The grief-stricken faces at Edward's deathbed in the Bayeux Tapestry; the ambiguous 'ofermod' in The Battle of Maldon; the body-crumpling anguish of the Virgin witnessing the Man of Sorrows; the mirth of the Green Knight; the apoplectic anger of the mystery plays' Herod and the visceral visionary experiences of Margery of Kempe all testify to the ways in which the medieval world sought to express, perform, idealise and understand emotion.
TRANSITIONS 6 – New Directions in Comics Studies 2015
Symposium – 31st October 2015, Birkbeck, University of London
Keynote: Dr. Mel Gibson (Northumbria University)
Respondent: Professor Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline: 31st July 2015
We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming 6th Transitions symposium, promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art. We welcome abstracts for twenty minute papers as well as proposals for panels.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Image Matter: Art and Materiality
AAH Students New Voices Conference
MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
6 November 2015
Keynotes: Professor Carol Mavor (University of Manchester) and Professor Hanneke Grootenboer (University of Oxford)
Call for Papers
7th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference
Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives
University of Hull, 8-11 September 2016
Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick)
Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex)
Michael Neill (University of Auckland)
Claudia Olk (Free University of Berlin)
Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides)
Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford)
Richard Wilson (Kingston University)
While earlier centuries had witnessed the global spread of print, the nineteenth century contributed a new major chapter to the history of print in the Atlantic world, a chapter full of unsettling ironies. In this century, print became more accessible, since printing offices, owing to improved printing technologies, effective dissemination channels, and low-cost formats, were able to produce more efficiently. With print more accessible and affordable, printed material soon developed into a product of mass consumption that formed an integral part of everyday culture in the nineteenth century. Consequently, nineteenth-century print generated new audiences throughout the Atlantic world, such as working-class, black, and female readers.
The Art of Identification network, funded by a networking grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) intends to bring together a range of academics and practitioners in order to explore the interconnections between practical techniques of human identification and the artistic representation of personal identity. The methods by which people have proved, or been assigned, their identities have varied over time – from Early Modern insignia to the contemporary strobe light of a retinal scanner – and the term 'identification' can also be taken to mean a number of things, including the determination of individual personhood via paperwork, bodily examination, verbal testimony, and digital recording.
It's been almost thirty years since Allan Bloom made his clarion call to classicism within the American academy with the publication of The Closing of the American Mind. For as moribund as the humanities have supposedly been (according to positivist scientists, economics majors, and higher education administrators) the "Culture Wars" have surely blazed a bright path across the consciousness of any literature, history, philosophy, theology or cultural studies major. Columnists from William Safire to David Brooks have bemoaned the supposed death of the humanities (while conveniently ignoring how supply-side economics has had a hearty role in that) identifying a "post-modern bogeyman" as being responsible for the murder.
The dispositif of the moving and projected image, defying its ossification under the weight of seventies-era apparatus theory, has returned to prominence. Screen architectures and moving-image installations have characterized a large-scale reconfiguration and reimagination of the dispositifs of cinema in the decades leading from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first century. The architecture of the moving and projected image has been at the center of this renewed focus on the dispositif.
Wharton in Washington:
A Conference Sponsored by
the Edith Wharton Society
June 2-4, 2016
Extended Deadline: Proposals due September 1, 2015
To what degree can we position historically the ongoing resurgence of barebacking or "breeding" in the gay porn industry? This panel seeks papers that historiographically and unabashedly interrogate the act of barebacking or "breeding" between queer men. Potential areas of excavation include: the visual depiction of barebacking in pre-1981 gay porn; alternatively, barebacking at the height of the AIDS crisis; current literary or filmic representations of barebacking; the relationship between barebacking and viral transmission in an industry-related context; the fetishization of barebacking in terms of "breeding"; the circulation of "breeding" videos over social media spaces; and so forth.