Motherhood and childbirth have been constructed as symbols of faith, sites of suspicion, protectors of social morality, and the wages of original sin. Mother Earth, the Virgin Mother, and evil stepmothers are just some of the pillars society has fashioned around the concept of motherhood. Motherhood has been gendered female to the extent that motherhood and womanhood are often seen to be mutually completing, with pregnancy serving as a visual marker of the liminal space that turns woman into mother.
International Colloquium, « Form(s) of Diplomacy », 12-13 June 2014, Toulouse 2 Le Mirail University, France.
Call for Papers
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference
Friday – Sunday, October 11-13, 2013, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, A Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2013
Topics for this area can include, but are not limited to the following:
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association's (SAMLA) focus this year is Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds, and this Call for Papers invites submissions that explore and examine the ways that images are used to make meaning in print and online.
In keeping with the rhetorical focus of this session, we are interested in papers that inquire how visual artifacts make meaning by persuading using one or more of Aristotle's appeals: ethos, logos, and/or pathos.
Papers may examine how visuals persuade in print, digital, and networked worlds through moving images such as videos and movies, artwork, static online or printed images, and video games.
Most noted for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, Alice Walker has cemented her place in American literature, capturing the struggles and journeys of African-American men and women throughout the American South. Significantly less critical attention has been given, however, to her short fiction and non-fiction works—a canon that aspires to reclaim her mothers' gardens and share those once unspoken African-American tales. This call for paper is aimed at soliciting abstracts and potential articles for a proposed collection on the short fiction and non-fiction of Alice Walker.
The Review of English Studies is inviting entries for its 2013 Essay Prize. The RES Essay Prize aims to encourage scholarship amongst postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. The essay can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from the earliest period to the present.
The winner will receive:
• Publication of the winning essay in the June 2014 issue of The Review of English Studies
• A cash prize of £250
• £250 worth of OUP books
• A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies
UNCOMMON WEALTHS: RICHES AND REALITIES
Innsbruck, Austria: 14-18 April 2014
We welcome proposals for both papers and panels on any of these or other aspects of UNCOMMON WEALTHS until 31 August, 2013.
ABSTRACTS FOR PAPERS of 20 minutes duration should be no longer than 250 words.
Metatheatrical Dimensions of Ontological Memories
The following CFP is for a panel at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association annual conference in San Diego on Nov 1-3rd, 2013.
An American Abroad: Woody Allen in Europe
This session welcomes papers on Woody Allen's films set in Europe. Is his seven-year relocation to the cities of London, Barcelona, Paris, and Rome an artistic Renaissance or merely a nostalgic/narcissistic attempt for a lost heyday that some (like critic Jonathan Rosenbaum) claim never even existed?
The extended deadline is May 12th. Please send an abstract of roughly 200 words. Thank you!
University of Washington
Few have more powerfully criticized the impoverished notion of wealth embraced by the modern world than John Ruskin (1819-1900), yet his voice is curiously absent from today's debates. Join us as we take a fresh look at Ruskin's ideas and consider the ways in which his deep concern for true civilization, the well-being of the earth and humanity, and a life restored to its basis in real wealth, offers us both profound insight and hope for a more wholesome and happy future. Berkeley author Gray Brechin (UC Berkeley's Living New Deal; author, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin), and Ruskin scholars James L. Spates (Guild of St. George; Professor of Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY) and Sara Atwood (Guild of St.
Film History: An International Journal, published by Indiana University Press for the past decade, is now housed in Indiana University's Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Election is coming... To vote or not to vote?
In fact, I didn't even leave the house on Election Day! Therefore, I am in no way responsible for the mess you created and I have every right to complain!
George Carlin, American comedian (1937-2008)
The first election for European Parliament representatives since the EU entered the current multilevel crisis and the Lisbon Treaty was ratified is upon us. It constitutes one of the few occasions where the importance of the outcome is so clearly overshadowed by the importance of participation rate.
Reading Across and Between: Transnational and Trans-Indigenous Aesthetics
Recent innovations in the field of transnational and trans-indigenous studies have encouraged reading across or between political and geographic boundaries, languages, economies, cultures, spaces, places, and times. This session encourages submissions concerned with the analysis of the recent "transitive turn" in American Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, with an eye toward new developments in the field that focus on comparative indigenous aesthetics, literatures, and visual art practice.
As part of the International Beatles Conference taking place at Penn State Altoona campus, on February 7, 8, 9, 2014, proposals are invited for a panel exploring the cover art and record sleeve illustrations of the the Beatles albums spanning the years 1963-1970.
Wunderkino ("wonder-cinema") are moving images that ignite our curiosity and engagement and help us to rethink questions of creativity, complexity, rarity and the multiple uses and understandings of amateur and non-commercial films.