[UPDATE] Nabokov on Politics (SAMLA 87)

full name / name of organization: 
Benjamin Mangrum / Davidson College
contact email: 

In a later preface to Bend Sinister (1947), Vladimir Nabokov claims, "the influence of my epoch on my present book is as negligible as the influence of my books, or at least of this book, on my epoch." The conventional reading of Nabokov as an aesthete who is insistent upon sharp divisions between fictional and political worlds has its principal source in the author's stylization of his own career. Yet this way of reading Nabokov has been complicated through such recent studies as Andrea Pitzer's The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. Despite the many ways that the novelist spurned the literature of "social comment" and "human affairs," his fiction regularly alludes to communist regimes, political dilemmas, and the horrors of European fascism. What are we to make of Nabokov's disavowal in light of the political detail populating much of his work? How does the political figure into fiction that the author so vehemently presented as Art for Art's sake? Reading against the grain of Nabokov's insistence, what political histories influence his impressive career as a writer?

This panel invites papers to explore these and other questions regarding the political in Nabokov's fiction, whether through his short stories and novels dealing directly with political themes (e.g. Bend Sinister or the collection Tyrants Destroyed), or through the subtle detail and allusions signaling that politics haunts his work. Following the theme of SAMLA 87, papers may also consider the connections between Nabokov's political fictions and the other arts. How, for instance, does Nabokov's interest in film inform his American career? Or what influence might his interest in painting and sculpture have upon his political thought?

The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 24, 2015. Please submit a CV and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Benjamin Mangrum, Davidson College (bmangrum@email.unc.edu).

62588UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in TextsUniversity of North Alabama English Departmentehughes@una.edu1434569714african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of North Alabama English Departmentcontact email: ehughes@una.edu

Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 7th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 26-27, 2016

UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts

Recently, there has been a resurgence of critical interest in dystopianism, which is mirrored by dystopic themes in contemporary literature and pop culture like The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games series, and dystopian graphic novels. The University of North Alabama's Department of English invites proposals for scholarly papers which investigate any aspect of dystopianism or its converse, utopianism, in language, literature, or other media. For example, topics might include readings of works within the genre of utopic or dystopic literature, but we also welcome examinations of these themes in texts. We are interested in receiving examinations of texts from any time period or country of origin, but we are particularly interested in contemporary and nontraditional texts or media.

Possible topics and representative texts may include (but are not limited to):
Film and film adaptations
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
YA literature and novels
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Television shows
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Comics and graphic novels
Divergent series (novels and film adaptations)
Studies of fan fiction
V for Vendetta (graphic novel or film adaptation)
Contemporary and classic literature
The Republic by Plato
Marxist and neo-Marxist criticism
Utopia by Thomas More
Gender studies and feminist theory
Zombie genre films, TV shows, novels, and graphic novels
Postcolonial theory
Science fiction and fantasy
Queer theory
Satire and political commentary
Diversity in dystopian texts
Post-apocalyptic texts

The keynote speaker for this conference will be announced at a later date.

We welcome proposals from current students and recent graduates (within the last five years) of MA or PhD programs in English, Film Studies, or Cultural Studies. Presentations should be twenty-minutes in length and may explore a range of topics addressing our theme in relation to literature, film, or other new media. Presentations that utilize audiovisual presentations are encouraged.

Please upload proposals of 250-300 words by December 1, 2015 to the conference website at www.una.edu/englishgradcon. You may also send proposals directly to Eric Hughes at ehughes@una.edu. Suggestions for panels are also welcomed. All proposals will receive a decision on acceptance by January 15, 2016.

Travel Scholarships:
A limited number of travel scholarships for out-of-town presenters are available and must be made at time of proposal submission. Presenters will be notified of travel scholarship award when they are notified of acceptance. More information and the application can be found on our website: www.una.edu/englishgradcon

Prize for Best Paper:
At the closing session of the conference, presenters will be asked to vote on the three best papers presented at the conference. Following the conference, a panel of judges will award first, second, and third place standing to these three papers with a cash prize awarded to the top paper.

Further information on the conference, the University of North Alabama, our department, and the Florence area is available on our website: www.una.edu/englishgradcon.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62589SFFTV CFP: Special Issue on Mad Max franchiseDan Hassler-Forestdhasslerforest@gmail.com1434574273americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Dan Hassler-Forestcontact email: dhasslerforest@gmail.com

Science Fiction Film and Television seeks submissions for a special issue on the Mad Max franchise.
Guest editor: Dan Hassler-Forest

The original MAD MAX (1979) was a hard-edged low-budget exploitation film with sf elements, frantically put together in twelve weeks by a small crew working in and around Melbourne on a $325,000 budget. Its worldwide success led to two incrementally more ambitious sequels that expanded the first film's dystopian vision significantly: MAD MAX 2 (aka THE ROAD WARRIOR) in 1982, and Hollywood behemoth MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME in 1985. The film trilogy became hugely influential in its depiction of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the sequels in particular establishing a visual style that soon became a default for visual representations of punk dystopias in film, television, comic books, video games, and music videos. At the same time, a wide range of comics, novels and novelizations, and video games expanded the films' storyworld significantly.
When the fourth film in the franchise was released to much acclaim three decades after the original trilogy ended, it proved to be neither prequel, sequel, nor reboot. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD instead revived the franchise as a variation on established themes, full of references to earlier films, but without a clear chronological relationship to its precursors. The film's gender politics, ideology, and aesthetics have been widely debated, and new films and transmedia expansions are once again being prepared.

SFFTV invites fresh approaches to Mad Max as a sf entertainment franchise and transnational cultural phenomenon, with possible emphases on:

* politics and ideology
* fossil fuel and peak oil in sf
* post-apocalyptic narratives
* franchising and transmedia world-building
* sequels, spin-offs, and novelizations
* ecological disaster sf
* transnational cinema
* exploitation cinema and cult film
* materiality and sf: film vs. digital cinema
* transnational celebrity: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
* representations of race and ethnicity
* gender politics and queer theory
* sf literature influences
* music video aesthetics
* "the indie blockbuster": independent cinema in post-classical Hollywood
* representations of children and childhood
* George Miller and auteur theory
* MAD MAX and transnational exploitation cinema
* MAD MAX 2 and queer theory
* MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME and 1980s corporate synergy
* MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and digital cinema

Articles of 6,000-9,000 words should be formatted using MLA style and according to the submission guidelines available on our website. Submissions should be made via our online system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/lup-sfftv. Articles not selected for the special issue will be considered for future issues of SFFTV.
Any questions should be directed to the editors, Dan Hassler-Forest (dhasslerforest@gmail.com), Mark Bould (mark.bould@gmail.com), Sherryl Vint (sherryl.vint@gmail.com), and Gerry Canavan (gerrycanavan@gmail.com).
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2016, with anticipated publication in spring 2017.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheory 62590"The Age of the Geek:" Book collection. Abstract deadline 7/20/15"The Age of the Geek:" Book CollectionKELane@nwosu.edu1434576985americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: "The Age of the Geek:" Book Collectioncontact email: KELane@nwosu.edu

CFP: "The Age of the Geek:" Book collection

Submission Deadline: Abstracts are due July 20, 2015

"The Age of the Geek:" Book Collection

It's every child's schoolyard nightmare—to be called a "nerd." From an early age, we know that being labeled a "nerd" or a "geek" isn't a good thing. It implies too much knowledge and too few social skills. Yet, as much as we don't want to be labeled a "geek," it's obvious that as a society we value their knowledge and expertise—or Best Buy wouldn't have labeled their technical support "The Geek Squad." Furthermore, the popularity of the reigning "nerd" powerhouse The Big Bang Theory (now available nightly via syndication) or any number of other series— CBS's newest hit Scorpion, NBC's Chuck and the ubiquitous "Nerd Herd," BBC's Doctor Who, or the Sci-Fi Channel's Eureka (to name but a few)—proves that America may want to watch "geeks" and use them but we "wouldn't wanna' be them." A quick glance through an evening's primetime programming begs the question: is it that American culture is becoming more accepting of difference or have we made "geeking out" okay and thereby created a new level of "geekdom"?

This book collection seeks to examine the relationship between popular culture and the ever-changing geek or nerd—to look at the way the concept of the nerd has changed over time, and at what these changes can mean for the future of "nerds" of every type. Topics could include: defining the "geek," the geek versus the nerd, female geeks or nerds, depictions of geeks, depictions of nerds, tropes surrounding nerds/geeks, Hollywood's pseudo-nerd creations, the "babe" in nerd/geek television series or films, differences between the two terms and their depictions in television or film, the power of the nerd, the social acceptance of the term "geek," and much more.

Article abstracts (approximately 500 words) and a brief CV should be sent to Dr. Kathryn E. Lane at KELane@nwosu.edu by July 20, 2015. Longer outlines or drafts are also welcome at this time. Selected authors will be notified by August 1, 2015. For those invited to contribute to the collection, articles should be 5,000-7,000 words (MLA format, minimal footnotes or endnotes, please), and completed essays should be submitted by November 30, 2015. Queries are welcome concerning submission topics.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 62591Re-visioning Activism: The Fourth International Conference on Asian British and Asian American LiteraturesDr. Serena Chou/Institute of European and American Studies Academia Sinicasschou.sinica@gmail.com1434595941ethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Dr. Serena Chou/Institute of European and American Studies Academia Sinicacontact email: sschou.sinica@gmail.com

December 18-19, 2015
Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Asian American activism emerged in 1968 as a political movement in which Americans of Asian descent came together to fight rampant racial stereotyping and institutional inequalities. Since its beginning, however, it has never been simply a shared fight for basic civil and human rights in the face of second-class citizenship. Over the past fifty years, it has become clear that minority experiences of racial discrimination are embedded within other social systems of subordination, including classism, sexism, ageism, speciesism, and environmental violence, and that the Asian Americans have played integral roles envisioning and making manifest a more just future.
The past decades have brought increasing interest in the intersectionality of cultural expressions of Asian American and Asian British activism. We are interested in the trajectories and connected histories of Asian American and Asian British experiences. Fraught with both a history and a continuing development of anti-Asian (and Islamophobic) sentiments, the pluralities of "the" Asian experience in Britain and America require a "big tent" approach. The kinds of experience raised by Hanif Kureishi's My Beautiful Laundrette and its representations of Asian and White communities are very different from those, for instance, expressed in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club. How can we address these diverse experiences under the rubric of minority Asian experiences without reducing "Asian" to an essentialized or monolithic experience? Where are the intersections and where the divergences? What does it mean to be Asian in Britain or America in an age of rapid Chinese industrialization, an age of ISIS terror, and an age of deep financial trouble in the West? Presentations will address these and other issues.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following concerns:
1.representations of activism in Asian American and Asian British literatures;
2.key texts on the politics of Asian American and Asian British activism;
3.histories of activism in Asian American and Asian British literary formations;
4.Asian American and Asian British literatures and the radical 1960s;
5.ethnic literature as a form of activism;
6.intersections of Asian American and Asian British literature and social activism in Asia;
7.Asian American and Asian British participation in environmental movement; civil rights movement; women's movement; GLBT movement; labor movement; anti-war movements; struggles against urban gentrification, etc.;
8.Asian American and Asian British political engagement and the media; the new media; propaganda; academic activism; spirituality etc.

Please submit proposals in word or pdf format of 500 words to Dr. Serena Chou (sschou.sinica@gmail.com) by July 30, 2015. Decisions will be announced by August 30, 2015.

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 62592John Jay College of Criminal Justice's 4th Law and Literature Conference (October 30-Nov1 2015))The John Jay College of Criminal Justice's 4th Law and Literature Conferencevhendrick@jjay.cuny.edu1434596181african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The John Jay College of Criminal Justice's 4th Law and Literature Conferencecontact email: vhendrick@jjay.cuny.edu

This conference considers literary renderings of labor concerns, broadly defined, to explore law.

The responsibility of the state described by Plato, the contracts written by Shakespeare's Shylock, or the works delving into the plight of modern laborers all explore the intersections between Literature and Law. This conference will explore the way that literary renderings of labor concerns, broadly defined, have responded to or have influenced the law.

The 2015 John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Law and Literature Conference is especially interested in the following areas although all submissions will be considered.

Please place 4LLC Abstract and your Last Name in the subject line and send to Veronica Hendrick: vhendrick@jjay.cuny.edu

 Slavery and the Law
 Armed Services (including mandatory national service/conscription/drafts) and military law
 Contract workers (day laborers) and migrant workers
 Sex Trade Workers and Health Care Rights
 Indigenous Rights and the State
 National Expansion and Immigrant Laborers
 Colonial Expansion and Bound Labor
 Unions and/or Contract Disputes
 "Open topics" loosely connected to the conference theme will be incorporated into panels when possible

 Panel and Roundtable proposals should be submitted as in one email containing all participates emails as attachments

 Papers are expected be 20 minutes in length

 Panel will be limited to 3 speakers, plus Chair

Important Dates
 Submission Deadline: June 30th, 2015
 Notification of Acceptance: July 30th, 2015
 Early Registration: September 1st, 2015
 Conference Dates: October 30th, 31st, and Nov 1st

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
524 West 59th Street, 7.63.15
New York, NY 10019

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62593Fiction in the Age of RiskTextual Practicegolnar.nabizadeh@uwa.edu.au; tony.hda@uwa.edu.au1434599132african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Textual Practicecontact email: golnar.nabizadeh@uwa.edu.au; tony.hda@uwa.edu.au

What does it mean to risk, and how do we benefit, as well as suffer, from its demands? This proposal for a special issue of Textual Practice takes 'risk' as a productive and important condition in contemporary global dynamics. In a world characterised by new modes of screening and surveillance, ecological disasters, and political instability, what does it mean to take, or refuse, risks. 'Taking a risk' implies an act or decision that threatens a given set of conditions by introducing a new set of circumstances into an event horizon.

Framing 'risk' as an indeterminate and composite state allows us to re-evaluate its significance in modern life, along with the interrelated concepts of 'vulnerability' and 'fragility'. By pursuing a special issue of Textual Practice according to this premise, this collection seeks to advance a number of linked fields of research in narrative studies, particularly related to the study of boundaries and migration, ecotexts and ecocriticism, and the formation of rural and urban spaces in local and transnational contexts.

We encourage contributors to critically engage with the concepts at play to offer fresh visions of risk and 'riskiness'—and such related concepts as vulnerability, precarity and fragility—in the contemporary world and the fictions that abound therein. This special issue of Textual Practice calls for papers that address the topic of risk in new and diverse ways. In the flux of social, cultural and political loss, we want to consider the multiple valences of risk in contemporary literature.

Essays might focus on—but are not limited to—one or more of the following topics:

- Risky reading practices ~ reading practices at risk
- Ecological risk
- Risk and vulnerability
- Fragility and narrative
- Risk and fictionality
- Risk and the politics of grief
- Communities and individuals at risk
- Precariousness and the Precariat
- Risk, resilience, and representation
- Risk and visual culture
- Timeliness and risk

Please send abstracts (300-400 words), and brief author bios (250 words), to the guest editors, Tony Hughes-d'Aeth (tony.hda@uwa.edu.au) and Golnar Nabizadeh (golnar.nabizadeh@uwa.edu.au) by 30 July 2015.

Full essays will be due by December 21, 2015.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheory 62594Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, 7-10 July 2016 / Proposals, 4 January 2016Whedon Studies Associationslayage.conference@gmail.com1434601881film_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Whedon Studies Associationcontact email: slayage.conference@gmail.com

Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association (www.whedonstudies.tv), the Whedon Studies Association, and conveners Stacey Abbott and Tanya R. Cochran solicit proposals for the seventh biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW7). This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon will be held on the campus of Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, England, UK, 7-10 July 2016. Simon Brown of Kingston University will serve as local arrangements chair, supported by the Euroslayage organizing committee Bronwen Calvert, Lorna Jowett, and Michael Starr.

We welcome proposals of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, The Avengers: Age of Ultron); his comics (e.g. Fray; Astonishing X-Men; Runaways; Sugarshock!; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight, Nine, and Ten; Angel: After the Fall; Angel & Faith Season Nine and Ten); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. Additionally, a proposal may address paratexts, fandoms, or Whedon's extracurricular—political and activist—activities, such as his involvement with Equality Now. As this is the first Slayage conference to take place in Europe, we also welcome proposals about Whedon's work in relation to notions of Britishness, heritage, globalization, language, as well as its transnational and international reception. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women's studies, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others. In other words, multidisciplinary discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more are all appropriate. A proposal/abstract should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and over a dozen years of the blind peer-reviewed journal Slayage.

An individual paper is strictly limited to a reading time of 20 minutes, and we encourage, though do not require, self-organized panels of three presenters. Proposals for workshops, roundtables, or other types of sessions are also welcome. Submissions by graduate and undergraduate students are invited; undergraduates should provide the name, email, and phone number of a faculty member willing to consult with them (the faculty member does not need to attend). Proposals should be submitted online through the SCW7 website (scw7.whedonstudies.tv) and will be reviewed by program chairs Stacey Abbott, Tanya R. Cochran, and Rhonda V. Wilcox. Submissions must be received by Monday, 4 January 2016. Decisions will be made by 1 March 2016. Questions regarding proposals can be directed to Rhonda V. Wilcox at the conference email address: slayage.conference@gmail.com.

cfp categories: film_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culture 62596"The French Play in London": Adaptations from the French in Victorian EnglandIgnacio Ramos Gay / University of Valencia, Spainignacio.ramos@uv.es 1434646122cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Ignacio Ramos Gay / University of Valencia, Spaincontact email: ignacio.ramos@uv.es

This essay collection aims at exploring the presence of French plays in Victorian England and their influence and impact upon native dramatists, critics and audiences. By means of scrutinizing the textual strategies used by adaptors either to comply or to divert from the original texts, it intends to illustrate the economic, aesthetic and political tensions existing between both countries throughout the nineteenth century.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Re-writing, adapting and bowdlerizing from the French
- Francophilia and Gallophobia in Victorian theatre criticism
- Adaptation, plagiarism and originality
- Adaptation and moral protectionism
- Translating and adapting French comedy
- French melodrama vs English melodrama
- Adaptation and self-/institutional/industrial censorship
- The notion of French "immorality" on the Victorian stage
- Adaptation, collaboration and authorship
- Copyright issues involved in the adaptation process
- French adaptations and commercialism
- Cross-cultural and class-based audience reception of the French play
- "From the French" as a lure for the English public
- English adaptations and French performers
- French plays and the revival of English drama
- Adaptation and national identity
- Adaption from the French and cultural imperialism

Deadlines: Please submit 500-word proposals along with a short CV by 1 September 2015 to Ignacio.Ramos@uv.es Acceptance will be notified by 15 September. Final papers (6,000 words max.) will be submitted by 15 February 2016. Scheduled publication date is 3rd quarter 2016.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62597Claremont Conference Grants for PhD StudentsClaremont Graduate Universitytrevor.kimball@cgu.edu1434649055international_conferencesreligionfull name / name of organization: Claremont Graduate Universitycontact email: trevor.kimball@cgu.edu

Love and Justice: Consonance or Dissonance?

Each year the Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference brings together thinkers from different religions, traditions, and academic disciplines to discuss one particular theme in the fields of Religion, Theology and Philosophy of Religion. The theme of the 37th conference will be Love and Justice: Consonance or Dissonance?. The conference will be held at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, on February 19-20, 2016. Speakers will include: Richard Amesbury (Zurich), Anselm Min (Claremont), Arne Grøn (Copenhagen), W. David Hall (Center College), Namsoon Kang (Brite Divinity School), Ulrich Körtner (Vienna); Regina Schwartz (Evanston), Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale).

The Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided 10 conference grants ($2200 each) to enable doctoral students and new PHDs (not earlier than 2011) to participate in the conference. The grant is meant to cover all expenses. Recipients will have the opportunity to attend the conference on Friday and Saturday and to present a paper (15 double-spaced pages) on the topic of the conference. To create space for the discussion of their contributions, a pre-conference seminar will be held on Thursday, February 18, on the same topic as the main conference. All grant recipients will be expected to participate in this seminar and introduce not their own but one of the other papers for discussion. Five papers will be chosen for publication along with the conference contributions in the Claremont Studies of Philosophy of Religion (Mohr Siebeck Tübingen).

We invite doctoral students and recent PhDs to submit a one page CV and a 5 page abstract of their proposed paper on the topic of 'Love and Justice' (word, double-spaced, anonymous for blind review). For a more detailed description of the conference topic see http://www.cgu.edu/pages/6243.asp. Applications should be sent by email to:

Prof. Dr. Ingolf U. Dalferth (ingolf.dalferth@cgu.edu)
Department of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
831 North Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

by August 31, 2015 (midnight Pacific time). Applications will be blind reviewed by an international committee of scholars. Recipients will be notified in October. Drafts of the papers are due by January 15, 2016.

cfp categories: international_conferencesreligion 62598Call for Chapters: Representations of Poverty in US Pop Culture (9/1/2015 deadline)Wylie Lenzpovertyandpopculture@gmail.com1434649717americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Wylie Lenzcontact email: povertyandpopculture@gmail.com

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited collection tentatively titled Representing the Other Half: Essays on Poverty in American Popular Culture. The volume will seek to interrogate the ways in which poverty has been depicted (and/or ignored) across a variety of media, including but not limited to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, photography, painting, music, radio, etc.

Questions to consider: When, why, and how do producers of popular culture represent and/or ignore poverty? How do those representations influence the idea of poverty in the American cultural imaginary? In turn, how does that imaginary interact with policy? What role might the scholar/critic play in this process?

Contributions are welcomed from scholars working in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Interested authors should submit an abstract of 300 to 500 words and a brief bio by September 1, 2015 to povertyandpopculture@gmail.com. All chapters should be previously unpublished.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 62599Textual Liberation: Feminist Writing at the Fin-de-Siècle SAMLA 87 Conference in DEADLINE JUNE 26South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham, North Carolina, November 13–15, 2015eshabliy@tulane.edu1434651155cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryreligiontravel_writingvictorianfull name / name of organization: South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham, North Carolina, November 13–15, 2015contact email: eshabliy@tulane.edu

Feminism altered the course of literature by challenging those literary conventions that governed the portrayal of women and women's experience at the fin de siècle. Feminist texts explicitly advocated social change and discussed new women's roles in society. This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of nineteenth-century feminism. Comparative approaches are welcome. By June 19, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Elena Shabliy, eshabliy@tulane.edu.

SAMLA 87 – In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham, North Carolina
November 13–15, 2015

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryreligiontravel_writingvictorian 62600TWC Special Issue CFP: Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and The Great Game (3/1/16; 3/15/17)Roberta Pearson (Nottingham) and Betsy Rosenbaum (Whittier)twcsherlock@gmail.com1434657259cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Roberta Pearson (Nottingham) and Betsy Rosenbaum (Whittier)contact email: twcsherlock@gmail.com

Transformative Works and Cultures special issue on Sherlock Holmes fandom, fan works, and communities from 1887 to today.

Sherlock Holmes has attracted devoted fans almost since the date of first publication in 1887. The oldest still-existing Sherlockian society, the Baker Street Irregulars, was founded in 1934, while the Sherlock Holmes Society of London dates from 1951. More recent additions to the ever-growing network of organized Sherlock Holmes literary societies include the formerly all-female Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and fan groups in the media fandom model have arisen, such as the Baker Street Babes and other online communities. This special issue seeks to engage both academics and fans in writing about the older, long established Sherlockian fandom. We welcome papers that address all fandoms of Sherlock Holmes and its adaptations, particularly those that trace the connections and similarities/differences among and between older and newer fandoms.
We welcome submissions dealing with, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Questions of nomenclature, cultural distinction, class, race, gender, and sexuality
  • The role of Sherlockian fandom and the Great Game in fandom history
  • Academic histories of Sherlockian fandom, both organized and informal
  • Connections between new adaptation-based fandoms and the older fandom
  • Fan productions, e.g., pastiche, fan works, and Sherlockian writings on the Canon
  • Influence of intellectual property law and norms on adaptations and fan productions
  • Sherlockian publishing, e.g., MX, Titan, BSI Press or Wessex Press
  • Community, e.g., Sherlockians on the Internet or Sherlockian 'real world' gatherings
  • Specific national fandoms, e.g., Japanese or Chinese Sherlock Holmes reception

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC, http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) is an international peer-reviewed online Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons License. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes fan-related topics and to promote dialogue between the academic community and the fan community. TWC accommodates academic articles of varying scope as well as other forms that embrace the technical possibilities of the Web and test the limits of the genre of academic writing.

Theory: Conceptual essays. Peer review, 6,000–8,000 words.
Praxis: Case study essays. Peer review, 5,000–7,000 words.
Symposium: Short commentary. Editorial review, 1,500–2,500 words.

Please visit TWC's Web site (http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) for complete submission guidelines, or e-mail the TWC Editor (editor AT transformativeworks.org).

CONTACT Contact guest editor Betsy Rosenbaum and Roberta Pearson with any questions or inquiries at twcsherlock [AT] gmail.com.

DUE DATE Contributions are due March 1, 2016.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62601Darkness, Depression and Descent in Anglo-Saxon EnglandRuth Wehlauwehlaur@queensu.ca1434657346cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryreligionrhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Ruth Wehlaucontact email: wehlaur@queensu.ca

Proposals are sought for "Darkness, Depression and Descent in Anglo-Saxon England," a collection of articles that will cover the depiction of emotional or physical states associated with darkness or descent as found in vernacular literature of the Anglo-Saxon period.
With its emphasis on the elegiac, Old English poetry is particularly concerned with concepts of grief and loss, and has, in the past, attracted criticism that deals with these concepts. This collection seeks to expand traditional areas of interest by surveying a broad range of genres of Old English literature (poetry and prose) for representations of descent, physical or metaphorical; and for imagery of darkness or blackness as a means of representing the self and the environment.
Suggested approaches include studies of imagery, word studies, trauma studies, metaphor studies, and environmental studies. Suggested subjects include representations of dread, horror, mental darkness or depression, darkness in Hell and descent into Hell, the darkness of winter and of night, primordial darkness, and darkness or blackness as a descriptor of appearance of people, animals, objects or places.

This book has been solicited for submission by Amsterdam University Press.

Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Ruth Wehlau at the following address: wehlaur@queensu.ca
The deadline for proposals is Oct. 1, 2015. Those submitting proposals will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Oct. 15. If selected for the collection, completed articles are due May 1, 2016.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryreligionrhetoric_and_composition 62602Call for Narratives: Special Issue on Librarians as Helping Professionals (Deadline: September 30, 2015)REFLECTIONS: Narratives of Professional Helping (Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work)l.habat@vikes.csuohio.edu1434660230interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: REFLECTIONS: Narratives of Professional Helping (Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work)contact email: l.habat@vikes.csuohio.edu

Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is a double-blind peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal that has been published since 1995. All of the journal's issues are now available online at www.rnoph.org and via EBSCO SocIndex. This is a call for narratives to be featured in a Special Issue: Librarians as Helping Professionals.

The compelling vignettes found in Reflections narratives portray interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, and felt experiences. Rooted in key moments, this narrative content is placed within the context of a well-told story (exposition). In addition to showing and telling what happened in their practice and activism, authors often reflect on their stories and share conclusions. Reflections articles are valuable for education for practice. They also contribute to empirical knowledge about the nature of practice in the helping professions and often introduce important ideas and concepts that address unresolved theoretical problems.

The present Special Issue on Librarians as Helping Professionals will publish narratives about professional practice with individuals and communities as it relates to librarianship. Historical reflections on the role of librarianship as a helping profession are also welcome. Librarians and other helping professionals recognize the need for access to information and resources that encourage learning, enrichment, and a sense of community. Another shared value is a commitment to helping others and working with the public, including vulnerable populations. Librarianship is firmly rooted in advocacy for information and working with people to access that information. Libraries promote lifelong learning, civic engagement and community development. Librarians are both information professionals and helping professionals. We offer a unique perspective in our work with the community. This special issue is an opportunity for librarians to publish narratives which acknowledge these aspects of the profession.

Please read the Helpful Instructions on the journal website as well as the Review Guidelines prior to preparing your manuscript. Write your narrative in a style which makes sense to you, from a single vignette to longer stories with multiple portrayals of interaction and references to literature, within the range of 1200-8000 words. Submit to Reflections, being sure to choose the Librarians as Helping Professionals section when doing so. When registering for the journal, be sure to check the author box. For feedback, even on an early idea for a narrative, please contact the Guest Editor: Laura Habat, MLIS, MSW-Candidate, l.habat@vikes.csuohio.edu. Librarians wishing to serve as reviewers of submitted articles are also welcome to contact the guest editor.

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essays 62603Critiquing CultureThe Cultural Studies Program at George Mason Universitycritiquing.culture@gmail.com1434660465african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Cultural Studies Program at George Mason Universitycontact email: critiquing.culture@gmail.com

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 9th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


The Cultural Studies program at George Mason University is committed to the analysis and critique of culture. Cultural Studies examines cultural objects as products of the wider social, historical, economic and political conditions. Thus its interests lay both in understanding processes of cultural production as well as discovering the effects of culture at sites of reception. In particular, Cultural Studies focuses on power relations and inequalities, which shape the horizon of possibilities for any cultural object at hand, be it a political discourse, an economic model, or a mass cultural product. Towards this project, we recognize the value of a range of critical approaches including Marxist political economy, poststructuralism, feminism, critical theory and post-colonial studies. While the objects of Cultural Studies vary widely, the field aims at political relevance and efficacy.

In an attempt to broaden the community of scholars working in precisely this interdisciplinary vein, the Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee at George Mason University invites graduate students to submit research papers for a conference specifically oriented toward the examination of cultural objects, whether through Marxist, structuralist/poststructuralist, feminist, or other critical lenses. We encourage the submission of papers related, but not limited, to the following broad themes:

Political Economy
Mass & Popular Culture
Gender & Sexuality
Race & Ethnicity
Visual Culture

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a current CV should be sent to critiquing.culture@gmail.com by July 14th, 2015. Please include presentation title, presenter's name, institutional affiliation, contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required in the email. Abstracts should be sent as .doc or .rtf file attachments.


cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 62604UPDATE EXTENDED DEADLINE NOW JULY 1STGo West! Western Area 2015 Film & History Conferencesmatheson@ucn.ca1434666095african-americanamericanfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Go West! Western Area 2015 Film & History Conferencecontact email: smatheson@ucn.ca

It seems that someone is always travelling somewhere in the Western. Be it progressive or populist, romantic or realistic, epic or tragic the American errand into the Western's wilderness transmits sets of assumptions about the American Character and the American Experience. Commenting on the economic, psychological, political, and social fluidities of American life, the Western frontier is itself constantly in flux.

Not all Western journeys that chart the expansion of Manifest Destiny, trace settlement patterns, trail cattle drives and gold rushes, follow Cavalry patrols, track the flight of Native Americans, or pursue outlaws are successful. Detours and breakdowns occur along the way. Some travelers in West do not reach their desired destinations. Others are condemned to ride the range forever.

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes proposals on the subject of journeys, detours, and breakdowns in Western film and television. What kinds of men and women travel West? Is one journey more successful than another? How important are the means of travel? Are there significant detours along the way? What causes a journey westward to break down? What kinds of journeys matter to Western audiences? What kinds of journeys matter to Western directors?

Papers and panels may address any topic on travel in the Western.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Cattle Drives (Red River, Cattle Drive, Cowboy, The Big Land, Two Tall Men, The Cowboys, City Slickers, The Broken Trail)
* Wandering Men (Have Gun Will Travel, The Searchers, Shane, Unforgiven, True Grit, Winchester '73, The Oxbow Incident, Nevada Smith)
* Travelling Women (Heller in Pink Tights, True Grit, Westward The Women, Bite The Bullet, The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The Professionals)
* Famous Trails (The Oregon Trail, The Santa Fe Trail, The California Trail, The Mormon Trail, the Old Spanish Trail)
* Gold and Land Rushes (Iron Horse, Cimarron, Tumbleweeds, Landrush, Sutter's Gold, California, How The West Was Won, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Far Country, McKenna's Gold )
* Travelling Outlaws and Lawmen (Three Bad Men, The Wild Bunch, Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, Seven Ways From Sundown, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
* Wagons Ho!(The Covered Wagon, The Big Trail, Fighting Caravans, Wagon Wheels, Wagon Master, Wagon Train, Utah Wagon Train, The Way West, The Last Wagon, The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West, Dusty's Trail, Meek's Cutoff)
* Native Americans on the Trail (Geronimo, Cheyenne Autumn, Commanche, Ulzana's Raid, Conquest of Cochise, Chato's Land, Apache)
* On The Rails (Union Pacific, Once Upon A Time in The West, Wild Wild West, The Iron Horse, The Train Robbers, Once Upon A Texas Train, The Good, The Bad and the Weird)

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.filmandhistory.org).

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 July 2015 to the area chair:

Sue Matheson, University College of the North Email: smatheson@ucn.ca

cfp categories: african-americanamericanfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 62605Fugitive EnvironmentalismsJournal of the Midwest Modern Language Associationmmla@luc.edu1434670229african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Associationcontact email: mmla@luc.edu

The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association invites submission of essays to be considered for a special issue in the environmental humanities. We are seeking submissions that stake out a critical space exploring the possibilities and implications of fugitive readings in environmental criticism. Drawing on the interdisciplinary nature of the environmental humanities, we encourage ways of describing, analyzing, and theorizing that are counter-discursive and slippery in their multivalent uses and applications and are, therefore, uniquely productive, contested, resistant, transformative, or reveal a shared environmental sensibility. We seek work that reconsiders and complicates methodologies, aesthetics, traditional disciplinary boundaries, and cultural perspectives. Hemispheric and transnational readings are welcome as are submissions in cinema and media studies. While the editors are interested in contemporary and modernist perspectives, we encourage submissions in the fields of early American and Atlantic world culture as well as in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and British literature and culture. Submissions should be sent to Andrea Knutson and Kathryn Dolan at mmla@luc.edu and follow MMLA guidelines for manuscripts. Deadline: January 15, 2016

Areas of interest include but are not limited to the ways that geomateriality challenges the limits of historicism and anthropocentricity; intersections between (post)colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and the environment; class, gender, and race-conscious ecocriticisms; intersections between social oppressions and environmental issues; New World settler and colonial heresies and the incorporation of Amerindian cosmologies and the environment; indigeneities and cosmopolitics; temporalites and climate change; oil literatures, cultures, and histories; chimeras and hybridity; the posthuman; eco-poetics, -narrative, and –theory; studies in food, agriculture, animals, and plants.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 62607[UPDATE] Screening Politics: Affect, Identity, and UprisingUniversity of Pittsburgh Graduate Film Conferencepittfilmgradconference@gmail.com1434671354cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: University of Pittsburgh Graduate Film Conferencecontact email: pittfilmgradconference@gmail.com

October 2-3 2015

From Amazon's Transparent to #jesuischarlie, from The Interview controversy to coverage of Ferguson, MO, major media events of the past year foreground the image's imbrication in politics. At the same time, it's increasingly unclear what it means for an image to be political. We're losing faith in revolution and representation as paradigms: the image's revolutionary promise feels unattainable, and it no longer seems guaranteed that "better" representation translates into better material conditions for life. Recent work sees political potential in affect and the commons, but these concepts' particular importance for the politics of media remains undertheorized. If the affective turn signals a desire to think politics with and through bodies, how do we conceive relations between images, identity, and embodiment? If the commons holds political promise, what role can the image play in materializing life shared in common, whether imagined through identity politics, coalition, or cosmopolitan exchange?

Thus, this conference proposes a renewed consideration of what we mean when we call an image political, when we frame politics through visual media. Does the making visible of particular bodies (laboring bodies, bodies marked by race, sex, nation) make political difference? How do we account for scale – are media politics measured on the global, national, or individual level? What determines an image's political valence: formal and aesthetic qualities? Audience engagements? Histories of production, distribution and exhibition? How do we attend to time, recognizing that historical politics of media are embedded in past moments while accounting for their resonance with our own?

We welcome submissions across time periods and media forms. Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

-Film and identity; identity politics
-Images of occupation, (neo)colonization and resistance
-Failed revolution; anarchy (Hakim Bey's TAZ)
-Networked politics: decentralization and control, digital distribution, social media as political tool
-Borders: personal, national and digital
-Affect studies: politically mobilized feelings, collective affect, affect and form
-Theories of/approaches to the commons
-Visibility and its critiques
-Politics of truth; indexicality and evidence
-New Queer Cinema, L.A. Rebellion, feminist film theory and practice
-Aesthetics and politics (Ranciere)
-Theories (and critiques) of utopia: queer utopias, Bloch, futurity
-Revolutionary aesthetics: Mulvey, Soviet montage, revolutionary praxis
-Critiques of revolutionary rhetoric (Gitelman)
-Deleuze and Guattari's minor art
-Active audiences: oppositional spectatorships, remix culture, "produsers"
-Representations of history; cinematic counterhistories
-Counterrevolutionary media: propaganda, surveillance, drone strikes
-The unrepresentable
-Material politics: media archeology, selection and archival practice

Keynote by Meghan Sutherland, Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Sutherland's fields of specialty include film and media theory; American television and new media history; aesthetics and political forms, continental philosophy; avant-garde and activist film, video, and performance art; and theories of media, space, and place. She is the author of The Flip Wilson Show (Wayne State University Press, 2008).

Interested graduate students may submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) – along with institutional/departmental affiliations and current email – to pittfilmgradconference@gmail.com by July 10, 2015. We also invite creative submissions (film, video, installations) responding to our theme in forms other than the traditional conference paper. If you go this route, please submit a description (of 300 words) that includes spatial, temporal, and technological requirements. For more information, please contact the FSGSO by email at the above address.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencespopular_culture 62608Fictions of Circulation & the Circulation of Fictions in Latin America - NeMLA Convention March 17-20, 2016Lorena Cuya Gavilano / Lycoming Collegelorenacuya@gmail.com1434676860african-americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Lorena Cuya Gavilano / Lycoming Collegecontact email: lorenacuya@gmail.com

People, narratives, and genres move across geographic, linguistic, temporal, and cultural boundaries. Their multiple modes of circulation generate conceptual and rhetorical strategies to preserve, adapt, transform, and/or conceal identity vis-à-vis issues of spatial and temporal mobility. In the last hundred years, the circulation of people, texts, and other cultural productions among Latin American countries has proved to be increasingly rich and complex in positive and negative ways. This roundtable* focuses on works that deal with the circulation of people and narratives across Latin American borders. It focuses on texts that are, in essence, privileged manifestations of transnational, post-national, and/or World Literature phenomena and explores: How do they fictionalize the concept of circulation or mobility, and what are the fictions of circulation?

Over the last two decades, scholars like Mary Louis Pratt, Walter Mignolo, Franco Moretti, and Pascale Casanova have focused on the function of displacement, transmission, and reception of people and texts mostly as a unidirectional movement privileging the center in detriment to the peripheries. This roundtable, however, challenges such an assumption and seeks papers that explore self-conscious or metanarrative depictions of the processes of circulation of people and/or narratives throughout Latin America, especially South America. This roundtable will discuss how South American narratives challenge the unidirectionality of such circulations. What if the peripheries function as cultural hubs? How does the literary imagination challenge the idea of the periphery as the place of stagnation and the center as a place of movement? What are the fictions of circulations represented by these texts? How are they rhetorically or aesthetically represented? How does mobility challenge the literary imagination, and how is mobility challenged by the literary imagination?

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2015

Please send a 300 words abstract. Please notice that the title should have 100 characters (including spaces).
and 300 words for the abstract.

Link for submissions: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/participate/submit.html

Acceptance/rejection letters will be sent by October 15th, 2015.

*Roundtable: participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.

cfp categories: african-americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 62609[UPDATE] New Connections for Scottish Studies (SAMLA 87; DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 25)South Atlantic Modern Language Associationhayest@chowan.edu1434680847ethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiesromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: South Atlantic Modern Language Associationcontact email: hayest@chowan.edu

This panel welcomes papers that examine any aspect of Scottish literature and its connection to other arts, in line with the theme of this year's SAMLA conference (Durham, NC, Nov. 13-15). In particular, this panel is interested in papers that connect Scottish literature to other literatures and/or other arts of the wider world. By June 25, please send proposals (300 words maximum), a one-page CV, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Tim Hayes, Chowan University, at hayest@chowan.edu.

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiesromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62610Beyond the postmodern and the postcolonial.Open Windows: A feminist research Center.openwindows101@gmail.com.1434705576cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialreligiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Open Windows: A feminist research Center.contact email: openwindows101@gmail.com.


There is an enormous unsurmountable divide between lived experiences and the theory we cultivate in the safe spaces within academic institutions. Even if postmodernism espouses against grand universal narrativization and urges us to look at the specificities of life, and even if the postmodern condition, of being in a state of paradox, ambiguity and contingency is a contrast against the modern notion of closure, order, absoluteness and rationality, we have to be prepared to acknowledge instances which elude even the postmodern.

This is call for a collection of essays that looks at a theoretical moment beyond the postmodern and the postcolonial conditions. The failure of postcolonial theory is in that it refuses to acknowledge that there should be other histories that can be written about this same time period of colonization; postcolonial theory obsesses with the hegemomic Center's cultural representation of the Other-margins-colonies.

Postcolonial theory is perpetually stymied by its desire to locate the histories of hybridity and encounters with Self-Other in the last few centuries when Europe ventured out to make colonies; in the act of doing so, it erased the fact that these native countries would have had equally hybrid pre-colonial pasts. In The Calcutta Gazette, one of the first printed newspaper that was circulated in Calcutta, in the early years of British colonization and the presence of the East India Company, a report described the summer palace of Tipu Sultan as "one of the most magnificent buildings in India" (April 21, 1791). Tipu Sultan was one of the last vestiges of Islamic presence in India; we never ask if Islam itself, as a religion, was hybridised within India.

In a similar vein, a contemporary example would be the city-scape of Dubai, which cannot be contained within our preconceived notions of what an Islamic-city should look like; the city comes across as a conundrum, as it embraces certain elements of the modern-spanking-new. Even as the city rests upon grand narratives of religious absolutisms, the urban city-scape undercuts this notion with a sense of irony and ambiguity.

Have we arrived at a moment beyond the postcolonial and the postmodern?

For more information, please write to: openwindows101@gmail.com. Deadline for abstracts (250-400 words): July 31st, 2015.

This CFP is by Open Windows: A feminist research center (www.aresourcecenter.wordpress.com).

The collection will be published by Lies and Big Feet, an independent publishing house (www.liesandbigfeet.wordpress.com).

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialreligiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 62611Extended Deadline: A Writer Young and Old: Yeats at 150 (15-18 October at University of Limerick)International Yeats Societycontact@iwybs.org1434719483cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiespoetryfull name / name of organization: International Yeats Societycontact email: contact@iwybs.org

It has been a century and a half since the birth of W. B. Yeats. With the completion of major biographies and textual series, and in the context of technological and economic changes to global literary studies, Yeats studies finds itself at a critical juncture. This conference will gather scholars, critics, and creative artists from around the world to engage with Yeats as a figure of world literature, European and global modernisms, and Irish culture and politics; and Yeats's work as poet, dramatist, autobiographer, and writer of fiction, critical and reflective essays, and philosophy. The larger questions to be addressed concern the field of Yeats studies itself, and the role of Yeats in literary and cultural studies. Where are we now? whence have we come? where are we going? The International Yeats Society welcomes abstracts and panel proposals on these questions and more for our first conference.

Topics may include:
thematic concerns such as youth and age or aging
formal considerations including rhythm, music, dance, drama, and the spoken word
Yeats in contemporary politics, media, and cultural studies
Yeats in and in relation to space, including Ireland, over time
translation and adaptation
history and the past, including mythology
futurity, including prophecy
time and temporality

Plenary speakers: Matthew Campbell (U of York), Marjorie Howes (Boston College), Alexandra Poulain (U of Lille)

Abstract deadline extended to 30 June 2015. Please send to
Margaret Mills Harper: margaret.harper@ul.ie. Presentations should be no more than twenty minutes. Please submit a proposal including your title and an abstract of 250 words. Indicate your name, email, and institutional affiliation clearly.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiespoetry 62612#hashtag: A Global Interdisciplinary Conference. Friday 15th January - Sunday17th January 2016: London: UKInter-Disciplinary.Nethashtag@inter-disciplinary.net1434721187film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: hashtag@inter-disciplinary.net

#hashtag: A Global Conference
Call for Participation 2016

Friday 15th January – Sunday 17th January 2016
London, United Kingdom

hashtag n. (on social media web sites and applications) a word or phrase preceded by a hash and used to identify messages relating to a specific topic; (also) the hash symbol itself, when used in this way. Hashtags originated on, and are chiefly associated with, the social networking service Twitter. (Oxford English Dictionary)

In an age where social media reigns supreme, the hashtag has emerged as a powerful catalyst for human interaction. Hashtags drive activism (#Occupy, #HeForShe, #BringBackOurGirls), mourning (#63NotOut, #PhilipSeymourHoffman), celebrity-watching (#WhatJayZSaidToSolange, #RoyalBaby) and product promotion (Taylor Swift's #ShakeItOff campaign, Toyota's #WishGranted campaign). Hashtags foster dialogue by providing a system of language with its own particular conventions and etiquette. Naming 'hashtag' the Word of the Year in 2012, the American Dialectic Society described it as a 'ubiquitous phenomenon in online talk'. Indeed, the ubiquitous nature of the hashtag was confirmed when the term was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2014.

In practical terms, the hashtag – an octothorp (#) accompanied by text – is simply a tool that supports communication on social platforms by allowing users to start conversations, participate in discussions, search for and organise tweets on a particular topic, follow what's trending and identify other users they wish to follow. Though the hashtag originated on Twitter, its omnipresence as well as the evolution of its usage have invested this cultural phenomenon with social, political, cultural, ideological, aesthetic, linguistic, technological and economic implications that warrant closer examination. The #globalhashtagconference offers a platform for such examination through a series of conferences, workshops, seminars and publications aimed at exploring what the prominence and usage of the hashtag says about society in the 21st century.

As the inaugural event of Inter-Disciplinary.Net's Social Media Project, the #hashtagglobalconference offers opportunities for participants with an interest in the topic to join in discussions of the issues and debates that have emerged around the meaning and significance of the hashtag within and beyond the context of social media. The organisers therefore invite proposals for presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions, performances, installations, panels, screenings and readings that explore:

# Why cataloguing and organising information matters and what is at stake when hashtags assist in these activities

Ideological implications around the creation of a hashtag (or the failure for an event to generate a hashtag)
Implications of 'framing' issues through hashtags
Lifespan of hashtags and the consequences that result when hashtags cease to trend
Issues of authenticity, reliability, truthfulness of hashtags
Archiving and assembling with hashtags

# Tangible meaning and significance of 'trending'

Methodologies for measuring, analysing and visualising data, hashtag datamining
Case studies of innovative approaches to generating trends
Hashtags and monetisation (converting hashtags to action/sales)
Analysis of unsuccessful hashtag campaigns
Hashtags in advertising, marketing and public relations, evergreen/forever hashtags

# How the hashtag has influenced the way we engage and communicate with each other

Hashtags and trolls, cyber-bullying and harassment, smear campaigns (e.g. #GamerGate)
Irony, wit and humour in hashtags,
Hashtag games (e.g. #FiveWordsToRuinADate)
Hashtag rap (e.g. Big Sean)
Poetry and art with hashtags
Impact of hashtags on altruistic and narcissistic impulses
Hashtags as catalysts for groupthink and 'hive mind'
Rules, conventions and etiquette around hashtags
Hashtag journalism, Breaking News
Hashtag overuse and abuse, hashtag in spoken language (hashtag royal wedding)
Intercultural comparisons, how do Germans, British, Americans etc. use hashtags (frequency, context, application, content)
Hashtag wars (e.g. #OpCharlieHebdo, #OpFrance)

# How the hashtag informs the ways in which we experience and understand emotions

Hashtags as paralanguage
Hashtags and ritualised mourning for public figures
Issues of authenticity regarding feelings expressed in hashtags

# How the hashtag affects our relationship with technology

Hashtags and virtual citizenship
Hashtags and virtual communities
Hashtags as tools for negotiating social media

# How the hashtag (dis)empowers us as consumers and producers

User generated content and its value
Hashtags and the promotion/rejection of consumption
From hashtag to bashtag (e.g. #SochiProblems)

# How the hashtag impacts our relationship with institutional power (e.g. media, government, corporate interests)

Relationship between hashtag activism and offline activism
Click activism: opportunities and limitations
Hashtags in institutional politics (Get Out the Vote initiatives, coverage of issues, reactions to political events and speeches)
Effective strategies for hashtag activism (especially in the context of grass roots movements, charities and NGOs)
Hashtag hijacking, bashtag (i.e. using promotional hashtag to critique the product rather than praise it) (e.g. #McDStories)
Representation of hashtags in media and popular culture
Hashtags and the formation of participatory communities

Please see
for further details and information.

What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 14th August 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel's decision by Friday 28th August 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 11th December 2015.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: #hashtag1 Abstract Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:

Organising Chairs:
Petra Rehling: petrarehling@gmx.de
Rob Fisher: hashtag@inter-disciplinary.net

This event marks the launch of the Social Media inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project.
It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

It is anticipated that a number of publishing options will arise from the work of the project generally and from the meeting of #hashtag stream in particular. Minimally there will be a digital eBook resulting from the conference meeting. Other options, some of which might include digital publications, paperbacks and a journal will be explored during the meeting itself.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 62613Primates and Primatology: special issue of Green LettersHelena Federfederh@ecu.edu1434725983ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Helena Federcontact email: federh@ecu.edu

This is an open call for articles on primates and primatology from an ecocritical, science studies, and/or critical theory perspective. The issue is slotted for publication in 2017.

Subjects might include the following:

the work of Kinji Imanishi
cultural biology or the study of nonhuman animal cultures
the practice of primatology in the US, Japan, or elsewhere
nonhuman primates in the wild (and/or field work)
human and nonhuman primates and colonization/globalization (slow or fast violence)
nonhuman primates in the human imagination
The Great Ape Trust (ACCI)

Or specific texts, such as Robert Sapolsky's A Primates Memoir,
Will Self's Great Apes, Pierre Boulle's La Planète des Singes, Haraway's Primate Visions, Rey and Rey's Curious George, etc.

Please send a 500 word abstract and CV to federh@ecu.edu by October 1, 2015.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culture 62614MAPACA 2015 Philadelphia, PA, November 5-7, 2015Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Associationwww.mapaca.net1434729828classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymedievalpopular_culturerenaissanceromanticfull name / name of organization: Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Associationcontact email: www.mapaca.net

Call for Papers MAPACA 2015
November 5-7, 2015
Philadelphia, PA

The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works in areas such as fiction, film, and computer games, which make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to the following:

-Modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare

-Modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer

-Modern investigations of historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Richards, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scotts

-Teaching medieval and Renaissance texts to modern students

-Medieval or Renaissance links to fantasy fiction, gaming, comics, video games, etc.

-- Medieval or Renaissance Dramas

-The Middle Ages or Renaissance on the Internet

-Renaissance fairs

Panel and Workshop proposals are also welcome.

Submit a 250-word proposal including A/V requests along with a CV or brief bio by June 30, 2015 to our online submissions form at www.mapaca.net

For further information, please contact:
Diana Vecchio
Mary Behrman
Co-Chairs Beowulf to Shakespeare

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymedievalpopular_culturerenaissanceromantic 6261525th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference - February 26-27, 2016 - Savannah GABCPCS Conferencebcpcs2016@bcpcsconference.com1434735330childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: BCPCS Conferencecontact email: bcpcs2016@bcpcsconference.com

The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States. It encompasses colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.

We welcome a variety of approaches and viewpoints, and the generation of wide-ranging, productive debates. Thus we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural panel proposals.

We offer scholars, researchers, teachers, and students the opportunity to disseminate and discuss their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic field of postcolonial studies.

We invite proposals in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas, such as:

  • Postcolonial Studies: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where To Now?
  • Perspectives and Current Practices in Postcolonial Pedagogy
  • Bioethics, Ecology, Ecocriticism, Health, and Wellness
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Liberation, or Transnational Literatures, Arts, and the Media

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

Proposals are accepted electronically at our site: <bcpcsconference.com>.

Deadline for proposal submissions: October 1, 2015.
Notification of acceptance: completed by November 1, 2015.


  • Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the online submission form.
  • A biographical statement for each presenter is required, including the presenter's academic affiliation<
  • Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery — maximum.
  • Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper with complete information on each presenter.


  • Regular Registration (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $150.00
  • Graduate Student / Retiree (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $120.00
  • One-day / Guest: contact bcpcs2016@bcpcsconference.com for details

Ms. Danticat is the award-winning author of Claire of the Sea Light (New York Times notable book); Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak! (National Book Award finalist); The Farming of Bones (American Book Award winner); and The Dew Breaker (PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the inaugural Story Prize).

Her non-fiction includes After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti; Brother, I'm Dying (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, National Book Award finalist); Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work; and "In Flesh and Bone," on the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and her work has appeared in various venues, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.

In commemoration of our silver anniversary, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Nichols Graduate Award. Please see <bcpcsconference.com> for further details.

For further information, please see the conference site: <bcpcsconference.com>.

Send email to bcpcs2016@bcpcsconference.com

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 6261621st Century Englishes Conference at BGSU UPDATEDBowling Green State University Department of Englishbgsucon@gmail.com1434740634bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Bowling Green State University Department of Englishcontact email: bgsucon@gmail.com

21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Contact email: bgsucon@gmail.com

Proposal Deadline (for panel and individual presentations): Friday, July 24, 2015

We invite proposals for scholarly and creative works and readings for the third annual 21st

Century Englishes graduate student conference to be held Saturday, October 24, 2015, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University.

CONFERENCE THEME: Englishes Now and Then, Then and Now

English studies in the 21st century has been, and continues to be, an evolving and diverse discipline. Scholars and creative writers are often asked to "look back" to take stock of where we are and where we were to make predictions about where we will go and, indeed, where we must go to prepare for future generations of English students and teachers. An exploration of Englishes also involves delving into both histories and futures with critical contemplation and imagination. It is important for graduate students to develop their own understanding of Englishes, and investigate how that understanding is shaped by history and projects the future.

Toward this aim, we welcome proposals that address how Englishes manifest in theory, practices, and praxis, both historically and contemporarily; and how historical and future considerations and definitions of Englishes shape current research, themes, trends, and issues. We invite proposals that look back and look forward while exploring the broad, ever-changing conversations and landscapes of English studies. Presentations can cover, but are not limited, to the following:

➢ Collaborative Practices

➢ Communications Studies

➢ Creative Writing

➢ Digital Humanities

➢ Disability Studies

➢ Emerging Theories & Practices

➢ Identities & Sexualities

➢ K-12 Teacher Education

➢ Linguistics & Language Studies

➢ Literature Studies

➢ Networking & Social Media ➢ New Literacies, Media & Technologies

➢ Pedagogies

➢ Publishing

➢ Reflective Practices

➢ Reinterpreting/Revisiting Archives

➢ Rhetoric & Composition

➢ Social & Political Impacts on English Studies

➢ Technical Writing


➢ Writing Program Administration

➢ Writing Center Studies


We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Gold from the University of Michigan will be speaking at this year's conference. Dr. Gold is an Associate Professor of English at UM, specializing in rhetoric, composition, and writing, and he has recently published two works on women's rhetorical and educational history, Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945 and the edited collection Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak. His book Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947 received the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Panel Proposals:

Please include a cover page with panel title, individual presentation titles, each presenter's full name, the name of a moderator (if available), university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should introduce the panel with a 250-word description, followed by a 150-word abstract for each presentation (3 to 4 people). Please do not include any identifying information on the second page. Panel presentations should plan for 80 minutes total, including Q & A time.

Individual Proposals:

Please include a cover page with the presentation title, your full name, university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should contain a 150-word abstract. Please do not include any identifying information on the second page. Individual presentations should plan on 15-20 minutes each, depending on how many people are on the panel.

Special Interest Group Proposals (SIGs):

These more loosely-structured sessions can include 3–6 presenters/participants. Sessions can take any form, such as a roundtable discussion, a collection of creative readings with similar themes/topics, a workshop, a Q & A session, an interactive presentation, or networking and brainstorming for a future project. Please include a cover page containing your SIG title, each participant/presenter's full name, the name of a moderator (if applicable), presentation titles, university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should include a 500-word summation of what you hope the SIG will accomplish. Each SIG session should plan for 80 minutes.

We encourage presenters to take advantage of multimodal delivery. Presentations might take the form of a Prezi, installation or poster, short film, podcast, web design, creative performance, combination of these, or other possibilities, including traditional presentations.

~There is no fee to attend or present at this conference~

*Please email proposals and questions to bgsucon@gmail.com.

*For more information regarding the conference, please visit our conference website at: https://21stcenturyenglishes.wordpress.com/

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 62617Comment dit-on "queer" en français? Queer Theory in French Deadline: September 30, 2015NeMLAadexter@tulane.edu1434742587cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLAcontact email: adexter@tulane.edu

Although French-language theorists such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Monique Wittig have been fundamental in thinking about queer theory in English, queer theory's application in Francophone countries has generally proved less successful than in the United States. For instance, there is little consensus on how to translate "queer" into French: some French speakers in France prefer using anglicisms or awkward direct translations, while Québec, for example, has generally endorsed the use of "allosexuel" or "altersexuel." Furthermore, when Judith Butler's canonical text Gender Trouble appeared in French translation, over fifteen years after it had initially appeared in English, there was an uproar among French people, who were resistant to her ideas. Critics have generally agreed that this resistance to queer theory stems from a resistance to American cultural hegemony, wherein, as Klonaris & Thomadaki (2003) have argued, "the United States exports its dominant culture with as much enthusiasm as it exports its subcultures" (84, translation my own). Despite this, less critical attention has been given to queer theory's acceptance in other Francophone countries. In light of these questions, this panel invites contributions that examine resistance to queer theory in French-speaking countries. Papers should aim to examine the varying national, cultural, religious, linguistic, or sexual discourses that often prohibit its dissemination. This panel also invites papers that apply queer theory to a text. Papers that discuss what it means to be queer in a Francophone country, through close readings of literary works or visual media, are thus strongly encouraged.

Submit an abstract of 300 words by September 30, 2015 through the NeMLA website: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/participate/submit.html. Contact adexter@tulane.edu with any questions.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 62618Transnational Visions of Paul Frederick BowlesAmerican Studies Association of Turkeyrchandar@msn.com1434819945americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfull name / name of organization: American Studies Association of Turkeycontact email: rchandar@msn.com

Papers are welcome for any examination of Paul Bowles from a transnational perspective. Included are: discussions of Bowles' s literary colleagues and assessments of the expatriate penning of Oriental consciousness; assessments from Americans and Europeans of the talent for writing and capturing Orientalism; Middle Eastern criticisms and reviewing of the Orient from a modern perspective: and critical re-evaluation of the relationship in the arts of the ongoing relationship of the Orient to America.

Please submit 300 - word abstracts to Dr. Raj Chandarlapaty at rchandar@msn.com no later than July 20,2015. Please include your name, title, and institution.

The ASAT will hold its annual conference in Antalya, Turkey on 25-27 November, 2015. Participants from around the world are welcome in any field of the humanities.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approaches 62619[UPDATE] Power and the Mediterranean DEADLINE EXTENDED - July 15Susan Abraham/Meditopos, University of Michiganshoshan@umich.edu1434820491classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Susan Abraham/Meditopos, University of Michigancontact email: shoshan@umich.edu

The conference Power and the Mediterranean will be held on 13-15 November 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, featuring keynote speaker Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona).

In the 2014 Blackwell Companion to Mediterranean History, Sharon Kinoshita notes, "As we approach the present, the Mediterranean, in the view of some historians, loses its power as a category of historical analysis." In the same volume, Brian Catlos writes, "The ethno-religious diversity of the Mediterranean cannot be considered in isolation from the relationships of power that characterized the region." What then, are these power relationships? What kinds of power – colonial, imperial, ethnic, religious, gendered, racial, symbolic – have been relevant to the Mediterranean area? Is the Mediterranean still a powerful critical category in the modern and contemporary periods?

The conference is aimed at junior faculty and graduate students. We encourage submissions from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, literary studies, anthropology, sociology, history, political science and international relations, art history, women's studies, classical and ancient studies, as well as other area studies.

Submissions may address questions including: How have power relations in the Mediterranean been figured across history? When and how is power exchanged between states, communities, and individuals? How is power relevant to discussions of politics, culture, and the future of the Mediterranean? How are power relations affected by migration and movement within the Mediterranean region and beyond?

Submission Instructions: Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted via email by June 15, 2015, to Susan Abraham, at shoshan@umich.edu. Partial travel reimbursements will be offered for international participants.

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62620Popular Modernisms: Then and Now- Edited Collection- Abstract Deadline 7/26/15Scott Ortolano/ Florida SouthWestern State CollegeSOrtolano@fsw.edu1434828681african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Scott Ortolano/ Florida SouthWestern State Collegecontact email: SOrtolano@fsw.edu

Popular Modernisms: Then and Now

Proposed Edited Collection
Abstract Deadline July 26, 2015

This is a call for essays for a proposed edited collection that explores what might be called "popular modernisms," or works that take up modernist ideals and conventions but are themselves products of mass culture. The extent to which these works embody aspects of the modernist project will vary significantly. Some might adopt a single convention typical of modernist works and repackage it in a text that is otherwise unremarkable and possesses only a superficial aesthetic covering. Other projects may fully embrace the aesthetics and/or ethos of a particular strand of modernism—though the text itself may challenge traditional conceptions about how such techniques and ideas can or should be employed. This project has no dedicated geographic region or time period and welcomes essays on texts from the late 19th century to the present. Of particular interest are essays that discover modernist resonances in unexpected places, especially in non-literary and contemporary works. The goal of this project is to broaden the understanding of modernism as a movement by discovering its presence in a venue that has long been viewed as antithetical to the overarching ideals of modernism's many movements.

In theoretical terms, this project draws from Peter Nicholls' argument that modernism should not be conceived of as a large single movement but a multiplicity of smaller undertakings that at once reinforced, contradicted, drove, and inhibited one another. These diverse submovements were united only by their shared inspiration—the emerging technologies, ideas, and events that were rapidly remaking the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In exploring popular reimaginings of modernist works and ideas, this collection aims to extend Nicholls' theory. This book also hopes to answer Rita Felski's call to move the locus of modernity beyond experimental aesthetics or the finely wrought artifacts of high modernism. Instead, it looks to works that speak to the longings of everyday individuals—then and now—and seeks to draw attention to underappreciated texts and authors. In this way, the project builds upon the work of scholars like Juan A. Suárez, who contends that the "noisy" reverberations of popular culture helped American modernists explore the quotidian realities of a changing world and give voice to those on the cultural margins. Finally, the project hopes to expand Marjorie Perloff's contention that "the modernist project . . . remains open" by rediscovering connections between the early movements of modernism and the contemporary world. To this end, I am particularly interested in essays that do the following:

• Engage non-traditional mediums, such as comics, radio, podcasts, video games, television shows, etc.
• Recontextualize popular authors or movements not generally associated with modernism
• Analyze popular adaptations of well-known modernist works
• Discuss commercial works by modernist authors and artists generally known for producing avant-garde work or work that did not have commercial success
• Explore 21st century texts that continue the modernist project

Interested contributors should send 300 word abstracts, contact information, and abbreviated CVs (position, publications, conference presentations) to Dr. Scott Ortolano at SOrtolano@fsw.edu. All inquiries should also be sent to this e-mail address. Completed papers will be approximately 5,000-6,000 words. Contributors will be expected to make reasonable revisions as the project evolves.

Project Schedule:

Abstract Deadline: July 26, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2015
Proposal Sent to Publishers: August 3, 2015
Full Essays Due: February 8, 2016
Revision Requests: March 18, 2016
Revised Essays Due: Summer 2016

*Note this is a tentative timeline and subject to change.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 62621Ireland: Memory and Monument (ACIS-West) - Proposals due JULY 1American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Regionaciswest2015@gmail.com1434835343childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromantictheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Regioncontact email: aciswest2015@gmail.com

The 31st Annual Meeting
 of the
 American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional

"Ireland: Memory and Monument"

Rapid City, South Dakota

October 16-18, 2015

Submissions due July 1, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com

We invite you to join us in Rapid City, South Dakota for the 31st annual ACIS-West conference. This interdisciplinary conference features a range of scholarly panels, lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances. We welcome papers on any aspect of Irish studies, including literature, theatre, film, dance, history, economics, sociology, music, religion, politics, language, culture, diaspora, conflict and border studies, the material and visual arts, and comparative studies. We particularly encourage papers and panels that explore the theme of "Ireland: Memory and Monument". Topics may include, but are not limited to,

• Official forms of commemoration, like statues, plaques, monuments, parades, ceremonies, holidays, as well as their reappropriation
• Contested memorials and counter-memorials
• Buried or erased memories; modes of forgetting
• Private versus collective/public memory
• Memorialization and the sacred
• Geography and regional or local memory
• Literary and artistic commemorations
• Transnational memory (e.g. the Irish diaspora, immigrants to Ireland)
• The business of commemoration: tourism, financing, the media

We welcome not only papers that consider the question of the memorialization within Ireland, but also comparative work that addresses Irish intersections with the global circulation and preservation of memory.

The conference features keynote speaker David C. Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and keynote performer Donal O'Kelly, award-winning playwright and actor who will stage his play Fionnuala for conference participants.

Western South Dakota, home to some of the nation's most famous and contested monuments and counter-monuments, provides a rich site in which to explore the preservation and politics of memory. Downtown Rapid City, founded during a gold rush in the 1870s, is steeped in history -- statues of U.S. presidents grace every corner, and stories of the Lakota are told through commemorative plaques and statues -- while also boasting a lively arts and music scene, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The conference will take place at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, has hosted six U.S. Presidents, and is also said to be haunted. The conference organizers invite you to explore Rapid City, "The Gateway to the Black Hills," as well as its many nearby attractions, including Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, the historic Black Hills 1880 Train, the city of Deadwood, the Badlands National Park, and the Devil's Tower.

Please submit your proposal by July 1, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com. Individual paper and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcome, as are proposals for live performances, dramatic readings, poster presentations, or exhibits. Individual proposals should be 250-500 words in length and include a brief biographical statement for the submitter (50 words). In the case of panel proposals, live performances, dramatic readings, posters, or exhibits, please submit a rationale (250-500 words), as well as biographical statements for each of the presenters. To recognize undergraduate research in Irish Studies, we will also organize a special undergraduate panel at the conference, and we encourage exceptional undergraduate students to submit individual paper proposals.

For more information, visit https://aciswest.wordpress.com/

Please direct any questions to Sarah L. Townsend, Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, aciswest2015@gmail.com.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromantictheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62622Realism Bites - Disruptive Realisms in Modernity 08/13/2015The Johns Hopkins University realismbitesgermangrads@gmail.com1434836246african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Johns Hopkins University contact email: realismbitesgermangrads@gmail.com

Eighth Biannual Graduate Student Conference of the German Program
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature at the Johns Hopkins University

Realism Bites
Disruptive Realisms in Modernity

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
Prof. Elisabeth Strowick, Johns Hopkins University

November 6- 7, 2015
The Johns Hopkins University

All the fissures and rents which are inherent in the historical situation must be drawn into the form-giving process and cannot nor should be disguised by compositional means.
(György Lukács, The Theory of the Novel)

The term realism has been associated with multiple artistic practices, styles and movements from nineteenth-century bourgeois realism to socialist realism, surrealism, Italian neorealism, magical realism, and postmodern hyperrealism. Its repetitions and invocations express a commitment to and a struggle for reality, rearticulating the political, social and epistemological functions and meanings of art. As a form of "Darstellung der Wirklichkeit," realism carries the tension of a set of oppositions: the reality that is and the reality that ought to be; an objective and verisimilar reproduction and a poetic constitution of reality; a conventional mode and personal expression of reality.
György Lukács emphasized the necessity for a "critical realism," one that is determined by the attention to and mediation of social contradictions, rather than their naïve reproduction. The notion of unity, so important for the Lukácsian concept of "critical realism," refers not only to the realist novel's capacity to reveal the totality of social relations, but also to its depiction of man's striving to reach totality as a mode of being. Even though Lukács considered the novel as the primary form for the critical depiction of the modern conditio humana, the question can be raised whether "critical realism" functions more as an epistemo-critical concept than as a rigid genre definition. Since Lukács, many scholars and artists have called into question his notion of
totality and human agency, and contested his definition of art as a representational medium that reveals a social totality. Should we, as Fredric Jameson has suggested, hold on to a concept of totality when discussing current "problems of realism?" How do the various forms of realism relate to what Lukács - justifiably or not - has identified as the pseudo-objectivity of Naturalism, on the one hand, and extreme subjectivism, on the other? Can one actualize critical realisms for a critique of representation? And in what way do contemporary reassessments and actualizations of realisms repeat or reverse traditional dichotomies, such as those between idealism and realism, nominalism and realism, realism and modernism?
This call for paper invites submissions from a wide variety of disciplines that discuss competing aesthetic strategies. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts (300-500 words) with your name and affiliation to Esther Edelmann and Christiane Ketteler at realismbitesgermangrads@gmail.com by August 13, 2015. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Realism repeated: Realism after Modernism
• Avant-Garde "realities"
• Antinomies and instabilities within classical realisms
• The reception of realisms and its historical conditions
• Realisms, political movements and alliances
• Speculative Realism and the constitution and emergence of objects
• Excessive Realism or new possibilities of perceptions of objects
• Productive realisms or the emergence of new orders
• Realism's (false) friends: Reportage, Travelogue, and Documentary
• The Real and the Reality Principle
• Capitalist Realism and the limits and problems in representing global capitalism and its
• Theories and Projects of Mapping
• Hyperrealism and the Desert of the Real / The Spectacle of Reality
• Abject Realisms and the abjected within Realism
• Realism and the Dissolutions of boundaries between the arts
• Realism, Nominalism, Idealism, (New) Materialism
• Realism, Romanticism, Symbolism
• Post/Colonial Realisms
• Feminist Realism
• Realism and the Problem of Exemplarity
• "Wirklichkeit als das Wirkende"

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 62623American Literature Area at PCA/ACA 2016, March 21-25Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationtaylor13@rose-hulman.edu1434866754americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationcontact email: taylor13@rose-hulman.edu

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
2016 National Conference
Seattle, WA
March 21-25, 2016

Call for Papers: American Literature

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2015

The American Literature Area of the American Culture Association seeks individual papers for presentation at the 2016 National Conference of the PCA/ACA, to be held in Seattle, WA from March 21-25, 2016.

Papers may concern any work(s) of American literature from the colonial era to the present. A range of critical approaches is welcomed: For instance, presentations may consider issues of representation, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, or examine thematic trends or parallels. Treatments of race, ethnicity, and gender are encouraged, as are proposals that contextualize American literature with areas of popular culture, including but not limited to fashion, film, music, theater, and visual arts.

Interested individuals should submit a titled, 250-word abstract and complete contact information—name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mail and email addresses, and telephone number—by October 1, 2015. Please submit proposals to one program area only.

Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated within two weeks of receipt. The deadline for early-bird registration is November 15, 2015, and the final registration deadline is December 15, 2015. All presenters must be PCA/ACA members by the time of the conference.

Please send proposals through the PCA/ACA submission database: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/. General instructions for submissions may be found at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference-2/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-...

For further assistance, please contact the American Literature Area Chair:

Corey Taylor
Associate Professor of English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, CM 91
Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920

For additional information, please visit the PCA/ACA website at http://www.pcaaca.org.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachespopular_culture 626244th International Conference on Comics as Visual Literature -(2-4th September, 2015)The Literary Seminary literaryseminary@drmgrdu.ac.in1434896546americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: The Literary Seminary contact email: literaryseminary@drmgrdu.ac.in

The Literary Seminary consists of an active student body - members who are passionate about bringing an inculcation of the reading habit to the student society. As a result, we have planned to conduct an International Conference on the theme 'Comics as Visual Literature' from 2nd - 4th September 2015. We have discovered that comics and graphic novels can be used as an effective means of communication, especially to the present generation.

In order to take the first step towards change, a group of students from our club have created SIRJI Comics - a series of comic episodes that voice societal transformation in India. We have launched its first volume at Comic Con, Bangalore, earlier in April this year.

Highlights of Litfest '15:

*Theme 'Comics as Literature'
*Comics is an emerging and widely adopted tool of communication
*The Scope of Comics in Literature is limited in India compared to
other countries.
*The Literary Seminary wishes to introduce Comics as a new and
stand-alone genre in Indian English Literature through this
*Launch of Volume 2 of SIRJI Comics
*Paper Presentation by Faculty and Research Scholars

CFP catogories:

*The Theory and Practice of Comic as Literature
*Comics: Inter-cultural Perspectives
*Comics: A Critique of Socio-Political Realities
*Comics and Culture Studies
*Multimediality in Comics
*Traditions of Comics in India
*Transportation of Comics into Films
*Comics: A Historical Perspective/Historical Perspectives
*Comics: A Reflection of the Spirit of Times(Zeitgeist)
*Comics and Gender
*Comics and Myths
*Autobiographical Comics
*Comics and ELT
*The Future of Comics.

For further details visit http://literaryseminary.org/litfest-15/

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 62625"Culture, Identity, and Media: New Perspectives of Representation" (20-21 May 2016)Institute of English and American Studies/Goethe University Frankfurtstudentconferencefrankfurt@yahoo.com1434898414cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Institute of English and American Studies/Goethe University Frankfurtcontact email: studentconferencefrankfurt@yahoo.com

"Culture, Identity, and Media: New Perspectives of Representation"

(May 2016: Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)

In an article on social representation, Birgitta Höijer writes: "Social representations are about processes of collective meaning-making resulting in common cognitions…it specifies a number of communicative mechanisms explaining how ideas are communicated and transformed into what is perceived of as common sense. This touches the very heart of mediated communication – how the media naturalizes social thinking and generates collective cognition." (1) Media – whether a novel, a television show, or a film – is often responsible for shaping the way people think about other cultures and societies. Naturally, the media also helps create or support stereotypes. But how does this process work?

This conference will explore the ways in which cultures and societies are presented in media. What is the relationship between media and culture? How can media serve as cultural schemata – in other words, how can media influence our processes of perception concerning other cultures? Can medial presentations ever be accurate? What is the cultural – and culture-creating – work of medial representations? How can media create alternative ways of thinking about culture?

We invite all senior BA students as well as Master and Graduate Students in English, American Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Cultural Studies to send in their proposal for a 20 Minute Presentation about any chosen topic related to or referring to the relationship between media and culture.

Potential topics could include but are not limited to:

-Cultural stereotypes and their representation (and destruction) in literature, film or other media
-Questions of cultural identity in media
-Social, racial, or cultural identification in/through media
-Media and representations of the transcultural
-Predominant stereotypes or archetypes and their creation and their perpetuation through media
-The "Arabian Other" in film and TV after 9/11
-Representation of the Empire in British film and literature
-"The Empire Writes Back" – representation of stereotypically British attributes across postcolonial media
-Identity-building through film and new media outlets (blogs, vlogs, et cetera)
-Media representations, social cognition, and the production of culture

Please send your proposals (max. 300 Words) with a short biography and your current study program and affiliation to studentconferencefrankfurt@yahoo.com

The deadline is January 15th 2016, decisions will be made by February 2016

There will be no conference fee. Technical equipment for presentations will be provided.

Private lodging possibilities and a limited number of travel grants may be available on a case-to-case basis.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonial 62626(Re)presentations of the PresentNortheast Modern Language Associationhttp://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/156521434914114cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiesscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email: http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15652

How do literary texts and other media articulate the present, per se or in contrast with the past and future: is it rendered (im)material, (in)distinct, fluid, con-temporary? How is it privileged or subordinated regarding alternative temporalities, or how is it engaged with cyclic or parallel time? How do articulations differ among media, in the works of one author, across periods, between cultures or perspectives, between disciplines or modes of thought, or as reflections of technological or political change? Whose time is the present?

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiesscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 62627HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS Colloquium : Humour in Feminist MediaSynoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studieseditor.synoptique@gmail.com1434914543african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studiescontact email: editor.synoptique@gmail.com

"HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS : Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media"
SYNOPTIQUE Journal Colloquium

Concordia University
Montréal, Québec
October 16-17, 2015

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015

Invited speakers:

DR. ALICE MING WAI JIM (Art History, Concordia University)
DR. CARRIE RENTSCHLER (Institute for Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, McGill University)
DR. MAGGIE HENNEFELD (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota)
DR. ELENA GORFINKEL (Art History & Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
DR. ARA OSTERWEIL (Department of English, McGill University)
DR. LIZ CLARKE (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University)
SHELLEY NIRO (Brantford, Ontario)

Synoptique Journal announces its first colloquium dedicated to humour and technologies of disruption in feminist film and media practice. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS is dedicated to the polyvalent ways in which humour has functioned as a disruptive technology in feminist media theories and practices. Humour and its many manifestations— parody, satire, irony, and mimicry—have the potential to destabilize existing systems of representation, media production, and gender constructions. Humour can be used to forge new circuits of knowledge, as well as political and emotional solidarities. We are seeking conference proposals for individual papers that engage with the possibilities of humour as a technology, strategy, representational practice, and tool for renewing dialogues with feminisms (in all their manifestations) today. This approach necessitates a critical recognition of productive multiplicities and the centrality of critical race studies, Global South and indigenous feminisms, feminism and class, and posthuman concerns.

The colloquium will consist of two round tables of invited scholars and artists, and several panels composed of open call papers. We are also excited to announce that Synoptique Journal is curating a video essay installation as part of the colloquium. The curated installation will be unveiled in collaboration with the colloquium, and later exhibited on the Synoptique website.

Potential topics for colloquium papers may include:

• Activism, piracy, and resistance through humour
• Critical race, transnational, Global South, and Indigenous feminisms
• Cybernetics, post-human(ism), or cross-species humour
• Ethics and feminisms for the anthropocene and its 'others'
• Feminist analyses of laughter as communal response ("sensuous solidarity")
• Humour as a critical and/or liberating interrogation of feminisms and femininity
• Humour in and through video art, found footage, and archival interventions
• Intermediality, interactivity and reflexivity in relation to notions of authorship, as well as artistic and
cultural practice
• Internet humour, trolling, and resistance
• Intersectional or postmodern approaches to the feminist deployment of humour
• Laughter, irony and satire as political or interrogatory strategies
• Cinema as "l'écriture féminine"
• Mimicry and empire
• Narcissism, the pleasure principal, and psychoanalytical or sociological theories of laughter
• Negotiations and subversions of genre (science fiction, melodrama, fantasy, the western, etc.)
• Online participatory media, machinima, and video game modding
• Phenomenology of women's laughter and comedic pleasure
• Politics of the female body in relation to deviance, 'gross-out' or 'body' humour, and the
• Porn, sex parody and humour
• Roles and impacts of new and old media technologies and platforms (television, console video
games, film, social media, cartoons, photography, VJing, etc.)
• Stereotypes, parody and performance, and alternative representations of gender
• The avant-garde, experimental media aesthetics, and humour
• Women, technology, and media industries (transnational, amateur, porn, Hollywood, etc.)
• Women's emotional labour and affect
• Women's performance, vestimentary and fan cultures around media (Comiccon, fanfiction, mash-
up videos, etc.)

Proposals are due August 1st, 2015. Papers may be presented in French or English. Please submit a 300-word abstract with title and author bio to: colloquium.synoptique@gmail.com

HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS will also host an online, curated installation of video essays and web-based interactive artwork exploring the theme of humour in feminist media and theory. Video essays, animated shorts, web games, and other digital projects accompanied by an explanatory text will be eagerly considered.
Video essays and creative submissions for the installation should run a maximum of 8-minutes, be accompanied by a critical explanatory text situating the work within the themes of the special issue, and include an acknowledgement of sources or bibliography adhering to The Chicago Manual of Style.

Video essays will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2015.

All colloquium paper abstracts and video essay submissions should be emailed to the Colloquium Organizational Committee at: colloquium.synoptique@gmail.com

The colloquium is organized in conjunction with an upcoming special issue of Synoptique dedicated to humour in feminist media practices (Vol. 5, no. 1). Synoptique is accepting contributions to the issue until Dec. 31st, 2015. For the special issue CFP and more information about Synoptique, please visit the Journal's website: www.synoptique.ca

Organized by Desirée de Jesus, Tess McClernon and Rachel Webb Jekanowski, in conjunction with Synoptique Journal and the Cinema Studies Graduate Student Colloquium Series at Concordia.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond