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Appel à contributions : Cultures populaires et politique / Politics and Popular Cultures (La Rochelle Université)

Colloque « Cultures populaires et politique », du 9 au 11 mars 2022 

 La Rochelle Université

Échéance des propositions : 1er octobre 2021

La première partie du colloque « Cultures populaires et politique », qui a eu lieu en décembre 2019 à La Rochelle Université, cherchait à révéler, à questionner et à étudier les liens entre la politique et les cultures populaires. Il apparaissait en effet intéressant d’interroger ce champ de recherches encore peu étudié en France, croisant deux sphères parfois contradictoires et conflictuelles. Cette manifestation a été l’occasion de la fondation de l’association « Popular Culture Association of France » (PCAoF) et de la création de la revue affiliée Mobilis in Mobile qui présentera les textes issus de ce premier colloque prochainement. 

Pour cause de grève, la conférence n’ayant pu accueillir tous les intervenants initialement prévus, nous vous proposons de prolonger les réflexions alors entamées avec un deuxième colloque reprenant la même thématique. Cet événement est prévu à La Rochelle Université du 9 au 11 mars 2022.  

Si les cultures populaires se sont depuis longtemps emparées du thème de la politique, déclinant de nombreux supports d’expression comme le dessin humoristique, la chanson et les récits fictionnels, qui constituent de véritables miroirs déformants aptes à questionner les modes de gouvernance et le rôle du champ politique dans ses interactions avec d’autres pouvoirs – économiques, militaires et, bien entendu médiatiques avec le développement de la presse -, l’inverse est aussi vrai depuis bien longtemps. Walter Benjamin met ainsi en relation la politique et la culture de masse dans son ouvrage L’œuvre d’art à l’époque de sa reproductibilité technique (1955). Il y souligne les risques de la médiatisation de la politique dans les dictatures, notamment le fascisme et le nazisme, à travers le culte de l’image et la propagande, favorisés par les nouveaux médias de l’époque. Guy Debord, en 1967, prolonge cette critique dans La Société du spectacle. La perte de l’aura, de l’authenticité y devient totale : tout est désormais spectacle dans la société des mass media. Dans L’Homme unidimensionnel (1964), Herbert Marcuse renforce ce constat pessimiste de manipulation des masses dans les sociétés modernes par le truchement des médias de masse. Aucun régime n’y échappe selon lui : ni capitalisme, ni communisme…

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Parution : Investigating Stranger Things. Upside Down in the World of Mainstream Cult Entertainment (dir. Tracey Mollet, Lindsey Scott)

Tracey Mollet, Lindsey Scott (eds.), Investigating Stranger Things. Upside Down in the World of Mainstream Cult Entertainment, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 

This edited collection explores the narrative, genre, nostalgia and fandoms of the phenomenally successful Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The book brings together scholars in the fields of media, humanities, communications and cultural studies to consider the various ways in which the Duffer Brothers’ show both challenges and confirms pre-conceived notions of cult media. Through its three sections on texts, contexts and receptions, the collection examines all aspects of the series’ presence in popular culture, engaging in debates surrounding cult horror, teen drama, fan practices, and contemporary anxieties in the era of Trump. Its chapters seek to address relatively neglected areas of scholarship in the realm of cult media, such as set design, fashion, and the immersive Secret Cinema Experience. These discussions also serve to demonstrate how cult texts are facilitated by the new age of television, where notions of medium specificity are fundamentally transformed and streaming platforms open up shows to extensive analysis in the now mainstream world of cult entertainment.

 

Parution : Women Who Kill. Gender and Sexuality in Film and Series of the Post-Feminist Era

Women Who Kill explores several lines of inquiry: the female murderer as a figure that destabilizes order; the tension between criminal and victim; the relationship between crime and expression (or the lack thereof); and the paradox whereby a crime can be both an act of destruction and a creative assertion of agency. In doing so, the contributors assess the influence of feminist, queer and gender studies on mainstream television and cinema, notably in the genres (film noir, horror, melodrama) that have received the most critical attention from this perspective. They also analyse the politics of representation by considering these works of fiction in their contexts and addressing some of the ambiguities raised by postfeminism.


The book is structured in three parts: Neo-femmes Fatales; Action Babes and Monstrous Women. Films and series examined include White Men Are Cracking Up (1994); Hit & Miss (2012); Gone Girl (2014); Terminator (1984); The Walking Dead (2010­); Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); Contagion (2011) and Ex Machina(2015) among others.

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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.

CFP: The Marginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture & Popularity, 8–9 November 2012 (ABSTRACTS: 1 June)

CFP

The Marginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture & Popularity

8–9 November 2012

(ABSTRACTS: 1 June)

8-9 November 2012, Senate House, University of London

Keynote speakers include: Professor Phillip Tew (Brunel University) and Professor Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam)

‘Texts are always sites of evaluative struggle between the “high” and the “low”, whatever the presumed hierarchical positioning of their overall domain.’ (Léon Hunt)

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 the mainstream culture and objects of mass appeal are so frequently marginalised by the academic community, as well as to offer some explanations for why this marginalisation might be.

We invite proposals for papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels from all disciples on themes that could include, but are not limited to, the following:

• The changing conceptualisation of canonicity;
• Genres, subgenres and the process of genre-fication;
• Queer fictions and alien concepts;
• ‘Low-’, ‘middle-’ and ‘high-brow’ texts;
• Critical acclaim vs. mass appeal;
• Cult classics and forgotten classics;
• Award winners, box-office smashes and bestsellers;
• Taking theory where it’s never gone before;
• Historiographies of gender, race and class.

It goes without saying that writers, texts or topics need not be canonical and we actively encourage papers discussing writers, texts and visual media from around the world.

Panels will consist of three 20-minute papers followed by discussion. A lunch will be included on the first day, followed by a closing wine reception at the end of the second, where we hope all delegates and attendees will have a chance to mingle.

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 (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Sam Goodman (University of Exeter) and Emma Grundy Haigh (Goldsmiths College, University of London) 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-2012/25…

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