Though he is best known as the fugitive-turned-abolitionist, Frederick Douglass had a long career after the legal abolition of slavery. And yet our conception of Douglass, within and beyond the academy, tends to privilege his first two narratives at the expense of his postbellum publications, a rich set of texts that include the voluminous Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881; rev. 1882, 1892), as well as pamphlets and lectures on issues such as education, lynching, and civil rights. Seeking to open a conversation about how we might characterize Frederick Douglass after emancipation, this panel welcomes papers on any aspect of his postbellum career or his image in popular memory. Please send 250-word abstracts by June 1 to Gregory Laski, Dept.
PAMLA's 2010 Conference in Hawaii: Transgendered Oceania and Asia
(DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED: 5/4/10)
PANEL SESSION: Transgendered Oceania and Asia
I am seeking papers dealing with depictions and performances of transgendered identities of Asian or Oceanic descent. Possible paper topics may include investigations of: ancient or modern depictions of transgendered performances in religious, cultural, literary or film and visual media; transvestism in film and theatre, in the sex industry, politics, literature, sports or celebrity culture.
"Traveling South": The Sixth Conference of the International Society for Travel Writing
The International Society for Travel Writing invites you to join its sixth biennial conference at the University of South Carolina from 22-26 September 2010.
Professor Peter Hulme (University of Essex)
Gary Younge (Brooklyn College and feature writer and columnist for the Guardian newspaper)
The conference has a special, but not exclusive, focus on "Traveling South". Papers on this theme might address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
ATTN: PAMLA's 2010 Conference in Hawaii: Film Studies Panel(s)
(DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5/4/10)
Aloha Concerned Cinema Citizens,
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.
PANEL DESCRIPTION: F I L M S T U D I E S
The Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal, and its reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry," seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical/theoretical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion, and semiotics. The journal is edited in US and printed in Nepal.
Call for papers and panel proposals.
All disciplines invited.
2nd Annual Re-Viewing Black Mountain College Conference
October 8-10, 2010
The legacy of Black Mountain College continues to influence contemporary culture in multiple realms. This conference aims to investigate its history as well as the multiple paths of influence, actual and possible, identifiable in the contemporary world and beyond.
Co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and
The University of North Carolina, Asheville
This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the recent surge of the vampire motif in popular culture to explore both its causes and consequences in literary and visual representations, especially aiming to shed light on cultural conditions and media formats.
We invite academic papers on the vampire cult, especially from postgraduate students. The conference addresses researchers from the fields of cultural studies, literature, media studies,
gender studies and the social sciences.
**FINAL REMINDER – DEADLINE 1ST MAY**
This inaugural conference of the British Association of Modernist Studies and Scottish Network of Modernist Studies is based around Virginia Woolf's famous and controversial statement in an essay of 1923, often taken as indicating a possible starting-point for modernity, that 'on or about December 1910, human character changed.'
** BOSTON** 17-21 JUNE 2011*
The New England Committee the ISLE meeting invites workshop proposals that address approaches applicable to one or more fields of linguistic analysis. This first call for Proposals on Workshops has as a deadline of *30 September 2010* for submissions.
In 2004, Morrison was commissioned to write forewords to a new edition of her novels. In these Morrison, a writer who normally refutes the confluence between autobiography and creative work, describes her writing process as made up of research, imagination, and memory.
How has the biogrpahy and autobiography changed? Final call for papers on biogrpahy and autobiography for the SCMLA conference in Ft. Worth. Papers should discuss the pressures on new memoirists and/or how technology is changing the form.
Send proposals to Charles Fox by Wednesday April 21.
Popular Music Fandom: A One Day Symposium
Binks Building, University of Chester
Northwest Popular Music Studies Network
Friday 25th June 2010
Keynote speaker: Matt Hills (author of 'Fan Cultures')
While a range of researchers in cultural studies - notably Henry Jenkins, Matt Hills and Cornell Sandvoss - have moved the discussion about media fandom forward, much less work has been done specifically on popular music fandom. We invite contributors from a wide range of disciplines to discuss topics associated with popular music fan culture at this free one-day study event in Chester. Themes for papers may include (but are not limited to):
5-7 November 2010
CFP: Nature and Its Discontents
"Nature and Its Discontents" will explore the ontological, epistemological, and theological significances of "the natural" in relation to literature and to life. Possible topics may include: the varieties of human nature; environmental philosophy vis-à-vis queer, feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and/or posthumanist theory; the aesthetics of life cycles; violence and peace in the ecological order; natural disaster and environmental risk; terror, wonder, and the sublime. By 1 June 2010, please send 300-word abstracts to Robert Azzarello, Southern University New Orleans, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 30th June 2010, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Ireland and Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast, 11th-13th November 2010
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Fintan Cullen (University of Nottingham)
Professor Luke Gibbons (Maynooth, NUI)
Professor Bonnie Kime Scott (San Diego SU)
BRAND. Broad Research in Accounting, Negotiation, and Distribution
This is the new BRAND: Broad Research in Accounting, Negotiation, and Distribution.
The aim of the journal is to make an agora of different experts in economics, social and political sciences. We expect articles from experts in different scientific and practical fields, like accounting, marketing, management, economics, trade, trade law, finance, operations research, optimization, graph theory, game theory, voting, political communication, sociology etc.
Our journal is currently indexed/listed/covered in:
RePEc (Ideas, EconPapers), IndexCopernicus, getCITED, Google Academics, Socionet.ru
Women's Studies seeks papers, panels and roundtables that
investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics include, but certainly are not limited to:
*women and the media
*women and art
*women and beauty
*women and politics
*portrayals of motherhood
*women and religion
*women writers, written women
MAPACA supports all approaches; one goal of this conference is to create interdisciplinary exchange. As such, the Women's Studies area seeks papers by scholars from all fields of study. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to apply.
War has been one of the few constants in human history, waged by nations, tribes, and other factions for numerous reasons--some valid and noble, some questionable. This area seeks to explore the ways that
wars--declared and undeclared, just and unjust, sacred and profane, fictional and "real"--have impacted the social, economic, technological, ideological, and other aspects of culture.
Visual culture acknowledges the vast changes in our cultural
environment, affected by relationships between new technologies, art and media forms and the massive production of images. While the field of visual culture encompasses all things visual it also contests traditionally set boundaries between high and low culture,
particularly in regards to the onslaught of digital imagery that has
We invite submissions for several sessions on Violence and Society. As an area of study, "Violence and Society" includes the verbal, physical, mental, emotional, and/or implied abuse directed towards any individual or group of individuals. Areas of examination may include, but are not limited to, "abuse" (objectional or demeaning portrayal) of women, children, gays, or any other targeted population/individuals/race through the media, advertisement, music and/or music television videos, literature, television, movies, societal behavior, human interaction, communication, education, religion, and any other societal dimension.
"When a man rides a long time through wild regions, he feels the desire for a city," writes Italo Calvino in his beautiful account of imaginary urban environments, Invisible Cities. The Urban Culture area of MAP/ACA seeks presenters who explore the varied ways in which humans inhabit the city (real, imaginary, lost) and negotiate their urban desires. Papers addressing issues such as displacement, multi-cultural encounter, hybridization, and the production or loss of public space in the context of the metropolitan city are welcome. How do the home, the museum, world's fairs, ethnic food, architecture, spoken and written word, street performance, photography, film, sound, music, and movement, help us inscribe the city and to what end?
Travel and Tourism Studies continues to gain popularity as an academic field, in part because of its inter-disciplinary nature. The Travel and Tourism area seeks papers that explore and discuss any aspect of travel and tourism. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to, the
- heritage tourism
- travel and gender/race/class
- material culture and tourism
- writing travel
- spatial relations and tourism
- politics and tourism
- personal travel narratives
Television's impact on socialization and information is enormous. In this regard, the television interest area for MAPACA seeks to investigate the relationship between television and our lives. How do we define our lives, our self-knowledge according to the images provided by the medium of television? From the WWE to Oprah to Survivor to CNN and beyond. Are we being provided rigorous information to help the individual be a productive citizen in a society? Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers? Is television's role to challenge or pacify? Can we expect programming which examines the issues of our complex lives; or must information be made reductive in order to appeal to an average?
The Sports category welcomes a broad range of scholarship that is well researched and contains sports-related themes. Scholarship could relate to routines and procedures in sports, the sociology of sports, representational issues in sports, commercialism in sports, sports history, media and sports, and/or sports performance issues. Previously unexamined alternative topics may also be offered. Presentations should offer scholarly rigor, yet be understandable not only to sports scholars, but also to generalists who may have an interest in sports. Proposals should offer a short abstract, a one to three page description of your goals/methods, and a brief bibliography.
The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic --
visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic). Related areas of
interest may include the artistic, sociological and/or political implications of sexual attitudes, education, and orientation; sexuality in history and world cultures; beliefs and practices of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups; gender and sexuality; psychosexual considerations; sex therapy; sex toys, aids and devices; unusual or deviant sexual practices; the role or influence of sexuality in the arts; sexuality, crime, and the law; and sexual symbolism in any field of human endeavor.
Science Fiction and Fantasy welcomes papers/presentations in any critical, theoretical, or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F : art; literature; radio; film; television; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:
The Religion & Popular Culture area invites both read papers and
innovative presentations which explore specific intersections of
religion and popular culture, namely: Religious Retail/Sacred
Shopping, Religious Toys/Play, Religious Media, and the utilization of Mass Produced Spirituality in Yard Art and Home Altars. Panel or paper proposals on methods or other themes relevant to Religion & Popular Culture are also welcome..
The Popular Literary Landscapes panel of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference seeks abstracts of
papers (250 words) that address landscape descriptions which serve to identify and define important aspects of the human condition. The descriptions may be of fictional or actual places in verse or prose. The aim of the panel is to explore the presence of important cultural values/ideals/concerns/debates which traditionally inform the descriptions of popular literary landscapes.
Hard copies of abstracts should be
posted to the following address:
PSU Abington1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
Popular Culture and Activism welcomes papers or presentations that
explore the sphere of activism in the production of popular culture.
Whether historical or contemporary, investigations into the role of
activism in shaping popular culture or the role of popular culture in
shaping activism are encouraged. Possible topics might include the way
individual activists or groups have utilized popular media or sought to
influence popular media. Other issues to consider are: how have activist
groups been portrayed in popular culture? What forms of activism are
being employed on college campuses or in local communities, and how does this tie in with or shape popular culture? What are the political or