Since Karen Barber theorized the notion of “African popular arts” nearly thirty years ago (1987), a rich field of scholarship has developed around the term, exploring forms of local African expression by the people, for the people, and most often, about the people. The concept of African popular culture has been applied to a vast array of cultural forms in Africa ranging from Onitsha pamphlet literature to Kenyan matatu minibus inscriptions, Ghanaian Concert party theatre, Angolan hip-hop, Nollywood video films, Cameroonian detective fiction, Congolese Sapeur fashion, South African cartooning, trans-continental TV shows like Big Brother Africa, and much more.
CFP: Essays on the Evil Dead Anthology
Call for chapter contributions to an edited anthology
Abstracts of 400 words may be submitted any time before September 30, 2016.
Chapters of 3000-7000 words will be due January 15, 2017.
There is a metaphysical gravity that pulls consciousness towards the incomprehensible darkness of ‘dread,’ like the impulse to willingly dive into the abyss, as into something utterly unknown - an analogy made famous by Kierkegaard in The Concept of Dread. But what is dread, exactly, and what are the cultural, philosophical and physical significances of a genre that uses dread as its primary structure of feeling? Is ‘horror’ even a genre? Can it be encompassing of dread, terror, angst or revulsion?
The recent scholarly turn towards greater consideration of the material culture of the Middle Ages paradoxically also draws attention back to the places where materiality is strikingly absent. Monsters are often seen by medieval and modern commentators as inextricably linked with their embodiment, and yet are frequently insubstantial.
Remix Studies is a nascent but fast-growing field. Just last year Routledge published its first critical companion to Remix Studies, and interest in the field -- which critically examines the relationships of sources and analogues, as well as the production and reproduction of texts -- is steadily growing. That said, to this point very little attempt has been made to apply this theory to the study of medieval materials. This session proposes to jump-start the discourse of Remix Studies in a medieval context by providing a venue for discussion.
Brief abstracts are invited for a volume of essays about the uses of poetry in pedagogical contexts. We are seeking essays that reflect innovative practices. We are negotiating with a major academic publisher and there will be a peer review process. At this point, we are just seeking 500 word abstracts for original scholarly essays. Please email 500-word abstracts, with cv, to Sandra Lee Kleppe, Hamar University College, firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 31, 2016.
In March 2010, journalists Faïza Zerouala and Widad Kefti published an invited column in Le Monde entitled “Ni Féministes, Ni Soumises.” Then in their mid-20s and blogging for the Bondy Blog, they targeted the Republican feminism promoted by “Ni Putes, Ni Soumises,” the state-sponsored banlieue-based feminist organization. Over the last decade, new ways of understanding female identity in the banlieue have multiplied alongside and sometimes in reaction to the NPNS agenda, including expressions of an intersectional and postcolonial feminism in which questions of gender, race, and class converge. In the same timeframe, women's creative production has grown and diversified, holding at its center ways of being and doing as a fema
The Queer Commons: A Special Issue of GLQ
Gavin Butt (University of Sussex)
Nadja Millner-Larsen (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Please send inquiries and submissions to:
This panel focuses on the issue of transgender vocality and how it acts as a locus point in growing critiques of neoliberalism. Rather than reach for the megaphone, however, an examination of the voice’s ideological relationship to a post-Enlightenment understanding of subjectivity may yield queer answers that will contribute to dismantling hegemonic constraints on identity. Papers about drag performers such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, transgender vocalists such as Conchita Wurst or Dana International (Eurovision), transgender voice training exercises and therapies, decolonizing the voice, and more are welcome. The panel seeks to keep the materiality of sound as the foundation of analysis, regardless of methodological or disciplinary approach.
Call for Papers
Narrative, Cognition & Science Lab
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
21-23 October 2016
Organized by ELINAS: Research Center for Literature and Natural Science
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Independent Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado