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Call for papers: Fossilization and Evolution

The topic of this colloquium, “Fossilization and Evolution,” is broadly conceived to encourage contributions from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical perspectives. Contributions dealing with how F&E enter into the literary discourse, visual rhetoric, political, social and personal realms of nineteenth-century France are particularly welcome. All abstracts will be considered.
General Theme: Fossilization and Evolution (Stasis and Progress)

Fossilization and Evolution are two competing concepts that define and are defined by the nineteenth century. The work of Cuvier generalized the study of fossils in the early nineteenth century before Balzac examined the social fossils of the Restoration. In linguistics as well, the scientific words fossilisation and fossiliser appear in 1832 followed by the expression moeurs fossilisées by 1845. Fossils of the ancien régime appear in literature throughout the nineteenth century while debris from the past fills up antiquary shops and novels. Ironically, the discovery of the cro magnon fossils in 1868 contributed to the popularity of an evolutionary model of human and social development. From Darwin’s naturalist theory to Taine’s and Comte’s sociological applications to Zola and Maupassant’s fiction, evolution came to mark scientific and artistic thought, particularly in the late nineteenth century.

Fossilization implies digging up the past, organizing the past and the present into static categories. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

* Caricature
* Classification
* Collectors
* Types and Social Strata (Aristocracy, Bourgeoisie, Ouvrier, Femme et homme comme il faut, Commerçant, Forçat, Parisian, Provincial, etc.)
* Moeurs fossilisées
* Historical models (Pre-History, Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, etc.)
* Literary –isms
* Dead languages
* Petrification
* Phrenology
* Idées reçues
* Underground (Subterranean, Subtextual, Subconscious)
* Legitimism
* Historical Novel
* Theater
* Fashion
* Le Démodé
* Species
* Archeology
* Cuvier, Balzac, Daumier, Mérimée, etc.
* Lavater
* Classicism

Evolution implies a biological progression as well as social, political, moral, linguistic and economic transformation. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

* Change
* Movement
* Le Progrès
* Positivism
* Futurism
* Social mobility
* Revolution
* Utopianism
* Socialism
* Sociology
* Darwin, Taine, Comte, Zola, Verne, Maupassant, etc.
* Fashion
* Republicanism
* Science
* Slang
* Dynamism
* Impressionism


Submissions for individual papers or sessions (for session proposals, each participant should submit their own abstract to be evaluated separately) may be in French or English and should be in the form of an abstract (250-300 words) sent as an e-mail attachment in Word® (.doc or .rtf preferred). The deadline for all submissions is 15 March 2009. Please indicate your A/V requirements on your abstract.

Colloquium Email: NCFS@byu.edu
Colloquium Organizers: Corry Cropper and Daryl Lee
The Colloquium will be held 22-24 Oct., 2009 in Salt Lake City


Call for papers: Studies in Visual Culture

2009 Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Annual Conference
April 8 – 11, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association will hold their joint annual conference at the New Orleans Marriott between April 8-11, 2009. The conference serves as an important site of creative, intellectual, and cultural exchange and encourages a wide variety of participants to stimulate dialogue across a variety of disciplines. The Visual Culture strand of the PCA/ACA Conference is an important element of the conference and encourages presentations in traditional, non-traditional, and emerging areas of study. We are currently seeking proposals for sessions and individual presentations that engage with issues, ideas, and practices related to all areas of visual culture, including but not limited to: Traditions and conventions associated with visual culture Studio art practices and/or theories Image theory Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and intermedia projects
Architecture; Art history and theory; Photography; Journalism and photojournalism (television and print media); Film and cinematic culture; Public art (graffiti, murals, public commissions and installations);
New media and computer-based issues in visual culture; Advertising; Graphic design; Design history and theory; Visual culture and everydayness; Comparative studies and multiculturalism in visual culture(s); Subversion and visual culture; Modes of “reading” and experiencing the visual; Verbal, visual, and performative relationships; Ideologies and the visual; Iconographic studies; Post-9/11 issues in visual culture; Aesthetics; Alternative media.
Please submit via e-mail a 250-word abstract for your proposed presentation or session no later than November 30, 2008, to Royce W. Smith, Visual Culture Chair for the Popular Culture Association. Please do not hesitate to e-mail any questions you might have regarding this exciting opportunity.

Call for papers: Representing Political Figures in Mass Media (XVIIIth – XXIst century)

Culturhisto 2009: International Doctoral Candidates Conference on Cultural History

Wednesday, May 13th 2009
University Library Auditorium,

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Only doctoral and post doctoral candidate’s papers will be considered for this conference. Confirmed researchers will be invited to attend the event and comment on the work of presenting doctoral candidates. The conference will foster collegial relations among young scholars internationally as well as connect them with more established mentors.

Political figures are the source of a complex imaginary that fascinates both media and public. Consider how contemporary electoral campaigns, TV clip, presidential speeches, political biographies, election posters function today. This is not a new phenomenon: political communication and the development of public personalities are familiar political practices. « Peopolisation » -or how political figures have become celebrities- is a new and rapidly developing area of study that has drawn the attentions of cultural historians and political observers. Studies in political representation increasingly consider the significance of longer time-frames, the impact of evolving media practices, and benefit from international and comparative perspectives.

Representing Political Figures in Mass Media conference operates within the field of international cultural history and invites reflection on the images (still and animated) and discourses of power. We invite researchers who work on the representations of individuals in power in European and American countries to investigate how the modalities of the mass media are used to popularize politics and how these in turn inform the construction of political memory and/or national identity. Proposals should address the media representations of political figures (be they a local personality or a prominent national politician) from 1776 to the present. Primary focus will be European and American democracies.
The conference will focus on the conditions involved in the processes of creation, production and reception of the media products. This observation will enable us to get a clearer view on the degree to which politicians are responsible for their image in the media.

The following aspects should be considered:

The politician’s language and non verbal communication, attitude, clothing’s social codes, etc.: the researcher will need to explain the symbols used by the politician and his references (intertextuality)

The situations selected for representation, the actions and ideas at the core of the discourse, the kind of role he projects to the outside world (the role of an actor or an observer, of a leader or a coordinator), and the closeness the politician intends to have with its audience (the degree to which he wants to be a father, a friend, a colleague, a professor and the affective levels implied in each degree).

The reference to functions aside from the political: does he present himself as an athlete, a family man, a seducer, a businessman, an intellectual, a peace, ecology or social activist, etc.

The setting and staging will be considered as important actors in the message too.

No media will be excluded from the conference, as long as they contribute to ex

plaining the cultural meaning behind the representations of figures of power. Fictions and information will be considered equally, and diversity of sources will be appreciated. Studies on television, radio, press (main and specialised, newspapers, magazines, online), photography, books, posters, online material will all be accepted.

An international comparative approach will be greatly appreciated, but is not a requirement. Although the conference will ultimately aim at defining a comparative international field of research, the committee believes this can also be achieved by a cross-comparison of national cases. To make its cultural history approach complete, the conference will take into consideration the circulation of images and cultural transfers. The main purpose of the conference will be to better appreciate how the popular outlook on the politician has transformed during the past two centuries.

These are the main directions of the conference sessions: The relation of the politician to public opinion ; «Peopolisation »: the confusion between private and public life, between the worlds of politics and celebrities ; Biographies and autobiographies ; · Practices and rituals ; · Posterity

Any student enrolled in a Ph.D. or post doctoral program in History, Political Science, Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Literature and Civilisation and related disciplines at the time of the conference is eligible. Students enrolled at universities outside of France are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Representing Political Figures in Mass Media conference aims at providing researchers on the media treatment of politics with a space for discussion.

Presentations can be delivered in English or in French. Participants are asked to turn in a 1500 word abstract (in English or in French, or both) before March 31st, 2009. This conference will result in a publication.

Paper proposals submission: 300 words text (in French or in English) with a clear title should be send before December 31st 2008 to Sophie Kienlen. We kindly request candidates to include the following information: status and current functions, field of study, thesis subject, doctoral/post-doctoral year, the name of your tutor, university (with address), laboratory and doctoral school. Scientific committee’s answer: February 15th 2009

Scientific committee: Christian Delporte, Jean-Yves Mollier, Caroline Moine, Jean-Claude Yon and Jacques Pothier, John Dean (Versailles St Quentin University, FRANCE), Pascal Ory (Paris 1 Sorbonne University, FRANCE), Jean-François Sirinelli (Sciences Po Paris, FRANCE), Jean-Marie Charon, Jacques Revel and François Weil (EHESS, FRANCE), Matthias Steinle (Paris 3 New Sorbonne University, FRANCE), Annie Duprat (CNRS-LCP, FRANCE), Marie Anne Matard-Bonucci (Grenoble 2 University, FRANCE), Hilary Footitt (University of Reading, UK), Marilisa Merolla (University-“La Sapienza”, ITALY), Juan Antonio García Galindo (Malaga University, SPAIN), Jérôme Bourdon (Tel-Aviv University, ISRAEL), Zdravka Konstantinova (Sofia University, BULGARIA), Maria Nesterova (Saint-Petersburg State University for Cinema and Television, RUSSIA), Vanessa R. Schwartz (University of Southern California, USA), Bertram M. Gordon (Mills College, USA), Jeremy D. Popkin (University of Kentucky, USA), Michael Spingler (Clark University, USA), Philip Whalen (Coastal Carolina University, USA), Edward Berenson and Martin Schain (New York University, USA)

Organisation committee: Sophie Kienlen, Klervi Le Collen, Géraldine Poels and Sylvain Lesage (Doctoral Candidate, Versailles Saint Quentin University, FRANCE), Anne-Laure Anizan (Research Fellow, Centre for History, Sciences Po Paris, FRANCE), Dries Vrijders (Doctoral Candidate, Ghent University, BELGIUM), Mark Braude (Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California, USA), Matthew Watkins (New York University, USA)

For additional information visit the conference website

Call for papers: Mediating Ethnic Identity in the Americas: Ethnic Filmmaking and Film Politics in Globalizing Markets

As part of the year-long research group entitled “E Pluribus Unum?: Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas,” this conference aims to analyze the multivalent roles of media in the construction of ethnic identities in the Americas. We will explore how cultural production, as it moves across borders, continually reshapes ethnicity in the public imaginary. Moreover we will address the complexities surrounding ethnic self-representations and regimes of representation in the context of mass media. For this interdisciplinary conference, we invite scholars, film and video makers and producers, representatives of festival circuits and government institutions, as well as cultural policy makers and television producers to examine formations of ethnic identities in the media.

The following topics are especially welcome: • Appropriation of modes of production and self-representation • Uses of media as strategies of cultural resistance • Conflicting ethnicities: Media as a resource of identity politics • Signifying practices: Aesthetics and performativity in the field of identity politics • Impact of cultural politics and financing on the construction of ethnic identity and self-representation • The role of cultural festivals in the construction and dissemination of ethnic identities • Cultural industries and discourses on ethnic identities
Conference languages are English and Spanish. Travel and accommodation costs may be covered depending on the success of a funding application – we will inform participants about this closer to the date of the conference.

Organizers: JProf. Dr. Sebastian Thies and Dr. Libia Villazana
Abstracts: Please send abstracts (between 150 and 250 words) in English or Spanish for 20-minute papers by December 31, 2009 to: Trixi.Valentin@uni-bielefeld.de

Your abstracts should include:
A. Your name, contact details and institutional affiliation;
B. Title and topic of presentation;
C. Three to five key words, which will help the reviewers classify your proposal;
D. Technical requirements for presentation.
Notification of acceptance will be sent out in January 2009.

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Call for publications: Special Issue of American Literary Realism: “Realism and Periodicals.”

Submissions are invited on the topic “Realism and Periodicals,” for
inclusion in an upcoming special issue of the journal American Literary
Realism. In recent years the scholarly community has paid an increasing
amount of attention to the ways in which newspapers, magazines, story
papers, and other serial publications not only have functioned as
remunerative outlets for authors’ literary work and effective disseminators
of literary texts but have also played a major role in the careers of many
authors, helped influence the development of certain genres, served as
important sites of reader-text interactions, and performed important
cultural work. This special issue is intended to showcase the latest
scholarship in periodical studies as it relates to American literary
realism from approximately 1860 to 1940. Submissions using a wide range of
approaches are welcomed, as are those on lesser-investigated authors,
editors, texts, and periodicals. Two copies of essays of no more than 25
double-spaced pages (including documentation following Chicago Manual of
Style) should be sent by 15 April 2009 to:

Inquiries: Charles Johanningsmeier
English Department
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0175

Le Libertaire, n. 2, September 7, 1909.

Can’t stop thinking about this image while reading the news. America’s bail-out and vote…