The Television Department at Columbia College Chicago invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers to the The Watercooler Journal. This peer-reviewed journal is a cross-disciplinary online source that focuses on nearly any topic involving the critical study of television programming. Papers may address the medium as a whole, specific television programs, transmedia, fan studies, social and/or cultural implications, individual episodes within a series, etc. Please visit http://www.thewatercoolerjournal.tv to read papers that have been accepted.
*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"
We are seeking participants for a panel at the April, 2012, C19 Conference, to be held at U.C. Berkeley, which will examine a range of perspectives on the relationship of aesthetics to notions of democracy and community in 19th-century American literature and art. As recent studies in US literature and culture – from Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings to Russ Castronovo's Beautiful Democracy – have shown, aesthetics addresses questions of passivity and activity, association and isolation, which were central to the conception and experience of 19th-century community.
33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Proposal submission deadline: December 01, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches, areas, and time periods are welcome.
Levinas and Criticism, a Society for Critical Exchange panel, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Rochester NY, 15-18 March 2012
This session will explore connections between the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and criticism of literature and other forms of media and culture, involving attention to language, ethics, alterity, and other key aspects of Levinas's work.
Abstracts for 20-minute papers by 30 September 2011 to Scott DeShong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The relationship between the humanities and nuclear issues has re-emerged continuously in contemporary thought. The proposed collection seeks essays that interrogate the role of the humanities in addressing the nuclear question in a post-Cold War world. During a 1984 conference at Cornell University, theorists gathered to try and articulate the goals of Nuclear Criticism; famously, Jacques Derrida spoke out on the issue, linking literature to the very principles of atomic energy. Rather than a temporary fad, Nuclear Criticism has re-surfaced at various moments in theoretical circles of the last half-century.
CFP for edited collection: Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction
Editors: Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson (email@example.com)
Abstracts due August 31, 2011
Final essays due Summer 2012
We are seeking proposals for an edited collection tentatively titled Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, with completed essays due in Summer 2012. We seek contributions that touch on any aspect of the relationship between ecological science, environmentalism, and SF, with particular attention to such topics as:
UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, seeks submissions year-round. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published at www.oscholars.com, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the work of Shaw, Schnitzler, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, von Hofmannsthal, and their contemporaries in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond.
Comparative Caribbeans: an Interdisciplinary Conference*
This is why we stay with poetry. And despite our consenting to all the indisputable technologies; despite seeing the political leap that must be managed..., the full load of knowledge to be tamed..., at the bow there is still something we now share: this murmur, cloud or rain or peaceful smoke. …We cry our cry of poetry. Our boats are open, and we sail them for everyone.
– Édouard Glissant
We are seeking two or three essays exploring asexuality and masculinity for a volume titled Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. To get a general sense of the volume, please see the original CFP included below. This volume is well underway, and based on some editorial feedback, we would like to add a few more voices to the collection. We are particularly interested in essays that address the social construction of asexuality from a male or masculine perspective or that tackle the connections between gender and (a)sexuality through the lens of masculinity. Other approaches to thinking asexuality in relation to masculinity will also be considered.