The turmoil of the new millennium has given rise to a plethora of uncertainties about both the present and the future, which find their reflections in a whole spectrum of conventions characteristic of contemporary popular culture – from the gothic through noir and horror to psychedelic, cyberpunk, or post-apocalyptic. Influences of such dark aesthetics can be traced in numerous depictions of California (in fiction, music, TV series, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, etc.), turning it arguably into one specific region whose historical constitution as well as cultural renderings make it a unique space to confront the unknown.
Writing from Below calls for submissions for a special themed issue on queer and non-normative masculinities - the diversity of masculinities, the disruption of traditional hegemonic heterosexual masculinity, the masculine written and rewritten from below.
We seek critical and creative works in any publishable format or medium on any aspect of masculinity and/or its critique in art, society and culture. Do not be limited. Be brave. Play with form, style, and genre. We welcome submissions from across (and outside of, against and up against) the disciplinary spectrum.
Topics might include (but should not be limited to):
The Comics Arts Conference is accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, and panels taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for our meeting of scholars and professionals at WonderCon in Los Angeles, CA, from 3/25-3/27 2016. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.
This roundtable explores interdisciplinary methods of approaching the teaching of 18th-century British and Anglophone literature, including Restoration and Romantic literatures. Participants will share innovative pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies that bring students more fully into the literary, artistic, cultural, and historical worlds of these time periods. Discussion of the use of experiential and/or multimodal approaches in and outside of the classroom is particularly welcome. Abstracts should include a title and be no more than 300 words. Abstracts must be submitted through the nemla.org.
Prof. Carol Dyhouse (University of Sussex)
Prof. Rosalind Gill (City University London)
Call for Papers
Vol. 1, Issue 1 (January 2016)
Object Emotions: Polemics
(April 15-16, 2016, Cambridge University)
Organizing Committee: Padma Maitland (UC Berkeley); Christopher P. Miller (UC Berkeley); Marta Figlerowicz (Yale U); Hunter Dukes (U Cambridge); Hannah Rose Woods (U Cambridge).
Pregnant teens and young mothers are often portrayed in negative and stereotypical ways by the popular media and in teen pregnancy prevention campaigns, like the one produced by the Candie's Foundation, which influences the ways in which pregnant teens and young mothers are perceived by the public and their conceptions of self. This site is currently accepting submissions, and it aims to serve as the intersection where the voices of young motherhood and academia come together to engage in critical thought and discussion about the issues that lead to young motherhood, whether intentional or unintentional, the issues faced by young mothers, and the way the media problematizes these issues.
"HABIT, my good reader, hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind, that there is scarce anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of it."
-- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews.
The Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group is seeking papers for a graduate conference March 3-4, 2016 on the topic of habit.
The 18th annual conference of the Space Between Society focuses on the concept of surveillance—watching, listening, recording—as it relates to literature, art, history, music, theatre, media, and spatial or material culture between 1914 and 1945. From the rise of totalitarianism to the dwindling borders of the British Empire, global citizens were under constant scrutiny as governments, artists, and documentarians developed new ways of listening in.