Jean-Francois Lyotard writes, "We have paid a high enough price for the nostalgia of the whole [...] let us be witnesses to the unpresentable; let us activate the differences and save the honor of the name." How are "nostalgia" and the "whole" linked to terror and to the cinematic form? And how does film--if at all--confront the "unpresentable?" What is the "ethical" nature of this confrontation? Do death, birth, and God remain unpresentable today or have they also fallen prey to a nostalgic closure? Papers on the Coens, Christopher Nolan, Tarantino, Peter Weir, and less mainstream directors are of particular interest.
David Kociemba, editor of Watcher Junior, invites your students' submissions for publication in the sixth issue of Watcher Junior, a refereed, online journal for undergraduate student scholarship in Whedon Studies.
Completed essays and research papers will be reviewed by two members of the board. Essays that do not receive approval for publication will be returned with feedback for re-submission.
We welcome completed essays and research papers on any aspect of Joss Whedon's work. All papers should exhibit familiarity with previously published scholarship in Whedon Studies.
Submission guidelines: http://watcherjunior.tv/submit.php
This collection analyzes television programs of the 21st century that contain experiments with narrative time. Although the television shows of the past decade are as diverse and plentiful as that of any previous time period, there seem to be some commonalities between the programs currently creating the most engaged fan communities – the ones that have become quick cult draws or instant hits.
This panel affiliated with the Flannery O'Connor Society welcomes papers that explore the SAMLA 2010 special focus "The Interplay of Text and Image" in O'Connor and film. While papers dealing with film adaptations of O'Connor's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of how filmmakers have incorporated and/or have contrasted O'Connor's themes, character types, etc. in their own works. Preference will be given to papers that seek creative connections between O'Connor's works and films that are not obvious adaptations of O'Connor's fiction.
Please e-mail abstracts (500 words) to Amy K. King at email@example.com before Tuesday, 1 June 2010.
Art History and Visual Culture Area
2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Deadline: Extended to May 15, 2010
Friday-Sunday, October 1 - 3, 2010
The Art History and Visual Culture Area of The Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October.
The MPCA/MACA conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from 1-3 October, 2010.
In the 25th, 26th and 27th November 2010, there will take place, in Instituto Superior da Maia (ISMAI, Porto, Portugal), the 1st International "50's Generation" Congress, under the responsibility of the Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) and the Centro de Estudos de Língua, Comunicação e Cultura do ISMAI (CELCC).
Time and again Indian Diaspora has penned down experiences in the form of stories and novellets. These writings portray their socio-cultural experiences in the host country. At the same time they reflect a yearning for the home country. The field has become an interesting study of Diaspora mind through stories written by Indian Diaspora. The editors plan to bring out an anthology of stories and novelletes written by the writers of Indian Diaspora. The length of story should be within 5000-12000 words. The last date of submission is July 14th 2010.The publication is planned in September 2010.
Submissions are invited for a collection of critical essays on Fourth world writings in English after 1947 until 1990. At the inaugural meeting of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), George Manuel introduced the concept of The Fourth World, a phrase employed to describe indigenous minorities throughout the earth. As the 1980s progress, modern nation states are increasingly being forced to come to terms with their indigenous minorities. The Laplanders of Finland, the Indians of Peru, and the Inuit of Canada are no longer articulating their aims and grievances solely through appeals to their respective national governments.
The Journal of Literary Theory (JLT) invites contributions for Vol. 5, No. 2, 2011
Trauma and Literature
Submission Deadline: March 15th 2011
New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory is open for submissions for Issue 7.3 (late 2010), and Volume 8 (2011 publication).
The journal considers creative work (in any genre) and critical work relating to Creative Writing practice and the critical examination of Creative Writing. Strong pedagogically focused papers are also considered.
The journal is edited by Graeme Harper. www.graemeharper.com
The journal is independent of any organisation, published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, and includes on its
Short Fiction in Theory and Practice is an interdisciplinary journal celebrating the current resurgence in short-story writing and research. Looking at short fiction from a practice-based perspective, it explores the poetics of short-story writing, adaptation, translation and the place of the short story in global culture. Vol. 1 will be available from Intellect Press in Jan. 2011.
(Re)Reading John Addington Symonds
Saturday 11th September 2010
A one-day conference at Keele University
Plenary Speakers: Howard J. Booth (Manchester) and Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck)
The mixed formal properties of certain texts across the history of philosophy and literature resist any attempt at their easy classification within either of these traditional generic categories. Such philosophical-literary hybrid texts seem to deny the adequacy of either strictly philosophical or literary form for expressing a particular content or inducing some affective or intellectual experience. This panel seeks to explore questions raised by the philosophical-literary hybrid text, in all its historical and geographical variation. What is the relationship between the hybrid form of some philosophical-literary text and its content? What are the stakes of philosophical-literary hybridity for some author?
Seeking a third (and maybe fourth) panelist.
The following is a brief description of the panel:
Because of recent scholarship in anthropology, psychology, and rhetoric, emotion has become widely understood not as innate or universal—but embodied and performative. Recent scholarship in composition has begun to consider if and how emotion is acknowledged, defined, and performed in composition classrooms. This panel hopes to add to this discussion both theoretically and practically by looking at the ethical and pedagogical implications of incorporating a study of emotion into composition courses and by proposing ways in which a rhetoric of emotion can be utilized and scrutinized in the classroom.
The Asia Institute, the Taiwan Research Reading Group, and the Chinese Studies Research Group of the University of Melbourne cordially invite all postgraduate (PhD, Masters and Honours) scholars working in the field of Taiwan Studies to present their work at a Symposium to be held in Melbourne on the 7th and 8th of December. The subject of this symposium will be the current state of Taiwan studies; participants are welcome to present on any aspect of Taiwan studies. The symposium will showcase new work in Taiwan studies, and to allow postgraduate researchers a chance to get feedback on work that is in progress. The symposium will include a half-day workshop. Professor J. Bruce Jacobs (家博), Professor He Baogang and Dr.