The American Journal of Semiotics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is seeking contributors to a special issue on Music and Semiotics. We are particularly interested in semiotic approaches to popular music. Among the submissions currently under review are essays on heavy metal, grunge, Laibach, Hüsker Dü, Schubert, psychedelic rock, and the Singing Revolution in Lithuania. Submissions should be sent by August 31, 2016, to Gilad Elbom, guest editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SOCIAL is the title of the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference (IAVC2016@Boston). The conference IAVC2016@Boston invites international collaborations, papers and events on post-democracy, post-society, anger, violence, future visions, crisis, zombie democracies, social media, neo-slavery, post-capitalism, post-data, social evolution, revolution, actionism, post-state, interventionism, cannibalizing corporativism, post-colonialism, economic vampirism, neo-serfs, globalized thievery, art activism, red art, insurrectional art and social exploitation.
The International Wizard of Oz Club welcomes submissions for its National Convention, which will take place in Philadelphia on August 5-7, 2016. Philadelphia was home to Oz authors and illustrators, including John R. Neill, W.W. Denslow, and Ruth Plumly Thompson, as well as favorite characters such as Button-Bright and Peter Brown.
Anything related to Oz is fair game, and we welcome ideas about non-traditional or creative formats as well. We especially welcome proposals related to the following themes of the conference and interests of our members:
In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make?
CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Annual Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC)
Ermoupolis, Syros Greece July 27-29th, 2016
This conference is hosted by The Culture of Cities Centre and will convene on July 27-29th, 2016 at The Cultural Center in Hermoupolis, on the island of Syros in Greece. It is held in collaboration with York University, St. Jerome's University and the University of Waterloo.
As the cold water gushed forth, filling the mug, I spelled "w-a-t-e-r"
in Helen's free hand…. She dropped the mug and stood as one transfixed. A new light came into her face.
Across the nation, institutions of higher learning are facing radical changes from many angles, whether they be budgetary, curricular, structural, or otherwise. As educational professionals, it is our task to manage this whirlwind of redirection with aplomb and finesse while maintaining a high level of success in our primary areas of concern: our students. How do we remain innovative and focused during these times of upheaval? How do we identify and strengthen our identities as professionals? Additionally, how to we assist our students in doing the same as they shape their personal and professional identities, particularly in developmental classrooms?
Vignettes: Episodic Tales of in the Lives of Strangers
Farris Lee Francis and Sylvia C. McPherson seek contributors for their first collection of essays centred on the struggles, pain, love, despair, and destruction which creates the human experience. The editors have extensive background in social science, women and gender studies, and African American studies.
In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders—or the blurring of such borders--within Science and Fiction. How does fiction work to educate us as readers on the use of technology? Are these examples historically, culturally, or socially relevant? Suggested topics may include:
* Women in Science Fiction
* Images of science in literature
* Energy resources in literature
* The image of the scientific utopia
* Science and progress
* The human body and/or its representation
* Representations of the apocalypse, dystopias, or other disasters in literature
Marxist critics from Adorno to Fredric Jameson have emphasized the revolutionary potential of modernism in its effort to project viable alternatives to capitalism. Indeed, one of the central goals of avant-garde artistic production is the radical break from existing norms, with experimentation serving as a means of liberation from artistic values and institutions deemed both oppressive and outmoded. But it is also, to varying degrees, a rhetoric of reform.
The South Central Modern Language Society's regular session for American Literature Before 1900 invites submissions for the 2016 annual conference to be held November 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. This year's conference theme is "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture." We welcome submissions on any topic relating to American Literature Before 1900, but we are particularly interested in papers that deal with the city and urbanity.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Jamie Korsmo at email@example.com
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Broad Street is a truly interdisciplinary journal published primarily in print but with a strong web presence. Visit us at broadstreetonline.org to see how we push academic work, reportage, and belles lettres in new ways. Your smart best friend should enjoy Broad Street as much as your theory-steeped colleague. Think NPR. Think New Yorker. Think Broad Street.
Call for papers American Journal of Social Science Studies R&d
submission via website
American Journal of Social Science Studies R&D understands the importance of social science study for the betterment of the society and for the better understanding of the human behavior, that's why it is providing a platform to all the researchers of all over the world to publish and share their valuable information in any field of social sciences.
Viatica, revue en ligne consacrée à la littérature des voyages (http://viatica.univ-bpclermont.fr/), recherche pour ses prochains numéros des contributions inédites en français ou en anglais (entre 25 000 et 40 000 caractères). Il est également possible de suggérer une idée de dossier thématique.
Merci d'envoyer vos propositions (résumé accompagné d'une brève bio-bibliographie pour un article, argumentaire avec éventuellement une liste de contributeurs pressentis pour un dossier) à Philippe Antoine : Philippe.Antoine@univ-bpclermont.fr. Elles seront examinées par le comité de rédaction.
Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance is an international peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge articles in the areas and intersections of Literary, Cultural, and Performance Studies. We especially welcome articles that will inaugurate new and dynamic directions for scholarly inquiry on the literary and cultural production of the region. Further, in our commitment to diversity and to multicultural dialogue, we welcome contributions that may potentially be relevant to the concerns of the region from various national and cultural backgrounds. The journal is supported by a distinguished editorial board that represents the journal's scholarly depth and geographic scope.
The BBC television series Downton Abbey, developed and produced by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, has become a cultural barometer with American viewers harkening back to the days when televised serial dramas ruled the airwaves. Its recent series finale was one of the most-watched in television history.
Exploring Downton Abbey is a collection of scholarly essays that interrogate this cultural phenomenon – the essays challenge readers to explore how and why this British television serial about life upstairs and downstairs in a British, turn-of-the-century manor home resonates with American audiences.
Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The 'planet', as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word 'planet' suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.
Call for Abstracts
Indigenous Studies Area - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.
Abstract Proposal deadline: April 30, 2016
The Indigenous Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panels and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference to be held at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare (847-678-4488) from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.
Connecting the Dots in a Glocalized World 2016 will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in the four main disciplines of language, linguistics, literature and translation. As the title for the conference suggests, the aim is to focus on the relationship between global themes and local practices, highlighting the under-examined interactions that occur as globalization takes on negotiated forms in different contexts. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and methodologies, the conference will centralize both research that theorizes the links between the local and the global and research that shows, through practical evidence, how local and global interact.
The Morehouse College English Department in collaboration with the Office of the Provost invites academics of all levels to participate in its Tenth Annual Symposium. This year's symposium will focus on the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The event will take place in fall 2016, with specific dates, including the deadline for abstracts, being sent out this summer.
Call for Papers
Originally deriving from the Old French bordure (meaning "seam" and "edge of a shield"), in its geopolitical sense the term "border" was first used in Scotland in the 1530s. The Borders was indeed the name of the district adjoining the English boundary. Accordingly, over the centuries borders have been used to signal differences, separations, distinctions, discontinuities, the beginning of the other, as well as the need for protection and preservation. One could mention cultural, linguistic, political, social, gender borders, and the list could of course be much longer.
With the release of American Sniper (2014), Clint Eastwood brought to the surface an interest in post-traumatic stress disorder that runs throughout his directorial career. Early feature length films like Play Misty for Me (1971) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) represent versions of post-traumatic stress before the concept was officially listed in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Firefox (1982) appears just two years after that same group entered the term into the third edition of the DSM as a response to the increased number of soldiers seeking help for psychological issues related to wartime experiences.
Journal Messengers from the Stars:
On Science Fiction and Fantasy
No. 2, 2017
Edited by: Frances Pheasant-Kelly
Co-edited by: Adelaide Meira Serras, Ana Rita Martins and João Félix
Call for Papers
Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference
As part of a two-week series of events on the subject of animal studies, Bristol University's Department of English is organising a postgraduate conference.
In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.
The abstract submission deadline for the 63rd annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies has been extended to April 4, 2016. This year's meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.
The MWCBS Program Committee will consider individual abstracts as well as proposals for complete sessions (of three participants) and roundtables (of four participants). Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts and are invited to apply for travel funds to the conference and for graduate paper prizes for presentations given at the meeting.
Feminist Spaces 2.2 (Spring/Summer 2016)
Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
The 3rd Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.