Carlos Reygadas is a twenty-first century Mexican auteur of international acclaim. His opera prima, Japón (2002), was awarded the Caméra d’Or Special Mention at Cannes. After his second and third features were nominated for the Palme d’Or, his fourth feature, Post Tenebras Lux (2012), again nominated for the Palme d’Or, won the award for best director. Reygadas’s poetic and experimental use of images, along with his subversive approach to traditional cinematic representations of Mexican life, has opened up an array of possibilities of interpretation for audiences and critics alike.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
24th Annual Dickens Society Symposium
July 26-28, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
The Velvet Light Trap Issue #85
Title: Bad Objects
This call is to solicit chapter proposals for an edited volume of scholarship about Frank Herbert’s Dune saga.
The Contingent Dynamics of Political Humor
Political humor has long been implicated in both the juridical settings of government and its policymaking and the everyday lived possibilities constrained by social institutions and expectations. This is perhaps especially true today. In contemporary societies around the world, political humor abounds in a great diversity of media. Politicians and parties use humor to advance their interests and agendas. Individuals and social movements use humor to express their needs and causes.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Date: February 22-23, 2019
Abstracts Due: November 20, 2018
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, “World-Making, 1500-1800,” to be held on February 22 and 23, 2019. We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Su Fang Ng (Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate
Professor of English, Virginia Tech) and Daniel O’Quinn (Professor in the School of English and
Theatre Studies, University of Guelph).
This special issue of NANO will explore the significance of the recently released third season of the seminal television show, Twin Peaks. Controversial from the outset and divisive to fans and critics alike, the new Twin Peaks (2017) is emerging as perhaps even more radical and important than the original series (1990-1991). The original Twin Peaks is often considered the first cult television show that spawned intensive fan followings in the emergent world of the web, and the immense catalogue of paratexts and influences the series has inspired since has never been fully tabulated. As a central work of American surrealism, a universe of oddities continues to find Twin Peaks’s orbit.
Queer Pop in Post-2000 China
Dr. Sarah Richards
The intersection of childhood with multiple social and political institutions can provide insight into how childhood and children have historically been positioned and how such genealogical positioning continues to inform childhood and the lives of children today. We seek papers that highlight changed and changing ideas about children and childhood not only within formal and informal institutions where childhood is situated such as school and the family, but also in relation to certain themes such as technology, sexuality, migration and war.
Prior to the 20th century and until this moment in history, American women as an ensemble have challenged the political, social, economic, and religious systems that demote humans based on race, gender, ethnicity, sex, religion, class, or even political affiliations. Recently, on January 20, 2018, women assembled and marched for justice, equality, and humanity.In her 2016 book titled Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Judith Butler suggests,
The aim of the conference is to create a forum for the exchange of experience, to present research findings, and for discussion relating to widely conceived linguistic and cultural issues on local and global levels. Our invitation is especially directed towards modern language specialists, who are particularly concerned with the above-mentioned issues. Due to the wide scope of the conference, we will also be enthusiastically welcoming to our college representatives of other related academic disciplines. Languages of the conference: English, German, French, Polish (possibly others, depending on the organized panel in a given language).
ACCUTE Member-Organized Panel: "Subversive Intimacies, Unsettling Encounters"
Organizer: Sarah Kent, Queen's University
June 1-4, 2019: Congress at the University of British Columbia.
Call for Papers
Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture Area
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 40th Annual Conference
February 20-23, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
At the Boundaries of Ourselves: Masculinities & Decoloniality
Brandon University Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Brandon University is located on Treaty 2 territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
DATES: April 11-13, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Kim Anderson (Guelph) and Rob Baldwin (Guelph)
Call for Papers: At the Boundaries of Ourselves: Masculinities & Decoloniality
Journal of European Popular Culture (JEPC)
Call for papers
This peer-reviewed journal seeks lively submissions for its latest issue on any aspect of European cultural and creative activity.
- Early submission is strongly encouraged -
The journal is interested in contemporary practices, but also in historical, contextual, biographical or theoretical analyses relating to past cultural activities in Europe.
Papers or exploratory critical or creative pieces relating to European media, literature and the writing arts, film, music, new media, art and design, architecture, drama and dance or fine art are all very welcome.
I am seeking submissions for Resisting Injustice: Contemporary Views on Angela Davis, a book collection of edited essays. Resisting Injustice: Contemporary Views on Angela Davis will contribute to the discourse on scholar and civil rights activist Angela Y. Davis by being the first interdisciplinary book of critical essays to focus primarily on Angela Y. Davis. The book will consist of essays analyzing books, essays, and/or speeches by Angela Y. Davis and essays examining representations of Angela Y.
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS IN HORROR STUDIES
Series editor: Dawn Keetley
Lehigh University Press is introducing a new series, Critical Conversations in Horror Studies, edited by Dawn Keetley, Professor of English at Lehigh University. We are seeking manuscripts in all areas of horror studies, broadly defined.
While historical and literary archives have long been integral to the study of the humanities, they are more than simple repositories for historical artifacts. They don’t just preserve works and fragments to be studied, they help us, as scholars, to actively engage in the public sphere. As Randall C. Jimerson notes “Archivists can use the power of archives to promote accountability, open government, diversity, and social justice.” In doing so, archivists can democratize information and open up new avenues of knowing by employing ethical and objective—but not neutral—strategies. This can be especially important for subjugated communities, who’s histories and cultures have been bound and kept distinct.
Apollon intends to publish superior examples of undergraduate humanities research from a variety of disciplines as well as intellectual approaches.
ACCUTE Member-Organized Panel: New Monstrosities: New Approaches to 19th-Century Monsters
Panel Organizers: Alicia Alves and Lin Young
Congress, University of British Columbia, June 1-4, 2019
The “quality” and “post-quality” television moments of the early twenty-first century have resulted in a number of television shows that engage with gender in interesting ways, some advancing critiques of feminism or post-feminism (UnReal, The Handmaid’s Tale), others offering new ways of thinking about genderqueer and transitioning individuals (Transparent, RuPaul’s Drag Race), and still others thinking about gender at the intersections of race, education, and socioeconomic status (Insecure, Atlanta).
Western civilization is deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition and ideology, which goes a long way in explaining why the Bible is a shadow text on nearly every college literature syllabus. The heritage of the so-called “the book of books” spans the full historical spectrum of English writing, from its earliest specimens up to its most recent. For centuries, the bible offered up a common vocabulary and shared lens through which American college professors and their students could think and talk about literary history and culture.
This session of the Comparative Drama Conference explores the ways in which this year’s conference locale—Orlando, Florida—crosses paths with the culture of medieval and early modern drama. Included among Central Florida’s most notable and popular theatrical productions are theme park stage adaptations of animated films and cinematic blockbusters (think Finding Nemo-The Musical etc.). How do medieval and early modern dramatic works similarly appropriate, convert and dramatize other types of scripted or choreographed performances (oral legends; religious rituals and practices; courtroom dramas; political spectacles etc.) —and to what practical and ideological ends?
Call for Papers, Eighteenth-Century Visual Culture at CEA 2019
March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Scottish Literature and World Literature for our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org
We invite abstracts for chapters that explore protest and resistance in relation to Brexit Britain and the Trump-era United States. We are interested in media created in response to these seismic periods of political change, media created in the period leading up to them, and media that more broadly deals with themes related to populism, politics, and power. As well as discussing media that can be seen as protest or resistance, this collection will consider media forms that fail to resist, or those that merely hint at protest. In doing this we can also consider the responsibility of media creators to engage in and respond to political shifts and crises.
The 10th Annual Small Cinemas Conference will take place at ICS-ULisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, between 25 and 27 September 2019. On the topic of ‘Small Cinemas, Small Spaces’, the conference will be centered on issues of scale and spatiality in film, with the aim to explore the geographies of small cinemas. The call for papers is open for individual presentations of maximum 20 minutes, as well as for pre-constituted panels with a maximum of three presentations each. Proposals should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1 March 2019, and include a title, an abstract of maximum 250 words, and a short bio note. The conference’s languages will be English and Portuguese.
LGBTQ Comics Reader: Critical Challenges, Future Directions
CFP: LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader (University of Mississippi Press)
Call for papers:
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a fully open access peer-reviewed publication edited by graduate students at The University of Iowa that mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences. This year’s issue will explore the boundaries that can challenge and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship through an inquiry into reckoning with appetite.
Call for Papers
Poetry & Poetics (Critical)
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018
Michel-Rolph Trouillot closed his 1995 Silencing the Past by reminding us that “History doesn’t belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it in their own hands.” This is nowhere more true than in two historical periods seldom in conversation - the 11th-century phenomenon called the Crusades, and the 19th-century American Civil War. Scholars across disciplines seek to clarify these periods among themselves, while popular audiences voraciously consume these and other retellings of the past, and others “take it in their own hands” by toppling monuments or explicitly evoking these periods as direct predecessors of their own.