The University of Waterloo's Games Institute as well as the IMMERSe Research Network is proud to host a MetaFandom Unconference on Thursday, September 18th and Friday the 19th. Unconferences are gatherings of interested scholars and experts, where they have informed conversations on a particular topic fandom and fan studies, in this case! Attendees shouldn't prepare papers or presentations; rather, they should come to the unconference prepared to speak briefly about a specific topic as a panelist, ask informed questions of other panelists, and, most importantly, get to know other scholars, experts, and interested fans.
February 20-21, 2015
Rather a lot of things happened in the long eighteenth century. However, there are also a great number of things that – importantly – didn't. This session is interested in how those things were used and represented in eighteenth-century culture, seeking to explore three (or more) kinds of non-occurrence: things that (only just) failed to happen; things that were said to have happened, but didn't; and speculative futures that failed (or are still failing) to come to pass. The conjuring or imagining of alternative histories and futures – the Jacobite threat, for instance – was central to the ways in which contemporaries oriented themselves in time and culture, shaping identities national, partisan, literary, religious, professional and even personal.
The conference aims at investigating the theoretical and practical dimensions of community, in connection with contingency and in light of Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology.
Call for Papers:
Facsimile: A center for early print: 1780-1820 (www.colonialprint.wordpress.com) is looking for essays on the early realm of heteroglossic print in colonial Calcutta (1780-1820). For example, newspapers were printed in multiple languages. The collection of essays will be published by Lies and Big Feet (liesandbigfeet.wordpress.com). Please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors are seeking submissions for a proposed book-length collection of essays on representations of Shanghai in film and literature of the last hundred years. Shanghai is paradoxically inclusive yet distancing; familiar yet always portrayed as "the other." Its complex history as a quasi-colonial city, both the birthplace of Communist China and the epitome of 21st-century capitalism, makes it especially interesting for study today within an international context.
CALL FOR PAPERS
MUSEUMS AND VISITOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Edited by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
(Cyprus University of Technology and 2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellow
in Museum Studies)
We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book to be published in colour by MuseumsEtc [www.museumsetc.com] in 2015.
With the development of photographic technologies and mobile devices billions of photographs are produced yearly in museums throughout the world with the number rising year by year. While museum visitors accumulate personal photographs from museum visits, the kind of photographs they produce, how, and for what reasons, is largely understudied.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman
Conference and Doctoral Workshop
June 4-6, 2015 – St. Maurice, Switzerland
Cary Wolfe, Rice University
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University
Margrit Shildrick, Linköping University
Stefan Herbrechter, Coventry University
Deborah Madsen, Manuela Rossini, Kimberly Frohreich, and Bryn Skibo-Birney
On 28 July 1914, an armed conflict began that would forever change the world, and the concept of war itself. The war rapidly extended, involving 28 countries and spreading to the entire world. At the closing of the conflict, on 11 November 1918, millions of people were dead and millions wounded.
50th International Medieval Congress
May 15-17, 2015
From tournaments and chess to gambling and jeux-partis, medieval games were prominent in cultural imaginations across Europe. Games constituted a popular aspect of leisure in the Middle Ages, but we have only recently seen a rise in scholarly interest among medievalists.
For this session at Kalamazoo, we seek papers that explore game phenomena in the Middle Ages, including historical trends, literature, and material artifacts, as constructs with cultural significance. Papers might address any of the following topics:
The series on Mind and American Literature offers a forum for the publication of scholarly work investigating connections between literary texts and interdisciplinary inquiry into the broadly defined concept of mind. Books in the series will take a fresh view of literature from any genre in the contexts of questions and considerations that have emerged from such fields as philosophy, psychology, biology, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. The series is committed to publishing fine writing, accessible to a wide range of educated readers.
The _Edith Wharton Review_, a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed journal is currently seeking submissions. The journal is committed to rigorous study not only of Edith Wharton, but on Wharton in the context of other authors, and on Wharton in relation to late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture more generally. It publishes traditional criticism, pedagogical scholarship, essays on archival materials, review essays, and book reviews. The _Review_ aims to foster emerging scholars and new approaches to Wharton studies as well as established scholarly approaches.
Literature and Celebrity after World War II
From the health checks on Ellis Island to long-standing and recently increasing debates about the (un-)Americanness of different models of health care to Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign aimed at improving the health of Americans, public discourse in the US has continually connected notions of health to notions of Americanness and has negotiated one via the other. Moreover, a culturally relevant, broad, metaphorical usage of health is evidenced in the omnipresence of such phrases as "the health of the nation," "crime epidemic," and even "Bieber fever." Not surprisingly, the topic of "American Health," broadly conceived, has garnered significant attention among scholars in a variety of disciplines.
The Revue Etudes Canadiennes/ Canadian Studies, (n°77 February 2015), seeks contributions in English dealing with Alice Munro's short fiction writing (particularly Dance of the Happy Shades).
In 2014, Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades is on the Agrégation curriculum in France (a competitive advanced state exam for English secondary school teachers and university readers). This is a small « victory » for Canadian studies scholars in France as Canadian literature is rarely acknowledged or taught in our English Studies departments in European universities.