The Games Culture Society showcases the importance of games —and their various manifestations — in medieval culture. Importantly, the theoretical implications of games extends beyond the temporal and spatial borders of the game space itself into larger aesthetic, ethical, cultural, and social arenas. The GCS serves to highlight the importance and multivalent purpose of games in medieval culture as a way to understand better their function in society both then and now. We are pleased to announce the following Calls For Papers for the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, May 7 – 10, 2020:
Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most frequently taught texts—it appears on syllabi for American literature, African American literature, American history, life writing, and gender or women’s studies courses. It is taught in high schools as well as in colleges and universities. Yet, very few resources are currently available for instructors.
The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed academic publication focusing on Shakespeare studies. It is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The editors invite papers on any topic related to Shakespeare, including Shakespearean texts, Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare works (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries.
How does the space of comics allow for the shaping of identity or the sharing of experiences? The increase in scholarly attention to the graphic novel genre and category is often linked to the rise of graphic memoir, with texts such as Art Spiegelman's Maus and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis stimulating more respect for the medium of comics and its social/cultural significance. This panel is interested in exploring comics that deal with the complexities of identity—visually, generically, thematically, materially. Texts such as Tillie Walden’s Spinning, Cristy C.
Reading in Theory
Food and drink not only provide the nourishment that sustains life, they also serve as an anchor for identity by tethering human kind to a particular place in nature, culture, time and place. Food has long been the immigrant’s language for articulating a conflicted sense of identity, a diasporic community’s language for a conflicted sense of cultural heritage, and for a nation’s augmented conflict over notions of territories and boundaries. As recipes and rituals around dining and drinking practices are handed down from one generation to the next, they help to create a sense of connection to those who have come before us and those who will come after us.
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Bulgarian Studies Journal
Bulgarian Studies (ISSN 2638-9754) is an annual online peer-edited journal that includes content related to the study of Bulgaria and its culture.
The academic job market is famously difficult to navigate, particularly in the Humanities. While no discipline in the Humanities has a high number of positions available, it is especially challenging to find jobs in a Comparative Literature department, as the majority of hires are made through an English or Language department. Comparative Literature PhDs must therefore be prepared to market themselves to other academic departments and disciplines. This roundtable will offer practical advice for Comparative Literature PhDs on the job market. Topics we hope to discuss include:
· Applying for jobs in unitary disciplines such as an English or Language department
The academic job market is famously difficult to navigate. Ironically, the decrease in job opportunities has prompted an increase in the number of materials required by each application. While NeMLA’s Job Clinic currently offers one-on-one mentoring for Cover Letters, CVs, and Mock Interviews—all of which are a standard part of the application for any academic job—we do not currently offer any guidance on other types of application materials. While most advice on the job market focuses on Cover Letters and CVs, these additional documents are a critical part of your application.
The English word “school” derives from the Greek word scholia, which may also be translated as “leisure.” It is perhaps because of this association between school and leisure that education in Greece and Rome was not confined to the schoolroom but was present in all aspects of Classical life, including its literature. The earliest examples of Greek literature, the poetry of Homer and Hesiod, were written not only to entertain but to teach, while the audiences of Classical theatre were directed to learn from the plays that they watched. Subsequent Greco-Roman literary works frequently emphasized the educational progress of their characters.
In our modern world, which some have argued to be disjointed while immersing itself ever deeper in crisis, the turning back towards “the olden days” and the ensuing nostalgia constitute a noticeable phenomenon, both individually (the memory of biography) and collectively (the memory of History). Another important – and seemingly also quite noticeable – phenomenon is the longing for something vague, indefinite or never existent.
This session will be part of the March 5-8, 2020 NeMLA convention in Boston, MA: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html.
All abstracts must be submitted through the NeMLA submission portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18217. Submission deadline is September 30, 2020.
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Touring Travel Writing: Between Fact and Fiction
Venue: NOVA FCSH, Colégio Almada Negreiros (Campus de Campolide)
Date: December 5-7 2019
Building on a great conversation at Kalamazoo this spring, Marian Homans-Turnbull and Alexandra Reider are organizing a panel on medieval translation and multilingualism for the International Medieval Congress to be held in Leeds, UK, on 6-9 July We welcome submissions on any medieval language(s), and we're especially eager for submissions on non-English languages this year! Translating Back: Vernacular Sources and Prestige-Language Adaptations Multilingual cultures develop complex practices—and theories—of translation.
Please send an email with interest to email@example.com. The volume is almost complete but I am looking for several chapters as shared at the end of this call. Please see if there are any you may be interested in and we can discuss more about the requirements. I am looking for a QUICK turnaround, but I am flexible. I can send a full CFP when you inquire.
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Working Title: Representations of African American Professionals on TV Series Since the 1990s
Publication by McFarland Press
Edited by LaToya T. Brackett
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To what extent does horror operate as an allegory for the nation and the body politic? To what extent can horror function as an aesthetic space to engage and critique the sociocultural, political, and historical contexts from which it emerges? And what happens if or when horror—a genre that seems inherently interested in troubled borders, marginalized spaces, and unstable boundaries—reaches beyond the nation, into transnational and global contexts?
In a span of ten years Blumhouse has amassed a film library of over 50 films that includes notable horror franchises as Paranormal Activity (2009-2015), The Purge (2013-) and Insidious (2010-), critically lauded films as Split (2017) and Get Out (2017), and box-office sensations as Happy Death Day (2017) and Truth or Dare (2018). The company was also behind a highly-hyped new installment of Halloween (1978-) and an untitled Dee Rees’ horror film focusing on the lives of black lesbians in rural America that is in development.
Body, Mind, and the Posthuman: A Corollary to Postmodern Thought
“Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?” – - -- – Nietzsche
The Italian Graduate Society at Rutgers presents:
An Interdisciplinary Conference November 22-23, 2019
DePaul University’s Department of Sociology Presents The…22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference:Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump EraA Graduate Student ConferenceSaturday April 25, 2020
We are now accepting paper submissions (with optional photo attachments) for the annual conference. Send your submissions and final papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5, 2020.
In today’s neo- and illiberal nations affects of hate and indignation become a potent force in creating an axiological us and them. Such exclusionary structures of feeling are instrumental in forming nationalist ideologies and sustaining hegemonic discourses on immigration, homeland security and geopolitical conflict. Because nation states often rely on the construction and sustainment of antagonistic affects to naturalize existing power relationships, emotions should be considered an important manifestation of current illiberal crisis. Many of today’s intolerances seem to be embedded in a populist sentiment that feeling is a force more immediate and “pure” than reason.
My name is Denae Dibrell. I am a Lecturer at UTRGV. I will be chairing a roundtable in Boston in March for the NeMLA conference. I am so excited about this.
Feel free to share this Call for Abstracts, submit an abstract, or reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
"Feminism in the Writing Classroom: A Conversation About Feminist Theory and Decolonization"
NeMLA Annual Convention
5-8 March, 2020
This creative panel seeks to examine how artist-scholars can combine their scholarship and their creative skills to articulate various forms of marginalization. I intend to solicit creative works that lie at the intersection of the textual and the pictorial, which push the boundaries of scholarly inquiry by incorporating the artistic, in an effort to make research more accessible to people outside the academe. As a comic scholar and artist, I firmly believe in the versatility of its hybrid form and its ability to solicit deeply affective responses (which cannot be achieved by purely empirical data).
The Projector is developing a special issue for research articles that examine industrial and institutional developments in film, television, streaming, and/or gaming. The research, which will illuminate production and/or reception factors, could consider changes or events in the US market, national/regional sectors, or the global domain.
The political economy and/or reception studies research will not focus on interpretation or ideological assessment of an individual text. However, the research projects could effectively incorporate critical race theory, postcolonial studies, research on Hollywood hegemony, or other scholarship concerning social realities and identity politics.
Cinematic, televisual, and cross-media cultural production has passed through the end of history (Fukuyama) only to be cornered by “the end of temporality” (Jameson). Today’s illiberal turn is occasioned by the global crises of neoliberal capitalism and the deregulation of state welfare. Consequently, our present is marked by a global epidemic of nostalgia, one that forces Walter Benjamin’s angel of history to reverse flight. In this redirection to what Zygmunt Bauman calls “retropia,” a backward-looking Utopia, our experience of history is rendered ahistorical.
This panel seeks papers addressing the impact of alcohol on American authors from 1940 to 1970. Is it true, as Susan Cheever has argued, that being a writer during this period "almost always meant getting drunk"? The panel will work to separate the myths from the reality regarding the use of alcohol among writers of the period. It will also assess the impact of alcohol on the quality of writing and its impact on the talent of writers.
Pirandello and Scientific Revolution