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SCMS Panel Proposal: Through a Lens, Comically: Stand-up Comedians in the Media (deadline July 15, 2012)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 2:07am
full name / name of organization: 
Sean Springer, Stony Brook University

CFP for Proposed Panel: "Through a Lens, Comically: Stand-up Comedians in the Mass Media"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
March 6-10, 2013
Chicago, IL

This proposed panel for the 2013 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference seeks a disciplinary home for a popular culture archetype: the stand-up comedian. Playing "themselves" on stage, stand-up comedians fly under the radar of theatre scholars, and since they usually perform live, stand-up comedians are out of bounds for media studies scholars. In order to give them a home—or, at least, a temporary shelter—this panel will justify the stand-up comedian's relevance to cinema and media studies.

[REMINDER] CFP: Edited Collection on the Producer (Deadline June 30th)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:42am
full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Meir / University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

CFP: Beyond the Bottom-Line: The Producer in Film and Television (Edited Collection)

Editors: Andrew Spicer, Anthony McKenna and Christopher Meir

The producer has long been one of the most overlooked and misunderstood figures in Screen Studies. The historical privileging of the director has caused an artificial distinction between creativity and commerce, with the director's 'vision' judged responsible for a film's artistry and the producer relegated to the shadowy, venal world of business and the 'bottom line'. Such reductive views are now beginning to be challenged with several serious, scholarly and sympathetic studies of the producer emerging.

[UPDATE] Cinema in Crisis, October 17-19, 2012, San Francisco. Deadline for Submission June 15,2012

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 8:00pm
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Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA)
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The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is proud to announce its 14th annual Fall Conference: "Cinema in Crisis" with Keynote Speaker Robert Rosen.

Crisis: a vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point; also, a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent; now applied esp. to times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense in politics or commerce [OED Online].

Leeds 2013: Holy R&R: Rest, Recreation, and Retreat within the Religious Orders (10 Sept 2012; 1-4 July 2013)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 3:42pm
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Cynthia Turner Camp / Communis: The Consortium for Medieval Monastic Studies
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John Cassian famously declared that, like a hunter's bow, the hermit must not remain taut: just as a bow must be unstrung to retain its flexibility, so must the holy man relax at times to retain his spiritual suppleness. Benedict had structured leisure time into daily life in his Rule, and periods of recreation and ludi were allowed in the constitutions and traditions of every order. However, recreation could also be abused, licit leisure transformed into acadia and idleness; this problem was compounded by scholastic debates over the moral problems of leisure activities. (When was play a virtue?

Call for Interviewees for Doctor Who Documentary Film

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 3:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Hansen, Baylor University

ARE YOU A DOCTOR WHO FANATIC?...
...because I'm making a documentary about people like you.

Fans come in all shapes and sizes - some dress up/cosplay and attend events like Gallifrey One or ComicCon. Others write fan fiction. Some analyze the show in critical research. And some do all of the above and more. There are hundreds of ways you might express your fandom.

So how do you express yours?

I'm a filmmaker (and professor of film & digital media) starting work on a documentary about American fans of the BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who.

The Maester's Chain: Essays on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Johnston and Jes Battis, University of Regina

"A master forges his chain with study, he told me. The different metals are each a different kind of learning, gold for the study of money and accounts, silver for healing, iron for warcraft. And he said there were other meanings as well."

The Maester's Chain: Essays on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

updated: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Johnston and Jes Battis, University of Regina

"A master forges his chain with study, he told me. The different metals are each a different kind of learning, gold for the study of money and accounts, silver for healing, iron for warcraft. And he said there were other meanings as well."

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline!!! Emerging from the Pensieve: A Decade of Harry Potter Scholarship; October 11-13, 2012

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elisabeth C. Gumnior, School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication; James Madison University
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Emerging from the Pensieve: A Decade of Harry Potter Scholarship; October 11-13, 2012

Proposals for presentations should be approximately 200 words long. The deadline for proposal submission is June 20, 2012. Proposals should be submitted to:

Elisabeth C. Gumnior, Conference Director
gumnioec@jmu.edu

Presenters will be notified by July 15.

About the symposium theme:
"I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form."
-Albus Dumbledore

CFP: A Debt of Gratitude to 1930s Literary America / MMLA 2012 / DUE 07/16

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:55pm
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Marnie Sullivan, Mercyhurst University
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This special section panel seeks to affirm the ongoing relevance of 1930s American culture with papers that provide critical analysis of fiction, poetry, and drama of the period for the 54th Annual M/MLA Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 8-11, 2012. The 1930s is a decade that has had a profound impact shaping American identity. It was a period marked by incomparable contradiction and complexity that saw the depths of an unprecedented economic depression and the elevation of American life into the modern age.

Dickens at 201

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Bianca Tredennick/Northeast Modern Language Association

Call for Papers
Dickens at 201
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Book reviews solicited for SOUTHERN STUDIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF THE SOUTH

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:30pm
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Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South
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This winter SOUTHERN STUDIES will publish a special issue dealing with issues of recent scholarship on southern history, literature, and culture. The issue will feature articles, bibliographic information, and many reviews of recently published monographs. The editors of SOUTHERN STUDIES invite scholars to look at the current books available for review at

http://socialsciences.nsula.edu/books-available-for-review,

Warscapes, an online magazine of literature, art and politics

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 10:06am
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Warscapes

Warscapes is an independent online magazine that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world. Warscapes publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, book and film reviews, photo-essays and retrospectives of war literature from the past fifty years. It is being read in 170 countries! Apart from showcasing great writing from war-torn areas, the magazine is a tool for understanding complex political crises in various regions and serves as an alternative to compromised representations of those issues. www.warscapes.com

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