Originally deriving from the Old French bordure (meaning "seam" and "edge of a shield"), in its geopolitical sense the term "border" was first used in Scotland in the 1530s. The Borders was indeed the name of the district adjoining the English boundary. Accordingly, over the centuries borders have been used to signal differences, separations, distinctions, discontinuities, the beginning of the other, as well as the need for protection and preservation. One could mention cultural, linguistic, political, social, gender borders, and the list could of course be much longer.
With the release of American Sniper (2014), Clint Eastwood brought to the surface an interest in post-traumatic stress disorder that runs throughout his directorial career. Early feature length films like Play Misty for Me (1971) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) represent versions of post-traumatic stress before the concept was officially listed in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Firefox (1982) appears just two years after that same group entered the term into the third edition of the DSM as a response to the increased number of soldiers seeking help for psychological issues related to wartime experiences.
Please share the following CfP with any graduate students who may be interested. Deadline for Paper Proposals: 23:59 GMT on Monday 21 March 2016.
BritGrad 2016: Call for Papers
2-4 June 2016
The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to submit paper proposals for the Eighteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.
Journal Messengers from the Stars:
On Science Fiction and Fantasy
No. 2, 2017
Edited by: Frances Pheasant-Kelly
Co-edited by: Adelaide Meira Serras, Ana Rita Martins and João Félix
Call for Papers
Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference
As part of a two-week series of events on the subject of animal studies, Bristol University's Department of English is organising a postgraduate conference.
In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.
Pacific Coast Philology, the journal of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), publishes peer-reviewed essays of interest to scholars in the classical and modern languages, literatures, and cultures. We publish two annual issues. The regular issue contains articles (5000-8000 words) and book reviews. The next regular issue will appear in early spring 2017. The editor, Roswitha Burwick (firstname.lastname@example.org), invites you to submit your articles for consideration. Since readers normally take 3-6 months to assess your work, we recommend that you submit your work now so that we can include your essays and book reviews in the 2017 regular issue.
The abstract submission deadline for the 63rd annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies has been extended to April 4, 2016. This year's meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.
The MWCBS Program Committee will consider individual abstracts as well as proposals for complete sessions (of three participants) and roundtables (of four participants). Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts and are invited to apply for travel funds to the conference and for graduate paper prizes for presentations given at the meeting.
Feminist Spaces 2.2 (Spring/Summer 2016)
Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
The 3rd Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Proposals for papers examining the conference theme of "Border States" in the works of Native American authors, accepted for the MMLA convention in St. Louis. Possible topics may explore literary treatments of physical and cultural migrations; geographic and textual contact zones; legal divisions; assimilations and blendings; genre borders or intersections of oral and written literatures; or generational, environmental, regional, transnational, linguistic, or textual borders. Please send proposals of 200-300 words by April 10 - Convention website: http://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/
With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.
Abstracts are invited for an essay collection, Keats in Popular Culture.
Although Keats's literary legacy and influence on Victorian, Modernist and Post-Modernist literature has been explored in some depth, his impact on popular culture—particularly in the 21st century—has yet to be fleshed out. This collection seeks essays that examine Keats's significant presence in film, television, music, comics, video games, memes, science fiction, architecture and design, matters of taste, cultural criticism, popular science, psychology and philosophy.
Interested parties, please send 500-word abstracts by June 15, 2016 to Brian Bates at email@example.com.
The 2013 publication of Thomas Ohlgren and Lister Matheson's Early Rymes of Robyn Hood: An Edition of the Texts, ca. 1425-1600 provides new opportunities for scholars to reread and reconsider the earliest Robin Hood rhymes and plays. Scholars now have access to the extant manuscripts of the late medieval ballads as well as two early plays. Now that these early texts are readily available—some for the first time—it is time for scholars of a wide range of interests and backgrounds to return to the medieval rhymes with the aid of this significant new resource that allows for truly in-depth analysis of the source materials.