Academic and scientific study of popular culture has only gained prominence in the 20th century, first with the Leavisites’ criticism of mass culture (as yet another form of the popular), then with the comprehensive work on the concept of ‘Critical Theory’ within the Frankfurt School. The latter half of the century saw, especially after the foundation of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, a rise in theories, definitions and approaches to popular culture so great that it occasioned Harold Bloom’s disparaging remark “that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States. … At NYU I am surrounded by professors of hip-hop.
At the invitation of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, editor Abbes Maazaoui, from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, seeks original essays for an edited collection on Panopticon: Surveillance, Suspicion, Fear, to be published in 2017. Contributors are invited to examine the reality and representations of surveillance, suspicion and fear; their impact on popular culture, fiction, society, communities and politics; and their role in shaping values, attitudes and identities.
Chapters in the proposed collection may focus on one or more of the following categories:
The 2016 NYCEA conference/Teaching of Writing Festival will be held on October 14-15, 2016 at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus in Selden, NY.
Watchung Review invites scholarly papers on the theme of migrations and identity. This is a timely topic, both in academic work and in the media, and one which calls on the rich work of postcoloniality, movement and migration in literature, rhetoric, and interdisciplinary studies on migration and identity. We encourage submissions which approach these deeply political issues head on, and also papers which interpret the theme more broadly by investigating issues of migration arising in a variety of periods, intellectual spaces and through a range of critical and theoretical lenses.
Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:
International Conference at the University of Zurich, 25-27 November 2016
This international conference responds to the recent return of phenomenological perspectives in literary and cultural criticism, and in the field of spatiality in particular. It aims to probe how a focus on sensory impressions and “the perspective of experience” (Yi-Fu Tuan) can enhance our understanding of literary and cultural spaces.
Borges once cheekily wrote, “Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness…A better procedure is to pretend that those books already exist and to offer …a commentary.” Indeed authors as varied as Borges, Lovecraft, Dick, Apollinaire, Lew, and Asimov placed completely fictional books at the center of their own literary universes. That would make a fascinating panel, but that is not this panel. Rather, what this panel seeks are academic-style works of literary theory and criticism which take as their primary texts completely fictional novels, stories, movements, authors, and films.
Avid comic book fans sat appalled in theatres as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reached the climax of the film in which Superman kills his enemy Zod. Snyder’s film raises the question of whether this killing and the death of Zod could actually fit with Superman’s traditional moral compass. From Man of Steel to the CW’s Arrow and Flash series to the Avengers franchise, comic book characters are facing new ethical developments in their rejuvenation that both encompass and go beyond the idea of killing one’s enemy.
For a long time now, Canadian poets (most notably bpNichol, but there are many others) have been credited with making significant initiatory experiments in the fields we now call electronic literature and digital poetics, but there has been relatively little work done examining what precisely constitutes a Canadian digital poetics, what kinds of writing constitute the genre, and what new reading practices are invited by these new projects in digital poetics. This panel looks at the emerging field of Canadian digital poetics and asks two primary questions: what is the role of a national literature in the increasingly boundary-less world of electronic literature? and, how do Canadian digital poetics change the way that we read and engage with these texts?
CFP for NeMLA 2017, Baltimore March 23rd-26th: The first-year writing seminar is a course that fulfills many goals of transitioning students to college-level writing, reading, and discussion. It is one of the first places that students grapple with those “structures of feeling” that gather around social identity and difference. This panel seeks papers that explore pedagogical approaches to affect and social identity in the writing classroom. What approaches help students struggle to write across the gap between feelings, social identity, and analysis? What pedagogies help create spaces of diversity for both feelings and minority identities in the first-year classroom?
Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below a CFP for next-year's NeMLA conference in Baltimore, MD, March 23-26, 2017. If interested, please submit a 300-word abstract through the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16284. The submission opens June 15 and ends Septemer 30. Feel free to forward this CFP to anyone who might be interested.