Since Barthes's Mythologies, cultural studies have acknowledged that there may be more to professional wrestling than a clash of two oily muscled masses in front of a partisan crowd. Yet, while it has caught the attention of a wide range of writers and essayists, from Roland Barthes, to Henry Jenkins to Angela Carter, and while it has been extensively studied in North-American academic circles, professional wrestling has been comparatively neglected in France. The subject is still awaiting a study that would exhaust its meanings and possibilities, including but not limited to the tetralogy of masculinity, popularity, excess and ritual.
[UPDATE] CFP: "Conversational Exchanges in Early Modern England." (MLA BOSTON. JAN 3-6, 2013) [Deadline 3/15/12]
Panel seeking papers on any aspect of American Literature after 1900 for the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Boulder, Colorado (October 11-13).
Please contact Trevor Jackson at email@example.com with 300 word abstracts before March 31, 2012.
For more information on the conference visit: http://rmmla.wsu.edu/conferences/default.asp
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 39 No. 2 (September 2013)
Special Topic "Phantom Asian America"
Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2013
Since its emergence in the late 1960s, Asian American studies has gained ground in the academy, and yet the term "Asian America" itself remains in doubt. Where is Asian America? Who are Asian Americans? What constitutes Asian American experience and who is qualified to speak for and about Asian Americans? Why does "Asian American" remain an appealing identity category despite its inherent vagueness?
Call for contributions to an edited volume on
Meta- and Inter-Images in Contemporary Visual Art and Culture
April 10, 2012 – Deadline for 500-word proposal submissions
September 30, 2012 – Deadline for 7000-8000-word contribution submissions
Contributions are sought for an edited volume that will be submitted for evaluation and publication with Leuven University Press by the end of 2012. The volume originates in a selection of papers given at the session "Meta- and Inter-Images in Art" that took place at the IAWIS 9th International Conference on Word & Image, Montreal, Canada in August 2011.
(un)SAFE an interdisciplinary gender, sexuality, and women's studies graduate student conference at the University of Pennsylvania December 6th and 7th, 2012 with a keynote address by Lauren Berlant Experiences of the contemporary social world are often defined in terms of safety: a group of friends, a college choice or a sexual encounter could be "safe", where a classroom, a piece of equipment or a social space would be "unsafe". But the distinction between safety and unsafety is profoundly unstable, and articulates some of the most disturbing paradoxes of contemporary life. Safety can be banal, when a writer or athlete reaches only for goals within immediate reach, but it can also be utopian, in the scene of therapy, learning or rehearsal.
UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, is seeking submissions for its Summer 2012 issue. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published by Rivendale Press at www.oscholars.com, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the work of Shaw, Schnitzler, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, von Hofmannsthal, and their contemporaries in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond.
CFP: "Reading Scenes and Systems" special session, MLA 2013
I am still looking for a contributor or two for a special session I intend to propose for inclusion in the MLA 2013 program:
This Special Session focuses on Israeli and Palestinian relations and seeks to provide a forum for examining notions of "conflict," identity, war, peace, and protest in art, literature, cinema, music, and the theater. Papers can focus on social, psychological, historical, philosophical, traumatic, geographic, and/or peace-bridging aspects, to state a few. Interdisciplinary work is welcome.
Shakespeare Society of Eastern India and Benares Hindu University (India)
7th biennial World Shakespeare Conference
1 – 3 December 2012
Theme: SHAKESPEARE ACROSS CULTURES
MLA Special Session: Elements of Genre Creation
Deadline: March 20, 2012
Poetry and Poetics is a standing session at PAMLA. Papers can deal with any aspect of poetry and/or poetics. Papers must be submitted through the PAMLA website, www.pamla.org.
Here are a few other useful hints:
1). The Online CFP List of all approved Conference Sessions is available at:
This international conference on "Migration, Human Rights and the Politics of Identity in a Globalized World" will engage with the ways migrancy is re-shaping the world not simply in movement but, through movement, in relations. It will take up central components of migration and globalization such as labor, cultural membership, race, human rights, deterritorialization, transnationationl communities and the implications of migration and globalization on traditional referents such as the nation-state and citizenship. The overall objective is to engage critically with globalization, migration policy and the current dynamics affecting peoples, cultures and politics across nations and boundaries.
One period that has heretofore garnered less ecocritical attention than it perhaps deserves is transatlantic Modernism. Perhaps it's the concrete canyons and industrial "Waste Land"s the era evokes in many readers' minds - which run contrary to so much of the green landscapes and Romanticism of first-wave environmental criticism. Of course, Modernism isn't all smoke and steel - just as ecocritical theory has by now moved out of the forest and into examining more urban jungles.
Surely one of the most spectacular features of the visual landscape in the early twentieth century was its vivification through a host of color technologies. From the colored lights of Times Square to the brightly hued plastics in household appliances, from the boom in cosmetics to the painstakingly hand-tinted frames of silent cinema, synthetic colors radically transformed the visual environment of the modern world. These transformations not only altered the visual experience of modernity but also intersected with experiments in abstract painting, psychological theories of perception, and literary debates about the role of the image.