Today, the internet serves as a watering hole for many LGBT individuals, whether as a place to go to meet, learn, organize, converse, plan, debate, or play. According to a 2013 study by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), LGBT youth are five times more likely than non-LGBT youth to search online for information on sexuality or sexual attraction, almost twice as likely to search for medical information online than non-LGBT peers, and report high levels of online civic engagement. 1 in 4 LGBT youth report being “more out” online than offline, 1 in 10 LGBT youth report first coming out online, and about 52% of LGBT youth who weren’t out offline had used the Internet to connect to other LGBT users (GLSEN).
fan studies and fandom
The Art of Netflix
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference 2017
November 3-5, 2017
The Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association, an internationally recognized academic organization, invites applications for membership in its Law and Politics Studies Area. This group will examine the interconnections between fandom and media on the one hand and politics and law on the other. “How is political culture played out in the media?” “How is law (mis)represented in fiction?” and similar questions will fit into this field. Current and retired lawyers in good standing, law students, elected or appointed government officials, professors of law and/or politics, and political operatives are eligible for membership in this committee. The chair at any given time must be a practicing lawyer, sitting government official, or current professor.
CFP ReFocus: The Films of Xavier Dolan
Ever since his first feature film J’ai tué ma mère premiered at Cannes in 2009, where it received an eight-minute standing ovation and three awards, every film from the prolific and precocious 28 year-old Québécois director Xavier Dolan has generated significant buzz. A recipient of numerous international awards, Dolan has recently taken his career into genre filmmaking (with Tom à la ferme, which premiered at Venice and garnered the prestigious FRIPESCI prize) and to an international level, with his first English-language feature The Death and Life of John F. Donovan now in post-production.
The digital realm has reconfigured the ways in which production and consumption of games happen. Consider some prominent examples:
In May 2011, self-taught game developer Andrew Spinks released his own world-building game after only five months of production. The game, Terraria, now available on all major computing and gaming platforms, has sold over 20.5 million units, but is still only available through Spinks’s own publishing firm, Re-Logic.
Television Studies Session at PAMLA 2017
Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Television Studies, a standing session of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), is now accepting proposals for the organization’s 115th annual conference. This year’s conference theme is “The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing.” All proposals in the realm of television studies are welcome, with a particular interest in the following focus issues as well:
Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, the Whedon Studies Association, and conveners Stacey Abbott and Cynthia Burkhead invite proposals for the eighth biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW8). Devoted to Joss Whedon’s creative works, SCW8 will be held on the campus of the University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama, June 21-24, 2018. The conference will be organized by Local Arrangements Chair Cynthia Burkhead, along with Slayage alumns Anissa Graham, Stephanie Graves, Jennifer Butler Keeton, and Brenna Wardell
The GLBTQ Studies Area of MAPACA welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Proposals are encouraged on any medium and from any critical, contemporary, historic, or disciplinary perspective. While proposals on any topic are accepted, we especially welcome proposals that speak to the following:
*Denied Service: H.R.2802, the First Amendment Defense Act
*The Politics of Public Spaces: Inclusion/Exclusion
*Popular Culture and Trans Perspectives and Representation
*Drag Culture and Performance
*GLBTQ Representation on Film
*”Looking” at GLBTQ TV Representation
*Manhunting on Grndr: Gay Social Apps
McFarland Publishers, an independent book publisher devoted to a wide variety of topics, including history, sports, and pop culture, will be releasing a collection of essays on the CW television series Supergirl. Tim Rayborn and Melissa Wehler will take on the role of editors.
Proposals for individual presentations are invited for the Comics and Graphic Narratives panel at the 2017 meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). All papers dealing with comics and other graphic narratives will be considered. Papers utilizing media specific analysis, and papers with a strong connection to this year theme of "The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing" are highly encouraged. A visual component to the paper/presentation is also encouraged.
This years conference will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii and is sponsored by Chaminade University of Honolulu The conference will be held between Friday, November 10, 2017 and Sunday, November 12, 2017.