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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?”  

NEPCA Deadline Fast Approaching!!!!

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on popular and American culture, broadly construed, for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, 2015, on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH.  NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment.  We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars.  NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

NEPCA Fall Conference information, including the online proposal form and a complete list of Area Chairs, can be found at NEPCA’s website.  Please contact Program Chair Kraig Larkin and/or the appropriate Area Chair should you have any questions.  Contact the Program Chair should your online submission not result in an immediate acknowledgment of receipt.  Proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered.  The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2015.

Kraig Larkin
Colby-Sawyer College
Email: kraig.larkin@colby-sawyer.edu
Visit the website at http://https://nepca.wordpress.com/fall-conference/

New York Historical Society Fellowships

The New York Historical Society and Museum is accepting applications for an array of fellowships relating to women’s history. Click here for more information.

 

CFP: Existentialism and Hip Hop: A Book of Essays

This new series will serve as supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate students that have a cultural interest in, critique of, or affinity to hip hop from a philosophical perspective.  Professors across disciplines in the humanities and arts will ultimately find this book to seamlessly accompany their primary textbooks. Your essay should have a conversational tone that is heavy on argument and analysis. Your ability to create, support and sustain your position will be fundamental the final acceptance of publication.  Further, you may be a master-teacher who is interested in existentialist themes and hip hop as cultural form. If so, there is certainly room for a pedagogical approaches essay for this volume.  Project expects 12-15 contributors with submissions between 7000- 10,000 words.

Your essays should relate in some way to the following 3 sections: PEDAGOGY; ONTOLOGY /  AUTHENTICITY / IDENTITY; FREEDOM   

Email: juliusbaileyphd@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://www.juliusbailey.com/the-author.html

Call for Papers: Alchemy in the Harry Potter novels

In a 1998 interview with The Herald, J.K. Rowling said, “I’ve never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that’s a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I’ve learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. . . . I [had] to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories’ internal logic.”  We are seeking papers for a collection of new essays on alchemy, broadly conceived, in the Harry Potter series. We welcome essays on alchemy itself and the alchemical symbolism in the novels.

We prefer a focus mainly on the novels themselves, but from there, an article could certainly look into the films and fan phenomena.  Papers should be no more than 25 pages, including references in 12-pt. type, Times New Roman or Calibri font. Any citation style is fine at this point, although accepted chapters will need to be converted to Chicago style. Please send papers to Anne Mamary (Philosophy) and Christine Myers (History) at alchemy@monmouthcollege.edu by July 15, 2015.

We are in active conversation with Palgrave McMillan, which has expressed interest in the proposal and looks forward to sending it out for blind peer review.

 

 

Call for Contributors: Food and Horror on Screen

What’s Eating You?: Food and Horror on Screen

There is, perhaps, no closer association than the one between food and life – and nearly as close is that between food and quality of life.  Old adages tell us that we are what we eat, or more broadly, divide us into two categories: those who live to eat, and those who eat to live. And of course, what child hasn’t heard “Eeww! Don’t put that in your mouth!”?

Food sustains our bodies, creates and binds relationships, signals beliefs, and engenders romance.  Our relationship with food, then, is not only one of biological continuance, but of what it means to be human, and so, bubbles over with taboos, fears, morals, boundaries, and hierarchies. Are we hunters or prey?  Connoisseurs or cave dwellers?  Pure or polluted?

Horror narratives routinely grasp those questions and spin them into nightmares. Monstrous others dine on bugs and worms, or force-feed them to unwilling captives; Bodies, still thrashing with life are ripped apart for consumption by zombies, or worse, by other humans; The tables of consumption are turned, and the consumer becomes the consumed; The unaware innocently dine on their friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Overindulgence, as Le Grande Bouffe (1973) and Se7en (1995) warn, can kill us, and occasionally, as films like The Stuff (1985) and Poultrygeist (2006) illustrate, our food fights back.  From Blood Feast (1963) to Sweeney Todd (2007); Delicatessen (1991) to Hannibal (2001); and Bad Taste (1987) to Black Sheep (2006), motion pictures have reminded us that it is an “eat or be eaten” world.

This volume is intended to explore the deeper significance of such stories: The ways in which they reflect (or challenge) our deepest fears about consuming and being consumed. How do these films mock our taboos, threaten our complacencies, and unsettle our notions about the human condition?  How do they critique our increasing focus on consumption?  In what ways do they hold a mirror to our taken-for-granteds about food and humanity and ask if we are more than what we eat, or if what we eat truly matters?

Proposals for both topical essays and close readings of a single text are welcome. Please note that this volume is focused on fictional, or explicitly fictionalized, narratives on screen. Essays that treat documentary or other non-fiction horror stories about food and consumption are outside the scope of this project.

The editors seek 500-word proposals for engaging, accessible essays that will explore a wide range of narratives linking food and horror, with an eye toward the ways in which food is used as cultural, social, and philosophical commentary. Please send your 500-word abstract to both co-editors, Cindy Miller cynthia_miller@emerson.edu  and Bow Van Riper: abvanriper@gmail.com 

May 31, 2015 – Deadline for Abstracts

June 1, 2015 – Notification of Acceptance Decisions
December 1, 2015 – Chapter Drafts Due
March 1, 2016 – Chapter Revisions Due

May 1, 2016 –Delivery to Publisher

Masculinities: Call for Papers

MASCULINITIES Writing from Below calls  for submissions for a special themed issue on queer and  non-normative masculinities the diversity of masculinities, the  disruption of traditional hegemonic heterosexual masculinity,  the masculine written and rewritten from below. For more details contact:
S.Abblitt@latrobe.edu.au or see www.writingfrombelow.org.au

Southern Atlantic Modern Language Assn. Meeting–Durham, NC

Work, Class, Labor, and Culture in American Literature: Labor, Art, & Politics in American Literature and Culture

This panel welcomes papers focusing on the intersection of labor, art, and politics in American literature and culture. Suggested topics range from African-American work songs to regionalist painters such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood to representations of labor by authors from Rebecca Harding Davis to Tillie Olsen and John Steinbeck. In essence, we are interested in papers that discuss how artistic representations of all types engage with the politics of labor. By June 1, 2015, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Owen Cantrell, Georgia State University at ocantrell1@gsu.edu 

 

The SAMLA meets Nov. 13-15, 2015.  see https://samla.memberclicks.net/future-conferences

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