When a man is left behind after battle—captured, killed in action, injured beyond help—the burden of his life lies heavy on his former comrades, who carry post-war survivor trauma. This hegemonic masculine ethos of homosocial obligation carries into the larger culture and reflects in literature from the Revolutionary War through the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When these characters should be illustrating Anthony Rotundo's chronological models of American manhood, the scene of the soldier left behind impedes a fully individualized development into adult masculinity because trauma has become a constant companion in place of the fallen comrade.
The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is happy to announce its 13th annual Fall Conference, "Mind, Body, Cinema."
Keynote address: Melinda Barlow (Ph.D., New York University).
When it comes to cinema, the words "mind" and "body" evoke concepts that surpass definition. The physical representation of characters is central to cinematic pleasure; however, the relationship of the mind to the bodies of celluloid, narrative, landscape, and theatre must also be taken into consideration. The goal of this conference is to dissect minds and bodies, to take this dualism and produce something akin to a Cartesian nightmare: in what ways can cinematic renderings of minds and bodies transcend convention?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Performing Religion in Public: Acts of faith in the public sphere
CALL FOR PAPERS for edited volume on Audre Lorde
"But my words will be there, something to bounce off, something to incite thought, activity" (Audre Lorde, "My words will be there")
Date: September 23-24 2011
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Keynote Speaker: Scott Lyons, Associate Professor of American Culture and English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Call For Papers:
The inaugural launch of this global research and publications project on Writing will explore the many facets of writing from an interdisciplinary perspective. It seeks to explore the many intertextual and intersemiotic facets of writing as they exists in the digital age but also taking into account the historical forces, process and mechanisms, their relationships to contemporary writing forms, and the possibilities of future directions. 'All writing comes from somewhere' and with this axiom in mind this project will not only examine the pragmatic elements of writing but also the complex issues concerning the metafunctions of writing as a creative and purposeful process across various disciplines.
Papers are invited for an international and interdisciplinary symposium entitled 'Nation States between memories of World War II and contemporary European politics', to be held in June 2012 in Nottingham .
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Playful Interruptions in Recent Film
New deadline, July 1, and update.
In Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community representations are not just works of art (oeuvre); they also, in fact, work. Representations present "community" and thereby give a disparate group of beings an identity, borders, and a body. If representations work, what happens when a work founders, when it falls apart, and opens onto something else? Would this opening then be the place or space of play, even serious play? What does this "absence of work" look like formally? What are the ethical consequences of such playful interruptions? Papers on non-mainstream directors are of particular interest.