In July of 2016, Niantic Inc. released Pokémon Go in the United States to unanticipated public interest. In one of the hottest summers on record, millions took to the streets to search for charmanders and dragonites, overwhelming both servers and public spaces. While interest in the mobile application has subsided, Pokémon Go remains a cultural artifact that demands further analysis. Opening conversations on public and civic rhetorics through play, the phenomenon of this simple game exposes critical intersections of race, gender, ability, and class as technological concerns over access, privacy, and privilege.
fan studies and fandom
Appel à communications
« Quand l’industrie du cinéma enquête sur ses publics »
(2ème journée d’étude du GREPs)
Jeudi 16 novembre 2017, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
Portal Fantasies offer a unique way to comment on the current political situation, in their capacity as invented worlds with a permeable gateway to our own. The portal can act as a funhouse mirror, reflecting our own world back to us in grotesque and illuminating ways, or it can offer stark contrasts to our own world which often take the form of escapist, superior alternatives. This session, a direct thematic response to the NeMLA 2018 conference theme of "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," invites papers that explore how authors have used the portal fantasy to comment on the politics of our world in various ways.
The editor seeks scholarly essays that address some aspect of HBO’s television series The Leftovers (2014-2017) and/or its source text, Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same title (2011). Perrotta co-produced the series with show runner David Lindelof (Lost). Both novel and series are set three years after the “Sudden Departure” of 2% of the world’s population. In ways distinct to each form, The Leftovers serves as a study of the psychological, social, and cultural impact of a large-scale traumatic event. Perrotta’s spare, satirical, character-driven fiction lies in the lineage of modern novels set in the American suburbs.
Wentworth is the New PrisonerA two-day international conference Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April 2018, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Confirmed keynote speakers and panellists: Professor Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia); Kim Akass (University of Hertfordshire, UK); Kate Hood (actress, writer and director, aka Prisoner’s Kath Maxwell); Jan Russ (casting director, Prisoner, Neighbours, etc.)
From the Frankfurt School to contemporary cultural studies, the social ramifications of Disney movies and theme parks, and their cultural penumbra, have long provided rich terrain for critical scholarly analysis. This panel explores the discursive, literary, filmic, and historical dimensions of the Disney phenomenon in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that draw upon the rich canon of scholarship on Disney and engage with its cultural effects through critical theory, spatial or historical analysis, feminist methodologies, or close reading strategies are particularly encouraged.
Comparative Media Studies welcomes papers on any media studies topic but is especially interested in those which relate to the conference theme, "The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing." Papers might address the privileging of the visual in film and television theory, new screens (phones, tablets, home theater displays) and their impacts, the dialectic of image and sound tracks--or of story and spectacle--in the media construction of a diegetic world, (in)visible differences and identity construction in media texts, the cinematic or televisual "gaze" or "glance" now (or "then"), neoliberal "ways of seeing," cell phone photography (or videography), the graphic interface, the "unwatchable."
CFP: SYNOPTIQUE Issue Vol. 6, no. 2
CALL FOR PAPERS:
High, Low and Everything in Between: The Birth and Death of Labels in Film Studies
REVISED DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2017
La version française suit.
This issue of Synoptique is proposed in partnership with the 19th Film Studies Association of Canada graduate colloquium. All members and non-members of FSAC are invited to participate.
Presented by: Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association, San Francisco State University
Dates: October 19 + 20, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Boluk & Patrick LeMieux
Contact Email: CSGSA@mail.sfsu.edu
The deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
The peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its special issue: Otherness and Transgression in Fan and Celebrity Studies, Autumn 2017.
Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that critically examine the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.