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Captivity and Culpability: The Disciplining Subject in the Literary and Cultural Imagination

Captivity and Culpability: The Disciplining Subject in the Literary and Cultural Imagination

14 December 2012, 10:00 – 15 December 2012 18:00

Organised by: Human Rights Consortium
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Venue: The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details: South Block of Senate House, Ground Floor

Description

Societies often have ambiguous and even conflicting attitudes towards state institutions that fulfil normalising, reformatory, punitive or disciplinary functions. This unease is frequently represented in an ambivalence or a hostility not only towards those disciplined or incarcerated but also, and perhaps paradoxically, towards the agents of those institutions, e.g. state incarcerators, the police, interrogators, soldiers, counterterrorist agents, or staff in mental hospitals. These figures tend to be conceptualised and represented in simplistic and often reductively negative terms. This demonisation reflects an unease towards institutions that are understood to be at once socially and politically necessary and saturated with threatening potential.

Connected to this is a complex social attitude towards state violence. At the same time as societies sanction it, figures such as executioners, torturers, and concentration camp guards are frequently despised. For this reason, while severe state violence is sometimes deemed to have situational or conditional necessity, expedience, or legitimacy, it often must also seek to conceal or disguise its own extreme nature as violence. Much as those perpetrating acts of state-sanctioned violence are disavowed, the violence itself is also surrounded by an apparent uncomfortable double standard.

This conference aims to interrogate literary, filmic, popular cultural and artistic representations of the agents of those institutions, specifically in terms of guilt and culpability. Why, for example, can we observe a tendency to hold at a cautious distance the disciplining subject whilst accepting (or even celebrating) the institutions they represent as socially and politically necessary? Why, when the actions of such agents become extreme, transgressive or criminal, is there a tendency to pathologise such actions in terms of individual perversity – as the actions of ‘bad apples’ – and thereby transfer culpability from the institution to the individual subject, rather than explaining such actions in systemic, structural or institutional terms?

Please see the Call for Papers

The conference is organised by Alex Adams (Newcastle University) and Cornelia Wächter (University of Paderborn, Bielefeld University) in cooperation with the Institute of English Studies (University of London) and the Human Rights Consortium (University of London). Please email 200-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to a.t.adams@newcastle.ac.uk and cornelia.waechter@uni-paderborn.de by Sunday, 19th August 2012.

Call for papers – The Marginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture & Popularity

The Marginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture & Popularity

08 November 2012 – 09 November 2012

Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Venue: Institute of English Studies
Venue Details: Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Description

Keynote Speakers include: Professor Phillip Tew (Brunel University), Professor James Chapman (University of Leicester), Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam)

The Marginalised Mainstream seeks to discuss the growing interest in and importance of mainstream culture and the popular as ways of engaging with cultural products of the late nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries, the long twentieth century, 1880–2010. Specifically, we seek to bring together postgraduate students, early career academics and established researchers working in the fields of Literature, Cultural Studies and elsewhere in the Humanities, to explore why mainstream culture and objects of mass appeal are so frequently marginalised by the academic community.

CLICK HERE FOR CALL FOR PAPERS.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words are invited by 1 June 2012 . They must include:

  • 350-word abstract, including title,
  • your name,
  • affiliation,
  • contact information,
  • a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests,
  • any technical support that might be needed

Please email submissions, in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, to organisers Brittain Bright, Sam Goodman and Emma Grundy Haigh at marginalisedmainstream@gmail.com . Acceptances will be sent out by no later than 16 July 2012.

Conference website: http://marginalisedmainstream.wordpress.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marginalised-Mainstream-Conference-2012/259522867458369

Please note: we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Journée d’étude : « La culture du fan. Vers une nouvelle sociologie des publics? »

Journée d’étude

27 avril 2012, à partir de 9h

LA CULTURE DU FAN.

VERS UNE NOUVELLE SOCIOLOGIE DES PUBLICS ?

Maison de la Recherche

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

4 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

Avec le soutien de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord et de l’équipe d’accueil Communication, Information, Médias (CIM) de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

9h00Accueil des participants et introduction de la journée

Maxime Cervulle (Docteur, Paris 1, UMR Institut Acte), Nelly Quemener (Docteure, King’s College, Londres, CIM) et Florian Voros (Doctorant, EHESS, IRIS)

9h15Publics et dispositifs

Mélanie Bourdaa (MCF, Bordeaux 3, MICA) : Une typologie des activités de fans : entre médiation et création

Valérie Jeanne-Perrier (MCF, CELSA Paris-Sorbonne, GRIPIC) : Les processus de sémiotisation et d’éditorialisation des activités des fans sur les réseaux sociaux et les plateformes de partage

Fabrice Lyczba (Docteur, Paris-Est Créteil, CICLAHO) : Partying Like it’s 1927 : les publics de cinéma muet comme gamers


10h45Pause-café

11h00 Construction de soi et processus de légitimation

Clara Lévy (MCF, Université de Lorraine, 2L2S) : Avoir un livre de chevet : être « fan » d’un texte littéraire

Juliette Dalbavie (MCF, Lille 3, GERIiCo) : Être médiateur d’un mauvais objet de culture : le cas des fans de Mylène Farmer

Anne-Sophie Béliard (Doctorante, Paris 3, CIM) : Quelle fanitude pour quelle « sériephilie » ? Enjeux de la qualification du fan dans le processus de reconnaissance des séries télévisées

12h30Pause-déjeuner

14h00Fandom, Cultural and Creative Industries

Devin Beauregard (Doctorant, University of Ottawa) : The Politicization of Fans and Fan Culture : Evidence from Fan Networks

Marsha Siefert (MCF, Central European University) : Piracy on the High C’s : Opera Fans, Recording Technology and the Artifacts of Live Performance

Luca Barra (Docteur, Università Cattolica, Milan) : Subbing, Talking Online, and Beyond. TV Fandom as a « distributor » and « translator » for US Contemporary Sitcoms

Bexy Cameron (MA, London South Bank University, Head of Creative Strategy, MySpace) : Manufacturing Fans & Teenage Brand Ambassadors

16h00Pause

16h30Fan Studies Reloaded

Matt Hills (MCF, Cardiff University) : The Uses of Acafandom ? Towards « Proper Distance » in Fan Studies

Éric Maigret (Prof., Paris 3, CIM) : The End of Fan Studies ?

18hConclusion de la journée

Philippe Le Guern (Prof., Université de Nantes, Centre Atlantique de Philosophie et CRAL-EHESS) : Retour sur la domination des passions dominées : archéologie d’une sociologie des fans

Comité d’organisation :

Maxime CERVULLE – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et UMR Institut Acte

Nelly QUEMENER – King’s College, Londres et CIM

Florian VOROS – EHESS Paris et IRIS


Hunger Games: le premier dossier critique (sur Popenstock)

Écrit au cœur de la « Grande Récession » économique, Hunger Games (2008) éveille dès son titre le spectre du traumatisme qui le fonde, la paupérisation, voire tiers-mondisation de la « terre de l´opulence », « the land of plenty ». Quatre ans après l´adaptation filmique s´inscrit toujours à l´ombre de cette angoisse, véritable retour du refoulé au sein du monde globalisé par l´hyperconsommation.

Recyclage (l´ère étant, de facto, dévolue aux remakes et aux réécritures) d´un topos convenu de la dystopie science-fictionnelle, celui de la chasse à l´homme télévisuelle la saga s´adresse à ce nouveau public adolescent déniché (et, pourrait-on dire, refondé) par Rowling dans sa reprise de la mythologie traditionnelle de la Fantasy et ensuite vampirisé par Stephenie Meyer. De même que celle-ci réinventait l´érotique vampirique pour les nouveaux teens des virginity balls, Collins reprend la tradition dystopique des chasses à l´homme médiatiques pour en faire… [lire la suite sur Popenstock]

CFP Motley 2012 Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture (1e avril 2012)

CFP

Motley 2012

Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture

“Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.”

–Margaret Atwood

The Students of English Studies Association (SESA) of California State University, Fresno, in collaboration with Rasquache, and the Chicano Writers and Artists Association (CWAA), announces its call for papers for the 2011-2012 publication of Motley.

We welcome papers related to the theme:

Diversity/Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture

In recent years, popular culture has come to be considered a valid and fruitful point of academic inquiry, helping to infuse more established disciplines, including English studies, with fresh life. Scholars have become increasingly aware of the broader implications of popular culture, which encompasses such diverse media as magazines, books, film, television, comic books/graphic novels, and internet content, for discourses mis/unrepresented or marginalized within the mainstream.

The mainstream, whatever ‘norms’ it actively portrays through popular culture, may perhaps be best described as an intricate matrix of discourses that corresponds to specific interests and that possesses varying types and amounts of sociopolitical agency. Some discourses are, for complex reasons, more socially influential or dominant than others and these discourses tend to govern culture as a whole from the vista of a certain ‘gaze’ that has more to do with the experience and values of that particular discourse community, and an attempt to preserve these values, than any effort toward true verisimilitude with the diverse experiences of individuals potentially outside or excluded from this governing group. We consciously and unconsciously function, as students, as scholars, as teachers, and as participants within this discourse, so that our writing and our self-expression is indefinitely engaged from a perspective that promises inclusion for all but often fails to recognize nuances in subjective experience along the lines of ethnic culture, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and language as relates to normalized popular narratives of belonging. So, what changes when such a gaze is shifted, when ownership and authority is (re)claimed by voices that have long been silenced or marginalized?

We invite academic papers and creative works on a variety of topics within this theme, including but not limited to:

*The role of popular media in the construction of cultures, identities, and place
*“Subversive” texts that generate space for previously silenced voices to speak
*Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of identity formation and social membership brought about by popular culture
*Analysis of popular or canon texts that speak to the marginalization or silencing of specific groups within literature.
*Responses/revisions to mis/representations of marginalized peoples in popular media texts (news, visual art/advertising, films/television, books, comics, etc.).
*Challenges we face in (re)defining academia and the literary canon and what methods we employ to subvert them
*Rhetorics used to challenge the dominant, interdependent gazes of pop culture and academia
*Ways in which the perspectives and/or presence of students from marginalized or underrepresented communities challenges and redefines academia.
*Our reflective processes in redirecting the gaze to consider ourselves as students and participants in a broader community of scholars
*Production and reproduction of cultural typing and stereotyping and implications thereof for mainstream culture
*How artistic expression can create a sense of belonging and validation for marginalized voices within the rigid and impenetrable, often markedly visual constructions of culture in art and media
*The complex intersections between our academic communities and popular culture, and how these elements work to (re)shape our pedagogies
*Pedagogies that reflect our perceived responsibilities to others largely underrepresented/misrepresented in pop culture and academia

We also welcome papers and creative works (creative writing, art/photography, video, short film) on relevant topics, not directly addressed above, that significantly engage disciplines other than English Studies and that have consequences for communities located outside of the academy.

Please e-mail submissions to motleyjournalcsuf@gmail.com by April 1st, 2012.

*Graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty, are encouraged to submit work to the journal.

Visit us at: http://motleyjournal.wordpress.com/

Pop en stock (revue en ligne)

Nouvelle revue numérique entièrement dévolue à l´observation en temps réel de la culture populaire contemporaine dans une perspective académique:

http://popenstock.ca/

Les collaborations sont encouragées, soit sous forme d´articles soumis à des dossiers déjà établis (ceux-ci restent perpétuellement ouverts à des nouveaux ajouts, contrairement aux numéros clos des revues traditionnelles), soit par la création de nouveaux dossiers (chaque responsable de dossier établit l´appel à contribution et assume le suivi des réceptions d´articles; dès qu´on a un nombre minimum de 3 articles on met le dossier en ligne) ou l´apport de nouveaux articles sans dossier préalable, soit tout simplement par la diffusion de cette  bonne nouvelle.

Contact:

Antonio Dominguez Leiva