India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.
This roundtable provides an opportunity to reflect on the representation of one of America's most unpopular and violent wars of the twentieth century: the Vietnam War. In particular, this roundtable will investigate the role of collective memory and artistic representation of this highly politicized and casualty-laden war.
47th Annual NeMLA Convention
March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT
Hosted by the University of Connecticut
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2015
"Shut Up and Send Me More Pigs to Kill!": Contemporary WWII Film
Slick, lubed, squirting, dry: bodies, fluids and the act of sex have long been sensually, erotically intertwined. But what would it look like to move from a poetics to a queer politics of fluids? From the fluids of the sex act to liquid metaphors employed to express trans*/gender/sexual fluidity, to a broader, critical exploration of new (sensual, fluid) materialisms, this seminar centers on a hypothesis: a closer reconsideration of fluids, both literal and figurative, may open up new approaches to queer analysis.
The Bloody Stylus, the Mangled Doormat, and the Blossoming Rose: Perspectives on Henry Suso's Work on the 650th Anniversary of his Death
We invite submissions for this roundtable, which will consist of four to six short presentations followed by an open discussion. We aim to provide a forum for a growing conversation by soliciting speakers interested in any aspect of the teaching, editing, and translation of the languages and literary cultures of the Low Countries as they inform pedagogical practice.
This roundtable hopes to provide inspiration and guidance through personal narratives on lessons learned overcoming or coping with either life-long challenges or sudden life-altering issues. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, academic or sexual harassment, mental or physical health, or personal loss. The goal is to present cathartic stories illustrating inextinguishable human qualities that will stimulate audience dialogue. Proposals should specify the nature of their challenge and insights gained while working through it.
Personal stories relating to a wide range of adverse issues will be presented in short readings of less than 10 minutes each followed by dialogue between the presenters and audience.
NEW DEADLINE - AUGUST 25, 2015
Adaptation studies has grown into a vibrant, wide-ranging field of study. Scholars in literary, media, and cultural studies have used the concepts of adaptation and intertextuality to explore how content negotiates the transition from text to image, image to text, and across media platforms and/or cultures of production and reception.
While any proud people will resist the idea that they are victimized, there are undeniable consequences of the occupation of any peoples' land by an outside force. These consequences can be as severe as an explosive outbreak of violence and physical genocide, or as subtle as the slow erosion of the occupied peoples' quality of life and the eventual collapse of the occupied peoples' culture. The conference invites experts and researchers from around the world to present their academic papers relating to the fields of political, economic and social development in occupied countries.
On behalf of the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Science, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Polish Academy of Sciences we would like to invite you to participate in the Shibboleth 1967/1968 conference, which will be held in Warsaw on 2-4 December 2015. The date 1967/1968 became recognized as a key moment in Jewish history, which is, however, differently located in various national narratives. The events that took place around this time in Israel, in the former Soviet bloc countries, Western Europe, and the US are often read in the immediate context of their respective local political configurations.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 18
The Public Intellectuals Lecture Series has just wrapped up a successful spring lineup featuring four fantastic, well attended lectures. We are now planning a second series for the fall.
The Public Intellectuals Lecture Series aims to create a bridge between scholars in the Arts and the general public. While the complex ideas these scholars help develop have important, real world applications to the way we understand and interact with each other, they are often couched in jargon and confined to the journals and lecture halls of the academic sphere. This lecture series will offer a venue and format in which scholars can present these ideas to the public in an accessible manner.
Screening Women's Health
Given recent political pushes to defund Planned Parenthood and revoke the Affordable Care Act, the issue of granting and preserving women's access to health care and treatment remains as salient as ever. This panel explores representations of women's health care and issues of access in film and television.
The Societas Daemonetica is accepting proposals for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers for the Hell Studies session Presenting and Representing Hell, to be held at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 12-15, 2016.
Whether seen in signs and portents, or read in grimoires or magic books, the occult in the premodern world is both marveled at and feared. A significant amount of the description of occult and sorcerous activity, however, also functions as political commentary, whether as direct criticism of secular current events or as a voice or conceptual space for the spiritual "other" in medieval society.
The following CFP is for a seminar I have co-organized with Margarida Vale de Gato for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. ACLA's annual meeting uses a seminar format in which 8-15 participants meet together for 2-3 days to share their papers. To submit a paper, go to the ACLA website at www.acla.org, click on "annual meeting," and then click on "submit a paper." The website will not be accepting submissions until September 1. The CFP below is currently available under "Global Poe" on the ACLA website. After September 1, a link will be available for you to submit a paper directly to the seminar.