Ezra Pound’s role in modernism is undeniable, but his connections to Philadelphia may be less obvious and are worthy of exploration. He spent his formative years in this “birthplace of America,” where his father worked at the U.S. Mint. Among the many artists he befriended in Philadelphia were fellow poets who would become modernists: Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams. Pound’s relationship with Philadelphia institution University of Pennsylvania is a tumultuous one. Having earned his master’s degree, he was “pushed out” of the program, and his efforts to get a PhD were denied by the university, including many recent efforts to award him a posthumous PhD. This remains another source of controversy in Pound studies.
Call for Roundtable Participants
This roundtable will illustrate how the image of the mafia has been romanticized, falsified, glorified, or held up to historical accuracy in film, television or literature.
The image of the mafia and how it has been appropriated into cultural studies as a romantic business where loyalty and friendship drive a way of life, has contorted our view of its reality. The many images of the mafia we see ranging from filmic representations of the good-hearted mafia Don like Vito Corleone to the fun-loving, soldier like Henry Hill to the flawed but honorable aging Junior Soprano help situate an idea of what it means to be part of this thing called the mafia.
Call for Panel Papers
This session promises a candid look at some of Scorsese’s films, delving into character masculinity, paranoia, gangsterism, and obsession with violence.
The 5th Vampire Academic Conference
October 30th 2020 9:00 am- 7:00 p.m. and October 31st 10:00 am- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
CALL FOR PAPERS
MAIN THEMES: This conference will focus on the American Vampire and how they are represented. There is a vast amount of literature and film representing American vampires such as Salem’s Lot, Anne Rice and her chronicles, Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Twilight and of course Bela Lugosi’s classic Dracula.
American Vampires KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS: To Be Confirmed
Call for Chapters for Edited Book
Genetic Histories and Liberties: Eugenics, Genetic Ancestries and Genetic Technologies in Literary and Visual Cultures
Gender and the Body Series, Edinburgh University Press
We invite chapters that examine the ways in which representations of the body and gender within literature and visual culture (including film, television, graphic novels, comics, and video games) from the eighteenth century to the present day have engaged with and challenged political, religious, cultural and social attitudes towards eugenics, genetic ancestries and genetic technologies
Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 November 2020
Few people know about Kelly Thomas, a homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia who, in 2011, was beaten to death in Orange County by six police officers. Thomas was unarmed. All the officers were acquitted. The way we treat those with mental illness has become of interest to humanities scholars, particularly those working in Disability Studies. Margaret Price’s brave research, in Mad at School, rallies against the exclusion of those with mental disability from academic discourse (and academic life). Scholars of early modern disability have explored various neurodiversity in theater, from figurations of wise fools to imaginings of mad revengers.
PODCAST PARTICIPANTS WANTED
"What, Like, It's Hard?" is a podcast that celebrates the study of popular music in academia
while supporting the academic community over a podcasting format.
The podcast format will run as follows: Each episode is around 50 minutes and will begin with a
3-5-minute introduction before a 10-15 minute chat with the guest about their journey in
post-secondary education, their successes, and low moments. Then the guest will give a 12-15
minute paper of their research topic. After, the next 1-15 minutes will be a discussion between
the host and the guest about the research presented in the episode.
Al-Kīmiyā - Journal of the Faculté de langues et de traduction (FdLT)
Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth
Call for Papers for Issue Number 19
Given the circumstances in recent months due to the Covid-19 crisis, the conference organized by the Faculté de langues et de traduction (FdLT - Faculty of Languages and Translation) and its institutions, which was scheduled for April 2020, has been canceled. The theme of this conference will be taken up in the form of articles to be published in our journal.