The horror genre in film follows from the literary tradition established by Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, eliciting physiological and psychological reactions through suspense, gore, the macabre and the supernatural. Horror films transfix and terrify audiences in equal measure, unfailingly achieving suspension of disbelief because fear is a universal emotion. The position occupied by female characters in horror cinema is often ambivalent, ranging from victims of violence to perpetrators of dread. Relying in part on Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection, we will investigate representations of decaying female bodies in cinema. Kristeva defines horror as a breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of boundaries between self and other.
The theme of Critical Orwell: an online conference (12-14 April 2022) is how Orwell is critical and in crisis: how Orwell’s views and work matter; how Orwell operated as a judge and fault-finder, and occasionally as a pessimist; and how Orwell is a figure whose prejudices raise important questions about his canonical status in Anglo-American culture and beyond. How and why is Orwell critical now?
Call for papers
Critical Orwell invites proposals for 15-minute scholarly presentations that consider any aspect of Orwell’s life and work in relation to the conference theme: crisis; criticism; criticality.
In “Tarhands: A Messy Manifesto,” Métis scholar Warren Cariou rewrites William Carlos Williams’ poem “This Is Just to Say” into a time capsule to be opened in a hundred years:
This is just to say
We’ve burned up all the oil
and poisoned the air
you were probably hoping to breathe.
It was delicious
the way it burned
so bright and
What is the continued role of feminist theory and feminist analysis in literary studies today in these lands claimed by Canada? How and why is feminist analysis still relevant to our work? We seek contributions for a special issue of Canadian Literature on feminist critique and/in Canada today.
The 1st Conference on Posthumanism and the Ecological Crisis organized by the Department of English & Literary Studies, Brainware University will be held on January 29, 2022. The objective is to motivate and assist esteemed faculty members, research scholars, and students from various institutions in sharing their work through presentations and publication of their state-of-the-art research.
Conference dates: 23 and 24 September 2022; to be held online via Zoom
Comhfhios Boston College is an interdisciplinary Irish Studies Conference. This year's theme is "Other Irelands" and the conference will take place in Chestnut Hill, MA on February 25-26, 2022. See full cfp below:
The Irish Studies Graduate Students of Boston College, in conjunction with the Irish Studies Program, are pleased to be hosting the fifth annual Comhfhios Boston College conference. Comhfhios (pronounced “co-is”) meaning “knowledge together,” or “open to all knowledge,” invites emerging scholars in all Irish Studies fields to gather again in Boston.
Playing the Field III: Video Game Ecologies and American Studies
November 17-19, 2022
Amerikahaus Munich, Germany
“Video Game Ecologies and American Studies” is the third conference organized by “Playing the Field,” a collaborative research initiative for the study of video games in American studies: https://playingthefieldeu.wordpress.com/.
#DouglassWeek is excited to invite poets, writers and other creators from around the world to submit entries for the second annual #Douglassweek poetry competition. This year, the theme of “Intergenerational Conversations” may inspire your creations.
Twenty-five years after Gloria Anzaldúa published Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, the U.S.–Mexico border is still “una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds.” As Anzaldúa would have predicted, this “bleed[ing]” is both violent and vital, destructive and constructive; anytime “a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country—a border culture.” However, in ways Anzaldúa failed to see, this “blood” does not flow from a single Chicanx “country,” but rather through two settler states, dozens of Native nations, and countless migrant communities: the “blood,” in other words, does not flow from a single “border culture,” but rather through a range of border cul
Since COVID-19’s first infection, the virus has mutated. Each expected virological mutation summons increased governmental and medical surveillance, received both positively and suspiciously by the public. The instituted state of exception was most aggressively diagnosed by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Agamben, however, is not alone in theorizing the pandemic. Thinkers like Slavoj Zizek, Jean-Luc Nancy, Sergio Benevenuto, and Catherine Malabou have also published reflections on the virus’s spread. In fact, a veritable sub-section of academic publishing has emerged due to the virus.
Call for Papers - Art Exhibition Symposium, Portland Oregon USA
Power Positions: A Dismantling of Phallacies
The Elisabeth Jones Art Center for Social and Environmental Justice
516 NW 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Symposium Dates: March 2022 – actual dates TBA
Exhibition Dates: January 6–March 18, 2022
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2022
The next issue of Disegno will investigate, from the perspective of design culture, the contemporary role and significance of cinema, film, VR and moving image installations within the context of the institutional, technological, and media-related developments and lifeworld in the twenty-first century. Our basic aim is to shed more light on how critically oriented design culture studies conceive of design not as it is in the world but how it creates our lifeworlds (Lebenswelten) as seamless webs of discursive meanings and sensual experiences. On closer inspection, our particular interest lies in how this worlding (scil. es weltet) can be understood in the realms of cinema and film making.
Conference dates: 23 and 24 September 2022; to be held online via Zoom
Nearly thirty years after the publication of Nina Auerbach’s seminal study Our Vampires, Ourselves, we felt the 150th anniversary of J. S. Le Fanu’s Carmilla provided an opportunity to revisit vampire fictions centred on female figures – as yet a largely unchartered territory. Despite a few pages devoted to Carmilla and queer vampires – in The Vampire Book by Gordon J. Melton, 1999, Le miroir obscur. Histoire du cinéma des vampires, by Stéphane du Mesnildot, 2013, or the catalogue of the 2019 exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française –, the centrality of Dracula and male vampires still remains prevalent in critical literature.
Between Heaven and Ground: exploring new atmospheres
The atmosphere is an ever-present component of the Earth, and although airy and diffuse, gives rise to an endless multiplicity of realisations, affects and presences. The epistemological and ontological vagueness of the atmosphere belies the criticality of the atmosphere as central to conditions of being (both human and more-than-human), and as a material site for attention and attunement. As Lyall Watson writes in Heaven’s Breath, ‘the more we learn about our atmosphere, the more substantial it becomes… close to being a living tissue in its own right’ (1985: 146).
Call for Papers
RELIGHTING THE CROSSROADS:
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN HAITIANS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS
20-22 May 2022
A Virtual Conference
CUNY Haitian Studies Institute and the Department of Africana Studies
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
I. Conference Details
‘Borders. Everything begins with them, and all paths lead back to them. They are no longer merely a line of demarcation separating distinct sovereign entities. Increasingly, they are the name used to describe the organized violence that underpins both contemporary capitalism and our world order in general – the women, the men, and the unwanted children condemned to abandonment […] In fact, everything leads back to borders – these dead spaces of non-connection which deny the very idea of a shared humanity, of a planet, the only one we have, that we share together, and to which we are linked by the ephemerality of our common condition.’ - Achille Mbembe, Necropolitics, p. 99
Università del Piemonte Orientale (Vercelli, Italy) invites paper proposals for a conference exploring the routes and branches of literary and cultural exchanges from Italy to the United States in the years 1945-1975. The conference is the third in a series of events taking place within the framework of the transdisciplinary research project Transatlantic Transfers: the Italian presence in Postwar America 1949-1972 (PRIN 2017, 2020-23) developed in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and Università di Scien-ze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo.
Crones, Crime, and the Gothic
Falmouth University UK, 10-11 June 2022
Older women have traditionally been portrayed negatively in folklore, fairy tales, literature and film, for example. Images of witches, evil stepmothers, shrivelled, bitter 'spinsters', and vindictive, bullying women abusing positions of power are rife in Western culture. Yet,
perhaps things are changing. A new emphasis on the need to discuss and understand the
menopause seems to be at the heart of this. This conference examines historical
Since 1989, Penumbra has published the artistic and literary talents of students and creatives regionally, nationally, and internationally. As a publication, Penumbra is unique; its student-led staff personally solicits, selects, and edits its content and design. The staff at Penumbra are seeking reviews of contemporary books, films, albums, podcasts, and television shows of 600-900 words for our Spring 2022 Print Issue. Book, film, television, and media reviews of works released in the last 12 months are welcome. Works being reviewed must be recent. Reviews should be between 600-900 words long and should be in MLA format.
Call for Papers: The St. John’s University’s Humanities Review Spring 2022 Issue
“Crashing the Canon: A Spotlight for the Underrepresented in Higher Education”
Deadline for abstracts: December 22, 2021
Deadline for accepted submissions: February 22, 2022
Editors: Alexander Radison & Kainat Cheema
Call for Papers for a Bilingual Issue of Alternative Francophone
Sarah Henzi (Simon Fraser University) & Marie-Eve Bradette (University of Regina)
“I live in a country where the two national languages are foreign languages.”
(Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui, Courts critiques, 2017. Our translation.)
The Dangling Modifier: Call for Papers Spring 2022 Issue
Responding in the Writing Center, the Writing Center Responding
This proposed special session for MLA 2023 invites abstracts on the depiction of crowds in literature of the eighteenth century and beyond. Please submit 250-word abstracts to email@example.com by March 8, 2022.
Please note that MLA 2023 is scheduled to take place in San Francisco, CA on January 5-8, 2023.
For more information, please see the listing on the MLA call for papers site:
Call for Papers
Intersections and the Anthropocene: Sustainability, Ethics, and Gender
Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia
March 31-April 1, 2022
Review of submissions begins December 15th and ends February 15th.
Less than a month before the deadline: Call for Chapters: Of (Hu)Man and Monarchs: Humanness and the Fictional Representations of Monarchs in literature, Arts, popular culture and Media This is the same as cfp | call for papers (upenn.edu) but since outlook's very necessary security upgrades has made it impossible to log in to this site. I changed my account. deadline for submissions: December 31, 2021 full name / name of organization: University of Gafsa contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting out and thinking ahead:
Art/Activism, Literary ProVocations and PerFORMativity
in Literatures and Cultures in English