Make Believe: Fact, Fiction, and Friction
Classic psychoanalytic film theory relies on two fundamental axioms: 1) That an audience that experiences film spectatorship as a form of voyeurism, and 2) That film characters must be diegetically unaware of their own textual and performative status. But such a framework must be modified with respect to films in which major characters are depicted in the act of manufacturing texts (e.g. Boogie Nights, To Die For, Benny's Video, Waiting for Guffman), and in which these secondary texts are made to supplant the film proper. In such instances, character authors understand precisely that they are operating in a performative capacity.
Essays are sought for an edited collection on the topic of sex and the fat body. The editors are looking for proposals which approach this theme from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and which take an original, critical, and body-positive approach to questions of fat and sexuality. Dr Samantha Murray will be contributing the Foreword to the collection. She is a lecturer in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, and has published works such as 'The Fat Female Body' (2008), multiple journal articles, and special issues on fat studies.
BHATTER COLLEGE JOURNAL OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (ISSN 2249-3301)
A Print Journal, published by Bhatter College
P.O. Dantan, Dist. Paschim Medinipur
Call for papers
Articles and Book Reviews on ICT in Higher Education are invited from Teachers, Research Scholars and enthusiasts for Bhatter College Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (ISSN 2249-3301) for Volume II, 2012. Submissions can be made in English or Bengali on any of the following topics from any discipline and subjects, which are, however, not exclusive but suggestive. We are open to inclusion of other topics.
CONVERSATIONS: THE JOURNAL OF CAVELLIAN STUDIES
Call for Papers:
Spaces of Work and Knowledge in The Long Eighteenth Century
Abstracts are invited for proposed submissions for publication in a forthcoming collection of essays based on the proceedings of the Spaces of Work 1770-1830 conference held at the University of Warwick April 2012. The publication will follow the broad themes of the conference, but is expanded to include articles focusing on any time within the Long Eighteenth Century, and beyond being focused on Britain to include all geographical locations. Further, the overall headings of 'space' and 'work' are to be examined in relation to forms of knowledge, broadly conceived.
In the past few years, scholarship on John Lydgate has undergone a transformation. His works are garnering more and more attention. If Lydgate's centuries old reputation as a poetic dullard is to be revived, the author and his works must be presented and discussed in a venue that can provide opportunities for the unitiated scholar to discover Lydgate's significance to English literary history.
The purpose of this session, then, would be to draw out the ways in which Lydgate contributed to, complicated, or derived his works from the literary history and traditions of England. Topics to consider include but are not limited to:
On behalf of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University, we are looking for papers that make conjectures about any and all aspects of medieval human-animal transformations. Some topics may include:
-The space/setting of human-animal transformations
-The motivations/causes behind these transformations
-Gender construction and notions of masculinity and femininity through transformation
-Speech, language, and communication post transformation
-Posthumanism and human-animal embodiment
-The outcome of the transformed
-Depictions of human-animal transformations in medieval art and illumination
Please send an approximately 250 word abstract by September 15th to the following:
Call for Proposals
Activism and Scholarship: A Conference Honoring Amy Swerdlow
Fifteenth Annual Women's History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College (15 minutes north of New York City)
Friday and Saturday March 1-2, 2013
Featuring: The keynote address by women's historian Alice Kessler Harris, distinguished professor at Columbia University and author of Difficult Women: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
Round table discussion about the life and work of Amy Swerdlow moderated by Blanch Weisen Cooke, author of The Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt Volumes 1 and 2.
The "Decorated Page" of illuminated medieval manuscripts has a connection to the modern graphic novel, but what can the theories and analysis of medieval manuscripts, wall paintings or other medieval visual mediums tell us about how we read the graphic novel, and how might the theories behind the contemporary graphic novel analysis help us read the medieval illustrations and art?
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces The 20th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball
Wednesday, March 13-Saturday, March 16, 2013
Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 South Priest Drive
Call for Papers
The 20th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by December 3, 2012, to email@example.com .
Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 9-12, 2013).
1. Shakespeare and Material Culture
2. The Merchant of Venice: Pre-texts, Texts, and After-Texts
Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 16, 2012. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations; other topics in the area are also welcome:
Our panel in 2013 will focus on representations of Elizabeth I in the classic and more recent film narratives. In the last decade alone, the image of Elizabeth I on film has ranged from Dame Judi Dench's aged but energetic queen to Cate Blanchett's preternaturally youthful 55 year old monarch to the adolescent princess played by Laoise Murray on _The Tudors_. This panel will seek to explore the general trajectories of representing Elizabeth I on screen as well as identify and analyze the developments, continuities, and significance of these representations in the 21st century.
This session is sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I Society.
In 1988, while the Soviet Union was experiencing a crisis that ultimately led to its dissolution and the reconfiguration of its once vast political and geographic territory, two important volumes on collapse were published: Yoffee and Cowgill's The Collapse of Ancient States and Civilizations and Tainter's The Collapse of Complex Societies. This upcoming year (2013) marks the 25th anniversary of these seminal works, a quarter century that has seen new scholarly treatment of the subject and the publication of a fair amount of comparative data and hypotheses.