This conference seeks to explore the phenomenon of the celebrity power couple: those relationships where two stars come together and where their individual identities as celebrities become inseparable from their status as a famous couple. With the prominence of one-name couples (Brangelina, TomKat) and famous families (Will Smith / Jada Pinkett Smith and kids), it is becoming increasingly clear that celebrity is no longer an individual pursuit (if it ever was). When combining forces through agents and managers, these couples can straddle different celebrity spheres (David and Victoria Beckham).
This panel revisits W.E.B. Du Bois's famous articulation of the problem of racial double-consciousness in relation to modernist literary practice. It considers ways in which modernist writers recast what Du Bois saw as a debilitating split between "two unreconciled strivings" into a powerful model for literary production that could be both autobiographical and experimental. How do we understand authors who seem to have intentionally resisted "merg[ing]" contradictory versions of themselves into a coherent authorial identity? And in a modernist moment that lauded irony, fragmentation, and the use of personae, what is the relationship between these aesthetic techniques and the lived experience they claim to mask (or as Du Bois might have it, to veil)?
Paper proposals are invited for a panel, 'The 'post-millennial context' and African writing in English', part of the Afican Studies Association UK Biennial Conference 2012 literature stream, 'New Articulations in Africa's Literatures and Cultures', organised by Stephanie Newell and Ranka Primorac.
The conference will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, 6-8 September, 2012.
Do you teach composition or creative writing? Do your courses ask students to write about the experience of illness from the perspective of a patient, caregiver, or practitioner?
Papers are being sought for a session on teaching analytical or creative writing with the medical humanities. The session will be submitted for consideration for the Conference on College Composition and Communication, to be held March 13-16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Film Studies at University College Cork invites the submission of abstracts for a major conference titled "Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts". The three-day international conference will take place from Thursday April 18 to Saturday April 20, occurring during Ireland's 2013 presidency of the EU.
The conference will facilitate discussions, presentations and debates across a wide spectrum of subjects in the broadest definition of the field of "Ireland and Cinema". The programme hopes to schedule one keynote presentation and one specialist panel each day; the latter comprising an expert in a given field who will make a presentation and then lead a discussion among delegates.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sirens
October 11-14, 2012
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 11–14, 2012, in Stevenson, Washington, near Portland, Oregon. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.
Standing Session on Autobiography
Essays on the body in popular culture, the body on stage, the body in media are sought for an essay collection on the body in popular culture. Abstracts due 1 May 2012. Essays due 1 November 2012.
CFP: Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American City Narratives (workshop organized within the 2012 RAAS-Fulbright Conference Remapping Urban Spaces – American Challenges, 4-6 October 2012, "Ovidius" University of Constanta)
Dr. Roxana Oltean (University of Bucharest)
Prof. Rodica Mihaila (University of Bucharest)
Dr. Mihaela Precup (University of Bucharest)
Dr. Dana Mihailescu (University of Bucharest)
CFP: Scandinavian cinema and Christmas
In his introduction to the book Christmas at the Movies (2002), Jeffrey Richards writes:
"During the nineteenth century the family reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was one of the rituals of Christmas. In the latter part of the twentieth century, the ritual showing of Frank Capra's film It's a Wonderful Life took its place. This is symptomatic of the process by which cinema became an integral part of the celebration of Christmas in the twentieth century" (Richards, 'General Editor's Introduction').
2nd Global Conference
Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
The apparent increase in and diversity of chronic conditions calls for better understandings of the spaces between health and illness that chronic patients occupy, often for most of their lives and raises questions not just about those that suffer, but also about those that care for them, available treatments and care, and social inclusiveness.
In the early twenty-first century, zombies are everywhere—in film (Land of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Dead Snow, Rammbock, The Horde), fiction (Stephen King's Cell, Colson Whitehead's Zone One, Max Brooks' World War Z, John Ajvide Lindqvist's Handling the Undead), social movements (zombie walks and the Zombie Research Society ), classrooms (Zombie Studies) and even politics (Daniel Drezner's Theories of International Politics and Zombies). Undoubtedly one of the most sustained and complex representations of the modern zombie, though, is AMC's television series, The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's series of comics.
Great Writing 2012
The 15th Anniversary Great Writing International
Creative Writing Conference (UK)
Imperial College London
Saturday June 16th - Sunday June 17th 2012
Critical or creative presentations are invited for the 15th Anniversary Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, 16th – 17th June 2012.
To be held at one of the UK's great universities and great locations: Imperial College London, South Kensington, a cultural center for the arts, sciences, music and museums, close to Royal Albert Hall and right next to the wonderful Natural History Museum.
WTMS-ITS2012 Call for Papers
Web 2.0 Tools, Methodology and Services for Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Held in Conjunction with ITS 2012, June 14-18, 2012 Chania, GREECE
Themes and Goals
Celebrity Couples Conference
The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Saturday, November 25, 2012