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Expanded Horizons: New Approaches to CinemaScope Aesthetics (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, Submit by 7/29)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:01pm
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Anthony Coman, University of Florida; Sam Roggen, University of Antwerp
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This panel invites papers exploring the production history, aesthetics, and legacy of CinemaScope films. The anamorphic technology, seized upon by Twentieth Century-Fox in an effort to revitalize studio finances, presented technical and formal challenges to Hollywood's established methods of filmmaking and spurred the creativity of many filmmakers. The early CinemaScope years therefore offer a prime case for studying how a phase of technological change might have influenced the work of classical studio directors.

Race and Comics: The Politics of Representation in Sequential Art | NeMLA 2016

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:57pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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47th Annual NeMLA Convention
March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015

This panel welcomes papers that examine the treatment of race and racial relations in comic books, whether in superhero narratives, graphic memoirs, web comics, or other forms of sequential art both inside and outside the United States. How are comics used to document and represent racialized identities? How have the medium and its surrounding fan communities adapted earlier content to speak to current topics?

Update to CFP for Barzakh's Spring 2015 Issue (3/5/2015)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:42pm
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Barzakh Magazine

The editors of Barzakh Magazine are proud to present our new RAGE issue, featuring new work by Lydia Davis and other talented writers! Our writers approach the question of RAGE in its varied iterations and demonstrate that creative inquiries into the topic can be as diverse as the contentious history of the word.

We'd like to thank all UAlbany's faculty, our staff, and our contributors for helping us to put together the issue. You can find it at barzakh.net under the "Current Issue" heading!

Best,
The Editors at Barzakh Magazine

2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:48pm
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Lehigh English Department Graduate Program
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The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.

Utopia on the Margins (NeMLA 3/17-3/20/16; deadline 9/30/15)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:32pm
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Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College
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"Utopia on the Margins"
Northeast Modern Language Association
Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016

Utopian discourse has been a powerful tool for disempowered groups to critique the social norms of the present and imagine future equality. Yet recent scholarship has critiqued the limits of utopia itself. This panel will examine utopian, dystopian, and anti-utopian texts by people of color, women, and members of other disempowered groups in order to consider how writers on the margins continue, reimagine, or reject utopian traditions. Papers may address recent fiction or previously overlooked texts that engage with utopian conventions.

Cities, Centers, and Limits in Post-1945 American Literature (March 17-20, NeMLA 2016)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:22pm
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Tim Clarke, Caroline Holland

The city is a frequent topos in the literature of modernism and post-modernism, traceable from T. S. Eliot's "Unreal City" of The Waste Land to the imagined Guadalajara of John Ashbery's "The Instruction Manual," and yet, our sense of urban space grows less certain after 1945, when both the city and its literature change rapidly in step with the new post-war world. These times of mounting anxiety over city space and its expanding limits--from suburbs and slums to the growing insularity of neighborhoods--also give rise to a problem of literary periodization: where does modernism end, and what succeeds it? Should we speak of a "long modernism" (Amy Hungerford 2008), or do the aesthetics of the period demand another name altogether?

"The Autobiographical bande dessinée: When Art Imitates Life".

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:48pm
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47th Annual NeMLA Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016)
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In recent years, the critical discourse surrounding the personal narrative has increasingly recognized autobiography as an important literary genre that is developed within a continuously evolving framework. The recent inclusion of unconventional modes of personal writing within discussions on autobiography reflects the latest development in autobiography studies from a highly conventional genre to an open, changing, and ever-expanding practice that connects writing with other modes of representation.

"The Autobiographical bande dessinée: When Art Imitates Life".

updated: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
47th Annual NeMLA Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016)
contact email: 

In recent years, the critical discourse surrounding the personal narrative has increasingly recognized autobiography as an important literary genre that is developed within a continuously evolving framework. The recent inclusion of unconventional modes of personal writing within discussions on autobiography reflects the latest development in autobiography studies from a highly conventional genre to an open, changing, and ever-expanding practice that connects writing with other modes of representation.

Call for book essays, Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:30pm
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Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila

Call for papers for Book Essays in edited collection

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this book seeks essays that examine the role of art and visual culture in the Modern and Contemporary eras.

Dangerous Girls or Girls in Danger? (Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference March/April 2016)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:02pm
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Michele Meek
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Dangerous Girls or Girls in Danger?: Questioning Narratives of Girls' Sexuality

Girls' sexuality has long been a site of intense parental, pedagogical and public concern. Even today, the question of how (or even if) a girl might be sexual without being passively 'sexualized' continues to resonate, as evidenced by the American Psychological Association's 2007 Report of the Task Force on The Sexualization of Girls.

This proposed panel for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies 2016 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia seeks to explore conflicting narrative representations of girls' sexual desires and behaviors, in hopes of drawing out the divergences, presumptions, and anxieties regarding the sexuality of girls.

Call for essay proposals: edited collection on Joni Mitchell

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:33pm
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University of Lincoln, UK
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Call for submissions: An edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell.

Editor: Dr. Ruth Charnock [University of Lincoln, UK].

Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell's music: her tunings, her lyrics, her scope have drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This edited collection will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation, with a major publisher having already expressed interest.

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