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2018 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference will be held at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA OCTOBER 19-20, 2018.

Peter C. Rollins Book Prize

The deadline for publishers to submit nominations for the 2017 Rollins Prize is July 1, 2018. This prize will honor the best book written by a scholar working in New England or New York on a topic pertaining to popular or/and American culture during the year 2017.

Carol Mitchell and Amos St. Germain Graduate Paper Prizes. Dates for consideration TBA. Papers must be nominated by panel chair.

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference

THE CALL FOR PAPERS for 2018 will be announced soon.

NEPCA’s 2018 conference will take place on the campus of Worcester State Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20, 2018.

Periodic updates and information will be made on this site and can be viewed by clicking on the 2018 Conference tab above. 

Documentary Film Award Last Call

PETER ROLLINS DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD

Awarded by the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Deadline:  December 15, 2017

This is a final call for film submissions for the 2017 Peter C. Rollins Documentary Film Award.  Both short and feature-length films are eligible for consideration.  Films must be 2017 productions, and must not have received commercial release.

Please send all inquiries, or submit a viewing link and full production information, to the committee chair, Cynthia Miller (cynthia_miller@emerson.edu) no later than December 15.

Masculinities Journal CFP

Call for Papers for 9th Issue of Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture

Critical studies on men and masculinities is a developing and interdisciplinary field of inquiry, flourished in association with the feminist and LGBTQ studies since its establishment in the 1980’s by the substantial efforts of authors such as Raewyn Connell, Michael Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, Victor Seidler and David Morgan among many others. This field is now elaborating and promoting its own issues and agendas. Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture, an internationally refereed journal which is published biannually in February and August by Initiative for Critical Studies of Masculinities (ICSM), is a part of these efforts.

The first eight issues of the journal can be reached online, from the following address:
http://www.masculinitiesjournal.org/

Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture, is now seeking contributions for its 9th issue, which will be published in February 2018. We are looking for articles and essays from every field of social sciences and humanities, which critically investigate men and masculinities. The submissions can be written either in English or Turkish. The relevant subjects for this issue include but not limited to the following:

Identities, experiences, representations
Politics and law
Histories
Literature
Childhood and youth
Aging
Fatherhood and family
Sexualities
Militarism
Art
Sports
Media, movies, TV and the Internet
Methods and methodologies

Deadline for article submissions: December 15, 2017

Submissions should be sent to the following address: masculinitiesjournal@gmail.com
Submission guidelines can be found at the Guidelines section of the following address: http://www.masculinitiesjournal.org/

Blackness in Graphic Novels

This edited volume will offer an opportunity for authors to investigate the ways in which blackness is reimagined in both mainstream and independent comics. Specifically, I propose responding to the following questions: What are the ways in which heroism is redefined by black characters? How are black futures reimagined? What gendered arguments are made through this medium? What are the challenges in presenting to black audiences in this largely white genre? How do the creators depict the continent of Africa and/or communities in the African Diaspora? How are black bodies presented in graphic comics and novels? Finally, how are themes of social justice specific to black communities presented in this type of medium?

This volume would address the above questions in addition to the themes indicated below.

  1. Black Futurism
  2. Black Femininity
  3. Black Masculinity
  4. Imagery of Blackness
  5. Conceptions of Africa and/or Diaspora
  6. Black Bodies in Comics
  7. The Use of Comics for Social Change
  8. Narratives of publishing Black-themed Graphic Novels and Comics

All submissions should include a 200-word abstract. Finalized contributions should be sent as Microsoft Word and/ or JPEG attachment by January 1, 2018. Articles will be in English. Please send an email to byates@sju.edu for instructions to submit via Dropbox. In terms of submission requirements, utilize FIRE!!!’s style guide located at http://fire-jbs.org/ under the author’s tab.

Brigman Award

The William Brigman TJPC Award. This award is for graduate students who write an article for consideration by The Journal of Popular Culture and who also plan to present a version of their article at the National Popular Culture Association Conference. The award-winning essay will receive automatic publication in the TJPC (identified in the journal as the winner of The William Brigman JPC Award), as well as a $500 travel award. Graduate student articles that do not win the award, but that are considered superior, may also be published in The Journal of Popular Culture.

To be considered for the award, graduate students should submit their manuscripts electronically through the ScholarOne system (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tjpc) with “Brigman Submission” leading their manuscript title. Papers should be of journal-article length: 5,000-7,500 words. They must also include with their submission:

1. a cover letter identifying authors as graduate students applying for The William Brigman Award, along with their contact information.

2. a photocopy of their graduate student identification card.

3. a copy of the acceptance letter/email from the PCA area chair who accepted their paper for presentation in the national conference.

Authors must then present a version of their essay at the upcoming National Popular Culture Association Conference, where the winner for The William Brigman Award will be announced. Essays must ARRIVE at the journal by January 1, 2018 in order to be considered for the award for that same calendar year.

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The first deadline, for MHS-NEH fellowships, is January 15. Start your application and mark your calendar with the deadlines below!

The Society will offer at least two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month (plus an additional stipend of over five hundred dollars a month for housing and professional expenses) for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months continuous tenure. These fellowships are for scholars studying in the Society’s collections who have completed the terminal degree in their field (typically a Ph.D.) by the application deadline.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018

MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. One application automatically puts you into consideration for any applicable short-term fellowships. Graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers are welcome to apply. We will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in the coming year!
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018

For those studying the U.S. Civil War, its causes, or its memory, the Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences. Fellows spend at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2018

The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. Twenty-five cultural institutions will offer a minimum of eighteen fellowships in 2018-2019. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. See the Consortium website for a list of member organizations and email them to discuss possible itineraries!
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2018

For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0577.

For news on fellowships and our other programs, follow the MHS Research Department on Twitter @MHS_Research.

Sports, Olmpics, Media International Conference

The research group “Economy, Society, Innovation and Heritage” at the Institute of Contemporary History of NOVA University of Lisbon is going to organize an international conference on the relationship between Sport, Olympic Games and Media.

The sportsman, as a national hero, has always been present in the mass-media, making it essential to understand the communication dynamics surrounding the construction of sports heroes and concepts of nationality and identity.

Sport reflects and reinforces the structures, values and norms of society, not running from media’s influence. It was through media that certain modalities and athletes left the anonymity to become true national and even international celebrities and heroes. Across newspapers, radio, television and, lately through internet and social networks, sport and the Olympic Movement gained more and more space, more exposure and moments of debate.

They arrived closer to the public with whom they shared their moments, ranging from glory, victories and success to the unhappiness of defeat and loss. They also emphasized moments of pain, disappointment and sometimes images of great violence.

In the last decades, major sports events have become a manifestation of the globalization process underway, promoting large-scale commercialization of the phenomenon.

The Olympic Games have long been at the forefront of technology developments. They are capable to engage consumers through more interactive platforms and content, with a plethora of new features and new experiences for an increasingly demanding audience.

According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had the highest media coverage ever. It is estimated that half of the world’s population watched the last edition of the Summer Olympics. Broadcasters from around the world transmitted 357 thousand hours, and digital platforms more than 243 thousand hours. In total 584 TV channels and more than 270 digital platforms accompanied the event and transmitted the magic of the Olympic Games to the world. More than 25,000 journalists were accredited, 26 million people visited the internet site ‘olympic.org‘ and IOC social networking publications, registering over 4 billion ‘likes’.

In Portugal, according to Marktest, between 1 and 24 August 2016, the Portuguese media published more than 28 thousand news about the Olympic Games. The Internet, with 51%, was the platform that presented more news, followed by Television with 29% and Radio with 12% of the total news. The Press has dedicated 7% of its space to the Olympic Games.

Thematic lines:

The conference aims at creating a space for sharing and debate on the various perspectives of Sport, Olympic Games and Media in the following aspects:

• The importance of media in sport and the Olympic Games;
• The concept of “sports heroes” in the media;
• Sports and Violence.
• The role of Media in building local and global identities through the representation of mega sporting events.
• Sports and media: cultural industry

Abstracts submission rules:

Communication proposals should be presented with an abstract of a maximum of 500 words, accompanied by three keywords and a brief biographical note, indicating the institutional affiliation and contact details.

Communications are accepted in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Proposals should be sent to: sporthistoryportugal@gmail.com

Deadline for proposal submission: December 20, 2017

Schedule:

• 20 December 2017: deadline for proposal submissions
• 5 January 2018: Communication of acceptance or refusal
• 20 January 2018: Program Announcement

Organising Committee:

Alcino Pedrosa (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Daniele Serapiglia (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Rita Nunes (IHC – NOVA FCSH e Comité Olímpico de Portugal)

Scientific Committee:

Ana Paula Pires (IHC – NOVA FCSH / Stanford University)
Juan A. Simón Sanjurjo (University of Europe, Madrid, Spain)
Alcino Pedrosa (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Daniele Serapiglia (IHC – NOVA FCSH / Università di Bologna)
Rita Nunes (IHC – NOVA FCSH / Comité Olímpico de Portugal)

Registration:

Normal fee: 50 €
Students: 25 €

The Conference shall have Portuguese, English and Spanish as official languages. There will be no simultaneous interpretation.

Contact Info:

For any inquiries, please contact the organising committee, via the email below:

Sports History Book Prize Competition

The North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) presents two book awards each year to promote and honor outstanding research and writing in the field of sport history. Awards are given for distinguished books written in English on any aspect of sport history, without chronological or geographic restriction. The NASSH Book Award Committee is currently calling for suitable entries for the 2018 Awards in the following categories:

  • Monographs: biographies, monographs, and works of synthesis and interpretation
  • Edited Collections: edited collections of scholarly papers

Eligibility: To be eligible, books must be scholarly, focus on an aspect of sport history, be published in 2017 (imprint date), and be written in English. There is no chronological or geographic restriction.

Prize: The Award shall be a cash prize of $750 for the anthology and $1000 for the monograph. The publisher will also be notified of the award.

To enter, please send one copy of each entry to each member of the Book Award Committee at the addresses listed below. The books should be postmarked before 26 January 2018.

For more information on the NASSH Book Awards, please do not hesitate to contact Committee Chair Robert Kossuth at robert.kossuth@uleth.ca

Robert Kossuth (Chair)
Department of Kinesiology
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1K 3M4
Canada
Maureen M. Smith
Department of Kinesiology
USA
Patricia Vertinsky
School of Kinesiology
University of British Columbia
210, Ware Memorial Gym
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
Jorge Iber
P.O. Box 64303
Lubbock, TX 79464-4303
USA
John D. Fair
H.J. Lutcher Stark Centre for Physical Culture and Sports
1 University Station, D3600
NEZ 5.700
Austin, Texas 78712
USA
Contact Info:
Robert Kossuth
Department of Kinesiology
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1K 3M4
Canada
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