The GLBTQ Studies Area of MAPACA welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Proposals are encouraged on any medium and from any critical, contemporary, historic, or disciplinary perspective. While proposals on any topic are accepted, proposals are especially welcome that speak to the following special panels:
Reimagining Beauty and the Beast
One-day Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Bristol
7th September 2016
Dr. Amy Davis, University of Hull
Prof. James Williams, Royal Holloway University of London
"Since myths can be made to mean an indefinite number of things, it is more fruitful to study what in fact myths have been made to mean." Northrop Frye (1957)
The essay analyzes the strategies used by Antonio Buero-Vallejo which make his play a revolutionary experience in the field of theatrical immersion. Based on the last years of one of Spain's most prominent painters, Francisco de Goya, the play takes the audience on a trip to experience his confusion and fear through visual and auditory special effects.
"You are not a loan." The organization Strike Debt uses this double entendre to unite debtors nationally.
Americans face a unique problem as usurious lending practices have become a norm, especially for the poorest of citizens, minorities, and students.
Many Americans work to simply pay down a debt that will never go away. Some are going into debt to cover basic needs every month.
Unfortunately, solutions to debt are not as simple as saving money, just not buying with credit, or refusing to take out loans. It is not useful to tell many of those with debt to "just budget their money."
"Financial planning" becomes a distant luxury for those strapped with massive debt.
Conference website: www.signifyingspaces.wordpress.com
The conference proposes to explore space as a locus and matrix of meaning. We want to consider spatiality as a theoretical concept, methodological tool and an important aspect of textual analysis. The main focus will be on inter- and transdisciplinary work in the humanities but perspectives considering spatiality as a way of bridging the gaps between the humanities and other fields and disciplines are also welcome.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
The organizers of the first RGPN study day are pleased to invite submissions on aspects of minoritization/deminoritization in language, culture, ethnicity, religion, and politics. This will be a forum for both instructors and postgraduate students to discuss the latest scholarship on the issue.
Filths savor nothing but themselves.
—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at http://keepitdirty.org/a starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."
For centuries, fairy tales have cultivated and curated audiences' abilities to recognize and empathize with characters' emotions, thereby imparting on audiences moral codes of conduct that serve to sustain established cultural or social systems. Once a system has been changed or dismantled, the stories sustaining it should become obsolete as well. Yet, despite the significant social and political upheavals of the last two centuries, many fairy tales endure. Having been reinvented for changing cultural systems and emerging media, they continue to resonate with audiences and influence their behavior. This panel welcomes papers addressing themes of reinvention, reconfiguration, and resonance as related to the sustainability and sensibilities of fairy tales.
I Realigned the Cosmos: Lyric Poetry and Science
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 3-6 November 2016, Atlanta, GA
In 1968, Donald Barthelme had one of his narrators declare: "Fragments are the only forms I trust." The last decades have brought a number of acclaimed novels in Britain and the US that illustrate their authors' interest in fragmentary structures. David Mitchell constructed Cloud Atlas (2005) out of six stories with different settings, characters and generic features. David Markson produced an 800-page-long tetralogy, culminating in The Last Novel (2007), which juxtaposes several thousand succinct anecdotes and quotations with metafictional references to the elusive authorial figure.
We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the Borders and Crossings Conference.
Conference website: http://ifo.ujk.edu.pl/borders_and_crossings/
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof. Ludmilla Kostova, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Dr. Benjamin Colbert, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Proposals for 20-minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies.
Keynote: Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes (2001), Certainty (2006), and Dogs at the Perimeter (2011)
"I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears . . . It's not really believable" - Andrea Tantaros, Fox News host, commenting on President Obama tearing up while announcing an executive order to curb gun violence and expand background checks in January 2016
"I actually think he was sincere. I'll probably go down about five points in the polls by saying that, but I think he was sincere" - Donald Trump, on those same tears
This literary and cultural studies conference, to be held at the University of Liège (26-28 January, 2017) under the auspices of the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) and the local post-colonial studies centre CEREP, will seek to draw attention to the multifarious encounters which have occurred between South Asia and Australia from the nineteenth century to modern times.
The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media:
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly
Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers
Deadline: 1 November 2016
In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on that multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children's cartoon shorts such as Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928) and Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes (1930-1969); to full-length animated motion pictures such as the work of Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Nickelodeon; to Homestar Runner, video games, and flip books, if it's sequential art put into motion, it's on the table for discussion.
"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." (Guy Debord: The Society of the Spectacle, §1)