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ReFocus: The Films of Spike Jonze

updated: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:30am
Kim Wilkins and Wyatt Moss-Wellington (University of Sydney)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 18, 2017

Spike Jonze is a celebrated director whose deeply philosophical film work crosses boundaries between studio and independent modes of production, genre entertainment and experimentalism. Jonze's oeuvre includes highly regarded feature films (Being John MalkovichAdaptationWhere the Wild Things Are and Her), commercials, music videos and shorts; he is also a prolific producer and actor. Across his work, Jonze investigates the vagaries of contemporary American culture with a particular interest in themes of identity fluidity, loss and grief, American celebrity cultures, storytelling and metacognition, nurturance and development, technology and surveillance, evolution and sociobiology, memory and fantasy.

Adapting the Canon for Millenial Viewers--SAMLA 89

updated: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:10pm
Amber P. Hodge, University of Mississippi
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Although popular culture has gained significant traction as a subject worthy of intellectual consideration over the last decade, a divide between popular and canonical persists. The academy may have instituted a boundary distinguishing high culture from low, but film and television regularly crosses these fabricated borders as popular media evokes the canon. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) to Penny Dreadful (2014–2016), the most successful narratives among millennial viewers (roughly, those born 1982–2004) share a common theme, the incorporation of texts considered canonical into popular storylines.

New Scholars Program -- Bibliographical Society of America

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:29pm
John Buchtel / Bibliographical Society of America
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 31, 2017

Each year, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the BSA's Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York City in late January.  The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as material objects (print or manuscript).  Those selected for the panel receive $600 toward the cost of attending the Annual Meeting and a complimentary one-year membership

CFP NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh - Extraordinary Space: Locating States of Exception in the Fantastic

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:29pm
Tim Bryant / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

The literature of the fantastic uniquely offers productive space for expansive political imagination, as well as consideration of factors threatening its foreclosure. Speculative fiction projects dynamic futures between utopian and dystopian extremities. Fantasy literature describes epic histories and mythic worlds within which anyone might rise to supreme power or fall into cruel ignominy. Horror stories relegate their characters to fearful ordeals typically leading to terrible ends, but not before informing the concerns of mundane existence with greater significance. Borrowing tropes from these discrete genres, the recently revived hybrid of the weird forecasts even stranger locations of wondrous destiny and sublime doom.

Climate and Income Inequality

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
C19 conference in Albuquerque in March 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017

For the C19 conference in Albuquerque in March 2018, I am seeking scholars to form a panel called "Climate and Income Inequality" -- a panel that addresses the literary representation of the conjunction of climate change and socioeconomic inequality. While environmental justice and environmental racism focus on low-income or minority communities who are forced to live near hazardous or toxic environments, I would like the panel to focus on how climate change specifically affects the poor. How do authors express concerns about vulnerability, deprivation, limited resources, exploitation, oppression, development, distributive justice, mitigation, and education so that the terms equally apply to financial struggles and anthropogenic climate change?

Cli-fi and Class

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2017

Anthropogenic climate change is not an "equal opportunity" threat--the poor will suffer much more than the wealthy. Many American writers recognize this and address socioeconomic struggle alongside global warming. Since both wealth inequality and planetary warming are socially constructed forces of economics and politics, how do American writers narrate one in terms of the other in order to reveal and connect the dual exploitation of the poor and the earth? Upload 500-word proposals by September 1, 2017 to panel number 16744 "Clif-fi and Class" to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login   questions to drosenthal@jcu.edu

RePost Deadline Extended: “Scribbling Americans: Appropriation and Subversion in Literary Arts High and Low”

updated: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:31pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association 89th Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deadline extended!

Following the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 89th Conference’s theme of “High Art/ Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” abstracts are invited for the Pre-1900 American Literature Panel, titled

“Scribbling Americans: Appropriation and Subversion in Literary Arts High and Low”

Marginally Modernist: NeMLA, April 2018, Pittsburgh

updated: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:20pm
Michelle Rada
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Please consider submitting a paper proposal to the panel "Marginally Modernist" for NeMLA's upcoming conference in Pittsburgh, PA, April 12-15, 2018 (description below). 
  Submit your 300-word paper abstract directly to the NeMLA website: 

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