It is a given that fairy tales are more than stories just for children. Their messages transcend age, culture, and generation. Broad classification of fairy tales and their elements, first by Antti Aarne and refined by Stith Thompson in the early twentieth century helps to point out these commonalities. While common elements help us to connect to the stories, we are impacted just as strongly by tales told through various art forms. From the opera to classical music to ballet, from painting to sculpture, to film and photography, the written words that create the fairy tales are brought to life through incorporating other senses of sight, hearing, and touch. An excellent example is the iconic bronze statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.
In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.
"New Directions in Africana Literature"
This panel welcomes papers that explore the contours and contexts of contemporary Africana Literature. We invite presenters to consider potential new scholarly directions for emerging writers of African descent as well as established writers whose recent works address the imperatives of the current moment. We especially welcome papers that address the SAMLA 87 theme ("In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts"). Other themes that panelists might address in their work include, but are not limited to:
· Contemporary literary works that challenge or disrupt conventional understandings of form and/or genre
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our tenth year of issues.
Our next thematic issue is on literature and radicalism. We are interested in the ways radical groups, individuals, or movements appear in fiction or poetry. We are interested in radicalism across the political spectrum (or perhaps even off the conventional spectrum, as the case may be).
We are very much interested in articles for a coming issue (or issues) devoted to anarchism and contemporary variants of anarchism or putative anarchism of the right as well as of the left—and, of course, anarchism without any clear conventional political alignments.
Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, London, 24-25 September, 2015
*CFP DEADLINE REMINDER: 31st MAY 2015*
The Association of Adaptation Studies invite proposals for papers for the 10th Annual Conference in London on 24-25 September, 2015, organised with the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Confirmed speakers are: Andrew Davies, screenwriter and patron of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Jonathan Powell, former Head of BBC Drama and Controllor of BBC1, now Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University, and Professor Graham Holderness, critic, novelist, poet and dramatist.
Fantasy/Animation: A Conference on Media, Medium and Genre
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Friday 4th September 2015, King's College London, Strand Campus
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 29th May 2015
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Paul Wells (Loughborough University)
Dr James Walters (University of Birmingham)
Since the turn of the new millennium, affect studies has emerged as one of the most burgeoning fields within literary and cultural studies, a theoretical trend in the West which we now designate as "the affective turn." Over the years a myriad approaches to affect have appeared one after another, which helped contribute to a discursive heteroglossia in which its scope of influence and visibility proves increasingly vast. Some critics followed in the footsteps of queer theorist Eve Sedgwick's psychological model, a school which had played a key role in the institution of affect studies per se, whereas some insisted upon the an intervention into affect's socio-political implications from the perspectives of cultural criticism or classical psychoanalysis.
Call for Papers
In More's Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction
Foundation #124 (summer 2016)
Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More's seminal work, Utopia. Although the text has been of importance within Renaissance Studies and political philosophy, it has also occupied a special place within science fiction for helping to popularize the notion of 'the Great Good Place' to which society should strive to perfect. Whether directly or indirectly, More's text has been of huge significance for the utopian strand that runs through much science fiction.
We are pleased to announce the return of our essay competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2016).
To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000 word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.
Send Proposals by Email Only to Alan Gravano, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: June 3, 2015
The Italian American Studies Association welcomes proposals for individual presentations and full panels at its 48th annual conference in Washington, D. C. Especially encouraged are scholarly and creative presentations and panels focused on the broad theme of the conference: the nature, history, dynamics, and problematics of an Italian American system of values—current and historical, perceived or imagined, personal or social.