Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.
Stuart Hall, who passed away in February 2014, was one of the founding figures of what is known today as 'Cultural Studies' and long-time director of the renowned Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. Besides that, he was a central figure of the British New Left, founding editor of the journal New Left Review, and one of England's most charismatic public intellectuals.
With its insightful and quirky brand of humour, Issa Rae's popular web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011- 2013) has shown how alternative pathways for the production, circulation and reception of interactive new media also makes possible a more expansive approach to the question of who and what can be funny. Much of the humour in Awkward Black Girl arises from the social ineptitude of J, its titular character. The series' characterization of her subjectivity as multi-layered and complex also prompts interrogation of gender and racial stereotypes through humour, and the ways in which digital platforms create opportunities for women and minority media-makers to develop their projects outside of mainstream media industries.
The Asians in the Americas symposium started in 2012 at Southeast Missouri State University as an answer and partial solution to the complete absence of any meaningful discussion of the many aspects of what it means to be Asian in the Americas in the forums that already existed. The scholars wanted to remove the topics from their status of being historical "footnotes." The symposium was the desired format because it combined scholarly research with the opportunity for in-depth conversation.
The 4th Annual DIVAS Conference: From Margin to Center:
Telling our Stories as a Form of Activism
September 12, 2015
D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) are
delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 4th annual DIVAS conference to be held at the School of Education on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, September 12, 2015. Proposals for poster sessions, individual presentations, and panel sessions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 15th 2015.
"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society."
--- Angela Y. Davis
With apologies for cross posting:
International Girl Studies Association are seeking submissions for our inaugural conference which is being held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich from 7-9 April 2016. The inaugural conference seeks to bring together researchers and students working on girls and girlhood in any part of the world and in any discipline or interdisciplinary field.
Girl Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing a vast array of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars from across the world to explore experiences of girlhood, recent developments within the field, investigating new questions and revisiting historical issues.
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vol. 2, Issue 2
Reading the Queer in Literature, Film, Culture and Theory
[Journal Issue & Ed. Vol.]
Submissions are invited for the forthcoming issue of "The Apollonian" on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of literature, art, cinema, culture, critical theory, philosophy and history. The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Philosophy and Poetry (Edited Volume)
The myths of yesterday and the myths of today.
From Barthes to Maffesoli.
This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.