The emerging cyborgs, transhumans and posthumans call for an urgent reconsideration of humans as individuals and collectives. The identity of the human in the 21st century eludes the constraining boundaries of definitions underpinned by simplifying and simplified dichotomies. Affecting all the spheres of life, the discoveries and achievements of recent decades have challenged the bipolar categorizations of human and nonhuman, human and animal, or even human and machine, and thus opened the door to transdisciplinary considerations.
Call for Papers
How to Do Things with Worlds
18th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference
Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington
Dates: TBA [but virtual]
“A ‘world’ need not be a construction of a whole society. It may be a construction of a tiny portion of a particular society. It may be inhabited by just a few people. Some ‘worlds’ are bigger than others.”
Maria Lugones, “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception” (1987)
Global TV Images of Female Masculinity in the 2010s
Special Forum of Communication, Culture & Critique (Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2022) Call for Papers
Contribution Deadline: June 1st, 2021
Contribution Length: 1000-2000 words inclusive of all notes and references
Editors: Jamie J. ZHAO (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) and Eve NG (Ohio U)
This special issue of Science Fiction Studies examines food’s multiple registrations across the spectrum of historical and contemporary SF. As a core element of both the problems with and solutions to the climate crisis, the global food system is the nexus of an array of future-oriented concerns emerging around issues such as security, diet, foodways, technologies, population, habitats, consumer cultures, production techniques, energy regimes and much more. As a result of this focus the very concept of eating and food as baseline cultural material has arguably been placed under the sign of the future to a greater extent than hitherto experienced.
Centering Women on Post-2010 Chinese TV
Special Issue of Communication, Culture & Critique (Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2022) Call for Papers
Paper Abstract Deadline (500 words): March 1st, 2021
Complete Manuscript Deadline (6000-7000 words): August 1st, 2021
Editors: Jamie J. ZHAO (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) and Eve NG (Ohio U)
This CFP is for a 2 person plus moderator panel at SHARP 2021, (to be held virtually July 26-30, 2021).
World Literature as Book History
Film Studies Working Group – Call for Papers for CSA 2021
The Film Studies Working Group invites submissions for the 19th annual meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (CSA), to be held online June 10-12, 2021. The theme for the 2021 CSA Conference is Anti-Bodies: Corporeality and its Discontents. Innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the following film studies topics are especially welcome:
In order to encourage the next generation of academics, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal gender forum launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every year sees a special issue dedicated to presenting the work of emerging researchers.
Contributions for the upcoming sixth Early Career Researchers Issue may consist of new academic writing composed specifically for the occasion or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers. Please note that given the journal’s focus, all submissions must engage with Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, Masculinity Studies, and/or Queer Theory.
L’avventura. International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes aims at positioning itself at the heart of the contemporary debate on Italian visual and media culture, its history and its present characteristics. The journal’s main areas of interest include:
* Patterns, styles, figures: the evolution of styles and patterns, themes and narratives; the relationship between film and other art and communication practices; modes of production and industrial forms.
* Archive: film and media archives, as much as oral sources.
* Differences: local, national, gender and generational identities as shaped and molded in cinema and media discourse.
In recent years, numerous instances of anti-Black violence have brought to light a long, complex history of institutional racism and violence in the United States. At the same time, these events have inspired collective action and consciousness across the globe, prompting communities to recognize their own histories of racism, racial inequality, and discrimination as well as their manifestations in contemporary society. In the Latin American context, the effects of conquest and colonization have played an especially significant role in the shaping of social and cultural histories, and identity representations.
In the introduction to the Winter 1998 edition of Critical Inquiry, Lauren Berlant suggests that “the inwardness of the intimate is met by a corresponding publicness.” Over two decades later, Berlant’s pronouncement remains pertinent, particularly as the transition of our work and social lives to online spaces complicates the relationship between the private and the public. Stripped of actual bodily closeness and intimacy, the virtual body, along with its intimations and those of its domestic space, has been thrown into relief.
Monsters in/of Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture
Sponsored by the Monsters & the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association for the Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association
Session planned for the 2021 National Conference of the Popular Culture Association, Boston, Massachusetts, 2-5 June 2021
Scholarly Editing, begun again after a four year hiatus, publishes essays on the theory, practice, and pedagogy of scholarly editing, as well as reviews and micro-editions of understudied authors and texts that reflect our diverse and multifaceted cultural heritage. The journal intends to represent contributions from all countries and cultures and across disciplines, including but not restricted to educators, researchers, scholars, historians, archivists, curators, editors, information professionals, students, and digital humanists.
Jennifer Ackerman’s national bestseller The Genius of Birds (2016) highlights how birds and humans, while on seemingly different evolutionary paths, have coincided in interesting ways as both have risen to meet the challenges of nature (The Genius of Birds 12). Birds have consistently been alluded to in literature, dating back to the Greeks, and the proposed edited collection Avian Aesthetics seeks to deepen the awareness of the importance of birds in the literary and popular imagination while simultaneously focusing on how the human vision of birds has altered in an age of Animal Studies, species-ism, and climate change.
I am looking for a chapter to round off an edited volume titled SCREENING THE ART WORLD, currently in the final stages of preparation. One of the contributors just pulled out of the project.
The volume is under contract with Amsterdam University Press and the final MS has to be submitted by December 31, 2020.
This special issue is dedicated to highlight the relevance and importance of Gender and Queer Studies with regard to recent and contemporary academic literature.
With this issue we aim to emphasize not only the necessity of research in the field of Gender and Queer Studies, but we also want to draw on contemporary issues that reflect the importance of an ongoing discourse on a global scale.
We are welcoming texts focusing on, but by no means restricted to, the following areas: ecocriticism and gender, economy and gender, politics and gender, gender and mental health, gender and media, research/university/teaching and gender. All format welcome.
The Witch Institute: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
August 16-22, 2021; Virtual Event
*Queen’s University is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories
What is the Witch Institute?
The proposed anthology aims to compile essays from various disciplines in the field of South Asian Studies. The compilation introduces an academic discourse on cultural studies about the region. Cultural Studies is predominantly contemporary in focus in its academic orientation. Contemporaneous is also about how the past appears in its very connections with the present ideas and facts. In the context of the above propositional statements the focus of the book is about the nature of Cultural Studies in South Asia.
Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference in German Studies,
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University
February 12th & 13th, 2021 • 10am - 4pm EST • Online
Abstract deadline: December 31st, 2020
DUST DISTRACTION \\ ZERSTREUUNG STAUB
ZERSTREUUNG STAUB \\ DUST DISTRACTION
Das Publikum ist ein Examinator, doch ein zerstreuter
The public is an examiner, but a distracted one.
For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual! Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. The conference will take place the week of Feburary 22, 2021. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies (https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/) is inviting submissions for short contributions (500-2000 words) to be collected in a multi-authored article entitled “What do we talk about when we talk about queer death?”. The article will introduce the themed section Queer thanatologies (edited by A.C. Corradino, C. Dell’Aversano, R. Langhi and M. Petricola) that will appear in Whatever’s next issue in summer 2021.
Archives of Afro-Asia: Excavating the Cultural Politics of the Early Decolonisation Era
Special Issue of Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions (Cambridge University Press)
Call for Papers
Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
42nd Annual Conference, Week of February 22-27, 2021
Submissions Open September 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: December 13, 2020
For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual! Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be holding our annual conference completely online this year. We hope you will join us for exciting papers, discussions, and the experience you’ve come to expect from Southwest.
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
A Handbook of Indian Indie Cinema
Each year, a large number of Indian Indie films are released that suffer from lack of viewership even when it comes to their target audience, not to mention critical assessments: films that are regional, experimental in nature or have fresh, timely interventions. Many among these deserve recognition, not only from general audiences and moviegoers but also from film scholars and the academia. With the onset of streaming sites and OTT platforms, some of these have made it to the limelight, although a systematic handbook that discusses many of these films is currently, absent.
Ways into the Future
Call for Proposals
Critical Essay Collection
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2021
Stefan-Alexander Bronner, University of Connecticut; Matthew C. Jones, Northeastern University; Marcel Schmid, University of Virginia
In her book The Value of the Humanities, Helen Small defines the purpose of the humanities:
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE MARCH 4-6, 2021
HOW BODIES MATTER
The Politics of Resistance & Subversion in Global Literary and Cultural Tradition Have further questions?
Presented by the Comparative Literature & French Studies Graduate Student Associations of LSU
WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
DR. SAYAK VALENCIA, COLEGIO DE L A FRONTERA NORTE
DR. ANTJE ZIETHEN, THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
From Brett Harte’s forbidden 19th century interracial love stories to the homoerotics of Star Trek and other space westerns, from the gender-queer romances in China Miéville’s fantasy western Iron Council to the human-cyborg couplings of West World, from the tight pants and BDSM-inflected camp of The Wild, Wild West to the cross-dressing protagonist in Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturism western Parable of the Sower, as weird westerns weird other genre conventions they also frequently weird sex and sexuality.
Put my black father on the penny
put his smile at me on the silver dime
put my mother on the dollar
for they’ve suffered for more than
three eternities of time …