Celebration of Research: Forthcoming Work

Lauren Fournier, Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism

MIT Press in early 2021.

Fournier provides a long-awaited account of autotheory, situating it as a mode of contemporary, post-1960s artistic practice that is indebted to feminist writing, art, and activism. Fournier argues that the autotheoretical turn signals the tenuousness of illusory separations between art and life, theory and practice, work and the self—divisions long blurred by feminist artists and scholars. Autotheory challenges dominant approaches to philosophizing and theorizing while enabling new ways for artists and writers to reflect on their lives.

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Contribution to Current Conversations about Black Resistance Movements by Joycelyn K. Moody. In A History of African American Autobiography

Cambridge University Press, April 2021.

Cambridge University Press’s History of African American Autobiography extends to readers its investment in detailed analyses of understudied—in some cases, previously unknown—but essential Black autobiographical writing produced in and/or about New York. A History of African American Autobiography explores Black autobiography from the little-known narratives of stalwart nineteenth-century Black women by or about Black New Yorkers.

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Julie Rak, False Summit: Gender in Mountaineering Nonfiction

McGill-Queens University Press. Forthcoming Spring 2021

Mountaineering’s position as the metaphor for the pinnacle of human achievement remains predominately the preserve of traditional white male heroism. Why is this the case? False Summit examines expedition accounts from the world’s highest mountains to explain why women are still a minority in the world’s highest places.

Li Shan Yellow Man: Lee Wen, the artist who dared

Epigram Book Shop, November 2021.

There was once a boy in Singapore who spent all his time drawing, painting, singing and performing. People found his ways strange. But he did it all the same. Till one day…he became one of the world’s best known performance artists.

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Sarah Fay, Pathological: A (Punctuated) Memoir

HarperOne, Fall 2021.

Pathological: A (Punctuated) Memoir is about the dangers of self-labeling with a mental illness. To understand how she self-labeled and almost died as a result, Sarah Fay investigates the language used to identify with a mental illness and how she talked to herself about and into believing the seven diagnoses she received. In doing so, she examines and traces the history of the flawed system used to classify mental illnesses and those who receive them: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

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Dana Di Pardo Léon-Henri, Artificial Intelligence and Language Teaching

In light of the Fourth Industrial revolution, the objective of this AI project is trifold:

  • to integrate AI into language teaching at the tertiary level to sway student’s negative perceptions of AI and motivate them;
  • to develop a diagnostic evaluation procedure aimed at assisting students in their language skills progression, and;
  • to provide assistance to language instructors in the progression and evaluation of their students.

I am currently looking for motivated and qualified partners (academic, enterprises, startups) to create an international research project and seek funding.For more information click here

Marjorie Kanter, Street Performances as Spatio-Temporal Heterotopias’Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Virtual and/as Street Performance(s)

Exploring the mirror and self-talk. In his text ‘Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias’, Foucault writes, “… the mirror does exist in reality, where it exerts a sort of counteraction on the position that I occupy … I discover my absence from the place where I am … Starting on the other side of the glass, I come back to myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am.” We will look at reflective surfaces and reflective minds in nature, child development, film, myth, story, music, and ourselves with a view on the mirror and mirroring, and its reflections.


You are invited to submit your own self-talk selfie of between a few seconds and 3 minutes. Send to me: margiekanter@gmail.com (Subject heading: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall) First deadline: Jan. 20, 2021.

Shashibhusan Nayak, Call for Papers: Auto/Fiction (open issue)

Publisher: The Centre for Autofiction Studies

The journal  is open to all kinds of applied and theoretical papers on autofiction. Contributions should be written in English and may vary in length from 3000 to 12000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1000 words. In addition to scholarly papers, we invite contributions in the form of book reviews, calls for papers, announcements of conferences etc. All contributions must adhere to the MLA style sheet (8th Edition) with an abstract and keywords. All methods and approaches are welcome. Potential themes include but are not limited to: ·Fact, Fiction & autofiction; Metafiction; Surfiction; Faction; Auto-narration; Auto-fabulation; Autobiographical novel; Autobiography and autofiction; The self-fictionalization; The author and his/her double; Frontiers of the writing itself; Narrative and fiction; Narrative analysis; Narrative and autofiction; Theories of autofiction; Self-representational Writing; Online Writing of the Self; Fake Autobiographies; Auto-ethnographies; Autofiction in Cartoons; Autofiction in Dance and Film; Indigenous autofiction; Autofictions of ‘ordinary people’; Autobiography in Translation; Autofiction and the body; Autofiction and the law; Autofiction and human rights; Autofiction and sexuality; Visual autofiction; Psychoanalysis; Cultural analysis and autofiction.

Email: autofiction@hotmail.com   

Journal: https://autofiction.org.in