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A CRITICAL COMPANION TO TIM BURTON (Abstr. by 30 September)

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 6:29am
Prof. Adam Barkman and Dr. Antonio Sanna

Tim Burton is certainly one of the most popular directors of contemporary Hollywood. His oeuvre includes blockbuster films such as Batman (1989), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Alice in Wonderland (2010) as well as less profitable– but still highly recognizable - films such as Ed Wood (1994). His work with stop motion, evident in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and the recent Frankenweenie (2013) has further popularized and updated a technique that has been fundamental in cinema since the silent era.

Looking for Public Humanities Pieces on "America"

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:55pm
'Merica Magazine: for the unlikely patriot......

It is our contention that a magazine like this has needed to exist for a while. There needs to be a home for the complicated patriot, the unlikely patriot.The sociologist Robert Bellah believed that the United States had a civil religion that was to be contrasted with that of other nations. If that's true – and we think it is – then this is a magazine for the agnostics. What can one say? America seems like a pretty good idea – we should try it some time.

To get what we're up to check out our website at mericamagazine.org (that's "Merica," not "America," lest you accidentally go to the other - though excellent - magazine of that name). Check out especially the "About" section and the "Submission" section for a fuller idea of our concept.

Perry, Politics, and Propaganda

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:16pm
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

Tyler Perry has become an African-American cultural icon through his stage plays, films, sitcoms, and now, primetime dramas. As such, his works have come under scrutiny for their representations of the African-American family unit as well as representations of race, class, and gender. Though Perry has an avid fan base, all do not agree with the ways in which his "art" functions culturally within the African-American psyche. W.E. B. DuBois states in his 1926 article which was published in The Crisis, "I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.

CFP: "A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice" (Edited collection)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:57am
Stephen Ahern

Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02/10/15) - A Postgraduate and Early Career Rersearcher Colloquium

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:03am
University of Birmingham, UK

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

CFP: 42nd Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (April 6-9, 2016)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:54am
African Literature Association

Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
at the
African Literature Association 2016 Conference

Justice and Human Dignity in Africa
and the African Diaspora

Venues: Marriott Marquis and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in
Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
April 6-9, 2016
Conference website: http://ala2016.com

SCMS 2016 Conference Panel: "Media and Surveillance"

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:01pm
Society for Cinema & Media Studies 2016, Atlanta, March 30-April 3

Media and Surveillance

Since its inception, surveillance studies has confronted questions of control and governance, accounting for a variety of technological assemblages like CCTV and tracking devices and their relationships to state politics, cultural identity, and new spatial imaginaries. In today's era of social media, internet tracking and corporate data mining, increased airport and border control, and major government data breaches, scholars are prompted to reconsider the relationship between surveillance and our everyday uses of media.

Southern Studies Conference 5-6 Feb. 2016

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 11:00am
Auburn University at Montgomery

Now in its eighth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 5-6 February 2016. Topics may include but are not limited to:

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