African American periodicals such as the Indianapolis Freeman, Colored American, Crisis and The Black Panther emphasize the impact of images, as well as the printed word, in enabling black Americans' self-expression and empowerment. Such periodicals often have been the primary venues for showcasing and supporting the work of black visual artists, including Aaron Douglas, Black Panther illustrator Emory Douglas, and political cartoonist Garfield Haywood. This interdisciplinary panel seeks papers that address the production, history, and aesthetics of black periodical art in a range of forms: mastheads and stock images, cover art, comics, sketches, political cartoons, and other illustrations.
I seek proposed chapters for a collection of essays tackling emergent post-9/11 literature and media. An academic publisher has already expressed interest in this collection.
While several books already exist that cover post-9/11 literature, they typically camp out on the usual suspects (Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Jonathan Safran Foer, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass). In contrast, the primary aim of this collection is to broaden that coverage by gathering together articles on newer fiction and examining how these diverse texts complicate and expand upon the initial wave of post-9/11 media.
Interdisciplinary Summer Conference
Call for Presentations:
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, "Reading Matters," will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.
This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.
Graphic Treatment: Zombies, Medicine, and Comics
This research paper explores the current attitudes of teachers towards the bullying—or "peer victimization"—of children and compare with the attitudes teachers held thirty years ago. At that and prior times, the attitude was that peer victimization was considered a part of the childhood experience.
This author examines the previous attitude through research on the documentation of the period before the research conducted by Norwegian psychologist Dan Olweus, who began to study the phenomenon in Norwegian schoolchildren in the 1970's. This author will also provide a summary of Olweus' work, which led him to developthe Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), which the author will explain.
This is an open call for submissions for an edited volume on the ways in which death is displayed in museums through photography. The editors seek submissions that investigate theoretically and/or through specific international case studies the complexities of displaying photographs of death in a museum context. Submissions are expected to contribute to our understanding of the changing role of photography in museums and of the museum's ethical, pedagogical and political responsibilities for addressing diverse audiences with the display of death through photography.