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Activism

updated: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:36am
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Activism area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) is seeking proposals for the 2018 Conference (November 8 – 10) in Baltimore, Maryland.

We welcome submissions from a broad range of perspectives (media studies, gender studies, English, cultural studies, history, political science, art and art history, etc.) relating to activism and/or activists from regional/local to national/global levels. Proposals might examine activism in the age of Trump (Black Lives Matter, conservative movements, immigration, etc.), activism and music, environmental activists, lawyers and legal/judicial activism, etc.). Proposals may consider activism from historical and/or alternative perspectives.

Re-Visions of Eden: The Idea of the Midwestern Gothic

updated: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:35am
Brandi Homan & Julia Madsen
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018

In the American cultural imagination, the Midwest embodies the “home” or “heart” of the nation associated with frontier and rural values of promise, fertility, order, and stability, according to Joanna Jacobson in “The Idea of the Midwest.” Jacobson argues that the Midwest has come to symbolize the quintessentially “American,” speaking to “the impulse to invent a myth of commonality rooted in the physical landscape at the center of the continent and for the insufficiency of that myth as a response to the conditions of urban industrial culture.” While the idea and image of the Midwest in American culture serve as resources of recovery and refuge from the ill effects of urban industrialism, it is increasingly evident that these visions of a pastor

National Identity and International Crime Fiction in the Age of Populism and Globalization

updated: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:31am
Julie H. Kim / Northeastern Illinois University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

 

I have received a contract to collect, edit, and introduce a volume of original critical/scholarly essays—currently with the working title National Identity and International Crime Fiction in the Age of Populism and Globalization—from McFarland & Company. 

 

DisArt 2018 Process and Presence International Conference

updated: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:22am
DisArt
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2018 DisArt Call For Submissions

DisArt Process and Presence

International Conference

October 26-28, 2018

 

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 East Beltline Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

 

Conference Invitation

Marginalized Style: Studying Fashion from Below to Promote Liberation

updated: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:11am
Binghamton University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

Marginalized Style: Studying Fashion from Below to Promote Liberation

 

In Beyonce Knowles-Carter’s 2016 single “Formation,” the artist highlights her southern, black heritage to the black diasporic history that went into the making of her racial and ethnic background. As Beyonce proudly announces her racial identity, in the same stanza, she articulates that identity through the lens of fashion. She feels “so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin')/ I'm so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces.” The references to the French designer Givenchy and her husband’s jewelry collection demonstrates how Beyonce frames her understanding of her black heritage through her attire.

 

Watergate in Context

updated: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:13am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018

The ongoing comparison of the current administration to the Nixon administration calls for a reexamination of the scandal that brought down the latter. Befitting NeMLA’s conference location, this panel seeks to reexamine classic and contemporary depictions of Watergate in order to illuminate the scandal’s connections between literature, film and American politics and culture from the seventies to the present. Accordingly, this panel seeks readings of Watergate, past and present, as depicted in film, literature and culture. Readings can also reexamine Watergate as a moment in American cultural memory and its contemporary ramifications.

Western Area: Film & History 2018 Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:15am
Film & History
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 1, 2018

On the Western’s frontier, citizens and sociopaths abound—lawmen and outlaws, gamblers and gunmen, cavalry wives and soiled doves, the Indian chiefs and buffalo scouts.  How do these figures—materially or metaphorically—shape the creation, delivery and reception of the American West in film? The "good" citizen in a Western may seem easy to define, but when do some portrayals of citizenship succeed, inspiring audiences, while others backfire?  When might the actions of sociopaths be laudable?

 

Hashtag Activism: Case Studies of Digital Protests & Online Social Movements

updated: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:20am
Melissa Ames, Eastern Illinois University & Kristi McDuffie, University of Illinois
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

From #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeAKnee to #WhyIStayed and #MeToo, hashtag activism campaigns have continued to proliferate in recent years. Whether connected to specific in-person protests (#MarchForOurLives; #MarchForScience; #WomensMarch), consumer boycotts (#DeleteUber; #NotBuyingIt), social commentary (#OscarsSoWhite), fundraising (#IceBucketChallenge), humanitarian efforts (#BringBackOurGirls), or social justice campaigns (#OwnVoices), Twitter has become a vital tool for activism and social commentary. Unsurprisingly, academic studies of hashtag activism campaigns have likewise been on the rise as scholars grapple with the benefits and consequences of digital activism.

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