William Castle will likely forever be remembered first as "The Master of Gimmicks" and "The Abominable Showman": the director of exciting gimmick films like Macabre (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Tingler (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960), Homicidal (1961) and Mr. Sardonicus (1961), and the maestro behind the Emergo, Percepto and Illusion-O, the punishment poll and the life insurance policy against death by fright. But there was much more to his Hollywood career than this cycle, however innovative and indelible it may have been. He directed more than fifty films between 1944 and 1974, and produced both The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Rosemary's Baby (1968).
Revisiting Audiences: Reception, Identity, Technology
9th – 10th, June 2016
Second MFCO Early Career-Graduate Conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand
Featuring: Associate Professor Sean Redmond (Deakin University, Australia) & Associate Professor Catherine Fowler (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Conference conveners: Owain Gwynne and Kevin Fletcher
Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s)
3rd Global Meeting
The Making Sense of the Animal–Human Bond Project
Call for Presentations 2016
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
This panel considers the numerous ways in which the work of William Carlos Williams engages with socio-economic and political formations in the United States. Ranging from Williams's literary and political sympathies throughout his medical and literary career, we seek papers making a contribution to either Williams's studies or U.S. literary history in general. As the titles suggests, this panel is open to consider papers on other topics that tackle similar or relevant questions of concern in academia today.
Third International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference
University of South Africa (UNISA)
College of Human Sciences
Hosted by the Department of English Studies
Date: 28 August – 1 September 2016
Venue: Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift (South Africa)
2nd CALL FOR PAPERS
Samuel Beckett: Performance/Art/Writing.
26-28 May 2016
A London Beckett Seminar Conference at the Institute of English Studies,School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London
Call for papers
The conference explores the intersections between performance, art, and writing in Samuel Beckett's prose, theatre, poetry, film, and television. Drawing on recent developments in genetic criticism, performance studies, and literary and philosophical analysis, the conference will examine key strands of Beckett's work in a range of media in the context of their interrelationship with current artistic, literary and performance practice.
This international conference is designed to address the questions of Beckett as a figure of world literature and world literature as figured in Beckett. We would like to invite papers, presentations, and performances from students, academics, artists and fellow enthusiasts on the following topics, although participants should not consider themselves restricted by these:
• Beckett's influence, reception and circulation across disciplines
• Rethinking global modernism in the light of his works
• Beckett as a selftranslator and studies of Beckett in translation
• Cinematographic and theatrical adaptations of Beckett's plays
• The intercultural, sociological, and political dissemination of Beckett's work
Panelists sought for NWSA
Queer(ed) Black Bodies and the Contested Space of the Black Church
I am interested in pulling together a roundtable discussion for the NWSA 2016 Conference, Subtheme Four : Borders and Be/longings. "Borders help to produce the conditions for belonging, but also un-belonging, erasure, and violence, including genocidal and gendered violence." (from the CFP)
To Boldly Go: Gender, Sexuality and Difference in the Star Trek Universe
Although the term is fairly recent, flash fiction—extremely short narratives typically less than 1000 words—is not especially new. Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Yasunari Kawabata, Isaac Babel, and Franz Kafka all wrote provocative fiction that we now label as flash. However, in the past thirty years or so, these short short stories have been all the rage. Anthologies of flash fiction abound, their pages filled with such literary giants as Robert Coover, Grace Paley, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Updike, as well as other lesser-known but extremely influential practitioners such as Pamela Painter and Michael Martone.
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.
Neurocultures: Brain Imaging and Imagining the Mind – Second international and interdisciplinary conference organised by the Department of English Studies at the University of Bielsko-Biala.
26-28 September 2016
Patricia Pisters, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Fernando Vidal, Research Professor at ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies).
The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
For — put them side by side —
The one the other will contain
With ease — and You — beside —
CFP for MSA 18 (Pasadena, CA): Modernism's Planets
Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The 'planet', as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word 'planet' suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.
At the outset of their landmark work, Remediation: Understanding New Media, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin explain the "double logic" of remediation accordingly: "Our culture wants both to multiply its media and to erase all traces of mediation: ideally, it wants to erase its media in the very act of multiplying them." Indeed, our culture is increasingly "hypermediated," even as we see more and more calls for immediacy.