Classic psychoanalytic film theory relies on two fundamental axioms: 1) That an audience that experiences film spectatorship as a form of voyeurism, and 2) That film characters must be diegetically unaware of their own textual and performative status. But such a framework must be modified with respect to films in which major characters are depicted in the act of manufacturing texts (e.g. Boogie Nights, To Die For, Benny's Video, Waiting for Guffman), and in which these secondary texts are made to supplant the film proper. In such instances, character authors understand precisely that they are operating in a performative capacity.
Essays are sought for an edited collection on the topic of sex and the fat body. The editors are looking for proposals which approach this theme from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and which take an original, critical, and body-positive approach to questions of fat and sexuality. Dr Samantha Murray will be contributing the Foreword to the collection. She is a lecturer in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, and has published works such as 'The Fat Female Body' (2008), multiple journal articles, and special issues on fat studies.
CONVERSATIONS: THE JOURNAL OF CAVELLIAN STUDIES
Call for Proposals
Activism and Scholarship: A Conference Honoring Amy Swerdlow
Fifteenth Annual Women's History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College (15 minutes north of New York City)
Friday and Saturday March 1-2, 2013
Featuring: The keynote address by women's historian Alice Kessler Harris, distinguished professor at Columbia University and author of Difficult Women: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
Round table discussion about the life and work of Amy Swerdlow moderated by Blanch Weisen Cooke, author of The Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt Volumes 1 and 2.
Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 16, 2012. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations; other topics in the area are also welcome:
NATIONAL POPULAR & AMERICAN CULTURE
ASSOCIATIONS 2013 JOINT CONFERENCE
Submissions: All submissions should go through the database:
Due Date: The application due date for this year's conference is
November 30, 2012.
The Conference will be held at the
Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.
1 (800) HOTELS-1 (800 468-3571)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 30, 2012.
We welcome papers and presentations on any aspect of the Gothic in film, literature, or other forms of cultural expression. All critical approaches are welcome.
Organizers of the 34th annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please check the special area list, as you may find a home there: http://swtxpca.org/documents/123.html#Literature.)
If one is to speak, following the work of Jean-François Lyotard, of the power of the work of art, it is to be located in the gesture that it enacts. The gesture does not belong to the objective properties of the work such that they might be adequately articulated, but rather stands as the "absolutely emotive power of the work," that which "affects sensibility beyond what it can sense." Without being immediately thinkable, the gesture would give rise to thought, demanding it, precisely as thought would be caught unprepared. That is to say that the work of art always involves a certain performance, no less in case of the plastic arts than in others, not as a simple representation, but as through the demand exerted by the unpresentable.
The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers that explore how Langston Hughes's writings have indfluenced literary texts by other authors in the Americas, Europe, and/or Asia. Papers comparing and/or contrasting the writings of Langston Hughes with the writings of other authors in the Americas,
Europe, and/or Asia are also welcome. All accepted presenters must join the Langston Hughes Society and the College Language Association by February 1, 2013. Please email an abstract (300-400 words) and a biographical profile (305 lines) to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 8, 2012.
This conference, organized from 26 till 28 June 2013 at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), aims to bring together scholars who work on linguistic aspects of Jewish languages with the focus on domains such as linguistic structure, language variation, language change (dialectology and diachrony), bilingualism and comparison of written and spoken uses. The conference will also stimulate research in to date enriched areas in the domain of Jewish language studies; for example, language acquisition and development (in communities of native speakers), learning of Jewish languages as second language, language loss, etc.