A discernible boom in politically engaged, leftist art practices and critical theory is underway in Eastern Europe and Russia, China, and in post-socialist countries of the Global South. This boom defies all expectations, emerging after the depoliticizing "transitions" to capitalism of the 1990s and the seemingly reactionary historical moment. Activists and art collectives, critics, poets, grassroots filmmakers, and video, performance and digital artists of all stripes are seeking alternative spaces for engaged aesthetic experimentation. In many cases, these aesthetic producers return to the emancipatory promises of earlier political and aesthetic experiments, reimagining them for the digital age.
Chapter proposals are invited for a collection of essays that will explore Shakespearean adaptations as statements, often assertions about the nature of the work they engage. That adaptations have contributed to Shakespeare's afterlife cannot be disputed. They are re-imaginings of his work in a new context and against a new medium, and, as such, adaptations of Shakespeare are derivative and unique at the same time. With that premise in mind, the history of Shakespeare in adaptation may also uncover the history of assumptions about what Shakespeare constitutes–as a playwright, poet, cultural icon, or otherwise.
Please join us for the 37th annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, February 10-13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound
The MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling
23rd-24th May 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS
The transition from silent to synchronised sound cinema in Britain between 1927 and 1933 was a period which changed British cinema as both industry and art form forever, but which has largely been overlooked by cinema historians.
Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 15, 2015. Listed below are possible topics; other topics in the area are also welcome:
▪ Precinema, Early, and Silent cinema aesthetics
▪ Cinema in and out of the Archive
▪ Definitions of periodicity: aesthetic, chronologic, theoretical
▪ Nontheatrical, industrial, and educational film
▪ Montage and Editing: Practice as Theory
▪ History of Cinematography: Visual Effects from Silent to CGI
▪ Spectatorship and Scopophilia
▪ Auteur Theory
▪ Genre Film & Genre Theory
▪ Third Cinema and Indigenous Filmmaking
A collection of essays to be edited by Ali Chetwynd (University of Michigan), Joanna Freer (University of Exeter), Georgios Maragos (Independent Scholar).
Environment, Economy & Climate Change: Stages in Transition
4-5 July 2016, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts (George Cadbury Hall), University of Birmingham, UK
Conference organisers: Dr Vicky Angelaki and Professor Graham Saunders
International Seminar on "Politics, History and Fiction in South Asia with Special Focus on Pakistan and North East India
(Date: 25-27 February, 2016)
The Department of English, Gauhati University, in its series International Seminars on Contemporary South Asian Fictions in English is happy to announce the second conference of the series. This time the focus is on Pakistan and North East India: an attempt at mapping its culture, literature, people, politics and conflicts—in short, ensuring comprehensibility from our varied locations and positions. One of the many themes in this seminar will be to consider the issues that concern writers of/from Pakistan and writers from North-Eastern parts of India.
Call for Works
Feminist Spaces 2.1 "Queering Feminism: LBGTQ and Feminist Intersectionality"
The deadline for proposals has been extended to November 15, 2015 for the Film Studies Area at the 2016 SWPACA Conference.
Papers on any topic germane to film studies including, but not limited to, film as art, film as culture, and film as industry will be considered. Paper presentations should be no more than 20 minutes and they should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question.
47th Annual CEA Conference
March 31-April 2, 2016
"And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name."
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
This call for papers is meant to solicit wide-ranging abstracts on the possibilities of the theme of"creation" in British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries for the 47th annual conference of the College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholars and teachers in English studies.
THE ELSINORE CONFERENCE: An Interdisciplinary Event (Drama, Literature, Film) on the Legacy and Future of Shakespeare's Work
April 22-24, 2016
Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark
Calls for papers are now open for seminars and workshops to be held during this conference on the legacy and future of Shakespeare's work at the Kronborg Castle (the setting of Hamlet) in Helsingør, Denmark.
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Sessions, American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, May 26-29, 2016.
"Hawthorne, Poe, and Childhood"
Proposals for papers on the topic of "Hawthorne, Poe, and Childhood" are sought for a Nathaniel Hawthorne Society session at the American Literature Association Conference.