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Object Theatre Issue of The Puppet Notebook

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Friday, April 27, 2012 - 9:07am
Shaun May, Puppet Notebook & Central School of Speech and Drama

Everyday objects are increasingly being animated by performers in contemporary theatre, community arts and puppet shows but very little has been written about object theatre as a separate discipline. This issue of the Puppet Notebook will provide a platform for discussion about what object theatre is, its relationship to puppetry and its history. 

TV Area - MAPACA - June 15th abstract due date

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:58pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

The MAPACA television area seeks to investigate the relationship between television and our lives. How do we define our culture, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images and structure provided by the medium of television? Are we being provided rigorous information to help the individual be a productive citizen in a society? Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers? Is television's role to challenge or pacify? What is reality and fiction? Can we expect programming which examines the issues of our complex lives; or must information be made reductive in order to appeal to an average? How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?

Call for Book Chapter Proposals – Defining Urban Fantasy (DEADLINE abstracts due by September 1, 2012)

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:53pm
Jamie Dessart , Ph.D., Waynesburg University

Despite many of the covers that picture chicks in black leather with tramp stamps, urban fantasy as a best-selling genre is much more complex than just unicorns in a big city. With authors like Anita Black, Jim Butcher, and Kim Harrison, urban fantasy accounts for a large number of fantasy titles sold. Through examination of various aspects of the genre of urban fantasy, this book will open a dialogue that encourages thoughtful definitions. Essays for this collection can cover the genre as a whole, themes, characteristics, and/or specific authors. This collection is intended for publication in the McFarland Press series on critical studies in science fiction and fantasy and is intended for a broad audience.

Sexuality/Erotica - MAPACA Conference, Pittsburgh - November 1-3, 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:37pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic -- visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic). Topics include, but are not limited to:

*Sexuality in art—values, expectations and implications
*Sociological, cultural and/or political implications of sexual attitudes in American culture
*Beliefs and practices of specific ethnic, religious and/or cultural groups
*Sex negativity/sex positivity, acceptance/rejection
*Education about sexuality
*Non-normative sexual practices and their representation in popular culture
*Erotica, pornography and definitions

Abstracts due June 15, 2012

[UPDATE:FINAL LIST OF SPEAKERS] Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:28pm
The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA

CFP for international conference on images, space, and acts of "seeing": The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for the 6th Nomadikon Meeting: "Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images." The Conference will be held Sept. 27-29, 2012 on The College St. Rose campus in Albany, New York. The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, with "seeing" suggesting but certainly not limited to physical sight, but inclusive of an embodied "seeing." The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.

MAPACA - Theatre/Dance/Performance Studies - Conference in Pittsburgh, November 1-3

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:06pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

We welcome submissions for presentations and panels relating to theatre, dance, and performance in popular culture, including theatrical productions; dramatic text and playwriting; modes of performance; actors and acting; theatre and dance history; non-traditional performance; political theatre; and performance as seen in ritual and everyday life.

The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA) is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multidisciplinary manifestations. We welcome proposals for presentations and panel discussions from established academics and scholars, graduate students in the field, or independent scholars.

Verse, Voice, and Vision: Cinema and Poetry (edited collection); May 15, 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 1:16pm
Marlisa Santos/Nova Southeastern University

The various intersections of poetry, one of the oldest art forms, and film, one of the newest art forms, highlight the relevance of poetry in the modern world. Poetry has been considered in film in many ways: the use of poetry through biopics of poets (ancient to contemporary), studies of particular directors who make widespread use of poetry in their films (e.g., Woody Allen), specific poems/poets that feature frequently in films, a specific poem that drives a specific film (e.g. Splendor in the Grass), poetry films/poetic cinema etc. All treatments of this topic are welcome.

Zizek and Performance: Expressions of Interest by 11 June 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:07am
Broderick Chow & Alex Mangold / Brunel University, UK / Aberystwyth University, UK

** Apologies for cross-posting **

Expressions of interest are invited from scholars across the humanities interested in philosophy, theatre and performance to contribute to an edited volume on:

Žižek and Performance

Scritture migranti / Migrant Writings - June 20, 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:30am
Scritture migranti: rivista di scambi interculturali

The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) is now accepting submissions for its next issue (n. 6/2012) of Scritture migranti, an international journal dedicated to writing on migration.
Interested scholars should send a complete essay or an abstract of approx. 20 lines by June 20, 2012 to the editorial committee: redazione.scritturemigranti@unibo.it .

PASSIONS: Synapsis - European School for Comparative Studies, 3-10 Sept. 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 3:20am
Synapsis (European School for Comparative Studies)

For some time now, philosophers, sociologists and neuroscientists have started to look once again at the world of emotions and passions to try and understand the mechanisms behind them. The development of this field of inquiry bears witness to a renewed fascination for human behaviour. Many disciplines seem to be characterised these days by this 'affective turn', which has led to fresh attention to the nature of artistic and literary expression, and for its capacity to illustrate the physical and ethical dimensions of feeling.

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