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Mediums of Trash/Trash Mediums (Trash Culture Edited Collection)

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 4:53am
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Trash Culture Journal

"The medium is the message", declared Marshall McLuhan (1967) in his now famous book of the same name. He writes: "Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication" (2008: 8). Seemingly, the elements of Trash Culture have always prioritised the content over the medium, the supposed vulgarity contained in objects such as comic books rather than the aesthetics of the object itself, and the 'crude' programs on television rather than the television as a medium of communicating trash. The medium itself has therefore been a neglected element of Trash Culture, and in this way the notion of 'trash' must be discussed through lenses of technological and/or cultural determinism.

The Aesthetics of Online Videos

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 9:13pm
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Special Issue for Film Criticism
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Scholarship on online videos often focuses on digitalization, user interfaces, and/or the phenomenon of peer-to-peer sharing. While such issues (and related matters of cultural globalization, the amateur/professional divide, and alternative forms of distribution) are certainly relevant to studying online videos, these approaches tend to foreground social impacts over aesthetic analysis. This special issue of Film Criticism seeks essays that turn attention to formal and stylistic aspects that have been downplayed in the analysis of online videos. Examining online videos as cultural artifacts worthy of aesthetic analysis and interpretation, this issue invites contributions from a range of methodological and theoretical approaches.

NVSA 2015: Victorian Accidents

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 8:41pm
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Northeast Victorian Studies Association
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CFP:
NVSA 2015: Victorian Accidents (10/15/2014; 4/10-12/2015)

Call for Papers
NVSA 2015
University of Rhode Island
April 10-12, 2015
Deadline: October 15, 2014

The Northeast Victorian Studies Association encourages papers on any aspect of chance, disaster, contingency, and the unexpected, as well as reflections on how Victorians imagined the category of the accidental.

"Reimagining the Humanities PhD": NeMLA Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 5:17pm
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Dan Bang/Fordham University
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How can we prepare PhDs for uncharted career trajectories? What challenges await those with doctorates who work both within and without academe?

The Atlantic's Elizabeth Segran asks "What Can You Do With a Humanities PhD, Anyway?" Her article's title reflects growing doubts about the value of a doctoral degree in the humanities. This roundtable aims to imagine how the PhD can be reconceived. How can we open up new possibilities for PhDs that respond to the ways the academy and job market have changed?

Editing the Future of the Middle Ages: Some Speculative Emendations

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 4:34pm
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The Medieval Colloquium at The University of Virginia
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Emendation has become a dirty word in the study of medieval texts. Especially when modified by "speculative." Best Text editors following on the work of Joseph Bédier reject virtually all emendation as ahistorical and despite a century of advances in textual criticism, the extended controversies regarding George T. Kane and E. Talbot Donaldson's editions of Piers Plowman bear witness to the persistent unease brought on by "speculation." This panel invites papers that rethink the nature of emendation in the broadest terms. We hope that papers will use a historical crux--be it textual, bibliographic or hermeneutic--to think about wider issues relating to the future of the study of medieval culture.

Call for Chapter, Book Project on Sex and Sexuality in Video Games

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:56pm
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Matthew Wysocki / Flagler College
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Call for Completed Chapter, Book Project on Video Games

"Rated M for Mature: Sex and Sexuality in Video Games"

We are looking for a single completed chapter for our edited collection. We have a signed contract with a publisher and a delivery date of January of 2015 but have lost one of our submissions due to unforeseen circumstances. So we need to replace it with a completed or mostly completed submission.

The focus of the collection, as can be seen in the title, is Sex and Sexuality in Video Games.

Our three sections:

The (R)Evolution of Video Games and Sex
- Chapters on the history of sex and sexuality in video games, including censorship, translation, and production

SURVIVAL: University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, March 12-March 15, 2015

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:05pm
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Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Keynote Addresses: Professor Christopher Fynsk (University of Aberdeen) and Professor Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul University)

Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture in Literary Theory: Professor Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto)

Anthology of essays on A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:33pm
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The Early Modern Project

This is a call for an anthology of essays on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Topics may include:

• A Midsummer Night's Dream and Vedanta.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream and Carl Jung.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tantras.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream and Plato.

Anthology of essays on Hamlet

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:55pm
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The Early Modern Project

This is a call for an anthology of essays on Hamlet.

Topics may include the following:

• Hamlet and paganism, including Wicca.
• Hamlet and Christian theologies.
• Hamlet and Hinduism, including Vedanta.
• Hamlet and spirituality.
• Hamlet and cosmologies.

CFP: Pulp Studies - PCA/ACA Conference April 1-4, 2015, New Orleans

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:35am
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference
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CALL FOR PAPERS
PULP STUDIES AREA
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference
April 1–4, 2015
New Orleans, LA

Deadline for Abstracts is November 1, 2014

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