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CFP: "Moved by the Spirit, Authorized by God: Black Women Activists and Religion" NEMLA Mar 17-20, 2016, Hartford. CT,

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:43am
Jami Carlacio, Borough of Manhattan CC/CUNY

Since the era of slavery and continuing through the present, Black women have articulated a vision of freedom, equality, anti-racism, and racial uplift, drawing from Scripture to sustain their work of promoting equal rights for African Americans. From the early female abolitionists such as Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, to the anti-lynching activists Ida B. Wells and Mary Talbert, to the twentieth-century civil rights activists Ella Josephine Baker and Septima Clark, and countless others, these "churchwomen" actively challenged the status quo that relegated Black women to the least empowered positions in the social order.

Call for book proposals: Global Exploitation Cinemas

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:37am
Dr Johnny Walker / Northumbria University


New series from Bloomsbury:


Series editors:
Dr Johnny Walker (Northumbria, UK) / Dr Austin Fisher (Bournemouth, UK)

Global Exploitation Cinemas is a new book series from Bloomsbury Academic which publishes original monographs and edited volumes of around 80-100,000 words that explore the highly dynamic area of international "exploitation" film production. Encompassing a broad range of contexts, from industry to audiences to cultural history, it considers filmic trends and traditions, the work of specific directors, producers, stars and audiences.

I Confess: An Anthology of Original Essays on Constructing the Sexual Self in Contemporary Moving Image Art, Media and Culture

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:46pm
book editors: Tom Waugh & Brandon Arroyo, Concordia University

A twenty-chapter collection of essays on confessionality (self-referencing, first-person and/or autobiographical stories, testimonies or performances) around sexual identity, desire and practices in moving image media over the last quarter-century, principally in the Global North.

Call for Book Reviewers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:16pm
The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies

The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the seven states of the Mississippi River Delta, from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. We are currently seeking reviewers for books on the Delta region.

Some of these titles include

Apocalyptic Sentamentalism by Kevin Pelletier
Catfish by Paul and Angela Knipple
Celestial Navigator (a poetry anthology) by Heather Ross Miller
Race and Meaning: The African-American Experience in Missouri by Gary P. Kremer
Vicksburg 1863: The Deepest Wound by Stephen Nathaniel Dossman
Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi by Tiyi M. Morris

ChLA 2016: Animators as Auteurs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:40pm
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)

In the spirit of ChLA 2016's theme of Animation, I was hoping to put together a panel on Animators as Authors/Auteurs. My own paper will focus on Don Bluth, but I'm interested in finding others working on key figures for discussing authorship, animation, and children's and youth media: Lotte Reiniger, Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, the Nine Old Men, Mary Blair, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Ray Harryhausen, Rankin-Bass, Dianne Jackson, Hanna-Barbera, Floyd Norman, Glen Keane, Ralph Bakshi [more The Lord of the Rings than Fritz the Cat... :)], Hayao Miyazaki, Matt Groening, Sylvain Chomet, Gábor Csupó, Bruce W. Smith, Stephen Hillenburg, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, among others.

The Modernist Muse: Visual Culture and E.E. Cummings' Aesthetics (9/10/15; Louisville, 2/18-20/16)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:35pm
E.E. Cummings Society

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 44th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2016, at the University of Louisville ( This session explores dimensions of Cummings' modernist aesthetics through aural, visual, and verbal media as a response to the visual culture of the twentieth century. To what extent is Cummings' radicalism in language, genre, poetic devices, and typography motivated by the new avant-garde art?

Leon Edel Prize (11/1/15)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:58pm
Henry James Review

The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $150, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.

The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.

Send submissions to:

Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.

Somewhere Else: Teaching Literatures of Refugee Experience in a U.S. Context (NeMLA, Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 11:47am
Justine Dymond

In "Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique," Viet Thanh Nguyen suggests that a category of refugee literatures outside of disciplinary borders of national literatures "allow[s] a different set of connections across time and space that point somewhere else besides assimilation into the nation and to affiliations with other people besides US citizens" (934). What connections are necessary to make, and what kinds of borders do we have to cross, in the teaching of refugee literatures? With Nguyen's words in mind, this roundtable session aims to explore our encounters with literatures of refugee experience in the classroom.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Audiovisualtopia: A Conference on the Contemporary Screen scene

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:37am
Brian Goss, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Communications Dept.

One hundred twenty years after the Lumiere Brothers' Arrival of a Train at Ciotat Station / L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat and about 60 years after the insinuation of television...into living rooms across the industrialized world, contemporary societies are saturated with audiovisual culture. More recently, the rise of widely affordable techno-substrates for production (digital photography) and exhibition (youtube, proliferating film festivals) are clearly enabling toward the "democratization" of audiovisual sophistication, such that the committed college sophomore can readily produce polished short films. In other words, there is much to celebrate!