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Call for papers : Holy Crap! Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures (28–29 August 2014, Helsinki, Finland)

Holy Crap!

Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures

28–29 August 2014, Helsinki, Finland

2nd Call for Papers and Sessions

Holy Crap! is an international conference organised by the Finnish Youth Research Society and Network, focusing on the interrelations between popular culture, youth and the sacred. The conference aims at interrogating understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities.

The conference organisers are happy to note that Prof Matt Hills, Dr Clive March and Prof Carolyn Marvin have accepted the invitation to participate in the conference as keynote speakers.

The conference organisers invite proposals for either complete 90 minute sessions or individual 30 minute presentations. The general theme of the conference may be approached from within any discipline or methodology.

The proposals should be submitted via email, preferably as an attachment in doc/pdf/rtf format, to Antti-Ville Kärjä ( no later than 15 January 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Friday 31 January 2014.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s);
  • the title of the presentation/session;
  • an abstract of no more than 200 words for a 30 minute presentation or 500 words for a 90 minute session.

For the full version of the call and further information, please visit or contact Antti-Ville Kärjä (

Call for papers : Representations of Childhood in Comics

Representations of Childhood in Comics

Call for papers

Childhood is now widely recognized as a social construct (Fass, Jenks, Mintz). As the artifice behind the construction of childhood has been revealed, there has been a marked increase in the analysis of children and childhood in contemporary culture (Demarr and Bakermann, Edelman, Latham, McLennan, Renner, Stockton). Despite the increase in scholarly attention, depictions of childhood in comics and other forms of comic art are ripe for further study. The forthcoming issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, focusing on comics, picturebooks, and childhood, should provide interesting insights into these depictions. Yet there remains plenty of room for consideration regarding how different comics construct childhood. This is an especially interesting area of inquiry given the somewhat vexed association comic books have traditionally maintained with childhood. In an attempt to continue developing the scholarly focus on childhood, as well as comics, we seek proposals for  scholarly articles that analyze, explore and interrogate depictions of childhood in comics or comic art for inclusion in a book-length anthology.

Potential topics include:

  • What do comics teach us about current constructions of childhood?
  • How do comics resist or undermine contemporary constructions of childhood?
  • How can comics help us better understand the role of children in a given societal context?
  • How do comics shed light on the relationship between children andadults? Between adults and their own childhood?
  • How can depictions of childhood be understood as metaphors for specific cultural phenomena, values, disruptions or evolutions?
  • What anxieties regarding culture, politics, education, etc. do comics reveal?
  • How have ideas regarding childhood affected comics?

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a short CV to Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis at by January 1st, 2014 for consideration. Full papers will be due by June 1st, 2014.

CFP – International conference on The Cultural Politics of Memory





The politics of remembering and forgetting are important social and cultural issues. The authority, power and resources with which to create hegemonic versions of the past – to give authoritative accounts that are available in the public domain – are largely the property of institutions. Questions of power, voice, representation and identity are central to Cultural and Collective Memory.

This interdisciplinary conference will address how hegemonic narratives of the past are reproduced or challenged. It will examine the role of Cultural and Collective Memory in shaping meanings, values and identities. Papers are encouraged to address the relationship between past and present in Cultural and Collective Memory and how this relates to social power relations.

Papers are welcome in areas such as:

  • Cultural memory and the archive
  • Curating memory
  • Globalised memory
  • Marginalised histories
  • Memory and affect
  • Memory and anti-colonial struggle
  • Memory and class
  • Memory as gender/sexual politics
  • New technologies and memory
  • Public history
  • Racialised memory
  • Religion and cultural memory
  • Space, place and memory
  • Theoretical approaches to cultural and collective memory

Please send a 300 word extract and a short CV to:

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts: 31 January 2014

Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity, International conference, 18-19 December 2013

The Office of the Vice President
The Lester and Sally Entin School of Humanities
The Cohn Institute for the History of the Philosophy of Science and Ideas The Philosophy Department
The Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinemathèques
The English and American Studies Department


Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity

A two-day international conference

Day 1. December 18 2013 (Gilman room 496)

9:30-10:00 Registration

Section I. 10:00-11:00

Opening Remarks: Alberto Gabriele, English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University

James M. Brophy, University of Delaware and Berlin Academy, “Ironic Sensationalism: Popular Print Culture and Modern Political Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Germany”

Lee Michael-Berger, Tel Aviv University, “Hilarious Homicides: Humorous Representations of Murder in Comical Periodicals, Music Hall and Theatrical Comedies and Burlesques, London 1880-1914”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Section II. 11:30:13:00 Panel Chair: Jane Katz, School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University

Efraim Sicher, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “Dicken’s Waste Land: London as the Capital of Modernity”

Hélène Valance, Paris, “Recreative Destruction: the Spectacle of the Burning City at the Turn of the 20th Century”

Gregory Shaya, The College of Wooster, “Mayhem and Modernity: Violent Sensationalism in the French Mass Press of the Late Nineteenth Century”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Section III. 14:30-16:00 Panel Chair: Lee Michael Berger, School of Historical Analysis, TAU

Mary Ellen Kappler, University of Toronto, “Sensationalism and Fin de Siècle Documentary Realism”

Efrat Pashut, Tel Aviv University, « Urban Perils and the Sensational Bicycle: Textual and Visual Narratives in Cycling, 1892-96 »

Stefanie Lethbridge, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, “The Horror of Clothing and the Clothing of Horror: Material and Meaning in the Gothic and Sensation Novels of the Long Nineteenth Century”

Section IV. 16:00-17:00 Panel Chair: Barbara Hochman, Foreign Literature and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University

Amy Garnai, Tel Aviv University and Kibbutzim College, “From Revolutionary Comedy to Melodrama: Thomas Holcroft’s The Road to Ruin in the Long Nineteenth Century”

Nicholas Daly, University College Dublin, « Melodrama, Modernity, and the Transatlantic Stage »

Conference Dinner in Jaffa and guided tour

Day 2. December 19, 2013 (Gilman room 133)

Section V. 10:00-12:00

Panel Chairs:
Ruth Amossy, French, and Analysis of Discourse, Argumentation and Rhetoric, TAU; Elana Gomel, English and American Studies, TAU

Presentation of the International Research Association for the Study of Popular Literature and Media Culture, Prof Jacques Migozzi, executive president

Jacques Migozzi, University of Limoges, “From Zigomar to Fantômas : Two Geniuses of Crime, Two Yymbols of the Sensationalist Charms of Transmedial Popular Fiction in the Belle Époque Period”

Federico Pagello, Queen’s University Belfast, “Visual Narratives before Cinema: The Wordless Comics of the 1880s”

Annemone Ligensa, University of Cologne, “Shocking Pleasures: Sensationalism in Germany and Britain around 1900”

Katharina Rein, Humboldt University, Berlin, “Burned Alive and Sawed in Half! Sensationalist Magic Tricks in the early 20th Century”

12:00-1:30 lunch break

Section VI 1:30-3:00 Panel Chair: Sonia Weiner, English and American Studies, TAU

Geertjan de Vugt – Tilburg University, the Netherlands, “Baudelaire’s Spheroid: on the Politics of Harmony”

James Glisson, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, “William James’s Theory of Art”

Katherine Boyce-Jacino, Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University “To the Planetarium”: Astronomical Spectacle in the Modern City”

3:00-3:30 coffee break

Section VII. 3:30-5:00 Panel Chair: Efraim Sicher, Foreign Literature and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Eli Friedlander, Philosophy, TAU, « Sense, Sensibility and the Sensational in Benjamin’s Reading of Baudelaire »

Anat Messing Marcus, Cohn Institute, TAU, “Spatiality and Temporality in Benjamin and Adorno”

Ester Coen, Art History, Universitá dell’Aquila, “Urban Metaphysics: the Immaterial Objectivity in De Chrico’s Squares”

Conference Dinner in Tel Aviv and guided tour

Day 3. December 20, 2013

Closing Event: 10 p.m. Tel Aviv Cinemathèque

Screening of Amerikanka [The Jobbing Press] (76’) Dir.: Leonard Esakya. Screenplay: Viktor Shklovsky with Giorgi Mdivani and Giorgi Sturua, 1930.

The Cultures of Popular Culture, Queen's University Belfast, 13-14 December 2013

The Cultures of Popular Culture
Queen’s University Belfast
13-14 December 2013

Popular Culture has long been absent from the syllabus, eschewed by researchers and viewed condescendingly sometimes even by its most adept practitioners. It has come a long way to become the thriving academic discipline it is today. Just as the term Popular Culture describes the widest range of practices, Popular Culture Studies cover the most heterogeneous objects. While this very diversity makes it exciting as a research field, it presents a challenge in terms of methods and approaches. To promote scientific exchanges at international level, Popular Culture Studies need elements of comparability and theorization. The biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy, hosted by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, intends to offer a forum for discussion between academics, teaching and researching in the fields of Popular Cultures. It will consider the benefits of studying Popular Cultures in Modern Languages Studies and seek to map current areas of research. It presents a distinctive opportunity to discuss corpora and contrast approaches.

The forthcoming biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies, on ‘The Cultures of Popular Culture’, to be hosted by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast on 13-14 December 2013.

The conference is organised by a committee at Queen’s University Belfast made up of Dr Tori Holmes (Spanish & Portuguese Studies), Dr Dominique Jeannerod (French Studies) and Dr Federico Pagello (Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities).

Plus d’informations :



9:00 – 10:00 Registration, Welcome addresses, Information on the conference (Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), Screen 1)

Professor Janice Carruthers (Queen’s University Belfast) – Head of the School of Modern Languages
Professor Maeve Conrick (University College Dublin) – Chair, Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies

10:00-11:30: Session 1

Panel 1: Mass fictions: From literary to audiovisual narrative (QFT Screen 1)

Chair: Michael Pierse (QUB/ICRH)

  • Markus Schleich (Saarland University) – « The Dickensean Aspect » – From highbrow literature to popular TV series and back
  • Meltem Erincmen Kanoglu (Yeditepe University) – The role of Roman feuilletons on modernisation in the Constitutional Period: Study of three novels by Ahmed Midhat Efendi
  • Daniel de Zubía Fernández (NUI Maynooth) – Trash and change: Pre 1975 popular cinema

Panel 2: Crime fiction

(Creative Arts Seminar Room, ground floor, 21 University Square)

Chair: Dominique Jeannerod (QUB)

  • Casey Shoop (University of Oregon) – Broken border and moving crime scene: Reading Don Winslow after Cormac McCarthy
  • Kate Quinn (NUI Galway) – 1973 as crime scene in Chilean detective fiction
  • Andrea Hynynen (University of Turku) – Queer, gender and crime fiction in French studies: A hazardous scientific endeavour

11:30- 11:45 Coffee/Tea (QFT Screen 1)

11:45-13:00 Keynote: Professor Diana Holmes (University of Leeds) – The Way We Read Now: Popular and Middlebrow Fiction in Twenty-First Century Europe (QFT Screen 1)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (QFT Foyer)

14:00-15:45: Session 2

Panel 3: Symbolic distinctions

(University Square 11/101) Chair: Véronique Altglas (QUB)

  • Barry Nevin (NUI Galway) « Coming Soon: Arizona Jim vs. Cagoulard »: The appropriation of American popular culture by French Popular Front artists in Jean Renoir’s Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936)
  • Mary Harrod (King’s College, London) – Blind spots and double standards: Anomalies in the politics of cinephilic film taste in France
  • Sylvain Aquatias (Limoges University) – When popular cultures are not so popular… The example of comics art in France
  • Oliver Peterson (Southampton University) – The world of Null-A and the long front of culture: How the Independent Group was shaped by A.E. Van Vogt’s science fiction evocation of Non-Aristotelian General Semantics

Panel 4: Gender, Sexuality and the body in popular culture

(University Square 12/101)
Chair: Nigel Harkness (QUB)

  • Jean McArdle (Waterford IT) – Muscular capitalism: The re-creation of sporting identity and the shifting social paradigm of masculinity within mediated Irish Sports
  • Ranthild Salzer (Vienna University) – Popular culture, normative masculinities and the graphic narrative
  • Feryade Tokan (Yeditepe University, Istanbul) – The impact of social gender on the recognition of a homosexual celebrity in a consumer society: Viva Diva
  • Mariana Moscoso (University of California, Davis) – An(other) Marisa Merz: Problematizing the « feminized » artworks and spaces of Marisa Merz

Panel 5: Shaping identities

(University Square 10/101)

Chair: TBC

  • João de Oliveira (Paris 3 University) Popular culture in Brazil: From marginalization and repression to identity paradigm
  • Amy Fuller (Nottingham Trent University) – La Llorona and Día de los Muertos: Festivals, folklore and national identity in Mexico
  • Catherine Arthur (QUB) – Painting the past: Street art, the Geração Foun and visually representing notions of ‘East Timorese-ness’
  • Zoé Carle (Paris 3 University) – The slogans of the Egyptian revolution: Renewing the popular epic

15:45-16:15 Coffee/Tea (University Square 7/101)

16:15-17:45: Session 3

Panel 6: Otherness and difference

(University Square 11/101)

Chair: Margaret Topping (QUB)

  • Rebecca Ewart (QUB) – Translating Polynesia today: The persistence of the paradis terrestre in French travel literature
  • Burçin Çakir (Bahçeşehir University) – Foes or friends? Discourse analysis on popular images of anti-Americanism in Turkish media
  • Katerina Lawless (University of Limerick) – Constructing the ‘Other’: Construction of Russian identity in the discourse of James Bond films

Panel 7: Memory, emotion and ethics

(University Square 12/101)

Chair: Roberta Quance (QUB)

  • Erica Haas (Schiller University of Jena) – From Escape to Jersey to Dangerous Waters: The exploration of the German occupation of the Channel Islands via popular literature
  • Yianna Liatsos (University of Limerick) – Regarding the pain of others: Emplotment and the ethics of the cancer story
  • Niamh Cullen (University College Dublin) – The languages of love in late twentieth-century Italian popular culture

Panel 8: The quest for Readability

(University Square 10/101)

Chair: TBC

  • Robin Fuller (Trinity College, Dublin) – Writing in the language of reality – Franz Roh, Moholy-Nagy and the universal language of photography
  • Patricia Gwozdz (Potsdam University) – Science celebrities as icons of knowledge gossip
  • Benjamin Schaper (Oxford University) – The quest for the middle ground in German literature since 1990

18:00- 19:00 Reception (Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, 18 University Square)

19:30 Conference Dinner (Deane’s at Queen’s)


9:00-10:45: Session 4

Panel 9: People’s cultures and social engineering

(QFT Screen 2)

Chair: Aaron Hunter (QUB)

  • Colleen Becker (University of London – School of Advanced Study) – Kunst fürs Volk: Genre painting as mass culture in nineteenth-century Germany
  • Duccio Colombo (University of Palermo) – Nikolai Shpanov and the evolution of Stalinist spy thriller
  • Kálai Sándor (University of Debrecen) – Perspectives on the research of Eastern European popular culture

Panel 10: Film, media and broadcasting cultures

(QFT Seminar Room) Chair: Tori Holmes (QUB)

  • Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds) – Popular film culture in 21st-century Brazil
  • Rayya Roumanos (University of Lyon) – Redefining Middle Eastern popular culture through television shows
  • Kader Tugla (Yeditepe University) – The decline of one synthesis and the rise of another: Arabesque music and national broadcasting policy in Turkey
  • Sharon Black (QUB) – Media convergence and the young viewer: A transmedial approach to audiovisual and digital translation for children

10:45-11:00 Coffee/Tea (QFT Screen 1)

11:00-12:30, Session 5

Panel 11: Stage arts and the popular

(QFT Screen 1) Chair: TBC

  • Michael Meere (King’s College London) – The stakes of popular theatre in late renaissance France
  • Paul Murphy (QUB) – Class disparity and popular culture – A winning formula
  • Julián Rodríguez-Pardo (University of Extremadura) – Names with underlying moral patterns – The case of Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Panel 12: Arenas

(QFT Seminar Room)
Chair: Gabriel Sánchez (QUB)

  • Mark McKinty (QUB) – To the bullring! The role of popular culture and figures in the birth of the modern bullfight
  • Katrine Helene Andersen (University of Copenhagen) – A revolt of the masses: Culture, democracy and modernity in early 20th-century Spain, from bullfighting to soccer games
  • Ana Peláez (Boston College, Madrid) Re-visiting the stereotypes: Bullfighting in a Spanish cultural studies classroom

12:30-13:15 Lunch(QFT Foyer)

13:15-15:00 Keynote: Professor Andrea Noble (Durham University) – Killing and Crying: The Work of the Emotion in Nineteenth Century Mexican Popular Culture (QFT Screen 1)

15:00-16:00 Close and refreshments (Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, 18 University Square)