The 15th David Nichol Smith Seminar organizing committee is pleased to announce that they will be able to offer a limited number of travel grants to expand postgraduate participation in the 2014 'Ideas and Enlightenment' conference. These are provided through generous funding contributions from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Putting Periodisation to Use Group, and the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney. These scholarships are part of an extended postgraduate program at DNS XV, which will be supported by the newly formed DNS Graduate Caucus. We anticipate that the program will include paired mentoring between junior and senior colleagues at the conference and a professional development workshop.
Call for Papers
Indigenous Studies Area - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Indianapolis, IN, Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014.
The area seeks panel and paper proposals that address any aspect of Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Maori, and Sami popular cultures. In addition, the area highly encourages comparative papers between Indigenous and, say, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or African popular cultures. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:
CALL FOR PAPERS
*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 28 APRIL*
British Culture after 9/11
Teesside University (Darlington Campus)
Friday 27 June 2014
Dr Claire Chambers (University of York)
Professor Peter Morey (University of East London)
Avaes Mohammad (poet, playwright, performer)
Interdisciplinary Summer Conference
Call for Presentations:
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, "Reading Matters," will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.
This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
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 heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in film and television
-Heroes and religion/mythology
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies
Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 14.1 The Undead Arcade
Featuring original artwork by Amanda Lee Stillwell
Introduction to the issue by Carly A. Kocurek and Sam Tobin
The Midway in the Museum: Arcades, Art, and the Challenge of Displaying Play, by Jennifer deWinter
Innovation, Imitation, and the Continued Importance of Vintage Video Games, by Brendan Gaughen
The Intertextual Arcade: tracing histories of arcade clones in 1980s Britain, by Alison Gazzard
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Casual Gamer: Pastiched Chip Music and Cultural Identity, by Megan McKittrick
Updated hotel information:
We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Second Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 7 and 8 June 2014. We are privileged to have Gilles Poitras as our keynote speaker.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.
Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM "DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I"
Skopje 26-27 September, 2014
EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, SKOPJE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA and
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, RAVENNA CAMPUS -
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, ITALY
With the financial support of the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
Special Thematic Strand for 2014
"Samuel's State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage"
Conversations with Tradition
In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'
J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.
Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.
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Confirmed keynote speakers :
Pr. Tobias Döring (University of Munich)
Pr. Diana Taylor (New York University)
The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its eighth annual symposium. The symposium will take place September 19 and 20, 2014, on the MSU campus in West Plains, Missouri.
CALL FOR PAPERS—ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE