The summer of 2019 has seen a variety of news reports and stories announcing and celebrating the accomplishments of diversity, inclusivity, and socio-political progress across the entertainment industries.
Humour seems to be an essential feature of human life – ‘the ability to be amused by things, the way in which people see that some things are amusing, or the quality of being amusing’ (Merriam-Webster). It is not just about jokes but a way of looking at the world. Individually, it is beneficial to health, relieving negative energy and invigorating the mind and the body. Socially, it is an indicator of frankness and sociability. Economically, it generates communication, improves teamwork and increases efficiency. Politically, it is an important form of protest and disobedience. Historically, it has proven to be a powerful weapon in times of crisis. And it can be wielded negatively, as a weapon or entrée into dark social arenas such as racism or hatred.
Saving the Day for Medievalists: Accessing Medieval-Themed Comics in the Twenty-first Century (Roundtable)
Sponsored by the Medieval Comics Project, an outreach effort of the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
55th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
7-10 May 2020
Proposals due by 15 September 2019
“Transsexualité, transidentité: un tabou français?” (“Transsexuality, transidentity: a French taboo?”): such was the title chosen by the online French news magazine France Infofor an article published in 2015that discussed the lack of visibility trans(gender/sexual) people still experience in French society. Indeed, there has been an increasing visibility of trans individuals in film and TV in recent years.
51st NeMLA Convention | March 5-8, 2020 | Boston, MA
Feminist film critics have pioneered work on the intimate relationship between gender and genre, thus problematizing and unsettling long-standing dominant narratives, structures of looking, and spectatorial positions. Indeed, much of the work by feminist filmmakers showcases an innovative use of genre conventions that opens up new narrative avenues and destabilizes audiences' expectations. Considering its historical dimension, the notion of film genre becomes an invaluable category and analytical tool to explore questions not only of sexual difference, but also of sexual orientation, race, class, or culture.
Michele Lockhart seeks contributors for her fifth collection of essays, which will analyze the language used by female candidates as they vie to be the 46th President of the United States and first female President of the United States.
Deadline for Proposals: 20 October 2019
Performing Animation, Animating Performance
King’s College London, Saturday 14th December 2019
A 1-day Interdisciplinary Symposium
CALL FOR PAPERS (First-Come, First-Served Extended Deadline Period)
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019, Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California