Tous les articles par Marie Lucie Bougon

Appel à communications : Space and Time in Literature and Arts 

Du 14 au 16 juin 2024, Université de Bucarest (Roumanie)

Clôture de l’appel : 01 avril 2024

The subject matter of inexhaustible debates and, most importantly, disputes between philosophers and scholars  from diverse backgrounds, space and time have been perceived, despite their infinite or limited dimension, as  inextricably connected categories underlying the existence of matter and various processes unfolding in the  universe, on the one hand, and the human existence in all its aspects, on the other. Whether normatively or  symbolically represented by disciplines such as physics and mathematics or employed as (visual) narrative  modes by literature and the arts, space and time have been scrutinized not only as conventional abstractions,  but also as concepts that can be expanded or reconfigured. From Einstein’s theory of relativity, which stands  solid proof of the latter perspective, to Paul Ricoeur’s view of the narrative set in a temporal frame, it has  become evident today that both categories can no longer be interpreted separately, a perspective also endorsed  by Mikhail Bakhtin’s “chronotope”, a concept referring to both spatial and temporal relationships that are  expressed in literature. 

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Appel à communications : The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture

International Conference

17-18 August 2024 – London/Online

organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

The twentieth-century literature and culture tended to explore and to celebrate subjectivity. But this tendency did not mean the turn to the self, but beyond the self, or as Charles Taylor puts it, “to a fragmentation of experience which calls our ordinary notions of identity into question”. 

In his attempts to define the uncanny Freud asserted that it is undoubtedly related to what is frightening – to what arouses dread and horror. It may be something domestic but at the same time unfriendly, dangerous, something that sets the sense of insecurity within the four walls of one’s house. “Persons, things, sense-impressions, experiences and situations which are known and long familiar arouse in us the feeling of danger, fear and even horror. Everyday objects may suddenly lose their familiar side, and become messengers”.

The uncanny suggests an unsettling of the feeling of comfort and reassurance in one’s home, but also in oneself. Architecture takes the place of psychology (Kreilkamp). The perturbed relationship between the characters and their familiar world, the troubled sense of home and self-certainty is a result of a traumatic experience of loss.

In the new literary and artistic discourse authors tend to depict the new human being, “psychologically deep and multi-layered, fragmentary, floating on sensation and consciousness, fed by their random thoughts and their half-conscious dream worlds” (Bradbury). The new style relies on fragments, breaks, ellipses and disrupted linearity of the narration. It serves to convey the idea of the fractured character of modern time and fragmentariness and allusiveness of subconscious thought. As “an externalization of consciousness”, the uncanny becomes a meta-concept for modernity with its disintegration of time, space and self.

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Séminaire LPCM – Séance 3, jeudi 11 janvier 2023, 17h-19h : “Prospective et science-fiction : enjeux méthodologiques ” (Pôle de Saint-Cloud / En ligne)

Le séminaire de recherche mensuel de la LPCM, “Dans l’atelier des chercheur·se·s en littératures populaires et culture médiatique”, vise à favoriser les rencontres et les échanges entre les chercheur·se·s qui se spécialisent dans l’analyse des cultures populaires et médiatiques, quel que soit leur ancrage disciplinaire (littérature, sciences de l’information et de la communication, sociologie, histoire, économie, musicologie, humanités numériques…) et leur objet d’étude (littérature, bande dessinée, littérature jeunesse, cinéma, séries télévisées, productions transmédiatiques, musique, jeux vidéo, jeux, figurines, images…).

Séance 3 : Prospective et science-fiction : enjeux méthodologiques

Sur place : Pôle Métiers du Livre de Saint-Cloud, 11. avenue Pozzo di Borgo, salle de réunion, 2e étage.

 À distance :  en ligne sur Teams

Lien de connexion : pour obtenir le lien de la réunion et suivre à distance cet événement, merci de bien vouloir écrire à l’équipe organisatrice via l’adresse mail de contact :

Interventions :

  • Philippe Ethuin (INSPE Amiens) : Le téléphone dans les fictions prospectives parues dans la presse française (1876-1895)
  • Sarah Mallah (Université Gustave Eiffel) : Produire l’intérêt héroïque en littérature de science-fiction

Modératrice : Valérie Stiénon (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord)

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Appel à communications : Framing the Unreal

Framing the Unreal
Exploring Graphic/Visual Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, ITALY – 13-15 November 2024

An international conference organized by the Laboratorio per lo Studio letterario del fumetto at Ca’ Foscari University and the International Comparative Literature Association Standing Research Committee on Comics Studies & Graphic Narrative.

Andrew Milner, in Locating Science Fiction, argued that “the category SF applies […] across a whole range of forms, from the novel and short story to pulp fiction and the comic book, from radio serial and television series to drama and film, from examinable set text to rock album”. One might legitimately add video games, toys, and role-playing games to this list, so that we may envision a multi-media continuum through which the SF imagination spread all over the world. Fantasy seems to be endowed with a similar power to infiltrate (one might even say “invade”) many different media. Moreover, the interaction and hybridization of SF and F has proved to be an increasingly relevant trend, that has produced remarkable comics asking for academic attention in a framework that is aware of the whole SF context and the studies devoted to the fantastic in general.

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Appel à contributions : Batman… Also Starring

Échéance des propositions : 1er décembre 2023
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The editor of Batman… Also Starring is seeking abstracts for essays that could be included in the upcoming collection. Many academic texts focus on Batman as a cultural figure in comics as well as in films, television programs, and video games. However, like all great superheroes, Batman is as much defined by his supporting cast as he is by his costume, abilities or origin. While there is no shortage of scholarship devoted to his most famous sidekicks — such as Nightwing, Batgirl or the many Robins — and his most popular villains — like Joker, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn — little critical attention has been paid to the majority of his cast. This collection is intended to close those gaps by investigating the cultural, sociological, philosophical, psychological, narratological, pedagogical, theological, or other areas of academic interest connected to the lesser-known members of Batman’s cast.

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Appel à contributions : Black Speculations / Black Futures

Échéance des propositions : 17 novembre 2023
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In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the blockbuster cinematic world of Wakanda, Black futures proliferate—hypervisible in sci-fi casting, in reading lists for liberal audiences, in political discourses of anti-racism and their backlash. But imagining Black futures is not, in fact, a new (pre)occupation in Black literature and expressive culture. World-building, utopic and prophetic aesthetic strategies, investments in speculative genres, and fantastic formulations of Black being abound in the history and present of African American literature. This guest-edited issue seeks to engage and trouble the contemporary boom in Black futures while also renarrating the archive of African American literary and cultural expression through its lens.

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Appel à contributions : Italian Dysphoric Speculative Science Fiction

Échéance : été 2023
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The editors of an in-process project on speculative fiction and Italian diaspora seek additional essays that address a general context of speculative fiction as it relates (or might relate) to how an “Italian” identity, broadly considered, operates globally and inclusively. Such an “Italian” identity could include persons of any race or gender or located in any world region. In this context, speculative fictions could be somewhat broader than “fantastika” (fantasy, horror, science fiction), also encompassing other forms such as mythology or alternative realities. We welcome essays on speculative fiction in any form or genre including film, comics, graphic narrative, television, and performance and from any critical perspective.

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Appel à contributions : Le tournant fongique

Échéance des propositions : 13 octobre 2023

Un corpus grandissant, comprenant fiction contemporaine, films, ainsi que des réseaux plus orientés vers les sphères politiques et pratiques, tels que formés par des collectifs dédiés à la publication de zines, l’organisation de conférences ou l’écriture, se saisit de discours portant sur le fait fongique, afin de penser les limites poreuses et perméables des corps, de reconsidérer notre relation à l’espace, au temps, à la mort et à la décomposition, et de concevoir de nouvelles méthodes de perception, d’existence et de résistance au pouvoir. L’aspect peut-être le plus attrayant de cette nouvelle forme de coexistence spatiale, où politique, ontologies et savoirs se trouvent placés en état d’intersection, tient à la position liminaire de l’organisme fongique : ni pleinement animal, ni végétal, mais lié à chacun biologiquement et évolutionnairement parlant. Ce paradigme, structurellement marqué par la bifurcation et l’ambivalence propres aux enchevêtrements fongiques, évoque et implique une gamme de relations désarçonnantes et symbiotiques, dans lesquelles un environnement objectifié, se rapportant à un Anthropos tout-puissant, cède la place à un devenir intra-actif (tel que proposé par Karen Barad). En effet, ce que les réseaux de filaments mycéliaux proposent, ce sont des organismes relationnels fructifères, mais, plus important encore, ce qu’ils soulignent, c’est la possibilité d’une résilience informée par relationnalité, qui réfute les corrélations linéaires de simple causalité.

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Appel à contributions : The Ecogothic as a Catalyst of Climate Energy: The Impact of Monstrosity

Échéance des propositions : 1er décembre 2023

Organisation :
Imelda Martín Junquera (ULE) GIECO-Franklin/UAH
Miriam López Santos (ULE) GEHUMECO

Ecogothic appeared for the first time in 2013 with the publication of the homonymous volume edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes. The introduction points out that their volume is “the first to explore the Gothic theories of ecocriticism” (1). In this collection, ecogothic appears as a new mode, a theoretical approach which can be used to analyze written and visual texts. The different chapters focus on classic gothic texts such as Ann Radcliffe’s or Matthew Lewis’ but also contemporary ones like Margaret Atwood’s The MaddAdam Trilogy. This is because they trace the origins of ecologically concerned Gothic to Romanticism, thus rejecting its appearance due to the current environmental climate emergency.

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Appel à communications : Myths and Fairy Tales

Du 21 au 24 février 2024, Albuquerque (USA)

Echéance des propositions : 31 octobre 2023

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 45th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.

All scholars working in the areas of myth and/or fairy tales are invited to submit paper or panel proposals for the upcoming SWPACA Conference. Panels are now forming on topics related to all aspects of myths and fairy tales and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales; one or the other is perfectly fine. Presentations considering both genres are of course welcome and can stimulate interesting discussions. Proposals for forming your own Myth or Fairy Talefocused panel especially panels focused on one particular myth/tale are encouraged.

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