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Craft Critique Culture: Bridging Divides (April 8-9, 2016: Iowa City, Iowa)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:47pm
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Kate Nesbit / Lydia Maunz-Breese / Heidi Renée Aijala (University of Iowa)
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16th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference
April 8-9, 2016
Bridging Divides
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year's conference will encourage an examination of the "inter" of interdisciplinary—as well as the construction and deconstruction of boundaries between and within academic, public, private, personal, critical, and creative discourses—through an inquiry into bridging divides.

Roundtable: Breaching Boundaries Amongst Black Diasporic and Queer Communities

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:12pm
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46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This roundtable discussion seeks participants whose work rethinks the relationship between Black diasporic and queer activism in academic spaces. Fighting to create habitable spaces for their respective communities, activists repeatedly find themselves on what appears to be opposing sides on the same issue. To propel the movement forward and dismantle the economies of heteropatriarchal white supremacy, we invite scholars and activists who investigate exclusionary practices by both Black diasporic and queer activism. Queer and Black diasporic activism reflects, what Jasbir Puar has identified as, the "global political economy of queer sexualities" that "repeatedly coheres whiteness as a queer norm and straightness as a racial norm" (xxiv).

Violence in Contemporary European Cinema--ACLA 2016

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kingsborough CC
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This seminar seeks to examine the representation of violence, in its public and private manifestations, in contemporary European cinema. Brutality, cruelty, and aggressiveness permeate not only the lives of victims of war (as in Grbavica [2006], Caché [2005], etc.), of totalitarian regimes (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile [2007], etc.), or of crime syndicates (Gomorrah [2008], etc.), but also that of the ordinary individual confronted with racial and ethnic injustice, poverty, or familial conflict (Gegen die Wand [2004], Lilja 4-ever [2004], L'enfant [2005], Entre les murs [2008], Fish Tank [2009], La Pianiste [2001], Pozitia copilului [2013], Leviafan [2014], Urok [2014], etc.).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:23pm
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Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
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The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

updated: 
Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
contact email: 

The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 5:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Charles Hamilton, Area Chair - Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
37th Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2016

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline - November 1, 2015

Literature and Human Rights (ACLA 2016 CFP)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 5:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sonali Perera (Hunter College, CUNY) and Janice Ho (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This seminar will explore the historical and ideological conjunctions between literary forms and discourses of human rights. On the one hand, human rights have been celebrated for representing a shared vision for social justice and international law in a cultural relativist world of shifting norms and disconnected struggles. On the other hand, human rights have been criticized for charting a path towards "imperial internationalism" wherein the rhetoric of the civilizing mission of colonialism is sometimes reproduced in an age of military humanism and "just wars."

[Update] Chronicles and Grimoires: The Occult as Political Commentary

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 4:37pm
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Medieval Assoc. of the Midwest: ICMS Kalamazoo 2016.

Whether seen in signs and portents, or read in grimoires or magic books, the occult in the premodern world is both marveled at and feared. A significant amount of the description of occult and sorcerous activity, however, also functions as political commentary, whether as direct criticism of secular current events or as a voice or conceptual space for the spiritual "other" in medieval society.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 2:31pm
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Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)
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Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

[UPDATE] The Digital Nineteenth-Century Narrative, NeMLA 2016, Abstracts due SEPT. 30

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:55pm
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Bryn Gravitt, Tufts University
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In recent years, the web has seen an explosion of digital interpretations of nineteenth-century texts. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries web series translates Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, via video diary, into an out-of-work grad student living with her family; "Texts From Jane Eyre" imagines how Jane would interact with Rochester and St. John via text message; David Copperfield has his own Facebook page; and there are at least four video games based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This session combines interests in nineteenth century, digital media, and cultural studies to investigate how we understand our current world through the lens of nineteenth-century characters and stories.

Update: Gender and Class Representation in U.S. Culture, NeMLA, Hartford, 3/17-3/20

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:01pm
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47th Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
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This panel investigates the contemporary meaning of gender and class in film and literature in the United States. While authors such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hannah Rosin focus on women in the professional ranks to argue for women's prominence in U.S. culture and stories of professional women dominate the media, few stories of working-class women have emerged to challenge the symbolic dominance of the white male worker and breadwinner. As work, families, and genders have changed, how has this symbolism been reinforced or challenged in literature and film?

New Perspectives on Italian Literature and Culture Courses, 2016 NeMLA, Hartford, Connecticut, March 17-20, 2016

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 12:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Teresa Lobalsamo

Session ID: 15817
Session Format: Roundtable
Title: Moving Forward: New Perspectives on Italian Literature and Culture Courses

Description

Panelists are invited to present a paper and any relevant materials that highlight innovative courses they have created and/or contributed to (including new methods of evaluation) that take Italian Studies in new directions. Panelists are also welcome to share their students' anecdotal accounts of their experience.

Other topics will include suggestions (recommendations) for further areas of study, how to increase student enrollment, bridging Italian Studies to other programs, fostering transferable skills (beyond the classroom).

Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Portions (March 12-13, 2016), University of Toronto Mississauga

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 12:42pm
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Gastro Conference, Department of Language Studies

"Foodies consider food to be an art, on a level with painting or drama" (The Official Foodie Handbook, Paul Levy, Ann Barr, 1984).

From the kitchen to the classroom, the preeminence of food has brought gastronomy to the forefront of mainstream culture as well as academic conversation. Devoid of the irony that may have once infused the Handbook statement, food is, and has always been, indeed 'an art, on a level with painting or drama.'

We invite abstracts from all academic disciplines that address the following themes or other related areas:

Call for Papers: 30 Years of Studio Ghibli, Deadline: 30 Sept 2015

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:40am
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Dr Rayna Denison, University of East Anglia
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In 2015, Studio Ghibli turned 30 and ceased feature film production. With the retirements of Studio Ghibli's most famous director, Hayao Miyazaki, and it main producer, Toshio Suzuki, the future of Studio Ghibli is in turmoil, provoking rallying cries from fans and critics alike and offering an opportunity to reflect on the Studio's output. Miyazaki's films have defined popular Japanese cinema for nearly two decades, both at home and abroad. Miyazaki has captured a local and global pop culture imagination, and in doing so his Studio has been transformed from a comparatively small company into one of the biggest global animation brands.

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