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2015 NEPCA Conference

Proposals are now being accepted for NEPCA's 2015 conference at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, which convenes October 30-31, 2015. Click on FALL CONFERENCE tab for full information. Scroll down to "How Do I Submit a Proposal"

Rollins Prize

NEPCA is now accepting nominations from publishers for the best work in popular and/or American culture published in 2104. Click on the NEPCA Prizes tab above for details.

Important Dates

June 15: Books to be considered for the Rollins Prize must be received by this date.

June 15: Last day to submit conference paper proposals.

September 1: Last day to submit items for NEPCA News.

September 30: Last day for pre-registrants to be listed in program.

October 10: Last day mail-in registrations can be processed in time for the conference.

October 30-31: 2014 Fall Conference.

NEPCA’s 2015 Fall Conference

NEPCA will meet on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH October 30-31, 2015

For conference information, click on the FALL CONFERENCE tab above. This will take you to a page where you find all the materials you need. Scroll down to “How Do I Submit a Proposal?”  

New Paperback Edition of Cries of Crisis

 

NEPCA President Bob Hackey’s most recent book is now available in paperback. Here’s the announcement.
Cries of Crisis:
Rethinking the Health Care Debate
Robert B. Hackey

From the University of Nevada Press

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Contact: Caddie Dufurrena

775-682-7395

cdufurrena@unpress.nevada.edu

An intriguing analysis of America’s efforts toward 
health care reform

“Interpreting American health politics through the lens of crisis rhetoric is one of the freshest, most innovative approaches ever. . . . [Hackey] shows the detrimental consequences of conducting policy debates in crisis rhetoric – something that others have pronounced upon in op-eds but never examined as fully.”

 –Deborah Stone, author of Policy Paradox: 

The Art of Political Decision Making

Health care in the United States has been described as a system in crisis since the late 1960s. Those seeking to improve the system have relied on the rhetoric of crisis to build support for their preferred remedies, to the point where the language and imagery of a health care crisis are now deeply embedded in contemporary politics and popular culture. In Cries of Crisis, Robert B. Hackey analyzes media coverage, political speeches, films, and television shows to demonstrate the role that language and symbolism have played in framing the health care debate, shaping policy making, and influencing public perceptions of problems in the health care system. Hackey proposes that reformers must embrace a new rhetorical strategy that links proposals to improve the system with deeply held American values such as equality and fairness.

Robert B. Hackey is a professor of health and policy management at Providence College and a visiting fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. He is the author of Rethinking Health Care Policy: The New Politics of State Regulation and other books.

 

 

$26.95x / paper / 192 pages / ISBN: 978-0-87417-977-4

 

 

To request review copies or press materials, please contact

CFP: The Monsters and the Monstrous Journal

CFP: The Monsters and the Monstrous Journal for Volume 5, Number 1 (Summer 2015), “Fairy Tale Monsters / Monstrous Fairy Tales”

This special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous Journal proposes to discuss the ideas of fairy tale monsters and monstrous fairy tales and explore how fairy tale monsters are defined, (re)created and (re)visioned. The journal seeks  film and book reviews on any theme related to the idea of Monsters and the Monstrous. All materials reviewed should have been published or released within two years of the journal issue they are submitted to. Any queries, please contact the editor at the email below.

Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 26th June 2015 at the latest. Contributions to the journal should be original and not under consideration for other publications at the same time as they are under consideration for this publication. Submissions are to be made electronically wherever possible using either Microsoft® Word or .rtf format. All images, artworks and photographs need to have the appropriate copyright permissions before being sent in.

For more information please follow this link:
http://monstersjournal.net/submissions/

CFP: Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference

The Third annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference will be held in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015. It is now accepting paper proposals.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media. FANS is an interdisciplinary group, including historians, psychologists, geologists, writers, and independent scholars.  Submissions are welcome from professors, students, and independent researchers. Topics may come from anime, manga, science fiction, television series, movies, radio, performing arts, or any other popular culture phenomenon and their respective fandom groups.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words must be submitted by 15 April 2015. Please also include your CV. Authors accepted for the conference will be notified by 26 April 2015. Successful submissions to the conference will also be published in the July edition of The Phoenix Papers, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal. If you wish to submit a paper for inclusion in the journal but not for conference consideration, the same requirements and deadlines apply but no registration fee is required. Please indicate your preference in your submission email. Because conference papers will be included in our journal, they must conform to our Style Guide. Presentations will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for Q&A sessions. The Sunday sessions will be given over to extended discussion on the three most popular topics from the Saturday presentations and a final “How Did We Do?” panel.

This year’s FANS event will be held at the Dallas Hilton Anatole Hotel. Conference pre-registration is $60 and includes a Saturday luncheon. Pre-registration closes on 26 April 2014. Pre-registration includes a full weekend pass to A-Kon 26, which will provide an excellent opportunity for in-person research into anime and manga fandoms. All presenters must pre-register. Information for the hotel can be found here.

Please use the Contact Us page should you have any questions. All submissions should be sent to fansconference@gmail.com

CFP: The Sci-Fi Project

CFP: The Sci-Fi Project

Wednesday 5th August – Friday 7th August 2015

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

From the 10th century’s The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, to 19th century classics like War of the Worlds, to the universe of superheroes that populated comic books of the 20th century, to post-war television series like Star Trek TOS, to contemporary multi-media franchises including the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series and the A Song of Ice and Fire series, science fiction and fantasy have been a cornerstone of culture. The enduring popularity of these genres as a source of entertainment among the general public and an object of academic scrutiny raises important questions about the significance and meanings of these types of narratives.

This conference will explore how our present culture influences and is influenced by the fantastic elements we encounter in media such as books, movies, TV shows, plays, fan events, graphic novels, digital art and games. While including popular mass media, such as Hollywood blockbusters, conference organizers are also interested in niche and subcultural sci-fi products, such a multi user dungeons and vidding. The conference welcomes participants from all disciplines and fields. It encourages the submission of proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, readings, performances, installations, screenings and round table discussions on any topic related to science fiction and fantasy.

Please send 300- word abstracts by Friday 1st May 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted byFriday 19th June 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Sci-Fi1 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Nadine Farghaly: Nadine.Farghaly@gmx.net
Rob Fisher: scifi1@inter-disciplinary.net

For further details of the conference, please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/sci-fi/call-for-presentations/

Gus Van Sant Essays Sought

C47: A Film Journal

Deadline: Rolling, with first reviews 2/15/2015

 C47: A Film Journal, is a new journal of film and media studies published by Portland State University and Ooligan Press, requests submissions for its inaugural issue. The journal will be published twice annually, in both hard copy and online format. The journal is refereed. The projected publication date for the first issue is late spring, 2015.

The first issue will focus on Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant. Papers fare sought from a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives on any aspect of Van Sant’s work, including essays on cinematography and style, music, the socio-critical elements of his work, and the like. The incorporation of contemporary critical modes of analysis is encouraged, including (but not limited to) psychoanalytic, structural, post-structural, gender, feminist, queer theory, and pro- and anti-auteurist perspectives.

Essays should run from 5,000 to 9,000 words (lengths are flexible), and should follow theChicago Manual of Style.

While our journal is of an academic nature, we encourage the submission of mainstream, in-depth essays of any kind. Cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Michael J. Clark, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Humanities Center
Portland State University
NH 405 – ENG
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Please  note that no online contact information came with this posting. 

 

CFP: Folklorists in the Marketplace

Call for Papers
The Folklorist in the Marketplace: The Economics of Folklore and the Folklore of Economics

Folklore and the marketplace, at least in the west, have long eyed each other with unease. The earliest generations of folklorists tended to construct the subject of their study as outside of, or even in direct opposition to, market concerns. Folklore and its active bearers perhaps offered a refuge from the perceived stresses of the capitalist economy, and folk economies a potentially more holistic alternative to the homogeny of the industrial and mass produced. Yet the economic question has in many ways always been folklore’s silent partner.

More recently, folklorists have defined themselves in relation to the marketplace, as fieldworkers writing about it, as brokers acting in it, and as a space, that slips between the metaphorical and the real, in which folklore itself takes place. Meanwhile, forms marked as “folk” have been alternately denigrated and celebrated in multiple marketplaces, often for the same qualities, and the language of folklore has become one of the dialects of marketing. While economists have tended to use the word “folklore” to signal the untrue, some recent studies address how folk traditions, oral and material, may impact development and other economic metrics. Thus, folklorists are already talking about economics and economists are talking about folklore.

This edited volume seeks to place the folklorist into the marketplace and bring these discussions together. Here, we hope to explore how the marketplace and folklore itself have always been integrally linked in ways both productive and subversive. We will probe how folklore can productively comment on economic structures at the micro and macro level and how economic concerns may shape not only the folk groups we study but also the field of folklore itself.

The book will approach the relationship between folklore and economics from two directions: the folklore of economics and the economics of folklore. The first half situates the folklorist into the marketplace itself to give a folklorist’s perspective of economics and economic exchange. Chapters may include ethnographies of those involved in economic transactions as buyers, sellers, and middlemen, from the farmers’ market to the trading floor on Wall Street; folk economies; advertising culture; or a folkloric reading of advertising.

The second half turns the equation around to investigate how folklore itself may be subject to economic influences. Here, chapters may focus on the commercialization of folk tales or other folk forms; the impact of financial pressures on folk display from festival to exhibit to text; the evolving role of the culture broker; or an economic analysis of market levels for folk art.

Please send 500-word abstracts to wmullins@wustl.edu by 1 May 2015.

Call for Submissions: Encyclopedia of American Folklore

ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in late 2015.  The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics.  The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.

ABC-Clio intends to offer an up-to-date, attractive resource based on current scholarship in the field, including useful illustrations, selections from primary texts, informative sidebars, and references for further reading and research.  Entries will provide coverage of diverse traditions within the genre of folklore and mythology, including Native American traditions, and include treatment of newer traditions such as urban legends and UFO stories.

Contributors will receive publication credit in the encyclopedia and may choose from several options for compensation.  The editors will send information about compensation upon request. Deadline for the current round of submissions is April 17, 2015.

Writers should contact the editors to request a list of available entries.  Send name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, email address and a current CV to: Jeffrey B. Webb  2303 College Avenue Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana 46750 Email: jwebb@huntington.edu

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