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Film Studies at PAMLA (Deadline Extended: 5/4/2010)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 4:38pm
Pacific-Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

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

"Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry"

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 12:52pm
The Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies

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.

@nd Annual Reviewing Black Mountain College Conference

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:41am
BMC Museum + Arts Center and UNC-Asheville

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

Letting the Vampire In (8/9 December) - Submission deadline: 5 May, 2010

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 9:59am
Ruhr-University Bochum

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.

PCAS / ACAS Savannah, Georgia October 7-9, 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 1:40pm
Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association in the South

PCAS / ACAS

The Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South meet every year to present and discuss ideas about popular culture, American and world-wide.

Here is a sampling of topic areas at last year's meeting:
film, mass media, sports, myths, utopias, feminist and gender studies, religion, insanity, identity, humor, horror, literature, social history, cookbooks, rhetoric, aspects of material culture, consumerism, vampirism, military history.

Update: Deadline Extended Autobigoraphy and Biography

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:00pm
SCMLA Ft Worth Oct 2010

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

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:16am
Dr Mark Duffett, University of Chester

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):

"Nature and Its Discontents," SAMLA Conference, Atlanta, 5-7 November, Deadline 1 June

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:10am
Robert Azzarello, Southern University New Orleans

SAMLA Conference

5-7 November 2010
Atlanta, Georgia

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 razzarello@suno.edu.

Ireland and Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Conference,11th-13th November 2010

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 3:53pm
Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast

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)

MAPACA -- Working Class Culture Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:58pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

This area examines representations of the working class in all areas of culture, including but not limited to art, literature, film, and the media. Some topics and issues include differentiations between working class, working poor, blue collar, and middle class labels, including immigrant and ethnic portrayals. Other topics may deal with cross-cultural analysis of working class culture and other aspects of society, such as counter/subcultures. Also welcome are issues of working class culture within a globalized society, as well as the role of the popular imagination in conceptualizing working class representations.

MAPACA -- Women's Studies Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:54pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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
*working women
*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.

MAPACA -- War Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:51pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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.

MAPACA -- Visual Culture Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:49pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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

MAPACA -- Violence and Society; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:46pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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.

MAPACA -- Vampire Romance Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:43pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Vampire Romance welcomes papers/presentations which examine any of the recent (and not so recent) representations of vampires not as blood-sucking fiends, but as romantic heroes in film, television, art, and literature. Though not an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:

The Byronic Hero
Textual Analysis
Race and Otherness
Language and Rhetoric
Archival Research/History
Fans and Fandom
Sociological or Psychological Readings
For those who relish their vampire fiends, MAPACA also has a place for you. See our "Horror" area.

MAPACA -- Urban Culture Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:40pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

"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?

MAPACA -- Travel and Tourism Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:37pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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
following:
- heritage tourism
- travel and gender/race/class
- material culture and tourism
- writing travel
- spatial relations and tourism
- politics and tourism
- personal travel narratives

MAPACA -- Television Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:34pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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?

MAPACA -- Technical Culture Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:31pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

This area addresses the connections between technology and culture. Of special concern is the subtle shaping of values, beliefs and behaviors in society induced by those links. Papers and panels which address the ways in which modern culture and individual identities are influenced by relations between technology and society are especially encouraged.

MAPACA -- Sports Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:29pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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.

MAPACA -- Sexuality and Erotica Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:26pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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.

The Fatal Woman & the Long Eighteenth-Century

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:26pm
SAMLA 2010

"The Long Eighteenth Century" panel, SAMLA 2010 is seeking papers that focus on the figure of the eighteenth-century fatal woman. The femme fatale is loosely defined as an irresistible woman who leads men (and women) into dangerous, often deadly situations. Papers should address some aspect of the femme fatale in eighteenth-century literature and/or culture, whether it be a character, artist, or other figure who poses a specific kind of threat. Papers could also address the conference theme of Text and image by considering the visual representations of eighteenth-century femmes fatales in art, photography and film adaptations of eighteenth-century literary texts. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2010.

MAPACA -- Sci-Fi/Fantasy Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:24pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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:

MAPACA -- Religion and Popular Culture Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:20pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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..

MAPACA -- Popular Novels Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:17pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Within the area of popular novels, this panel seeks to cover critical investigations of those works of literature which fall outside of the recognized canon of literature. For example, a paper on a romance writer (Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts) might mention Madame Bovary or Jane Eyre but would not center its argument on Flaubert or Bronte. Instead, papers concentrate on lesser known authors, genres, subgenres, topics, style, textual analysis, interpretations, comparisons, influences, use in classroom teaching, etc.

MAPACA -- Popular Literary Landscapes Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:14pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

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:
English Department
PSU Abington1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001

MAPACA -- Popularl Culture and Activism Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:10pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association

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

MAPACA -- Popular Architecture and the Built Environment Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:08pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

This area explores the ways that we shape and are shaped by the built
environment, individual structures, and architecture culture. It seeks
papers treating the theories, personalities, styles, and technologies that
influence buildings, city planning, and community design. The material
under consideration may be hypothetical or realized, fantastic or
practical, controversial or traditional, political or personal or any
combination of these. Topics from any time period and any culture are
welcome.

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