Today more than ever fairy tales permeate pop culture, literature, music, fine arts, opera, ballet and cinema. Speaking of the history of stories and especially fairy-tales, we may say that the Pot of Soup, the Cauldron of Story, has always been boiling for centuries. Dwarves have always been a recurring image and a character from the fairy tales to the novels.
Theme: Objects & Commodities
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Bogost
Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
FINAL Call for Contributors: American Mythology and Folklore
ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in early 2016. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.
Studies in the Novel is seeking pedagogical content for inclusion in the indexed "teaching tools" section of its affiliate website. Content should address approaches to teaching novels using digital tools/perspectives.
Please submit sample course syllabi, specific assignments, short narrative descriptions of your own experiences, or other appropriate content to email@example.com by June 25. Include the word "submission" in the subject line of your email. Your submission should include your name, contact information, and institutional affiliation.
In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme, "In Concert: Literature and other Arts," this panel welcomes proposals for papers on any topic related to Hawthorne and the arts or Hawthorne as a literary artist.
By June 25, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Steven Petersheim, Indiana University East, firstname.lastname@example.org. The SAMLA Conference will be held on November 13-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina. More information is available at https://samla.memberclicks.net/conference
Call for Papers:
Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America, 6-8 Nov. 2015, Graz, Austria
Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies
Organizers: Nassim W. Balestrini and Klaus Rieser, University of Graz
There is growing interest amongst 19th-century Americanists around how African Americans shaped 19th-century cultures of print. This scholarship has examined the role of African American print within the plantation economy, its movement through the commercial world of Atlantic trade, and its place within antebellum political reform movements. However, little of this work has centered on African American textual production and the increasingly populous and cosmopolitan antebellum American city. This roundtable takes up this focus and turns its attention specifically to how these writers influenced and were altered by the formation of the city as a locus of commercial exchange and civic activism.
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
EIGHTH-ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE
SCIENCE FICTION, Fantasy, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com
2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 15 June 2015
Call for Submissions: The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters
When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French film critics couldn't help but notice their dark and brooding quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler featured characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.