In late-medieval England, public performances of learning and expertise were political performances, that not only expressed one’s mastery of a subject but also an ability and right to speak to it in public view. Whether speaking to knowledge of theology, or medicine, or carpentry, these public professions of knowledge were subject to scrutiny both institutional (e.g. the Church or craft guilds) and informal (by lay churchgoers or prospective customers). Drama offered a form in which claims to knowledge could be exaggerated, parodied, or reproduced for effect--in a word, staged--to invite medieval audiences to rethink the social and political dimensions to such performances.
Overpopulation has become the ‘third rail’ of contemporary environmentalism: no major organization wants to touch the issue anymore. While it had been one of the driving concerns of early environmentalism up until the 1970s, exemplified by such seminal texts as Fairfield Osborn’s Our Plundered Planet (1948), Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb (1968), and the Club of Rome’s The Limits of Growth (1972), concern with population control has since dropped off the list of popular environmentalist causes.
With the current spate of contemporary high-budget properties that have sought to engage and adapt online horror content, increasing attention has been turned to communities of amateur critics, writers, illustrators, and fans that work to create horror in digital space. Their influence has been felt in a variety of media, from the television series Channel Zero and Supernatural, to the film The Tall Man and video games like Slender and SCP: Containment Breach. Fora in Something Awful, “r/nosleep”, and the SCP Foundation represent attempts by massive communities to create negotiated fictions, imagining mythic spaces and enduring, horrific creatures.
The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club is an organization committed to helping blues and jazz music and dance enthusiasts learn more of the history and culture behind the music and dances. Our organization provides reading lists, interactive opportunities with organizers and fellow book club members through Facebook, and a quarterly book to read and discuss. As of 2016, we successfully launched a bi-annual live event, featuring a scholar discussing one of the books or authors we have read during the year.
Back in 1983, M.L. Rosenthal and Sally Gall identified the poetic sequence as a kind of invented genre, and a notable, even defining achievement of the first half of the twentieth century (or first half plus a few years: Robert Lowell’s Life Studies was one of their important examples). They saw the sequence as a form a number of poets converged on, largely independently, but ultimately one that offers, according to their Foreword, “an inner history of modern poetry written in English.”
Apollon, a peer-reviewed undergraduate eJournal in the humanities, announces the call for papers for its eighth issue. The seventh issue is online with five peer-reviewed research contributions from undergraduate scholars across the US, and expanded features such as audio and video interviews, material and art history videos, and editorial pieces. Apollon invites college and university undergraduate students to help edit or get published in a new peer-reviewed digital humanities publication.
Student submissions deadline is October 01, 2017. Interested faculty should contact us with interest or inquiries as well. Go ahead -- you know you want to.
As Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz indicate in their article “The New Modernist Studies,” recent trends in modernist studies have operated a radical revision of the term “modernism,” moving away from the idea that modernism is confined to a single place (Europe, North America, and the West in general) or a single time (roughly 1890-1940). As the map of “transnational” and “global” modernisms expands, ever more attention has been given to new languages, phenomena of bilingualism and multilingualism, and translation as a fundamental practice in modernist writing (Yao, Rogers).
2017 Conference of Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association (MAP/ACA)
MAPACA War Studies Area
Thursday, November 9 -- Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown
Proposals due to http://www.mapaca.net by June 30, 2017
This special issue has a cluster of three terms at its center: metonymy, poetics, and performance. These three terms have to do with conventional structures and what it means to live in them. Metonymy, a trope in which common association lets one thing stand in for another, mobilizes conventional relations. Poetics, the theory of how a text’s elements work together, studies the structures through which artistic effects exist. Performance involves living out relations within structures like genre, medium, and circumstance. Together, these terms allow us to think through the metonymical relations among art, artist, and context.
It is our great honour and pleasure to invite you to submit papers for the forthcoming publication that will be released in English and is scheduled to be published in 2018, in the Jagiellonian University Press series “Bezkresy kultury”. The series is the project of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations that focuses on various cultures as seen from different perspectives and aims at publishing monographs popularising research deepening our knowledge of the world.
The volume will be a peer reviewed, independent publication discussing the problem of male energy and its manifestations across multiple disciplines, for example:
- Literature studies
- Religious studies
- Social studies
ReFocus: The Films of Mary Harron
Edited by Kyle Barrett
Edinburgh University Press
Series Editors: Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Singer
ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT RESPONSE TO THE ORIGINAL POST, THERE ARE STILL WORKS AND TOPICS WHICH ARE UNDER-REPRESENTED IN THE VOLUME. THE PUBLICATION WOULD BE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN RECEIVING ABSTRACTS AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- Exclusive interviews/discussions with Harron or regular collaborators (e.g. Guinevere Turner, Lili Taylor)
Second Call for Papers and Panel Proposals for the 2017 International Yeats Society Conference
October 20-22, 2017
New York City
Hosted and sponsored by:
The New School University * Fordham University * New York University/Glucksman Ireland House * Williams College
The conference includes keynote addresses by Maureen Murphy (Professor Emerita, Hofstra University), and Christopher Cahill (Director, American Irish Historical Society and Director, McCabe Fellowship Exchange Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice), as well as a reading by the Irish poet Joan McBreen.
Call For Papers: Ethics and Choice in the Works of Terry Pratchett
Ed. Kristin Noone and Emily Lavin Leverett
(This is for the same volume Kristin sent out before, if you saw that!)
Gendered representations of writers appear in all forms of popular culture, from George Gissing’s Grub Street (1898) and Edith Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed (1929) to David Duchovney’s character in the Showtime series Californication and Melissa McCarthy’s in CBS’s Mike and Molly. Although they each portray aspects of the writing life that were characteristic of their eras, one thing they have in common (besides the fact that a writer wrote them) is that they all exhibit some kind of peculiarity, be it sex addiction, writer’s block, delusions of grandeur, fevered brilliance, etc., that either adds to or detracts from their writing.
Call for Papers:
Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power
“The coils of a serpent are even more complex than the burrows of a molehill.”
(Gilles Deleuze, Postscript on the Societies of Control)