Originally deriving from the Old French bordure (meaning "seam" and "edge of a shield"), in its geopolitical sense the term "border" was first used in Scotland in the 1530s. The Borders was indeed the name of the district adjoining the English boundary. Accordingly, over the centuries borders have been used to signal differences, separations, distinctions, discontinuities, the beginning of the other, as well as the need for protection and preservation. One could mention cultural, linguistic, political, social, gender borders, and the list could of course be much longer.
With the release of American Sniper (2014), Clint Eastwood brought to the surface an interest in post-traumatic stress disorder that runs throughout his directorial career. Early feature length films like Play Misty for Me (1971) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) represent versions of post-traumatic stress before the concept was officially listed in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Firefox (1982) appears just two years after that same group entered the term into the third edition of the DSM as a response to the increased number of soldiers seeking help for psychological issues related to wartime experiences.
Journal Messengers from the Stars:
On Science Fiction and Fantasy
No. 2, 2017
Edited by: Frances Pheasant-Kelly
Co-edited by: Adelaide Meira Serras, Ana Rita Martins and João Félix
Call for Papers
Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference
As part of a two-week series of events on the subject of animal studies, Bristol University's Department of English is organising a postgraduate conference.
In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.
The abstract submission deadline for the 63rd annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies has been extended to April 4, 2016. This year's meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.
The MWCBS Program Committee will consider individual abstracts as well as proposals for complete sessions (of three participants) and roundtables (of four participants). Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts and are invited to apply for travel funds to the conference and for graduate paper prizes for presentations given at the meeting.
Feminist Spaces 2.2 (Spring/Summer 2016)
Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
The 3rd Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.