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 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 email@example.com 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.
"New Directions in Africana Literature"
This panel welcomes papers that explore the contours and contexts of contemporary Africana Literature. We invite presenters to consider potential new scholarly directions for emerging writers of African descent as well as established writers whose recent works address the imperatives of the current moment. We especially welcome papers that address the SAMLA 87 theme ("In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts"). Other themes that panelists might address in their work include, but are not limited to:
· Contemporary literary works that challenge or disrupt conventional understandings of form and/or genre
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our tenth year of issues.
Our next thematic issue is on literature and radicalism. We are interested in the ways radical groups, individuals, or movements appear in fiction or poetry. We are interested in radicalism across the political spectrum (or perhaps even off the conventional spectrum, as the case may be).
We are very much interested in articles for a coming issue (or issues) devoted to anarchism and contemporary variants of anarchism or putative anarchism of the right as well as of the left—and, of course, anarchism without any clear conventional political alignments.
Call for Papers
In More's Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction
Foundation #124 (summer 2016)
Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More's seminal work, Utopia. Although the text has been of importance within Renaissance Studies and political philosophy, it has also occupied a special place within science fiction for helping to popularize the notion of 'the Great Good Place' to which society should strive to perfect. Whether directly or indirectly, More's text has been of huge significance for the utopian strand that runs through much science fiction.
We are pleased to announce the return of our essay competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2016).
To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000 word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.