Fantasy sports are one of the most popular and rapidly expanding areas of contemporary culture. Despite the immense interest in them, however, fantasy sports remain an insufficiently mined scholarly resource. While studies on the topic have been published over the past fifteen years, they have focused almost exclusively on issues of law (e.g., Are fantasy sports a form of gambling?), economics (e.g., Who should profit from sports statistics?), and sports management (e.g., Who plays fantasy sports and why?). We contend that this limited approach has contributed to fantasy sports research being considered a minor scholarly niche, rather than a diverse subject area rife with its own unique cultural insights.
Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
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Dr. Arne De Boever (California Institute of the Arts) and Dr. Katy Shaw (Leeds Beckett)
In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least.
Lauren Berlant Cruel Optimism
Cinemania: Madness and the Moving Image
Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference
February 19-20, 2016
Keynote Speaker: W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Serve Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
Closing Remarks: Francesco Casetti, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies, Yale University
Call for Papers: "Crime and Punishment at 150"
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
October 20-22, 2016
Play's the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Date: March 4-5, 2016
Proposal Due Date: December 4, 2015
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, "Play's the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800," to be held on March 4 and 5, 2016. We are happy to announce our three keynote speakers: Laura Engel (Duquesne University), James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago), and Bruce Smith (University of Southern California).
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation proposals and complete panels for its 2016 annual conference, to be held 18-20 August 2016 at Martins Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and the Provinciaal Hof in Bruges, Belgium. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2016. Within four weeks after the deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals.
We seek to organize a panel at the Narrative 2016 conference in Amsterdam 16-18 June around innovative papers that engage with the different ways space, environment, and nature are both represented and perceived in literature through the experience of reading.Focus on description has recently received a wide range of methodological approaches by narratologists. For example, Monika Fludernik is developing an interesting disentanglement of the "description / narration" binary through an updated linguistic model, and Melba Cuddy-Keane integrates second-generation cognitive science to put dynamic, navigational action into the way we think about mental images in description.
Building on the increasing prominence of the 'animal turn' in the humanities in the last decade, and the recent publication of Laura Wright's 'The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in an Age of Terror' (University of Georgia Press, 2015), this conference we will seek to ask what kind of place veganism and/or 'the vegan' should occupy in our theorizations of human-animal relations, animal studies, and the humanities in general. An increasing number of individuals, particularly in the West, are now identifying as vegan, but the heterogeneity of reasons for doing so – animal suffering, the environment, health, anti-capitalism – suggests a broad, complex, and fertile place from which to rethink ways of being in the world.
In 1845, Rudolphe Töpffer published an essay about the aesthetic, rhetorical, and philosophical foundations of literature in prints (graphic novels) with a desire of making academic, intellectual, and scholarly works accessible to the public, advocating for an ethic of collective action and the common good—via critiques of social, cultural, and political issues of the day through amateur art. At the time, the most promising mode of composing such critiques was through figure drawing and distributing them using the then-recent emergence of lithographic printing technologies. More recently, Gregory L.
Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.