In Season 3, Episode 11 of Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, Mae–the show’s matrimonial barkeeper– softly recited Philip Larkin’s “This be the Verse,” a poem about the emotional scars parents leave their children. Coming as it does near the end of the series run, the poem references the trauma(s) the main character has inherited from his parents, and ties together many of the themes of the series, namely how “hurt people hurt people.” In keeping with the tone of the series, however, the pub owner’s reading of Larkin’s poem does not serve as a moral repudiation of Ted’s parents or their generation.
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.
Remembering Nelson Mandela: Legacy of Peace, Equality, and Freedom
21-22 October 2023
(Zoom sessions: 2 days/Virtual platform: 5 days)
GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship dedicates the conference to commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, the iconic leader and global symbol of peace, justice, and reconciliation. This conference aims to honor Mandela’s remarkable life and legacy, reflect on his contributions to the struggle against apartheid, and explore the relevance of his teachings in today’s world.
THE XIII CARDIFF CONFERENCE ON THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TRANSLATION IN THE MIDDLE AGES
THE MEDIEVAL TRANSLATOR: Translation, Memory, and Politics in the Medieval World
To be hosted by the Universidade de Lisboa - Portugal
17-21 June 2024
Online Workshop DACH Victorianists Network organised by Dr Anja Hartl (Innsbruck) and Dr Tim Sommer (Passau/Oxford)
Friday, 8 December 2023
UPDATED The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) Philosophy, Belief, and Pop Culture Area invites submissions for NEPCA’s annual conferenceto be held October 12 – October 14, 2023, via the Zoom platform. Deadline for proposals is August 1, 2023.
Cormac McCarthy: Insecure Passages, Insecure Passengers (SAMLA 95 - Atlanta, Georgia)
Speculative Fiction (SF) creators regularly imagine worlds in precipitous decline where the privileged few live in a safe, prosperous, hazard-free enclave from which surplus subaltern populations are excluded. What do these stories of safety for the few while the “surplus” rot outside or join a captive servant class status tell us about our own concepts of borders, citizenship, and expendability? Presenters are invited to engage with one or more texts using cultural studies, postcolonial theory, or other relevant analytic tool to analyze how gated communities function in the SF canon or the real world.
Rising Asia Journal invites Research Articles on Southeast Asia, East Asia (Japan, China, the Koreas, and Taiwan), and India's North-East Region, on all aspects of these Asian societies, in particular literature, poetry, music, art, society, as well as politics and diplomacy. We are interested in the use of diplomacy in the arts as well.
Articles should be between 5,000 to 10,000 words in length, with footnotes, and Works Cited.
Authors are urged to visit the journal's website at www.rajraf.org to read the submission guidelines.
Articles should be original, and should offer a new and innovative perspective.
CFP: Renaissance Society of America
21-23 March 2024
Poetry and the Arts in Renaissance Education and Pedagogy
Reimagining Planetary: Planetarity and the Earth Family
24-25 November 2023
Submit proposals to: https://cfplist.com/nemla/User/SessionManage/20330
You do not need to be a NeMLA member to submit a proposal.
When the screen opens, click on "Browse the 2023 Call for Papers." The next screen will ask for AREA, type “creative” and “Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing” will appear in the box and for KEYWORD type “closet.” The session will appear in a block below those two boxes. Next click on the “Revisiting Closet Poets” block and it will take you to the submit abstract page. Click the green box in the upper right corner to submit your proposal.
Depictions of the afterlife abound in medieval texts of every genre and form. From descriptions of heaven, hell, and purgatory to explorations of reincarnation and mythical spaces like Hades and the Elysian fields, medieval thinkers utilized art, music, literature, and theology to imagine different forms of life after death. In turn, such texts shaped what the afterlife looked like, sounded like, and felt like. With every work of writing and art, the afterlives depicted in classical literature and scripture took on slightly or drastically different forms. This session seeks to delve into the medieval construction of the afterlife, examining how life after death was depicted, interpreted, and experienced in medieval culture, both within and beyond Europe.
Harold Pinter/Sarah Kane
You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for possible inclusion in the book Critical Perspectives on Resistance in 21st-Century British Literature to be published by the renowned publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing (https://www.cambridgescholars.com/). Cambridge Scholars Publishing is registered in the United Kingdom. Companies House Reg. Number: 4333775.
We welcome innovative and insightful chapters that critically analyze and engage with the ways in which resistance is represented, examined, and challenged in 21st-century British literature.
In Animal Rights: Considered in Relation to Social Process (1892), Henry Salt argues that “Oppression and cruelty are invariably founded on a lack of imaginative sympathy,” which purports the notion of the “tyrant or tormentor” from ever having a “true sense of kinship with the victim” (16). In a similar way, Donna Haraway states in When Species Meet (2007), that “we are a knot of species coshaping [sic] one another in layers of reciprocating complexity all the way down” (42). Taking cues from Salt and Haraway, our panel will take up key features of human and animal relations and their intersection with the queerness of imaginative sympathy.
In this thematic issue, we explore the place and role of animals in media, their representation and influence in the context of new media, advertising, social networks, films, series, and other forms of media content. Animals hold a significant position in popular culture and have become an integral part of our interaction with the media environment. We invite authors to explore various aspects of the presence of animals in new media and examine the ethical and social questions associated with their use and representation.
List of issues for discussion
– Animals in social networks: popular trends and their influence on users;
In this thematic issue, we explore the role of neural networks and technologies in media and social life. Considering the rapid development of information technology and artificial intelligence, our society is undergoing fundamental changes in the ways of interaction and communication. We invite authors to consider the deep and all-encompassing influence of neural networks on the formation and perception of media, their role in social interaction, and the changes that neural networks and technology bring to our daily lives.
List of issues for discussion
– Neural networks and technologies in media: media analytics, automation and content generation;
The Text, an International Peer Reviewed Online Journal of Language,
Literature and Critical Theory (ISSN: 2581-9526)invites original,
unpublished research papers for January 2024 issue.
1. ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
2. IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research)
3. Citefactor (Directory Indexing of International Research Journals)
4. DRJI (The Directory of Research Journal Indexing)
She Said, He Said, They Said: (Un)Reliable Narrators in Literature
by and/ or About Women
Submitted by Annette M. Magid
Annual Northeast Modern Language Association
55th Annual Convention
Boston, MA March 7-19, 2024
Submit Proposals to: https://cfplist.com/nemla/User/SessionManage/20329
Special session for ICMS Kalamazoo 2024
Delivery Mode: Virtual (fully online)
4 & 5 April 2024, University of Amsterdam | Deadline for proposals: 15 October 2023.
Macarena Gómez-Barris (Brown University, author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, Duke University Press, 2017)
For this two-day, single-stream, and in-person conference, sponsored by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and Dutch Research Council, scholars are invited to explore how the human and nonhuman forces shaping and emerging from the earth are articulated in art and cultural practice.
There has been a veritable outpouring of both popular and academic writing on folk horror in the wake of folk horror’s resurgence in the post-2009 period. The last three years, for instance, has seen an excellent and comprehensive documentary film, Kier-La Janisse’s Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021); a special issue of the journal Revenant: Critical and Cultural Studies of the Supernatural (2020) dedicated to folk horror (with a special issue of Horror Studies in the works); and four collections of scholarly essays either just published or forthcoming in 2023 (see Bacon; Bayman and Donnelly; Edgar and Johnson; and Keetley and Heholt).
JWSR Special Issue: National Sovereignty and the World-System
Guest Editors: Roberto D. Hernández, San Diego State University and Nandita Sharma, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Speaking Opportunity – Open Call
ICMS 2024: Neomedievalism and New Media (A Roundtable)
In-Person at the International Congress on Medieval Studies 2024, Kalamazoo, MI
Deadline: September 15, 2023
Behind the Scenes: The Literary Documentary, Scene II (roundtable)
Literary documentaries have become a popular pedagogical tool in higher education. Abstracts are invited from literary, media/film, and legal studies’ professionals to share their experiences, expertise and perspectives on the processes and complexities in creating a literary documentary.
Physical and mental disability traditionally garners impressions of helplessness, asexuality, and invisibility that certainly extend to popular media. However, these attitudes have been challenged in recent years with the demand for more inclusive representations through diverse lenses. This panel aims to reexamine the representation of disability in film, TV and other media beyond education to consider the theoretical , cultural, aesthetic and historical implications that disability conveys as a site for reconsidering identity and body politics, often through transgression.
Some potential topics include but are not limited to:
Disability Questioning Gender Norms
Call for Abstracts - Edited Volume
RuPedagogies of Realness 2: The Shequel!
Essays on Teaching and Learning Under Attack with RuPaul’s Drag Race
Eds. Lindsay Bryde (Empire State University) and Tommy Mayberry (University of Alberta)
55th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
Conference Theme: Surplus
Dates: March 7-10, 2024 in Boston MA