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Visionary Texts, Past and Present: (Re)visionings and (Re)imaginings [August 3/15]

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:02pm
Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought


Visionary Texts, Past and Present: (Re)visionings and (Re)imaginings

Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought

"The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and reimagines the world." — Malcolm Gladwell

"It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is
not the only universe there is." — Aldous Huxley

America's Obsession with Superheroes

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:22am
Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

"Hera, give me strength!" Wonder Woman can do a lot of things, but writing your proposal for this panel isn't one of them.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: "HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:44pm
Jef Burnham, DePaul University

Extended Deadline: May 15, 2015
Submit to:

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

[UPDATE} Extended Deadline - May 15: Area of Whedon Studies

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:24pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Topics include any aspect of Joss Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); his films (Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes); his comics (e.g. Serenity: Those Left Behind, Serenity: Better Days, The Shepherd's Tale, Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Tales of the Slayers , Tales of the Vampires, Angel: After the Fall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Season Nine, and Season Ten); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators (Marti Noxon, Tim Minear, David Fury, Jane Espenson, Jed and Zack Whedon, etc.).

[UPDATE] [NEW EMAIL ADDRESS] CFP War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:08am
Queen's University Belfast

CFP 'War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture'

War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a three-day conference to be held on the 26th – 28th November 2015 in association with the School of English at Queen's University Belfast, exploring 'war and peace' in early modern Europe across literary and historical perspectives. Our aim is to engage with contemporary literary texts, historical analysis and more recent representations and appropriations of the period's numerous conflicts.

Call for book chapters - Shakespeare: New Critical Perspectives - abstracts by 1 June, papers due 31 October

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:47pm
Petar Penda

I am working on an edited book to mark 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death to be published by a UK publisher in 2016. The provisional title of the book is Shakespeare: New Critical Perspectives and topics might include (but are not limited to):
- new critical perspectives on individual plays and non-dramatic works;
- contemporary theoretical approaches to studying Shakespeare's oeuvre;
- textual scholarship;
- Shakespeare on stage and on film;
- Shakespeare's philosophical views;
- ambiguities and paradoxes;
- linguistic criticism;
- Shakespeare on creation, procreation and death;
- power, ideology and religion;
- conventionality and tradition;
- Shakespeare in translation;

Fashion and Material Culture Area at Midwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:52pm
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4, 2015
Cincinnati, OH
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Topics can include, but are not limited to the history of fashion, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion in literature, film, or television, fashion choices of celebrities, and fashion trends of the present or past.

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Fashion or Material Culture to Kelli Purcell O'Brien, The University of Memphis,

"Devilishly Human" – Manifestations of Evil in Contemporary Cultures

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:43am
University of Salzburg and Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts

CFP: "Devilishly Human" – Manifestations of Evil in Contemporary Cultures - Fourth Salzburg Institute Symposium, University of Salzburg, Austria, July 23, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Russell Berman (Stanford University)

Transforming Male Devotional Practices from the Medieval to the Early Modern, 16th and 17th September 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 12:32pm
The University of Huddersfield

This conference at the University of Huddersfield is co-hosted with the Universities of Reading and Liverpool Hope. It will take place on 16th and 17th September 2015 and aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way ordinary men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address English male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. Suggested themes include: