2013 CFP: Cultural Studies and Film

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‘Adaptaciones Perras’: Fidelity Turned Against the Patriarchate
This panel will use the notion of fidelity to study works by contemporary Spanish and Latin American filmmakers and writers that, in spite of presenting major deviations from the text deemed as ‘original’ by the cultural apparatus, call themselves adaptations. In turn, these ‘adaptaciones perras’ will be (r)evaluated from a Feminist position. Are these changes the result of formal incompatibilities, of sexual/gender differences, or more the effect of a will to subvert the Patriarchate? Ramiro Garcia-Olano rgarciae@spanport.umass.edu
Agency, Fate, and the Forces of History in Nineteenth-Century European Narrative
Within early nineteenth-century European historical and fictional narratives, geographical, socio-economic, and cultural forces gained prominence, becoming almost a character in their own right as they wrestled with their human counterparts for control of events. How did authors negotiate the tension among these ‘characters’? What rhetorical devices did writers employ to assert or deny the agency of individuals and collectivities? Abstracts 250-550 words, Julie Meyers, jmeyers@uchicago.edu.
Caribbean Film as Witness
This panel focuses on the deployment of the medium of film from and about the Caribbean as a means of witnessing that represents a possibility for changing the contexts in which the witnessing occurs as Paulo Freire says is witnessing’s role. Several filmmakers have used their craft to bear witness to the region’s violent history and its legacy. This panel aims to provide a forum to critically discuss their efforts. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to Toni Pressley-Sanon at toni.sanon@gmail.com.
Cultural Studies and Materialism: Raymond Williams and Sebastiano Timpanaro (Roundtable)
This session intends to examine the contribution of Raymond Williams and Sebastiano Timpanaro to the reception and study of materialism; its contribution to cultural materialism; and its relevance, importance and actuality for the field of cultural studies, opening to issues of ecological importance and eco-criticism. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Mark Epstein at mwepstein@verizon.net.
Detective Fiction: The End of Civilization or its Salvation?
As a popular genre, detective fiction often references or even takes as its foundation contemporary social issues. Do recent, particularly ’dark’ works of this genre, such as by Mankell or Larssen, foreshadow the end of civilization? Or do other examples of this genre, such as the Precious Ramotswe series, at least represent the possibility of the salvation of civilization? Proposals of 250 words (MS Word attachments) for papers addressing one or both questions and/ or queries to Maria Plochocki at bastet801@att.net.
Exploring Suburban Narratives in Literature, Film and Television
From Revolutionary Road to ’Desperate Housewives,’ some of the most popular works of fiction, television and film are those that focus in on the ’ordinariness’ of suburban living. This panel will seek to question why these suburban-based narratives have proven to be so successful within mainstream popular culture. We welcome papers that explore this question from multiple perspectives such as the way suburban narratives’ explore gender or national politics. Please e-mail 150-200 abstract to Adam Levin, Wits University, leviaj@gmail.com
Facebook Fiction, Twitter Literature, and the Cellphone Novel (Roundtable)
This Roundtable will examine emerging social media literary forms and seek to open up the conversation about alternate, emerging, pluralistic and communal forms of literature in the age of blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Please submit 300-word abstracts that address the ways in which electronic and digital literature affects, embellishes, and alters literary discourse, the nature of rhetoric, and the future of reader theory to Rebecca Romanow, rromanow@mail.uri.edu.
Filming this Insubstantial Pageant: Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film
This panel focuses on film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with fidelity to text or period, or consider films for scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. Abstracts (250 words) should be emailed in MS format to jackiec159@hotmail.com and morsed@newschool.edu by Sept. 30.
Global Hybridities in Film and Media (Roundtable)
This roundtable wishes to explore representations of hybrid cultures and identities in film and media. The roundtable is an attempt to understand the difficulties surrounding the discourses and representations of hybridity. We welcome papers that are in progress and open to the benefits of a roundtable discussion. <delia.konzett@unh.edu>
A Greater Truth: The Artistic and Journalistic Practices of Documentary Theater
What are the standards governing documentary theater? Do playwrights and journalists have ‘different languages for what the truth means,’ as dramatist Mike Daisey recently claimed in defense of his not-quite-true play? What strategies have documentary playwrights employed to obscure or to foreground their roles as the biased interpreters of fact? What debates have surrounded specific attempts to re-present history as theater? Please submit 300 - 500 word abstracts to Cory Elizabeth Nelson, cen@brandeis.edu
Grimm Revisions: Disenchanting Fairy Tales
In the past year, two television series based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and two films retelling the story of Snow White premiered. These most recent revisions offer new ways of conceiving the uses of enchantment and disenchantment in the contemporary world. Papers are sought that consider how contemporary works in literature, television, and film use fairy tales, offering fantastic returns to the sources and/or grim representations of our contemporary reality. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Lisa Perdigao at lperdiga@fit.edu.
Literature and Dance: Interactions and Reactions
This panel seeks to investigate social, historical, and theoretical interactions between literature and dance. For example, how do poets, playwrights, and novelists use dance as a utopian metaphor, sexual euphemism, or catalyst for carnivalesque inversions? How might dance radicalize or subvert aspects of embodiment that remain subtle in written texts? Scholars are welcome to draw from literature and dance across all genres and historical periods. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts to brandonxshaw@gmail.com.
Obsessive Attention: Fandom and Scholarship (Roundtable)
This session seeks papers from fan and scholarly perspectives. Possible topics are scholars as fans and/or fans as scholars; depictions of scholars in fandom and its sources (such as to Hogwarts professors, The Xavier Institute, Jedi, Starfleet Academy, Sherlocks); does scholarship ruin fandom? Do entities such as the Organization for Transformative Works or this panel destroy or enhance the joy of fandom? Is fandom an appropriate topic for scholarly investigation? Proposals of 200-250 words to emily.hegarty@ncc.edu; margarette.connor@gmail.com
The Originality of Adaptation and Novelization
This panel studies how adaptations of literature into film, and novelizations of film into literature, stress their originality. How do such derivative works manage their break with their sources while not alienating their audience? Marketing and reception studies of adaptations / novelizations are welcome, as are papers on works only re-using characters or loosely borrowing from sources in other media. 250 word abstracts to Ana Oancea (aio2101@columbia.edu)
Panels From a Life: The Graphic Novel Memoir
What happens to the examined life when it composed into comic book form? Our panel will consider the emerging genre of graphic novel memoirs, which range from personal narratives to autobiographical journalism to more layered creations (such as Maus) where the personal blends with the historical. All critical approaches welcome so long as the memoirs examined are (essentially) non-fictional. Please send 300-word abstract to <Josh.Cohen@massart.edu>.
Perennial Issues in High Tech Clothes
Twenty first-century technological advances in digital film and the rapid developments in the internet have brought unprecedented innovations to the cinema. In this panel we are interested in exploring the role that blogs and the internet in general have played in developing the eternal themes of sexual awakening, mother/daughter relations, religion, and illness in world films. (Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo, mvargas@buffalo.edu)
Performativity and Secondary Cinematic Authorship
This panel seeks papers that address the implications and problematics of film characters who create visual or auditory texts that make up the film proper. While this panel is based on a rereading of psychoanalytic film theory, papers from all critical perspectives are welcome. Please send abstract and CV to Jason Clemence, Tufts University, jason.clemence@tufts.edu
Photography and Culture
This panel welcomes papers from various disciplines that examine the relationship between culture and photography – from its beginning to its most contemporary forms. Topics include but are not limited to the photograph or photography and its relationship to social media, the Internet, literature, film, and the private sphere. Send 300 word abstracts and brief biographical information to Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez (carrie.collenberg@williams.edu)
The Politics of Violence in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
This panel will examine the social, moral, and aesthetic implications of violence as it has been conceptualized in post-2000 Latin American cinema. What role does violence play in today’s communities? How and why does violence cross national borders? Is violence always transgressive or can it be legitimated? What are the moral connotations of the consumption of violent films? Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Henry Tarco-Carrera at henrytar@buffalo.edu and Monica Filimon, mefilimon@yahoo.com.
Racism 2.0: Race in the Digital Age (Roundtable)
This roundtable seeks papers that address the broad issue of race in the digital age. Topics can include, but not limited to, race and racism online, online passing, and the rhetoric of ‘post-race,’ among others. Send abstracts in the body of the email to Donavan L. Ramon, Rutgers University, donavanramon@gmail.com with the subject ‘Race 2.0’.
Representations of Motherhood in the 20th/21st Century
This panel will investigate representations of maternity in contemporary literature and culture. Topics might include, but are not limited to: motherhood in film; ‘other’ mothering; the presence/absence or elevation/degradation of mother in the contemporary novel; representations of mothering in the academy. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstract to Sara Hosey at Sara.hosey@ncc.edu.
Rise of the Fandoms: When They Began to Rule the ‘Verse
This panel seeks to look at the increased role of the fandom in pop culture today. More and more writers admit to reading message boards, websites, and fan fiction about their work, and making creative choices following this engagement. How have these communities raised the level of discourse regarding their topic of choice, or in some cases possibly have trivialized academic engagement? Other theories relating to this topic are welcome. 200 words abstracts should be sent to Lindsay Bryde at Lindsay.Bryde@gmail.com
The Role of Fat in Children’s Books, Television, and Movies
This panel will examine the role of fat in children’s books, television, and movies. Aimed at young audiences, these works can, in some cases, be powerful tools for reinforcing fat stigma. However, as cultural productions that are generally, though not always, less nuanced than their adult counterparts, works of children’s literature can serve as fertile ground for the interrogation of cultural assumptions surrounding fat. Please send 300-500 word abstracts via email to William Tunningley, william.tunningley@okstate.edu
The Sequential Monster: Reading Comics as Monstrous
Comic books, graphic novels and webcomics generally combine words and images to create narratives. Perhaps we can see them, therefore, as monstrous: beasts that combine the elements of verbal and visual, narrative and static communication forms. This panel will examine a social understanding of the comics form (and the kinds of literacies required to accept it) using Scott McCloud’s and Will Eisner’s comics theories as well as Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s monster theory. Abstracts of 300 words to lauere@sunysuffolk.edu
Show and Tell: A Roundtable of Comic Book and Graphic Novel Creators (Roundtable)
This event hosts artists from a wide spectrum of roles as related to the creation of comic books and graphic novels. This roundtable welcomes participants from around the world and regardless of genre, medium, or years of experience. Artists in the roundtable should bring visual materials to facilitate discussion with a diverse audience of students, professors, and overall fans of this art form. Submit resumes to Derek McGrath at SUNY Stony Brook (derek.mcgrath@stonybrook.edu).
Spectacles of Alienation: Deconstructing the Theatrical in Contemporary Culture
This panel explores the tension between the theatrical and the anti-theatrical in contemporary culture. From the increasing ubiquity of performance art in mainstream theatre to the public spectacle of the political protest, this panel solicits papers that asks what role theatre plays in a world that blurs the boundaries between social ritual and performative fiction. We welcome papers that address political performance as well as studies of aesthetic practice in modern theatre. Send abstracts of less than 250 words to LGeddes@adelphi.edu.
Symbolism and the Modern Allegorical Body
Amid the long span of the modern period, images of allegorical bodies lost their prior connection to conventional signification, emerging anew in the personally inflected languages of Symbolism. But when and by what historical and theoretical processes did this transformation unfold? Send 300-word abstracts considering embodied allegories as sites of multivalent meaning in visual culture, located in the space between traditional forms and new visual practices from the 19th through 21st centuries, along with a CV to emily.gephart@smfa.edu
The Godfather: Influence and Origins
This panel will explore the lasting influence of The Godfather on popular culture &, conversely, its literary and cultural influences. What effect has it had on popular notions of Italian-American ethnic identity? What impact have recent adaptations (from Winegardner novels to video games) had on the film’s legacy? Upon what traditions and cultural archetypes does it rely? Papers may treat Puzo’s novel, Coppola’s films, or other adaptations. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Jeffrey Gibson at gibsonje@wesley.edu.
Theorizing Tension in Television Drama
Recent years have seen the rise of TV dramas (Mad Men, Luck) that downplay tension in favour of atmosphere and characterization: yet tense dramas like True Blood and 24 have also thrived. What can theoretical readings reveal about these diverse series? Papers on all current and recent televised drama series welcomed. Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, psychoanalytic, chronotopic, formalist and ecocritical. 300-word abstracts (include name, affiliation and email) to Rod Cooke, rpc2108@columbia.edu.
Video Games and Society
This panel seeks papers on any aspect of video games and their influence on and function within society. Of particular interest are examinations of the potential of video games for education, moral and ethical influence, and behavioral conditioning as well as studies of gaming communities, gamer agency, and gamer identity, all with a focus on the impact of gaming on societal norms and mores. Please send 200-300 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Liz Medendorp, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, emedendo@complit.umass.edu.
Voice and the Arts
What is the place of the human voice in the arts? The objective of this panel is to investigate how the human voice is tied to aesthetics and to artistic production and consumption. How do the different arts represent and help us conceptualize the human voice? How does voice become an intrinsic element in human symbolization? Please submit a 200-300 word abstract to Fernando Rocha at frocha@middlebury.edu.

See also under:

American: “The Elegiac Mode: Contemporary Transformations in Elegy Studies”; “Envisioning Modernity: America’s Urban Centers”; “The Literature of the Wars in Iraq”; “Margins to Mainstream: Multiethnic U.S. Lit in Academic and Cultural Contexts”; “Obscenity and the Warren Court: Finding the Boundaries of Freedom of Speech”; “Prisons and Punishment in American Culture”; “Representing Class Mobility: Time, Space, History, and Form”; “Scenes of Objection: The Black Body in Performance

British and Anglophone: “Eighteenth-Century Secularisms

Comparative Languages: “The Absent Corpse”; “Individual and Cultural Memory in Literary Representations of War and Conflict

French and Francophone: “The Killer Outside Me: Marginality in Contemporary French Crime Cinema”; “L’Ere du Nouveau: Echoes of the Nouveau Roman in other Spheres”; “‘Ni fondamentalistes ni extrémistes’: Islam in French Hip-Hop”; “Représentation(s) de la migration dans le cinéma français contemporain”; “Spatialité et identités dans la littérature et le cinéma d’Afrique francophone”; “Visualizing Violence in Francophone Cultures

German: “Drastik — The New Fascination with Violence in Literature and the Visual Arts”; “The Legacy of Enlightenment and the Politics of Spectatorship”; “Liminal Places/Social Spaces/Modern Faces: Liminality in German Literature”; “The Nibelungenlied in the 21st Century”; “The Streets of the Metropolis

Italian: “Cinema and the Mafia in Italy”; “Contemporary Italian Cinema and the Neorealist Ghost”; “Globalization and Italian Cinema”; “Il Folklore nel cinema e nella letteratura italiana”; “Immaginario Mediterraneo. From Mare Nostrum to Liquid Border.”; “Italian Jews: On and off Screen”; “The Lost Rural Italy”; “The Nomadic in Italian Film”; “Post-National and Trans-National Italian Cinema

Pedagogy: “Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching the Graphic Novel”; “Teaching the History of the Book to Undergraduates

Russian/Eastern European: “The Europeanization of the Balkans, the Balkanization of Europe”; “In Search of the Former East in the Former West”; “Vladimir Nabokov: Postmodern Reflections and Elective Affinities

Spanish/Portuguese: “Contested Representations of Immigration: the Documentary or Fiction Film”; “‘El Laberinto del Celuloide: Latinoamerica y el Septimo Arte, 1920-40”; “Geneaologia de Antropofagia”; “Inter-mediality: Latin American Print Culture”; “La re-escritura de los cuentos de hadas en la literatura y las artes visuales”; “Liberation through Destruction in Hispanic Women’s Writers Fiction”; “Material Memory: Human Rights and Objects on Display”; “Narrating Difference in the Portuguese-speaking World and Diaspora”; “New Perspectives on Andean and Amazonian Imaginaries”; “Politics, Decline, and the Apocalypse in Iberian and Latin American Cultures”; “Recent Chilean Films in the Latin American Scene”; “Transgrediendo fronteras: problemáticas globales en el cine hispano”; “Vértigo espiritual: anticlericalismo, espiritismo y librepensamiento en España

Theory and Literary Criticism: “Bodies, Immunity, Discourse: Post-AIDS Literature”; “Disability and Its Discontents”; “‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’: Interaction between Technology and Poetry”; “Lost in Contemplatio: Contemplation in Contemporary Culture”; “Science Fiction and Food Politics”; “We, Robots: Investigating Modern Identity, Gender, Robots, and the Cyborg”; “The Western Fascination with Cannibalism

Transnational Literatures: “Ethnofuturisms: Spatiotemporal Geographies”; “Representations of Shanghai: Film and Fiction

Women’s and Gender Studies: “The Artemis Archetype in Fiction, Film, and Television”; “Critical Representations of Marriage”; “The Female Painter in Women’s Fiction, 1880-1930”; “Gender, Sexuality, and the Limits of Power in the Contemporary Movie/TV Musical”; “Have We Heard Their Voices? Hallie Flanagan and the Legacy of Federal Theater”; “Women Writing the Second World War