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A CRITICAL COMPANION TO TIM BURTON (Abstr. by 30 September)

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 6:29am
Prof. Adam Barkman and Dr. Antonio Sanna

Tim Burton is certainly one of the most popular directors of contemporary Hollywood. His oeuvre includes blockbuster films such as Batman (1989), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Alice in Wonderland (2010) as well as less profitable– but still highly recognizable - films such as Ed Wood (1994). His work with stop motion, evident in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and the recent Frankenweenie (2013) has further popularized and updated a technique that has been fundamental in cinema since the silent era.

Looking for Public Humanities Pieces on "America"

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:55pm
'Merica Magazine: for the unlikely patriot......

It is our contention that a magazine like this has needed to exist for a while. There needs to be a home for the complicated patriot, the unlikely patriot.The sociologist Robert Bellah believed that the United States had a civil religion that was to be contrasted with that of other nations. If that's true – and we think it is – then this is a magazine for the agnostics. What can one say? America seems like a pretty good idea – we should try it some time.

To get what we're up to check out our website at mericamagazine.org (that's "Merica," not "America," lest you accidentally go to the other - though excellent - magazine of that name). Check out especially the "About" section and the "Submission" section for a fuller idea of our concept.

Perry, Politics, and Propaganda

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:16pm
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

Tyler Perry has become an African-American cultural icon through his stage plays, films, sitcoms, and now, primetime dramas. As such, his works have come under scrutiny for their representations of the African-American family unit as well as representations of race, class, and gender. Though Perry has an avid fan base, all do not agree with the ways in which his "art" functions culturally within the African-American psyche. W.E. B. DuBois states in his 1926 article which was published in The Crisis, "I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.

George Henry Lewes Bicentennial Issue - July 2016

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 5:56pm
George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies

George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, a peer-reviewed journal, invites submissions for a special issue to commemorate the life and writing of George Henry Lewes (1817-1878).

Submissions of 5,000-6,000 words on any aspect of Lewes's life and writing are due by July 29, 2016.

To submit a manuscript, visit: www.editorialmanager.com/geghls and create an author profile.

Address inquiries to William Baker (wbaker@niu.edu) and Nancy Henry (nhenry3@utk.edu).

American Film Acting: Sociohistorical Perspectives (SCMS, Atlanta - March 30-April 3, 2016 - Proposal Deadline August 7))

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 12:44pm
Scott Balcerzak / Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference

While we often discuss the codes of American film acting in terms of production and star image, this panel considers the sociohistorical contexts.

How is cinematic acting in conversation with other American discourses of, for example, politics, psychology, medicine, commercialism, nationalism, counterculture, race, or gender identity? How can we understand the culture that produces and consumes different variations of performance – from the expressiveness of the silents to the standardizations of Classic Hollywood to the emotionality of the Method to the spectacular bodies of the Blockbuster Era? What do such distinctive styles tell us about film acting as a cultural phenomenon?

ICAS Conference in Arts and Science 13th - 14th November 2015

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:49am
Southern Regional College

ICAS conference
Interdisciplinary Conference in Arts and Science
Theme: Memory
Venue: Southern Regional College, Newry, Northern Ireland
Date: 13th- 14th November 2015
The School of Academic Studies and Applied Science at Southern Regional College calls for papers for a two day interdisciplinary conference on Memory.

Key note speakers: Prof. Nigel Fabb, University of Strathclyde

Loving and Hating Lydgate - Kalamazoo 2016

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:04pm
Lydgate Society

In its five hundred years of reception, responses to John Lydgate's poetry have varied between extremes. Early regard for Lydgate appears in such places as Stephen Hawes' Pastime of Pleasure, where the monk is canonized alongside Chaucer and Gower and at greater length than either of the other poets. By contrast, Joseph Ritson describes Lydgate in 1802 as a "voluminous, prosaick, and driveling monk." This comment has formed a flashpoint in Lydgate studies for both those who would dismiss and those who would defend this poet. Renoir, Schirmer, Pearsall, and Patterson provide a wide-ranging sampling of these perspectives.

Lydgate as Formal Innovator - Kalamazoo 2016 sponsored session

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:02pm
Lydgate Society

While historicist approaches to Lydgate have played a large role in the poet's now decades-old critical recuperation, all along this recuperation has also been alert to the formal dimensions of his work and to some of the many ways these dimensions represent innovations. Studies by, for example, Maura Nolan and Claire Sponsler have fruitfully combined historical inquiry with explorations of the ramifications of form. With many in the field of literary study seeking, in a variety of ways, to return considerations of form to the center court of the field's endeavors, it is an apt moment to extend, complicate, and/or critique accounts of Lydgate as a formal innovator.

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