The First World War was a truly momentous event. The rest of the 20th century would be shaped by this war and its consequence, the Second World War. The years 1914-1918 impacted decisively not only on the politics of anti-colonial resistance but also on the arts; in fact, the nascent movement of modernism gained considerable impetus because of the war. The First World War produced an unprecedented magnitude of devastation that left in its trial a frenetic search for new registers necessities by the collapse of great truths. The Age of Empire had given way to a penchant for automation, experimentation, and new schemas of drift and defamiliarization.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Saints, a hagiography workshop,
Panel theme: 'Material Engagements with the Friends of God in Post-Roman Europe.'
Association with and promotion of holy figures and their relics has long been recognized as a way those in the Middle Ages laid claim to being part of a group and to that group's authority. This panel proposes to explore how identities (e.g., individual, community, national, religious, legal) were claimed and formed through the material evidence of sanctity in post-Roman Europe. Papers addressing the following themes are particularly invited:
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 30-May 3, 2015
Hosted by Ryerson University
EXTENDED DEADLINE: JULY 20, 2014
Keynote Speakers (Updated): Jane Gaines, Columbia University
Peter Goodrich, Cardozo School of Law
Dates: September 26-27, 2014
The Universal Exposition, which will bring millions of visitors to the city of Milan between 1 May and 31 October 2015, is around the corner. The Expo will mainly focus on the issue of food, as it is an indubitable fact that all around the world there are people who have too much of it, but, on the other hand, also people who still have too little.
The 2015 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015)
he Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University invites abstracts and panel proposals for its second academic conference on Popular Culture and the Deep Past, to be held February 20-21, 2015, and devoted this year to the works of and world surrounding J.R.R. Tolkien: "There and Back Again: Tolkien in 2015." In keeping with the PCDP idea, this will be a full-fledged conference, itself nested in a broader 'carnival' of popular and traditional cultural events and activities, including food- and culture-ways demonstrations, exhibits of artwork, books, and manuscripts, combat, gaming, and cosplay.
In recent years, the advent of reality television's "hicksploitation" alongside the rise of scripted dramatic series such as True Blood and The Walking Dead has seemingly kept the U.S. South as a small-screen spectacle of wonder and exceptionalism. Yet the broader historical archive of televisual representation of the region reveals a more complicated picture of how television generates, enables, contaminates and disrupts discourses about the U.S. South, forming a medium for the reproduction of dominant ideologies about life in the region while also simultaneously broadcasting oppositional, subordinated, and alternative ways of thinking about space and place.
One-day symposium to be held at Falmouth University, Saturday 6 December 2014 in conjunction with Charles Causley Trust and Literature Works (South West).
The co-chairs of the Stephen King Area—Philip Simpson of Eastern Florida State College and Patrick McAleer of Inver Hills Community College—are soliciting papers, presentations, panels and roundtable discussions which cover any aspect of Stephen King's fiction and film for the Annual National Joint Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference to be held in New Orleans from April 1st to April 4th 2015. Papers, presentations, and panels can cover King's experimentation with medium (e-books, graphic novels, TV series), his more recent fictions, including his Dark Tower series, and anything in between.
(Un)Ruly Catholic Women Religious: Sisters' Stories. Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe seek contributions for the third volume in their "Unruly Catholic Women" series. In this volume, unruliness will be presented in two ways: first, in terms of how Sisters challenge cultural and governmental policies or even regimes; and, secondly, in regard to how they challenge the Church itself. Nuns and former nuns are invited to submit their stories or poems to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September 2014. Fictional and poetic accounts from a nun's perspective are also welcome.
Spectacular Optical Publications (www.spectacularoptical.ca) is a small-press publisher of cult film and pop culture books based in Canada. As you may know, Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! – all about cool, tuff and inspiring kids in cult film and TV- is currently set to launch at the Fantasia Film Festival in July 2014. With KID POWER on the presses, it's time to start thinking about our next anthology book. Our proposed follow-up is:
Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s
We invite presentation proposals pertaining to any aspect(s) of film stardom in the 1950s, to be featured in a special series of panels at the Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, which will be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This daylong conference promises to provide an intellectually stimulating investigation into the complex phenomenon that was "The Fifties," whether cinematically or otherwise.
Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of "broken narratives" make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O'Sullivan).
OUT OF THE DARK STACKS AND INTO THE LIGHT: RE-VIEWING THE MOVING IMAGE ARCHIVE FOR THE 21st CENTURY