Narratives of U.S. nationhood have often been embedded in institutionalized cultural production, especially public performance or spectacle. Early networked television and radio broadcasting, debates over commissions for new theatres, and the extra-athletic spectacles of the Superbowl offer examples. The implicit stakes of nationhood also circulate in less commemorated modes of spectacle, such as prominent performance-based U.S. reality television competitions (America's Got Talent, and American Idol for example) that invest the relationship between cultural production and national identity in the bodies of "everyday" Americans, thus amplifying certain narratives of aspirational performance as incarnations of American optimism.
On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity–keeping bloodlines clean and families insular–and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the character of an incestuous liaison, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.
ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS IN SOCIETY
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
10-12 August 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Eleventh International Conference on the Arts In Society, held at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA, 10-12 August 2016. Proposals are invited that address the arts through one of the following categories:
Theme 1: Arts Education
Theme 2: Arts Theory and History
Theme 3: New Media, Technology, and the Arts
Theme 4: Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts
2016 Special Focus: "The Practice of Art in the Age of the Anthropocene"
Women's and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead is pleased to host this year's gathering of the 15th Annual Red
Guest Editors: Colin Beineke and Ben Novotny Owen
Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. Published both online (http://www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print copy, it welcomes essays for a special issue (Spring 2016) on "Faith and Violence in Literature."
Essays may explore the interaction between Christian faith and violence in individual works or writers, in issues concerning teaching such works and writers, and in the pedagogical tasks educators at faith-based institutions of higher learning face when discussing and reflecting on the use of violence.
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
March 17-20, 2016
In Ang Lee's Hulk (2003), David Banner writes the line "Regeneration is Immortality" in his lab notes, identifying the inspiration for his self-transformation and the genesis of the Hulk. This line is suggestive of another transformation: adapting comic book characters with new technologies. The twenty-first century has seen resurrections of comic book characters on big and small screens, offering reflections of "timeless" characters that are newly conceived to reflect their modern worlds. These texts highlight how regeneration is central to the characters' survival.
30 November 2015 | University of Brighton
Keynote speaker: Professor Caroline Evans (UAL)
In a prize-studded career of over twenty years, Linda Grant has written essays and fiction that use the intimacies of people's lives to explore some of the pressing questions of our day. Whether focussing on contemporary gender relations, migration and multiculturalism or social class, Grant's elegant writing provides a lively account of recent history by sketching out the lives of ordinary people against the backdrop of their cultural contexts.
In this year's upcoming annual conference, The Dutch-Belgian Society for 18th century studies will be focusing on the role played by taste and smell, in a century when both theoretical discourse and daily routine were strongly influenced by sensualist ideas. It appears, however, that in the prevalent hierarchy of the senses, taste and smell often took a less prominent position, since 18th-century thought was for a long time primarily defined in purely visual terms (Smith).
CFP:2016 ACLA Panel
"Affective Engagements, Precarious Lives: Thinking Neoliberalism in East Asia"
Organizer: Michelle Ho, Stony Brook University
Co-Organizer: Claire Danju Yu, Stony Brook University
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is excited to open its call for papers for Volume 3 (2016). Articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline.
In addition, Volume 3 will contain a themed section on the topic "Words, Signs, and Feelings", to be interpreted in any way the author sees fit. Authors wishing to be considered for the themed section of Volume 3, or the prizes listed below, must submit their articles by 20 November 2015; however, non-themed articles will continue to be accepted throughout the year.
Possible topics for the 'Words, Signs and Feelings' strand include, but are not limited to:
This session proposes to bring together scholars working on any area of study that focuses on transmission, translation, or transformation in the Mabinogi including source studies, manuscript studies, linguistic analyses, history, theories of adaptation, comparative mythologies, cultural studies, scholarship about pedagogy and the Mabinogi, and literary criticism. The past few years have seen detailed and compelling scholarship on medieval Wales (notably Helen Fulton's 2012 collection on Urban Culture in Medieval Wales and Max Lieberman's 2014 study The Medieval March of Wales). Papers that engage with recent scholarship are especially encouraged.
Countering Contingency 2016: Reshaping Academic Labor
Hosted by the Academic Workers Association of the United Steelworkers, Pittsburgh, PA
April 15-17, 2016
Send 250-500 word proposals to Conference Committee Chair Jeff Cech (email@example.com) by December 1, 2015
All academic workers are welcome to this interdisciplinary conference. This includes contingent faculty, graduate students, tenure-stream faculty, and advanced undergraduates.
We are seeking participants for a panel to be submitted for the 2016 conference of the Association for Higher Education in Chicago, August 11-14.
In considering this year's conference theme of "bodies at work," we must simultaneously reconcile the precarity of contemporary labor: "bodies at work" also occur alongside "bodies out of work." Moreover, the un- and under-employed body has increasingly garnered attention in both performance and academic circles via discourses of faculty adjunctification, the limits of non-profit funding models in supporting theatre-making, and the shifting landscape of labor in both classrooms and on stages.
This seminar seeks to rethink public sphere theory and the idea of counterpublics through the lens of imperial history and the global circulation of texts along imperial circuits from the eighteenth century through the twentieth.
In the early 1990s, scholars of colonial India were concerned that discussions of publics in South Asia were dominated by premises drawn from the European tradition. Since then, the transnational turn in postcolonial studies has increasingly made us aware of the intellectual and material connections among the nationalist movements at work in European colonies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.