American Horror Story is an anthology horror series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series comprises five seasons—Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel—each self-contained, featuring a different storyline, characters, setting, and time period. The series, which has garnered acclaim from critics and from its devoted audience, has been lauded for how it blends (and bends) elements of the horror genre with true events in American history, as well as for its exceptional recurring cast. AHS has also received praise—and some criticism—for how it tackles sensitive topics like sexuality and race. The series is campy, graphic, and excessive; it revels in being transgressive.
The retirement of Philip Roth in 2012 signifies a definite break with the past, the silencing of one of the last living links with the Jewish generation that dominated post-war American literary culture (Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Isaac Bashevis Singer et al.). This does not, however, mean the end of Jewish-American literature. Recent years have rather shown the remarkable tenacity of Jewish-American writing: its enduring ability to grapple with contemporary society's pivotal issues along with its power to initiate new critical debates.
We are soliciting manuscripts to be featured in Vol. I, No. 2 of Museum of Science Fiction's Journal of Science Fiction (MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, http://publish.lib.umd.edu/scifi/index). The inaugural issue was released on January 26, 2016, and Vol. I, No. 2 will be published by May 31, 2016. Manuscripts for Vol. I, No. 2 are due by March 25, 2016.
Place/Time/Culture: An Undergraduate Conference for the Humanities
Young Harris College, September 10, 2016.
Call for Papers:
The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival is an important celebration of postgraduate research in Goldsmiths and in universities nationally and internationally. It is organised by and for postgraduate research students as a vital platform to present and share their work.
The Festival is scheduled to take place over one week, from 9th May until 15th May, and will consist of a broad range of activities including keynote speakers, performances, exhibitions, film screenings, papers, roundtables and panel discussions.
University of Northampton, 9 & 10th September, 2016
This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.
trans- prefix meaning: across, beyond, through, on the other side of, to go beyond
state: a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time
Theorising the Popular Conference
Liverpool Hope University
June 28th-29th 2016
The Popular Culture research group at Liverpool Hope University welcome papers from academics and graduate students for its sixth annual international conference, 'Theorising the Popular'. Its aim is to demonstrate the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of 'popular' disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within 'traditional' subjects. The group breaks down disciplinary barriers and challenges academic hierarchies.
Extended Deadline: February 15
Conference Date: April 1
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Studies of black racial subjugation throughout the Diaspora have increasingly highlighted narratives and embodiments of resistance as central aspects of the black experience. The survival of the black community when faced with slavery, sexual exploitation, and racial discrimination, depended upon measured and creative methods of resistance. Though some of the strategies by which black people historically and continuously challenge white supremacy and gender oppression are visible in the archive, many forms of resistance are subversive and elude researchers of black history, literature and culture.
Central & Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and with Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller's 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the way these countries (past and present) contribute to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? How and what should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?
"America's No Eden Anymore"
This year's theme for SAMLA is "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?"
The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.
Crafting Culture: Perspectives on Censorship
Fourth Annual Dean Hopper New Scholars Conference
Drew University, June 10-12, 2016
Hosted by the graduate program in History and Culture at Drew, the 4th Annual Dean Hopper New Scholars Conference provides an opportunity for current graduate students and early career scholars to present their work in an academic setting.
Date: 20-21 May.
Location: UBC, Vancouver, Canada.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15, 2016!
Keynote Speakers: Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis and Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia.
What does it mean to be from a place or a position? To move from one position to another? What does it mean to be "moved" by an aesthetic experience?
This session invites both new close readings of texts and other media that contain fictional religions and more abstract conceptualizations of the phenomenon.
Submit CV and abstract (300 words) by 15 March 201 by 15 March 2016.
When Henry David Thoreau writes that: 'We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones', he attests how the body and expression are intrinsically linked. Bodies become not only a central subject, but a way in which we see and talk about other things. Bodies are not only created, but perform, communicate and create.