The South Asian diaspora remains one of the fastest expanding and culturally, politically, and financially influential diasporic groups in the world. Interestingly, for scholars and observers of diasporic literature, it is also a prolific producer of literary works that reflect processes of identity and community formation, diasporization, homemaking, cultural preservation and conservation of diasporic heritage.
New technologies have often been viewed with strong skepticism for instance the advent of photography transformed painting, the introduction of vehicles substituted horse-carriages and the emergence of cinema replaced books. Plato’s horror over the destruction of ‘memory’ with the invention of ‘writing’ is perhaps synonymous to the inherent connection between ‘literature’ and ‘film’. In the preface of The Nigger of the Narcissus, Conrad states, “My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel-it is, before all, to make you see” (1897). Griffith declares that the task of a filmmaker is the same as the novelist’s, to make people see through cinema.
NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 10, 2023
SHAKESPEARE ON FILM AND TELEVISION
Meeting in San Antonio, TX, April 5-8, 2023ACCEPTS UNDERGRADUATE SUBMISSIONS
The Shakespeare on Film and Television area explores Shakespeare in a variety of media beyond the traditional stage, including film, television, anime, manga, and recent novelizations of the play. We have previously had papers on the following topics and invite new ideas all the time.
Call for Papers:
Symposium (virtual): Hollywood and the Asian American Imagination
Date: February 20 and February 22, 2024 (Tuesday and Thursday) (tentative)
Venue: Zoom, hosted by the University of Richmond, Virginia
Keynote speaker: Yiman Wang (UC Santa Cruz)
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Call for Presentations:
A Celebration of Time Travel
DePaul Pop Culture Conference
DePaul University – Conference
May 20, 2023
We are now accepting submissions for the tenth anniversary Pop Culture Conference, hosted by DePaul University! This year’s “Celebration of Time Travel” will take place in person in Chicago for Keynotes, Workshops, Presentations and Roundtables on May 20, 2021. More details can be found at popcultureconference.com.
Since the dawn of the Cold War, U.S. popular culture has been saturated with narratives that pit a morally-righteous United States against a sinister, duplicitous Russia–a binary foundational to postwar American Studies. In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine–and the attacks on democracy and human rights that it entails–the image of a menacing Russian presence is once again salient. Rather than redeploying a Cold War logic designed to disavow the sordid histories of the United States, this panel asks how we might approach the intertwined histories of Russia and the U.S. as a way of strengthening our critique of the oppression and exploitation perpetuated by both nations.
Call for chapters: Cyber feminism and Gender Violence in Social Media
Editor: Deepanjali Mishra
Call for Chapters:
Proposal Submission deadline: February 13, 2023
Full Chapters Due: June 14, 2023
Feminism has always fought for asserting women’s rights and bringing out their needs and
justifies their struggle in order to be considered at par with their male counterparts. One of
their objectives was to bring down the atrocities faced by women due to the rigid norms
The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, and panels taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for a meeting of scholars and professionals at Comic-Con International, in San Diego, CA, July 20–23, 2022. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists. The CAC is presently scheduled to take place in person and does not accept virtual presentations. The CAC is designed to bring together
Autotheory, an emergent discourse with historic precedents, lacks a stable definition. Recently, Lauren Fournier defined the term as “a self-conscious way of engaging with theory—as a discourse, frame, or mode of thinking and practice—alongside lived experience and subjective embodiment . . .” (Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism). Yet there are as many approaches to autotheory as there are autotheorists. From a recognizable aesthetic in artistic practices to a more scholarly methodology, autotheory remains a shapeshifter.
Robert Bird’s study of Andrei Tarkovsky’s cinema, published in 2008, was given a significant yet ambiguous subtitle: Elements of Cinema. Looking for the key to understanding the famous director’s films, the author took as guides “four traditional elements of matter, each captured through the distinct elements of cinema that conditioned Tarkovsky's work, from 'system' and 'imagination' to 'screen', 'image', 'story' and 'shot'”. Images of the elements, with their culturally defined symbolism – Earth as a vessel for nostalgia, water as the universal element of art and a medium of representation – became the building blocks of the unique atmosphere of Tarkovsky's films.
Call for Papers
Future Narratives, Scenarios, and Transformations in the Study of Culture
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) Justus Liebig University Giessen
19-23 June 2023
ESSCS and TransHumanities Joint Summer School
Our conference theme: Solidarity With/In the Community
We are currently in a period of greater divides and contestation within our society, especially when it comes to those who exist in queer, marginal or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises.
This feeling of division and the fight for solidarity both inside and outside our communities is a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neurodiverse people, working class and colonised populations, and others still.
Following the success of the fourth edition of the Global Conference on Women’s Studies, we are excited to announce the 5th edition of this premier academic event. Attended by scholars, researchers, and scientists from around the world, WOMENSCONF is more than an academic event. It’s a community and a knowledge platform. The connections that you make at the event and the memories from learning and networking sessions will last you long after the event is over.
UPDATE: Hybrid sessions available
15th GRAPHSY (Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium) - February 17, 2023 - In Person (with hybrid sessions)
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University - Washington, DC
Encuentros con el cuerpo: actitudes, performances y los sentidos / Encontros com o corpo: atitudes, performances e os sentidos
– Literature –
Dr. Julia Chang (Cornell University)
– Linguistics –
The complexities of the American impact on global culture, economy and technological development offer a relevant context for exploring various aspects of the video-game medium, its history, markets and communities. At the same time, thanks to its ongoing development in the realm of academic reflections on culture, media and society, Game Studies generates growingly productive lenses for America-focused research. That is why this thematic issue of Anglica Wratislaviensia invites papers investigating broadly understood overlaps or exchanges between video games and North America as objects of scholarly reflection. Possible themes include, though are not limited to:
American Literature Association
34th Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2023
The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Edith Wharton and Beauty
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore Wharton’s engagement with beauty in her works. Panelists are encouraged to consider the role of beauty in her writing on design, gardens, and travel as well as her novels and stories. All theoretical approaches are welcome. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:
The editors Zoe Bursztajn-Illingworth and Julius Greve seek essays for an ASAP/J cluster on “Poetic Voice and Materiality”. We understand this topic to capaciously include new approaches to questions of poetic voice in contemporary American poetry. Experimental responses to questions of voice in poetry are welcomed, including contributions not only from literary studies but also from sound studies, film and media studies, performance studies, philosophy, the posthumanities, digital humanities, and archives across the globe.
Call for Papers
“Ecocritical Approaches to Shirley Jackson” and “Shirley Jackson: Witchcraft and Magic”
Sponsored by the Shirley Jackson Society
American Literature Association Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2023
The Shirley Jackson Society invites scholars at all stages of their careers to submit to our panels for the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference in Boston, May 25-28, 2023. We are planning for two panels this year: 1. Ecocritical Approaches to Shirley Jackson, and 2. Shirley Jackson: Witchcraft and Magic.
4th Literature and Cultural Studies Conference
03-05 May 2023
Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
A VIRTUAL STUDENT CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY & THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
The theme of connection in the humanities is far-reaching and multifaceted. This student conference is a joint initiative between
UAlbany and UC Davis focused on connection in all its significations.
We welcome undergraduate and graduate student proposals for both critical and creative projects from literary/cultural studies, creative writing, rhetorical/composition studies, and other adjacent disciplines. Potential topics on the theme of connection may include (but are not limited to):
*CFP: ‘Personified Body Parts and Organs with a Mind of Their Own in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture’
*Editors*: Gilad Padva and Yair Koren Maimon
This collection initially examines cinematic, televisual, literary, visual and poetic representations of body parts who are vitalized, autonomized, individuated and animated. They become independent entities with a mind of their own. Instead of being parts of intricate mechanisms, these organs turn into independent, humanized and personified "bodies."
Film and Visual Studies Graduate Student Conference Harvard University
May 3–5, 2023
Keynote Speakers: Yuriko Furuhata (William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History, McGill University), Pooja Rangan (Associate Professor of English in Film and Media Studies, Amherst College), and Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
According to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “To imagine is to represent without
aiming at things as they actually, presently and subjectively are.” Imagination is
associated with creativity and the ability to conceive and envision ideas, images,
visions, societies and sensations in ways that transcend reason, and reach beyond
reality. It is a force that ongoingly wrestles with the constitution of reality, and is
credited for having shaped the world as we know it through the cumulative work of
writers, artists, scientists and philosophers. Imagination, hence, produces, creates a
higher reality that becomes the new reality. It is a synthesizing force that oscillates
Conference Date: April 25, 2023|Abstracts Due: January 27, 2023*
CFP: The 25th Annual University of Florida Critical Theory Reading Group/MRG Conference
“Marxism and Cartography”
The Critical Theory Reading Group/MRG, University of Florida
March 23-26, Gainesville, FL
Keynotes: Regina Martin (Denison University), Jason Read (University of Southern Maine), and Robert Tally (Texas State University)
Corporeal Conversations / Conversations corporelles
March 10-11, 2023 | Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Keynote: Dr. Nora Martin Peterson
Associate Professor of French Cultural Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NOTE: This is an updated call for an earlier CFP; I am still looking for a few more abstracts to round out the proposed collection. All relevant topics will be considered, but I am especially eager to read abstracts exploring youth TV in relation to economic precarity, reproductive rights, disability, Indigeneity, mental health, and/or environmentalism.
The ULICES Representations of Home research project addresses issues of identity and belonging in different geo-political, socio cultural contexts of countries where English is or has become a language of communication.
The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) seeks paper presentations and panels for the PCA's annual conference, April 5-8, 2023. We are interested in as wide an array of papers as possible, so please do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale, legend or nursery rhyme related subject. Discussions of fairy tale monsters and shifts from oral to literary to visual (filmic, artistic, etc.) versions of tales are especially welcome. Creative pieces that retell or critique fairy tales or use the tales to comment on some aspect of culture or history will also be considered.
UPDATE: deadline extended
Seeking abstracts for an edited collection of essays about life on the tenure track, especially for those working in the humanities and social sciences at non-R1 colleges and universities.