Devils are everywhere in medieval literature, disturbing, challenging, and violating conventional spatio-temporal constraints as they move freely between worlds in order to torment the holy, spread disease, and tempt good Christians by making sin seem sweet. They appear as enchanters, tempters, playful tricksters, masked tormentors, terrifying beasts, mankind's lawyerly accusers, and on occasion, as sympathetic figures who happened to be on the losing side of a cosmic war. Although much has been written about how devils are staged, their appearance, and their interaction with those they torment, very little has been written about what devils actually say. How do devils represent themselves and their spaces of punishment?
While machines have proven beneficial to the study of language and the arts, offering both ways of enhancing current methodologies and of forming new ones, they also threaten the conception of what it means for one to be a scholar of these materials, introducing technological substitutes for the classical researcher. Responding to this suggestion, the goal of this panel will be to discuss the restrictions that current and/or potential computational approaches to media analysis have and/or ought to have in an attempt to delimit the evolving roles of academics in the humanities.
Words and Images: Teaching Across Disciplines and Cultures This session focuses on interdisciplinary teaching methods to open the boundaries between writing and visual art. Words combined with images are becoming the way teachers and students communicate across cultures. Moving between disciplines stirs deep thinking skills, a new understanding may unfold. This approach embraces a variety of perspectives, including multicultural studies, cognitive science, and aesthetics. Please submit 300-500 word abstract for Panel 15773 to NEMLA website https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp. Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2015.
Call for Papers: Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature 26-27 February 2016, Durham (UK)
United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS) panel on Local and Global Transgressions invites papers that address transgression in literature and art as well as transgressive art in general. The panel seeks to explore the complexity of transgression as it crosses cultural boundaries in terms of both production and reception. Papers are encouraged to consider but not limited to the following aspects:
This panel will examine the institutional, industrial, social, discursive, and historical dimensions of British film cultures and the different taste-making sites wherein these cultures are produced. During the last decade, a number of scholars within British cinema studies have begun to re-evaluate not only certain films, genres, and neglected decades (following the larger revisionist turn beginning in the 1990s) but also the film cultures in which those films were produced, distributed, and exhibited. And yet, the critical conversation continues to tend to deploy "British film culture" as an under-defined term of assumed transparency and, often, homogeneity.
37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
March 16-20, 2016
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Deadline: October 31
The Children's and Young Adult Division (CYA) of ICFA welcomes papers for the 37th annual conference, when our theme will be "Wonder Tales." Folklorists often use this term to refer to the stories commonly known as "fairy tales" due to the genre's emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder, but what is wonder and where can it be found? Many events, characters, or objects generate a response of wonder—transformations and resurrections— but wonder also may be generated in technological advances and from the "sense of wonder" in science fiction.
This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas and philosophy proposed by 17th- and 18th-century French writers to criticize, change, or improve their society. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. Major seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015, to Session ID #15589
This panel will explore the concepts and stereotypes that lay behind the vision of love and womanhood expressed by Latin American authors (male or female). Its purpose is to create a dialogue about writers' depictions of love and womanhood, and how those ideas reflect, renew or challenge Latin American societies. Comparative approaches in Spanish/English/Portuguese are suitable, but non-comparative studies would also be considered.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015, to Session ID #15588
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Pulp Studies Area
Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference
March 21-25, 2016
Recent innovations in narrative medicine, cognitive science, and theories of the body's experience of pain have opened up new paths of inquiry into literary work from the Middle Ages to our own postmodern moment. In an attempt to update and expand upon the early work of George G. Fox on John Gower's relation to and knowledge of the medieval sciences, Accessus seeks essays that focus on one or more of Gower's works in conjunction with medieval treatises, herbals, lapidaries, encyclopedias, health books, and other relevant materials.
The Early Middle English Society invites paper proposals for our session, "'Hit iseie aboc iwrite': Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Vernacular Devotional Manuscripts," at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016. Vernacular texts of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in England often fall in the gap between the two major fields of literary study, Old English and Middle English. While these texts have begun to receive the scholarly attention they deserve, religious and devotional texts are too often marginalized as not "literary."
100 Years of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance
French stardom and those who obtain it have undergone many important moments of realignment since the end of World War II. Though less dominant than the Hollywood star machine, many French stars have reached and maintained a global audience, and during the postwar period French scholars such as Edgar Morin and Roland Barthes helped lay the intellectual foundation for star studies. Most recently, Ginette Vincendeau has positioned Juliette Binoche as a key star not only for France, but for all of Europe, suggesting that French stardom more broadly is primed to encompass new frameworks across national traditions, regional affiliations, and even media platforms (2015).
The long twentieth century offers multiple examples of dramatic progress brought to a halt or even seemingly thrown into reverse: Freud writes about the first World War as foreclosing faith in human progress; the late '60s and early '70s brought complications to the Civil Rights movement and student movements; and the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 undermined the narrative of American capitalist triumph that had held sway since the end of the Cold War.