Ted Lasso (2020-) is (ostensibly) a half-hour comedy that follows a basic fish-out-of-water plot: its titular American football coach coming to manage fictional English Premier League team A.F.C. Richmond – despite knowing nothing of the sport. But over its (so far) three-season run, the show morphed into a dramedy and eventually, an hour-long ensemble piece rivalling many other “prestige TV” productions. A pandemic sleeper hit, it put streaming service Apple TV+ on the map, winning it many loyal subscribers and countless awards; a curious feat for a show based on a series of humorous ads to promote football (soccer) on NBC Sports.
When it comes to (In)Security, David Lowery sets the bar high in The Green Knight, a subversive adaptation of the medieval romance that has captured readers’ attention for nearly seven hundred years—Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Those familiar with the poem know all too well that Gawain displays moments of insecurity when faced with a beheading from the Green Knight, but Lowery’s vision of the titular character, played by Dev Patel, radiates insecurity with every decision he makes. His weaknesses become even more apparent when paired with the empowering characters that pose a threat to his masculinity—both those original to the poem, and additions Lowery makes to his version of the tale.
On love being analogous to a battlefield, Roland Barthes writes: “From what language, one wonders, did these lovesick, melancholy grenadiers draw their passion (scarcely in accord with the image of their class and profession)? What books had they read–or what stories been told?” Following Barthes’ indicative questions, this panel inquires into the connection between love–as an idea, experience, or emotion–and the stories we have been telling about it over the long course of history. Can one imagine love without stories? What is the relationship between different forms of desire and the literary forms that bear their weight? How do changes in global storytelling practices transform our ideas of love?
PAMLA 2023 120th Annual Conference
Portland, Oregon, USA
Thursday, October 26 – Sunday, October 29, 2023
THE APOTHECARY: TRANSFORMED REALITIES AND NOMADIC IMAGINARIES
Throughout his legendary career, Cormac McCarthy has dealt with existential insecurities at all levels of human experience. This panel proposes to foster dialogue about this theme in McCarthy’s work. Abstracts dealing with any of McCarthy's works are welcome for consideration, but we do seek a special focus on McCarthy’s last two published novels: The Passenger and Stella Maris. Please send a 250-word abstract, a brief bio or CV, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Jay Ingrao (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Justin Brumit (email@example.com) by July 24th.
Annual Congress of the French Shakespeare Society
“Shakespeare in focus: the art of small things”
March 14-16 2024
Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité Internationale, Paris 14e
In the academic world, there is a constant exploration of new forms, genres, philosophies, and directions—reworking established concepts and creating new ones. While storytelling initially existed in verbal speech and gestures, modern mediums such as novels, comics, films, and video games have expanded the narrative landscape. Focusing on novelistic fiction, this panel explores their evolution, and more particularly, the proliferation of genres within them.
While traditional novels consist of a single story, short story collections, and anthologies diverge from this format, offering a unifying theme and a unique, flexible format that allows ideas and themes to be conveyed from different angles without the need for a cohesive plot.
To welcome the Gothic to NeMLA 2024 (March 7-10), this panel asks scholars to present work that introduces unlikely kinship systems in the Gothic and claims these relationships as unique to this genre.
“Rather than…‘What is the attitude of a work to the relations of production of its time?’ I would like to ask, ‘What is its position in them?’” Ninety years on, Walter Benjamin's question in “The Author as Producer” (1934) still poses a central challenge for literary studies. For Benjamin, the key idea for locating this structural “function [of] the work” is “literary technique,” a “concept…[by] which the unfruitful antithesis of form and content can be surpassed.”
We invite paper proposals on the connection(s) between any text’s “technique” and its position within its historical relations of production—of various forms of surplus, of literature, and/or of social difference. Motivating questions might include:
This panel seeks to explore various ways fans have influenced the shows they watch through various online platforms, including online communities and social media. Please submit 150-250 word abstracts that clearly show how your proposed topic fits with this session via this link: Submit to NeMLA by September 30.
This panel aims to explore the latest developments in horror film and/or horror film culture in the new millennium, ranging from emerging new themes to new auteurs to new modes of filmmaking and film production. Comparative studies among American, European, and/or non-Western cinema are encouraged.
This panel seeks papers that investigate the theme of surplus as it relates to African and African Diasporic literature, particularly in terms of representations of multivocality in oral and written traditions, multicultural and intersectional identities, economic excess and competition, and multimodality and hybridity. All genres of literature are of interest.
Please submit proposals via the NeMLA portal: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20628
Submissions deadline is September 30, 2023.
SUMMER SYMPOSIUM 2023
Queer Nineteen is a free, online resource dedicated to sharing queer stories from the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1914). Join us for our debut #Queer19 Summer Symposium on 15th August 2023, 09:30 - 16:30 (BST) where we're opening the virtual doors to anybody with a Queer19 story to tell. This free, online, one-day event is aimed at postgraduate and early career
researchers working on any aspect of long nineteenth-century queerness.
Narrative Surplus, Literary Specificity, and the Modernist Novel at NeMLA, March 7-10, 2024 Boston, MA Host: Tufts University, School of Arts and Sciences.
What would it mean to think of a novel’s depiction of thoughts, ideas, or emotions as surplus to its plot? What details—historical, social, political—are lost if we think of narrative information as mere details and therefore surplus to literary meaning? Once we extract all essential facts, what is left for the critic to make sense of?
Poetry and anthropology, poets, anthropoets and anthropologists: crossing, borrowing, influencing, returning home in the Americas and the Pacific Rim (1960s-)
Médiathèque du patrimoine et de la photographie (Charenton-le-Pont, France)
| September 18-19, 2023
Organizers : Peggy Pacini, Gérald Peloux, Anne-Marie Petitjean (CY Cergy Paris Université, UMR Héritages)
Surplus Invisibility: Concentrated Spaces of the Displaced and Expelled
NeMLA 2024--Boston, MA March 7-10th, 2024
Abstract deadline: September 30th, 2023
Response deadline: October 15th, 2023
The concept of surplus is largely understood in economics as “the amount of resources that exceed the portion actually utilized”. Gramsci, when touching on this idea, focuses on the rise of capitalism. However, “surplus” can refer to a host of different fields. What happens when the “surplus” is used to define the lives of human beings?
Consider submitting an abstract to the permanent Italian Cinema session for PAMLA 2023. Please upload your file (300 words max) directly to the Session CFP linked below.
CFP Deadline: June 30th, 2023
Session CFP: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18828
Decision Date: July 2023
Conference Dates: Oct. 26-29, 2023
Location: The Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel
This panel invites papers focusing on various aspects of Italian film history and contemporary film culture.
Excessive Abundance or Abundant Excess? Representations of Food in Italian and Italian-American Film, Literature, and Media
NeMLA 2024--Boston, MA March 7-10th, 2024
Abstract deadline: September 30th, 2023
Response deadline: October 15th, 2023
Continuing last year’s conversation, this panel proposes to focus on representations of food in Italian and Italian American Cinema, Literature and Media.
“There’s something uniquely exhilarating about puzzling together the truth at the hands of an unreliable narrator,” Maria Semple.
2023 Dress and Body Association Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Dress and Body Association invites submissions for the organization’s fourth annual conference, which will be held on November 4-5, 2023. Consistent with our long-term goals for inclusivity and sustainability, all activities will be 100% online, including keynote speaker(s), research presentations, and opportunities for virtual networking.
Visit the DBA website—www.dress-body-association.org—to learn more about this organization and consider becoming a member.
Climate Change: Implications for Dress and the Body
Panel Title: Anthropology of Literature: Negotiating Cultural Paradigms
Convenors: Dr. Kalindi Sharma, Assistant Professor, IHBAS
Co- Convenor: Dr. Debashree Sinha, Assistant Professor (English), Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi
Discussant: Prof. Indranil Acharya, Professor & Head of the Department (English), Vidyasagar University
This session emerges from an attunement to the excess of grief and trauma that have recently marked being and belonging for so many of us. In doing so, it aims to hold room for where grief and trauma meet literature and creative writing, asking first: what literature can we engage and look to for support on writing through grief and trauma, both our own and that of others we have come to know intimately? Other key questions that the session seeks to explore include, but are not limited to: How do we straddle writing about the “damage” of the everyday while also writing about what Toni Morrison calls awe and reverence?
Demystifying Mystic Falls: Race and Racism in The Vampire Diaries Franchise
From the time it premiered on The CW in 2009, The Vampire Diaries was duly castigated in the media for uncritically tiptoeing around Civil War “lost cause” mythology and overtly tokenizing its Black characters. As the public later learned, minoritized actors were also treated poorly behind the scenes. Still, the series became a cultural juggernaut, boasting two successful spin-offs (The Originals and Legacies), reviving the book series on which the show was based, and inspiring a cottage industry of franchise-related institutions and conventions that, as of 2023, is just beginning to take off.
This panel invites papers that explore the various engagements with surplus—specifically as in excess, excessive, leftover, or unwanted—in the novels of Tiphanie Yanique. This exploration may take a variety of forms, spanning from the emotional to the spatial and intergenerational. For instance, such an analysis might examine excessive or unwanted emotions, such as love, desire, anger, in Monster in the Middle (2021) and what one couple inherits from their ancestors.
The Northeast Popular Culture Association welcomes proposals in the area of Health, Disease and Popular Culture for its hybrid conference to be held from Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14, 2023. Virtual sessions will take place on Thursday evening and Friday mornings via Zoom and in-person sessions will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning at Nichols College.
Current Chair: Julia Brown, Stony Brook University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 27th April 2024
Location: University of Warwick (in-person)
Keynote speaker: Professor Janet Carsten (University of Edinburgh)
Submission deadline: 30th November 2023
Rivers and Journeys: Discovering New Selves and New Tropes
Screen Bodies invites submissions to be considered for a forthcoming issue. We welcome work that focuses on matters of embodiment in media arts from any of the approaches described below. Areas of focus include but are not limited to: cinema, media arts, photography, gaming, internet culture, artifical intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, performance art, trans studies, queer theory, feminist theory, curatorial studies, new materialism, science and technology studies, philosophy of technology, cyborg studies, robotics, SciArt, and digital humanities.