As we approach the 50-year anniversary of 1968, a high point of activism and protest around the world, we are interested in reflecting on and engaging with 1968’s legacy of activism as it influences theory and practice. While 1968 is often associated with the May protests in France, this time period saw various protests and radical action occurring at places around the world, including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, student movements in Mexico, the Cultural Revolution in China, and anti-war protests and counter-culture movements in the USA. Many of these events still resonate in our contemporary sociopolitical atmospheres.
Mediascape Calls for Columns on Digital and New Media
Mediascape, UCLA’S Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, invites Columns submissions for their 2017 issue. The aim of this issue is to focus on Digital and New Media. As interactions with digital and new media are ever expanding, now deeply ingrained in TV show narratives and written about extensively in academia, we expect your submissions to be relevant, dynamic, and unique. Topics to consider include but are not limited to digital and new media in relationship to film and television, virtual reality, short-form web-series, queer game studies, and critical data studies.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 1, 2018
Science fiction always plays a part in recreating our world and directing civilization's progress. While much SF takes place in a hypothetical "future," the entire body of speculative literature influences and interacts with our world—suggesting potentialities, solutions, organizational methods, alternative cultures, and paths to follow or avoid. In that spirit, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in San José, California has chosen "Make the Future" for its overarching theme.
The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club website is seeking monthly feature articles ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words on various blues and jazz topics for 2018. Our organization is looking for individuals who are actively engaged in blues and jazz culture and/or scholarship who are interested in writing conversational yet informative articles for our website.
May 11-12, 2018
DEADLINE EXTENSION: July 15, 2018
Indigenous identity is connected to place, perhaps rooted most strongly in the relationship between place and self rather than simply the location itself. In the chapter “A Better World Becoming: Placing Critical Indigenous Studies” appearing in Aileen Moreton’s essay collection Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations, Daniel Heath Justice explains that, “Belonging is about being woven into the fabric of the land and its legacies, accepting the knowledge that your future is a shared future . . .” (26).
Update: We've extended the proposal deadline to December 15, 2017!
The second annual Central Illinois Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, hosted by the Society of English Graduate Scholars, is now accepting presentation proposals. This year’s conference theme is “Our Stories.” The conference will be held at Illinois State University, March 23 & 24 2018.
Madison Graduate Conference on English Language & Literature 2018
Nationalism and Apocalypse, Now and Then
February 23-24, 2018
The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University
Call for Papers
The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum
**REMINDER DEADLINE FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER**
Unmade films are a burgeoning area of scholarly inquiry. The rise of the film archive, from the Michael Klinger Papers and Hammer Archive, to the John Boorman Papers and Stanley Kubrick Archive, all have unearthed a treasure trove of abandoned or halted projects, left unmade for a range of industrial, cultural and political contexts. This also extends to unreleased cinema, those projects that were abandoned in pre-production, cut short in production, or simply never distributed, or removed from circulation.
Conference to be held in Madrid on June 22-23, 2018
Keynote speakers: Dr. Joni Adamson and Dr. Scott Slovic
Since the discovery of DNA the metaphor of writing to the genetic makeup of living beings has been a tempting one to engage. As George and Muriel Beadle wrote in 1966 (and as Marcello Barbieri points to in his essay “What is Biosemiotics?”) “The deciphering of the genetic code has revealed our possession of a language much older than hieroglyphics, a language as old as life itself, a language that is the most living language of all—even if its letters are invisible and its words are buried in the cells of our bodies” (Beadle and Beadle 1966).
International Conference to be held on 27-28 February 2018
at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
The conference hopes to bring together original research papers on the images of Islam and Muslims post 9/11 in literary texts and media discourses and engage meaningfully with Islam as a human and historical phenomenon where Muslims are neither victims nor threats but active participants within modern liberal structures of societies that are themselves ready to shift from an ‘an uncritical acceptance of the category of religion’ to a ‘critical interrogation of religion as a category’ to understand Islam.
Date of the conference: 2 and 3 March 2018
Conference venue: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lorenza Jägera 9, Osijek, Croatia
Deadline for proposals: 30 December 2017
Notification of acceptance by: 15 January 2018
Conference fee: 100 HRK (approx. 15 EUR)
Deadline for paying conference fee: 20 February 2018
Working language: English (and Croatian)
Deadline for submission of papers: 30 May 2018
Why are we often troubled by the presence of strangers? What does it mean to encounter strangeness in ourselves or in the spaces we frequent? What are the ethics, aesthetics, and politics of naming the strange – and the stranger? The next issue of Rejoinder explores the theme of the stranger within. Submissions (including essays, commentary, criticism, fiction, poetry, and artwork) should address this theme from feminist, queer, and social justice-inspired perspectives. We particularly welcome contributions at the intersection of scholarship and activism. For manuscript preparation details, please see our website at: http://irw.rutgers.edu/about-rejoinder.
House of Cards: Critical Essays on the Netflix Original Series
Abstracts: DUE 1 May 2018
Finished Essays DUE: 1 September 2018
House of Cards (HOC) is an American political drama developed and produced by the playwright Beau Willimon (Farragut North), adapted from Michael Dobbs’ novel and the BBC series, written by Andrew Davies.