With its insightful and quirky brand of humour, Issa Rae's popular web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011- 2013) has shown how alternative pathways for the production, circulation and reception of interactive new media also makes possible a more expansive approach to the question of who and what can be funny. Much of the humour in Awkward Black Girl arises from the social ineptitude of J, its titular character. The series' characterization of her subjectivity as multi-layered and complex also prompts interrogation of gender and racial stereotypes through humour, and the ways in which digital platforms create opportunities for women and minority media-makers to develop their projects outside of mainstream media industries.
You are cordially invited to participate in the 2015 meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association. This year's meeting will take place at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Thursday, October 22, 2015 through Saturday, October 24, 2015, and is sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas.
The theme of this year's meeting is "Heaven, Hell, and Little Rock," in celebration of a host of anniversaries celebrated this year (the Fourth Lateran Council, the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth, the burning of Jan Hus, the signing of the Magna Carta). We welcome submissions and encourage panels related to these anniversaries or on other medieval topics.
The Asians in the Americas symposium started in 2012 at Southeast Missouri State University as an answer and partial solution to the complete absence of any meaningful discussion of the many aspects of what it means to be Asian in the Americas in the forums that already existed. The scholars wanted to remove the topics from their status of being historical "footnotes." The symposium was the desired format because it combined scholarly research with the opportunity for in-depth conversation.
Diplomatic studies increasingly focus on the cultural and social aspects of diplomatic practice and stress the agency of individuals within international relations. Despite this, many scholars often still investigate within the parameters of national diplomatic corps or explore one end of a bilateral relationship. In contrast, this conference will focus on the cohorts of diplomats sent by different polities to the Habsburgs and Popes to explore the ways in which diplomacy fostered cultural exchange (defined broadly) at early modern courts in this crucial period for the development of the type and scope of diplomatic activity with which early modern rulers engaged.
The poor in literature, arts and in the media:
Artistic and social representations of poverty
Up to the eighteenth century, the theme of poverty in art and literature was dominated by the evangelical model.
Although literature and composition/rhetoric depend on each other in interlocking, sometimes iterative ways, they are very often considered and taught completely separately, sometimes even housed in different departments. In this panel, we endeavor to bring them closer together, examining the ways in which their concerns and methods overlap, whether easily or fitfully.
Proposed papers can consider questions including but not limited to:
What is intriguing or useful about the histories of comp-rhet and literature that's instructive for teaching one or both of them today?
June 10th 2015 Deadline
The 4th Annual DIVAS Conference: From Margin to Center:
Telling our Stories as a Form of Activism
September 12, 2015
D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) are
delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 4th annual DIVAS conference to be held at the School of Education on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, September 12, 2015. Proposals for poster sessions, individual presentations, and panel sessions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 15th 2015.
"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society."
--- Angela Y. Davis
Seeking 300-word proposals for an edited collection (already under contract with Salem Press) of 15 essays on the work of Alfred Hitchcock. All Hitchcock (and Alma Reville Hitchcock) topics are welcome. I am particularly interested in essays that address Hitchcock's silent work, Selznick-era work, and post-MARNIE works such as TOPAZ and FRENZY, but proposals on the "old standbys" are also very welcome (AND NEEDED). Proposals for essays rooted in deep theory are also welcome, but the final papers for such accepted proposals will need to be accessible to an undergraduate readership. Essays about unproduced Hitchcock works (e.g., MARY ROSE, BLIND MAN, etc.) are also welcome. Proposals must be received by 15 June 15.
This panel welcomes papers on the various social, intellectual, or textual networks among authors and consumers of early modern literature and science. This panel seeks to understand what new networks of influence or collaboration we can discover by pairing disparate genres/fields of inquiry in the early modern period. Essentially, this panel asks: how can disparate or shared methods of signification within literary and scientific genres challenge our understanding of the early modern production of knowledge?
American popular culture, television in particular, is inundated with dramatic, popular television shows that blur the lines between good guys and bad guys. Specifically, immensely popular shows like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad feature male characters who are undoubtedly criminals, but they are also, in some ways, very likeable. Breaking Bad, in particular, muddies the waters of protagonists and antagonists, and keeps them muddied throughout the entire five seasons of the shows. Early in the series, the audience feels sympathy for Walter White, disdain and annoyance for Jesse Pinkman, and heartbreak for Skyler White.
With apologies for cross posting:
International Girl Studies Association are seeking submissions for our inaugural conference which is being held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich from 7-9 April 2016. The inaugural conference seeks to bring together researchers and students working on girls and girlhood in any part of the world and in any discipline or interdisciplinary field.
Girl Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing a vast array of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars from across the world to explore experiences of girlhood, recent developments within the field, investigating new questions and revisiting historical issues.
A one-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Oxford
Saturday 7 November 2015
Keynote Speakers: Janet Todd (Cavendish College, Cambridge) & Karen West (Keele)
Convocatoria para artículos
Revista Laboratorio (http://revistalaboratorio.udp.cl/) convoca a investigadores, académicos y escritores a enviar sus propuestas para el número 13 (primavera 2015) y número 14 (otoño 2016). Buscamos especialmente artículos que provengan de investigaciones en curso, y que se enfoquen en los ejes temáticos de la revista: los diversos modos de experimentación literaria y la relación de la literatura con otras artes. Pueden estar escritos en español, inglés o portugués. Los envíos serán evaluados por un sistema de arbitraje ciego de pares, y deben ceñirse a las siguientes instrucciones:
Image Matter: Art and Materiality
AAH New Voices Conference
MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
6 November 2015
Keynote: Professor Carol Mavor (University of Manchester)
Call for Papers