CFP: British Orientalism at Royal Holloway and the Watts Gallery – deadline 31 July 2019

Call for papers

To coincide with Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (WG-AV) exhibition John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame (9 July – 3 November 2019) this interdisciplinary event aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection between Orientalism and visual culture across the nineteenth century. Alongside WG-AV’s John Frederick Lewis exhibition, the collection of so-called ‘uncomfortable pictures’ at Royal Holloway (which includes Edwin Long’s Babylonian Marriage Market) will act as a catalyst for wide-ranging debates around Orientalism’s place within British scholarship today. This conference invites contributions that explore the visual material of the Orient in the contexts of transculturation, imaginative geographies, and cultural border crossing in both directions. This event hopes to attract a wide range of perspectives and invites proposals from scholars in all sub-fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2019

Please send submissions to Abbie Latham at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (curatorialtrainee@wattsgallery.org.uk) by 31 July 2019

Full details at:

https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/eastern-questions-new-perspectives-british-orientalism/?edit&language=en-gb

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CFP: Limits of Cinema / Cinema Limited? – 27-28 Sep 2019

University of Pittsburgh

Film and Media Studies Graduate Conference CFP
Limits of Cinema / Cinema Limited?

September 27-28, 2019
Keynote: Jeffrey Sconce (Northwestern University)

 

The cinematic medium has been historically shaped through several negotiations with its own limits and those imposed on it. Regulatory scrutiny of the moving image began as early as the peepshows of the Kinetoscope parlors. Formal censorship was soon implemented in many countries as a legal infrastructure serving in the moral guidance of youth and other demographics deemed vulnerable to irresponsible depictions of crimes and sex, as well as political propaganda.

Over the past decade scholars of film and media have signposted the materiality and mobility of media images and objects by resituating the question of the juridical in the contemporary media landscape. The seemingly unlimited proliferation of images across media platforms raises questions as to whether anything and everything can now be shown, and what means are acceptable in identifying, evaluating, and constraining various forms of harm that media inflict. How do regulatory practices simultaneously threaten to bound media and generate new praxes that hoodwink and overwhelm all frameworks of ordered statecraft and corporate ownership? We encourage applicants to engage with the materiality and affects of the sensory infrastructure of cinema past and present. `Limits of Cinema / Cinema Limited?’ hopes to bring together scholarship that builds on existing interdisciplinary approaches to paradoxes of law and media.

The 2019 edition of the University of Pittsburgh’s Film and Media Graduate Student Conference invites papers that examine the limits of cinema and cinema as a limited object and image in a broad sense, from the powers of censorship to the practices of media piracy and the traffic in contraband, from policies of preservation and access to new forms of media activism, from the formation of media publics and counter publics to the algorithms of social media.

Proposals might include but are not limited to the following topics:
 Legal Gaze as Infrastructure and Institutions
 Film Rating Systems: MPAA (USA), National Centre for Cinema (France), British Board of Film Classification (United Kingdom), Central Board of Film Certification (India), etc.
 Contemporary Censorship Debates (re. gore, extreme cinema, porn)
 Auteurs and Controversy (Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Michael Haneke, Takashi Miike, Larry Clark, Quentin Tarantino, Anurag Kashyap, Deepa Mehta, etc.)
 Control of Film, Television and Media Images
 Debates on Obscenity, Sleaze, Transgression and Taboo
 Theorizing Affect, Desires, Guilt, Pleasures, and the Sensory Infrastructure
 Actors of Non-Official Censorship (parental and/or religious associations)
 Pre-Code Hollywood
 Hollywood Censored
 Non-theatrical Networks of Distribution and Circulation (streaming platforms, festivals, fandom and cult venues)
 Keepers of Morality (moralizing in cinema and gatekeeping)
 Limits of the Body (figurations and images)
 Copyright and Fair Use vs Creative Commons
 Histories of Contraband and Bootleg
 The Modern Media Pirate
 The Cinephile as the Technophile
 Archives and the Collector
 Bastard Films and Web-Based Orphan Media Files
 Fantasies of unlimited cinema

Interested graduate students may submit abstracts (maximum 300 words)- along with institutional/departmental affiliations and current email- to pittfilmgradconference@gmail.com by May 30, 2019. For more information, please contact the FMSGSO by email at the above address.

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CfP – CHASE PG Journal Brief Encounters (deadline: 17 June)

The editors of Brief Encounters are pleased to open a call for papers for the journal’s fourth issue and warmly invite research students and staff to submit a short article, review or creative piece of work for publication. Submissions deadline: Monday, 17th June 2019.

Brief Encounters is an open access, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, postgraduate journal organised by CHASE. All postgraduate research students, regardless of their funding status, are welcome to submit to the journal as are staff.

For students in particular, publishing in the journal offers the opportunity to experience the peer-review process, to give their research exposure, and to build their publication record.

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Call for Papers – Brief Encounters – Issue 4

URL: http://briefencounters-journal.co.uk/BE/pages/view/call-for-submissions

Brief Encounters is now open to submissions from research students and staff at CHASE-affiliated institutions (see below for the list). We welcome submissions in the form of academically rigorous and original articles (500–4,000 words), reviews (500–1,000 words) and creative works.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 17th June 2019.

Brief Encounters welcomes submissions from any field. The journal’s aim is to improve the exchange of ideas between geographical or disciplinary boundaries. The journal provides a space where researchers can publish short articles and share findings which might not be long enough for publication in another journal. We also aim to help students in creative disciplines share their work and engage with other researchers (see below for more information about this).

There is no theme and all submissions will be considered on their own merits. In the past, articles have reflected the academic diversity of our author-base, with work touching on concepts like belonging, embodiment, sustainability, change, identity, space, deviation and division.

Submitting to the journal provides a valuable opportunity for authors to experience the peer-review process in a constructive environment – something especially valuable for postgraduate students and early-career academics.

What is Brief Encounters?

Brief Encounters is an open access peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, run by doctoral researchers from the CHASE doctoral training partnership to showcase the work of research students, staff and alumni of CHASE-affiliated institutions (see here for the list).

About reviews

Reviews can cover new publications, films, theatre productions, documentaries, and major exhibitions engaging with any aspect of the arts and humanities. Reflecting the ethos of CHASE, we are particularly interested in emerging scholarship and innovative interdisciplinary publications and productions.

About creative works

The editorial board is especially keen to receive submissions for its creative section; potential submissions could include (but are not limited to): video essays, creative writing, documentaries, posters, musical interpretations, and photography. These must be accompanied by a critical commentary of no fewer than 500 words.

Who can submit?

  • CHASE-funded students (see a list of institutions)
  • Postgraduate students at CHASE institutions (regardless of funding status)
  • Alumni of CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by Non-HEI CHASE partners

Submission guidelines

Submission should be made by the deadline, Monday, 17th June 2019, through the Brief Encounters on-line submission process (see our step-by-step guide).

All submissions will follow MHRA style guidelines (footnotes and bibliography). Please see our style guide for further details.

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Along with your article, please submit an abstract (max. 300 words), and a list of key words (max. 5). When you register as an author on the website, please provide a brief bio statement (max. 200 words).

If you have any queries please contact journal@chase.ac.uk

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CFP: Productive Futures – Deadline 31st May 2019

Call For Paper: Productive Futures

12 – 14 September

The history of science fiction (SF) is a history of unreal economics: from asteroid mining to interstellar trade, from the sex-work of replicants to the domestic labour of the housewives of galactic suburbia, from the abolition of money and property to techno-capitalist tragedies of the near future.

 

LSFRC invites abstracts of 300 words, plus 50 word bios, addressing economic themes in SF, and/or exploring how SF can help to widen and evolve our sense of the economic. We encourage submissions from collaborators across disciplines and/or institutions.

 

For the full length call for papers, and more information, please visit www.lsfrc.co.uk or email lsfrcmail@gmail.com

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CFS: Close Writing – A Salon of Texture – 29 April 2019

Close Writing

Close Writing is a project that wants to explore our textured life through writing. We want to create a space in which contributors from all disciplines and backgrounds can come together to investigate, complicate and question the affects, repercussions and lived experience of texture.

For each salon, we will give a texture accompanied by some prompts, and ask our contributors to respond to it through writing, image, or sound. We will then share our work at a relaxed, critical reading salon, the first will be held in late Spring/early Summer (location and date tbc).

Our first texture is sticky. What does it mean to feel something sticky? Why is a sticky surface so repugnant but simultaneously so alluring? What does it mean for thoughts, ideas, or bodies to stick together? Below are some writing prompts that circle around the subject of sticky that you can use if you wish.

Please send your sticky writing as an attachment to closewritingsalon@gmail.com by the 29th April, labelling the attachment with your name and the title of your work. It can either be a finished piece of around 1300 words or in draft stages. Please also include a bio. Once we have selected we will get back to you to arrange our first reading salon.

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CFP: Journal of Arts Writing – Deadline 22 April 2019

JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students Volume 5 Issue 1

JAWS is the only academic arts journal run by and dedicated to MA and PhD students (and those who have recently graduated). We have published work by students from India, China, Australia, North America, Canada and the UK, and maintain an international peer-review network.

What We Want:
Theoretical and discursive essays up to 6000 words.

Critical reviews of events, exhibitions or performances up to 3000 words.

Submissions of practice accompanied by text. The word count for this type of submission can be negotiated through the peer review and editing process, but we recommend between 3000–5000 words. We strongly recommend authors consult our peer review guidance for unconventional submissions on our website prior to submitting, please see the link below.

All work must be sent in as a Word document to
rob@jawsjournal.com, and be prefaced with a 100-word abstract and 6–8 keywords, followed by a short contributor biography. Please include your university affiliation, full name, course and year of graduation. All work must use Harvard referencing, following Intellect House Style. For full submission guidelines and information about the peer review process we employ, please refer to
www.jawsjournal.com/submissions.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 22 April 2019.

Volume 1 Issue 1 is available for free at:
www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jaws/

Our guest editorials from previous issues are also available, including those by Professor Arnold Aronson (Columbia University), Dr Sophie Hope (Birkbeck), Dr Inger Mewburn (the Thesis Whisperer), Professor Joseph Heathcott (The New School of Design) and Professor Malcolm Quinn (CCW Graduate School):
https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=243/

For all inquiries please email rob@jawsjournal.com.

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CFP: New Configurations of Contemporary Women’s Writing – 9 September 2019

New Configurations of Contemporary Women’s Writing

Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing  Network 7th Biennial Conference

Monday 9th September 2019, The University of Hull

 

The last two years have seen a renewed vigour amongst women to testify to their experiences and protest their causes.  Shouts of #metoo and #timesup have chimed with quieter revisionings of a female-identifying imaginary.  These voices sound out in contemporary women’s writing just as the literature itself offers a language and a form with which to speak of the shifts – a back and forth between politics and women’s writing that is not new, but speaks of an enduring engagement with the current political mood.

New Configurations asks: How does contemporary women’s writing inhabit and convey the texture of our moment?  How does it envisage the future? And, how does current formal innovation shape the future of women’s writing? Alongside this the conference seeks to consider how we might rethink the scope of our field, regarding questions of inclusivity and critical methodologies.

The 2019 PG CWWN Conference invites proposals from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers for 15 minute papers, creative or creative-critical contributions. We also welcome proposals for panels or round-tables involving 3-4 people. We explicitly invite papers on texts by female-identifying, femme, transgender and non-binary authors as well as cis-gendered women writers.

Abstracts (250 words) and biographical notes (150 words) should be sent by 7th June 2019 to pgcwwn2019conference@gmail.com

Confirmed Keynote: Joanna Walsh (Seed, break.up, Vertigo, Hotel, Grow a Pair).

Conference Fee: £30 including lunch, dessert and refreshments

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender/Queerness/Reconfiguring binaries/Identity
  • Posthuman/Transhuman
  • Sexuality/Intimacy/Embodiment/Love
  • Maternity/Childlessness/Conjugality/Kinship
  • Utopia/Dystopia/Ecological/Post-Apocalyptic
  • Place/Migration/Nationalism/Cosmopolitanism
  • Disability/Mental Health/Trauma
  • Care/Self-Care
  • Pain/Disease/Gerontology
  • Precarity/Vulnerability/Mortality
  • Conflict/War/Genocide
  • Protest/Feminism/Activism
  • Memoir/Autofiction/Essay/Confessional
  • Experimental Writing/Innovation/Genre
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Submission for Lamplight magazine

Do you write poetry, prose or essays that you feel deserve a platform? Or do you draw, paint or make photography? We would love to hear from you!

 

Lamplight is Birkbeck’s new bimonthly arts & culture magazine, launching in late April. The idea is to provide a platform for students to showcase their writing, visual art, and other creative pursuits. Content is nearly finalised for the first issue and there are just a small number of spaces left for submissions. For prose and essays, we are looking for 600-1200 word pieces. For visual art, we have no specific criteria. It’s unlikely that anything sent after the next two weeks will make it into the first issue (however, don’t let that stop you from submitting for Issue 2!), and the earlier your can get yours in, the better chance you will have of being featured in Lamplight Issue 1. If you have work you would like to share, get in contact with us at lamplightmagazine@gmail.com

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Call for Proposals: Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: the Work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen

Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: the Work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen.

A student-led symposium: Saturday 29 June 2019

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival is inviting proposals from doctoral students for a one-day student-led symposium about the work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen. The symposium will be the culmination of a programme of events dedicated to Mulvey and Wollen, taking place at Birkbeck from 22 March to 24 May 2019.

The programme is in three parts: an exhibition entitled “Art at the Frontier of Film Theory” which, according to the curators, Oliver Fuke and Nick Helm-Grovas, “uses the gallery space to refract the work of Mulvey and Wollen through the prism of art”; a retrospective of Mulvey-Wollen’s collaborative films, including Riddles of the Sphinx, and Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons; and a series of public talks and workshops on topics such as “Film as Theory” and “Feminist Film Curating”. Information about the exhibition, the film season, and the public talks, is available from the CHASE website and from the website of BIMI and the EFF.

The symposium will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019, in Birkbeck Cinema. This is more than a month after the end of the programme, and therefore the idea of the symposium is to provide a space for critical reflection and debate, with a certain detachment from the programme itself.

Proposals are now welcome from doctoral students wishing to engage with any aspect of this programme of events, or indeed with aspects of the work of Mulvey and Wollen which are not covered by the programme.

Students with interests in any of the following fields may wish to put forward proposals: critical theory, feminism, sexual politics, film theory, experimental film, art practice, history of art, curatorial studies (art or film), cultural history, and others.

In addition to conference papers, the symposium will be open to presentations that take the form of video essays, sound compositions, visual studies, and other creative interventions in the debate around the legacy and contemporary relevance of the Mulvey-Wollen corpus.

We would also like to hear from CHASE students interested in taking an active role in the organisation of the symposium, and/or in the realisation of the actual programme as it unfolds – whether that be assisting with the preparation of certain events, or reporting on them in the form of written blogs or other forms of critical reflection (photography, video, sound).

Deadline: 22nd May – Expressions of interest and conference proposals should be sent to the following address, marked “Mulvey Wollen Programme”: bimi@bbk.ac.uk

On behalf of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival: Matthew Barrington, Leila Nassereldein, Michael Temple.

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CFP: The third culture? // Literature and Sociology – Deadline 22 April 2019

The third culture? // Literature and Sociology

University of Warwick (Coventry) – 14 June 2019

In 1985 Wolf Lepenies argued that sociology should be considered a ‘third culture’ arising between science and literature. Contemporary discourses and research, however, show us that sociology and literature have a long history of peculiar relatedness.

In 19th century Europe, sociology was considered both a competitor to and counterpart of literary study since consensus held that the two disciplines were best placed to analyse and depict the emerging industrial society. Figures like Balzac, Flaubert, Zola and Simmel hoped to merge literature and social science; while others (like Marx, Durkheim and Weber) drew inspiration from literary work in developing their early sociological masterpieces. Despite this history, the developing pan-European structure of knowledge with its prioritisation of empirical analysis prevented any extensive integration between the two fields (Longo 2015; Jacobsen, Drake et al. 2014; Wallerstein 2007).

 

This conference seeks to renew collaboration between sociology and literature by addressing their disciplinary intersections and coalescences.

 

From this starting point three inter-related dimensions emerge:

 

Firstly, that literature may serve as a heuristic tool for sociological analyses, providing, if not a simplistic ‘reflection’ of social reality, then at least a plausible description or anticipation of human actions and social contexts. In this way some fiction can be understood as social theory (as with Balzac, Dickens, Houellebecq and Saramago); while some sociological accounts can be understood as pieces of literature, with a ‘literary imagination’ underpinning many sociological works (as with Denzin and Richardson).

 

In terms of cross-fertilisations, literary study has a long history of mining sociological theories and methodologies for the analysis of literary texts (as with Marxist literary studies and World Literature). More recently this has led to a rich sub-discipline that correlates literary forms and socio-economic processes via the work of Bourdieu and others. Literary theory, for its own part, has had a distinct impact on contemporary sociology, with the work of Said, Spivak and Jameson featuring prominently in sociology’s global or postcolonial turn.

 

And finally, literary works have historically worked as agents to foster reflection and political action on contemporary social issues (as with the work of Sinclair, Roy and El Saadawi). In this way, the intersection between sociology and literature can be used to focus and reflect on social issues like migration, racism and exploitation, serving activist projects and stimulating interventions into public life.

By reflecting on the productivity of these strands, we aim also to trace the difficulties and erasures which inhere as disciplinary objects are shifted and reconstituted, while bridging disciplinary parochialisms and reframing social and cultural issues beyond the confines of the university.

 

Thematic sessions and presentation topics for this conference may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Theories of the intersections between sociology and literature
  2. Historical perspectives on the intersections between sociology and literature
  3. Sociological fiction
  4. Marxism and literature: contemporary perspectives
  5. Bourdieusian approaches to literary analysis
  • Uses of literature and sociology that stimulate interventions into public life.

 

Keynote speakers will be:

  • Professor Mariano Longo (Università del Salento – Italy)
  • Second keynote TBC

 

We welcome both proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and panels (1 hour/ 3–4 papers) that encourage a reflection on these intersections. Please send either a 250-word abstract for an individual paper proposal or a panel proposal of 900 words and a short biography to thirdcultureconference@gmail.com by 22 April 2019. Panel proposals should contain a brief description of the topic of the panel as well as the 3–4 abstracts that constitute the panel. Individual abstracts will be allocated a panel after review. Applicants will be notified by 26 April 2019.

 

Delegates to the conference will be expected to fund their own travel and accommodation. Thanks to our sponsors – the ESRC-DTC (University of Warwick) and the Social Theory Centre (University of Warwick) – the registration to the conference is free.

 

More information on https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/esrcdtc/news/literaturesociology

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