Over the past decade, the media ecology has been dramatically shifting with the advent of online “overthe-top” streaming services, the streaming wars that followed, and the platformization of the web. As the distance between big tech companies and legacy media players rapidly dwindles, rippling effects can be felt across industries, audience practices, regulatory frameworks, and more. Simultaneously, the rise of streaming services also continues to provoke further theorizations on topics that have concerned media scholars for decades regarding the asymmetrical dynamics of power and influence as it relates to globalization processes, representation, identity, politics, cultural and national mediations, and economic development.
Call for Papers
For a Book of Essays on Forgotten Disney
Since Walt Disney released the first animated talking short Steamboat Willie in 1928, the Disney name has been associated with many classics of film and television. Recognized worldwide, these works and their characters have received extensive popular and critical attention and overshadowed other interesting but less significant offerings in Disney’s prolific oeuvre. This
In Sensory Experiments (2020), Erica Fretwell argues that “literature is a sensitizing mechanism, not merely a representation but an amplification of experience,” positing literature as “a technology […] that has the potential to reproduce—not copy but produce more—feeling and […] to create more connections to the world by registering more differences in it” (28-29). Fretwell makes that claim in the context of her transatlantic study of the relations between American literature and the failed science of psychophysics as it developed in Germany at the end of the nineteenth century.
In Song of the Shank, Jeff Allen explores his characters’ sense of “placelessness...empty distance...like retracted thoughts, half-told secrets.” What defines a writer’s underlying map of “urban space?” Urbanity as a focus offers history, but how do cities’ secret histories, deep ecologies, and furtive sounds offer a shape to urban narrative? What memory resides in cities’ erased/lingering boundaries, vacant lots, and disintegrating concrete? This roundtable explores how writers and other artists have utilized particular cities’ cores, edges, and points of transit as means to rethink the shape, shift, and stasis of urban space. We welcome papers on the full range of literary forms, but also welcome examinations of visual and sonic expression
call for proposals for a special issue of Transnational Screens
“From Yesterday’s Margins to Today’s: Towards Decolonizing Curricula, Pedagogy, and Research in Transnational Screen Media”
edited by Sheetal Majithia and Dale Hudson
Chinese Creative Writing Studies
Call for Papers (2nd Round)
Sponsors: Brescia University College, University of Winnipeg, Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, and Sequential: Canadian Independent Comic Book Magazine
Organizing Committee: Dominick Grace (Brescia University College), Candida Rifkind (University of Winnipeg), Zachary Rondinelli (Brock University), Meaghan Scanlon (Library and Archives Canada), Ivan Kocmarek (Independent Researcher)
Call for Participants (10 minutes + Q&A Session)
JAm It! is an annual, peer-reviewed journal of American Studies created by junior faculty, early-stage researchers, and PhD students. We publish academic articles, book reviews, and creative writing, favoring fresh and original contributions.
We aspire to be an inclusive and eclectic journal – an intellectual hub of exchange for a wide range of critical approaches to the field of American Studies, both in Italy and abroad. Each issue will feature a chosen methodology, with the aim of giving the broadest possible outlook on that particular branch.
We are currently seeking contributions for our 6th issue.
The Fractured States of America
Comics studies has been an established field long enough now to have consistent theoretical touchstones: Scott McCloud, Thierry Groensteen, and a handful of others. But much contemporary work on comics continues to rely on the same theoretical frameworks, returning to Understanding Comics over and over again. This session invites panelists to speculate on new directions for formal comics theory, leaving behind individual texts and close readings to ask for innovations our theories of comics as a medium. Of course, because of the abbreviated nature of conference papers, it will be impossible to put forward a fully-formed, all-encompassing new theory.
Expressions of interest are sought for contributions to a planned 2022 special issue of Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) devoted to the topic of ‘The Home’. We anticipate publishing wide-ranging sets of ideas that capture the current and emerging challenges and opportunities for feminist thinkers examining aspects of the home and housing more generally.
We welcome contributions from scholars in any discipline, including architecture, built environment, design, sociology, social policy, geography, politics, anthropology, cultural studies, film, and literature.
Call for papers for July - December Issue.
(All reviewed and accepted papers will be published free)
This roundtable is part of the 53rd annual convention of the NeMLA, held March 10-13, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Care With(out) and Against the State
The Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (AAANZ)
I M P A C T
The University of Sydney
Deadline by 30 July 2021.
The Year Without a Summer in Europe was among the reasons that inspired some nineteenth-century British writers to write novels and poems reflecting on the event and its effects on human relations. Works like Mary Shelley’s The Last Man and Lord Byron’s Darkness are among the examples that describe the feelings resulting from such an event, especially in Shelley’s work, in which many racial and political issues arise from such a crisis. How human beings care about each other in crises and what dilemmas result from such events are the focus of this session, as these issues are closely related to the most recent COVID-19 crisis.
Deadline July 1st
CFP: Reimagining the Victim in Post-1970s Horror Media
Editors: Madelon Hoedt, Marko Lukic
Latin American Digitalities
Main Editors: Patrícia Anzini & Eduardo Prado Cardoso
Intraspection, a journal of rhetoric, culture, and style, is accepting submissions on a rolling basis.
(Deadline Extended to June 30th, 2021)
South Atlantic Review Special Issue: “Post-Normative?”
Guest Editors: Horacio Sierra, Bowie State University & Austin Svedjan, Louisiana State University
2022 will be the 40th anniversary of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. With a goal of celebrating this work and introducing it to a new generation of readers, this is a call for proposals for original critical essays about the novel.
The volume will appear in spring 2022 as part of the following subset of Salem Press’s Critical Insights collection: Salem Press - Critical Insights: Works
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF
MELOW (THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE MULTI-ETHNIC LITERATURES OF THE WORLD)
to be organized by
SHOOLINI UNIVERSITY, SOLAN, HP, INDIA, https://shooliniuniversity.com/
FROM 12 TO 14 NOVEMBER 2021
CONFERENCE THEME: ILLNESS, HEALING, AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION
Whether we praise or deride it, we now live in its shadows and must reckon with what it has bequeathed us. Western thought is haunted by the Enlightenment
(Genevieve Lloyd, Enlightenment Shadows, 2013)
Dark academia is a recently emerging term of phrase describing not only an aesthetic within popular culture but also a type of genre involving an academic background, elements of the gothic, and the spectacular. Like the speculative supergenre, dark academia often borrows freely from other literary and cultural categorizations, in the way of crime fiction, classical Greek & British mythologies, artistic aesthetics, paranormalcy, romance, villainy, stoicism, and posthumanism. Oftentimes within dark academia, the Other represents a romanticized villain and/or monster with whom the reader and reviewer empathizes with. Through this romanticization, we often find that nostalgia for a colonial history takes centerstage.
ANZAMEMS 2022 CONFERENCE ON RECEPTION AND EMOTION
CFP - PANEL ON AESTHETICS IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN POETRY
We invite scholarly proposals for papers on aesthetics in medieval and early modern poetry (c. 400 to 1800), as part of a panel or panels being established at ANZAMEMS 2022. The link to the main website and call for papers is here: https://www.anzamems2021.com/
The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review invites submissions for a special issue on Hawthorne and Religion, with guest editor Jonathan A. Cook. Over the course of his career, Hawthorne earned a reputation as the nation’s leading imaginative interpreter of New England Puritanism and its nineteenth-century cultural legacy, but the exact nature of his religious predilections remains open to debate. Was he a bona fide Christian? If he was, why didn’t he go to church? What credence did Hawthorne give to his ancestral Calvinism? What impact did his wife’s Unitarianism have on him? Did Hawthorne have a well-kept “secret” that influenced his depiction of repressed guilt? What did Hawthorne think of contemporary evangelical Protestantism, and of the nation’
This panel will explore the many existing and potential connections between video games and the literary world. Many leading games have explicitly referred to works of literature, either within their storyworlds or in their marketing (for instance, Bioshock’s interactive rebuttal of Ayn Rand’s ideas). More broadly, emerging video game theory has often defined itself either by analogy or by opposition to existing concepts from literary theory. Book genres such as the choose-your-own adventure format (eg. Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series) have also anticipated video gaming, and in turn been remastered as games using the same text and narrative structure.
Call for Papers
Planetary Health Humanities and Pandemics
Heike Härting and Heather Meek (eds.)
Chinese fandoms are a growing area of interest attracting attention from groups as diverse as academia, industry, and even government. Although the foci of these groups vary, at the core are questions related to the function, organization, interests, and activities of fan groups. As Chinese media and entertainment industries mature and transnational collaborations increase, content and celebrity figures both inside and outside the Chinese context are increasingly distributed, consumed, and implicated in the formation (or extension) of fan communities.
In his 1962 essay, “The Creative Process,” James Baldwin writes, “A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven. . .The artist cannot and must not take anything for granted, but must drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.” The link between artist and activist illustrates the import of black public voices that challenge institutions of white supremacy, gender oppression, and systemic dehumanization. Historically, artists have critiqued, documented, and contextualized racial violence to ensure that the past is not forgotten and to reshape the nation’s consciousness.
“The complex relation between the private, the individual and loneliness is unique and necessary to Adorno’s work, despite the rich annoyance of his particular mode of provocation.” (Fred Moten, “The Phonographic mise-en-scene” 2004)