Neuerscheinung: Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 5/2/14

in eigener Sache:

Die neue Ausgabe der Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (ZMK, 5/2/14), herausgegeben von Lorenz Engell und Bernhard Siegert, ist soeben erschienen. Neben anderen wunderbaren Texten findet sich in der Rubrik "Archiv" ein zum ersten Mal ins Deutsche übersetzter Artikel von Georges Méliès zu seinem Zaubertheater, das er zwischen 1888 und 1914 in Paris betrieb. Der Text erschien 1928 unter dem Titel "Le Théâtre Robert-Houdin (1845-1925)" in vier Teilen in der französischen Zauberzeitschrift Passez muscade. Journal des prestidigitateurs (amateurs et professionnels), in der ich ihn während meiner Recherchen in der Bibliothèque nationale de France gesichtet habe. Für die ZMK hat ihn Antonia von Schöning übersetzt, ich habe einen Kommentar dazu beigesteuert, der sich mit Méliès als Zauberkünstler und Zaubertheaterdirektor befasst.
Die ZMK kann beim Felix Meiner Verlag erworben werden.


CfP: Journal of Dracula Studies

The Journal of Dracula Studies invites manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following:
  • Bram Stoker
  • the novel Dracula
  • the historical Dracula
  • the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
Submissions must be received no later than May 1, 2015, in order to be considered for the 2015 issue.
Send electronic submissions to journalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu
Contact: Dr. Curt Herr or Dr. Anne DeLong


CfP: Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century

‘Neither moral philosophy nor poetry condescends
to the monstrous or the abnormal,’
Thomas De Quincey, 1848.

Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University, in association with Newcastle University and Northumbria University, supported by British Society for Literature and Science

CfP: Performing the Accidental Archive

Performing the Accidental Archive, the fourth annual York University Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Student Symposium, invites submissions for papers, installations, performances, manifestos, and workshops.

In recent years, much theatre and performance studies work has been devoted to investigating, critiquing, and expanding upon the embodiments, objects, places, and practices that comprise the archive. Performing the Accidental Archive is a call to further these discussions by imaginatively exploring the places, practices, objects, and events that are archival despite themselves and that point towards the unintended and incidental remains of our everyday lives and actions. The Oxford English Dictionary defines accidental as “not essential to the existence of a thing,” and as something relating to or occurring “by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly [...] or produced by accident.” “Accidental Archives” then refers to the non-essential, the contingent, the secondary, the subsidiary places, objects, and actions that are unintentionally archived, or that remain in different, transformed, and stubborn, immutable ways.

Please visit our website http://yutps.ca/ for a list of possible areas of inquiry.

Please respond to this call by submitting your 200-250 word abstract and a 100-word bio to yutpsgsa@gmail.com on or before January 10, 2015.

Given the nature of the topic, we strongly encourage submissions that step outside of paper-presentation norms in order to explore concepts of alternative archival practices in both content and form. Standard papers will still be accepted. Please clearly indicate whether you are proposing a paper presentation, performance, manifesto, or workshop, and make sure to include your technical requirements (within reason).

via Univ. of Pennsylvania, Department of English

CfP: The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film 2015

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global university partners, is proud to announce the European Conference on Media, Communication and Film (EuroMedia2015), to be held from July 13 to July 16, 2015, at the Thistle Hotel Brighton in the United Kingdom.

The abstract submission deadline is March 15, 2015

CfP: Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Call for abstracts for chapters to be included in an upcoming volume on Death in Medieval and Early Modern art, history, and culture.
For people of all classes in medieval and early modern Europe death was a constant, visible presence. It was part of everyday life and there were reminders everywhere of its inevitability: injury and accidents, illness and disease, public executions, and the tragedies of death in childbirth and infant mortality. Yet, the acknowledgement of the fact of death, despite its undeniable reality, did not necessarily amount to an acceptance of its finality. Whether they were commoners, clergy, aristocrats, or kings, the dead continued to function literally as integrated members of their communities long after they lay in their graves.
From stories of revenants bringing pleas from Purgatory to the living, to the practical uses of the charnel house; from the remains of the executed on public display, to the proclamation of an aristocratic dynasty’s authority over the living via its dead, we are looking for papers that discuss how communities dealt with their dead as continual, albeit non-living members. We are interested in interdisciplinary studies that illustrate unexpected situations and under-researched persons, periods, and events in art, literature, archaeology, and history. We are also interested in papers that argue against stereotypical or outdated presumptions about the relationships between the premodern dead and their fellow community members above ground. How do 21st century scholars deal with the medieval and early modern dead?
Papers are open to any discipline of the humanities and also to the disciplines of paleography and archaeology. Papers are also open medieval and early modern cultures outside Europe. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Thea Tomaini, University of Southern California at tmtomaini@gmail.com

via Univ. of Pennsylvania, Department of English

CfP: Being Non/Human: Bodily Borders

‘Being Non/Human’ is organising a conference for 2015 on the topic of ‘bodily borders’ and we invite any postgraduate or early career researcher interested in this theme to submit an abstract or propose a panel. Being Non/Human is an interdisciplinary group that engages with research on interactions between the human and nonhuman, providing a forum for graduate students and early career researchers to present current research. We hope this conference will offer a similar opportunity.
The conference will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at Queen Mary, University of London. It is organised by Sophia Wilson (King’s College London) and Lydia Zeldenrust (Queen Mary, University of London).