We live in a golden age of conspiracies. From relatively innocuous conspiracies such as Area 51 or the Denver International Airport to more dangerous conspiracies such as QAnon or vaccines with microchips, conspiracy theories are pervasive in our culture. We have seen conspiracy theories lead to domestic terrorism in the past several years, including the January 6th Insurrection. As instructors who teach critical thinking and critical literacy, it is necessary for us to engage with conspiracy theories—since our students are encountering them on social media, on the internet, and, often, in their homes.
Georges Bataille’s work, a century after his texts were first published, has always been vested in controversy. Initially exiled from academic discourse and confined to titillating the imaginations of land-deprived sailors, Georges Bataille’s textual corpus has become the reluctant womb of post-modernity. Bataille’s influence can be found in a milieu of key thinkers from Foucault and Deleuze onto Giorgio Agamben and Jean Baudrillard.
Contagions and Non-Human Animals: (Re)Viewing Disregarded Species in Real and Imagined Pandemics
Due to the pandemic and a personal issue that delayed publication, this CFP from late 2020 is being reopened. I am looking for 3 to 4 essays to add to what I have. Below is the premise for the volume.
The impact of the pandemic and the threat that it poses to future human experiences has been well-documented. However, now that non-human animals are possible carriers and becoming infected, their experiences, while often overlooked, are nevertheless integrated into the worldwide pandemic.
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December 2022 Issue Submissions Call!
Theme: Love. There are so many things that revolve around that word. It is the number one muse for so many creative people and it means different things to everyone. What does love mean to you? Who or what do you love? How does the word or sentiment make you feel?
We want to know what Autumn looks like through your eyes -- whether in the past, present or future, fiction or non-fiction and across genres (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Slice of Life, etc.). We are accepting the following storytelling formats:
The Black Performing Arts Area provides a scholarly forum to share and disseminate research pertaining to the Black performing arts across expressive forms. Broadly defined, the area focuses on all forms of performing and visual arts, including jazz, blues, gospel, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, Caribbean music, dance, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and acting. In all of these contexts we are interested in investigating the merger of aesthetic technique and embodiment across Black diasporic expressivity.
This aim of this symposium will be to examine how marginalized cultures are constructed and produced. We will focus on the key players, the main artisans of this cultural production, as well as on the networks that result from it. We will analyze the concepts of resistance, self-exclusion and the hyper-center faced with the process of cultural polycentrism. These tensions will have to be thought of in terms of contemporary art, long time periods and historicity.
This conference is hybrid in nature and welcomes participants who can present in person at Georgia State in Atlanta or virtually, from their home institution or their own home. This structure is intended to create a diverse conference group, with attendees from multiple locations around the world. Virtual attendees are encouraged to consider putting together a panel or a round table of presenters from their own institution; in that way, that institution can function as an international hub for the conference. Sindiwe Magona 2023: Literary Reflections on Contemporary Issues in South Africa and Beyond
Yasna Bozhkova (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Nell Wasserstrom (Boston College)
Atelier Société d’Études Woolfiennes (SEW)/Société d’Études Modernists (SEM)
Congrès La Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur (SAES)
Université Rennes 2, June 1-3 2023
Southeast Asian Media Studies Journal (SEAMSJ) is the international, bi-annual, double blind peer-reviewed, and open-access scholarly journal of the Southeast Asian Media Studies Association (SEAMSA). Special issues are a significant component for SEAMSJ to cover emerging topics with high current interest within the theme of media studies in the ASEAN region. The journal published six issues between 2019 and 2021. Two new issues will be published in December 2022. ProposalsA proposal for a Special Issue must include:- A suggested title for the Special Issue (12 words max.).
REPOSTING, deadline OCTOBER 30, 2022
Call for papers: 24th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Feb. 9 & 10, 2023 School of Cinema, San Francisco State University: “Requiem for Netflix? Reflections on Two Decades of Streaming” deadline for submissions: October 30, 2022 full name / name of organization: San Francisco State University Cinema Graduate Students contact email: email@example.com
Call for papers: XXIV Annual Graduate Student Conference, Feb. 9 & 10, 2023
School of Cinema, San Francisco State University
Deadline Submission: October 30th, 2022
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 52nd annual conference, March 30-April 1, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. Submit your 250-500 word abstract at https://www.conftool.pro/cea2023.
CFP: Edited Collection - Irish Writers and the Civil Service
Jonathan Foster (Stockholm University), Elliott Mills (Trinity College Dublin), and Karl O’Hanlon (Maynooth University)
For Don Ihde, as long as humans find themselves living in and breathing through air, sound becomes, for them, an existential singularity. In fact, this air itself, Ihde continues, is ‘not neutral or lifeless’ but finds animation in and with ‘sound and voice’. It is, finally, this vibrant tract of air (for what else is sound?) which relates and marks the human in its existential prospects by not only producing an ambience of the world but also, simultaneously, being subjected to reciprocal manipulation by humans who invariably seek constructive teleologies.
Call for Chapter Proposals: New Perspectives on the Metal Gear Solid Series (edited collection)
Editors: Steven Kielich (University at Buffalo) and Chris Hall (University of the Ozarks)
In 2015, Hideo Kojima and his company Kojima Productions split from Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Kojima’s departure from Konami marked an unfortunate, but understandable, end to the Metal Gear Solid series. Now, in this “post-Phantom Pain” era, it has become both possible and essential to make a retrospective study of the critically, commercially, and culturally resonant series that was Metal Gear Solid.
BU Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference
Call For Papers: Illusion & Delusion
From the Coronavirus pandemic to the Russo-Ukrainian War, researchers are arguably more aware now than ever of their presence at the crossroads of perceived and misconstrued conflicts. The global political and ecological crises that confront us are strongly linked to imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and exploitation of resources. Literature and film offer pathways to explore global conflict and as a result - whether on the page or the screen - lines are blurred between what is real and what is perceived.
Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason has been a vibrant part of the cultural conversation for nearly 90 years. The titular trial lawyer with a penchant for detective work first debuted in the novel The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933), setting in motion a publishing streak that would eventually become the third best selling series of all time. Successful radio, film, and television adaptations soon followed, solidifying the character’s presence within the cultural lexicon. Indeed, Perry Mason’s crossover appeal demonstrates a cultural importance that transcends medium and generational divide.
Recent debates on canonicity have focused on how canons are a product of social and historical conditions as well as of reception. Texts become canonical when they are felt to embody the spirit of an age or to voice concerns considered universal at a particular moment. But what about the texts themselves? Can any text become canonical in any way? Or are there any specific textual reasons for such an elevated status? This latter question is what our symposium wishes to address.
Organised by Poetry Festival Singapore, the Singapore Literature Conference is slated to take place on 29 July 2023 (Saturday). The conference, currently in its fourth year, is now calling for abstracts of papers that are in any way related to the theme of "Sojourners." The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2022 (Monday).
The Making of Asia:
Asian/ Asian Americans on Screen:
“Silence is constituted by the absence of words but is therefore and simultaneously the presence of their absence” (The language of Silence. Schlant, Ernestine).
There will always come that specific moment, – and then there is silence. Many great thinkers and artists reached a point, after their most productive phase where they had become silent, and silence exists as a decision and punishment.
Wittgenstein concluded, “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and special sessions for the third annual Grateful Dead Studies Association meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Grateful Dead area at t
Contributions are sought for a volume that seeks to rethink and recover the history and future of English-speaking female authors who wrote about animals (as scientists, popularizers, storytellers, novelists and poets) from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first century. We seek to explore the question of how female writers conceive nature and represent animals from a feminist perspective by examining their role in the reconstruction of nature and looking at how they represent non-human animals and their/our relationship with them. The collection aims to pay tribute to what Anglophone female writers did in the name of nature and local wildlife by recovering their contributions and reviewing history.
This seminar proposes a collaborative theorization of Boys Love (BL), a transnational Asian media phenomenon conventionally associated with adolescent heterosexual female fan subcultures who create, consume, and circulate content depicting male-male romance and sexuality. We invite papers that theorize BL as vernacular forms of world literature with a reach beyond their targeted demographics to unsettle norms of gender and sexuality across national, linguistic, and cultural borders.
This panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in literature and media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” An overworked but underexplored cultural trope, safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.
Blooming: Metamorphoses and Seasons of Queerness
Nothing stays static in the natural world. The cold and dead of winter gives way to the green shoots of spring, which flower out in summer’s long, warm days, only to wither and fall as the end of the year comes again. In this age of cold-hearted and unenlightened legislators attacking trans rights, a false spring of marriage equality, and (somewhat) greater representation in popular culture, we wonder what season are we in today as queer and trans people? How can we bloom in an ever-changing world and shape those changes to promote better, more just, and warmer-hearted treatment for all?
This seminar investigates “pornography” and “propaganda” as two categories that attempt to set boundaries around acceptable language. They work as genre designations as often as they work as aesthetic judgements and denunciations. When an object, a picture, or a text is accused of being pornographic or propagandistic, it stands accused of using representational force in an unacceptable way – too direct, too explicit, too symbolic, too something to accord with the idealized sincerity and critical openness of acceptable, normal, or mainstream discourse, of speech that should be unquestionably “free.”
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
Call for Papers: Indigenous Modernities
Indigenous societies around the world are reimagining themselves, foregrounding elements of historic and/or traditional cultures and emphasizing their ‘indigeneity’. Within the context of Western modernities and urbanization, indigenous identities are being renewed or reconstructed and new conceptions of the indigenous self are emerging.
This National Virtual Conference on Contemporary Readings in Literature, Arts and Aesthetics is an academic platform for meaningful dialogue and discussion on the aesthetic reflections in our socio-cultural, literary and political life. The conference is a joint venture and the following academic institutions areactively taking part in this event:
OUR COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS:
James Baldwin Review Volume 9 (2023) CFP
James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its ninth volume. An online, open access publication, James Baldwin Review brings together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative non-fiction on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.