Rituals exist as a result of the actions of specific people or institutions; we recognise those rituals because they are engrained in our cultural customs as much as they are ordained by law. The resulting rituals not only reinforce the beliefs or values of these specific communities, but simultaneously define these group identities. Victor Turner describes rituals as 'social dramas' that allow any given culture to maintain a balance between structurally enforced norms and personal autonomy; the medieval carnival with its Lord of Misrule, for example, permitted a short period of topsy-turvy, upside-down role-play in popular culture, to ensure social hierarchies and authority were obeyed and enforced during the rest of the year.
2014 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)
Annual National Conference, April 16-19
Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
CFP: "Performing Animals"
This collection invites papers on pre-modern (loosely interpreted as pre-twentieth century) performing animals and animal performance in a broad variety of venues and contexts, and from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
'Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural' is a peer-reviewed, online journal looking at the supernatural, the uncanny and the weird. The initial Call for Papers Site can be found at: www.revenantjournal.com . We are looking for academic articles on the subject, creative writing pieces, reviews of books, films, games or events and also an army of peer-reviewers. Please contact me if you are interested; firstname.lastname@example.org .
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
45th Annual Convention
April 3-6, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University
Abstracts are now being accepted for a symposium on "The Adventures of Tintin" at University College London on 10 January 2014 in celebration of Tintin's 85th birthday. Proposed essay topics should creatively engage with the critical, philosophical, cultural, or social issues explored in the Tintin universe. All presentations will be considered for publication in a book of proceedings.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Adaptation and the Novel
Saturday 9 November 2013, Keele University
Organisers: Jo Taylor and Nick Seager
Plenary lectures by Rachel Carroll (Teeside University) and Sarah Wootton (Durham University)
Are novels tainted or legitimated in the process of adaptation? What aesthetic challenges and opportunities does the transition of a story from one genre to another present? And in what cultural, commercial, and artistic contexts have processes or adaptation and appropriation taken place?
This one-day conference invites proposals for 20-minute papers addressing any aspect of adaptation and the novel, from the origins of the genre to the present day. Papers may choose to address one of the following topics:
DISAPPEARANCE: Spatial and Temporal Horizons
a two-day interdisciplinary conference
November 7th & 8th, 2013
The Department of Comparative Literature
The Graduate Center, CUNY
New York, New York
Call for Papers: "Faking It: Forgery and Problems of Authenticity"
A History of the Book Working Group Conference, UC Berkeley
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Nick Wilding (Georgia State University)
We are very pleased to now be inviting submissions for our fifth issue of Rattle -- A Journal at the Convergence of Art and Writing.
For our fifth issue the submissions guidelines remain the same as previously, and can be found at our website: http://rattlejournal.org.uk/submissions/. In the true spirit of Rattle, we particularly encourage submissions of collaborative work, projects in series and pieces which develop innovative ways of bringing image and text together.
The deadline for submissions is 31st August 2013. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com