From ancient gladiators battling to the death in front of cheering crowds to the modern-day journalistic maxim that ‘if it bleeds, it leads’, violence has occupied a prominent place in the human imagination. It is common to see animals in the wild fighting to establish dominance and eliminate potential predators. But when humans engage in similar behaviour, it raises a host of questions about the nature and implications of violence. Why has our capacity for reason, compassion and empathy been insufficient to circumvent our primal urge to use physical force to cause injury, death or other forms of harm? Why has violence exerted an irresistible hold on the human psyche throughout history?
film and television
I am looking for one essay to fill an empty spot in an edited collection on the television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This essay should address the critical reception of the show. The final draft of the essay is needed by March 15, 2019.
The collection overall argues that the show participates in quality or post-quality television programming through its generic hybridity and diverse cast and storylines.
If interested, please submit queries and/or a 300-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2019.
Call for papers: 2nd Symposium of the Irish Audiences Network
“Exploring cinema-going past and present: memory, cultures, place”
Date: April 5,2019
Venue: Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
Memory and Activism
Mnemonics Summer School 2019
Utrecht University, 18 – 20 September 2019
Call for Papers
The annual Mnemonics Summer School serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The aim is to help PhD students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, and gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship.
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Saturday 31st August 2019 - Sunday 1st September 2019
This inclusive interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the project will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific ‘monsters’ as well as assessing the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as ‘monstrous’. The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors will also be examined with a view to forming a selective publication to engender further collaboration and discussion.
I am currently curating an anthology of personal essay/creative nonfiction by queer writers reflecting on their relationship to horror films.
Media Literacy and Academic Research is inviting papers for Vol. 2, No. 1 which is scheduled to be published on April 2019.
The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) and article submission charges. Media Literacy and Academic Research welcomes article submissions and does not charge a publication fee.
The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies (https://bulletin.iarhs.org) is seeking submissions for future volumes. The Bulletin is the official journal of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. It is a fully digital, open access, and double-blind peer reviewed journal and is actively indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. In keeping with the Robin Hood tradition, authors retain their rights to their own materials.
Articles are generally 4,000-8,000 words long. Please see the journal's website for additional submission guidelines.
Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: “A Hero Will Endure”: Essays on the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator for an edited collection, edited by Rachel L. Carazo (Northwestern State University).
All areas of study, with a common goal of representing the cultural and material impact of the film since its release in May 2000 are invited to participate.
IAMHIST is the International Association for Media and History, an organisation of scholars, filmmakers, broadcasters and archivists dedicated to historical enquiry into film, radio, TV and other related media.
POWER AND THE MEDIA (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, 16-19 July 2019)
Deadline for proposals: 14 January 2019.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
James Curran (Goldsmiths, University of London)
J. E. Smyth (University of Warwick)