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Ends of Cinema?

The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee invites proposals for papers and presentations for our Ends of Cinema conference, to be held May 3-5, 2018.

Are we now in an age of “post-cinema?” Has the massive global wave of digital production, distribution, and exhibition finally eradicated cinema as we’ve known it? Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Peter Greenaway seem to think so, as well as academics from Paolo Cherchi Usai to Alexander Zahlten.

Whatever the object “cinema” was, it seems to have been summarily executed in the digital era. But whose cinema is ending? If “cinema” implies a universal canon built on default ideologies, has its “death” been a response, in part, to deeper investigations into diversities made possible by increased access to the means of production? Are cinema’s many deaths, then, bound to another kind of end: what we understand to be the goal of cinema, whether political, aesthetic, representational, theoretical, or technological?

Over visual media’s long century, the emergence of new technologies, both filmic and otherwise, have repeatedly elegized cinema’s ruin and celebrated its rejuvenation. The end of cinema, it seems, is fissiparous and cyclical; it has happened, it hasn’t happened, it has happened in fits and starts, and it will happen again. If no one death can be attributed to cinema, perhaps the answer is to consider its multiple endings—and subsequent new beginnings.

A complete CFP can be found on our Ends of Cinema conference website.

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief CV by Monday, January 9, 2018, to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, c21@uwm.edu.

War and Imprisonment Conference

Call for Papers: War and Imprisonment

 

The capture and confinement of human beings has been—and remains—a central feature of warfare and periods of mass violence both within and between nation-states and among non-state actors. Prisoners apprehended and held during times of conflict—whether military or political—have been both blessing and curse to their keepers. While often valued as cheap labor and lucrative bargaining chips, the high costs—economic, social, political, and environmental—associated with mass imprisonment continue to challenge even the best organized bureaucratic states. This conference seeks to explore these historical and contemporary dynamics across geographic time and space. We welcome interdisciplinary scholarship on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

 

  • Prisoner of war camps
  • Prison towns
  • Civilian prisoners in wartime
  • Political imprisonment
  • Prison culture
  • Prison violence
  • Treatment of prisoners
  • Prison labor in wartime
  • Race, class, gender, and prison in wartime
  • Prison architecture and design
  • Environmental impacts of mass imprisonment

 

The one-day conference—the fifth annual of an ongoing series—will be held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, located at 365 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on Friday, May 11, 2018. We envision a program free of geographical, chronological, or methodological restraints. Individual paper proposals of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent to Clarence (Jeff) Hall (chall@qcc.cuny.edu) and Sarah Danielsson (sdanielsson@gc.cuny.edu) no later than December 15, 2017. Accepted presenters will be notified in early 2018. Interested presenters may also be considered for publication in an anthology tentatively scheduled for 2019.

New England Studies at the PCAACA

NEW ENGLAND STUDIES — CALL FOR PAPERS
The 2017 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in
Indianapolis, March 28-31, 2018. The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Architecture; Art; Ecology/Environment; Economics; Fashion; Film and Theater, especially films made in New England, and plays set in the region,e.g. ‘The Crucible’; Folklore; Food; Language and Literature; Politics; History; Music; Sports;Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Industries, e.g. Fishing; Regional Cultures; Sports and Recreation; Tourism and Travel; and numerous other topics. The subjects are endless.

Controversy will not be shunned!
Films based in New England or filmed in the region might be of special interest; infamous figures such as Whitey Bulger in Boston, Lizzie Borden in Fall River, or Buddy Cianci inProvidence; the Boston Marathon tragedy/”Boston Strong”; holiday celebrations, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, various ethnic Christmas celebrations, and Salem at Halloween; New England politics; literary personalities, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Thoreau and Harriet Beecher Stowe; cultural attractions, e.g. Freedom Trail, Boston Pops,Fenway Park; any of our higher institutions of learning; and our sports teams, especially a discussion of fan loyalties with champions such as the New England Patriots and the Red Sox.

More New England-specific topics would include famous personalities born in New England, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Howie Long; and Kurt Russell.

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. All proposals and abstracts must be submitted through the PCA Database. See the website at ncp@pcaaca.org. .

Presentations should
be 15-20 minutes in length and lively in nature! The deadline for the submission of a 200-word abstract is October 1, 2017. Acceptance will be earlier than usual as well to enhance your ability to seek funding. Although all proposals should be submitted to the PCA Database directly, please also cc: me, and include university or organization affiliation (if applicable), telephone number, and e-mail address. Graduate students welcome.

Individual and full panel proposals are considered. Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted. If you give a paper, you must register for the conference. See: http://www.pcaaca.org. Site also includes information on travel grants and rates at the conference hotel.

Send inquiries to :
Martin J. Manning
4701 South Park Court
Woodbridge, VA 222193

Info From the PCAACA

Deadline for submitting your 2018 conference proposal:
1 October 2017
 
Greetings! Now is the time to finish up your proposal and submit it for PCA 2018.  If you haven’t submitted your proposal yet, please do so right away, so you can join us in our return to the midwest next Spring.
See you in Indianapolis!
You can find the information you need for submitting your proposal at:
Travel Grant applications now available
 
Each year, the PCA Endowment awards travel grants to graduate students, early career faculty, 2-year college faculty, and international scholars. We also have grants to help scholars visit research collections, and for libraries to build collection materials.
You can find information about all these grants here:

PCAACA Deadline

Deadline for submitting your 2018 conference proposal:
1 October 2017
 
We at the PCA hope your summer went well and that your school year, for those of you teaching, learning, or parenting right now, has begun splendidly.
As October approaches, so does the deadline to propose your abstract for next year’s Popular Culture Association annual meeting.  If you haven’t submitted your proposal yet, please do so right away, so you can join us in our triumphant return to the midwest next Spring.
See you in Indianapolis!
You can find the information you need for submitting your proposal at:

CFP The Frankenstein Story in Children’s and Young Adult Culture Friend or Fiend?

A Special Session of the Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association

Sponsored by Frankenstein and the Fantastic, an outreach effort of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association

For the 2018 Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 28-31 March 2018 Proposals no later than 1 October 2017

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018. It is a work that has permeated popular culture, appearing in versions found across the globe, in all known media, and for all age groups. However, many aspects of this tradition remain underexplored by scholars. One of these is how the story and its characters have manifested in children’s and young adult culture.

Like Frankensteiniana for older audiences, versions of the story for young audiences offer interesting and important approaches to the novel and its textual progeny, and they deserve to be better known and analyzed, especially since, for many, works designed for the young represent their first encounters with Frankenstein and its characters.

Criticism on these works remains limited; though a growing number of scholars (see the selected bibliography appended to this call) have begun to offer more in the way of critical analysis, as opposed to just seeing them as curiosities. It is our hope that this session will continue this trend and foster further discussion and debate on these texts

In this session, we seek proposals that explore representations of Frankenstein, its story, and/or its characters in children’s and young adult culture. We are especially interested in how the Creature is received in these works, especially by children and young adult characters, but other approaches (and comments on other characters) are also valid.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please submit paper proposals (100 to 200 words) and a short biographic statement into the PCA Database by 1 October 2017. The site is accessible at https://conference.pcaaca.org/. Do include your university affiliation if you have one, your email address, your telephone number, and your audio-visual needs.

Upon submission, be sure, also, to send your details to the organizers (Michael A. Torregrossa, Fantastic [Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction] Area Chair, and Amie Doughty, Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area Chair) at FrankensteinandtheFantastic@gmail.com, notifying them of your intentions to serve on the panel. Please use the subject ìFrankenstein at PCAî.

Presentations at the conference will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes, depending on final panel size.

Do address any inquiries about the session to FrankensteinandtheFantastic@gmail.com.

 

Further details on the Frankenstein and the Fantastic project can be accessed at https://frankensteinandthefantastic.blogspot.com/.

Further details on the Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area can be found at http://pcaaca.org/childrens-literature-culture/.

 

Additional Information to Note:

The Popular Culture Association does not allow submissions to multiple areas and limits presenters to one paper per conference. (Further information on these policies appears at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/rules-exceptions-for-presenting/.)

Accepted presenters must register AND be members of the Popular Culture Association or join for 2018. (Details can be found at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/membership-and-registration/.)

The Popular Culture Association does offer a limited number of travel grants for the conference; nevertheless, potential presenters, when submitting their proposal, should be sure to have the necessary funds to attend the conference, as no shows are noted.

 

 

 

 

New England Studies at the PCA

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2018 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 28-31, 2018. The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Architecture; Art; Ecology/Environment; Economics; Fashion; Film and Theater, especially films made in New England, and plays set in the region, e.g. ‘The Crucible’; Folklore; Food; Language and Literature; Politics; History; Music; Sports; Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Industries, e.g. Fishing; Regional Cultures; Sports and Recreation; Tourism and Travel; and numerous other topics. The subjects are endless. More New England-specific topics would include: Famous personalities, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and New England crimes and criminals, e.g. Lizzie Borden in Fall River; Buddy Cianci in Providence.

Controversy will not be shunned!

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. All proposals and abstracts must be submitted through the PCA Database. See the website at ncp@pcaaca.org. . Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and lively in nature! The deadline for the submission of a 200-word abstract is October 1, 2018. Database is already open for submissions. Acceptance will be earlier than usual as well to enhance your ability to seek funding.

Although all proposals should be submitted to the PCA Database directly, please also cc: me; please include university or organization affiliation (if applicable), telephone number, and e-mail address. Graduate students welcome. Individual and full panel proposals are considered. Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted.

If you give a paper, you must register for the conference. See: http://www.pcaaca.org. Site also includes information on travel grants and rates at the conference hotel.

 

Send inquiries to :

 

Martin J. Manning

4701 South Park Court

Woodbridge, VA 222193

ManningMJ@state.gov

PH: (202) 590-2512