for tourism, culture, and urban regeneration, while bearing in mind the potential conflicts arising from the relationship between these various processes. Examining representations of industrial society and the tangible traces of industry in order to foreground mutations in how industrial heritage has been depicted and perceived since the beginning of the industrial revolution thus offers a more comprehensive picture of the contrasting visions of a once neglected heritage.

The perspective chosen for this Revue LISA / LISA e-journal issue is inter- and pluri-disciplinary, articulated around a variety of approaches including cultural geography, cultural history, art history, media studies, urban studies, heritage studies, architecture, etc.. Studies offering comparisons between the UK and other geographical area(s) or country/ies, are also welcome.

Possible themes thus include (but are not limited to):

  • Care of industrial and technical collections, the conservation of industrial artefacts.
  • Representations of a vanishing industrial society and its heritage: depicting the industrial past, its people and its physical reminders in urban and rural landscapes.
  • Memorizing the industrial past: educational projects, social media, TV or cinematic fictions or documentaries, festivals, attractions, museum developments, memorabilia…
  • Industrial ruins and post-industrial landscapes: creative acts inspired by engagements with physical testimonies to the past, their otherness and unstable state.
  • Recycling industrial buildings and their immediate environment through culture and heritage.
  • New functions for vacant industrial buildings: the discourse of sustainable urban development or of imaginative regeneration of derelict or unused sites.
  • Reinterpreting industrial sites for creative uses: questioning the inventiveness, viability and durability of adaptive re-use by such projects.
  • Conservation and conversions: conflicts arising between architectural, cultural, historical, economic and promotional priorities.
  • The contribution of industrial heritage to tourism and employment in post-industrial areas.
  • Industrial heritage/past as an inspiration for fashion, design, decoration or life style …

Proposals (abstract and bio, not exceeding 500 words) should be sent to Aurore Caignet, Renée Dickason and Tim Edensor by 1st March 2018. The deadline for completed articles is 1st October 2018.
Contributions should not exceed 6,000 words in length and should be sent together with a short biography of the author (max. 200 words) and an abstract (max. 300 words). For submissions, you are invited to read and follow the norms for presentation indicated on the peer-reviewed Revue LISA / LISA e-journal website https://lisa.revues.org/159
ISSN: 1762-6153, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Revues.org.

(posted 8 July 2017)