India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.
Theme: Objects & Commodities
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Bogost
Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Call for Papers:
Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America, 6-8 Nov. 2015, Graz, Austria
Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies
Organizers: Nassim W. Balestrini and Klaus Rieser, University of Graz
Reading Form in European Renaissance Poetry
RSA 2016, Boston
Sponsored by the Discipline of Comparative Literature
Papers sought that offer historical interpretations of poetic form. How do Renaissance poets, theorists, and readers interpret and classify formal features of verse (including rhyme, meter, and generic forms like the sonnet or the epigram)? How do poets use form to position themselves in literary history? What is the relationship between poetic practice and the poetic theories presented in manuals and defenses of poetry? Comparative and multi-lingual papers especially encouraged.
Abstracts are invited for a panel called "H.D. and her Circle: New Directions" at this year's South Atlantic MLA in Durham, NC, November 13-15, 2015.
Papers may focus on work by H.D. and/or those in her circle (Bryher, Kenneth MacPherson, Marianne Moore, Richard Aldington, John Cournos, Robert Herring, Ezra Pound, Paul and Eslanda Robeson, etc.), and the thematic focus of the panel is open to a range of new approaches. Given SAMLA 2015's conference theme, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts," papers that address connections to other art forms/media are welcome, although not necessary.
Please send 250-word abstracts, a brief bio, and A-V requests to email@example.com by June 10, 2015.
Call for Submissions: The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters
THE BLACK WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE is a series of five monographs, each having a specific literary form. The first in this series is POETRY. Each poet can submit up to THREE poems for review; however, even if all are considered acceptable, only TWO of those accepted poems will be featured in the text. The DEADLINE for submission is November 1, 2015 with a publication date of June 2016.
For the POETRY MONOGRAPH, the single subject matter is REPRESENTATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN IN MODERN MASS MEDIA OF ANY TYPE AND HOW THOSE DEPICTIONS AFFECT THE AVERAGE BLACK WOMEN IN THEIR DAILY LIVES, PARTICULARLY HOW IT FEELS TO BE A BLACK WOMAN IN SUCH A SOCIO-POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT.
Keynote: Omise'eke Tinsley, University of Texas at Austin
Conference Date: October 16, 2015
Kinships that cross boundaries often entail radical decenterings of family, community, or subjectivity. What happens
when Yellow Peril supports Black Power in Ferguson? When Maggie Simpson holds up a Je Suis Charlie sign?
When, in a single frame, Kordale and Kaleb dismantle stale notions of Black masculinity, queerness, and
Can we undomesticate kinship?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 19-20, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Susan Phillips, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of English and Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor
Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed 'printing, gunpowder, and the compass' as the technological drivers which had 'changed the appearance and state of the whole world'. Bacon's identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.