The idea of 'authenticity' assumes that a work can be 'genuine', 'authoritative', 'legitimate': rooted in fact or truth. Yet the possibility of 'authentic' representation has always been haunted by the prospect of its antithesis, the 'fake' or fraud, and both have become increasingly difficult to define in our globalising world. We (re)adapt the notion of authenticity to our own lives and cultures, while the very act of declaring something 'authentic' may be construed as a form of dominance and/or rebellion. Although many theoretical perspectives have questioned the validity of 'authenticity' as a framework within aesthetic and cultural fields, it continues to inflect our understanding of past and present.
For the April 2011 edition of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the various intellectual, artistic, emotional, and political manifestations of kitsch in our time.
In our current culture, the word 'kitsch' has come to be associated often with tacky souvenirs and cheap trinkets. However, there is a thicker sense given to the word by various thinkers and authors in the twentieth century, even if it is regularly connected with an idea of culture.
The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, will host a conference, "Evidence and the Early Modern Period," on February 18-19, 2011. The deadline for submitting 300-word abstracts has been extended to December 31, 2010. Please find the call for papers below, and circulate it widely. Additionally, please send questions and submissions to Leila Watkins, Angela Heetderks, and Sarah Linwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence and the Early Modern Period (Feb. 18-19, 2011)
Call for Papers: Pedagogies and the Profession
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
The Great War: From Memory to History
An Inter-disciplinary Conference at The University of Western Ontario
10-12 November, 2011
There are now only a handful of surviving veterans of the Great War. Within a few years, we will lose even those who lived through the war as children on the home front. At that point, the war will pass from memory to history. This critical transition is at the heart of an international conference that seeks to examine the experience of the Great War from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, including the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts.
A series of questions guide our discussions:
CALL FOR PAPERS: American Theatre and Drama Society / Modern Language Association
Deadline: March 1, 2011
The American Theatre and Drama Society invites proposals for papers for two panels at the 2012 Modern Language Association conference, which will be held January 5-8 in Seattle, Washington. The deadline for submitting your proposal is March 1, 2011.
Mind, Body, and Performance: Cognitive Approaches to Theatre and Drama
specs is a journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College that aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical practices.
for ISEA2011 Istanbul all selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings with ISBN, ISSN and DOI.
ALL DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED to JANUARY 15, 2011.
Please note there is just a month left.
Also for those of you who are submitting or thinking of submitting panels and/or workshops, you may wish to consider to transform your papers, after the conference, in a thematic issue of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA).
For more information on ISEA2011 Istanbul
Essays are sought for a collection entitled "Transnational American Cultures: Stories, Objects, Spaces." Taking as a point of departure Shelley Fisher Fishkin's notion of the "transnational turn" in American Studies, this volume aims to engage the "the multidirectional flows of people, ideas, and goods and the social, political, linguistic, cultural, and economic crossroads generated in the process." The essays in the volume will focus on how stories, objects, and spaces circulate either physically or through narrative and become emblems of a particular way of perceiving America and American cultures.
Submissions and queries are welcome for a volume of essays that reflects the growing interest both in teaching serial narratives themselves and teaching narratives in a serial manner. These interests unite teachers of Victorian novels with faculty working in a wide variety of media, from graphic novels and comic books to film, radio, television, video games, Web narratives, and even social networking discourses.