Ever since the momentous success of Ang Lee's western-drama Brokeback Mountain, queer film has increasingly reached the mainstream. Brokeback Mountain was followed by a considerable amount of Hollywood productions that focused on representations of queer issues and characters such as Milk, A Single Man, The Imitation Game and, as the youngest addition to the list, Stonewall. The latter is directed by Roland Emmerich, a filmmaker who is usually known for blockbusters like Independence Day. The fact that both star directors and casts have entered the production of critically and commercially successful queer film-making is indicative of its mainstream potential and a growing target audience.
CALL FOR PAPERS
TEXTUS n.2 2016
Stages of Embodiment in Postcolonial Theatre
Tiziana Morosetti (University of Oxford) and Serena Guarracino (University of Naples 'L'Orientale')
Copyeditor: Angela Zottola (University of Naples Federico II)
This literary and cultural studies conference, to be held at the University of Liège under the auspices of the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) and the local post-colonial studies centre CEREP, will seek to draw attention to the multifarious encounters which have occurred between South Asia and Australia from the nineteenth century to modern times.
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
CALL FOR PAPERS
2016 Yale Law School Critical Race Theory Conference
Hosted by Yale Law School
Saturday April 9th, 2016
at Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
Deadline for submission: March 7th, 2016
Acceptance notification: March 14th, 2016
The Directors of the 2016 Yale Law School Critical Race Theory Conference invite paper submissions on any topic in Critical Race Theory for its emerging scholars workshop. We invite papers on any theme, period, and location.
This year the Midwest Modern Language Association's 58th Annual Convention will take place at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri, November 10-13, 2016
Dystopia and Utopia in Ethnic Literature
"In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist's aims and desires. This oppression frequently is enacted by a totalitarian or authoritarian government, resulting in the loss of civil liberties and untenable living conditions, caused by any number of circumstances, such as world overpopulation, laws controlling a person's sexual or reproductive freedom, and living under constant surveillance" (John Joseph Adams, 2011).
Studies in the Novel is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on "Gender and the Cultural Preoccupations of the American West," guest edited by Sigrid Anderson Cordell (University of Michigan) and Carrie Johnston (Bucknell University), which will be published in fall 2017.
Call for Publication: Essays in Virtual Dark Tourism
"Call it a pilgrimage, perhaps." --C.L. Moore, Vintage Season
Dark Tourism studies are expanding as scholars, largely from public history fields, have become interested in the phenomenon of thanatourism: people's fascination with traveling to places that have witnessed death or that recreate sites of calamity, war, and destruction. Ranging from the comical to the profoundly moving, these sites connect people to the past in tangible ways through objects, spaces, exhibits, and dramatic recreation.
The 6th Global Conference
'Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers'
20 – 21 May 2016, Nice, Côte d'Azur, France
CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS
DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 4th of April 2016
These roundtable panels will discuss successful, innovative strategies for teaching 18th-century studies. Digital or chalk, it's great teaching being discussed here!
NB: Pedagogy roundtable participants can also present research papers in other panels at the conference.
A conference session on teaching gossip, scandal, history, secrets and lies in the 18th century. Proposal deadline March 13
The border is a liminal space, made ambiguous by the dualities that it encompasses: it unites and separates, opens up and closes off, includes and excludes. The border exists to define one space in opposition to another, yet often functions as a meeting-point, a place of exchange, of mixing, and of hybridity and cross-fertilization. That porousness, on a large scale, can unleash complex processes of de-territorialization and re-territorialization of perspectives, of identities, of cultures and histories.