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Edited Collection: Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain
Television drama has a rich tradition of engaging with social class throughout its development in Britain. From 'Coronation Street', to 'Play for Today' to 'Our Friends in the North', class has been a persistent source of inspiration for television writers, producers and directors.

However, in recent years it might be argued that this often radical emphasis on issues of class and social identity has waned, a symptom perhaps of an increasingly complicated and fragmented socio-economic landscape, and a volatile and ruthless broadcasting climate.

The end of Thatcherism and the subsequent triumph of New Labour seemed to point towards an attempt to heal the wounds of divisive class politics through an apparently harmonising third way rhetoric. John Prescott told us in 1997: ‘We’re all middle-class now.’ Yet, the financial crisis, and the subsequent election of the Conservative-led government, has undoubtedly reignited a politics of identity, as narratives of ‘austerity’ and ‘broken Britain’ circulate heavily in the media.

The aim of this edited collection is to explore the ways in which social class has been and continues to be articulated, documented, constructed and interrogated in British television drama between 1990 and the present. We invite 500-word abstracts for essays on any aspect of British television drama and social class in this period, including (but not limited to) the following:
• British soap opera after Thatcher
• The sitcom and social class
• Identity politics in television drama
• Gender politics and social class
• The politics of heritage drama
• The legacy of the single play tradition
• Class and television auterism
• Television realism(s)
• Social class and the interface between television and film in British culture
• Regionalism and class in television drama
• Spatializing social class: visual geographies and television drama
• Historicizing social class in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
• Broadcasting policy and television drama
• Television aesthetics and social class
• Representing youth in television drama
• Beyond realism: genre and social class
• Social class and audiences of TV drama
• Stardom and social class

Please submit an extended abstract of 500 words (entitled Class on TV), by 31st October 2014. Please also include a brief biographical note. We plan to complete evaluation of abstracts by the end of November.
(info atualizada em 24/10/2014)


Marvel Feature Films
Edited by Robert Moses Peaslee, Matt McEniry, and Robert G. Weiner

The recent release of Guardians of the Galaxy marks the penultimate film in the so-called second “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a group of big-budget tentpole films that include Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Thor: Dark World, Iron Man 1-3, and the Incredible Hulk. Meanwhile, other studios like Sony and Fox have had success with films based on Marvel properties such as the X-Men and Spider-Man.

Feature films and full-length television movies based on Marvel characters go back to the 1970s, however, and very little scholarship has been produced on these films. The editors of this volume seek essays that discuss Marvel feature-length films, and while we will consider essays that deal with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more recent films, we are particularly interested in those films that have not received a lot of scholarly attention (including television and animated features). We are also interested in work dealing with films produced when certain characters were Marvel properties (like Transformers, G. I. Joe, and Conan). Please note we are not interested in television series, per se, but rather the full-length films produced from them. We are also interested in the business aspect of Marvel Films and Marvel Animation. We will also consider essays on those unauthorized foreign films based on Marvel characters like Turkish Captain America/Spider-Man, etc.

We are particularly interested in considering essays dealing with:
Transfomers (1986), G.I. Joe (1987), Howard the Duck (1986), Captain America (1979, 1990), Inhumanoids: the Movie (1986), Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), Man-Thing (2005), Ghost Rider (2007, 2011), Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge (1979), Dr. Strange (1979), Generation X (1996), Power Pack (1991), Punisher (1989), Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998), Blade 1-3 (1998, 2002, 2004), Elektra (2005), Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011), Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013), Planet Hulk (2010), Fantastic Four (1994) and Next Avengers (2008).

A brief but by no means conclusive list of interesting questions to consider:
* How has Disney’s acquisition of Marvel changed the comic/film landscape?
* Why were certain television or direct to video films like Captain America (1990), Captain America: Death Too Soon or Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge released theatrically overseas?
* Why did Howard the Duck fail to live up to its hype, and what are we to make of his recent reappearance in the CMU?
* How can we think more deeply about the use of legend and myth in these films?
* What was the production history of Transformers (1986) and how did the film eventually factor into the continuity of the Marvel comics series?
* Cyberpunk influences, particularly in films like Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
* Faustian influences in the Ghost Rider films and the use of the original Ghost Rider, Carter Slade, in the first film.
* How Daredevil and Thor were used in the Hulk television films?
* While Blade was moderately successfully in 1998, why did it take the 2000’s X-Men to kick start the current wave of Marvel and superhero films?
* Generation X as an example of X-film?
* Has Marvel Animation been successful compared to DC in producing high quality animated films?
* Planet Hulk as Greek/Roman myth?
* Traditional vampire lore in the Blade series.
* Spider-Man as a villain in the Turkish 3 Dev Adam, also featuring Captain America.
* The Bollywood 'Tu Mera Superman featuring a mash-up of Superman and Spider-Woman?
* Production history of producer Roger Corman’s ill-fated attempt at the $2 million Fantastic Four film.

Please submit a 200-500 word abstract by November 15th and

Upon acceptance, final essays will be due on Feb 15th.
(info atualizada em 24/10/2014)


Popular Culture Association Annual Conference
Papers, panels, and roundtables are now invited for the Australian and New Zealand Popular Culture area for the PCA national conference in New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015.

The Australian and New Zealand area is a forum for scholars of popular culture from Australia and New Zealand. The Australian and New Zealand area offers an opportunity for scholars from Australia and New Zealand to showcase their work in an international forum.

Presentations are welcome from any area of popular culture research. The focus of the presentation need not be exclusively Australian- or New Zealand-based, only that the research is being conducted by scholars from Australia and/or New Zealand.

Abstracts of papers, panel proposals, and questions can be sent to Glen Thomas ( before 1 November, 2014.
(info atualizada em 23/10/2014)


RMIT University is currently inviting applications for PhD scholarships.;ID=uwpmk8bd4bkbz

I’m encouraging applicants with first class Honours or equivalent qualifications, who are interested in undertaking ethnographic research on issues around media, communication, voice and listening.

Topics I’d particularly welcome include:
* · Digital media and social change
* · Participation, voice and listening in development (especially in India)
* · Domestic and/or sensory ethnographies of media

You would become a member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, home to leading media and digital ethnographers (Heather Horst, Sarah Pink, John Postill, Larissa Hjorth, Tania Lewis), and a growing group of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Applications close 31 October 2014.
Application details:
(info atualizada em 22/10/2014)


Decentring Axis cinema – Filmmaking in states allied to Nazi Germany
A Leverhulme Trust-funded workshop, 2nd-3rd April, 2015. Manchester.

The purpose of this workshop is to consider the particularities of national cinemas within the Axis, while seeking to find unifying patterns across the filmic discourse, filmmaking practices and industry organization of countries that entered the Axis in pursuit of a variety of national goals. A related aim of this workshop is to decentre scholarship on Axis cinema by looking beyond Nazi film. The Axis is understood to mean sovereign states allied to Nazi Germany, including but not limited to Japan, Italy, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

There has been a general lack of critical engagement with the individual cinemas that make up the Axis and there has been no or limited significant academic attempt to consider filmmaking within the Axis as a whole, or to assess the overlaps and connections between individual Axis members. On those occasions when academics did turn their attention to Axis film, Nazi cinema continued to dominate the discussion. This centre-focused approach has prevented considerations of the potential links between Axis member states that bypassed the centre of the alliance. While historians have begun to question the extent to which Nazi Germany was able to assert its will within the Axis and shape the domestic policy of allied states, film historiography has continued to focus on Germany’s relationship with individual allies, and its attempts to shape the European filmmaking map.

This workshop aims to present a more complex picture than the image of German demands and Axis acquiescence that emerges from existing scholarship. The aim of this workshop is to challenge the accepted view of Axis cinema as owing its characteristics solely to the emulation of Nazi trends, and the faithful adoption of industry structures and organizational initiatives. This workshop hopes to offer a decentred approach to Axis cinema and in the process explore the national specificities and unifying characteristics of Axis cinemas. The ‘centre’ of the Axis will be seen as one of the many and varied factors that demanded the attention of Axis film policy decision makers, industry bosses, filmmakers, exhibitors and audiences.

Proposals are invited for papers on the broad topic of Axis cinema. Papers that address international cooperation between the allies of Nazi Germany, and papers that seek to dislocate the analysis of films made by an Axis member from constant references to Nazi Germany are particularly welcome. We welcome all levels of academia to apply.

Papers that address the following (but not exclusively) are encouraged:
• national identity
• anti-Semitism
• industry organization and ideology
• propaganda films
• entertainment films
• race, ethnicity, gender
• absence/presence

Please send abstracts of 300 words and brief biography by 14th November and/ We are pleased to be able to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of those selected to present at the workshop.
(info atualizada em 21/10/2014)


Stardom and Fandom panel
Join us for the 36th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, February 11 – 14, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference theme this year is “Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture.” The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014. (Please see below)
Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:
The reciprocal relationship between stars and fans
Impact of celebrity and fame on identity construction, reconstruction and sense of self
Reality television and the changing definition of ‘stardom’
The impact of social media on celebrity/fan interaction
Children and stardom (Little Rascals to Toddlers and Tiaras)
Celebrity/fame addiction as cultural change
The intersection of stardom and fandom in virtual and physical spaces
Celebrity and the construction of persona
Pedagogical approaches to teaching stardom and fandom
Straddling the stardom/fandom line: big name fans, bloggers and aca-fans
Anti-fans and ‘haters’
Fan shame
Gendered constructions of stars and fans
Studies of individual celebrities and their fans
Studies focused on specific fandoms
Historical studies of fandom and fan/celebrity interaction

Submit 250 word paper or 500 word panel proposals to: Choose the area “Stardom and Fandom” and input your information as directed.

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 1, 2014. Earlier proposals are welcomed and will be responded to with all due haste.

Please remember that there are monetary awards for the best graduate student papers – we encourage you to apply! Papers in the Stardom and Fandom area could qualify for several awards, including the Diana Cox Award for best paper on images of women in popular culture, Euro Pop Award for best presentation on European popular culture, Peter C. Rollins Award for best paper dealing with a popular culture issue, Richard Tuerk Science Fiction and Fantasy Award for outstanding essay related to science fiction and fantasy, and the Post Script Award in film studies. You can see the full list at:
(info atualizada em 21/10/2014)


A Companion to the Gangster Film
Edited by George S. Larke-Walsh PhD, (University of North Texas)

This volume will explore the gangster genre as a global phenomenon; what makes it so distinct from other crime films and what makes it so appealing to twentieth and twenty-first century audiences. To that end I am seeking new scholarship on the gangster film not only in America, but also across the globe. I am primarily interested in work on films from the UK, France, Italy, Russia, India, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, but I am also open to other suggestions.

The book is already under contract with Wiley-Blackwell and I have divided it into four key areas of study, each consisting of approximately 5-6 essays at 8-10,000 words each. These areas are each designed to encourage contributors to consider their topics from a global perspective. Please consider the sub-headings as opening guidelines to help you position your topic.

Part One: Gangsters in the Industry: Production, Distribution and Reception
Censorship: Hollywood (Effects on Classical or Post-classical films)
Creating the Gangster (cross-cultural influences on the development of Gangster identities, iconography and ideology)
Fandom (can be about distribution of films and popularity)
Beyond the Frame (merchandising, spin-offs – such as The Godfather phenomenon)
Distribution (cross-cultural influences, political or financial influences)

Part Two: Mythologies of the Mafia
New Russian Heroes (films of the 90s and beyond)
Italian-American influences (on American film, or internationally)
Hong Kong Gangster films (cross-cultural influences)
British Gangsters (gangland mythology – any era)
Myths versus realities

Part Three: Politics of Organized Crime
Organized crime as Capitalism: a celebration or critique
Mafia as an organization and its effect on the wider community
Corruption narratives
Class (social order, criminal hierarchies)
Socio-cultural Traditions that influence organized crime (roots, causes of crime)

Part Four: Gangster Identities
Cross-cultural influences
Ethnicity (The ambiguities of ethnic identity within particular cultures)
Exclusive societies and/or the dispossessed
Concepts of Heroism or Villainy as a gangster identity
Gangsters on the edge of organizations (assassins, street guys etc)

Please send an abstract of your topic (approx. 300 words) to by November 14th 2014. If you have any specific questions about the volume or your contribution do not hesitate to contact me before the deadline.​
(info atualizada em 20/10/2014)


The Materiality of the Immaterial: ICTs and the Digital Commons

Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique (
Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2015

Guest editors: Vasilis Kostakis, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), P2P Lab (Greece); Andreas Roos, Human Ecology Division, Lund University (Sweden)

With an escalating environmental crisis and an unprecedented increase of ICT diversity and use, it is more crucial than ever to understand the underlying material aspects of the ICT infrastructure. This special issue therefore asks the question: What are the true material and socio-environmental costs of the global ICT infrastructure?

In a recent paper (Fuchs 2013) as well as in the book Digital Labour and Karl Marx (Fuchs 2014), Christian Fuchs examined the complex web of production relations and the new division of digital labour that makes possible the vast and cheap ICT infrastructure as we know it. The analysis partly revealed that ICT products and infrastructure can be said to embody slave-like and other extremely harsh conditions that perpetually force mine and assembly workers into conditions of dependency. Expanding this argument, the WWF reported (Reed and Miranda 2007) that mining in the Congo basin poses considerable threats to the local environment in the form of pollution, the loss of biodiversity, and an increased presence of business-as-usual made possible by roads and railways. Thus ICTs can be said to be not at all immaterial because the ICT infrastructure under the given economic conditions can be said to embody as its material foundations slave-like working conditions, various class relations and undesirable environmental consequences.

At the same time, the emerging digital commons provide a new and promising platform for social developments, arguably enabled by the progressive dynamics of ICT development. These are predominantly manifested as commons-based peer production, i.e., a new mode of collaborative, social production (Benkler 2006); and grassroots digital fabrication or community-driven makerspaces, i.e., forms of bottom-up, distributed manufacturing. The most well known examples of commons-based peer production are the free/open source software projects and the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia. While these new forms of social organisation are immanent in capitalism, they also have the features to challenge these conditions in a way that might in turn transcend the dominant system (Kostakis and Bauwens 2014).

Following this dialectical framing, we would like to call for papers for a special issue of tripleC that will investigate how we can understand and balance the perils and promises of ICTs in order to make way for a just and sustainable paradigm. We seek scholarly articles and commentaries that address any of the following themes and beyond. We also welcome experimental formats, especially photo essays, which address the special issue's theme.

Suggested themes
Papers that track, measure and/or theorise the scope of the socio-environmental impact of the ICT infrastructure.
Papers that track, measure and/or theorise surplus value as both ecological (land), social (labour) and intellectual (patent) in the context of ICTs.
Understanding the human organisation of nature in commons-based peer production.
Studies of the environmental dimensions of desktop manufacturing technologies (for example, 3D printing or CNC machines) in non-industrial modes of subsistence, e.g. eco-villages or traditional agriculture, as well as in modern towns and mega-cities.
Suggestions for and insights into bridging understandings of the socio-economic organisation of the natural commons with the socio-economic organisation of the digital commons drawing on types of
organisations in the past and the present that are grounded in theories of the commons.
Elaboration of which theoretical approaches can be used for overcoming the conceptual separation of the categories immaterial/material in the digital commons.

Benkler, Yochai. 2006. The wealth of networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Fuchs, Christian. 2014. Digital labour and Karl Marx. New York: Routledge.

Fuchs, Christian. 2013. Theorising and analysing digital labour: From global value chains to modes of production. The Political Economy of Communication 1 (2): 3-27.

Kostakis, Vasilis and Michel Bauwens. 2014. Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reed, Erik and Marta Miranda. 2007. Assessment of the mining sector and infrastructure development in the congo basin region. Washington DC: World Wildlife Fund, Macroeconomics for Sustainable Development Program Office, 27.

Submission of abstracts (250-300 words) by January 15, 2015 via email to
Responses about acceptance/rejection to authors: February 15, 2015.
Selected authors will be expected to submit their full documents to tripleC via the online submission system by May 15, 2015:
Expected publication date of the special issue: October 1, 2015.

About the journal
tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique is an academic open access online journal using a non-commercial Creative Commons license. It is a journal that focuses on information society studies and studies of media, digital media, information and communication in society with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic areas. The journal has a special interest in disseminating articles that focus on the role of information in contemporary capitalist societies. For this task, articles should employ critical theories and/or empirical research inspired by critical theories and/or philosophy and ethics guided by critical thinking as well as relate the analysis to power structures and inequalities of capitalism, especially forms of stratification such as class, racist and other ideologies and capitalist patriarchy. Papers should reflect on how the presented findings contribute to the illumination of conditions that foster or hinder the advancement of a global sustainable and participatory information society. TripleC was founded in 2003 and is edited by Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval.
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Art Matters International Conference 2014
The Art Matters International Conference 2014 which will be held on December 11-12, 2014 at the University of Barcelona has opened the Call for Papers.

[Spanish and Catalan versions here:]

The materials and technologies of the contemporary art invite us to reconsider, not only the role that these play in the articulation of artistic practices, but also the theoretical frameworks that demonstrate the role of the materiality itself inside the Art History. These premises involve new methodological challenges and important epistemological transformations in the examination of art; challenges that must be analysed, discussed and contrasted with the long and fertile tradition of art studies. Fundamental problems such as the distribution of the agencies involved in the investigation and the artistic practice, the lines of temporal causality, the interconnection between materialities and discoursivities, the role of the technology and the society, the spatiality and location of the art, gain relevance from the suggested challenges.

Art Matters congress hopes to give space for those researches that, coming from the academy and the professional practice, rebuild the relation between art and its materiality: contributions focused on theoretical, methodological and epistemological reconsiderations and, specially, empirical studies centered on art routines and infrastructures.

Perspectives such as Media Archaeology, the Actor-Network Theory or the New Materialisms contribute decisively to the possibility of blurring or even erasing preconceived ontological distinctions –inoperative today-, and traditionally supported by the framework of our modernity. We are alluding to established dichotomies such as subject/object, matter/discourse, theory/practice, social/technological, expert/non-expert that lay out important onto-epistemic challenges to overcome. The interest of the congress is precisely to connect these new perspectives with the tradition of history, theory and art practice, starting always from both the reflection and the experience with the routines, the infrastructures and the art fields.

Problems to discuss:
Researches about art infrastructures: museums, art galleries, centres of production and investigation, archives, exhibition and distribution displays, art market dynamics.
Investigations about objects and artistic practices: new materials, technologies inside the art field, production processes, distribution, conservation and preservation of the art and the media, etc.
Other art histories and narratives: “minor” or divergent histories, linear narratives, emergency of novelties, relational temporality and spatiality, forgotten geographical areas, etc.
Onto-epistemic and methodological art frameworks: human and non-human agency, relations between practice and theory, experts and non-experts, trans/inter/meta/non-disciplinarity, etc.

Those people interested in participating are invited to send, before 31st of October, 2014 (included) a communication proposal to this email for its following evaluation.

Proposal format (two separated documents):
1. Communication proposal:
Format .doc, .docx, .rtf
Communication title
Communication abstract (300 words maximum)
Between 3 and 5 keywords.

2. Information about/the auhtor/authors:
Format .doc, .docx, .rtf
Name and surname
Institutional affiliation (in case of having it)
Email address
Brief curriculum (100 words maximum)
Information and contact person (only if the communication is presented by more than one author).
Communication title

Notification of the communication acceptance will be published on 10th November, 2014.

Further information (Scientific Committee, Programme, Keynotes, venue, etc.) will be published here:

You can also send an e-mail to:
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Assistant Professor position in Media Studies
The American University of Beirut (AUB) has a growing Media Studies program that currently offers an MA in Media Studies, a BA in Media and Communication, and a Diploma in Media and Communication. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs offer a broad-based multidisciplinary liberal arts curriculum grounded in the social sciences that teaches media theory, research and practice, and focuses on critical thinking, media and digital literacy, and the role of media in society. While the graduate program emphasizes theory, research, and critical thinking, the undergraduate program offers a mix of conceptual and professional courses, as well as three cognate areas: digital media and news, political communication and media activism, and strategic and integrated communication. For more information,

The Media Studies program at AUB seeks a media educator for a full-time faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, engage in research and student advising, and help further expand the media studies program. The position is to begin September 1, 2015. Appointment is for an initial period of four years.

Applicants should hold a PhD in media studies, mass communication, journalism studies, or a related field. They should possess a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of new media technologies, political communication, and media activism. Candidates should be proficient in quantitative research methods, and preferably knowledgeable or interested in big data and social media data analysis. Knowledge of Arabic and of Arab media is highly desirable.

Applicants should also have prior teaching experience and evidence of research productivity. Professional experience working as a media professional, especially in journalism, media management, political communication, or media activism and other media fields are also acceptable. Candidates should be able to contribute to the program’s focus on Arab media research and theory and on the critical approach to the role of media in society.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, CV, and arrange for three letters of reference to be directly sent to: Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, c/o 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017-2303, USA or Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon.

Electronic submissions are preferred and may be sent to

Review of applications will begin mid-September 2014. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2014.

For more information on this position, please visit

The American University of Beirut is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
(info atualizada em 20/10/2014)


Film Studies no. 14: special issue on “Institutions and Agency”
Under the auspices of the new film history, media industry studies, the new political economy of communication and others, film and media scholars have increasingly attended to institutions. This trend agitates against the long disciplinary tradition by which media have been appreciated as the expressions of subjective visions and artistic designs. To be sure, the new institutional approaches are not without their critics, who have maligned them as inflexible, reductive and ignorant of extra-economic motivations, cultural inflections and individual decisions.

How can film and media scholarship effectively seek both macro and micro explanations and attend to both larger networks and human agency? This special issue of Film Studies (Manchester University Press), due for publication in 2016, seeks to answer this question by collecting a diverse series of case studies that illustrate such comprehensive approaches. These 6000-8000-word articles may pertain to any area of film and media studies, but should grapple with their objects of inquiry by taking account of both institutions and individual agency.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) case studies that reveal:
--the place of (a) film (or a genre or production trend) in relation to government bodies (e.g., the EU; the State Department; local municipalities)
--how individual directors, cinematographers, screenwriters or other film workers negotiated with companies, unions, regulation bodies, government authorities or other large organisations
--how media control, convergence or conglomeration has been inflected by individuals’ decision-making
--the role of individuals in censorship and classification decisions
--how arts journalists or film critics fit into larger media organisations and associations

--how individual cinemas, film festivals, distribution companies or other film-cultural groups deal with larger networks; how these larger networks codetermine the individuals’ everyday practices
--audience or fan studies that attend to both institutional pressures (or incentives) and individual desires and tastes

Abstracts (of less than 200 words) and a short biographical note should be sent by 1 November 2014 to Mattias Frey at Complete manuscripts should be ready for peer review by the summer of 2015. Publication is due for summer 2016.

(info atualizada em 20/10/2014)


CHASE AHRC PhD Studentships at Goldsmiths
The Department of Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London is inviting applications for September 2015 entry to our PhD programme.

Goldsmiths is part of a block grant AHRC studentship partnership (with Sussex, Kent, Goldsmiths, Essex, The Courtauld and the Open University) which means that we will be entering successful applicants to our PhD programmes to a competition for these studentships in the spring of 2015.

The funding has been awarded to CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England)‚ a partnership of seven institutions formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities. Applications will be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fees only basis. The funding will cover, professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with prestigious arts organisations.

If you want to be considered for one of these awards, please note that you need to have been accepted onto a PhD programme by 14 January 2015. This means that for September 2015 entry you will need to have made a formal application to the programme by the end of December 2014 and have had initial contact with us to discuss your proposal by early December 2014. (The consortium will run for several years: we are open to discuss entry in subsequent years with potential candidates) For any enquiries to the PhD programme of the Department of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths please contact the PhD admissions tutor, Dr Richard MacDonald (; and to see staff expertise please consult

Topic areas covered in the CHASE consortium include:
Digital Arts & Photography History, Theory and Practice
Popular Culture
Cultural Studies (Policy, Arts Management and Creative Industries)
Ethnography and Anthropology
Interpreting and Translation
Journalism and Publishing
Media and communication studies
Installation and Sound Art History, Theory and Practice;
Film-Based and Time-Based History, Theory and Practice
Media: New Media/Web-Based Studies
Media: Film History, Theory and Criticism
Media: Television History, Theory and Criticism
Information and Communications Technologies

The criteria for selecting the scholarship awards are:
- quality of the research proposal
-academic achievement / equivalent professional experience (normally first class honours and a distinction at Masters level)
- excellent references (potential supervisors can provide one but not both)
- demonstrated preparedness for research - including whatever evidence can be provided that they will finish in 3 years
- benefit of the research environment to the candidate's research (written with the proposed supervisor)

The research proposal should contain the following elements:
o key areas/issues of the project, and why you wish to pursue this research;
o the research problems or questions you intend to address;
o the research context in which those problems or questions are located;
o the particular contribution to knowledge and understanding in this area that you hope to make, explaining why the work is important and noting relevance to non-academic beneficiaries, as appropriate;
o the methods and critical approaches that you plan to use, and the sources, if appropriate;
o how the proposed work relates to what you have studied already;
o any ethical issues relating to the research project including how these will be identified and addressed.
o how the project will develop over the period of the award.
o how the doctoral research relates to your eventual career aims.
(info atualizada em 18/10/2014)


Journal of Games Criticism
The Journal of Games Criticism (ISSN: 2374-202X) is seeking submissions from game developers, designers, bloggers, journalists, and academics for its January 2015 issue. JGC accepts articles, book reviews, experimental game reviews, and letters to the editor. This open access journal publishes peer-reviewed videogame criticism and analysis as well as essays on the topics of methodology and design.

This issue's submission deadline is November 15, 2014 and will be published on January 22, 2015. Submissions guidelines are available at and submission templates are available at

Questions or submissions can be directed to
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Deletion—Deviation: The Perversions of Science Fiction
Science Fiction exists in a state of tension between the pleasurable and the perverse — of the pleasure gained from its fictive forms, and the perversions of facts and flesh within its speculative futures, imagined worlds and creative appropriations of technological innovation.

There is an immutable thread that runs throughout science fiction, that which “distinguishes its fictional worlds to one degree or another from the world in which we live” (Roberts, 2000), worlds perhaps characterised by Darko Suvin’s ‘estrangement’ or Samuel Delaney’s ‘reading/writing effects.’ The ways in which this distinction is maintained traces the nebulous line between the pleasurable and perverse in science fiction. How does the pleasure of its fiction collide with the perversions of the ‘world in which we live’?

This symposium looks to the very edge of science fictional possibilities, at the many perversions and pleasures that can take place when pushing the boundaries of science fictional imaginings.

Possible topics for papers may include:
Perversion(s) of science fact in science fiction
Environmental perversions in science fiction
Perversions of the body in science fiction
Queer imaginings in SF
Sex in SF
Perverse pleasure in science fiction
Trauma in SF
Perverse greed in SF
SF and psychosexuality(s)
Acts of violence in SF texts
The perverse imagination and science fiction
Perverse characters/perverse worlds
Perversions of form in science fiction cinema
The perverse “What If?”

Deletion—Deviation: The Perversions of Science Fiction will take place February 19th and 20th at Deakin University’s City Prime location, 3/550 Bourke St. Melbourne.

We invite contributions that address any of these areas around the deviant or perverse in of literature, film, gaming, art, and science and technology, and any other field with an investment in the deviant or perverse in science fiction.

This symposium will allow for a future edited collection on the open access online forum for science fiction studies Deletion (, aiming for publication in mid 2015.

We welcome abstracts of 300-350 words, along with a short biography, emailed to or by Friday October 31st. Notification of acceptance of articles will be by Friday November 18th.?
(info atualizada em 17/10/2014)


Assistant Professor job at UC Santa Barbara
The Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Media and the Environment. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2015.

We are a department with a broad research agenda that includes multiple scholarly approaches to film and media and a dynamic understanding of what consitutes objects of film and media study. With this appointment we intend to expand the department’s research and curricular strengths, international scope, and interdisciplinary interests.

We are seeking a humanities scholar whose scholarship connects the historical and theoretical scope of our field to a broader spatial and environmental consciousness informed by science and technology studies. Our ideal candidate is a media researcher interested in the various ways that media and the environment influence, structure, and inhabit one another. Areas of specialization might include: environmentally-themed media; media ecologies; social movements and media advocacy; resource use and waste economies; green media; media-rich practices of scientific investigation; biopower and geopolitics.

The dossier of the successful candidate will show a strong commitment to teaching as well as an outstanding record of research activity. S/he will be expected to teach in the core areas of our undergraduate and graduate programs and develop innovative courses on media and the environment integrated within a liberal arts curriculum. A PhD is expected by the time of appointment. The department is especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The department serves over 400 undergraduate majors and 30 doctoral students. Our facilities include the state-of-the-art Pollock Theater housed within the Carsey-Wolf Center which supports research, teaching, and public programming about all forms of media, including the Environmental Media Initiative and its Blue Horizons and GreenScreen course clusters. Our university is also home to the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the pioneering Environmental Studies Program, and the English Department’s Center for Literature and Environment among other concentrated areas of environmental research. An interdisciplinary doctoral emphasis in Environment and Society has just been approved on our campus.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSB Academic Recruit online system, and must include 1) a letter of application outlining current and future research plans; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) one writing sample; 4) at least three confidential letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received on or before October 31, 2014. For any questions, please contact Kathy Murray at Department website:

“The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities."
(info atualizada em 16/10/2014)


The Political Screen
Call for Papers: International Conference
Filmstudies@UCL, Media@LSE& The London Screen Studies Group
University of London, 19-20th June 2015.

Screen media, emerging in industrialized ways in the course of the second industrial revolution, is increasingly ubiquitous. Our access to understanding the world, and the political and economic forces that shape it, has been and is increasingly mediated by screens: from cinema, to television, to digital media (including new forms of “social” media and gaming), the world is frequently filtered through the visual and the screen. Indeed, those very screens themselves are caught up in histories of extractive and exploitative capital, such as, just for example, the coltan dug largely from post-imperial and yet conflict torn Democratic Republic of Congo that is essential to the construction of “smartphones” and other electronic screen devices. Elite and powerful institutions, notably states and corporations, have sought to produce and control screen media. Various forms of “propaganda” and censorship is produced and enacted around the world. Corporate sponsorship fina
nces much screen media production in the industrialized west. Yet, simultaneously, the elite control of screen media has been, and is, contested by oppositional and radical groups who produce and use screen media to challenge power. This conference examines these complex, intertwined, histories and current practices in order to contribute to newly politicized screen and screen studies practices. What are the histories of the elite use of screen media? What screen media has been produced by dominant groups? How do these groups seek to control and shape screen media culture? What ways has this been, and can this be, contested? What are the current practices that best contest dominant power?
We hope to examine these issues across the history of industrialized screen media, from the late nineteenth century, and across the world and different political and economic regimes. We seek papers that cross the disciplinary borders of media, cultural, and film studies, and that re-engages questions of power, representation, ideology with those about technology, regulatory, and political-economic processes. In doing so the conference hopes also to begin to re-examine those disciplinary borders in the goal of producing a more politically useful capacious media studies that contributes to the urgent necessity of political and economic transformation.
We invite paper and panel proposals that address these broad issues, and that might, for example, examine:
• Propaganda and documentary
• Censorship and surveillance
• State media
• The control of copyright and intellectual property
• The histories of Film, Media, and Cultural Studies
• Radical media production
• Authoritarian/fundamentalist/far right media
• Media and Development
• Activism online
• New documentary practices
• State/media interactions across the world

The conference is hosted by the Screen Studies Group at the University of London and will be held at UCL and LSE. (£50 waged, £20 unwaged.) Please send a one-page proposal and short bio to Shakuntala Banaji, and Lee Grieveson by October 30th 2014.
(info atualizada em 15/10/2014)


Edição nº 3 da Revista Persona
A revista Persona convida todos os interessados a submeterem artigos para o seu 3º número:

Editor convidado: José Eduardo Silva
Nasceu em Guimarães. Licenciado em Estudos Teatrais na Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo do Porto. Doutorado em Psicologia pela Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto, com a tese “Entre o Teatro e a Psicologia: Processos e vivências da mudança psicológica em contexto teatral” sob orientação do Professor Doutor Joaquim Luís Coimbra e co-orientação da Professora Doutora Isabel Menezes.
É actor, encenador, professor e, actualmente, também investigador colaborador do Centro de Psicologia da Universidade do Porto.
Como actor e encenador de teatro tem integrado diversos espectáculos apresentados em países como Portugal, Espanha, Itália, França, Brasil e Japão. Entre outras instituições e companhias, tem colaborado regularmente com o TNSJ (Porto) desde 1999, tendo feito parte da sua companhia residente, desde a génese em 2005 até à sua extinção em meados de 2011. Desde 2007 tem também vindo a colaborar com o Teatro Oficina (Guimarães) - onde iniciou o seu percurso teatral em 1994 -, tendo sido também actor residente desta companhia entre 2011 e 2013 no contexto da Capital Europeia da Cultura. É ainda co-fundador e co-director artístico da companhia independente Teatro do Frio (Porto) desde 2005 e o seu percurso artístico (iniciado em 1990) inclui incursões pelas áreas da música, dança contemporânea, cinema, artes de rua e artes circenses.
Como investigador destaca, de entre as suas áreas de interesse, a pesquisa em torno das relações entre o teatro (enquanto expressão artística) e o desenvolvimento humano (nas suas dimensões psicológicas, sociais e políticas) - objectivo para o qual tem evidenciado a urgência da convocação dos planos cultural e político da acção humana. Relativamente a isto está neste momento a trabalhar em dois projectos de teatro: uma adaptação da obra “Esta noite improvisa-se” de Luigi Pirandello com um grupo da comunidade de Vandoma (Paredes); e também um trabalho de iniciação teatral com um grupo informal de utentes da IPSS “Encontrar+se” (Porto). Tem vindo a elaborar artigos relativos aos seus estudos e sido orador em conferências nacionais e internacionais.


Serão encorajadas abordagens críticas/analíticas, tanto de base empírica como teórica, que enfoquem o papel relevante do Teatro e/ou do Cinema no plano da sua contribuição para o desenvolvimento humano, provenientes de todas as áreas do conhecimento, incluindo conjuntos interdisciplinares (e.g., artes, letras, ciências sociais e humanas, ciências biológicas/neurológicas, hermenêutica, entre outras).

Alguns temas possíveis:
//Perspectivas contemporâneas sobre a realidade
//Emoção e arte
//Teatro-cinema e sublimação
//Acção cultural como intervenção política
//Arte e construção do(e) mundo(s)
//A arte na era do hiperconsumo
//Teatro-Cinema e desenvolvimento individual
//Teatro-Cinema e comunidade
//Massificação, individuação e/ou individualismo
//Os “mundos possíveis” da arte
//Incalculável versus Calculável
//Arte e exclusão social
//Intersubjectividade e individuação
//Dimensões psicológicas, sociais e políticas do Entretenimento vs. Arte
//Continuidade corpo-mente (Embodiment), incorporação e incarnação
//Desenvolvimento epistemológico/holístico/neuronal

Joaquim Luís Coimbra, Isabel Menezes, Francesca Clare Rayner, Pedro Ferreira, Claire Binyon, António José Pereira.

Data limite de recepção: 15 de Novembro de 2014
Data de comunicação, caso sejam aceites: 15 de Janeiro de 2015
Os artigos submetidos estão sujeitos a peer review.
(info atualizada em 15/10/2014)


New Media Studies - Assistant professor position
The Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of New Media Studies.

Deadline: October 31, 2014

For further information concerning the position or the Department, please contact the Chair, Dr. Peter W. Sinnema, at

Imre Szeman
Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies
Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology
University of Alberta
(info atualizada em 14/10/2014)


Post-doc fellowship in media literacy
The Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) launched a call for application for “MOVE IN Louvain” incoming post-doctoral fellowships (12-24 months) in all disciplines (*).

We (Prof. Pierre Fastrez & Prof. Thierry De Smedt) are looking for outstanding candidates with an international research profile to submit an application in response to this call under our supervision. The proposed research activities would have to be in line with our current research *in the field of media literacy*, along the following lines:
* the conceptual definition of media literacy;
* the development of validated media literacy levels assessment tools;
* the relationship between the individuals' media literacy levels and their ability to appropriate contemporary societal issues (e.g. health, sustainable development, environmental issues, economical issues) through the media;
* the relative efficiency of media education initiatives depending on their pedagogy:
* the practical introduction of media education in school curricula.

Any interested candidate should contact Prof. Pierre Fastrez ( and Prof. Thierry De Smedt ( with a proposed research project, by sending them:
* part A (CV) of the application form (see link below) filled out,
* and a one page summary of the intended research in close relationship with the above list of current research topics.

Please send your proposal before November 7th 2014. We will select the candidate within two weeks after this deadline. The selected candidate(s) will complete the application process in collaboration with us.

Should the fellowship be awarded by the Université catholique de Louvain, the stay will take place in the GReMS: Groupe de recherche en médiation des savoirs:

A selection of current and past projects of our research group is accessible at: (in French)

Final deadline for the UCLouvain call: January 1st, 2015.

Call information + guide for applicants + application form:
In English:
In French:
(info atualizada em 14/10/2014)


International conference “New media: critical revaluation”
Within the framework of XVI Annual International Conference “Modernization economy and society”
7-10 April 2015
National Research University “Higher School of Economics”

During last 30 years the phenomenon of «new media» was drastically changed the topical profile of worldwide research in field of communication. The tradition of techno-determinists supposed that development of societies is determined by development of means of communications, was continued. Scholars from different fields of social sciences started to study such changes caused by new media as really new way of communicate. Such ideas like “digital democracy”, “collective mind”, “users inclusiveness” started to grow. Organizational changes in the societies has been also linked with new technologies and new techno-centered model of society – network society or informational society. Scholars also pointed out changes in the language of new media affecting the whole language.

Changes of political regimes in Arab countries at the end of first decade of 2000 caused the new wave of research in field of social media and its role in protest movements in such countries.

In parallel with scientific realm politics and policy makers actively used the concept of new media to enhance the infrastructure of new technologies, develop commercial markets of telecommunication, liberalize the regulation of cultural field and telecommunication. Governmental structures elaborate national programs developing the access of population to ICTs and another “benefits” of “digital society”. In that sense the idea of new media and its “high power” became really advantageous for produce the political discourse about new type of economy (creative economy) where the informational labor plays the crucial role.

This conference propose to question techno-determinist approach to the «new media» and its role in social changes. Conference covers such topics as:
· Concentration in new media business and critics of new media from political economy of communication
· Power relations and new forms of power in social media
· Critics of technological neutrality
· Critics of such concepts as the information society or the creative economy
· Marxist approaches to critics of new media
· Construction of discourses and ideologies in new media
· Discourses and ideologies of “old media” against “new media”
· “New media” and its role in reproduction of social relations and political regimes
· Feed-back mechanisms in new media: evaluation of effectiveness and limits of possibilities
· New media as platform for contemporary integrated communications: the experience of big companies (round-table session)
· Socialization of individual through new media (“facebook man” against “media man”)
· Historical continuity of forms of integrated communications

All interested in participating should register on the website by November 11, 2014 and attach abstracts of their papers on the Russian or English. We are kindly asking you during the registration process to select the topic of you papers as “media communication”. All abstracts will bypass reviewing process. Authors will be informed about the decision of the program committee before January 20, 2015.

A detailed abstract of the proposed paper should be attached to the application, in Word or PDF format, in 1 - 3 pages with 1, 5 line spacing (up to 7000 symbols). Otherwise the full paper version could be attached. The summary should outline the issue, show the level of the research, include characteristics of the research (theoretical or empirical methods, its informational base), as well as its main results. Abstracts which are less than 1 page in length will not be accepted. One author may submit a personal paper to the conference and no more than two papers co-authored.

Authors of the papers included in the Conference program are requested to send full-text versions of the text (in Word, RTF) by March 5, 2015 for publication on the Conference website. At the end of the conference Higher School of Economics will prepare and issue conference proceedings, containing all papers, which were presented at the conference. Final versions of the papers should be sent by May 20, 2015 (20 000 symbols with spaces in Word, RTF). The decision about their publication in will be made by the editorial board. The papers not presented at the Conference will not be considered for publication.

Participants from the CIS and Eastern Europe countries whose papers are included in the program may apply for a grant from the Moscow Office of the World Bank until February 10, 2015 to
(info atualizada em 14/10/2014)


“Out of the Dark Stacks and into the Light: Re-Viewing the Moving Image Archive for the 21st Century”
SYNOPTIQUE Call For Papers

The archive, as a concept, an action, and a physical repository of historical traces and material fragments, has a central place within contemporary film and moving image studies. The archive is not only a location for historical research; it also functions as a source of images and materials to be mined by filmmakers and media artists. Many studies of the archive have focused on these two dominant approaches to the use and formulation of moving image archives, especially in studies of documentary and avant-garde compilation or found footage cinema. Increasingly, film and media scholars are also turning to the archive to revise histories of film theory, film production, and its distribution and circulation, especially in post-colonial, historiographical, and transnational film scholarship. A such, the archive becomes as much a site of struggle and contested histories, as it is a site of creative inspiration and cultural preservation.

With the transnational and global turn in film scholarship, a greater analysis of the circulation and display of archival materials and moving images is necessary to understand how archival access might impact the current assessment of global and local shifts. In this special issue on the moving image archive, we wish to focus on both the sites of archival preservation and display of moving images (including museums, art galleries, institutional archives, private collections, and the Internet), as well as the circulatory and creative networks that connect them. In doing so we intend to bring questions of circulation and exhibition into dialogue with the archive, in addition to a focus on the archive as a concept and method of artistic practice. Submissions may include, but are not by any means limited to, topics such as:
• Archival preservation, access, technologies, and practice
• Archive as concept or methodology (landscape as archive, Internet archive, etc.)
• Archival images in experimental films, videos, and games (compilation, found footage, database films, etc.)
• Archives, gesture, sound, and performance
• Digital archives and digitalization of archival materials
• Documentary and the evidentiary uses of archival moving images
• Colonial and postcolonial archives
• Community organizations and archival display
• Critiques of archival theory, media studies theory, and film theory
• Global flows and circulation of archival materials and images
• Institutional histories of a specific archive
• New media, remix cultures, and the archive
• Queer and feminist archives
• Spaces of display and archival practice (museums, non-theatrical spaces, online databases, etc.)

Essay submissions for the peer-review section should be approximately 15-30 pages including the bibliography (maximum 7,500 words), and formatted according to MLA guidelines. This special issue is invested in exploring the archive in all its conceptual and practical manifestations, so we also welcome shorter pieces (2-8 pages, maximum 2,000 words) related to archival images or practice for our non-peer review section. This section includes conference or exhibition reports, book reviews, research creation pieces related to archival images or practice (including video essays, photograph series, and other digital projects accompanied by an explanatory text), and interviews with artists or archival practitioners.

All submissions must be in either French or English. Papers should be submitted by November 1, 2014. A link on will guide you through the submission process. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at:
(info atualizada em 13/10/2014)


University of Vienna - two positions
The Department of Methods in the Social Sciences at the University of Vienna has two positions open in the area of text analysis (PhD and a PostDoc). Applicants hold relevant degrees in either the Social Sciences or in Computer-linguistics/ Media-informatics and show knowledge of computer-assisted content/text analysis methods. The positions will cooperate with the Department of Communication Science at the University of Vienna. More information can be found at:
PhD position (German and English):

PostDoc position (German and English):

The application deadline is October 21, 2014. If you have further questions about the advertisements, please contact Prof Hajo Boomgaarden:
(info atualizada em 13/10/2014)


10 PhD Scholarships: School of International and Intercultural Communication
The School of International and Intercultural Communication | SIIC, supported by MERCUR (Mercator Research Center Ruhr) and the UAMR-Universities Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen, is offering up to 4 PhD Scholarships starting in early 2015.

The graduate school establishes a new center of international and intercultural research, which aims to synthesize yet distinct perspectives on communication, media, and journalism studies. Focus of investigations are current developments in political and/or cross-border communication in transformation countries and respectively in countries/regions of the Global South.

Fellows of the SIIC benefit from a cutting-edge curricula and an intense supervisory relationship and will find a creative and innovative environment fostering their own PhD projects and scientific career.

Profile and qualifications: outstanding master’s degree in communication, media or journalism studies or any related discipline; a distinctive interest in international and intercultural research issues; excellent command of English and very good German. An indispensable prerequisite is the capacity and willingness to implement a theoretically and empirically integrative approach to current phenomena of journalism, media and/or communication studies.

The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of € 1.000 per month for an initial period of 24 months. Subject to positive evaluations of the project progress the stipend may be prolonged for two six-month periods, up to three years. Furthermore, the SIIC is in alignment with the guiding principles of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Prospective candidates should submit their application (max. 3 pdf-files) to Dirk-Claas Ulrich, SIIC Managing Director, via Email ( by indicating “Application SIIC 2014/15” in the subject line: short cover letter, CV, credentials, two references, a copy of the Master’s thesis and a detailed project proposal (max. 10 pages).

The review process of incoming applications starts by December 7, 2014 and will remain open until all scholarships have been awarded to suitable candidates. Requests related to the latest application status should be directed to the SIIC management.

School of International and Intercultural Communication
Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, Prof. Dr. Jens Loenhoff, Prof. Dr. Barbara Thomaß
c/o Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
TU Dortmund
Otto-Hahn-Str. 2
44227 Dortmund
(info atualizada em 13/10/2014)


Philosophy and Popular Culture
The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
“Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture”
February 11th – 14th 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

Proposal/Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1st 2014 at

Paper and panel proposals are now being accepted for the Philosophy and Popular Culture area of the 36th annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association,

“Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture,” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14, 2015.

In the last decade there has been a dedicated exploration of popular culture as it relates to aspects of philosophy, and how philosophy relates to popular culture, and as such we welcome proposals that investigate and examine the intersections between philosophy and popular culture. Any and all aspects of philosophy and popular culture will be considered.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
· Philosophical issues explored in popular culture
· Views of philosophy in popular culture
· Philosophical frameworks engaged in popular culture
· Representations of philosophy and/in popular culture
· Elements of popular culture analysis
· Philosophy and film
· Philosophy and television
· Philosophy and the fine arts
· Philosophy and Literature
· Philosophy and graphic novels/comic book

Issues of identity and popular culture:
· Conceptual entities of identity and popular culture
· Issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and popular culture
· Epistemology and Popular Culture
· Phenomenology and Popular Culture

To apply to the Philosophy and Popular Culture Area please follow the instructions for submitting a paper abstract on the submissions database at:

For information about the conference and other presentation areas, registration, and hotel accommodations, please go to the SWPACA website at:

The conference organizers are particularly interested in graduate student presentations (as well as those of independent scholars in order to make the conference as inclusive as possible) and as such have a number of awards for graduate student papers. For more information, see:

We are also pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, a peer-reviewed publication of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. The Journal debuted at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference in February 2014. For more information and to submit manuscripts, email Lynnea Chapman-King, Editor in Chief, or Anna CohenMiller, Managing Editor, at, or through the contact form.
(info atualizada em 13/10/2014)


Jobs at the University of Leeds
We're advertising a couple of posts at the University of Leeds that may be of interest to you, colleagues or recent PhD students. These are University Academic Fellowships in Journalism and Digital Culture ( and in Digital Methods ( and are part of this scheme:

The posts will be mostly research-based at first, with the post-holders contributing more to teaching and administrative responsibilities over time. We aim to appoint excellent early career academics and provide support for them to develop their publication and funding profiles, allowing a gradual build-up to a more typical research/teaching/admin split for a research-intensive university. Successful completion of a structured five year development programme will lead to confirmation as an Associate Professor.
(info atualizada em 13/10/2014)