From documentary films like Gasland, to B movies like Street Trash, to art films like Safe, visual depictions of trash, dirt, filth, pollution, and uncleanliness have provoked powerful, even visceral, reactions. The boundaries between the clean and dirty, contaminated and pure, worthless and worthwhile often shift to align with cultural attitudes toward marginalized groups in a society. This panel seeks proposals on any aspect of contamination, garbage, or uncleanliness in film, television, or video games. Possible subjects for analysis include:
Call for Book Reviews: Claremont Journal of Religion is issuing a call for reviews for its upcoming Inaugural Issue set to come out January 2012. We invite reviews of books related to any of these topics:
Theories of Religion
Religion and Society
Religion, the Public Sphere, and American Politics
Deadline for submission is November 1, 2011. Please see "submission" page for requirements, formatting, and general submission information. Email submissions to Kile Jones, Editor-in-chief, at email@example.com.
A one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/comix/manga/bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art.
November 5, 2011, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX
CFP Deadline July 31st 2011
Transitions 2 is a one-day symposium devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than be restricted itself to a specific theme, the aim of the symposium is to highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodologies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge.
Peace in Late Medieval London
47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012
Session Organizer: The London Medieval Society (Contact person: Rob Ellis, Queen Mary, University of London).
The Scientific & Educational Centre for Classical Studies at Yaroslavl State University (Russia) will conduct a web-conference on «Ancient Civilization: Political Institutions and Legal Regulation». All professors, PhD students and qualified scholars in Classical Studies are invited to participate in the conference. This forum-like discussion of presented papers will be held on the centre's website. Besides the discussion of papers on the main topic, it is planning to conduct virtual round work tables (with subsequent publication of the texts) on the problems:
Call for Papers
Sixth African American Literature Symposium
"Adapting the Text: Visual Adaptations of African American Literature"
North Carolina Central University's Department of English and Mass Communication will host its Sixth African American Literature Symposium on Thursday, November 10, 2011. This year's theme is "Adapting the Text: Visual Adaptations of African American Literature." This symposium will explore ways African American Literature has been (and is) depicted on television, on stage, and in film and the implications of "adapting" these texts. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Karla FC Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English and Professor of Law at Duke University.
Society for the Study of Cinema and Media Studies
Due Date: August 1, 2011
Conference Date: March 21-25, 2011 (Boston, MA)
Perspectives on Kelly Reichardt
Cinematic Cities: Beyond the Metropolis
Proposed Panel for Society of Media Studies Conference, Boston, 21-25, 2012
Physical illness forces us to confront the reality of the corporeal self at the very moment when physical identity is deteriorating. The personal chaos and confusion that the sick person faces extend beyond the self to a reevaluation of external order and rationality, calling into question accepted social norms and values. Novelists have long recognized the possibilities of "illness as metaphor" as Susan Sontag so well articulated. But physical illness is an embodied presence. As Suzanne Bost writes, the body "is . . . too fundamental to be only a metaphor" [Encarnación. Fordham UP, 2010. 3).
SCMS Conference Panel, March 21-25, 2012, Boston
Now Seeking Submissions
for a new journal:
revolutionary / indigenous / feminist / anti-racist
anarchist / libertarian socialist / autonomist marxist
and/or insurrectionist perspectives on crime and the state
Libri & Liberi will be published twice a year in printed and electronic form.
Libri & Liberi will publish peer-reviewed academic papers on various topics in the field of children's literature and young adult literature and on related topics, on their wider cultural contexts, and on their intercultural contacts in the fields of literature and the media. The journal will particularly appreciate interdisciplinary approaches and intermediality.
We will be pleased to consider for publication original manuscripts in English, German and Croatian. Articles in other languages may occasionally also be considered for publication.
As you may already know, the Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies (AEEII) holds its II International Conference with the title "Other Indias: The Richness of Indian Multiplicity" at University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) on 23-26 November, 2011.
The organizers welcome panels from a variety of fields, and we would like to propose one on "Queer Desire & India." Given the fact that the colonial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was finally read down by the High Court of Delhi in 2009, the issue of the construction of a queer culture in India needs urgent attention.
CFP for Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Issue #83--Spring 2013
Guest edited by Sara Sullam and Emily Kopley
Topic: Virginia Woolf and Literary Genre
We invite short essays (up to 2500 words) on the relationship between
Woolf and literary genre, a category that includes the novel, the
short story, the essay, poetry, drama, and biography, as well as more
specific genres such as lyric, epic, verse drama, elegy, satire,
detective fiction, etc. Potential topics include Woolf's definition of
a particular genre, her adherence to or challenging of generic
conventions, her blending of genres, her relationship to writers of a
particular genre, and her work's reception in varied genres.
Save the date
June 6-9, 2012
John Jay College of Criminal Justice—CUNY (New York, NY)will be hosting an International Conference:
"Global Perspectives on Justice, Security and Human Rights"