When Siskel and Ebert famously launched their offensive against what they labeled as “Women in Danger films,” they effectively positioned slasher films as anti-feminist, exploitative, and lacking all artistic merit. But in the intervening years, this once much maligned sub-genre has enjoyed increasing acclaim for its subversive potential and reflection of cultural norms. This special issue seeks to examine the elements of the “new slasher” that potentially explain this shift.
Please follow the above link to view session details and submit your abstract for NeMLA 2022, March 10-13, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Abstract deadline 9/30/2021.
According to the renown essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, published in 1975 by the feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey, hegemonic cinema has privileged the masculine gaze, objectifying female bodies on the screen and transforming them in mere objects of desire for the male spectator. Mulvey studies the way female bodies have been exposed in cinema to evoque ‘to-be-looked-at-ness’ while becoming the object of the masculine scopophilic gaze within the screen.
This panel seeks to examine the relationship between “apocalypse” and “utopia” in American literature and culture. In the wake of 2020 and its arguably apocalyptic elements, coupled with increased conversations about how these moments of rupture and upheaval might serve as openings for crafting a better world and a better society, this panel welcomes submissions on any aspect or portrayal of the relationship between the apocalyptic and the utopian in American literary and cultural production--novels, short stories, poetry, comics, graphic novels, films, television, etc. How might we understand the relationship between apocalypse and utopia in seeking to form a politics of utopia (and all that phrase might entail)?
Call for Papers
Conference: Women’s Rights and Global Adaptations of Shakespeare
November 25-26, 2021
Freie Universität Berlin
Medieval in Popular Culture Sponsored Sessions for MAM 2021
2021 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference
Virtual Event, hosted by Ball State University, 29-30 October 2021
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks paper proposals related to the following two topics for inclusion at the 2021 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference.
Since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the Arctic (understood here as the circumpolar region around and north of the Arctic Circle) has entered worldwide public discussion to an unprecedented extent. As a global climate archive and the site of various scrambles for resources, it has become the centre of attention within debates on climate change and global geopolitics.
Horror films have long held a place in cinematic history as an expression of the monstrous, the un-nameable, and the unknown. They are a powerful point of catharsis in which viewers see their deepest fears played out onscreen, whether the threat is fully embodied or less concretely defined. As a result, grief and loss have always figured heavily in this genre.
NeMLA 2022: Baltimore, Maryland. March 10-13
Panel Chair: Tania Nicolaou
How does contemporary fiction of the Americas and Caribbean explore practices of healing? This panel considers all aspects of healing, including but not limited to religion, indigenous practices and rituals, the spiritual, and through community and the collective. How does their depiction in literature allow for generative further discussion about identity, culture, and tradition, and what does this mean in the 21st century?
CFP: Space, Place, and Locus: Mapping the New Europe (Edited Collection)
Abstract Deadline: 16 August 2021 (500 words)
Chapter Deadline: 17 December 2021 (5000-6000 words)
Editors: Izabella Wodzka, Mathis Gronau, and Brittany Eldridge (UCL)
Early Research Academics (Those obtaining their PhDs, and those who have graduated within the past 5 years, are STRONGLY welcomed to apply. We are specifically looking for papers from those two groups as that is the mission of ERA. If you happen to see this and believe one of your students or friends is a good fit for our collection, please pass it on.)
Peter Lang Publishing
Medieval in Popular Culture Sponsored Sessions for MAPACA 2021
Panels to run under the Medieval & Renaissance Area
2021 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
Virtual Event, 10-13 November 2021
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks paper proposals related to the following three topics for inclusion in the Medieval & Renaissance Area sessions at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association.
In literature and popular culture, the non-violent approach is vastly underrepresented as a viable philosophy. This is problematic because the stories we tell shape the imaginary we live out of. Part of the reason the pacifist position seems so untenable is precisely because it remains so unimagined. One thinks of the so-called canon with its repertoire of violent heroes: Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, Arthurian legend. Even today’s popular “canon” features heroes who consistently solve problems through violence: the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics’ films, the John Wick series, and the classic, decade-spanning Alien franchise. The myth of redemptive violence continues unabated.
Women’s Suffrage in the United States:
Laws, Practices and Representations (19th-21st centuries)
Université du Mans (3L.AM) / Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (CAS)
February 3-4, 2022
CFP – Panel: 53rd annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
Guerres au masculin, exterminations au féminin: entre expériences, trauma et révoltes"
March 10-13, Baltimore, MD
Monsters of Beowulf: Past, Present, Future
Session Proposed for the 2021 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Sponsored by the Monsters & the Monstrous Area
Virtual event, Thursday, 21 October, through Saturday, 23 October 2021.
Proposals due by 1 August 2021.
Sesssion on the 2022 NeMLA Conference in Baltimore (March 10-13th)
The fantasy of sentient machines serving humans’ desires and needs connects world cultures and media as the film & TV industry is eager to produce eye-catching visual narratives of indestructible cyborgs like Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the Terminator Series or selfless servants like Andrew Martin (Robert Williams) in Bicentennial Man. However spectacular these films are, they often leave us uncomfortable, wondering if bionic humans or AI-operated machines are here to destroy humanity. Could it be that humans deceive themselves into thinking that the creation of such posthuman beings will resolve the paradox of the ‘master and slave’ power dynamics?
Research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) of Ghent University (Belgium) is delighted to announce From the Scenic Essay to the Essay-Exhibition. Expanding the Essay Form in the Arts after Literature and Film, an international conference from 27th-29th of April 2022 in Ghent (Belgium) and the corresponding call for proposals to contribute to this event.
Theme of the conference:
This panel asks a follow-up question to the so-called "urban turn" in the humanities and social sciences in recent years: what lies beyond or at the margins of the urban. The city itself has evolved into something that transgresses the traditional formations of the urban/rural, the fictional/material, the state/institutional, and the resistant/popular. By seeking to address the interrelation between the notions of the center and the peripheral within media urbanisms across the world, the panel aims to go beyond the binary of the center and the margin well as the urban and the non-urban, and in doing so, rethinks urban marginality as well as the processes that create it.
Scripting the Past in the Present:
Early America and Contemporary Culture
SAMLA 93, November 4-6, 2021 (Atlanta, GA)
Patrick M. Erben and Rebecca L. Harrison, University of West Georgia
CFP – Panel: 53rd annual NeMLA Convention
Baltimore, MD (10-13 March, 2022)
Connecting Characters in Modern and Contemporary French-Language Fiction
Abstract deadline: September 30, 2021
CFP: Queer and Femme Gazes in AfroAsian Visual Culture (edited volume)
Rebecca Kumar and Seulghee Lee, eds.
PenumbraOnline Call for Reviews (Books, Films, Television, and Media)
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. PenumbraOnline.org, our online publication, is just as committed to receiving submissions from a diverse range of writers.
The ‘little apparatus’: 100 years of 9.5mm film
16, 17, 18 June 2022
University of Southampton
An international conference hosted in person and online by the Department of Film Studies’ ‘Centre For International Film Research’ at the University of Southampton.
Call for Paper – Special Issue #16
Genre en séries : cinéma, télévision, médias
“Femmes fatales”, “Men in crisis”?
Reexamining gender representations in film noir
Most cultural representations of the Latinx community produced in the United States have historically reduced this population to stereotypes or caricatures. Nevertheless, there is a new wave of cultural phenomena (literature, films, tv series, etc.) that has not only challenged these exaggerated and erroneous representations but has also sought to breathe complexity into real Latinx subjectivities and experiences. This panel welcomes essays that discuss new forms and interpretations of the histories and traditions of the Latinx communities present in literature and film. We are particularly interested in works that delve into the intersections of race and identity in Latinx production and self/representation.
CALL FOR CHAPTERS /CFP for Edited Volume
Animal Heroes, Villains and Others: the Narrative Functions of Strange and Familiar Creatures in Film and Television
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: July 15, 2021
Name: Dr. Karin Beeler and Dr. Stan Beeler
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
Call for Papers
(Open, Non-Thematic Issue)
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation invites submissions for the upcoming 24th issue. We accept:
- original research papers: 5,000 to 7,000 words
- reviews: up to 2,000 words
- translations of literary texts: 5,000 to 7,000 words
Call for papers: States of Immersion: Bodies, Media Technologies
Edited collection — Estimated publication 2023
This panel explores topographies of memory and architecture as a powerful force for cinematic storytelling, cityscapes’ psychosis, etc. As part of the special session, we are looking for contributions examining and analyzing diverse relationships between cinema, television, architecture, and memory and their links with contemporary Spanish media and identity. Submissions in English and Spanish, although we recommend the latter.Since Foucault conceptualized the notion of “heterotopy” as those ephemeral or stable places in relation to the parameters of exclusions of the dominant groups, the emergence of the internet and social media has further transformed traditional heterotopias.