Asia in popular media was predominantly represented as sexually conservative with heterosexual narratives culminating in marriage. The 21st century, however, witnessed a surge of queer depictions that challenged the dominance of the heteronormative. This panel invites papers exploring representations of non-normative sexualities and genders from media industries within Asia. We are seeking in-depth discussions about queer narratives in films – independent as well as mainstream, television programs, and webseries. How do these different media formats shape the queer? To what extent does censorship affect these depictions? What roles do studios/production houses play in crafting queer subjectivities? How is the queer embodied in these narratives?
CFP: Routledge Companion to Cultural Text and the Nation
We invite prospective contributions for the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Cultural Text and the Nation, an exciting new addition to the growing, dynamic book series.
In a memorable scene from Questlove’s award-winning documentary, Summer of Soul about the Harlem Cultural Festival (1969), singer Nina Simone performs “Backlash Blues,” a poem by her friend Langston Hughes. Five decades later, Beyonce performed a rousing version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” for her Homecoming tour in 2019. The poem, affectionately called the Black National Anthem, was originally written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900. Across these multiple decades, (and long before) African American musicians have invoked Black Literature, while African American writers have referenced Black music.
In 2021, Nella Larsen’s novel Passing was made into a Hollywood film, before premiering on Netflix in fall of that year. The film garnered many prestigious awards, with critics praising the producer, script, and of course, the acting. Yet the film did not receive any Oscar nominations. To some, this omission is quite surprising, given the unanimous acclaim the movie has already received. To others, this exemplifies Hollywood: they often award golden statuettes to Black movies that are rooted in stereotypical Black images of slavery, violence, and the white savior complex, among many others.
Humanities Bulletin Journal - Call for papers
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2022
Vol. 5, No. 2 - November, 2022
Humanities Bulletin is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journal which features original studies and reviews in the various branches of Humanities, including History, Literature, Philosophy, Arts.
This journal is not allied with any specific school of thinking or cultural tradition; instead, it encourages dialogue between ideas and people with different points of view. Our aim is to bring together different international scholars, in order to promote the dialogue between cultures, ideas and new academic researches.
The Journal is hosted by London Academic Publishing, London, UK.