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Reception Studies Society Panel at SAMLA 86 [Update-Deadline Approaching]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:54pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 86)

This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 10, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at

[UPDATE] Screen Textures: Haptics, Tactility, and the Moving Image, October 17–18, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:33pm
Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

UPDATE: New submission deadline- Monday, June 30, 2014

UPDATE: Keynote by Eugenie Brinkema, Assistant Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brinkema teaches Film Studies and her fields of specialty include Film Theory; Violence and Representation; Embodiment and Affect; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis and Continental Philosophy; Gender and Sexuality Studies. Brinkema is the author of The Forms of the Affects (Duke University Press, 2014).

"When verbal and visual representation is saturated, meanings seep into bodily and other dense, seemingly silent registers."
Laura Marks, The Skin of the Film

SCMS 2015 Proposed Panel: "Toward a Critical Transnational Cinema," deadline June 30

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:27pm
Joy Schaefer & Beth Tsai, Stony Brook University

CFP for SCMS 2015 Proposed Panel: "Toward a Critical Transnational Cinema"

Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, March 2015, Montreal, Canada

There is an emerging preference in film studies for the term "transnational" instead of "world" or "global" cinema. Key topics within transnational film studies include border crossing, migration, diaspora, mobility, and the circulation of cultures and capitals.
And yet, the concept of transnational cinema is used more often than it is defined. What exactly is transnational cinema, and how can we come to use this term most productively?

NANO: New American Notes Online, Call for Papers: Special Issue: The Aesthetics of Trash, Deadline: 22 Aug. 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:12pm
NANO: New American Notes Online

NANO: New American Notes Online

Call for Papers: Issue 7

Deadline: 22 August 2014

Special Issue: The Aesthetics of Trash

This is why the properly aesthetic attitude of the radical ecologist is not that of admiring or longing for a pristine nature of virgin forests and clear sky, but rather of accepting waste as such, of discovering the aesthetic potential of waste, of decay, of the inertia of rotten material that serves no purpose.
— Slavoj Žižek, Living in the End Times

This special issue of NANO begins with a question: in what new ways can trash and waste be acknowledged or conceptualized today?

[UPDATE: Deadline Extension] "The Undead" Abstracts due 6/13 (for SAMLA 11/7-9))

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:20am
Lynne M. Simpson, College English Association

The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource

"ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they're an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling," writes Chuck Closterman for The New York Times. Thanks in part to the commodification of the zombie and vampire, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the undead (in any manifestation) as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at by June 1, 2014.

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and their Sustainability

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:38am
SAMLA 86 Nov 7-9 2014 Atlanta GA

Feminism's theorists more and more have turned their focus on fairy tales' socializing power, as fairy tales serve as repositories for cultural attitudes regarding gender, class, the environment, and the role of education. The very sustainability of these tales offers genealogical roots for sociohistorical examinations that allow a reconsideration of the tales' textualities in relationship to cultural ideologies. Roland Barthes asserts that texts such as fairy tales are loaded with ideological values; thus, it is critical to fairy tale studies that we rescue important historical shifts in revised representations so that we have a multi-dimensional understanding of the complex relationship between fairy tales, women, popular culture, and national values.

Call for Book, Art, Film Reviews on "the Gendered Politics of Art" (Aug. 15 deadline)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:22am
Todd A. Comer, Studies in the Humanities

Studies in the Humanities, a peer reviewed journal since 1968, is calling for film, art, or book reviews focused on gender issues (the theme for the upcoming issue is "Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art").

The deadline for reviews is August 15, 2014. Reviews of one book or monograph or several works (at least 750 words and no more than 1,000 words) are welcome. Send queries or completed reviews to Todd Comer (

For those interested in a more detailed elaboration of what we entail by our "gendered politics" theme, more information may be found on our web page:

9th Annual Limina Conference - Friday June 20, UWA

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:24am
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies will hold its 9th Annual Conference at the University of Western Australia (Crawley) on Friday June 20, 2014.
Come along to support Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers as they present their work and speak to the topic of 'Fear and Loathing'.

Friday 20th June 2014 (8AM)
Old Senate Room, UWA
Admission: $20.00
Keynote Address: Assoc. Prof. Ned Curthoys

Tickets at:

CFP: "Places and Myths" - New Harmony anniversary conference

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:29am
Kirin Makker/Hobart William Smith Colleges

Places and Myths – looking for panelists!

I am looking for two more presenter-participants for my panel, "The Myths in/on/about Places" for the New Harmony Conference, November 6-8, 2014. My own paper discusses the Main Street idealism depicted in Norman Rockwell's paintings of American small town life. Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Kirin J. Makker, by July 1, 2014.

for more information on the conference, please see:

Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 5:41am
Chameleon Press; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

You are invited to submit poems to Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, a collection in celebration of the centenary of the great Mexican poet, Octavio Paz, who built bridges among cultures, and especially among poets, and whose connections with Asia were considerable.

The editors have selected eight works by Paz to initiate and stimulate the conversation or to act as references. These poems can be found here:

[REMINDER] 2014 Queerness and Games CFP, June 15 Deadline

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:18pm
The Queerness and Games Conference

Call for Speakers
Deadline June 15, 2014

The Queerness and Games Conference
Theme: "Difference at Play"
UC Berkeley, October 25 and 26, 2014 // @qgcon //

The second annual Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon), hosted at UC Berkeley on October 25 and October 26, 2014, is happy to invite proposals for conference sessions now through June 15. Applicants will be notified by July 15. To submit, see instructions below.

Waves of change : women and American education in the South in the 1960s

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:39pm

Much has been studied about the major role played by women during the Civil Rights Movement but few have developed the place of education in the struggle for women's equality in the South after 1965. Indeed, most scholarship to this date has focused on the North, often disregarding the role women had in building the women's movement in the South, where the Civil Rights movement had emerged in the preceding decade.
This panel welcomes papers about the role of women in helping to change American society in the 1960s. If the women's liberation movement started in the North, what was the role of southern women in this movement and especially in the desegregation of the educational system?

Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:28pm
University of Limerick

Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century
University of Limerick
28-29 August 2014

Organizers: Dr. Christina Morin (University of Limerick)
Dr. Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Professor Peter Gray (Queen's University Belfast)
Professor Donald MacRaild (Ulster University)
Professor Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie University)