Across independent, international, and Hollywood film communities, notions of boundary continue to articulate and challenge how we engage with film. As viewers, critics, and theorists, how might we problematize boundaries of genre, character, and viewer in popular and/or independent film? And when boundaries separating high from low art begin to dissolve, how do we trace dissolutions and reformulations of boundary between popular and independent film? In keeping with the theme of high art/low art: border and boundaries in popular culture, this panel seeks papers addressing liminality in writing, directing, visual style, and performance in popular and independent film.
Call for chapters: Agatha Christie Goes to War
Editors: Dr J.C. Bernthal (Middlesex University) and Dr Rebecca Mills (Bournemouth University)
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited collection exploring and evaluating the role of war in Agatha Christie’s life and writing.
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 5th International Conference
Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?
CUNY School of Journalism
New York City, USA
August 31-September 1, 2017
From March artist Nate Powell sharing a poster design for the Women’s March to Phil Noto’s revised image of Muslim American superhero Kamala Khan going viral in response to the Executive Order on Immigration, comics have played an active role in recent social protests. They have formed the visual vocabulary of protest, taking advantage of the combination of text and image to efficiently circulate ideas of resistance. The role of comics in social protest is not new.
How has the concept of the outlaw been formed from legal and political traditions, both from the Anglo-American perspective and from elsewhere? Presently, how does the physical or virtual outlaw serve as a form of resistance, dissent, and transgression in literature, media, and art? This panel solicits papers that discuss how outlaws, whether in specific texts or as a general tradition, have been appropriated and used in a specifically political context which is simultaneously intensely local and yet, through its connections to a larger international tradition, is also global in its scope. This is a proposed Special Session for MLA 2018 (NYC, 4-7 January). Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by March 15, 2017 to Alexander L.
Graphic Reading: A One-Day Conference
University of Birmingham, 19 May 2017
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
– James Baldwin
“The surface of the page is a problem to solve.”
– Art Spiegelman
The Edith Wharton Society invites proposals for a panel at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA 89) to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 3-5, 2017. The conference topic is High Art / Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture.
Call for Proposals: Race/Gender/Class/Media 4.0: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers (Rebecca Ann Lind, Editor).
Global Fantastika: Special Edition
“Fantastika”, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space.