A dark urban setting scattered with dots of light. Yellow gas flames shoot up against a glowing red horizon, creating an almost hellish feel. Flying cars pierce the atmosphere, revealing the orange smog haze that reappears in urban sequences throughout the movie. As the camera moves closer to futuristic, monumental buildings, cold white beams of light transition to interiors dominated by blue hues. Sequences in the Tyrell Corporation are marked by cool tones as opposed to Deckard’s warm-toned private spaces. How would we feel and think about a cult film like Blade Runner (1982) if cinematographic choices about color had been made differently?
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANEL PROPOSALS
2nd International e-Conference
“Contemporary Trends and Development in Cultural Studies and the Humanities”
Date: 22nd, 23rd, and 24th October, 2021
To be Organized by
New Literaria- An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
In collaboration with
Department of History, Humanities and Society, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy & Department of English, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, India
In his foreword to World Report on Violence and Health, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002, Nelson Mandela states that “the twentieth century will be remembered as a century marked by violence” (Krug et.al., 2002, “Foreword”). Now we are nearly at the end of the first quarter of the twenty-first century, but violence still permeates in our lives at various levels. Various forms of violence occurring at levels of interpersonal, self-directed, collective, state, warfare, child and youth violence, intimate partner violence, environmental violence, and animal violence lay bare the complexity and pervasiveness of the phenomenon, yet it also brings along the necessity to discuss violence from multiple perspectives.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTSTeaching Hong Kong, Hong Kong Teaching: A Hong Kong Studies Symposium (Saturday 4 December 2021)
Poststructuralism, Deconstruction, and the Novel
From Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Call for Abstracts for 53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, which will take place on March 10-13, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Poststructuralism, Deconstruction, and the Novel (Panel)
Call for abstracts:
Comparative Literature / World Literatures (non-European Languages
Call for abstracts for panel at NEMLA 2022
Panel title: Towards a Greater Inclusion of Women Authors of the Spanish Novel of Historical Memory
The long existing impacts of the U.S.-Mexico border on Indigenous communities have been devastating on those communities physically on the border and for various Indigenous peoples representing many North American and South American nations seeking safety. Papers considering Indigenous transnationality at the border are welcome. A variety of topics and approaches are welcome, such as analyzing texts that address border crossing(s), threats to Indigenous sacred areas, blocked access to sacred spaces and cultural practice, the effects of the Border Patrol on the cultural relationships with community members across the border, and the rhetoric of organizations like the Lipan Apache Women Defense, MMIWG2S awareness groups, the U.N.
Religious fantasy, for a great many readers, is synonymous with Christian fantasy; more specifically, it is understood as literature overtly reproducing biblical narratives within a fantasy world, such as C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Concurrently, fantasy texts engaging with theology through non-allegorical means that challenge mainstream Christian doctrine are all too often dismissed as disingenuous, offensive or deliberately antagonistic. While this is sometimes the case, such a narrow view of religious fantasy excludes all but the least innovative texts from the genre and leaves little room for authors of other faiths.
Clara Sereni was an innovative writer, a passionate intellectual, and a committed activist, whose literary work and political engagement have left an indelible mark on contemporary Italian literature and society. Her numerous fictional and non-fictional writings bear witness to crucial times in Italian history (Fascism, post-war years, the 1960s and 1970s and the Berlusconi era) while also exploring the intimate struggle for personal independence and self-affirmation of multi-faceted female characters in their roles as daughters, mothers and “handicapped” mothers, workers, activists, politicians, Jews.
Desire and the Erotics of Introspection
Red Feather Journal (www.redfeatherjournal.org), an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal, seeks well-written, critical articles on children in popular culture for the Fall 2021 issue --deadline September15th, 2021. Some suggested topics: children and the pandemic, child refugees in media, child or childhood imagery (film, television, digital media, art); notions of innocence; children or childhood literature; the child in/and fan cultures; children and social media; childhood geography or material culture; children and war; children and the changing political landscape; children and religion, or any other aspect of the child in popular culture.
Established in 1989, the Center for Mark Twain Studies “International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies” is the oldest and largest gathering devoted to all things Twain. During times so turbulent and uncertain as to require that that the quadrennial conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies be postponed by a year, the theme of change and growth “speaks to our condition,” as the Quakers say.
In Horkheimer and Adorno’s dialectic of Enlightenment, the spiritual and mimetic relation towards nature in early myth society increasingly gives way to nature’s disenchantment: the process by which a holistic and qualitative nature is systematically reduced and fragmented into the purely “rational” material of natural science and, ultimately, industrial, carbon-based society. But as Horkheimer as Adorno make clear, enlightenment, what promised liberate us from the irrational, becomes an even more irrational force than the nature it supposedly subdued, giving rise to catastrophes—genocide, nuclear fallout, global warming—that dwarf the violence nature originally wrought.
A Critical Companion to Jane Campion
Edited by Elsa Colombani and Eurydice Da Silva
Part of the Critical Companion to Popular Directors series
edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1ST, 2021
The Fifth Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium:
The Dark Cosmos of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy
September 25th and 26th, online via Zoom
With keynote addresses by:
Dr Randall Wilhelm (editor of The Ron Rash Reader [University of South Carolina Press, 2014])
In keeping with the symposium theme of "Rebirth Renewal Renaissance," this panel proposes a new look at the works of William Gay. A search of the MLA International Bibliography shows little work on Gay, and that which does exist locuses more on his first two novels (The Long Home and Provinces of Night) and his short fiction. This panel welcomes papers on Gay's later published work, and especially on his work--The Lost Country, Little Sister Death, and Stoneburner--published posthoumously.
Call for Papers
Making Queer Comics: Foundations and Touchstones
“Making Queer Comics: Foundations and Touchstones” is a proposed volume in the series Critical Approaches to Comics Artists at the University Press of Mississippi (under advance contract). This volume will survey the work of foundational figures in LGBTQ+ comics art and storytelling from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Call for Papers
Historical Fictions Research Network Online Conference (19-20 February 2022)
The Historical Fictions Research Network aims to create a place for the discussion of all aspects of the construction of the historical narrative. The focus of the conference is the way we construct history, the narratives and fictions people assemble and how. We welcome both academic and practitioner presentations.
If one were to judge the genre of science fiction by the blockbuster films it has produced, one would think it is a hypermasculine, imperialist, anti-feminist genre. However, non-white, non-male people have shaped, defined, and sustained the genre throughout its existence as authors, editors, and fans. The modern founder of the genre was arguably Mary Shelley who initially published anonymously. However, authors like Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler are now synonymous with literary sci-fi. Furthermore, some of the most compelling and successful contemporary writers of science fiction are women of color.
Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference
February 17-20, 2022 | Atlanta, GA
Richard Wright and Racial Reckoning panel/roundtable
Cities Under Stress: Urban Discourses of Crisis, Resilience, Resistance, and Renewal
The Third International Conference of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS)
We invite proposals for contributions at the third international conference of ALUS, scheduled to take place at the University of California, Santa Barbara on 17–19 February 2022. Following earlier successful meetings in Tampere, Finland (2017) and Limerick, Ireland (2019), and sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention (MLA) in both 2020 and 2021, ALUS now organizes its first event in North America.
SCMS 2022 pre-constituted panel proposal:
New directions in women’s experimental film and media
The inaugural issue of the Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images is live!
Check it out here: https://journals.publishing.umich.edu/gs/
Highlight: 11 articles by prominent academics and researchers on themes of Hong Kong and social movements, building and documenting national and transnational cinema, Sino-US relations, and the narrative of the virus.
Below is an updated list of texts available for review in The Journal for the Study of Radicalism. Reviewers must be professors, independent scholars, or professionals who hold a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Advanced graduate students are also encouraged to reply.
Email the Book Review Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to review a text listed below. We also welcome and encourage ideas on other texts related to radicalism.
Call for Papers (Edited Collection): Teaching with Fairy Tales
Teaching with Fairy Tales is a collection of essays that discuss the many ways to use fairy tales and folklore in classrooms at all levels. We are soliciting contributions of chapters focusing on classroom uses for fairy tales and/or folklore in any field. While lessons for any level of education are welcome, activities that can be adapted to more than one age group are preferred.
Essays should be 6,000-8,000 words, MLA format. Priority will be given to submissions that have not been published elsewhere.
This peer-reviewed, edited collection will be published by McFarland (expected publication 2023).