Ever since the momentous success of Ang Lee's western-drama Brokeback Mountain, queer film has increasingly reached the mainstream. Brokeback Mountain was followed by a considerable amount of Hollywood productions that focused on representations of queer issues and characters such as Milk, A Single Man, The Imitation Game and, as the youngest addition to the list, Stonewall. The latter is directed by Roland Emmerich, a filmmaker who is usually known for blockbusters like Independence Day. The fact that both star directors and casts have entered the production of critically and commercially successful queer film-making is indicative of its mainstream potential and a growing target audience.
This issue of Gender Forum addresses all aspects of captivity in relation to questions of gender and sexuality. From psychological captivity over social captivity to physical incarceration, we invite a variety of papers addressing the subject of imprisonment.
* Gender theories and captivity
* Daily performance of gender and the role of impersonation and fantasy
* Gendered visual and material cultures: From the theatrical stage to the silver screen
* Gender Identities: Political Imprisonment and History
Call for Papers: The Obama Effect 2.0 Conference
October 27-29, 2016
University of Maryland Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)
This proposed session sponsored by the Children's Literature Association will consider the status of the intellectual life of the child in modern and contemporary literature for young people. Just as American culture is often characterized as anti-intellectual, as if the democratization of education entailed a turn away from the life of the mind, literature for the young is sometimes summed up as empty-headed. Even the school story—a genre named for the central role it gives to school experience—is notorious for its lack of interest in academic pursuits. Hence the need to consider those rarer narratives that give expression to the intellectual lives of the young.
Deadline to submit abstracts: December 15, 2016
Now in its third year, the Critical Juncture conference at Emory University provides a forum for emerging scholars to engage with important thinkers on topics that reach beyond traditional disciplinary lines. This year's conference, "Representations of the Body," will center on work that interrogates how the human body is represented at complex intersections of multiple identities: race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, and beyond. See below the call for more information about the innovative conference design.
We are currently welcoming submissions, which should include a 250 word abstract. Rather than panel presentations, we will host a series of seminars. Seminars will provide participants the opportunity for a collaborative conversation around a particular topic. Each seminar will be capped at 15 participants and will be run by faculty with expertise in the topic. Each participant will submit a five-page position paper before the conference to be read and commented on in advance by the other participants; time in the seminar itself will be reserved for discussion.
Topics should focus on styles and forms of criminality, including but not limited to:
Margins: Rhetoric and Place in the Digital Now
Clemson University English Department
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sidney I. Dobrin, University of Florida
DEADline is approaching!!
Medieval drama taught its audiences not only about virtuous living but, more importantly, a good death and a joyful afterlife. Miracle plays re-played the most significant and most spectacular deaths known from the Gospels, while morality plays, such as Everyman, imagined the act of dying and the prospects for posthumous happiness of their main characters.
The editorial team at Studies in the Novel is seeking content for its online archive of indexed teaching tools on the journal's affiliate website. I am seeking pedagogical content that addresses teaching novels using digital humanities tools/perspectives. Please consider submitting sample course syllabi, specific assignments, short narrative descriptions of your own experiences, or other appropriate content. The next deadline for submission is November 20.