Please note that the third Association for Cultural Studies Institute will be held from 7-12 December 2015 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The theme of the 2015 Institute is "Precarious Futures." For details regarding this important event, please check out our website at http://www.acssibloemfontein2015.co.za
Call for Papers: The Actor in the Interval
Comparative Drama will publish a special issue exploring the interval (understood as a space that distinguishes, connects, or performs) between theater and literary studies, with a focus on the actor. We seek submissions that engage both disciplines, either by combining methodologies or by taking the relationship between fields as a subject. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon has sold 25 million copies worldwide. More interestingly, it's said that mentioning Outlander in a group of women, no matter the age, will reveal that a quarter have read it. Now the television show, often called "Game of Thrones for Women" is transforming the popular cable shows, brimming with nudity and violence, as it brings in a specifically women's fandom…or is it?
This collection welcomes discussion of the television show, novels, John Grey books, short stories, and associated works such as cast interviews, Gabaldon's blog, or Outlander fan culture.
Narratives of place link people and geographical location with a cultural imaginary through folk beliefs, literature, and visual narration. The social and cultural spatialities of place have ancient roots. Drawing from the narrative heritage of myths and legends, creation chants and folktales, and literary classics like Rob Roy (1817) and Heart of Darkness (1899), contemporary literature often frames narratives with specific places. Geographic location is also a prominent element in autobiographical writing, such as Limerick in Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes (1996) and the Pacific Crest Trail in Cheryl Strayed's Wild (2013), and their film adaptations.
We, the editors, seek contributions for a volume on Samuel Beckett and contemporary art. We aim to collect essays on the intersection of contemporary art and the drama, poetry, and prose of Samuel Beckett as well as interviews with working artists who draw upon or are inspired by Beckett's work. We are not seeking essays that cover Beckett's study of painting, his art criticism, or his connection to modern artists of the first half of the twentieth century. We hope this collection will open new ground in Beckett studies and in the study of contemporary art by tracing Beckett's influence in the work of artists post-1945 until the present day.
The Public Intellectuals Lecture Series has just wrapped up a successful spring lineup featuring four fantastic, well attended lectures. We are now planning a second series for the fall.
The Public Intellectuals Lecture Series aims to create a bridge between scholars in the Arts and the general public. While the complex ideas these scholars help develop have important, real world applications to the way we understand and interact with each other, they are often couched in jargon and confined to the journals and lecture halls of the academic sphere. This lecture series will offer a venue and format in which scholars can present these ideas to the public in an accessible manner.
Irony and its mascot, the hipster, demonstrate the complexities of living in a material culture that demands near constant public performance, but this self-styling also provides a shield against the dangers of living in a social media panopticon: The hipster allows one to hide in plain sight, and do so fashionably. This panels hopes to explore various manifestations of irony and hipsterdom, critical self-consciousness and posturing.
Communities of Practice: Toward a Local and Global Digital Humanities
Cogent Arts & Humanities welcomes submissions to a special collection of articles exploring the evolving field of digital humanities.
Digital technology has forever changed the way humanists conduct research and engage with the world. It is now common for scholars to share research online with an increasingly global audience yet local resources continue to animate and inform so much digital humanities research.
In keeping with the SAMLA theme, "In Concert: Literature and other Arts," this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton's work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton's treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters' lives.
What is the political significance of embodiment? In this panel, we are looking for a broad array of papers which consider the stakes of embodiment in contemporary culture. What does it mean to have a body that is contested, illegible, unreadable, unexpected? What is at stake in claiming such a body? How are writers addressing such bodies? This panel encourages papers and presentations which consider the portrayal, evocation, and consideration of such bodies in fiction, nonfiction, and cultural artifacts broadly. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print.
It includes submissions from current postgraduate students from a range of backgrounds, including specialists in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.
Each issue of the BJLL features articles, notes, book reviews, original artwork and poems from postgraduate students. The theme for Vol. VII (2015) is open-ended.
Digital Animals: Inhabiting the Intersections of Nature, Culture, and Technology
TRACE publishes online peer-reviewed collections in ecology, posthumanism, and media studies. Providing an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, we focus on the ethical and material impact of technology. We welcome submissions in a variety of media that engage cultures, theories, and environments to "trace" the connections across and within various ecologies.
The Reception Study Society promotes informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields: reader-response criticism and pedagogy, reception history, history of reading and the book, audience and communication studies, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies. Proposals for panels and papers in any of these areas are now welcome. Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a one-page cv, to email@example.com by May 25, 2015.
Plenary Speakers will be:
The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—
•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.
•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.
REMINDER! CFP: Studies in Visual Arts Communication, Vol. 2, No1 (2015)
University of Arts George Enescu, Iasi, Romania
Deadline: May 20, 2015
Call for contributed papers
An international initiative group from the academic realm has established a new
(/2014/), bi-annual scientific journal, whose profile is focused on the theory
of art and visual communication, which we want to be indexed as soon as possible in
international databases. We publish articles written in English, French, Spanish.
Articles submitted for publication are subject to a double blind peer-review
process of evaluation.