In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.
The abstract submission deadline for the 63rd annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies has been extended to April 4, 2016. This year's meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.
The MWCBS Program Committee will consider individual abstracts as well as proposals for complete sessions (of three participants) and roundtables (of four participants). Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts and are invited to apply for travel funds to the conference and for graduate paper prizes for presentations given at the meeting.
Feminist Spaces 2.2 (Spring/Summer 2016)
Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
The 3rd Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.
Abstracts are invited for an essay collection, Keats in Popular Culture.
Although Keats's literary legacy and influence on Victorian, Modernist and Post-Modernist literature has been explored in some depth, his impact on popular culture—particularly in the 21st century—has yet to be fleshed out. This collection seeks essays that examine Keats's significant presence in film, television, music, comics, video games, memes, science fiction, architecture and design, matters of taste, cultural criticism, popular science, psychology and philosophy.
Interested parties, please send 500-word abstracts by June 15, 2016 to Brian Bates at email@example.com.
The 2013 publication of Thomas Ohlgren and Lister Matheson's Early Rymes of Robyn Hood: An Edition of the Texts, ca. 1425-1600 provides new opportunities for scholars to reread and reconsider the earliest Robin Hood rhymes and plays. Scholars now have access to the extant manuscripts of the late medieval ballads as well as two early plays. Now that these early texts are readily available—some for the first time—it is time for scholars of a wide range of interests and backgrounds to return to the medieval rhymes with the aid of this significant new resource that allows for truly in-depth analysis of the source materials.
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show's producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many "conversations about race" that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
The Writing Across the Curriculum panel will be exploring the role of writing in breaking down traditional barriers between disciplines and forming new avenues of inquiry and discourse across the curriculum. What approaches to teaching writing contribute to interdisciplinarity and illustrate innovative uses of text to that end? Please send abstracts of 250 words to Alex Johns at Alex.Johns@ung.edu by April 5th, 2016.