Comics and other image-text hybrids—from illuminated manuscripts to commercial lithographs to modern-day flow charts--have been used successfully to communicate information, explain complex or difficult concepts, but also to teach audiences how to perform important, sometimes life-saving, skills or maneuvers. But do image-texts like these count as "art"? Or does the didactic function of these texts disqualify them as art? For example, is a comic showing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver art? What if the text was altered slightly to undercut the imagery in a humorous manner? Why is it that an explicitly didactic function of certain forms of representation, perhaps especially image-texts, render them "artless" to some?
In 1963's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.
Culture Critique is a peer-reviewed publication sponsored by Claremont Graduate University's Cultural Studies program. The interdisciplinary journal is devoted to providing a space for graduate student work in the humanities, arts, and human sciences that critically interrogates the intersections between cultural theory, practices, and politics. We are particularly interested in provocative work that questions the nature of structural systems of knowledge, power, capital, and the political potential of culture in everyday life.
The Midwest MLA will hold its annual convention 11/12-11/15 in Columbus, OH, with the theme "arts and sciences." In keeping with that theme, and inspired by the affective turn in literary studies, this Special Session invites papers on the art and science of medieval emotions.
Medieval texts often fuse artistic and scientific approaches to understanding and representing emotion, feeling, and affect. Witness, for example, the fact that we find texts as diverse as romances and sermons drawing on optical theory to explain how feelings like love and lust are transmitted: these texts explicate medieval science, but at the same time use artistic strategies to visualize invisible processes.
Edith Wharton Society Awards 2015-2016
Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar
Formerly known as the "Edith Wharton Essay Prize," this award, instituted in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar: advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure=track or full-time appointment for
more than four years.
The international peer-reviewed journal "Comunicazioni Sociali" is hosting a special issue titled Being Humans. The Human Condition in the age of techno-humanism: representations, practices, experiences.
The long-running debate on Post-humanism is now entering a new phase: after the analysis of technological imaginaries and 'frontier cases' that informed the field during the '90s, scholars' attention is now progressively focusing on more common technological artefacts, social practices and socio-technological assemblages that seem to redefine the boundaries of what was traditionally conceived as "human".
We are all too familiar with news channels reporting the threat of ISIS and debates around Islam's relevance in the modern world. The daily dose of graphic images of ISIS beheadings reinforces the anathema for Islam and its followers. In such fraught times, anti-Muslim racism reigns. Arun Kundnani contends that "Anti-Muslim racism ... appears as the most recent layer in this longer history, a reworking and recycling of older logics of oppression. From this perspective, Islamophobia, like other forms of racism, should not be seen only as a problem of hate crimes committed by lone extremists.
Exploitation Cinema Revisited
An area of multiple panels for the 2015 Film & History Conference on
"Journeys, Detours, and Breakdowns," November 4-8, 2015, Madison, WI
Proposals due June 1, 2015
Exploitation Cinema Revisited
This CFP is for the MMLA Permanent Section on Travel Writing/Writing Travel.
CFP: Sonic Horror
"Shh—was that a voice?"
Call for Submissions
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 is a peer reviewed, open access, scholarly journal, sponsored by the Aphra Behn Society and the University of South Florida. Published twice a year, the journal focuses on gender, women's issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century, including pedagogy and digital research techniques and findings. We are particularly interested in articles that take advantage of the multi-media potential of the online environment.
ABO holds a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. ISSN: 21577129. ABO is indexed by the MLAIB, EBSCO, and the DOAJ and is a member of the CELJ.
General Editor: Laura L. Runge
For the RMMLA's Fall 2015 conference, this special topics session invites papers that consider the boundaries – physical, imposed, and imaginary – that Victorian women travelers crossed. Call for papers extended to April 1.
Is postcolonial theory passé? Recuperating habits of reading, printing and print culture in the early realm of print in colonial Bengal, India (1780-1820).
This is a call for papers for a collection that will look at new theoretical interventions on dominant notions of postcolonial theory.
Call for Papers, EXTENDED DEADLINE
From 2014, ICOAH continues its momentum to capture the emerging areas in arts and humanities. Based on the theme, " Transformation Vs. Adaptation " the 2nd Annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2015 will use a keynote forum, paper sessions, an exhibition, an executive round table and a social networking dinner to explore new avenues and traditions in the arts and humanities.