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Latin American Film and Historical Moments in the Continent

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 1:18pm
NeMLA. The 50th NeMLA Anniversary Convention/Washington DC 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 15, 2018

This session deals with film and history in Latin America. The films in discussion should reflect the major historical moments in the region beginning with the age of “discovery” and conquest, colonial rule and independent times.

Under this historical umbrella, the films in this session should address issues of civilización y barbarie, race, slavery, political persecution, misogyny, homophobia and revolution (among others). Participants should be cognizant that visual narratives dealing with race, class, gender, sexuality, language, nation, and identity reflect philosophical tenets prevalent in particular historical moments.

Food and Culture

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 3:26pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Call for Papers

Food and Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018


Truth in Documentary and Docufiction: Images of Transnational Realities

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:16pm
Caroline Wakaba Futamura / NeMLA 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Although the term “documentary” with respect to film was not coined until 1926 by John Grierson, precursors to this genre have existed for ethnographic purposes from the late-nineteenth century. Defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary as “a presentation (such as a film or novel) expressing or dealing with factual events: a documentary presentation,” this cinematographic form, even from its very inception, has been grappling with the hybrid version, docu-fiction. This latter genre, a combination of seemingly mutually exclusive elements—objective factual and subjective fictional—seems to undermine the very essence of what constitutes documentary cinema.

From Ms. Pac-Man to GLaDOS: Gender and Diversity in Video Games

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:58pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Seminar at the 2019 NeMLA Convention

Washington, DC, March 21 - 24, 2019

Organizer: Kristopher Poulin-Thibault (University of Toronto)

Adolescence in Film and Television (April 17-20, 2019; Proposals due October 1, 2018)

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:46pm
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Area Chair, Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

The Adolescence in Film and Television Area invites paper proposals for presentation at the annual Popular Culture Association Conference, to be held April 17-20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The official deadline for online submission of presentation abstracts (see below for additional information) is October 1, 2018.

Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to the portrayal of adolescence/adolescents in film and television, during any historical era, are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels. 

Graduate Journal aspeers Calls for Papers on "American Anger" by 28 Oct 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:44pm
aspeers: emerging voices in american studies
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 28, 2018

"If you're not angry, you're not paying attention"—according to an Esquire/NBC News survey from 2016, "[h]alf of all Americans are angrier today than they were a year ago." Statements like this mirror a perceived cultural and societal change that transcends simplistic partisan divides and has been accompanied by political battles and heated discourse. Though there has been an increased focus on anger in American public life following the 2016 election season, the mobilization of anger has a history that reaches back much further than current debates might suggest.

NeMLA Roundtable: "Animating Theory: Fashioning Theoretical Concepts from Studio Gainax-Trigger"

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 11:55am
Dorin Smith (Brown University)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Roundtable Description

This roundtable is looking for 5-10 minute long papers which reflect on the intersection of Theory/post-theory/weak-theory and the animated works of studios Gainax and Trigger. Participants are asked to select a moment (5-15 seconds) of a Gainax-Trigger anime and then to develop a concept which is legible but not beholden to a theoretical approach (e.g. how does FLCL theorize “mastery” to the side of psychoanalytic debates?). By thinking from these animated texts, this roundtable aims to reveal theoretical lines of flight which emerge when theorizing with a text and to show how this approach might animate forms of close reading.


[SCMS 2019] Up to and Including Its Limits: Rethinking Experimental Cinema(s)

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:27pm
Swagato Chakravorty / Yale University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 25, 2018

This panel invites new positions from which to conceptualize postwar moving-image art, extending into the contemporary moment. Anglo-American and European scholarship on moving-image art through the 1960s and 70s has largely privileged formalist thinking. There is, as Jonathan Walley has written, a “general agreement…that avant-garde filmmakers of this period followed the trend within modernist art toward medium-specific purification: the reduction of the art object to the essential physical or material components of its medium.”[1] In recent years, however, we have witnessed a number of crucial revisionist interventions.

Complications of Eating: Investigating (In)digestion in Literature and Film

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:03pm
Niki Kiviat
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

As recent literary and cultural critics have shown, food, and its presence in literature and film, is not solely linked to corporeal survival. The relationship between food and the body is also one of chemical and physical processes, and of tolerance and rejection (both individual and societal). Food—eating, preparation, choice—therefore also embodies social and cultural nuances and, in their evolution, processes of change. What is more, in the acts of consumption and digestion, food can re-emerge in various, and often socially taboo, ways and, in so doing, highlight sociocultural boundaries and normativities. In other words, food not only reflects on individual biological needs, but it also exposes larger social ontologies.