American Identities in Literature and Culture

American Identities in Literature and Culture
First Annual Graham Letters and Culture Symposium
Saturday, 5 April 2014 at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois

We invite individual proposals for papers from Blackburn College students and alumni—as well as graduate students, independent scholars, and academics from across the country and around the world—for the Graham Letters and Culture Symposium celebrating Roy Graham’s fifty years of service to Blackburn College. We welcome proposals across a wide spectrum of time or geography or topic; this year’s theme is the creating and contesting of American identities in film, print, and sound.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the symposium should submit 250-word proposals and a one-page CV to Dr. Ren Draya (ren.draya@blackburn.edu, Professor of English & Communications, Blackburn College) and Dr. Ian Aebel (ian.aebel@tamuk.edu; Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Kingsville) by Friday, 13 December 2013. Presentations should be planned for twenty minutes. All prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Wednesday, 22 January 2014.

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CFP: Interpretations of Consumption and Youth Culture

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures invites essay submissions for a special issue addressing the many interpretations of consumption and their meanings in relation to youth texts and culture(s). We welcome essays that consider registers of race, class, gender, and disability. Essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length and prepared for blind peer-review.

Consumption is a vehicle through which we come to understand proprietary relationships with people, places, bodies, and identities. If food is the primary signifier when we think of consumption, how might we read metaphoric consumption (of capital, culture, and place, for instance) in light of notions of necessity and survival?

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New E-book: Toys, Play, Culture and Society

New digitized version available for free on Scribd (search: Jean-Pierre Rossie) and on www.sanatoyplay.org (see publications) of the book:

Rossie, Jean-Pierre (2005/2013). Toys, Play, Culture and Society. An Anthropological Approach with Reference to North Africa and the Sahara. Foreword by Brian Sutton-Smith, 256 p., 144 ill.

The black and white photographs of the 2005 version have been replaced by the original color photographs. At the same time some minor linguistic and formal adaptations have been made but the content remains unchanged.

CFAuthors: Social History of American Families

The statistics tell the story of the American family: According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 marked the milestone when blended families or
stepfamilies became the most common form of family in America; 2,100
new blended families are formed every day in this country; 41 percent
of unmarried couples living together have children living in the home;
over 65 percent of Americans are now a stepparent, a stepchild, a
stepsibling, a step-grandparent, or touched directly by a stepfamily
scenario. Moreover, the Pew Research Center reports interracial
marriages are on the rise in America—in 1980, 3 percent of married
couples were mixed race; today 1 in 12 couples are interracial
couples.

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The Child in the World

The Child in the World will be a one day conference on 9 November 2013 held at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. Dr Karen Wells will be the keynote speaker.

The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to 13 March 2013.

• How have children’s lives been shaped by global processes and events, both past and present?
• How do children understand their place within the world and how has this sense of place changed or remained the same?
• How have children’s lives been shaped by experiences of global travel, of migration and displacement?

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Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization

Call for Chapters: Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meanings in Changing Times
Edited by Stuart Poyntz and Jacqueline Kennelly

We are seeking chapter contributions to this edited collection, to be published by Routledge in their Studies in Social and Political Thought series (http://www.routledge.com/books/series/SE0252/). To indicate your interest in the collection, please submit an extended abstract of 750 words, describing your chapter’s key aims and how it fits within the edited collection’s goals, as described below. The deadline for extended abstract submissions is Friday, February 15th, 2013. If accepted, full chapters (7000-8000 words) will be due Friday, May 3rd, 2013 and may include limited visual components (photographs, drawings, etc). We would particularly welcome contributions from scholars located in and/or writing about the Global South.

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