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The Mondo Film and its Legacy

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 9:11am
University of Bradford (UK)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Film International


Contributions are invited for a special edition of Film International devoted to the ‘mondo’ shock documentary film. The mondo genre was created in the 1960s by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara with their first feature Mondo Cane (Italy, 1962). The genre quickly became an international sensation, hated by most critics but admired by large audiences and the likes of John Waters, Sergio Leone, Boyd Rice and J.G. Ballard.


Contributions can explore any aspect of the mondo film including the pre-history of the genre and its legacy.


Do You Believe in Magic?: The Narrative Construction of Magical Worlds, Creatures, and Characters

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:17pm
Museum of Science Fiction/Escape Velocity Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Museum of Science Fiction is accepting 250 word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at this year’s Escape Velocity Conference in National Harbor Maryland, May 25th – 27th, 2018.

As is often the case in the examination of the mainstream literary cannon, works incorporating “traditional” magic, Afro-diasporic voodoo and Santeria, and other mystical cosmologies are frequently dismissed as non-literature in an increasingly secular and data-driven world. But by violating the laws of empirical reality, magical narratives challenge the preferred Western emphasis on science to make room for cultural, religious, and social practices inexplicable in scientific terms.

Textual Transactions in Netherlandic Literature, Language and Culture

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:59am
MLA Dutch Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018


3–6 January 2019, Chicago

Session organized by the MLA Dutch Forum

The Modern Language Association is the oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the study of language and literature in America. For the 2019 convention of the Modern Language Association, the MLA Dutch Forum is organizing a session on the 2019 Presidential theme ‘Textual Transactions’. The convention will be held from 3–6 January, in Chicago.

Anne Gere, the 2018–19 president of the MLA, has chosen Textual Transactions as the presidential theme for the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. This is described as follows:

Media Journey Symposium 2018: Animation in Transcultural Contexts

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:17am
University of East Anglia
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 9, 2018

Media Journeys 2018: Animation in Transcultural Contexts

Symposium at the University of East Anglia

 24th May 2018


Call For Papers: Paper Proposal Deadline: 9th March 2018 (Extended deadline)


Brand placement in film and TV series

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:56pm
University Paris 8
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

The research program MEDIA (TransCrit, EA 1569) is organizing a one-day workshop on brand placement in film and TV series. The workshop will be held at the University of Paris 8 on Friday 15 June 2018.

Neither an artistic choice nor a coincidence, brand placement started to be used as soon as the movie industry was created but in a moderate way. Due to the rising costs of film production, this financial partnership has progressively become unavoidable to such an extent that a certain number of Hollywood movies and series could not be produced without it. The same applies, perhaps even to a larger degree, to TV shows, even though their production mode sometimes places them side-by-side with regular TV commercials.

Death and Celebrity

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 9:36am
Celebrity, Citizenship and Status Project, University of Portsmouth
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 30, 2018

Call for Papers: Death and Celebrity

Wednesday 6th June 2018, University of Portsmouth


Keynote Speakers:

Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, University of York

Dr Samantha Matthews, University of Bristol


‘Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil’ (John Milton)


‘Fame is a food that dead men eat’ (Henry Austin Dobson)


Theorising the Popular Conference - Liverpool (UK), 11-12 July 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:20am
Joshua Gulam / Liverpool Hope University - Media and Communication Department
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Theorising the Popular Conference 2018

Liverpool Hope University, July 11th-12th 2018


The Popular Culture Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is delighted to announce its eighth annual international conference, ‘Theorising the Popular’. Building on the success of previous years, the 2018 conference aims to highlight the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within ‘traditional’ subjects. One of its chief goals will be to generate debate that challenges academic hierarchies and cuts across disciplinary barriers.

Soliciting popular culture essay for literary tourism collection

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:17am
LuAnn McCracken Fletcher
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Single essay sought for inclusion in a collection of essays on literary tourism and the British Isles, under contract for publication by Lexington Books in December 2018, to round out a section on contemporary popular culture and tourism. The collection explores the complex and mutually informing relationships among narratives of history, fiction and film, and tourism via a series of studies of physical locations in the British Isles.