Scenarios for the apocalypse seem to proliferate in popular culture. John R. Hall believes that numerous examples suggest that "an apocalyptic mood is no longer confined to cultures of religious fundamentalism" but is also demonstrated in "diverse mainstream apocalyptic references" (1). In the media, the apocalypse generates news headlines; in October 2013, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that scientists had found "evidence of an apocalypse on a planetary system similar to our own" (von Radowitz). In 2012, the belief that the end of the Mayan calendar on 21 December would mean the end of the world triggered thousands of blog posts. A poll of 16,000 adults showed 8 per cent suffered genuine anxiety that the world would end on that day.
LUCAS International Graduate Conference 2015
BREAKING THE RULES!
Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions
Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society
29-30 January, 2015
With the referendum for Scottish Independence scheduled for September 2014 and the Cornish having recently been granted minority status, questions about the dis-unity of the 'United' Kingdom are prominent in the contemporary debate regarding nationalism and regional identity. Regional Gothic will explore these fractures and the darker imaginings that come from the regions of Britain.
Venue: Falmouth University, Cornwall
William Hughes, Bath Spa University
Andy Smith, University of Sheffield
VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF SCHOLARLY WORK
Intersections of Text, Image, and Research
SAMLA 86 Poster Session
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) are delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 3rd annual DIVAS conference, to be held at the School of Education on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, September 27, 2014. Proposals for poster sessions, individual presentations, and panel sessions are welcome at https://sites.google.com/site/drdivas/divas-conference/2014DIVASCONFERNC...) on or before Friday, August 8, 2014.
ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in 2015. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.
Second Call for Papers
(Open, Non-Thematic Issue)
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation invites submissions for the upcoming 9th issue. We accept:
- original research papers: up to 9,000 words, including references and footnotes
- reviews and interviews: up to 2,000 words
- translations of literary texts: up to 9,000 words
- video essays (max 50 MB) – video submissions are welcome from all fields within the journal's focus
Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
36th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 11-14, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014
Conference Website: (updated regularly)
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Spring 2015 - Alfred Hitchcock
Guest Editor: Michael Howarth
This special issue will focus on Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense" whose career spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s. Hitchcock produced and directed over fifty motion pictures, in addition to hosting two anthology series on television.
His film craftsmanship is still relevant today, as his influence is continuously cited by contemporary filmmakers and he is regularly taught in cinema classes.
Popular music's relationship with incarceration has been a long and complicated one. The musician Lead Belly spent long stretches in prison for murder and other crimes but was eventually turned into a musical legend by folklorists John and Alan Lomax. In 1957, Elvis Presley had a number one hit with the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition "Jailhouse Rock," further developing the threat he posed to the mainstream at the time. Country musician Merle Haggard spent two years in San Quentin Prison for an attempted robbery, later to become one of the best-selling country artists of the 20th Century. Johnny Cash performed numerous concerts in prisons, drawing attention the humanity of the prisoners in his audience.
The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point, though not necessarily yours, is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.
Call for Papers, Poetry, and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2015: The 1970s
Guest Editors: Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán
The 1970s was a revolutionary moment for women. It transformed the very notion of female power regarding their bodies, their pleasure, and their work. In addition, women's activisms in the decade shaped new paradigms for thinking about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, labor, colonialism, technology and the environment. Inaugural moments in film, music, television, sports, visual arts, and computing remain crucial landmarks in debates and interventions concerning pornography, sex work, sound studies, digital feminism, legal theory, and religion.
Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference