Recently, we have seen a growing number of unconventional female characters in literature, film, and on TV – characters that do not conform to patriarchal and capitalist constructions of femininity, that defy our expectations and refuse to follow the (written and/or unwritten) rules. In her monograph The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter (1995), Kathleen Rowe focused on the representation of “unruly women” in comedy. According to Rowe, the romantic comedy genre has “provided one of the few outlets for representations of female unruliness in Hollywood film” (Rowe 19).
Film and Politics in Africa
Zines are extremely versatile and shapeshift across various historical and cultural contexts. The term covers a wide range of objects with different aesthetic and material qualities as well as contexts of production and reception: Zines accommodate the collective concerns of fans and activists (zintivism) and the personal voice of the diarist and letter writer. Since the rise of digital media, zines and their aesthetics have become portable: Digitised and digital zines exist alongside blogs, social media, podcasts, and substacks, which seem to exhibit zine-y tendencies, while digital infrastructures have changed the ways that print zines are produced, distributed, and archived.
Humour across Victoriana
To be published as part of the series, Humour in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2023-2025).
This volume will attempt to explore the prevalence and function of humour across all levels of Victorian society by focusing on how humour is expressed, encountered, and experienced in all forms of media and expression.
CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL SPACE AND NEW MEDIA
Studies in Theatre and Performance Special Issue Call for Papers
Transforming Pedagogy with Popular Culture We are organizing a panel (or panels) on the topic of "Transforming Pedagogy with Popular Culture" for the 53rd Annual CEA Conference in Atlanta, GA, from March 21-23. We are looking for papers that discuss how popular culture can be used to teach important concepts or skill sets in a way that engages students in the learning process. Some potential topics include, but are not limited to, critical thinking skills, empathy, composition styles, and rhetorical analysis. There is a possibility that panel presenters may be asked if they want to participate in an edited essay collection on this topic. Please note that presenters must be members of CEA to present at the conference.
ContactZone, Journal of the Italian Association for the Study of Science Fiction and the Fantastic (AISFF), is accepting abstract submissions for a special issue dedicated to dystopias.
The opposite of utopia, dystopia presents a negative vision of the future, often apocalyptic. This special issue wants to juxtapose different dystopian horizons, tackling the construction of the future from different perspectives along the trajectories of gender, class, ecology, religion and so forth.
Contributions can feature any literature (including graphic novels) or media production (film, TV series, games) from any nation or culture.
We invite papers for a panel at the AAAS Conference 2024 in Seattle.
Este panel invita a explorar la cultura de internet del mundo hispanohablante y sus representaciones en producciones artísticas. El meme fue acuñado por el biólogo Richard Dawkins en 1976 para referirse a la difusión de “tunes, ideas, catch- phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or builduing arches” (249) mediante procesos de imitación. Décadas más tarde, el estudio de Patrick Davison (2012) corroboraría que la idea de “meme” había evolucionado gracias a las redes sociales y había pasado a tener el poder de exclusivamente cumplir un objetivo humorístico. Autores como B. E. Wiggins y G. Bret Bowers (2014) argumentan que la circulación del meme es una herramienta conversacional que alienta la participación de la cultura digital.
We are seeking paper proposals for the following conference seminar:
CFP: "Rethinking Advertisements in Cross-Genre Media"
American Comparative Literature Association
Montreal, Canada, March 14-17, 2024
Special dossier | to be published in vol 5 no 2 (May 2024)
A fundamental element of the American imaginary, superhero and heroic narratives have seen a new apogee since the turn of the century. New and old heroes and heroines have populated popular culture, giving rise to a variety of texts that tackle diversity, nostalgia, and the need for imaginaries and narratives that help us deal with the struggles inherent to our current times.
This special dossier, edited by Marica Orrù, will collect essays on (super)hero figures in twenty-first century US popular culture, with a specific focus on diversity, cross-genre texts, and transmedia representations.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
This new edited volume ( a companion to WOKE SHAKESPEARE) aims to explore some of the most recent conversations about teaching and performing Shakespeare in the age of woke cultural politics and social justice. In the context of media hostility and panic, what are the challenges faced by new audiences and learners? How should Shakespeare be positioned in the twenty-first century cultural landscape? Is it still possible to have a civilized conversation about Shakespearean scholarship, pedagogy and performance?
Shakespeare’s plays have never been far from political and cultural controversy. Today, Shakespeare still sits at the centre of the cultural establishment. However, this canonical status is under renewed attack from critics and detractors.
CFP: Edited volume on Vikingism: Viking-Age Scandinavians in Modern British and North American Media
Vikings — their history, traditions, mythology and material culture — have taken contemporary media by storm. Popular culture is awash with Viking tropes and themes which have generated explosive interest in cinema, television, video games, music, literature, genre fiction and comics. This volume aims to provide a ground-breaking and innovative understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first century Vikingism. We are inviting scholars with relevant expertise to contribute essays which address any of the following questions:
Building on conversations and topic connections from the 2023 Convention, this panel invokes the 2024 conference theme surplus in regards to witches and depictions of the occult. All too often, witches were history’s unwanted women, defying cultural and social norms in ways that were determined to be in excess of what was conventional. What does it mean that these narratives of witches, both real and fictional, have been told and retold such that the witch is now a near constant presence in popular culture, literature, museums, and local histories? Does this exposure enhance what we know about witches in society and their histories or futures, or does this exposure complicate and possibly dilute their historical, social, or gendered power?
The Velvet Light Trap, Issue 94 (to be published Fall 2024)
UPDATE NEW DEADLINE: 10/1/2023
Creative Labor and Precarity
Special Issue Theme
CFP Animation and Transport Vehicles
Deadline: October 6th 2023
Cinema arrived with a train approaching the platform with such speed that the audience jumped off their seats. So it goes in film history, as Martin Loiperdinger points out in "Cinema's Founding Myth" (2004), with the account of the public screening of the Lumiere brothers' The Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat from 1896. And with the introduction of psychoanalysis and structural linguistics in film theory by for example Raymond Bellour in The Analysis of Film (1979: 182), so the train metaphor for sex in film lives on.
Psychology and Popular Culture
Call for Papers for 2024 Conference
The Psychology and Popular Culture area concerns itself with the ways in which popular culture both reflects and shapes the nature of our psychology.
The Psychology and Popular Culture area invites all interested persons to present papers on a broad array of topics inclusive of psychology and popular culture, such as:
The Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for our annual conference to be held March 27-30, 2024, in Chicago, Illinois.
Monsters, Monstrosities, & the Monstrous CFP
Do you do monster scholarship? If so, we encourage you to consider submitting a paper to the new Monsters, Monstrosities, & the Monstrous area of the Popular Culture Association for the PCA National Conference in Chicago, March 27-30, 2024. https://pcaaca.org/page/nationalconference
Guest Editors: Susannah B. Mintz (Skidmore College) and Mark Osteen (Loyola University Maryland)
CALL FOR CHAPTERS. The humanitarian Crisis in the 21st century: challenges of liberal democracies to deal with the humanitarian crisis
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Maximiliano E. Korstanje- University of Palermo, Argentina
Christina Akrivopoulou – Hellenic Open University, Greece – Editor in Chief of Int. Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies.
Call for Papers: Animation Practice, Process & Production
Special Issue: ‘Animating Change: Women and Genderqueer Animators’
Guest editors: Tania de León Yong and María Lorenzo Hernández
View the full CFP here>>
PCA CONFERENCE 27-30 March 2024, CHICAGO, IL
The Vampire Studies Area of the PCA welcomes papers, presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions that cover all aspects of the vampire as it appears throughout global culture.
AMERICAN NIGHTMARES: THE INAUGURAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAN GOTHIC
March 21st – 23rd, 2024
Conference director: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan University
With the kind support of the American Literature Association
Proposals for individual papers, 3- or 4-person paper sessions, and 5-person roundtable sessions are solicited for AMERICAN NIGHTMARES: the inaugural symposium of the Society for the Study of the American Gothic.
We're accepting paper proposals for the following seminar at the ACLA annual meeting, which will be held in Montreal, March 14–17, 2024. Papers should be submitted online through the ACLA portal. Feel free to email with any questions.
Organizers: Hilary Bergen (The New School), Sandra Huber (Concordia University)
46th Annual Comparative Drama Conference
Conference Dates: April 4 - 6, 2024
Location: Orlando, Florida
Deadline for Abstract Submission: October 1, 2023
Disability Studies in Dramatic Texts and Performance
Papers are sought for a special panel series on the subject of disability studies in dramatic texts and performance. We invite research on representation, imagery, symbolism, societal regulation, social impact, or the construction of disability as it pertains to casting and depictions of those with disabilities in playtexts and dramatic performance.
Multiple award-winning author Ann Leckie is extremely well-regarded in speculative fiction, but relatively understudied in academia. With a new book out in June 2023 that expands the world of the Imperial Radch trilogy, it is an exciting time to be an Ann Leckie scholar. This session invites essays that address her work broadly.
In the past decade, the novella has re-emerged as one of the dominant forms of contemporary speculative fiction, with both stand-alone debuts and long-running series taking part in the form. This session invites papers that examine the novella form in speculative fiction in a number of ways.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Mississippi Quarterly
“Hurricane Katrina at 20: Rethinking the Literary and Cultural Legacies of the Storm”
Guest Editors, Courtney George and Judith Livingston (Columbus State University)
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast with catastrophic results for the surrounding communities, which are still recovering today. Almost immediately, journalists, artists, and scholars began producing significant work about Katrina—work that has continued, especially as we begin to view the disaster and its circumstances in the context of our current social justice and climate-related struggles.
North American History and Culture in Popular Media in the German-speaking Lands
Northeast Modern Language Association
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2023, at: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20712