In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that "to find beauty in war seems heartless," but that "the landscape of devastation is still a landscape." She points out that the "classical operation of the camera" is to beautify, whereas the contrary operation of "uglifying" is a more modern response. Inspired by Sontag's compelling narrative, this collection of essays addresses the representation of unsettling subject matter (war, political conflict, crime, executions, etc) in a variety of visual media.
Trading Places: The Changing Climate of English Studies
Sponsored by Ewha BK, National Taiwan University,& Tsukuba University
November 27, 2010
Studies in the Novel (www.engl.unt.edu/sitn/) is a quarterly journal that features criticism of the novel in all periods. We are looking for reviewers to write essay-reviews, which involve several books related more or less specifically to an area of expertise. If you should be willing to review these related works, the essay-review format allows four pages per book and is treated as a freestanding publication at the head of its issue's "Reviews" section. While we require a Ph.D. to be held by all reviewers, the essay-review can be a great opportunity for a newly graduated scholar looking for publications in her/his area.
In a world which has all but gone digital, new ludic explorations of the porous "magic circle" between reality and fantasy are now fully underway. As part of one game environment or another, Danes now dress as hobos and live as such for several days, Japanese women wander around a soccer field with pre-programmed cell-phones to coordinate a musical piece via physical proximity, Germans wear redface and practice what they see as Native American customs, and New Zealanders collaborate with Weta Workshop to stage vast pseudo-medieval battles, to name but a few. These events are often recorded on video or film, but the immersive quality of the event itself eludes its own record.
2011 NeMLA Seminar Session seeks papers examining exchanges between American writers & the contemporary metropolis, from the late 20th- century to the present. Asking where & how American writers locate and/or represent urban space, we pose new questions at the intersections of American urban geography & literature: Is Detroit an exurb of Alabama? When will the Camden renaissance begin? Where do we catch the last train for Newark?
Seminar looks to reframe discussions of 21st-century American cityscape and its engagement with literature, theory & geography, by bringing consideration to notions such as displacement and the local. Send queries and abstracts to Michael Antonucci by 9/30/10
The 2011 Narrative Conference is sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and the International Society for the Study of Narrative and will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7-10, 2011. The Narrative Conference is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30, 2010.
Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.
In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.
The international, peer reviewed journal, Library & Information History is seeking submissions for a special issue on Information History. Papers are welcome on any topic of information history in any geography or chronology, which may include, but are not limited to:
* changing uses of information/knowledge in past societies
* methodological or conceptual discussions of information/knowledge in history
* censorship, control or issues of access and dissemination of
* cultural information/knowledge
* information/knowledge in relation to class or gender
* visual, aural or oral information/knowledge
* histories of the information age or of key themes of the information age
Call for Papers
Authentic, scholarly, and unpublished research papers on 'Post-Independence Indian Drama' are invited from scholars/faculty/activists/performers/writers for the upcoming critical anthology, tentatively titled as, Subjectivity in Performance: Issues of Identity in Post-Independence Indian Drama.
The volume will be published with an ISBN specification. We are in touch with an internationally reputed publishing house for the publication of this volume.