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Medievalism on the Big Screen (abstracts: Oct. 31)

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Monday, September 28, 2015 - 5:42pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Seeking abstracts for 15-minute papers on medievalism in film. The panel(s) formed will be proposed for the Film Studies Area of the conference. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

•The adaptation of medieval works (such as Chaucer's Knight's Tale or Beowulf) or works exhibiting medievalism (such as Tolkien's The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings) on film
•The appearance of medieval motifs or references in film and their significance
•The medieval as an avenue for approaching issues contemporary to the film's production
•The popularization of the medieval through its representation in film
•The influence of film on the popular understanding of/attitudes toward medieval history, literature, or culture

Fairy Tales Area at PCA/ACA in Seattle, March 22-25, 2016

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Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:34pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association seeks paper presentations on any topic involving fairy tales. While our interests are broad and inclusive, we invite papers that discuss fairy tales in contemporary popular culture (TV shows, movies, graphic novels, advertising, toys, video games, popular literature, etc), revisions and adaptations of fairy tales, etc. Still, we are interested in as wide an array of papers as possible, so please do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale related subject.

'Werewolves: Studies in Transformations' (abstracts: 30th November 2015, full submissions: 31st March 2016)

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Monday, September 28, 2015 - 7:01am
Dr Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck, ‘Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural’

'Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural' is a peer-reviewed, online journal looking at the supernatural, the uncanny and the weird. Revenant is now accepting articles, creative writing pieces and book, film, game, event or art reviews for a themed issue on werewolves (due Autumn 2016), guest edited by Dr Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants DUE 9/30

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Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 4:27pm
Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

Dramatising death and dying in British theatre

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 7:15pm
dr Katarzyna Bronk

Medieval drama taught its audiences not only about virtuous living but, more importantly, a good death and a joyful afterlife. Miracle plays re-played the most significant and most spectacular deaths known from the Gospels, while morality plays, such as Everyman, imagined the act of dying and the prospects for posthumous happiness of their main characters.

33rd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference: Medievalism, Feb. 26-27, 2016

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:47pm
Illinois Medieval Association

We are pleased to announce the 33rd annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association. Since 1983, the Illinois Medieval Association has brought together medievalists from Illinois and surrounding regions. We invite papers and complete sessions on any aspect of the 2016 conference theme: medievalism.

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