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[update] Extended deadline: Celebrity Studies Inaugral Conference

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:04am
James Bennett & Sean Redmond

Extended CFP: Deadline 26th March 2012

Dear all

We are delighted to announce a fantastic response to the call for papers for the inaugural celebrity studies journal conference: over 150 abstracts have been received from scholars across the world.

We are extending the deadline for a further 2 weeks to encourage submissions in the following areas:

· 'Celebrity now' - reflections on the field of celebrity studies

· Celebrity and the national – especially on Australian celebrity

· Indigenous celebrity

· Hollywood stardom

· Performance and celebrity

· Scandal/fame damage and celebrity

· Methodology and celebrity studies

"Automating Conduct: Autonomy in Control" (Platform Vol 4 Issue 2) - Abstracts due April 26

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 5:01am
Platform: Journal of Media and Communications

"Automating Conduct: Autonomy in Control" (Vol 4, Issue 2)

Abstract Submissions Due: APRIL 26 2012
Full Paper Submissions Due: JULY 22 2012

PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication encourages all contributions related to media studies, with special consideration given to engagement with the cultures, politics and social issues layered within automation and transparency.

[UPDATE] Modernism and Cosmopolitanism (MSA 14; Oct. 18–21, 2012)

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 7:59pm
Michael Spiegel

The past few years have witnessed a revival of interest in cosmopolitanism as scholars in a variety of disciplines seek new ways to define community in an increasingly interdependent world. Cosmopolitanism once represented an ethical and political ideal that championed a commitment to humankind as a whole and devalued local attachments. Now "new" or "counter" cosmopolitanisms have emerged; challenging the implications of traditional cosmopolitanism (ethnocentrism, imperialism, elitism), this new generation locates cosmopolitanism within the realities of a globally integrated world that recognizes and values local attachments.

SF/Fantasy at MAPACA Conference

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 7:38pm
Mid Atlantic Popular & American Culture Conference

Call for Papers MAPACA 2012

Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 7:22pm
Tabitha Sparks, Louise Penner

Call for Papers: Edited Collection: Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

How was the rise of scientific medicine in the Victorian era appropriated and adapted by popular culture? This essay collection explores the relationship between the increasingly specialized medical disciplines and a variety of texts and contexts, including popular (non-canonical) literature, journalism, advertisements, home medical and nursing manuals, and lectures and exhibitions at and mechanics institutes. The collection also offers perspectives on literature's reciprocal influence on diverse health care fields including nursing, pharmacy, medical philanthropy, health care missionary work, advertising, and quackery.

Parchment of Kashmir

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 5:27pm
South Asian Languages and Literatures Discussion Group/ Modern Language Association Convention

Jammu and Kashmir---A principality? An autonomous unit within the Indian Union? An integral part of India? A subversive unit with the Indian Union? A bilateral issue between the nation-states of India and Pakistan? Is the mainstream Indian understanding and interpretation of the Kashmir conflict the only credible one? Is the mainstream Pakistani understanding and interpretation of the Kashmir issue the only credible one? Do the people of Kashmir have a voice in the matter? Is there a space within Kashmiri society in which the democratic aspirations of the populace of Kashmir could be nurtured?

UPDATE: Modern Family (MSA 14. Las Vegas. 18-21 Oct 2012)

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 2:19pm
Wesley Beal

The family—as a social institution, as field of study, as a body of representation and readership—has been underserved by theories of modernism. This oversight may stem from a perception that many of the moderns, such as the Greenwich Village avant-garde, were often averse to an institution they found inherently bourgeois and conservative. This panel invites papers that will consider the family as a center of modernist thought, aesthetics, and praxis.

[UPDATE] GRAMMA - Journal of Theory and Criticism

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:41pm
Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Journal of Theory and Criticism

Semiotics as a Theory of Culture:
Deciphering the Meanings of Cultural Texts

Issue number 20, 2012

"Professional Wresting and…", foregrounding borders, crossing borders ; Jan. 31st & Febr. 1st 2013

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:07am
University of Bordeaux 3, FRANCE

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.

American Literature After 1900 - DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 31 - RMMLA 2012 (October 11-13, Boulder, Colorado)

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 1:41am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

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 with 300 word abstracts before March 31, 2012.

For more information on the conference visit:

CFP: "Phantom Asian America" (journal special topic)

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 7:45pm
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

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?

Meta- and Inter-Images in Contemporary Visual Art and Culture

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 6:32pm
Carla Taban

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

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 6:11pm
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

(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.