Contemporary perspectives on Christianity's role in American Indian communities are diverse and often ambiguous, partly due to this religion's involvement in colonization. While some grassroots traditionalists and many in the activist and academic communities frequently reject Christianity for its role in dismantling American Indian traditions and identities, the past is complex, and the American Indian Christian community is strong and growing. The last two decades have seen its resurgence. Recent works such as Mona Susan Power's Sacred Wilderness Sterlin Harjo's This May Be the Last Time, and The Cherokee Hymnbook: New Edition for Everyone reflect ongoing practices of Christianity in Indian Country today.
This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the many different ways that the City of Light has been captured in films from a variety of countries. With the possible exception of New York, no city has been used as a setting as frequently as a setting as has Paris. However, the French capital is unique in that it has been featured not only in French films but in films from around the world. This transnational element will be emphasized by the panel, a panel that seeks to explore the contradictions inherent in filming such a contradictory city. For example, how can a city be seen as both the birthplace of the modern while also being so frequently being filmed - particularly in terms of its bohemianism - in such a nostalgic light?
The 13th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium will be held at Napa Valley College, September 15-17, 2016 in Napa Valley, California. The Jack London Society welcomes paper and panel submissions on any aspect of Jack London's life. Innovative formats such as roundtables or teaching presentations are encouraged, especially those that connect London with other writers of his time and place. Please email 250-300 word abstract proposals (noting any audio/visual requests) along with complete contact information to Kenneth K. Brandt at email@example.com. Proposal deadline is June 1, 2016.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Memory and Representation area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association invites submissions on any pertinent topic (see description below) for the National Conference in Seattle, Washington, to be held on March 22nd – 25th, 2016.
Memory and Representation: Area Description
The postmodern god figure has been a staple of postmodern art at the very least since John Barth published Lost in the Funhouse, in which the god figure, both author and father, was simultaneously characterized as asleep, malevolent, kind, and/or insane. As this figure has penetrated popular culture, s/he has become more and more linked to investigations of gender and sexuality. These "god" figures strive to control the lives of others (e.g. Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Kaiser Soze in The Usual Suspects). These puppet masters often work behind the scenes, exploiting the margins of society for either personal or social gain.
In terms of simple chronology, Alfred Hitchock's films span the Modernist era up through the beginning of the postmodern era. While Hitchcock's works have understandably been examined in terms of their connections to/reflections of Modernist culture and/or aesthetics (e.g., Spellbound's use of surrealism, his films' fascination with Modernist technological progress, the influence of Freud, etc.), his later films, especially, would seem to lend themselves to an analysis informed by postmodern theoretical approaches to film and to culture.
Area: The Geek and Popular Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (Southwest PCA/ACA) Conference
Join us for the 37th annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, February 10-13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. http://www.southwestpca.org
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015
The Geek and Popular Culture: A Love/Hate Relationship
The conference theme covers issues relating to gender with special emphasis on how language and culture defines, affects, influences, shapes and visualises gender in a wide spectrum ranging from the individual to the communal across an array of disciplines. Being ideologically, politically and socially constructed, language, culture and gender all intersect at some point. And it is this intersection that we wish to explore comparatively from varying perspectives. Concerned with the HOW and WHY's the aim of the conference is to analyse the content of gender within the very bones of language and culture.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
Clemson University Press is pleased to invite essay submissions of approximately 7,000 words to the T. S. Eliot Studies Annual. For the full list of the Annual's editorial advisory board or for the latest updates, please refer to facebook.com/tseannual. For specific questions, or to submit an essay for consideration, please contact John Morgenstern, general editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be styled according to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) and follow Merriam-Webster's current edition for spelling. All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and be received by December 1, 2015 for consideration in the first volume.
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will host two panels at the American Literature Association Conference (May 2016, San Francisco). The two ALA panels aim to present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists, oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape. This year's panels will both take up the theme of transnationalism.
Panel 1: Transnational Approaches to Early American to 19C American Women Writers
Panel 2: Transnational Approaches to 20C to 21C American Women Writers