Over the last decade, a cinematic trend characterized by aesthetic minimalism and slow tempo has made its mark on the world cinema map. Although directors such as Carlos Reygadas, Tsai Ming-liang, Béla Tarr, Pedro Costa and Lisandro Alonso, among others, do not pertain to a cohesive film movement, their films have been largely subsumed under the term 'Slow Cinema'.
"Django Unchained" is well on the way to becoming Quentin Tarantino's commercially most successful film and is already his most controversial. Fellow director Spike Lee has denounced the representation of race and slavery, while many African American writers have defended the white auteur. Journalists, from major print publications to bloggers, have weighed in on both sides of the debate. The use of extremely graphic violence in the film, even by Tarantino's standards, at a time when gun control is being hotly debated has sparked further controversy and has led to angry outbursts by the director himself.
The juried journal of the South Asian Literary Association, invites
submissions for its 2013 Special Topic Issue, Volume 34, Number 1, devoted to Salman Rushdie's literary career, thought, and artistry. Born in the year of India's Independence, and now arrived at 65, Rushdie has recently published his long-awaited account of missing years, Joseph Anton: A Memoir. The title Joseph (Conrad) Anton (Chekov) offers some clues to the literary masters of his soul. It seems we have arrived at the appropriate moment to take stock of Salman Rushdie's literary status and unique achievement.
The special issue devoted to his work in many genres aims at a
summative assessment of Rushdie's achievement as a story-writer,
We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the First Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 1 and 2 June 2013. We are privileged to have Helen McCarthy as our keynote speaker.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.
International Summer School for Postgraduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers
"Representations of Horror in Contemporary Media and Culture"
August 4-10, 2013 in Munich, Germany.
Crossing the bar: Public Engagement and Humanities Research (http://humanitiesandpublicengagement.wordpress.com)
Applications are invited from Humanities postgraduate and early career researchers across the North West to take part in this AHRC-funded initiative, which will explore practical methods of finding ways of engaging the public with your research – an increasingly important consideration for researchers entering an academic marketplace which expects research to create impact.
Pomona Valley Review, Cal Poly Pomona's liberal arts journal, needs your art for our 7th issue in spring 2013. We encourage first-time, unpublished artists to submit. Submit 1-5 works in Word, PDF, or image files for submission. See our website and Submittable link for more information. Deadline: March 29th.
In the last decade, scholars have been increasingly critical of "lyric." Now, as well as Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins's upcoming publication of The Lyric Theory Reader, we are in an important moment where the concept (genre, form, or mode, depending upon your critical positions) of the "lyric" is being contested, affirmed, and dismantled. At the same time, 21st-century modes of circulation (digital platforms and social media) and the democratization of authorship have complicated what we call the lyric. This panel invites papers exploring the implications, limits, and uses of lyric theory in the 21st century. Papers may include a wide range of time periods and approaches, while keeping in mind current discussions of digital media and lyric theory.
Abstracts: March 30
Final paper: May 2
Luvah is an international, inter-disciplinary journal of religion, philosophy, and politics. The editorial board of Luvah is interested in papers that transgress traditional boundaries inherent in the current compartmentalization of knowledge.
International Conference on Comparative Literature, Taipei, Taiwan
Confirmed invited speakers (in alphabetical order):
Professor Ali Behdad (John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Professor Martin Puchner (Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University, USA)
Professor Samuel Weber (Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities, Northwestern University, USA)
We invite papers about the production and publication of innovative, experimental, affective, multi-genre, or performative criticism. This session considers (and enacts) how critics work with texts that distort lines between criticism, creative writing, theory, fiction, (auto)biography and thus necessitate an aligned self-reflexive and/or innovative critical response.
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its second annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2013 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies.
Ray Bradbury was writing science fiction during the infancy of the genre and gained mainstream popularity during the 1950s. However, even today, when so many science fiction giants like Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and Robert Heinlein have been celebrated in critical studies and articles, Bradbury remains on the margins of academia.
One of the reasons for Bradbury's marginality is that his writing is often categorized as sentimental fantasy. As Thomas Disch says of Bradbury in On SF, "his imagination so regularly gets mired in genteel gush and self-pity." Other scholars have critiqued Bradbury for his focus on small-town life, claiming that he does not examine relevant social and political issues.
This special issue of Comparative Drama, "The Audience as Player: Interactive Theater Over the Years," seeks essays that explore plays and productions in which members of the audience are not just voyeurs in the house but participants, players in the onstage drama. This enhanced "role" for the audience has, surely, philosophical and aesthetic implications, not to mention practical consequence during an actual production.