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.
Telling Life Stories: Ethos, Positionality, and Structures of Narrative
The reading and analysing of life stories offer multiple perspectives in understanding the self-reflexivity of authorial consciousness, the rhetorical/stylistic fashioning of ethos, and the fabulation/fictionality of narrative. Lived experiences, of the author as well as the reader, allow perception of meaning against the sedimented social, political, and cultural paradigms of the “master” or “grand narrative,” as Jean-François Lyotard puts in his seminal work, The Postmodern Condition (1979). The dialectic of human action and social reality within such narratives serves to map the interrelated progression of individuals and cultures throughout history.
Poetics of Travelling Self: Discursive Formations and Purposiveness of Travel
THE 23rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES SECTION
CALL FOR PAPERS
The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 23rd Annual International Conference:
Disaster Discourse: Representations of Catastrophe
The E. E. Cummings Society invites proposals for two panels at the American Literature Association conference, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago on May 26-29, 2022.
Panel 1: Cummings and Transcendence
In 1960, Norman Friedman declared that Cummings’ “philosophy of life” was “transcendental, romantic, prelapsarian, organicist, and individualistic. The same is publicly available in the writings of many others, such as Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson” (Art 66). We seek papers examining, critiquing, clarifying, or complicating these assertions through a close reading of any Cummings work(s).
For far too long the story of British history and culture (of Western history generally) has presented the presence of Africans within Britain as a product of the Atlantic slave trade. Not only is this figuring of Africans as first arriving in the British Isles as enslaved people simply inaccurate as a matter of historical fact, it carries deeply troubling and problematic categorical and ontological implications through casting the very identity of Africans and their descendants first and foremost as enslaved people in the historical imagination.
American Literature Association Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2022
The Kurt Vonnegut Society will sponsor two panels at the upcoming ALA Conference:
Vonnegut on Film
Robert Weide’s documentary Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time was released in theaters
on November 19, 2021, following a Kickstarter campaign and much anticipation from
Vonnegut fans and scholars alike. Weide’s work is the first full-length documentary film
addressing the author’s life and works. This session invites responses to the
documentary and to “Vonnegut on Film” more broadly.
Keynote and plenary speakers of the conference:
Conversations concerned with borders often address the extent of geopolitics, the anthropocene, and the techno-industrial. Yet, “the meaning of the word border has progressively changed from a fact of nature to a cultural, political, and ideological product of human will (Power 6-13; Harvey). Natural frontiers do not exist either in a topographical or in a linguistic sense, and the self-conscious linking of place and identity is quite a modern phenomenon” (Spiridon 376).
The book provides an in-depth analysis of global perspectives on advancing public and social gender policy worldwide; it also examines women’s political representation and participation in peace processes in the context of their community, emphasizing existing cultural norms with biases, questioning societal prejudices toward women, for example, in STEM and creative economies. The volume covers several domains presenting a wide range of important issues that demonstrate gender inequality, discussing a wide range of cultural and geographical realities.
Call for Book Chapters: Hong Kong Discourse: Surveillance, Resistance, and Transformation
Editors: Magdalen Ki (Hong Kong Baptist University), Wayne Liang (Lingnan University)
Routledge Handbook of Descriptive Rhetorical Studies and World Languages
Editors: Weixiao Wei and Chris Shei
We currently have 30 chapters below. We are calling for 20 more papers to submit by July 2022.
The 2022 First Book Institute
June 12-18, 2022
Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University
Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book
Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Co-Editor of American Literature
Aperçus: Histories Texts Cultures
A Bucknell University Press Series
Aperçus is a series of books exploring the connections among historiography, culture, and textual representation in various disciplines. Revisionist in intention, Aperçus seeks monographs as well as guest-edited multi-authored volumes, which stage critical interventions to open up new possibilities for interrogating how systems of knowledge production operate at the intersections of individual and collective thought.
Call for PapersUCSD Literature Department 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference
University of California, San Diego
Remote, April 29th-30th, 2022
We’d like to remind you of the upcoming conference abstracts deadline of 31 January for the conference “Shadow Screens: Unmade, Unseen, Unreleased Film and Television”.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Jadavpur University Essays and Studies (JUES) Vol. 36 (Themed Issue)
Editors: Dr. Rafat Ali
Dr. Doyeeta Majumder
Death, Dying and Diseases: Critical Reflections
Conference dates: March 2-4th, 2022
CFP deadline: 1st february
Place: Madrid (Spain)
Organised by: Medieval Colors Network. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (CAPIRE Research Group), Freie Universität Berlin, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Università di Bologna, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne y Helsingin Yliopisto.
Conference: 17-18 March 2022 (online- via Zoom platform)
Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland
Professor Paulo Endo – University of São Paulo, Brazil
CALL FOR PAPERS:
CFP #IFM2022 Virtual Conference
Extended Deadline - January 31st, 2022
Hosted by Ryerson University (Canada), The University of Texas at Dallas (USA), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Leeds Trinity University (UK), and the University of Bayreuth (Germany)
Judith Aston, Associate Professor and Wallscourt Fellow in Film ＆Digital Arts, the University of the West of England, Bristol (United Kingdom)
Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2022
11th Annual Conference
30th June – 1st July 2022, University of Liverpool - https://crsfhome.home.blog/
“Always treat language like a dangerous toy.” (Ansel Hollo)
Dr. Christy Tidwell (South Dakota School of Mine & Technology) Dr. Jalondra A Davies (Writer and Scholar)
WORKSHOP: Sell Your Stories: Writing and Submitting SFF Short Fiction.
In Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, the editors Anna Tsing, Elaine Gan, Heather Swanson and Nils Budandt, open by invoking the image of “Haunted Landscapes of the Anthropocene,” or “the vestiges and signs of past ways of life still charged in the present” (1). Simply put, the actions of animate beings leave traces on the material world, stories, that linger after an individual consciousness moves on. Those stories—material, political, semiotic—unite us to the landscape, keep the past present, provide us with poetic inspiration, warn us from travelling the same paths of our antecedents. They also describe and define the human relationship to the material world as one that is inherently steeped in narrative.