The 2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA) conference will be held Friday-Sunday, 12-14 October 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Those interested should review the information here (http://mpcaaca.org/columbus-2012/2012-cfp/) to include relevant details on their submission entry. The new deadline for receipt of proposals is May 15, 2012.
Due to technical difficulties with the online paper submission software, the deadline is extended to May 15, 2012. Please feel free to send submissions via email to the area chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture for our annual conference. The 2012 conference will be held in Columbus, OH from October 12-14.
We are especially interested in papers that focus on literature and/or culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
In so ostentatiously connecting the Book of Genesis, the state of nature, and the Atlantic World, John Locke made it so that liberal political-economy would always have to return to America, to grasp its theoretical foundations and to fulfill the destiny of private property. In opening up America as both conceptual origin and commercial imperative, the Second Treatise also participates in a long line of narrative fillings and fulfillments of a theoretically and narratively empty America.
New Submission Deadline: 15th May, 2012
Catalogued at the National Library in Ottawa, Canada, the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is now in its fourth year of publication. Publishing top quality academic articles, poetry, fiction, reviews, and art, the quint welcomes a diversity of disciplines and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. The quint's thirteenth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th May 2012—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time. Links to the quint are accessible at www.ucn.ca.
"To be or not to be" may certainly be the question. It draws the boundary separating order and chaos, dividing the light from darkness, so to speak. The question resents the authoritative order of "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." while not readily accepting the risk of "the undiscovered Country." This dilemma drives Hamlet to play within the sphere of conspiracy and performance, representing in general the "dialectic between codification and play [which] is an enduring feature of human existence," as Robert Scholes asserts in his Textual Power.
Trans-Portal is seeking submissions of scholarly and lyric essays for its third issue. We seek essays that concern trans-nationalism, trans-culturalism, and trans-identity, and which approach their subjects with creativity and verve. Visit www.transtudies.org for more details and complete submission guidelines.
Inspired by Simon Ortiz's "Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism" and Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Robert Allen Warrior's American Indian Literary Nationalism, this collection will be a site for emerging as well as well-known ethnic critics and theorists to illustrate where they see their respective fields heading and construct perspectives outside of western ideologies. This collection will include 5 key areas: African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and Arabic American literature and criticism. The first four areas represent the larger areas of ethnic studies in the academy today and will provide a necessary counter-point to the predominantly western (i.e.
Lars von Trier's movies constantly thematize debt, but never so memorably as in Dancer in the Dark which links hospitality to insanity and blindness, and, yet, such giving, such indebtedness, is also framed by an excessive, formal exuberance as Selma (played by Björk) dances and sings her way to the gallows.
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Popular Romance Studies
The Pleasures of Romance
York, United Kingdom
27-29 September, 2012
Deadline Extended to May 30, 2012. Travel funding available.
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
A New Look at the Gothic Monster
This panel explores the cultural roles that monsters inhabit in Gothic fiction. Since the late-Victorian period, popular fiction has featured a panoply of monsters—vampires, werewolves,ghosts, zombies, mummies, shape-shifters, unknowable, and amorphous "things," and a variety of other undeads. The evolutionof monsters, what they represent, and why audiences need them are subjects of interest for this panel. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: psychology and the monster;
Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (www.warwick.ac.uk/go/moviejournal) is an open access, peer reviewed online journal, committed to publishing rigorous but accessible critical writing that is responsive to the detailed texture and artistry of film and television, old and new.
We are currently inviting submissions for issues 4 & 5. Articles should be up to 8,000 words, although we are also open to the possibility of longer pieces, to be judged on a case-by-case basis. Articles should be submitted as email attachments to email@example.com.
The theme for the CCCC 2013 conference is "The Public Work of Composition," with particular attention to basic writers. An interest in writing as a public work naturally invites consideration of the moral questions inherent in writing for a public audience. (e.g., What is my relationship to my readers? By what means should I persuade? And so on.) The rhetorical concept of ethos should be a natural part of this discussion, given that a rich understanding of ethos leads writers to reflect on the manifestation of their identity in public discourse and the related ethical questions that such presentation entails—among them the age-old question of whether an author must be a "good man," vir bonus, and by what means that goodness may be measured.
All papers should focus on some novel interpretations or suggestions on twentieth century literary theories especially ranging from New Criticism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Aesthetics, Reader Response Theory especially that propounded by Roland Barthes, Wolfgang Iser, Norman Holland, David Bleich, Hans Robert Jauss, Stanley Fish, etc. Some comments on recent advances by Jonathan Culler and Gerald Prince. Papers invited to this cause will come out in the shape of a book co-edited by Dr. Aashish Pande at The English and Foreign Languages University, India. We expect only serious candidates with sound academic background to send their papers in MLA Format not exceeding 7000 words.