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.
Papers are invited for the Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Global Journal of English Language and Literature (ISSN 2320-4397) to be published in August 2015. The forthcoming issue will be an Open Issue. The journal features densely theoretical and analytical writings that focus on various aspects of English Studies which address/approach the research problems with methods of and insights borrowed from multiple established disciplines. Accepted papers will be published after peer-review process. This is an online electronic journal and there will be no hard copy of the issues. There are no publication fees or handling charges. The last date for submission is 10th August, 2015.
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
Hilton Atlanta, March 30 - April 3, 2016
The irony of the title A Star Is Born is no longer surprising, as new histories have examined the way that publicity before, during, and after the Hollywood Classical Cinema has changed and developed the reception of films, stars, and more. While studying films can tell us much about the way they figure into larger histories, studying the way studios, agencies, and other distributors have presented and sold their work to the public can reveal much about both the economic and social issues of the time.
The Eleventh Native American Symposium will held on November 5-6, 2015 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Papers, presentations, panels, creative projects, and films addressing all aspects of Native American life and studies are welcome, including but not limited to archaeology, history, literature, law, medicine, education, religion, politics, social science, and the fine arts. The keynote speaker will be Richard Green, tribal historian for the Chickasaw Nation. All papers presented at the symposium will be eligible for inclusion in a volume of published proceedings, which will also be posted on our website at http://homepages.se.edu/nas/.
This panel seeks to explore the category of disability as something that is perceived and performed in the visual sphere. Papers might include discussions of voyeurism, spectacles and spectatorship, self-fashioning, visual art, undetectable or ambiguous disability, the body as evidence, erasure and exposure, sensory impairment, perception and interpretation, and questions of legibility and truth. Open to scholars working in any geographical region or period.
Please submit abstracts up to 300 words with a short (1-2 sentence) bio. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR ABSTRACT. You must go through the NeMLA site:
We are seeking abstracts (300 words) for essays (7500-8500 words, excluding notes) on the topic of the "Afterlife in the African Diaspora" for an edited collection on this important and underexplored area of inquiry.
For this collection, three more papers from any discipline are welcome; however, advantaged are those focusing on a gendered or religious moral message. And I am looking for ONE paper which is willing to argue that the monsters represented are simply that, monsters, and that utilizing them as a tool toward acceptance of diversity is not a good thing. The latter is, I understand, a controversial view. This book wishes to explore all views and not promote one view by excluding another.
Devils are everywhere in medieval literature, disturbing, challenging, and violating conventional spatio-temporal constraints as they move freely between worlds in order to torment the holy, spread disease, and tempt good Christians by making sin seem sweet. They appear as enchanters, tempters, playful tricksters, masked tormentors, terrifying beasts, mankind's lawyerly accusers, and on occasion, as sympathetic figures who happened to be on the losing side of a cosmic war. Although much has been written about how devils are staged, their appearance, and their interaction with those they torment, very little has been written about what devils actually say. How do devils represent themselves and their spaces of punishment?
While machines have proven beneficial to the study of language and the arts, offering both ways of enhancing current methodologies and of forming new ones, they also threaten the conception of what it means for one to be a scholar of these materials, introducing technological substitutes for the classical researcher. Responding to this suggestion, the goal of this panel will be to discuss the restrictions that current and/or potential computational approaches to media analysis have and/or ought to have in an attempt to delimit the evolving roles of academics in the humanities.
Words and Images: Teaching Across Disciplines and Cultures This session focuses on interdisciplinary teaching methods to open the boundaries between writing and visual art. Words combined with images are becoming the way teachers and students communicate across cultures. Moving between disciplines stirs deep thinking skills, a new understanding may unfold. This approach embraces a variety of perspectives, including multicultural studies, cognitive science, and aesthetics. Please submit 300-500 word abstract for Panel 15773 to NEMLA website https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp. Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2015.
Call for Papers: Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature 26-27 February 2016, Durham (UK)
United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS) panel on Local and Global Transgressions invites papers that address transgression in literature and art as well as transgressive art in general. The panel seeks to explore the complexity of transgression as it crosses cultural boundaries in terms of both production and reception. Papers are encouraged to consider but not limited to the following aspects:
This panel will examine the institutional, industrial, social, discursive, and historical dimensions of British film cultures and the different taste-making sites wherein these cultures are produced. During the last decade, a number of scholars within British cinema studies have begun to re-evaluate not only certain films, genres, and neglected decades (following the larger revisionist turn beginning in the 1990s) but also the film cultures in which those films were produced, distributed, and exhibited. And yet, the critical conversation continues to tend to deploy "British film culture" as an under-defined term of assumed transparency and, often, homogeneity.
37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
March 16-20, 2016
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Deadline: October 31
The Children's and Young Adult Division (CYA) of ICFA welcomes papers for the 37th annual conference, when our theme will be "Wonder Tales." Folklorists often use this term to refer to the stories commonly known as "fairy tales" due to the genre's emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder, but what is wonder and where can it be found? Many events, characters, or objects generate a response of wonder—transformations and resurrections— but wonder also may be generated in technological advances and from the "sense of wonder" in science fiction.
This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas and philosophy proposed by 17th- and 18th-century French writers to criticize, change, or improve their society. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. Major seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015, to Session ID #15589