CALL for PAPERS: One hundred twenty years after the Lumiere Brothers' Arrival of a Train at Ciotat Station / L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat and about 60 years after the insinuation of television...into living rooms across the industrialized world, contemporary societies are saturated with audiovisual culture. More recently, the rise of widely affordable techno-substrates for production (digital photography) and exhibition (youtube, proliferating film festivals) are clearly enabling toward the "democratization" of audiovisual sophistication, such that the committed college sophomore can readily produce polished short films. In other words, there is much to celebrate!
UPDATE: MAPACA is pleased to announce that this year's special guest and Divine Impact Award winner will be Terry Gross, award-winning host of NPR's Fresh Air. More details will be announced soon.
"The 26th annual Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) Conference will take place November 5-7, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. Proposals are now being accepted via mapaca.net. Please submit a 300-word abstract to one appropriate area. For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit mapaca.net/areas. General questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposal submission is June 30, 2015. For more details, visit mapaca.net."
MAPPING URBAN HORROR
Society for Cinema and Media Studies: Atlanta GA, March 30 - April 3rd 2016
India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.
Theme: Objects & Commodities
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Bogost
Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
FINAL Call for Contributors: American Mythology and Folklore
ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in early 2016. 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.
Studies in the Novel is seeking pedagogical content for inclusion in the indexed "teaching tools" section of its affiliate website. Content should address approaches to teaching novels using digital tools/perspectives.
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Call for Papers:
Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America, 6-8 Nov. 2015, Graz, Austria
Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies
Organizers: Nassim W. Balestrini and Klaus Rieser, University of Graz
There is growing interest amongst 19th-century Americanists around how African Americans shaped 19th-century cultures of print. This scholarship has examined the role of African American print within the plantation economy, its movement through the commercial world of Atlantic trade, and its place within antebellum political reform movements. However, little of this work has centered on African American textual production and the increasingly populous and cosmopolitan antebellum American city. This roundtable takes up this focus and turns its attention specifically to how these writers influenced and were altered by the formation of the city as a locus of commercial exchange and civic activism.
Call for Submissions: The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters