Present Pasts and Future Histories: Places, Spaces, and Discourses 2020 Conference

Країна: США

Місто: Tucson

Тези до: 17.01.2020

Дати: 03.04.20 — 04.04.20

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Організатори: University of Arizona


The artist, writes T.S. Eliot, should foster “a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.” Our conference theme this year is “Present Pasts and Future Histories: Places, Spaces, and Discourses.” We are particularly interested in uncovering obscured histories and speculating about possible futures. For instance, we find it important to acknowledge that the University of Arizona is located on traditionally Tohono O’odham lands. Like all of the United States, this place has its own complicated history, rife with colonial violence and fraught by contested borders. Willa Cather once proclaimed, “The great fact was the land itself,” evoking the mythos of American exceptionalism while obscuring the history of colonialism and violence that enabled colonial settlements in the first place. This year’s conference will therefore consider how intersections of history, place, language, and colonialism elucidate the complex layers of the past, present, and future. 

We invite papers that explore conceptions of place, space, location, borders, cartography, environment, and/or regionalism. While we are especially interested in projects that situate these concepts within some sort of temporal framework, we will also accept papers that engage in topics beyond our conference theme. With an aim of interdisciplinarity, we welcome emerging scholars from a range of fields, including literature, rhetoric and composition, SLAT/EAL, creative writing, film, gender and women’s studies, American Indian studies, Mexican American studies, Africana studies, cultural studies, geography, anthropology, and other related fields. 

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: 

  • Ecocriticism 
  • Science fiction and science fantasy
  • Indigenous languages, literatures, and cultures
  • Histories and erasures
  • Historicizing the present
  • Critical cartographies and conceptions of the environment
  • Regional literatures
  • Intersectional feminisms
  • Problematics of American exceptionalism
  • Frontiers and/or borders
  • Speculative fiction
  • Poetics and aesthetics
  • Discourse in the Trump Era
  • Afrofuturism, Latinx Futurism, and/or Indigenous Futurism
  • Mythologies, ancient texts, and folklore
  • Conceptions of place and borders
  • Temporalities of literature and language
  • Literatures of the American Southwest
  • Undermining official discourses
  • Discourses of power and subversion; camp, satire, parody
  • Oral histories
  • Considerations of the modern, modernism, and/or postmodern
  • Producing and/or occupying space
  • Climate crisis 

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