2014 CFP: Cultural Studies and Film

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All for Love?: Family and Romance in the Hollywood Action Film
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts moved from’irl Friday’ in the first Iron Man to being featured alone on promotional posters for Iron Man 3, with love central to Tony Stark’s final quest. This panel focuseson the gender and social implications of placing love and family centerstage in Hollywood action narratives, as well as the implications of more emotionally connected Heroes. Please send brief abstracts in the body of the email to Elizabeth Abele <abelee@ncc.edu>
Allied Adaptations to World Wars
Two World Wars and their aftermaths provided material for myriads of books, film adaptations, and remakes. How did adaptation from book to film alter, honor, or enhance the meaning of the original work? How close are the artistic visions of the two works? What may have led to any differences? If the material was considered unfilmable (as with Johnny Got his Gun), how was that overcome and was it successful? Send 250-word abstracts to Susan Austin at saustin@landmark.edu.
Amateur Production: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nonprofessional Practices (Seminar)
‘As long as the assumed purpose of media is to allow ordinary people to consume professionally created material,’ says Clay Shirky, ‘the proliferation of amateur-created stuff will seem incomprehensible.’ This seminar considers this dismissal and explores how amateurs contribute to fields like literature, journalism, theater, film, science, sports, etc. Proposals should explain how amateur will be defined and what constitutes an amateur product/production for the particular field and period addressed. mary.isbell@gmail.com; rwhit@stu.c.a
Anti-Semitism on Film
This panel seeks to look beyond the limitations imposed by national borders by focusing on the examination of any works of cinema that are either motivated by a desire to spread anti-semitic sentiments amongst their viewers, or those that, on the other hand, look upon Jewish characters favorably while addressing the impact and the effects of anti-semitism on the Jewish community. Papers on anti-semitism before/after World War II are especially welcome. Philip Balma – philip.balma@uconn.edu Giovanni Spani – gspani@holycross.edu
The Body Speaks
How do bodies ’speak’ so eloquently on the written page, on stage or on camera? Martha Graham famously remarked that ’the body says what words cannot’. We are seeking papers dealing with the ’speaking body’ in literature, live performance, or film.Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to cgargano@liu.edu.
Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero? The Politics of Non-Hegemonic Superheroism
This panel welcomes papers that examine superhero narratives that work against the grain (in comics, film, and other media). How do female, gay, or minority characters reconcile their ‘otherness’ with their role as guardians of the status quo? Are superheroes from the Global South different from their First World counterparts? How does a non-hegemonic imagination handle an imaginary that is hegemonic almost by nature? In short, can the subaltern be a superhero? Please send 300-word abstracts to Rafael Ponce-Cordero at rponcecordero@keene.edu
Celluloid Riders: Cinema’s take on Charro, Gaucho, Huaso and Llanero Literature
This panel is interested in scholarly works that reflect upon the richly and complex relationship between cinema and canonical Latin American literary representations of charros, gauchos, huasos and llaneros. All critical approaches to the study of this relationship are welcome. Email abstracts to rgarciae@spanport.umass.edu
Cinema and Migration
This panel aims to explore cinema across borders and in comparative perspective. In an age of global modernity, viewing the migrant experience from the perspective of a single national culture is restrictive. Submissions that engage with themes of exile, displacement, immigrants, emigrants, flows of migration, or people who do not fit within legitimate borders and boundaries are welcome. All theoretical, methodological, and cultural approaches to the ‘border’ experience are welcome. 150-300 word abstract to maria.catrickes@yale.edu
Conversion Narrative Redux: Health, Wealth, Travel, and Bestselling Life Writing
This panel will address the narrative and socio-political connections between physical and mental health, material wealth, and the bestselling travel memoir of the twenty-first century. Topics may include, but are not limited to: narrative analyses of contemporary travel memoir; the connections between the travel memoir and biopower and/or imperialism; religion, travel, and life writing. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (preferably .pdf attachments) to Kate Birdsall (birdsal5@msu.edu).
Cultural Politics of Blackface
Whether it arises in film, television, print media, and religious or cultural celebrations, the use of Blackface continues to provoke controversy. The re-emergence of this practice in our allegedly ‘post-racial’ world reveals the need for continued scholarly engagement with the topic. To that end this panel will bring together perspectives from across modern languages fields on the history, use, and reception of Blackface and race performance. Please send one-page abstracts to Maureen Gallagher, UMass Amherst, mogallag@german.umass.edu
A Decade of Heroes and Heroines on Screen
During the last decade, there seems to have been an inflation of heroes and heroines on screen. From anti-heroes to picture perfect ethical heroes, how can we conceive of heroes as symptomatic of our decade’s political, literary and ideological discourse? What kind of desire does the hero embody? What does she normalize and what does she conceal? This panel examines these figures of cinematic apparatus who multiply and appear everyday in new forms. 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Elif Sendur esendur1@binghamton.edu
Des/Haciendo mitos sobre inmigración y frontera en el cine y las telenovelas
Este panel examinará trabajos que alimentan y deshacen mitos formados alrededor de las comunidades inmigrantes mundiales—en el cine y las telenovelas—que intentan redimir a través de nuevas vertientes a estos grupos viéndolos como depositarios socio-económicos e histórico-culturales necesarios de las sociedades en que se insertan. Envíe abstractos de 250-300 palabras a Angélica Silva a as07@desales.edu.
Detective Fiction: What Remains Unknown?
Detective fiction is widely acknowledged to have emerged alongside the sciences. This raises questions about the effects of scientific advances on this genre and the nature of this relationship. Do authors of detective fiction simply depict scientific practices in their works? Or can they foresee developments in science unimagined by scientists? What obligation do authors of detective fiction have to depict these accurately or realistically? Proposals of 250 words as MS Word attachments and/or queries to Maria Plochocki at bastet801@att.net.
Female Film Directors: Aesthetics and Politics
This session welcomes papers that explore how female directors use mise-en-scene as well as time, space, and the body to configure their relationship to politics and/or to their country’s political situation in particular. The panel will examine the current concerns of women around the world and how these are being portrayed in film. Send a 300-word abstract to Margarita Vargas (mvargas@buffalo.edu).
Film as Collective Trauma Narrative
The purpose of this panel is to analyze films that portray collective traumas such as wars, dictatorships, genocides or terrorism and their role in forming national or ethnic identity, in revising history, in forming collective memories of the past, in eliciting grieving for collective suffering and provoking social change. Which cinematic techniques achieve such results? What role do Brechtian alienation effects and active spectatorship play? Please send 300-500 word abstracts and a brief biography to Margarete Landwehr at mlandwehr@wcupa.edu.
Getting the Picture: On Recent Evolution in the Comics Industry (Roundtable)
From one perspective, the comics form is becoming more weighty and legitimized as graphic novels are sold in standard bookshops. However, at the same time, the comics industry is moving online, where free serialized webcomics such as Penny Arcade and Homestuck create new distribution and fandom models. This roundtable seeks papers that address webcomics as a form and/or an industry, changes in comics fandom due to these newly-popular forms, the role of manga or video games in these changes, or related issues. Abstracts: lauere@sunysuffolk.edu
The Inside Story: Exploring Interactive Text and Performance (Roundtable)
This session invites proposals from scholars of literature, film, and performance as well as creative writers and performers who address interactive relationships between art and its audience. What activates a passive reader or spectator to become engaged in an interactive experience? How do contemporary artists—or the various cultural products that spring up around their work—create opportunities for audiences to go ‘inside the story?’ Please submit 250-word scholarly or creative abstracts to Rob C. Thompson, roberthompson@gmail.com.
Into The Pensieve: The Harry Potter Generation in Retrospect
As professors, we now teach the first generation of students to grow up reading Rowling’s books and watching the movies based on them. How have a generation of children, now adults, been shaped by this phenomenon? What future is there for Harry Potter studies? Are we still in the Harry Potter Age, or have we entered a Post-Potter age? This panel seeks papers that address the idea of a Harry Potter Generation broadly, with perspectives including fan studies, pedagogy, and traditional theoretical lenses. Abstracts to lauere@sunysuffolk.edu.
Late-20th-Century Literary and Cinematic Representations of Slavery
In light of Quentin Tarantino’s recent and polarizing movie Django Unchained, this panel examines the violence of slavery as depicted in films and literature after the 1960s’ Black Power Movement. How do we assess slavery’s hyperviolence in this ‘post-race’ era? Email papers to Donavan L. Ramon, Rutgers University, donavanramon@gmail.com
Latin America (Re)Visited: Objects and Objectives of (Re)Imagining History
This panel highlights research on works of art as objects that (re)imagine and (re)value the past of Latin America, possibly changing how we understand history and how we understand the continent today. These works of art relate to the way in which nations and nationalism are imagined and negotiated in diverse contexts, among them those that deal with regional politics, resistance movements, minority representation, and violence. Please send 200-300-word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Cristóbal Cardemil (crisfcar@gmail.com).
Making Art In/About/For American Cities in Crisis
This session seeks to promote cross-disciplinary discussion of the roles verbal and visual art might play in 21st-century American cities. Can anything save cities from capitalism’s tendency toward creative destruction? Do they need to be saved? Is there a critique from aesthetic theory that might be put in productive dialogue with other approaches to urban problems? When will the new generation of urban artists break through and in which media? Send 250-word abstracts with contact information to Nate Mickelson, CUNY, mickelsonjn@yahoo.com.
New Approaches to Visual Culture
This panel will bring together literary scholars of diverse areas of expertise to discuss approaches to visuality in literary studies. Papers should address methodologies used to discuss visual elements in literature. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) portrayals of the visual arts, artists’ points of view, ekphrasis, descriptions of visual and decorative elements, aestheticized bodies, etc. Please email 250-word proposals in Word document format to Sarah Dennis (sdennis@uis.edu).
Normalization of the Male Body in Contemporary European Narratives
This panel will examine the discourses that construct normative male identity in European narrative as well as the resistance to said forces of normalization. Topics may include: body as a metaphor, sexuality, healing and rehabilitation, illness, contagion, (both literal and metaphoric), the rhetorical construction of disability, immigration and citizenship, otherness, and masculinity. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (in English) to Candace Skibba, Carnegie Mellon University, skibba@andrew.cmu.edu.
Opening Queer Inclusion and Representation in Television
This panel seeks to look at the varying levels of inclusion and omission of LGBT characters and personalities in television. Whether you are interested in looking at out or closeted actors/actresses versus the characters they play, there is a forum for you here. Television is a medium that has seen some major leaps towards inclusion and acceptance in the last twenty years. But how far have we come really? How do we truly assess and critique this progress? Please submit abstracts and bios to chair Lindsay Bryde at Lindsay.Bryde@gmail.com.
Representing the Contemporary Youth in Teen Television Drama (Seminar)
From Beverly Hills 90210 to Gossip Girl, the genre of the teen drama series has added a unique dynamic to American television. Though academic work has been produced on teen drama series, these studies have mainly focused on these shows outside the context of their genre form. This seminar will seek to produce a more substantial study of this genre. I welcome papers on any teen television drama which examine this genre from multiple perspectives. Please submit abstracts of maximum 300 words to Adam Levin at leviaj@gmail.com.
Revisiting the Great War in 2014: War, Peace, and Disenchantment
This panel will probe the literature, films, and paintings of the Great War in order to understand the representation of this war in all its political, social, psychological, and medical complexity. Please submit brief proposals of under 300 words to Marja Härmänmaa, marja.harmanmaa@helsinki.fi and Richard Schumaker rschumaker@umuc.edu, co-chairs of this session
Seeing Suffering: Human Rights Advocacy in Film
This panel seeks to examine the power of cinema in rendering human rights in/visible, particularly the possibility for activism/action in the cinematic portrayal of human rights atrocities. Papers that address the specific visual nature of cinema to evoke action/inaction in audiences when confronted with atrocity are highly desired. Send abstracts of no more than 500 words and a brief biographical statement should be emailed to mcclure.nicole@gmail.com.
The Styles and Themes of the New Romanian Cinema--the Force of the Wave
Discussion of the films of the Romanian New Wave; theoretical perspective addressing their characteristic style and thematic texture. Beyond auteurism and minimalism, beyond market and production constraints, what characterizes the force of this small cinema’s pervasive international presence? Can it be labeled ‘national’ or ‘Eastern European’ any longer? Comparisons with other EE and/or national cinemas. 250-300 word abstracts to Rodica Ieta, SUNY Oswego, rodica.ieta@oswego.edu
This Man...This Monster!: Superheroes, Disability, and Struggles with Normalcy
In an attempt to broaden the scope of both disabilities and comics discourse, this panel seeks papers that bring into dialogue examinations of disabled characters with the ways in which deformities, distortions, and disfigurement affect space, form, and image in comic books. Also, of particular interest are papers that question the normative nature of form, structure, or content involved in the construction of comics. Send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statement to: Kim Canuette Grimaldi (kcanuette@gmail.com).
When Immigrants Speak: Where Culture and Politics Meet in Documentary Film
This panel seeks to explore the ways in which documentary film works as a medium for Latin American immigrants to voice their experiences of displacement, migration, border crossing, and relocation within the region, as well as to the United States and Europe. Possible topics include: cultural citizenship; de-colonial knowledge; the politics of memory; human rights; gender; displacement and misplacement; and the (re)imagination of identity. 250-word abstract to Esteban Loustaunau <eloustaunau@assumption.edu> and Lauren Shaw <lshaw@elmira.edu>.
Why Not Comics? Challenging the Graphic Novel Canon in the University
This panel seeks papers that examine why mainstream comic books are often excluded from classroom instruction and scholarly discussions about comics and graphic novels. What are the strategic reasons for these exclusions? What roles do publishing formats and/or narrative themes have on such choices? Are such exclusions linked to ideas of low versus high culture? How have textual choices and exclusions informed academic discourse about graphic narrative? Please send 200-300 word abstract and a brief biography to Ken Sammond, ksammond@fdu.edu
Women and Iranian Cinema
This panel will focus on film by post-revolutionary Iranian women. In what ways have filmmakers of the newly revolutionized cinema responded to the constraints imposed on them by societal norms? From Derakhshan Bani-etemad to Tahmineh Milani and Mania Akbari, this panel will investigate not only the representation of women in Iranian film by women but also the stylistic & thematic means through which female movie-makers have circumvented the restrictions imposed by the regime. Send abstracts to cmardoro@buffalo.edu & najmehmo@buffalo.edu
Young Adult Literature After A Wrinkle in Time
The 50th Anniversary in 2013 of the still popular Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time gives this panel an opportunity to assess the progress of Young Adult literature in the 50 years since the novel appeared. What is the state of Young Adult literature? Did authors follow L’Engle’s lead or branch out to new horizons? Is young adult literature still appealing to young adults? Interested scholars should email 250-300 word abstracts to burtonpbcc@gmail.com.

See also under:

American: “Arthur Miller: An American Gadfly”; “Assimilation and Vice in American Literature”; “The Folklore of the River”; “The Future of Black Studies: Past and Present”; “High Water Mark of War: The Battle of Gettysburg in Fiction and Film”; “Imagining the World’s End: Apocalyptic Representations in American Literature”; “Like One of the Family: Domestic Workers, Race, and In/Visibility in The Help”; “Pageants, Tableaux, Sideshows: American Theatricals on the Page, Stage & Street”; “‘The Green Breast of the New World’: Visions of America’s Promise”; “‘Total Theater’: Drama and Discourse From Civil Rights to Black Arts Movement

Anglophone (Transnational & Other): “The Loud Twentieth Century: Literature Sounds Off”; “Postcolonial Ecopoetics of Disaster”; “Representing Conflict in Postcolonial Literature and Film

British: “‘All the world’s a stage’: Shakespeare around the Globe

Canadian: “Margins (Re)Defining the Nation: Ambivalence in Canada’s Multicultural Canon

Comparative Languages & Theory: “Bridging the Two Cultures: Intersections of Science and Literature”; “Contemporary Realisms in Literature and Cinema”; “Doing Violence in Literature and Photography”; “Hybrid Genres: Testimony and the Literary Imagination”; “Postcolonialism and Eco-criticism”; “Representing Landscapes, Shaping National and Regional Identities”; “Turn of the Century Consumerism and Market Aesthetics in Literature

Creative Writing: “Handmade Books: Word and Image

French and Francophone: “African Cinema in the Web and Digital Era: Evolution and Perspectives”; “Between Theatre and Cinema: Intermediality and Aesthetic Renewal”; “French Crises in Literature and Film”; “‘La force noire’: Les troupes sub-sahariennes dans les conflits mondiaux”; “La Francophonie en Amérique du Nord: relations et représentations”; “Poetics of Resistance: Women between Aesthetics and Politics”; “Textual Artifacts: Francophone Literatures and the Museum”; “WWI through French Lenses: Reflections

German: “25 Years after the Fall of the Wall: Does the’all in our Heads’ Still Exist?”; “Auch ich in Arkadien. Journeys to Italy in Contemporary German Literature”; “Bad Road Trips: Recent German Narratives of Displacement and Reorientation”; “Culinary (Trans-) Culturalism in Austrian and Swiss Literature and Film”; “German Identity in the 20th and 21st Centuries”; “Materialist Approaches to German Literature

Italian: “Accepting/Excepting Motherhood: Mothers in Italian and World Cinema”; “Cultural/Media Crossings: Italian/English Transformations in Film (TV) and Text.”; “Divine Adaptations: New Perspectives on Dante’s Influence in Popular Culture”; “Fantasy, Science Fiction, and (Post) Apocalypse: From Dante to Ammaniti”; “Intellettuali Italiani in esilio negli Stati Uniti”; “Italy in the 1970s”; “L’arte del cibo: Representations of Food in Italian Culture”; “Language and Symbolic Power in Italian Culture”; “Meridian Cinema/Cinema Meridiano”; “Narrated Space and Represented Space: The City in Cinema, Literature, Theater.”; “Prejudice in Italian Culture”; “The Resistance in Italian Literature and Cinema”; “The Timeless Story of Collodi’s Pinocchio: Literature, Cinema and the Arts”; “Transcending Borders and Boundaries with Opera”; “Witches and Warlocks in Italy and in the West

Pedagogy: “Creative and Effective Teaching of Arabic Using Song and Film

Professional: “Is there a Future for the Standard Edition?

Russian/Eastern European: “Foreigners, Foreignness and Borders in Russian Literature and Film

Spanish/Portuguese: “¿A dónde (nos) lleva el río? Where does the river lead (us)?”; “Adaptations as (Re)Creations of Discourses in Latin American Theater and Cinema”; “Cultural Agents and Literary Canon Formation in Today’s Spain”; “The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean and their Political Imaginaries”; “Physical Transcendence: Material and Immaterial in Spanish Literature and Film”; “The Politics of Difference and Similitude in the Colonial Andes”; “Re-writing Cervantes’s Fictions from the Stage”; “Signing the Latin American City: Elusive Visions

Women’s and Gender Studies: “Beyond the Bedside: Nursing Narratives of World War I and World War II”; “Comically Queer”; “Engineering the Body in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”; “The Gothic Body: The Physical Depiction of the Female Gothic”; “Monstrous Maternity: Mothering Monsters, and Monsters as Mothers”; “Pro-Indigenous Feminisms, Communal Autobiography and Water”; “What’s Queer about Musical Theatre?”; “Women Writing War Trauma

World Literatures (non-European Languages): “Writing Black, Acting Black: Interdisciplinary Reflections on World Literature