Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.
With its insightful and quirky brand of humour, Issa Rae's popular web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011- 2013) has shown how alternative pathways for the production, circulation and reception of interactive new media also makes possible a more expansive approach to the question of who and what can be funny. Much of the humour in Awkward Black Girl arises from the social ineptitude of J, its titular character. The series' characterization of her subjectivity as multi-layered and complex also prompts interrogation of gender and racial stereotypes through humour, and the ways in which digital platforms create opportunities for women and minority media-makers to develop their projects outside of mainstream media industries.
The poor in literature, arts and in the media:
Artistic and social representations of poverty
Up to the eighteenth century, the theme of poverty in art and literature was dominated by the evangelical model.
The 4th Annual DIVAS Conference: From Margin to Center:
Telling our Stories as a Form of Activism
September 12, 2015
D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) are
delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 4th annual DIVAS conference to be held at the School of Education on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, September 12, 2015. Proposals for poster sessions, individual presentations, and panel sessions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 15th 2015.
"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society."
--- Angela Y. Davis
Seeking 300-word proposals for an edited collection (already under contract with Salem Press) of 15 essays on the work of Alfred Hitchcock. All Hitchcock (and Alma Reville Hitchcock) topics are welcome. I am particularly interested in essays that address Hitchcock's silent work, Selznick-era work, and post-MARNIE works such as TOPAZ and FRENZY, but proposals on the "old standbys" are also very welcome (AND NEEDED). Proposals for essays rooted in deep theory are also welcome, but the final papers for such accepted proposals will need to be accessible to an undergraduate readership. Essays about unproduced Hitchcock works (e.g., MARY ROSE, BLIND MAN, etc.) are also welcome. Proposals must be received by 15 June 15.
American popular culture, television in particular, is inundated with dramatic, popular television shows that blur the lines between good guys and bad guys. Specifically, immensely popular shows like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad feature male characters who are undoubtedly criminals, but they are also, in some ways, very likeable. Breaking Bad, in particular, muddies the waters of protagonists and antagonists, and keeps them muddied throughout the entire five seasons of the shows. Early in the series, the audience feels sympathy for Walter White, disdain and annoyance for Jesse Pinkman, and heartbreak for Skyler White.
With apologies for cross posting:
International Girl Studies Association are seeking submissions for our inaugural conference which is being held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich from 7-9 April 2016. The inaugural conference seeks to bring together researchers and students working on girls and girlhood in any part of the world and in any discipline or interdisciplinary field.
Girl Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing a vast array of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars from across the world to explore experiences of girlhood, recent developments within the field, investigating new questions and revisiting historical issues.
A one-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Oxford
Saturday 7 November 2015
Keynote Speakers: Janet Todd (Cavendish College, Cambridge) & Karen West (Keele)
Session: Comparative American Ethnic Literature,
November 6-8, 2015, Portland State University and Hilton Portland, Oregon
Open topic: Papers comparing any ethnically/"racially" defined American literature or papers on any one of those literatures are invited.
This is a standing session of the annual PAMLA conference (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association).
Submit any proposals via the Online Submission form at pamla.org
Deadline: June 10, 2015.
Chair of session: Martin Japtok
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vol. 2, Issue 2
Reading the Queer in Literature, Film, Culture and Theory
[Journal Issue & Ed. Vol.]
Submissions are invited for the forthcoming issue of "The Apollonian" on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of literature, art, cinema, culture, critical theory, philosophy and history. The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: