Panels are now being formed on topics related to Theatre & Performance Studies in its various forms and approaches. This new Special Topics Area to SWTX PCA/ACA encourages dialogue between varied fields of performance scholarship (i.e., performance studies; theatre, dance, and cultural studies; as well as queer and post-colonial theory), and exploration of critiques of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, technology, and nation. Papers across performance modes, cultural contexts, and historical periods are welcomed. Topics might include but are not limited to:
Call for Papers: James Bond and Popular Culture
Title and Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2011
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
33rd Annual Conference celebrating "Food & Culture(s) in a Global Context"
February 8 – 11, 2012
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM (505) 842-1234
The SWTX PCA/ACA James Bond and Popular Culture Area Chair invites papers for the annual conference on ANY aspect of James Bond films, literature, comics, video games, and culture. Here are some topics to consider, but is by no means an exhaustive list:
"Celebrations of Black Women in American History and Culture"
Paine College; Contact email: email@example.com
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
CONFERENCE ON THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
"CELEBRATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE"
The Black History Month Committee at Paine College is requesting proposals for the annual Conference on the Black Experience to be held on the campus of historic Paine College
February 6-9th, 2012.
MOTORCYCLE LIFE AND CULTURE
Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, Southwest/Texas Region (Joint Conference with National PCA/ACA)
Albuquerque, NM February 8-11, 2012
The SW/TX Popular Culture and American Culture Associations are inviting papers on motorcycling and its impact on American society, other societies and cultures.
Suggested topics include:
* Riders' narratives or descriptions of the ride
* The motorcycle as art, poetry, or agency
* Rituals, norms, customs, or influences in motorcycle culture
* The biker as subaltern or as "other"
* Movies, films, or other images of motorcyclists
Call for papers: Intellectual Disability in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
This special session will take place at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 10-13, 2012).
Medieval Popular Culture and Arthurian Legends at the 42nd Annual Popular and American Culture Associations Conference
April 11-14th, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts
Call for papers and panel proposals on all popular treatments of the Middle Ages or Arthurian Legend from any period and in any medium. We will consider all proposals for papers, but we especially encourage abstracts on the following for this year's conference:
This series, originally founded by Alan Dundes and edited by Wolfgang Mieder, includes theoretical studies of any genre or aspect of folklore. The series welcomes individually authored and collaboratively authored books, monographs, collections of data, bibliographies, and Festschriften of at least 40,000 words. The emphasis will be on analytic and methodological innovations in the consideration of myth, folktale, legend, superstition, proverb, riddle, folksong, festival, game or any other form of folklore as well as any of the interpretative approaches to folklore topics.
For inquiries or to submit proposals/manuscripts please contact Caitlin Lavelle, Acquisitions Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Framing Film has committed itself to the acquisition and publication of serious, high-quality film studies on topics of national and international interest. The series editors are open to a full range of scholarly methodologies and analytical approaches in the examination of cinema art and history, including topics on film theory, film and society, gender and race, politics. Cutting-edge studies and diverse points of view are particularly encouraged.
We accept original studies, including substantially revised dissertations and edited collections, of at least 40,000 words. For inquiries or to submit proposals/manuscripts please contact Caitlin Lavelle, Acquisitions Editor, email@example.com
In line with the latest trends within masculinity scholarship, the books in this series deal with representations of masculinities in culture, in general, and literature, in particular. The aim of this series is twofold. On the one hand, it focuses on studies that question traditionally normative representations of masculinities. On the other, it seeks to highlight new alternative representations of manhood, looking for more egalitarian models of manhood in and through literature and culture. Besides literary representations, the series is open to studies of masculinity in cinema, theatre, music, as well as all kinds of artistic and visual representations.
The South Asian Literature, Arts and Culture Studies series is currently inviting submissions of at least 40,000 words from scholars working in the field of South Asian Studies, with a particular interest in literature, the arts (print and film), politics, religion, and society. The series considers original studies, including substantially revised dissertations and edited collections.
The Postcolonial Studies series is now accepting original submissions of at least 40,000 words in the form of welcomes both individually authored and collaboratively authored books and monographs as well as edited collections of essays.
Should violence be considered as one of the experiences the body undergoes in literature or as an ordeal which elicits the very question of what this body is – a body which is mapped in language and speech. As a result of the violence that it undergoes, inflicts or self-inflicts, the body grapples with something which is not simply outside itself: it discovers its own foreignness, its own discordance. It rebelliously slips through the categories in which one attempts to contain it, but it also defies the biological body to which it cannot be reduced. What does a body do when, for no apparent reason, it breaks, splits, is pulled asunder, petrified? What happens when the part usurps the whole or the whole body is reduced to nothing, mere refuse?
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."
But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical."
We invite submissions that attempt to expand upon current representations of drag performance in mainstream popular culture. Papers will problematize drag performance and parody as staged in RuPaul's series, RuPaul's Drag Race and may address taboo, the hyperbolized feminine, linguistic play, drag 'families', the legibility of queer bodies in a televised space, intertextuality
and the subversion of queer issues.