Contributions are being sought for a proposed edited collection that explores the portrayals of Black men in reality television. This collection aims to address representations of masculinity, comparisons to Black women in reality TV, class issues, queer theory, masculine psychology, patriarchal constructions, sexuality, invisibility, respectability, and social activism or lack of activism. This collection, tentatively titled There's No Blachelor: Portrayals of Black Men in Reality TV, is a follow-up to the book Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Rutgers University Press Oct/Nov 2015 - http://bit.ly/1NL1HdV ).
Mapping the imaginary has always been a challenge for world-building and storytelling alike. Map of the fictional world subverts the very essence of an actual cartography: it represents a territory that cannot be discovered or traversed in a non-fictional realm and yet it delivers much more than a usual map: a promise of the journey into unknown. An exquisitely quotable phrase coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, who claimed to "start writing with a map and [then] make the story fit" is only reprising what have always been evident to cartographers and creators of imaginary worlds: maps precede territories and are inevitably becoming the most essen¬tial part of modern and postmodern storyworlds.
2017 Special Issue Call For Papers in MELUS
Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States: Pedagogy in Anxious Times
Guest Editors: Cristina Stanciu and Anastasia Lin
The beginning of the twenty-first century has been turbulent and traumatic, with a global Financial Crisis, a prolonged depression, and deep cuts in public spending under the aegis of 'austerity'. How can we emerge from this period as a fairer, more equal society?
This one-day event aims to engage participants in dialogue about the future of capitalism at a transformative moment, one in which current models have failed and new ways forwards must be forged. Programmed sessions will consider strategies, opportunities and innovations towards a sustainable and more equal post-capitalist society.
10:00 - 10:30 Registration
INAUGURAL COMMUNICATION & MEDIA STUDIES CONFERENCE
University Center Chicago
15-16 September 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference held at the University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA, 15-16 September 2016. Proposals are invited that address communication and media studies through one of the following categories:
Theme 1: Media Theory
Theme 2: Media Technologies and Processes
Theme 3: Media Business
Theme 4: Media Literacies
Theme 5: Media Cultures
2016 SPECIAL FOCUS: 'Communication and Media Studies: After the Internet?'
In her recent study, The Forms of the Affects (2014), Eugenie Brinkema announces, "We may well be at the beginning of what will eventually be called the twenty-first century 'return to form' in the humanities" (39). Brinkema marks MLQ's special issue, "Reading for Form" (2000), which was later published as a collection of essays under the same name (2006), both edited by Susan J. Wolfson and Marshall Brown, as the beginning of this return to form. Meredith Martin's The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 (2012) and Derek Attridge's Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry (2013), to name only two of the many recent publications that address form, seem to support Brinkema's claim.
Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 1, 2015. Listed below are possible topics; other topics in the area are also welcome:
▪ Precinema, Early, and Silent cinema aesthetics
▪ Definitions of periodicity: aesthetic, chronologic, theoretical
▪ Nontheatrical, industrial, and educational film
▪ Montage and Editing: Practice as Theory
▪ History of Cinematography: Visual Effects from Silent to CGI
▪ Spectatorship and Scopophilia
▪ Auteur Theory
▪ Genre Film & Genre Theory
▪ Third Cinema and Indigenous Filmmaking
▪ Theory & Aesthetics of Representation (Race, Gender, Culture)
Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine
Mapping Fields of Study: Renegotiations of Disciplinary Spaces in the English-Speaking World
9-11 June 2016
Call for Papers
Wharton and Religion
We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton's writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim, firstname.lastname@example.org.