Mythology in Contemporary Culture
Saturday 28th March 2015
Keynote Lecture by Rachel Carroll (Teesside University)
*Deadline: 15th September*
Charlie Brooker has one of the most distinctive styles in contemporary television. He has gained critical and commercial success in both fiction and non-fiction programmes, notably A Touch of Cloth, the Black Mirror collection and his 'Wipe' series. His distinguished style of blending comedy and cynicism underpin his work, and his dystopian narratives engage with some of the most pressing issues in the contemporary world.
Despite this, Brooker has received little critical attention. This edited collection of essays intends to be a starting point. It will offer critical perspectives on a range of themes and issues in his work.
The Conference On Middle-earth 2015 solicits papers, paper proposals, and panel proposals from scholars interested in any aspect of The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Topics: J.R.R. Tolkien, his works, works based on Tolkien and his works, criticism, teaching Tolkien in the classroom, the books' impact on oneself and/or the world, the films and the film industry, the music, the art, the fannish side of this universe and its impact, and anything you can imagine on topic. For examples of previous papers and panels, see the programming for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Conferences.
A few areas we wouldn't mind seeing covered:
liquid blackness invites abstracts for its no. 4 issue titled "fluid radicalisms"
Planned in conjunction with the presentation of the Black Audio Film Collective film series hosted by liquid blackness at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA on September 26-28 and October 3-4, this issue will address a range of topics prompted by, but not limited to, BAFC's filmmaking practice in the context of Black Atlantic artistic and intellectual flows.
Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick seek contributors for their third collection of essays considering political women and leadership. Having published two edited collections, Political Women: Language and Leadership (2013) and Global Women Leaders: Studies in Feminist Political Rhetoric (September, 2014), they are seeking to shift their focus from American and global political women and their choices of political language to focus on one U.S. political woman whose career has led to many titles, including wife of a governor, First Lady of the United States, Senator of New York, U.S. Presidential candidate, U.S. Secretary of State, and most recently, a potential candidate for President of the United States in 2016.
The session proposes to trace Lydgate's importance as a poet of the city. Within the space between social classes and their respective expectations, Lydgate's poetry traced the outline of London: the urban heart of England and the moral mirror of its people. Lydgate was not just a court poet, but a civic poet – a poet whose writings shaped the public sentiments of London's people, mediated between the desires of the aristocracy and the power of the citizenry, and, in doing so, articulated the experience of London life.
Precarious Identities: Battling History, Nostalgia, and the State in U.S. Latino/a Literature and Popular Culture
Call for Contributors to Edited Collection:
We invite chapter-length essays that analyze the American Revolution as a global phenomenon for a volume of essays; we are particularly interested in chapters that examine a range of texts and cultural practices from around the world. A major academic press has expressed strong interest in publishing the volume.
The Easter Matins Liturgy recorded in the Regularis Concordia calls for four of the brethren to reenact the interplay between the angel and the three Marys when they first venture to Christ's tomb. At the end of this enactment, the audience is drawn into the action of the Gospel stories as the brothers standing in place of Marys take the linen from the staged sepulcher and "hold it up before the clergy; and as though showing that the Lord was risen and was no longer wrapped in it" (51). The visual reenactment of this celebrated event provides a didactic and catechetical moment for the monastic community, making evident the mystery of Easter. Yet it also unites the community to the apostles and others present at the first Easter.
Call for Papers
BSECS 44th Annual Conference
6th – 8th January 2015
St Hugh's College, Oxford, United Kingdom
The annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe's largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century.
HOST: Dr Emma L. E. Rees, the Department of English, University of Chester, UK
DATES: 31st March – 2nd April 2015
VENUE: The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK
Cross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English articles. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and promoting academic engagements since 2008.
The Northeast Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015. Every year, the convention affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. This year's convention will include roundtable and caucus meetings, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.