18.09.2014

in eigener Sache: Rezension Gestörter Film

In der aktuellen Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung (1/2014) ist eine schöne Rezension zu meinem Buch Gestörter Film. Wes Cravens A Nightmare on Elm Street (2012) von Tobias Haupts erschienen.

CfP: E-Gothic

This edited volume will explore and interrogate the Internet as a new, crucial medium for the culture of terror. The Internet is an anarchic zone in which new possibilities for the curation and performance of identity coincide with an advancing hyperconnectivity and the acceleration of informational transactions. In what ways, we are asking, has all of this been instrumental in the proliferation of an online Gothic culture? Despite the emancipating potential of web 2.0, new media platforms reiterate and redeploy essential Gothic states of uncertainty, disorientation and obscurity, generating equally new networks of unease. The apparently affirmative possibilities of the networked world – a heightened access to knowledge, the capacity to manufacture and control avatars of selfhood – also give way to fears about the extent to which the user not only navigates and manipulates the web, but is also caught up in its tissues, controlled by nets which are never fully knowable, the potentials of which can never be entirely transparent, or entirely predictable

CfP: The Gothic in Literature, Film and Culture

Proposals are invited for papers on the Gothic in literature, film and culture for the National Popular & American Culture Associations joint conference, to take place in New Orleansfrom April 1st to 4th 2015.

16.09.2014

CfP: The Treachery of Monstrosity

The organizers invite proposals for a session entitled "The Treachery of (Monstrous) Images: This is Not a Monster" at the conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP) 2015.

Rene Magritte’s famous 1928/9 painting “The Treachery of Images” challenges its experiencer. It depicts a pipe, yet it declares, “This is Not a Pipe.” Monstrous images can be similarly tricky and challenging, especially when the subjectivities of a community or culture are concerned. The experience of an encounter with the monstrous is often met with a series of questions about the validity of that experience; these questions stem from both the individual and his/her community. Such questions often challenge the authenticity of human perception, experience, and authority. A person might decide that something considered to be monstrous by others is not monstrous in his or her own sight. A community might decide that it sees one thing while others outside their community see something else.
MEARCSTAPA (monsters: the experimental association for the research of cryptozoology through scholarly theory and practical application) seeks papers that examine this difficult issue as it appears in literature, drama, art, history, and folklore. Specifically, when is the reader/audience/viewer/experiencer presented with monstrosity in a manner that seems straightforward, only to be told by others that there is no monstrosity there? When or how does a poet, artist, polemicist, folklorist, or dramatist depict monstrosity and then deny its presence? When or how does a society develop a denial of monstrosity that is clearly in its midst? When or how does an individual determine that, although others see monstrosity, he or she does not? How do such determinations, denials, and depictions reflect the larger relationship between human experience, bodies of authority, and occult belief systems?
Send abstracts of 250 words or less to Thea Cervone at tmcervone@gmail.com and Asa Mittman at asmittman@mail.csuchico.edu.


via Univ. of Pennsylvania, Department of English     

10.09.2014

5. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung "Fantastische Spiele"

Vom 11. bis 14. September 2014 findet die 5. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt statt. Sie widmet sich dem Thema "Fantastische Spiele. Imaginäre Spielwelten und ihre soziokulturelle Bedeutung / Fantastic Games. Ludic imaginary spaces and their socio-cultural impact".
Programm und weitere Informationen auf der Konferenzwebsite.

CfP: Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes

Proposals are invited for papers on the panel "Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes" at the PCA/ACA annual conference to take place in New Orleans, LA, from April 1 to 4, 2015
Submission deadline is November 1, 2014.

In a hyper-mediated global culture, disaster events reach us with great speed and digital detail, and we begin forming, interpreting, and historicizing catastrophes simultaneously with people worldwide. Are we inside the era of disasters or are we merely inundated by mediated accounts of events categorized as catastrophic? Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes offers a forum for this question and critical approaches surrounding the culture of disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and apocalypses in global art, literature, media, film, and popular culture. Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes will address broader disciplinary topics and intersections of humanities, musicology, social science, literature, film, visual art, psychology, game studies, material culture, media studies, and information technology.

09.09.2014

Workshop: Ästhetik des Tabuisierten in der Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte

Die Universität Paderborn lädt zum studentischen Workshop des Masterstudiengangs Komparatistik/Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft zum Thema "Ästhetik des Tabuisierten in der Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte", am 17 und 18. September 2014 ein.