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Brief Summary of the opportunity: Migration studies are at the core of American history. Whether voluntary or involuntary, migrations peopled the continent. Waves of immigration have created an American identity which is continuously modified by new arrivals and changing patterns of cultural transmission and dominance. While cultural mobility seems to be an unstoppable global phenomenon, local resistance, mainly among minorities, is observed. Cultures—or cultural traits—also migrate on their own, disregarding borders.
The international borders of the United States have evolved from a moving ‘frontier’ line and have reached their present state in the 19th century. International borders have evolved from porous to tight, first on the Mexican border, and after 9/11, also on the Canadian border. ‘Borderland’ studies (Herbert Bolton) date back to the early decades of the 20th Century but experience a renewal. Other internal ‘borders’ are continuously shifting: borders between different land-use areas—protected vs unprotected, land lost or gained by Native American Nations, land claimed as Hispanic ‘land grants’, gentrified neighborhoods, urban sprawl and imploding cities.
The present conference aims to analyze the discourse, the representation and the imaginary contexts linked to migrations and borders in the United States. We welcome interdisciplinary proposals for papers in English and French from the fields of history, cultural, political and discourse studies, sociology, geography, and anthropology. The following themes may be discussed from an historic perspective or from a contemporary viewpoint:
– Migrations, temporary or permanent, economic as well as touristic and educational; the impact of migrants on American society and identity,
– New visions of border security; the cost of maintaining international borders,
– Shifting identities in America, from the colonial period to the 21st century; constructed and re-constructed identities, diasporas,
– Contact cultures, borderless cultures and local cultures; cultural mobility in the United States; the concept of cultural appropriation.
We accept papers in French or in English.
Deadline for proposals: December 15th, 2016; you will receive an answer on January 15.
Proposals are accepted in English or French (250 words maximum plus short bio 80 words maximum) are to be sent on one page with postal and email address to:
Related Website: http://ilcea4.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/fr/agenda/colloques/migrations-et-frontieres-aux-etats-unis-discours-representations-imaginaires-migrations-and-borders-in-the-united-states-discourses-representations-imaginary-contexts–86027.kjsp
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This call is for abstracts for an edited collection, with the working title Representations of the Mother-in-Law in literature, film, drama, and television. In this new call, the focus of the study has been broadened to invite both western and non-western perspectives of representations of the mother-in-law in literature, film, drama, and television
The final date for abstract submissions has been extended to 15 October 2016.
Mothers-in-law are familiar figures in jokes, stories, and culture. They are everywhere. Yet it is interesting to note that, to date, and even though the mother-in-law figure is an ever-present figure in life and an important part of social and cultural history in all societies, world-wide, it would seem that there are no published academic books on representations of the mother-in-law from the angle suggested in this cfp.
It would indeed be most interesting to discover how the mother-in-law is perceived in the popular and social culture as represented in the literature, film, drama, and television of various cultures. (Examples that come immediately mind from a western perspective are small screen productions such as Downton Abbey and the BBC production Upstairs Downstairs, and the Australian-American film Monster-in-Law, as well as two Australian novels, Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum by Georgia Madden, and The Unknown Woman by Jaqueline Nunn).
As a suggestion only, potential questions that could be addressed may include but are not limited to:
This collection of scholarly essays will make an interesting intervention in the field by fulfilling a number of aims. It will: be the first of its kind to explore whether or not there are characteristic features and definitions within the representations of the mother-in-law in popular culture; document and record how our western and non-western societies perceive and represent the socially important figure of the mother-in-law in film, stage, and literary works; indicate if there is agreement or difference between the various cultures on how the figure of the mother-in-law is represented in popular-culture to the viewing/reading audiences; establish a new and dynamic area of theoretical research in social history, and point the way to possible future work in an ever-expanding field through examining various representations of the mother-in-law in popular culture; permit scholarly consideration of the extent to which writers establish popular representations of a figure who is an intrinsic part of every culture as a whole.
Abstracts should be written in English, no more than 500 words in total, excluding the title, and the keywords. At the top of your abstract, after the word “Keywords,” please add five keywords for you abstract. Full-length chapters (of no more than 6000 words each) will be solicited from these abstracts.
Please submit a short biographical note with your covering letter, and give your affiliation if any, and your contact details. These may be attached to your abstract. No need to send two separate documents.
Papers should be forwarded to:
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2016.
Dr Jo Parnell, Conjoint Fellow, Faculty of Education and the Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Post expires on Sunday October 30th, 2016
Spiorad na Samhna https://vimeo.com/101398600 Film traces origins of Ireland's biggest Halloween Carnival in Derry back to troubled years of 1980s. It also traces origins of Halloween itself to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr. Jenny Butler from the Folklore Department of University College, Cork narrates this. Film uses footage from spectacular 2013 Inferno show, produced by LUXe, based in Donegal.
Kathleen Gilles Seidel Travel Grant for Scholars of Popular Romance
We’re pleased to announce a one-time travel grant for scholars of Popular Romance, funded by a generous donation from American romance novelist Kathleen Gilles Seidel and administered by the Romance Area.
This grant is intended to foster the future of scholarship on romance in genre fiction, film, TV, and other forms of popular culture by funding travel costs for younger scholars attending the 2014 PCA/ACA national conference in Chicago from 16-19 April 2014.
Grantees will receive funds to support travel to the conference: $300 for travel within the United States, $600 for international travel. The funds will be disbursed by check or cash at the conference.
Deadline for application: 31 December 2013
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Media Literacy Research Symposium
March 21, 2014 8:00AM-6:00PM
Dolan Business School, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
Conference Keynote: Douglas Rushkoff
Media Literacy Research:
We are a growing field with a need for developing and increasing the research within it. With this conference, we hope shorten the present gap by filling it with works from current scholars, new researchers, graduate students, educators and others who have a vested interest in opening this field and moving it forward from all over the world.
Here are the anticipated strands of focus:
Who Should Submit: Scholars, Researchers, and Educators at all stages of their careers are welcome to submit!!
Accepting the Following Formats: Sessions, Panels, Roundtables, Posters.
Send Submissions to: email@example.com (indicate the strand, format, and include a short abstract).
For More Information: http://medialiteracyresearchsymposium.wordpress.com/
Registration Costs: $75.00 for academics/researchers/educators and $35.00 for students.
Publishing: All papers will be considered for future publication. Details presented at conference.
Submit your proposal today!
Due to the overwhelming response, with our database working overtime to handle the flood of submissions, the SWPACA executive team has extended the submission period to November 15, 2013. This will give those who have not decided to attend this year’s conference a chance to submit a paper/panel proposal!
The Southwest PCA/ACA is currently accepting paper, panel, round table, and special topic presentations for its 35th annual conference. Our conference theme, Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow, encapsulates the organization’s beginnings as a regional organization and highlights the changes underway today and tomorrow for this international conference – with our new website, new organizational logo, and new E-Journal project
Come join us in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2014 for this exciting event.
We Will Be There, Will You?
To join us, visit our website: http://southwestpca.org/conference
Abstracts due: October 15th to Gilpin_vicky@hotmail.com
Vampires and humor can be an interesting topic because the author can break down his or her analysis based on a variety of parameters. What is so special about vampires and humor? What does humor try to accomplish in vampire works, or what do vampires accomplish in comedic ones? How does humor negate, transcend, or influence vampiric symbolism and/or the many tropes of vampire works (literature in particular)? Why are so many YA, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance works centered around vampires funny or attempting to be so? Why are vampires in modern literature, film, commercials, television shows, comic strips, graphic novels, songs, and internet videos funny/humorous/comedic? What is the relationship between vampires and humor in modern entertainment?
This selection of essays from McFarland will include previously unpublished essays exploring humor in vampire works, such as movies, literature, commercials, or music. Many avenues exist for perusal of vampires and humor, such as what makes vampire comedy/humor a flop or a success, how does humor in vampire works conform to or revolutionize specific theories of humor, intentional versus unintentional humor, as well as the possible goals of humor within particular subgenres of vampire works. A focus on 20th/21st century works is preferred, though older works may be referenced to provide context, and essays emphasizing older works will still be considered. A purpose of the book is to provide a broad representation of humor in a variety of vampire works through multiple methods of analysis.
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