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The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 4:36am
Université d'Artois, Arras, FRANCE

Call for papers

International conference in French & English

The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch

8-9 April 2015, University of Artois, Arras (Pas-de-Calais), France

Organizer : Esther Heboyan

Scientific committee :
Sylvie Blum-Reid (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.), Esther Heboyan (University of Artois, Arras, France) & Céline Murillo (University Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris City, France)

Cinema and Semiotics - 12th World Congress of Semiotics, Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-20 September 2013

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:16am
12th World Congress of Semiotics, New Bulgarian University

THE semiotic of cinema does not exist. However, in film science there is large number of studies questioning the nature, genesis, use and reception of various filmic signs. While in 1985, Winfried Nöth had registered nearly 2,500 published titles of studies in film semiotics, in 2003, Rolf Kloepfer affirms: "[Until now] in the world, the science of cinema and film has hardly developed under a semiotic perspective." The difference between these two statements, both having their source in a different semiotic manual, is striking!

"The Creative Archive: Found Materials and Hybrid Writing," NeMLA 2015, Apr 30 - May 3, 2015, Toronto

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:37pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

How do writers make creative use of archives? How do such encounters occasion new modes and genres of storytelling? What happens when archival materials become the expression of the writing itself? This session seeks cross-genre writers working with archival materials (found, family, public) to create multimedia texts. In this 'show-and-tell' session, presenters are invited to share projects and reflect on questions of process and method.

Upload 250- to 300-word abstracts with relevant links to work samples at

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Hip-Hop: Interrogating Identity, Authenticity, and Transnationalism

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:25pm
NeMLA/Northeast Modern Language Association

From his first successful mixtape and EP So Far Gone, released in 2009, Toronto native Drake presented a significant shift in the recording industry and hip-hop. In the music industry, his EP was considered an anomaly due to its commercial and critical success without Drake being signed to a major record label; his mixtape was available for free, yet thousands of people purchased it. Within the Hip-Hop community, Drake is a polarizing figure. Some view him as a breath of fresh air in the commercialized era of ringtone rappers, who aim to sell singles and ringtones over albums, and gangsta rap music, which glorifies drugs, guns, and violence. Others view him as being inauthentic; in a sense, not "real" Hip-Hop due to his sensitive, emotional lyrics.

Excavating the Voice: Literature of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:19pm
NeMLA/Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable discussion will discuss the ways in which literature by African-American women in the nineteenth century discusses motherhood, slavery, madness, spirituality, challenges to patriarchy and sexuality. In particular, how do African-American women's voices in nineteenth-century American culture situate themselves within the cults of womanhood and domesticity in the midst of tremendous adversary? How, then, did these women struggle to establish, cultivate, and protect a sense of home even if it was merely 'home' within the individual self?

MLA Options for Teaching British and American Satire (proposals due 7/1)

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:09am
MLA Options for Teaching (book series)

Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Modern British and American Satire to be edited by Evan Davis (Hampden-Sydney College) and Nicholas D. Nace (Binghamton University, SUNY). The aim of this collection of essays is to gather in one volume a variety of resources for the teaching of satire and satirical texts in order to assist teachers across a variety of different educational levels and settings.

Higher Education for the Future

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:54am
The Kerala State Higher Education Council, India

Higher Education for the Future(HEF) is a biannual journal of the Kerala State Higher Education Council(KSHEC), India brought out in collaboration with SAGE Publications( India) Pvt. Ltd.Its mission is to shape the new generation of higher education based on national and international experience. It seeks to address a wide spectrum of issues including research, policy, pedagogy, accreditation, assessment, quality enhancement, best practices and all related areas in higher education. Priority would be given to research articles.For further details see

The next issue is scheduled for January 2015. The last date for submission of papers is July 15, 2014.

Ability, Disability, and the Human (NeMLA 4/30-5/3, 2015)

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

For the 2015 NeMLA Convention in Toronto. This panel considers disability studies as a foundational discourse for engaging the socially and culturally expressed nature of human being. It will address how questions of dis/ability are fundamental to or paradigmatic for conceiving what counts as human, what is acceptable for humans to do, what permits access to material and ideological value, and other matters that depend on how human existence is articulated. We will see how these issues emerge in literary texts and other cultural documents, including in various media and criticism. Submit abstracts by Sep 30 2014 directly to the NeMLA 2015 web page:

Special Issue on Women's Labor in Film and Media

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 7:14pm
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is developing a special (potentially double) issue on women's labor in film, television, gaming, and other media forms. We are interested in research that contributes to the growing body of work on women's creative labor in the various aspects of film, television, and (new) media production, distribution, and exhibition.

The special issue aims to feature research in production studies that sheds light on the gendered dimensions of labor in screen industries, and on women's ongoing and shifting contributions to film, television, and media practice above and/or below the line.

Medieval Transportation and its Monstrous Manifestations -- SEMA 2014,=. Last-minute call. Please submit by June 15, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 5:14pm
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application

The deadline is upon us! Please add your submission to this session (abstract by June 15, 2014, please):

Call For Papers—SEMA 2014
Clayton State University, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 16-18, 2014

Session: Medieval Transportation and its Monstrous Manifestations
Organizer: Bernard Lewis

Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology [April 30-May 3, 2014]

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 5:08pm
Northeast Modern Language Asssociation

Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.

IMC Kalamazoo 2015: Post-War Scholarship and the Study of the Middle Ages -- Arendt and Curtius (Deadline: Sept. 15)

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 4:40pm
University of California, Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies

In anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies will hold two sessions on enduring medieval scholarship that emerged in the postwar era:

Post-War Scholarship and the Study of the Middle Ages I: Hannah Arendt
Post-War Scholarship and the Study of the Middle Ages II: Ernst Robert Curtius

These sessions are an extension of the series we began at the last conference, with panels on Auerbach and Kantorowicz. Each session will examine one of the major intellectual figures of the period, considered in light of their own contemporary moments and their lasting influence in our own.