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The Second Birth of Cinema: A Centenary Conference (1-2 July 1911; 30 Sept 2010)

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 5:25pm
Andrew Shail

*The Second Birth of Cinema: A Centenary Conference*
Percy Building, Newcastle University, 1-2 July 2011
Keynote speakers: André Gaudreault & Philippe Marion, Ian Christie, Joe Kember
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2010

This conference commemorates cinema's 'second birth', the historical developments and departures that broke cinema's subordination to other media to give us the medium, the industry and the building that we know as 'the cinema'.

Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture [October 15,2010]

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:35pm
Carl Sederholm and Dennis Perry

We invite contributors to submit proposals for a volume of essays on the wide range of media in which Poe texts have been adapted: feature films, television, radio, and stage dramas, music, comics and graphic novels, children's books, etc. As we have just marked Poe's 200th birthday, including the many celebrations, academic conferences, and theatrical performances, it seems a particularly appropriate moment to assess in some detail Poe's continuing legacy as a source of new art through adaptation. Well over 100 films have been produced since 1908, including near 20 just since 2000! Theatrical adaptations, including plays, musicals, puppet theaters, productions for children, and one-man shows also got a boost in the new millennium.

The Dark Spectacle: Landscapes of Devastation in Film and Photography

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:17pm
Culture and Space Journal: International Journal of Social Spaces. Special edition.

In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that "to find beauty in war seems heartless," but that "the landscape of devastation is still a landscape." She points out that the "classical operation of the camera" is to beautify, whereas the contrary operation of "uglifying" is a more modern response. Inspired by Sontag's compelling narrative, this collection of essays addresses the representation of unsettling subject matter (war, political conflict, crime, executions, etc) in a variety of visual media.

Call for book reviewers

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 9:56am
Studies in the Novel

Studies in the Novel ( is a quarterly journal that features criticism of the novel in all periods. We are looking for reviewers to write essay-reviews, which involve several books related more or less specifically to an area of expertise. If you should be willing to review these related works, the essay-review format allows four pages per book and is treated as a freestanding publication at the head of its issue's "Reviews" section. While we require a Ph.D. to be held by all reviewers, the essay-review can be a great opportunity for a newly graduated scholar looking for publications in her/his area.

CFP - Immersions: Breaching Reality through Play (NeMLA - April 7-10, 2011 - New Brunswick, NJ)

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:44am
Evan Torner / Northeast Modern Language Association

In a world which has all but gone digital, new ludic explorations of the porous "magic circle" between reality and fantasy are now fully underway. As part of one game environment or another, Danes now dress as hobos and live as such for several days, Japanese women wander around a soccer field with pre-programmed cell-phones to coordinate a musical piece via physical proximity, Germans wear redface and practice what they see as Native American customs, and New Zealanders collaborate with Weta Workshop to stage vast pseudo-medieval battles, to name but a few. These events are often recorded on video or film, but the immersive quality of the event itself eludes its own record.

In Memory of Radio: Modernity, (Post) Metropolis and American Writing [Proposal Deadline: 9.30.10]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:24pm
2011 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (April 7-11, 2011])

2011 NeMLA Seminar Session seeks papers examining exchanges between American writers & the contemporary metropolis, from the late 20th- century to the present. Asking where & how American writers locate and/or represent urban space, we pose new questions at the intersections of American urban geography & literature: Is Detroit an exurb of Alabama? When will the Camden renaissance begin? Where do we catch the last train for Newark?

Seminar looks to reframe discussions of 21st-century American cityscape and its engagement with literature, theory & geography, by bringing consideration to notions such as displacement and the local. Send queries and abstracts to Michael Antonucci by 9/30/10

CFP Narrative Conference (April 7-10, 2011)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:10pm
International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)

The 2011 Narrative Conference is sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and the International Society for the Study of Narrative and will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7-10, 2011. The Narrative Conference is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30, 2010.

Precious and Push-- Black Camera (IUPress)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:41am
Black Camera Journal

Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.

Poster Presentations: SAMLA 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:25am

In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.