As one of the biggest and most successful film franchises of all time, Marvel's approach to developing an interconnected film universe has seemingly revolutionized the way superhero films are being made. Creating a shared universe with elements that crossover and interconnect individual films (culminating in perhaps the ultimate "team-up" film, The Avengers), this approach to filmmaking changed the way characters and storylines are developed. Marvel's foresight has resulted in a long-term plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which at this point consists of three distinct phases, each of which is to conclude with an Avengers film.
Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.
Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop
FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2015
Call For Participation
2015 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop: Questions of Method in South Asian Studies
York University, Toronto
Workshop dates: February 26th & 27th, 2015
CFP deadline: October 15, 2014
The Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies (CASAS) Workshop will take place on February 26th and 27th, 2015. CASAS offers a forum for exploring research on and critical discussions about the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Building on previous years, the third annual workshop will provide a space for scholars to share works in progress and engage with new ideas.
ACLA Seattle March 26-29, 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Business, Money, & Office Cultures Area of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations invites papers on the theme of the Businessman as Hero. One of the dominant narrative threads of our era places the successful businessman as the driver of history and the savior of civilization. We welcome proposals that explore how this narrative is propagated–or contested–in the mass media and how the businessman-as-hero scenario plays out in popular culture.
• The Businessman as Rock Star – corporate executives and entrepreneurs as celebrities and "do-gooders"
• Wall Street 2008: "Bailout" or "Heist of the Century" – the "Great Recession" narrative
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International Creative Writing Conference (UK)
Imperial College, London
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June 2015
Proposals are invited for the 18th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference. Creative or critical presentations are welcome.
In this, the 18th year of the conference, we look to celebrate creative writing in all its forms and to explore topics in creative writing teaching and learning.
Proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference also features the Annual New Writing International Creative Writing Lecture.
Because of his early silence on the issue, when Jacques Derrida is pressed concerning "the materialist text" in Positions (1971), his response might seem enigmatic: If "matter in this general economy designates . . . radical alterity," then "what [he] write[s] can be considered 'materialist.'" Far from absent, materiality will have been silently at work in Derrida, perhaps, from the beginning and in general.
Writing in 1978, founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term permaculture—a portmanteau compounding and eliding "permanent agriculture"—to signify a design ethics suitable to an imminently low-energy future. In the intervening years, "permaculture" has become a truly global movement, inspiring home gardeners and farmers, intentional communities and design courses, and artists and activists, coming to refer more broadly to all aspects of culture, and referring as much to an ethics of life and the living as to principles of conscientious and efficient design.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 10 – 13, 2015 Call for Papers - 45th Annual Meeting
Civilizational Values at the Crossroads
Civilizations cannot be properly studied or compared without examining their basic value systems. But what exactly are values? How are they exemplified across civilizations? Do values even exist? Are they relative or absolute? Are "decline" and "progress" relative terms? Are there universal values? Possible topics include:
Values in Crisis
• Do we now live in a Nihilistic Age? What does this mean?
• Values in transition.
• "Civilization and its' Discontents"
Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the Taiwan STS Association
Hosts: Taiwan STS Association and Academia Sinica
Dates: 26-28 March 2015
Venue: Conference I, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei
Theme: Normal vs. Abnormal: Have We Ever Been Normal?
Keynote Speakers: Elaine Scarry (Harvard) & Rosanna Warren (U of Chicago)
Deadline Extended to 30 September
If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.
We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
Formed in 1975 by members such as Joanne Burgess, Patricia Morley, Donald Smith, and André Vanasse, ACQL is celebrating its fortieth year in 2015. Like many of its related institutions, ACQL was founded in an era when state policies supporting official bilingualism were newly born and when postcolonial and other contemporary theory was only beginning to exert an effect on the fields of Canadian and Quebec literary studies. Much has changed in forty years.
We welcome proposals for 10-minute roundtable presentations on "Technology and Society: Shifting Identities and Digital Worlds" for the upcoming Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario (April 30-May 3, 2015).
Particularly welcome are papers about the intersections of digital technology and constructions of identity and difference, including gender, race and ethnicity, class, nation, disability, and sexuality. Papers should focus on contemporary culture, literature, or art.
The artist's book & materiality — working title
Kunstlicht, volume. 36 (2015) no. 1
Deadline proposals: 17 October 2014
Publication: Spring 2015