In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.
Both science fiction and postcolonial theory are concerned with troubling normative understandings of movement, diaspora, and hybridity. Indeed, "The Stranger in the Strange Land" is an oppositional trope that is at the heart of both science fiction and historical colonial encounters. The other-worldliness and futurity of science fiction has offered numerous writers an effective (and increasingly popular) medium to critique political, social, and cultural issues, and in many ways presents an ideal literary landscape to interrogate the colonial enterprise. Even so, there is a relative lack of postcolonial voices in the mainstream SF genre. What accounts for this silence?
We would like to invite you to participate in a special issue of an academic peer-reviewed Russian language quarterly "State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide". (Please find below basic information about the journal).
Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (http://warwick.ac.uk/go/moviejournal) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal, and a joint venture between the Universities of Warwick, Reading, and Oxford. Its particular commitment is to publishing rigorous but accessible critical readings of film and television that grant sustained attention to texts' detail, style, artistry, and aesthetic dimensions. We also welcome articles that illuminate concepts, analytical methods and questions in aesthetics that are of significance to the practice of criticism.
This panel will explore what more can be gleaned from ancient texts through the new tools and methodologies of the digital humanities. We welcome all projects and ideas that are utilizing digital tools in order to further explore all kinds of texts (e.g. epic, mythology, tragedy, comedy, vases, epigraphs, inscriptions, etc.) from any area of antiquity (e.g. ancient Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, etc.).
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014
In his classic composition text Writing Without Teachers, Peter Elbow asks us to consider the metaphor of growing as a way to encourage and teach fluid, flexible writing: "Instead of a two-step transaction of meaning-into-language, think of writing as an organic, developmental process in which you start writing at the very beginning -- before you know your meaning at all -- and encourage your words gradually to change and evolve" (15). The idea of growth applies to so many aspects of scholarship, as we approach the profession simultaneously as teachers, students, and researchers in our own rights.
Although 'biopics', or film biographies, have been around since the beginning of cinema, scholarly interest in the subject is only beginning to develop. This one day conference hosted by the Centre for Adaptations will bring together scholars and practitioners in a range of topics, such as the evolution of the biopic from the silent to the contemporary period, biopics of writers, sporting heroes, politicians, royalty and gangsters and debates concerning gender, sexuality, race and historical integrity. Proposals (between 50-100 words) and a brief biographical note should be sent to Deborah Cartmell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hila Shachar (email@example.com) by 27 November 2014.
They were the bestsellers of their time; in the late medieval period, a number of shorter romances and tales, such as 'Floire et Blancheflor', 'Partonopeus de Blois', the tale of the eaten heart, 'Valentine and Orson', 'Amadis' and many others, enjoyed striking popularity across different regions of Europe.
With the referendum for Scottish Independence scheduled for September 2014 and the Cornish having recently been granted minority status, questions about the dis-unity of the 'United' Kingdom are prominent in the contemporary debate regarding nationalism and regional identity. Regional Gothic will explore these fractures and the darker imaginings that come from the regions of Britain.
Venue: Falmouth University, Cornwall
William Hughes, Bath Spa University
Andy Smith, University of Sheffield
Political Studies Association Media & Politics Group
Theme: Media, Persuasion and Human Rights
Hosted by Network for Media & Persuasive Communication
Bangor University, Bangor, N.Wales
Call for Papers
Conference Date: Mon. 10th - Tues. 11th Nov. 2014
DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is seeking submissions for a special issue on digital culture. We are interested in essays that critically explore digital texts, the digital distribution and consumption of media, and various forms of online communication and cultural practices. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
•Web 2.0, new forms of media texts, and new forms of media consumption
•YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services as distribution venues for independent and experimental cinema
•Web series as an evolution of or alternative to television broadcasting
•Netflix and Hulu as producers of media content
This panel will examine the picture of photography in literature since the nineteenth century to modern days. We especially invite papers concerned with the problem of various dangers associated with photography. This includes but is not limited to: photographers harming their models or injuring themselves; photographs causing problems in peoples' lives; cameras threatening people; and possessing photographers.
Please submit 200-250 word abstracts by September 30, 2014, directly through the NeMLA site. Here is a direct link to submit an abstract: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15189
Although Foucault declared that sexuality as an identity is a modern phenomenon dating from the medicalization of sexual impulses in the Victorian era, some recent scholarship has argued that queer sexualities per se existed, at least in proto- or nascent forms. For example, in Sex and the Eighteenth Century Man, Thomas Foster convincingly demonstrates that one colonial Massachusetts man whose sexual preference for other men was seemingly recognized as a sort of sexual identity by himself and his community. Moreover, in London, tales of female husbands continued to titillate and the existence of molly houses, with their elaborate rituals and lingo anatomized in canting dictionaries and criminal narratives.
The editors of Trespassing Journal seek book and film reviews for its fourth issue entitled "Trespassing Medicine" to be published online in November 2014.