In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
TONI MORRISON SOCIETY
SEVENTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE:
TONI MORRISON AND HER ROLE AS EDITOR
JULY 21-24, 2016, The Roosevelt HotelNew York, New York–CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS–
We invite presentation proposals for the Queer Media in the 21st Century Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) November 4-5, 2016.
The conference organizers are seeking contributions that explore noteworthy 21st-century representations and social constructions of queerness and/or LGBTQ individuals in a wide range of media artifacts (e.g., intriguing films, television shows, comic books, video games, novels, newspapers, magazines, music, Internet sites, emerging media forms) as well as reception studies pertaining to such media offerings.
The online Art Journal Interartive is open to collaboration with theorists, writers, historians and artists. The topics that we are interested are:
- Art theory
- Performative Arts
- Exhibition/ art event Reviews
- Art project presentations
- Politics of art
- Media art
You have to send a full text in the address: firstname.lastname@example.org until the 14th of June, 2016 with the subject line “Submission of Text for Collaboration”.
23-24 September 2016
A conference organised by the University of Brighton in association with the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum
Steve Bell, political cartoonist
Martin Rowson, political cartoonist
Professor Ian Haywood, University of Roehampton
This event will also include a curatorial introduction to the caricature collection held at the Brighton Royal Pavilion & Museum, and a talk by the curator of the Cartoon Museum, London.
Now in its ninth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 10-11 February 2017. Topics may include but are not limited to:
"Trojan Horse" Pedagogy: Southern Studies in a Terrain of Struggle
SSSL'S Emerging Scholars Organization
SAMLA 88 - Jacksonville, FL - November 4 - 6, 2016)
Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to
PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors’ schedule.
Spenser at RSA 2017: Spenser's Jargon
Sponsored by the International Spenser Society
Spenser at RSA 2017: Spenser's Sustaining Fictions
Sponsored by the International Spenser Society
We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing 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 2017).
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.
Compared to film, TV and the novel, science fiction theatre is not a widely discussed topic. But, whilst there is only one book from the 1990s that lists the history of sf plays, there is a long legacy of staging the fantastical, including the importance of Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. (1920) in coining the term ‘robot’. With contemporary mainstream plays such as Constellations, The Nether, MrBurns and X, sf theatre may be experiencing something of a revival. There are an increasing number of sf theatre companies worldwide as well as a new anthology in sf plays.
Arthuriana would like to extend a call for submissions for the Fair Unknown Award for best paper on an Arthurian topic presented by a graduate student at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo.
THE EUDORA WELTY SOCIETY
The Eudora Welty Society welcomes a range of papers, but proposals addressing Welty and the SAMLA 88 theme of "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" are especially welcome. We also are interested in work that investigates how Welty's fiction, essays, or photography interact with politics, jazz, the blues, newspapers, magazines, television, film, and other texts. Consider also how Welty's work has been reimagined by other artists, such as Claire Holley's song "Pleasant Dreams" inspired by "The Whistle." By June 1, 2016, please send a 300-500 word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to William Murray at email@example.com.
Our initial deadline has passed but we still have room for one-three more chapters on PTSD and trauma in Clint Eastwood's directorial efforts.