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From MemoryLoss to MemoryShift: Rethinking the Discourse of Pathology September 26, 2015, Toronto

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:25am
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Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University

Since the late 1980s, Alzheimer's disease has been regarded as "a much feared stigmatizing label that carries with it the force of a sentence of social death" (Kontos, 2006). We often hear Alzheimer's patients talked about as 'empty shells'; such expressions suggest that the progressive process of losing one's memory inevitably entails losing one's content, one's identity. By reflecting on the recently emerging voices that rethink the relationship between pathological memory-loss, selfhood and the terminology that is being used to reflect on Alzheimer's disease, we wish to challenge the Western assumption according to which pathological memory-loss is always already linked to the loss of Selfhood.

Live Theatre Broadcast Symposium 25th June 2015

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:02am
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Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York
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In recent years, live-streamed theatre broadcasts have emerged as a significant cultural phenomenon, aiding public access to - and representing a new practice for - key international, national and regional institutions, such as the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Pilot Theatre, Forced Entertainment, and cinema distributors around the world. How do such broadcasts change the experience of live events, and how do they alter the spectrum of media through which performances occur? This emerging hybrid medium introduces challenges for practitioners, critics and institutions for the creation, reception and funding of live theatre and events, yet suitable approaches to frame academic discussion of it are underdeveloped.

Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8:43am
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Julie Grossman / Le Moyne College, R. Barton Palmer / Clemson University

This new Palgrave Macmillan book series addresses how adaptation functions as a principal mode of text production in visual culture. What makes the series distinctive is its focus on visual culture as both targets and sources for adaptations, and a vision to include media forms beyond film and television such as videogames, mobile applications, interactive fiction and film, print and nonprint media, and the avant-garde. As such, the series will contribute to an expansive understanding of adaptation as a central, but only one, form of a larger phenomenon within visual culture.

Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Audiences, Fan Cultures and Geographies of the Imagination

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 7:33am
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William Proctor (Bournemouth University) and Richard McCulloch (Regent's University London)

Call for Papers: Special themed issue of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies

Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Audiences, Fan Cultures and Geographies of the Imagination

Guest Editors: William Proctor (Bournemouth University) and Richard McCulloch (Regent's University London)

Foreword by Mark J.P. Wolf

Writing for the New York Times, A.O. Scott states that "today there are hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions of people whose grasp of the history, politics and mythological traditions of entirely imaginative places could surely qualify them for an advanced degree" (2002).

America's Obsession with Superheroes

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:22am
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Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

"Hera, give me strength!" Wonder Woman can do a lot of things, but writing your proposal for this panel isn't one of them.

Special Issue of TEXT Journal –Why YA?: Researching, writing and publishing Young Adult fiction in Australasia

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:03pm
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Jessica Seymour (Southern Cross University) and Denise Beckton (Central Queensland University)

The early twenty-first century saw Young Adult (YA) fiction rise to become the world's fastest growing literature category. The diverse narratives are rich with mature themes, often throwing the reader's world and experiences into sharp clarity, but they are also capable of light-heartedness, irreverence and suspension of reality. YA fiction explores identity, growing up, and environmental, social and political concerns, often portraying violence and sexuality with startling precision and empathy. Australasian YA fiction, in particular, frequently draws on the relative isolation of the setting to bring issues of identity and belonging into sharper clarity.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: "HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:44pm
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Jef Burnham, DePaul University
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Extended Deadline: May 15, 2015
Submit to: Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

[UPDATE} Extended Deadline - May 15: Area of Whedon Studies

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:24pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
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Topics include any aspect of Joss Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); his films (Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes); his comics (e.g. Serenity: Those Left Behind, Serenity: Better Days, The Shepherd's Tale, Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Tales of the Slayers , Tales of the Vampires, Angel: After the Fall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Season Nine, and Season Ten); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators (Marti Noxon, Tim Minear, David Fury, Jane Espenson, Jed and Zack Whedon, etc.).

VII International Gothic Literature Congress "Uncanny Transgressions"

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:40pm
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International Gothic Congress
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During the last years, Gothic Literature has just begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time, culture, genre, and art modes.

Objective: After the great response received in the previous Gothic Congresses (2008 - 2014), our objective is to keep the rising interest in the Gothic among both students and scholars at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and other Mexican institutions. To achieve this, we propose to start from the study of the plural presence of the Gothic in various modes of art, as well as time and space contexts.

Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2015 CFP

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Shakespearean Performance Research Group, American Society for Theatre Research
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Abstract due date, May 31, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group

Conveners: Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Rob Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival), and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)

American Society for Theatre Research 2015 Conference
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
November 5-8, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

Call for Reviews: Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:32am
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Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture
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Call for Reviews

Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture seeks reviews of recent books, films, television series, musical recordings, theatrical performances, art exhibits and other media that make a queer contribution to media and popular culture and/or to academic scholarship on media and popular culture.

Reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis. The deadline for submission for the Fall 2015 issue is June 15, 2015.

If you have a work you would like reviewed, have a review to submit or would like to be added to our reviewer database, contact shelley.park@ucf.edu

Conference CFP: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND FREEDOM (April 22-23, 2016)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:25am
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LACK / COLORADO COLLEGE

The first biannual conference for LACK, a new organization devoted to the promotion and development of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, will be held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 22-23, 2016. This conference hopes to bring together those interested in exploring the philosophical, political, and cultural implications of psychoanalytic theory, especially as it relates to the question of freedom. Though practitioners are welcome, the focus of the conference is psychoanalytic theory rather than practice, and theoretical papers will be privileged.

Call for Papers. International Journal for Nurture in Education: Volume Two, Number One, 2016.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:05am
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International Journal for Nurture in Education
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Call for Papers. International Journal for Nurture in Education: Volume Two, Number One, 2016.

On behalf of the International Journal for Nurture in Education, the editorial committee is issuing a call for papers relating to nurturing schools and the wider application of nurturing principles in education. All papers will be peer reviewed. The Journal is of interest to educationalists and researchers in the field including psychologists, neuroscientists, special needs practitioners, school leaders, nurture practitioners, school improvement specialists, consultants and local authority officers.

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