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Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 3:45am

Adaptation studies has recently grown into a vibrant, wide-ranging field of study. Scholars in literary, media, and cultural studies have used the concepts of adaptation and intertextuality to explore how content negotiates the transition from text to image, image to text, and across media platforms and/or cultures of production and reception.

WLA Proposal: Critical and Creative Approaches to Voyaging "Sans Trace" (Submission Deadline June 13, 2015)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 10:11pm
Raul B. Moreno, University of South Dakota, for Western Literature Association, Reno, NV, Oct. 14-17, 2015

Ahead of this fall's 50th anniversary conference of the Western Literature Association, which coincides with the release of a feature-length documentary, Oregon filmmaker Ian McCluskey's Les Voyageurs Sans Trace (Mountainfilm, 2015), this panel's organizer seeks proposals for both critical and creative works that engage the story of the so-called French Trio of 1938. Alternatively, this panel may engage similar narratives of North American river-running, early outdoor recreation in the West, or other formative adventures marked by the elusive "traces" of bygone journeys—especially those fueled by "free-spirited risk-taking." For context, the following is adapted from the filmmaker's synopsis:

Fictional Economies: Inequality and the Novel, Essay collection with forward by Rami Shamir, author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 2:59pm
Joseph Donica/Bronx Community College

Joseph Donica is an Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College.

Rami Shamir is the author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE (Grove Press 2011,

Abstracts of 300 words and full CVs due September 1, 2015 to
Full articles due Decemeber 1, 2015
Projected publication May 2016

[DEADLINE EXTENDED: JUNE 6, 2015] Whose (French) Renaissance? RSA Boston, March 31 - April 2, 2016

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 1:37pm
Renaissance Society of America

Complicating the notion of the 'French Renaissance,' this panel seeks papers that explore the dynamic relationship between Italian artists and their French patrons, audiences, and counterparts in the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century courts of Charles VIII, Francis I, Henry II and Henry IV. We are interested in investigations into the ways in which these artists realized their royal commissions by participating in, subverting, and creating artistic dialogues. Rather than simply importing visual language, humanist discourses, and artistic debates into French contexts, Italian artists and their French patrons mediated different processes of material, contextual, and formal translations.

**Deadline Extended** - CFP - Exploitation Cinema Revisited - due 7/1

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 1:21pm
2015 Film & History Conference - Madison, WI

CFP - Exploitation Cinema Revisited - 2015 Film and History Conference

2015 Film and History Conference - Theme: Journeys, Detours, and Breakdowns
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Madison, WI (USA)
November 4-8, 2015

***Deadline extended*** Proposals due July 1, 2015


Exploitation Cinema Revisited

{UPDATE] [DEADLINE EXTENDED: July 1] Radical Kinship

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:53pm
Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

Keynote: Omise'eke Tinsley, University of Texas at Austin
Conference Date: October 16, 2015

Kinships that cross boundaries often entail radical decenterings of family, community, or subjectivity. What happens
when Yellow Peril supports Black Power in Ferguson? When Maggie Simpson holds up a Je Suis Charlie sign?
When, in a single frame, Kordale and Kaleb dismantle stale notions of Black masculinity, queerness, and
Can we undomesticate kinship?

African American Literature and the Rise of the Antebellum City, ALA Symposium NOLA 9/10-12 (Deadline 6/28)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 10:59am
ALA Symposium on The City and American Literature New Orleans, LA September 10-12, 2015

There is a growing interest within scholarship on antebellum African American textual production that focuses on how this material shaped 19th-century cultures of print. This scholarship has examined many important areas such as African Americans' places in the plantation economy, their movements through the commercial world of Atlantic trade, and their presence in antebellum political reform movements. However, little of this work has centered on African Americans in the antebellum American city. This roundtable takes up this focus and turns its attention specifically to how these writers shaped and were shaped by the formation of the city as a locus of commercial exchange and civic activism.

CFP: Stereo & Immersive Media — 2015 International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, October 7-9, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 10:11am
Center for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies - Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias

Call for papers
Stereo & Immersive Media — 2015 International Conference
Universidade Lusófona
National Archive of Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal

October 7-9, 2015

Stereo & Immersive Media — 2015 International Conference aims to bring together researchers, artists and archivists working on visual media renowned for their stereoscopic and/or immersive features. Stereo and immersive media environments provide an expanded field for photographic media since the 19th century. The recent revival of interest in stereo and immersive technologies has set an opportunity to research its historical roots and also the present-day challenges to visual culture.

Afterlives: Remediations in Word and Image, 19-20 August 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 6:34am
Scottish Word and Image Group, University of Dundee

Afterlives: Remediations in Word and Image
19-20 August 2015

Keynote Speaker:
Laura Mulvey
Professor of Film and Media Studies,
Birkbeck, University of London

"The presence of the past in the cinema is also the presence of the body resurrected…"
Laura Mulvey, Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (2006)


Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:44am
Anna Weinstein, series editor

A new book series: "PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional"

To be published by Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis

This new series will serve as supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate students that professors across disciplines in the arts can use to accompany their primary textbooks. The books will have a conversational tone and will serve as career development to help students understand how to navigate the industry and vocational possibilities in their field. Specifically, this series will address business as opposed to craft and will offer insights into the day-to-day realities of the professions as well as long-term planning strategies to build and sustain a career in the arts.

Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation (Nov. 19-20, 2015)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 11:54pm
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference


Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 19-20, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Susan Phillips, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of English and Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor

[UPDATE] John Dos Passos and the Other Arts (SAMLA 2015: 13-15 Nov, Durham NC): Deadline extended

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 8:45pm
John Dos Passos Society

John Dos Passos was undoubtedly one of the most eclectic American writers of his generation. Faithful as he was to the intermedial aesthetics of modernism, he did not limit himself to the role of novelist, but frequently also crossed over into the neighboring arts: as an accomplished painter and illustrator, as a playwright and sometime set designer for the New Playwrights Theatre, and through his work on Hollywood cinema and documentary film. The resulting cross-pollination would fuel Dos Passos's creativity over the years, influencing his most celebrated novels.

West Indian Literature Conference 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 6:18pm
University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus

The West Indian Literature Conference 2015 announces its call for papers for its biannual conference to be held from October 1rst to 3rd at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

CfP: Texts in times of conflict [DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS 5 JUNE]

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:16pm
The Centre for Textual Studies and The Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University

Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed 'printing, gunpowder, and the compass' as the technological drivers which had 'changed the appearance and state of the whole world'. Bacon's identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.