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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.

Fictional Religions (in Film, Literature, and Other Media)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 9:12am
AAR, Religion and Popular Culture Unit
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 23, 2018

I am organizing a panel in response to this year's call for papers from the Religion and Popular Culture Unit of the American Academy of Religion. In particular, I am responding to the call for papers on the topic of "Fictional Religions in Film, Literature, and Other Media." The creation of fictional worldviews is a fascinating aspect of robust worldmaking and mythopoesis, and the phenomenon suggests all sorts of interesting questions about the relationship between artistic creativity and the religious imagination, the dis- or re-enchanted qualities of the secular, the role of mass media in forming our worldviews, ways of life, and identities, and other issues.

Reading Young Adult Fiction

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:25pm
Sean Donnelly / University of Birmingham
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 9, 2018

Reading YA Fiction Symposium, Thursday 24th May, Westmere House, University of Birmingham

YA Fiction has boomed in popularity in the twenty first century, from blockbuster franchises Twilight and The Hunger Games to critically acclaimed works by authors including Phillip Pullman, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman. Once valued primarily as a pedagogic tool, YA is beginning to emerge from the shadow of Children’s Literature to become an exciting field of study in its own right.  Critics including Roberta Trites, Robyn McCallum, Allison Waller and Crag Hill have produced complex theoretical readings of YA, establishing the groundwork for specialist scholarship in this area.

TWC Special Issue CFP: Fandom and Politics (1/1/19; 6/15/20)

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:50pm
Transformative Works and Cultures
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

We have entered an historical moment in which political communication is filled with fandom. Grassroots fan communities mobilize to influence elections. Political candidates perform fandom on the campaign trail. And of course, rallies on both sides of the aisle are filled with bursts of fannish excitement. Examples range from the Princess Leia “We are the resistance” posters used during the 2017 Women’s March to Elizabeth Warren’s Harry Potter references to the strong attachment Trump fans felt for their candidate. Still, the affective nature of fandom is often treated as being at odds with the rational discourse of the political sphere, and the relationship between fandom and politics is often dismissed or ignored.