The term speculation has, among others, two specific strands of meaning: thinking/narrating the realm of the possible and describing a form of economy that borders on the fluctuations in the material value of a marketable good. In both the strands, speculation is largely based on what constitutes the material. As Ursula K.
"We badly need a new way of thinking about novels that acknowledges their technological reality. We have to learn how to look at fiction as lines of print on a page and we to ask whether it is always the best arrangement to have a solid block of print from one margin to the other running down the page from top to bottom, except for occasional paragraph indentations."
—Ronald Sukenick, The New Tradition in Fiction
Call for Papers:
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Address: 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Oy! Have We Got a Monster for You!
Monsters, demons and the Jewish Fantastic
Special Issue of Jewish Film & New Media
Guest editor, Mikel J. Koven (University of Worcester)
The Journal of Jewish Film & New Media invites submissions for a special issue on Jewish horror and fantasy in film, TV and new media productions.
Call for Papers
Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives
A one day conference co-hosted by the University of Leeds and City University of Hong Kong
Location: School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Date: Monday 20 July 2015
CONSTRUCTING COHERENCE IN THE BRITISH SHORT STORY CYCLE
-extended deadline to submit abstracts for the last remaining slots on our panels-
15-16 October 2015
Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany)
Patrick Alasdair Gill (Mainz) and Florian Kläger (Würzburg)
War has been one of the few constants in human history, waged by nations, tribes, and other factions for numerous reasons—some valid and noble, some questionable. This area will feature papers that explore the ways that wars—declared and undeclared, just and unjust, sacred and profane, fictional and "real"—have impacted the social, economic, technological, ideological, and other aspects of culture.
In our rapidly shifting culture, what defines the contemporary moment is fluid and impossible to pin down. This conference will look at the relations between newness, sameness, fluidity, and change in cinema and cinematic technologies from all eras. The cinematic apparatus itself is a technology of repetition and replication, and the effects of postmodern culture are marked by self-replication, simulation, and mediation. Postmodernism is about the now, and borrows from the surfaces of history while losing the history itself. Cinema and the cinematic is increasingly marked by intermediality of both culture and "text" and constant expansion of what these terms can mean.
Monstrous Hungers and Desires
Special Conference Stream within The Monsters and the Monstrous Project
Wednesday 15th July – Friday 17th July 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
**PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS IS A WEEK TOMORROW**
TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy: 'Performances of Labour: Endurance, Time'
Deadline for abstracts: 17 April 2015
TaPRA Annual Conference, University of Worcester (UK), 8th - 10th September 2015: http://www.tapra.org/
Toy Story at 20
13th November 2015
A one-day symposium hosted by the University of Sunderland's Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, to be held at the David Puttnam Media Building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, University of Sunderland, UK
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Paul Wells (Loughborough University) and Dr Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia)
Deadline for abstracts: 22nd May 2015
Reflections on the Global Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston
on the Occasion of Her 125th Birthday
Event: 2015 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop
Dates: Monday, June 8th through Sunday, June 14th
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 1st
What is the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop?
The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop is an online, asynchronous, interdisciplinary, participant-driven workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop offers an online forum where participants can exchange scholarship and ideas.
The 2015 SAMLA Convention (Nov. 13-15) will he held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina.
This panel invites conference papers that explore the reflexive relationship between contemporary (1975-2015) literature and popular music. Papers may focus on musicians that incorporate literary allusions or themes in individual songs or concept albums (The Mountain Goats, Nick Cave, The Hold Steady, Leonard Cohen, Sufjan Stevens, etc.), authors that incorporate frequent allusions to popular music in their work (Nick Hornby, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Warner, etc.), or musicians that have also published fiction or poetry (John Darnielle, Sufjan Stevens, Leonard Cohen, etc).