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C PRACSIS International Conference on Cinema Cultures in South India 13 & 14 October, 2012 • Thrissur, Kerala, India

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 1:09pm
Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia

South-Indian cinema, from its inception, has exhibited unique yet subtle moves in technology, production, distribution, consumption, spectatorship, aesthetics, and representation. In a span of more than hundred years, South-Indian cinema has exceptionally formulated its own niche within the larger contours of World cinema and the Indian film industry and has evolved as a significant cultural expression which deserves meticulous critical attention. Any contemporary approach to South-Indian cinema includes the enormous systems of stardom, fan-dom, image-nation, spectacle-spectator, economy of film production, technology, cultural politics of film production and viewership.

"CASCA" – Journal of Social Science, Culture and Arts (Deadline September 1st 2012.)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:04pm
Centre for Alternative Social and Cultural Activities, Belgrade

The interdisciplinary journal CASCA, which encourages the publication of articles in the fields of humanities, social sciences and arts, invites all interested authors to participate in the publication of its first issue. The first issue is not limited thematically. We are interested in publishing research papers, essays, book reviews, reviews of exhibitions, performing arts and other forms of artistic expression, etc. All interested researchers and practitioners can send their submissions to the web address or

Charisma, March 29, 2013

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 10:44am
New York University, Medieval and Renaissance Center

New York University's Medieval and Renaissance Center invites proposals for papers that address the topic of charisma in any of its multiple forms and cultural sites: from an attribute of an individual person--whether a god-given grace or personally cultivated aura--to a feature of a work of art that affords it the power to uplift or dazzle a beholder; and from the elite productions and practices of church and state--such as Gothic cathedrals and royal regalia and processions--to such cult objects of religion and secular art as icons, relics, stones, pilgrimage shrines, weapons, and portraits; and to such quasi-historical and literary characters as Lancelot of the Lake, Don Quixote, Mephistopheles, and Helen of Troy.

Dirty Modernism (NeMLA, March 21-24, 2013, Boston, MA)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:19am

This panel considers representations of dirt in literary or cultural texts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. How did modernist writers, thinkers, and artists represent various kinds of dirt, trash, and waste? In what ways can modernism be considered "dirty"? Papers may engage with issues of abjection, hygiene, sanitation, and material waste, or with more metaphorical forms of dirt such as obscenity, pornography, profanity, and queer sexuality. Send 200-300 word abstracts and a brief academic bio to Ian Scott Todd at by September 30.

Lit&Tour - International Conference on Literature and Tourism November 26th Lisbon Call deadline 14th June 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:05am
Centre for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon and School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism of the University of the Algarve

The Lit&Tour: International Conference on Literature and Tourism will be hosted by the Centre for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism of the University of the Algarve. The theme of the Conference is the relationship between literature and tourism. The Conference will focus on the various forms and approaches of this relationship.

The last three decades have been fruitful in studies and publications on travel literature. The relationship between literature and tourism has not, however, been the target of an intensive and systematic study.

Quarterly Review of Film and Video Seeks New Manuscripts for Publication

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 11:45am
Quarterly Review of Film and Video




The editors (Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) of Quarterly Review of Film and Video are now seeking new submissions of manuscripts in film, video, and moving image studies.

The journal publishes five times per year (four regular issues, and one year-end special issue), and is now seeking selected articles for publication.

QRFV is devoted to providing innovative perspectives from a broad range of methodologies, including writings on newly developing technologies, as well as essays and interviews in any area of film history, production, reception and criticism.

MWASECS 2012 October 11-13

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 11:05am
Midwestern American Society for 18th-Century Studies

The Midwestern American Society for 18th-Century Studies (MWASECS)invites paper and panel proposals for its annual meeting, Oct. 11-14 2012. Abstracts of 250-500 words should be sent by June 15 to Karen Ray (conference program chair) or Susan Spencer (MWASECS president).

The conference topic is Emergence / Emergents / Emerging in the Long Eighteenth Century. Among others, topics could include the novel, humane comedy, women's drama, travel literature, women travelers, slavery, democracy, Mozart, Romanticism, &c. We welcome traditional 20-minute paper presentations as well as more innovative formats such as round table discussions, and performances, &c.

[UPDATE] Captivity Writing Unbound, October 11-13, 2012 Deadline for proposals extended to May 31, 2012.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:48am
University of South Alabama / Department of English

Proposals for panels and papers are invited for a conference entitled "Captivity Writing Unbound," to be hosted by the University of South Alabama's Department of English and held at its Baldwin County campus, which is set in the heart of the quaint artist community of Fairhope, overlooking scenic Mobile Bay. As conference organizers, we envision a relatively concentrated event in which select scholars working in various disciplines and historical periods will present new ideas about the general area of writing and captivity. We are particularly interested in papers that explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing, whether these are conceived generically, geographically, historically, or in disciplinary terms.

[UPDATE]: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8:36am
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

[UPDATE] Exploring Suburban Narratives in Literature, Film and Television

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 3:25am
Northeast Modern Language Association

From Revolutionary Road to American Beauty and Desperate Housewives, some of the most popular works of fiction, television and film are those that focus in on the 'ordinariness' of suburban living. In drawing on this framework, these works expose the nature of human desperation, the values attached to American patriotism and the anxieties faced in adjusting to modern living. This panel will seek to question why suburban-based narratives have proven to be so successful within mainstream popular culture. Is it perhaps because we as readers/ viewers find a certain liberating accessibility in experiencing a social reality which reflects so closely on our own?

Edited Collection: Queer Landscapes: Mapping Queer Space(s) of Praxis and Pedagogy [Proposals Due July 31, 2012]

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 6:42pm
Elizabeth McNeil and James Wermers / Arizona State University

We invite contributions to our proposed volume, Queer Landscapes: Mapping Queer Space(s) of Praxis and Pedagogy . For two decades, queer theory has provided a flexible methodology for engaging the world. This broad theoretical approach is slowly working to dissolve dialectical boundaries erected to contain rigid distinctions separating disciplines within the academy, and the academy itself from the world beyond. In doing so, queer theory has opened up new landscapes in diverse fields in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, pushing us to reconsider the ways in which we organize and navigate knowledge.