Seeking discussants for the roundtable “Theory and Scholarship” on Diversity and Inclusion at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA) virtual conference on March 13, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The panel co-chairs invite discussants from a wide variety of fields working on nineteenth-century research that speaks to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion or “undisciplining” Victorian studies. The co-chairs will ask discussants to answer a series of four questions (included below). The discussants will have 10 minutes to chat amongst themselves for each question. We will then open it up so the audience can discuss these topics or the participants and audience could converse together in an inclusive conversation.
Circuitous Channels: The Communications Circuit at 40
Robert Darnton’s “communications circuit,” proposed in his field-defining 1982 essay “What Is the History of Books?”, has become one of book history’s foundational paradigms. Since 1982, the “communications circuit” has been endlessly reprinted, debated, revised, and amended; it has become a touchstone heuristic for more articles, books, and papers than it is possible to list.
Children’s Literature Pedagogies in an Age of Misinformation
Call for Proposals: Film History Book Series
We are seeking proposals for complete/in-progress/planned manuscripts and edited collections for a proposed book series. The series will focus on film history: both the history of film as media texts and the history/evolution of the cinematic apparatus.
RIT press has expressed interest in this series and has asked that we secure some projects before moving forward with approval.
Potential topics include but are not limited to:
University of Siegen, March 10 and 11, 2022 (abstracts submission deadline: April 15, 2021)
Editors: Axel Volmar, Olga Moskatova, Jan Distelmeyer
From its beginnings, speculative fiction across different media and genres has combined imaginaries of social and political organization with issues of gender and violence. Thomas More’s Utopia (1551), for example, imagined an egalitarian society that remained strictly patriarchal and a perfect government that ensured prosperity and peace by fighting preventive wars, administering capital punishment to adulterers, endorsing corporal punishment for unruly women and children, and encouraging (assisted) suicide. Whether we consider literary texts, film, TV series, comics, or other forms of cultural expression, contemporary speculative fiction continues to discuss (state-)violence and the gendered nature of socio-political relations.
“Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive”
– Ursula K. Le Guin