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Open Borders: Translation and its Perils

updated: 
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 8:43am
Amin Erfani - City University of New York
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 1, 2021

“Open Borders: Translation and its Perils”

Conference Organizers: Professors Alexandra Coller and Amin Erfani 

(Languages and Literatures, Lehman College, CUNY)

Location: Virtual via Zoom 

Date: October 15-16, 2021

 

 

CFP for SAMLA 2021--Bonds Forged in Fire!!: Exploring the Social Networks and Social Distances in the Harlem Renaissance Era and Beyond

updated: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:43pm
The Langston Hughes Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 4, 2021

Bonds Forged in Fire!!: Exploring the Social Networks and Social Distances in the Harlem Renaissance Era and Beyond
A Special Session for the Langston Hughes Society at the 93rd SAMLA Convention

November 4-6, 2021
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center

MLA 2022 CFP: "Transnational Migration and Empire"

updated: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:07pm
TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

MLA 2022 will be held 6–9 January, 2022 in Washington, DC. We invite abstracts for an Transdisciplinary Connections [TC] Race and Ethnicity Studies-sponsored panel, "Transnational Migration and Empire." 300-word abstracts that examine how texts that center on transnational migrations, forced or otherwise, produce anti-imperialist modes of thought and practice. Any geographical location and time period. Send submissions to trans.migration.empire@gmail.com by Monday, 15 March 2021.

John Singleton: The Soulful Director [Spring 2022 release]

updated: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:13am
Joi Carr/Pepperdine University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Call For Papers: John Singleton: The Soulful Director [Spring 2022 release]

Abstract Deadline March 31, 2021

Manuscript Deadline August 31, 2021

 

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EXTENDED New Fictional Formats & Age-Old Narratives: Understanding Creative Modes of Popular Culture in the Digital Age

updated: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 10:47am
PopMeC research blog
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Constant transformation has been the norm in the new digital media environment since its inception. During the 2020 health crisis, the impact of this ever-changing digital world in our daily lives has been especially notable. Due to quarantine measures, the only opportunity to interact with friends and to consume culture was to rely on social networks, streaming services and video conferencing softwares. Web-based cultural activities have affected people’s relationships with cyberspace: many have visited museums, seen award ceremonies, and even been to concerts online. In other words, we are never disconnected from the Internet (DeNardis 2020). 

EXTENDED DEADLINE (March 20, 2021) Call for abstracts (edited volume): Latinx Representation in Popular Culture and New Media

updated: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 10:46am
A.M. Marini (Instituto Franklin-UAH) & J.J. Ramirez (University of St. Gallen)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 20, 2021

 

Call for abstracts: edited volume

Latinx Representation in Popular Culture and New Media

Editors: J. Jesse Ramirez (University of St. Gallen) and Anna Marta Marini (Instituto Franklin–UAH)

 

MLA 2022: The Power of Laughter: Discursive Communities and the Deconstruction of Social Hierarchies

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:22pm
The American Humor Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

In her 2014 text, All Joking Aside, Rebecca Krefting argued that “Jokesters unmask inequality by identifying the legal arrangements and cultural attitudes and beliefs contributing to their subordinated status—joking about it, challenging that which has become normalized and compulsory, and offering new solutions and strategies” (2). Humor has long been a tool for upsetting the status quo, for questioning the social institutions that exalt some, while leaving so many others behind. But does this comedic approach succeed in effecting change? What are the tangible results of challenging the existing situation?

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: Latinx Literature and Culture (Nov. 11-14 2021)

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:21pm
Lisette Lasater, Palomar College
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Session: Latinx Literature and Culture

Contacts: Lisette Lasater, Palomar College (lisette.lasater@gmail.com)

Edited collection “The Politics of Othering”

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:20pm
University of Gafsa
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The concept of “Othering/ Otherisation” refers to the classification of individuals or groups as outsiders. This cognitive classification divides any sociocultural and political formation into potential two generally monolithic and mutually exclusive blocks: the in-group community versus the out-group community. The inclusion or exclusion of each block is contingent on different criteria like religion, ethnicity, culture, race, politics, class, etc. When these differences are used descriptively, they become somewhat acceptable and harmless. However, when they are normative, they are often couched in the discourses of superiority or inferiority, goodness or badness, civilized-ness or uncivilized-ness, etc.

Call for Book Chapters | Edited Collection: Debating Advertising: Ethics, Effectiveness, & Creativity

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:20pm
Kathleen Vandenberg | Boston University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021

This book seeks to showcase current academic debates and multiple disciplinary perspectives on adversiting. The contributions in this book will help create a comprehensive overview of of academic discourse on contemporary advertiting. Perspectives on the ethics of advertising, the challenges to measuring advertising’s impact, and the importance of professional creativity are particularly encouraged. Proposed chapters might address whether advertising is purely manipulative, whether it encourages over consumption, whether it creates monopolies, or whether it serves primarily to make the rich even richer.

Drawing Memory in Jewish Women’s Graphic Novels: A Collection of Essays to be Published with Wayne State UP

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:20pm
Victoria Aarons/Trinity University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 1, 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS

Drawing Memory in Jewish Women’s Graphic Novels

A Collection of Essays to be Published with Wayne State UP

Edited by Victoria Aarons

  

Chapter proposals are invited for a collection of essays under contract with Wayne State University Press on Jewish women’s graphic novels.

Special Issue on Kashmir

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:20pm
ThirdFront
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In this special issue on Kashmir, we look at the dramatic change in the status of Kashmir that was effected with the reading down/abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and the aftermath of this moment. While Kashmir has been violated for decades, the removal of all special status with the abrogation was more than a symbolic change and not just because of the escalation in violence, the most dramatic internet shutdown in any modern nation. What has changed with this abrogation? What did that moment mean for Kashmir and what does it mean for its future?

 

MLA 2022: Ends of Satire

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:02pm
Maggie Hennefeld / University of Minnesota
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Satire is dead: long live satire. How can political comedy retain its critical edge when reality is more absurd than even its burlesque depiction? What media and literary satire emerge in the interregnum between old and new worlds?

Papers may engage with a range of the following topics/fields:

--Satire and its relation to fake news, truthiness, and viral conspiracy theories

--Satire and media form-- film, TV, social media, video games, podcasts, stand-up, improv, media platforms, etc. (focusing on the dynamic or dialectic between media form & satirical content)

Critical Essays and Books on Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:01pm
Valerie Estelle Frankel
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Hello, everyone. I'm editing a series with Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington on a line of academic books critically analyzing elements of Jewish science fiction and fantasy (that's the series title). https://rowman.com/action/series/les/lexjsf As such, I’d love some authors with concepts to write about.

At this stage, a paragraph-long proposal emailed to valerie@calithwain.com with a subject of JEWISH SPEC-FIC would be great. Here are some examples:

 

The Secret Jewish Roots of Star Wars (or some other top franchise)

MLA 2022:Marxism and Genre

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
Marxist Literary Group
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

The Marxist Literary Group is seeking proposals for its guaranteed session at MLA 2022, which is currently scheduled to be held in Washington D.C. from January 6th - 9th, 2022. 

How is our understanding of particular genres, or even the concept of genre itself, shaped by Marxist thought? We welcome discussions of popular film, television, or literature. Please submit 300-word abstracts and bio to mmacer2@uic.edu and ahbrown@sas.upenn.edu by March 15th, 2021.

 

Remote Middle English 1

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
MLA Middle English Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Middle English Forum Roundtable CFP for MLA National Convention 2022, to be held in Washington, D.C., January 6-9, 2022

 

This roundtable session invites papers that analyze perceptions, representations, and implications of the remote in the Middle English period and its immediate premodern afterworlds, whether geographic, linguistic, literary, cultural, political, emotional, or other, c.1200-1700. What does Middle English remoteness signify? How does such remoteness signify?

 

Literary Monsters - SAMLA - November 4-6, 2021

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 3:58pm
Crystal O'Leary Davidson / Middle Georgia State University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 21, 2021

In today's culture, it's almost impossible to avoid "monsters."  Straight from mythology and legend, these fantastic creatures traipse across our television screens and the pages of our books.  Over centuries and across cultures, the inhuman have represented numerous cultural fears and, in more recent times, desires. They are Other. They are Us. This panel will explore the literal monsters--whether they be mythological, extraterrestrial, or man-made--that populate fiction and film, delving into the cultural, psychological and/or theoretical implications.

 

Speculative Fiction - SAMLA - November 4-6, 2021

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 3:58pm
Mary Ann Gareis / Middle Georgia State College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 21, 2021

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres.  The cohesive element that pulls works together under the category is that there is some “unrealistic” element, whether it’s magical, supernatural, or a futuristic/technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way.   For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from China Miéville to Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more. 

 

CFP: Comics on the Border (MLA 2022; 1/6-1/9/22; DEADLINE 3/15/21)

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 3:58pm
Janine Utell / MLA / GS Forum on Comics and Graphic Narrative
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

MLA 2022 Non-Guaranteed Session CFP: Comics on the Border

(DEADLINE: 3/15/2021)

Call for Papers for a proposed non-guaranteed roundtable sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum to be held (if accepted) at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 6-9, 2022, in Washington D.C.

Comics are defined by borders in formal representation and structure, in the boundaries between word and image and generic categories, in the networks and communities of mainstream and alternative production and circulation.

CFP Deadline Extended: Women and Agency: Transnational Perspectives, c.1450-1790

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 10:38am
Virtual Symposium, University of Oxford
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

This two-day interdisciplinary symposium invites scholars to examine early modern women’s agency from a transnational perspective. Conversations about women’s agency continue to ripple across the world, from new, passionate campaigns in Mexico and Poland that have fought to address feminicide and sexual violence, to the Women’s Marches, which have annually inspired global response. Now, we turn with fresh urgency to early modern women’s participation in intellectual and literary cultures that bridged regional, national, and transnational divides.

Film and Media Studies - PAMLA Nov 11-14 2021

updated: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 11:21am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

 

The Film Studies session is open to all papers that explore some aspect of film or Film Studies, but we are particularly interested in papers attuned to some facet of the conference theme, "City of God, City of Destruction." For example:

 

The Call Girl in American Cinema

Show Girls on Film

Vegas in Glow

Vegas Criminality on Film

Casinos in U.S. Film

Mob Films and Vegas

Addiction on Film

The Jackpot Movie

The Bookie on Film

The Hangover Films

Male Stripper Films

Hustlers in American Cinema

Film Apocalypse

The Post-Apocalyptic Film City

Cinematic Crusaders

Film Pilgrimages

Architecture on Film

A Small Boy and Others: Henry James and the Child

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 7:32pm
Henry James Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Children appear in James’s fiction in many different kinds of roles, from the annoying little brother in Daisy Miller to the impressionable girl of What Maisie Knew. He also wrote extensively about his own childhood and those of his siblings. None of these writings are, however, for child readers, unlike the work of Lewis Carroll or Robert Louis Stevenson or Mark Twain or Louisa May Alcott. What opportunities does James find in his representations of children? How does the development of his late style affect these possibilities? These topics are suggestions, but other approaches to the subject are invited.

 

Provocative Parables at the Intersection of the Secular and the Supernatural (PCA/ACA, Philosophy and Culture Area, panel/roundtable) (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1:54pm
Philosophy and Culture Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021, http://pcaaca.org/area/philosophy-and-culture)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Synopsis: A number of anniversaries in 2021 — including the tenth of the premiere of David Benioff and W.B. Weiss’ television series, Game of Thrones, Tom Perrotta’s novel, The Leftovers, and Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life, and the twentieth of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods — is a provocative occasion for a critical reexamination of these and related parables at the intersection of the secular and the supernatural, in their original formulations and as they have developed subsequently.

The Stand, the Original Stephen King Novel and its Adaptations, in the Covid era (PCA/ACA, Stephen King Area, panel/roundtable) (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1:54pm
Stephen King Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021, http://pcaaca.org/area/stephen-king)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021

In crises, many of us turn to literature and other forms of popular culture not only for comfort, but for insight, guidance. So it is in the "Covid era," that we have turned to "pandemic literature" and related forms for popular Culture, including Stephen King’s The Stand (1978, 1990) and its adaptations to date (1994, on television, and 2008 and 2012, in comics). Already provocative, the phenomenon is all the more so for Josh Boone's recent television adaptation, appearing amidst the ongoing pandemic, from December 17, 2020 through February 11, 2021 (http://www.imdb.com/video/vi2525675801). More so still, King, in writing the finale’s screenplay, has enriched the original’s conclusion.

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