Exhibition: Illusions: The Art of Magic

An exhibition of magic posters from The Golden Age opened at Musée McCord in Montréal, Canada on May 28. It is on until 7 January 2018.

From the museum's website:
The exhibition takes on the period of magic shows’ golden age and its advertising and promotional mechanisms that relied on phantasmagoric imagery. A selection of breathtaking posters, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, retraces the social history of this still active phenomenon. These posters, halfway between art and advertisement, are magnificent, large format chromolithographs that immortalise the magicians and the acts that marked the world of modern magic. For this exhibition, the McCord Museum showcases part of its extraordinary collection of posters and documents on the theme of magic. Acquired recently thanks to La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, the Allan Slaight Collection is the only one of its magnitude in Canada; it comprises 600 posters and more than 1,000 documents and rare books. The collection was named in honour of the Canadian businessman and magic enthusiast Allan Slaight.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition, a 248-page linen hardcover book about magic features some 230 colour reproductions of posters from the Allan Slaight Collection and includes essays by experts.

More information at: http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/magic/


CfP: The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring, 1880-1930

Article proposals are invited for a special issue of Early Popular Visual Culture on The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring, 1880-1930, edited by Joseph Culpepper (Concordia University) and Matthew Solomon (University of Michigan).


Conf: Authentic Artifice, 18-22 May 2017, Montréal, Canada

The Center of Intermedial Research in Arts, Literatures and Technologies (CRIalt) of Université de Montréal will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017. It will host of International Society for Intermedial Studies's (ISIS) 3rd International colloquium Authetic Artifice. Titled "Authentic Artifice", the conference will take place at the Université de Montréal, from May 18 to 20, followed by the conference of the research network "Les Arts Trompeurs" from May 20-22.


CfP: UpSideDown—Circus and Space

Proposals are now accepted for UpSideDown—Circus and Space, a conference which will take place in Münster, Germany from June 28–30, 2017.


CfP: GfF-Jahrestagung 2017 "Wirklichkeiten und Weltenbauen"

Die nächste Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung findet vom 20.-23.09.2017 an der Universität Wien statt. Proposals zum Tagungsthema "Wirklichkeiten und Weltenbauen" können bis 31. Januar 2017 eingereicht werden.

--- Deadline verlängert bis 28. Februar 2017 ---


Publication: Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity

The collection of essays Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity. A Global Nineteenth-Century Perspective, edited by Alberto Gabriele will be out soon.
Among many fascinating articles, it contains my text on the "Sawing a Woman in Half".

From the publisher's website:
This book maps out the temporal and geographic coordinates of the trope of sensationalism in the long nineteenth century through a comparative approach. Not only juxtaposing different geographical areas (Europe, Asia and Oceania), this volume also disperses its history over a longue durée, allowing readers to perceive the hidden and often unacknowledged continuities throughout a period that is often reduced to the confines of the national disciplines of literature, art, and cultural studies. Providing a wide range of methodological approaches from the fields of literary studies, art history, sociology of literature, and visual culture, this collection offers indispensable examples of the relation between literature and several other media. Topics include the rhetorical tropes of popular culture, the material culture of clothing, the lived experience of performance as a sub-text of literature and painting, and the redefinition of spatiality and temporality in theory, art, and literature.

A free preview, table of contents and other information is available on the Palgrave website.


CfP: Gothic Traditions and Departures

Paper proposals are accepted for the 13th biennial conference of the International Gothic Association (IGA), which will take place from 18-21 July 2017 at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula, Mexico.