The book provides an in-depth analysis of global perspectives on advancing public and social gender policy worldwide; it also examines women’s political representation and participation in peace processes in the context of their community, emphasizing existing cultural norms with biases, questioning societal prejudices toward women, for example, in STEM and creative economies. The volume covers several domains presenting a wide range of important issues that demonstrate gender inequality, discussing a wide range of cultural and geographical realities.
Call for Papers: DEADLINE EXTENDED
COMICS STUDIES SOCIETY CONFERENCE, JULY 28-30, 2022
In collaboration with Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
“Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian”
Canadian Literature and Authors at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 2022 Conference: UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel in Los Angeles, California
November 11 - 13, 2022
Panel Organizer: Shawna Guenther firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACT: This session offers a panel on the study of multispecies entanglements—the adaptive, relational co-becoming between people and the other-than-human world that is increasingly urgent given the climate crisis. This session welcomes works on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), environmental humanities, animal studies, magical realism, Indigenous wonderworks, collaborative works, and creative projects on the entanglement between humans and the other-than-human.
Margaret Atwood’s works are replete with significant spaces: the forest in which Lucy disappears in “Death by Landscape,” Iris’s mansion in the fictional Port Ticonderoga of The Blind Assassin, Offred’s room, haunted by the Offreds who came before her, in The Handmaid’s Tale, Aunt Lydia’s hiding place in Ardua Hall in The Testaments, the rooftop gardens of the MaddAddam trilogy, Kinnear’s basement in Alias Grace, and more. We’re in a Renaissance of Atwood scholarship, prompted in part by contemporary parallels to the events in her dystopias and to the Hulu and Netflix adaptations of The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, respectively.
The MMLA 2022 conference call for papers states that “we invite our members to a collective discussion of the role of humanities post-now in an emphatic call for immediate changes to allow a fundamentally different future.” The popular culture panel will address this call by investigating both the dystopian and utopian potential of our new reality as expressed in media and other forms of popular culture.
CALL FOR PAPERS ON JOHN CLARE
The John Clare Society of North America invites paper proposals for its guaranteed panel at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention in San Francisco, January 5-8th, 2023. Happy to receive scholarship on any aspect of Clare’s poetry, prose, life, and/or sphere of influence.
Please send abstract and short bio by 18 March 2022 to Erica McAlpine at email@example.com
We are seeking proposals for an edited collection tentatively titled Television Comedy & Cultural Crisis. Chapters should focus on a specific television series, and address how that series engages with the discourse of a particular cultural crisis through comedy. The function of comedy should be foregrounded, as the collection will be held together through the central question of how humor acts as space through which we can resist normative ways of thinking about these cultural crises.
Contributors might consider humorous depictions of, but are not limited to:
Call for Abstracts – Hybrid Conference
Motherhoods on Screen: Global Perspectives
Maynooth University, Ireland
23rd & 24th September 2022
Organized by Loic Bourdeau & Julie Rodgers
The Fury of Achilles: The Faces of War
29 and 30 September 2022
University of Aveiro
The International Conference “The Fury of Achilles: The Faces of War” will be held in the Department of Languages and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, on 29 and 30 September 2022. It will be a presential event.
Panel cfp: More-than-human worlds in literature, cinema, the visual arts & performance
This roundtable panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” Safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.
Book editor: Roshni Sengupta
Both “culture” and “people” are largely undefined and inherently diverse forms, susceptible to malleability and appropriation to suit different agendas. Considering popular culture as a field of struggle leads us to a distinction between popular forms of control as well as participation. Popular culture therefore remains tied to questions of representation, enactment, regulation and control. Reading the form requires the deployment of modes such as symbols and codes (semiotics), apparatus of production (political economy approach), audience and consumer response as well as through studies of the social life of cultural forms and their political frames.