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Reconstruction 16.3, Games and Determinism (Oct. 1, abstracts)

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Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:28am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction 16.3: Game Studies and Determinism,
edited by Reconstruction staff
(Abstracts 250-500 words, due Oct. 1 2015, completed papers by Feb 1, 2016)

[UPDATE - Deadline Extended] Expanded Horizons: New Approaches to CinemaScope Aesthetics (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, Submit by 8/14)

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:27am
Anthony Coman, University of Florida; Sam Roggen, University of Antwerp


We invite your papers exploring the production history, aesthetics, and legacy of CinemaScope films. The anamorphic technology, seized upon by Twentieth Century-Fox in an effort to revitalize studio finances, presented technical and formal challenges to Hollywood's established methods of filmmaking and spurred the creativity of many filmmakers. The early CinemaScope years therefore offer a prime case for studying how a phase of technological change might have influenced the work of classical studio directors.

Conference Session on Detective Fiction

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:59am
NorthEastern Modern Language Association

Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how "dead," to borrow Faulkner's famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.

[Deadline extended 1 week] Beauty and Belief (deadline for abstracts: August 7; conference: November 5-6, 2015)

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 4:54pm
Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—

•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.

•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.

[UPDATE] Expanded Horizons: New Approaches to CinemaScope Aesthetics (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, Submit by 8/15

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:53am
Anthony Coman, University of Florida; Sam Roggen, University of Antwerp


We invite your papers exploring the production history, aesthetics, and legacy of CinemaScope films. The anamorphic technology, seized upon by Twentieth Century-Fox in an effort to revitalize studio finances, presented technical and formal challenges to Hollywood's established methods of filmmaking and spurred the creativity of many filmmakers. The early CinemaScope years therefore offer a prime case for studying how a phase of technological change might have influenced the work of classical studio directors.

[UPDATE] "It's Happening Again": Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks: EXTENDED DEADLINE! (new submission date: September 30 2015)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 5:15pm
Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace

Call for Papers for "It's Happening Again": 25 Years of Twin Peaks is a proposed edited collection on the television show Twin Peaks. Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace solicit essays for a new collection celebrating one of television's greatest cult phenomena. Originally airing in 1990/91, Mark Frost and David Lynch's Twin Peaks will be returning, just over twenty-five years after it went off the air, and this collection will explore the show in the context of its time, and its legacy. We are interested in papers on all aspects of the television program as well as on tie-ins and connected materials (e.g. the film Fire Walk with Me, the new Log Lady material added for the show's run on Bravo, the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, etc.).

Special Issue: Christianity in Contemporary Native America (Sept. 30, 2015)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 5:04pm
Editors: Kimberly G. Wieser (University of Oklahoma), Rachel R. Luckenbill (Duquesne University)

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.

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