The XXVI FILLM International Congress provides an opportunity for linguists and literary scholars from all over the world to compare notes about current developments.
Mediascape, Columns section
The conglomeration of the media industries has seen adaptation as a means of maximizing synergy. More precisely, these companies have found value in delivering content across platforms and adapting narratives between media. Beyond this corporate practice, though, adaptation is a defining feature of both "old" and "new" media. The aim of this issue is to explore the various methods by which adaptation informs our media landscape.
Columns welcomes submissions of approximately 800-3,500 words (Chicago format). Topics may include but are not limited to:
Call for Papers
Comics Storytelling for Young People: A Critical Anthology
Edited by Gwen Athene Tarbox and Michelle Ann Abate
For over a century, comics as a mode of storytelling has embodied a literary and artistic mainstay for young people. Evidenced in everything from newspaper cartoons to dime-store comic books, comics has a long and rich history in both North American youth culture and its extant forms of print media. Then, in the closing decades of the twentieth century, the rise of contemporary graphic novels and webcomics gave this tradition new artistic outlets, as well as added public visibility.
CFP: Representations of Childhood in Comics
An interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held at Rutgers University, Friday, February 28th, 2014.
Keynote speaker John Tresch, UPenn department of History and Sociology of Science
Submissions due Monday, Dec 16th, 2013
*Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Duncan White (University of Arts London)*
Call for Papers
Saturday 1st February 2014
University of Kent, Canterbury
In recent years, popular TV series such as CSI, Bones, Dexter, and Game of Thrones have exposed viewers to high numbers of dead bodies per episode, yet in the news media, it remains largely taboo to depict the death and dying of Americans. From fallen soldiers to shooting victims, news media reduce the dead to symbolic representations in order to avoid dealing with the finality and omnipresence of death. However, in current scholarly discourse, books such as Drop Dead Gorgeous: Representations of Corpses in American TV Shows (2011) by Tina Weber, and Death, American Style: A Cultural History of Dying in America (2013) by Lawrence R. Samuel investigate death and dying from a sociological and cultural perspective.
This panel is for Euroacademia's Second Global Forum of Critical Studies in Prague, Czech Republic, 21-22 February 2014.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 22-25, 2013.
Session 1: Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Fanatics (1901)
Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
Tuesday 29th July ¬ Thursday 31st July 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for Presentations:
This inaugural conference aims to examine the evolving genres and emerging contexts of testimonial production. Broadly understood, testimony is an autobiographical narrative that presents evidence of first-person accounts of human rights abuses, violence and war, and life under conditions of social oppression. It is a genre that continues to thrive and evolve in the twenty-first century and one that encompasses a diversity of expression or representation from oral to written as well as nonfictional to fictional.
NOTE: The due date for submissions has been extended to 15 December 2013.
At Word Hoard, we like our popcorn just as much as anyone else: tasty, lightweight, and covered with something that might once have been butter, there's no better way to watch a movie than with a bag of popcorn at your side. And yet an unwelcome fact intrudes upon this idyllic scene: airborne diacetyl, the chemical used to manufacture popcorn's artificial butter flavouring, can also cause bronchiolitis obliterans, a condition more lethal than tuberculosis that occurs most frequently in the lungs of microwave popcorn factory workers.
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: A Colloquium on Drone Culture
24th May, 2014
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Derek Gregory (Author of The Colonial Present, Geographical Imaginations, and The Everywhere War), and Benjamin Noys (Author of The Culture of Death, The Persistence of the Negative, and Malign Velocities)
CALL FOR PAPERS
CFP: 'The Futures of American Studies'
Department of English, University of Delhi: 3-5 March 2014
The Wizard of Oz and the Western Cultural Imagination: A Conference celebrating and interrogating 75 years of the MGM Musical
Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton
November 21-22, 2014
The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.