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Australian & American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 4:34pm
Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY)

Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

Oscar nominations earlier this year for Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, and Jacki Weaver as well as Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby remind us of the ongoing relationship between Australia and the United States, both in terms of talent and industries, in global Hollywood. Yet comparative studies of these national cinemas have been fairly limited. This collection seeks to redress that oversight while encouraging future studies. I seek proposals, broadly conceived, for a collection examining the underexplored parallels between Australian and American cinemas through a transnational lens. Topics may include:

Shakespeare and Architecture - deadline 10/15/13

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:18am
Shakespeare 450

Panel session during the Shakespeare 450 conference, Paris 21-27 April, 2014.

Call for papers

What does Shakespeare's works tell us about his response to a central element of the cultural movement we traditionally term the Renaissance, architecture, and its extension in urbanism? Did the evident cultural changes seen in buildings and urban landscapes find a corresponding response in poetry and drama, apart from the invention of the perspectival stage around 1590? How is architecture manifested in metaphorical speech, and how is it, if at all, reflected in the composition of the plays and the moral choices they offer?

These are some of the issues raised in this panel.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Performance Studies "Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal"

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 9:59am
Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG)

Performance Studies Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference 24-27 July 2014, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ

Deadline (for complete session proposals, submitted online directly to ATHE at 1 November 2013

Currents of the Black Atlantic, ESA 2014 Conference

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:44am
CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association

Two decades since its publication, Paul Gilroy's _The Black Atlantic_ (1993) united conversations about race, diaspora, modernity, and slavery within the Atlantic world. As its point of departure, the conference theme takes after Gilroy's ethos of looking outside of established racial and nationalist categories. Conference participants will look within and beyond disciplinary boundaries. By revisiting the roots and routes—the philosophical genealogies and the future directions—of _The Black Atlantic_, we aim to bring together the ongoing conversations among students and faculty who have engaged with Gilroy's heuristic paradigm.

Reading Animals

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:49am
University of Sheffield

Reading Animals

An International English Studies Conference
School of English, University of Sheffield, UK

17–20 July, 2014
Abstract deadline: 19 December, 2013.

Keynote Speakers: Erica Fudge, Tom Tyler, Cary Wolfe, others TBC

The Simpsons collection: 1 December 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:45pm
Karma Waltonen

December 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we are seeking submissions for a new collection of essays on the show.

Finished articles should be from 4,000 to 7,500 words (due date TBD).

Formal proposals of 250-500 words (or completed articles), along with a brief biography, should be sent to Karma Waltonen ( AND Denise Du Vernay ( by 1 December 2013. Waltonen and Du Vernay are the authors of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield.

Cultural Politics of Blackface, NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014, Harrisburg, PA; deadline: Sept. 30

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:01pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Panel: Cultural Politics of Blackface

In an open letter last year award-winning playwright Bruce Norris drew a line in the sand regarding the use of Blackface in theater and called for the boycott of any institution that still used the practice. In explaining his decision to revoke the rights of the Deutsches Theater to stage his play "Clybourne Park," he noted that while he generally refrains from "meddl[ing] in the cultural politics of other countries" he now found the need to adopt a "zero-tolerance position" on the use of made-up white actors to portray Black characters.

Transatlantic Connections Conference, Ireland, Jan 15-18 2014

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 3:44pm
Drew University & Institute of Study Abroad Ireland

Call for Papers
Conference in Ireland Jan 15-18
Drew University & Institute of Study Abroad Ireland present
"Transatlantic Connections"
Location: Donegal, Ireland
January 15-18 2014.

This is a call for papers on the theme of
"Transatlantic connections"
in the area of
1: History
2: Literature (Creative & Critical)
3: Film Studies
4: Surf Culture
5: Food Culture

College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group 2014 Conference

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:32pm
College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
Call for Papers
"Beginnings and Endings"
8 March 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul Smith, George Mason University
Keynote Address: "The Beginning or the End of America: Race, Culture, Politics"
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD