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Spooks, Spies and Intelligence Communities: Narrative, Film and Culture

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 12:07pm
Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing , University of Brunel

In the post-1945 Cold War, in the post-millennial 9/11 period with Daesh-influenced ideological cultural clashes, the concept of undercover espionage and the spy has returned center-stage if in a different set of cultural markers. During the post 1945 era we had Checkpoint Charlie, moles, counter-intelligence and now one is faced with a vocabulary consisting of betrayers, Western-sponsored agents who are beheaded in the Middle East, Ukrainian counter-intelligence agents who are betrayed on both sides. How do social, filmic and literary narratives deal with such broad paradigms? What is the aesthetic of espionage and counter-espionage? Historically such issues have a long resonance, stretching back to at least the reign of the first Elizabeth in England.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Worlds of John Thelwall (NYC: 12/15/16; 6/25/16)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 10:58am
Fordham Romanticism Group


The Fordham Romanticism Group and the John Thelwall Society invite paper proposals for a one-day symposium to be held at Fordham University in New York City on 25 June 2016. Building on the inaugural John Thelwall Society conference held at the University of Notre Dame's London Center in 2014, "The Worlds of John Thelwall" will consider how Thelwall and his contemporaries thought about the global scene.

Plenary: Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University): "John Thelwall, Global Citizen: Revolution, Anti-Imperialism, Education"

Papers might attend to how the works of Thelwall and other writers from the Romantic era relate to:

Gender and/in Captivity [REMINDER]

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 4:54am
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

This issue of Gender Forum addresses all aspects of captivity in relation to questions of gender and sexuality. From psychological captivity over social captivity to physical incarceration, we invite a variety of papers addressing the subject of imprisonment.

* Gender theories and captivity
* Daily performance of gender and the role of impersonation and fantasy
* Gendered visual and material cultures: From the theatrical stage to the silver screen
* Gender Identities: Political Imprisonment and History
* ...

South Asian Pornographies: Vernacular Formations of the Permissible and the Obscene

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 2:21pm
Anirban Baishya (University of Southern California)

This special issue of Porn Studies focuses on the varied notions of the pornographic and the obscene that are in currency in the geopolitical region of South Asia. Starting with the question of how a porn studies approach can be applied to view various regional formations of pornography, this issue aims to explore whether a particular "vernacular" idea of pornography can be arrived at through such an enquiry. Like questions of identity that can only be answered in the plural (identities rather than identity), this issue seeks papers that will demonstrate how a range of pornographies constitutes the force field of sexualized media in South Asia.

NARRATOLOGY: STATE OF THE ART (Deadline for submission: 31st March 2016).

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:41pm
«Comparatismi: digital periodical of the Board of Literary Criticism and Compared Literature»

First Issue of «Comparatismi: digital periodical of the Board of Literary Criticism and Compared Literature».
Deadline for the submission of articles: 31st March 2016.

VPFA 8th annual conference: Victorian Popular Genres, 14-15th July 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 4:55am
Victorian Popular Fiction Association

Victorian Popular Genres, 14-15th July 2016

Keynote Speaker – Dr Joanne Knowles (Liverpool John Moores University)

Keynote Speaker – Dr Andrew Maunder (University of Hertfordshire)

Exhibition – 'Popular Victorian & Edwardian Fiction: From Cheaper, to Cheap, and then to Cheapest', Curated by John Spiers

Call for Papers

[UPDATE] Call for submissions: Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 1:49am
Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.