Saturday, November 3, 2012

PhD/MA in English and Film Studies, University of Alberta

PhD/MA in English and Film Studies

University of Alberta
Application deadline: January 7, 2013

The Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for its MA and PhD graduate programs. We are a large and diverse department, with internationally-recognized strengths in many fields, including Canadian Literature, Cultural Studies, 17th, 18th, and 19th century English literature, American Studies, and modernism. We encourage innovative, interdisciplinary research, and we have a vibrant intellectual climate. Please check our department website ( and the graduate section ( for a sense of the exciting work going on among our faculty, graduate students, and visitors.

We host a large number of visiting speakers each year, who help make this an exciting place to study. Recent visitors have included Patricia Yaeger, Zacharias Kunuk, Judith Halberstam, Rosemary Hennessy, Lauren Berlant, Claire Colebrook, Ann Cvetkovich, Timothy Brennan, Pheng Cheah, Srinivas Aravamudan, Alberto Toscano, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, and many, many more. Each year we invite established and emerging scholars to present in our "New Directions in Culture, Politics and Theory" ( series. The Canadian Literature Center ( "brings together researchers, authors, publishers, collectors and the reading public to promote the strength and diversity of Canada's written culture," and the WRITE program holds dozens of readings each year as well as hosting the oldest Writer in Residence program ( in Canada. We are thrilled to have Marina Endicott as Writer in Residence this year.  Students in the graduate program also have the opportunity to participate in Banff Research in Culture (BRiC:, a residency program designed for junior scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. Past BRiC faculty include Lauren Berlant, Bruno Bosteels, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, Catherine Malabou, Michael Hardt, and Pierre Huyghe.

There are great advantages to studying at the U of A. We offer all incoming PhD students a four year package of funding, with minimum annual guarantees of $28,000 for PhD students and $18,000 for MA students. We also have very high success rates for SSHRC and other major scholarship competitions: currently about half of our PhD students hold a major external award, including two Trudeau scholars and a Vanier scholar. We support student travel for research and conferences, and we have innovative program structures that allow students to pursue exciting and original research.  We have an active and very supportive Graduate Students of English Collective and a department culture that values graduate student participation. Our department is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate programs in English in Canada. Our most recent unit review coined our new slogan: "this is where you come if you want to do innovative work."

Edmonton is a dynamic and growing city of more than 1 million people with a rich cultural community. With over 30 different festivals throughout the year—including its acclaimed Folk Fest and Fringe Festival—it has certainly earned its name of "Festival City." Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta's own colours. Edmonton is home to over 20 theatre companies, and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta (  
The neighbourhood closest to the U of A is Old Strathcona, a bustling area with a thriving Farmer's Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night. A plethora of parks appeal to the outdoor-lovers of any group and in the beautiful prairie summer months, they are the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy the long evenings. The Alberta Legislature, the capital of the province, impresses with its manicured gardens and wading pool for cooling off in the summertime. The Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Banff are short drives away and excellent places to visit throughout the year.

The application deadline for this year is January 7th, 2013. You can find application information and our "tips" for applying on the website here: Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about graduate study in English and Film Studies at the U of A.

Corrinne Harol, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies.

Celebrity Couples Conference: registration deadline November 9th

Registration is open for the CELEBRITY COUPLES CONFERENCE at the University of Southampton, UK, Saturday 24 November 2012.

Registration deadline is November 9.

This is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the cultural politics of celebrity coupledom and relationships.

The papers cover a wide range of topics from early Hollywood film stars, to sport stars, celebrity chefs and the world of politics and include studies of pre-twentieth century couples up to the present day.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Sarah Churchwell (UEA) 'Careless People: The Invention of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald'
Professor Diane Negra (UCD) 'The Making, Unmaking and Re-Making of Stew-Patz'
Professor Linda Ruth Williams (Southampton) 'Mr and Mrs Jane Fonda: Aging stardom and celebrity-by-marriage.'

To register, and for all details, including the full programme, please visit the website:

Fees: Full-time - £40 PG students/Non-salaried - £25

CFP: Sports-Media-Military Nexus


"Sports - Media - Military Nexus," Teaching Media 1(2): 2012.

Teaching Media is dedicated to promoting a collaborative exchange and dialogue between media studies scholars about contemporary approaches to teaching and critically engaging with multi-modal media.

Call for Proposals:
Since September 11, 2001 sports has become increasingly "complicit" in an increasing militarization of U.S. society and popular culture. Butterworth and Moskal (2009), for example, argue that American identity is constituted in and by a culture of militarism, "wherein Americans are implicated in a structural relationship between government, the military, and entertainment industries to the extent that it has become functionally impossible to live outside the rhetorical production of war" (p. 413). The "seizing" of the NFL, Major League Baseball, or NASCAR by the military can be witnessed frequently through the spreading of militaristic messages from sponsors, advertisers, and broadcasters who appear eager to use these sporting events to garner support for war, especially during a time of great unpopularity among the American public, and to reassert national identity through excessive displays of patriotism.

Teaching Media seeks teaching materials and models for understanding the relations between sports, media, and the military. Approaches to teaching the sports-media-military nexus can include, but are not limited to:
  • the role of the media in mediating militaristic sporting events
  • the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality and the military-sport-media nexus
  • the links between the (in)visibility of women and queer subjects in mediated sports to the military as a traditionally hetero-patriarchal institution
  • socio-political issues raised concerning the militarization and securitization of the 2012 London Olympics
  • the entanglements between the neoliberal state and the military-sports-media nexus
  • the effects of globalization on professional sports and the military

Teaching Media seeks 250-word summaries of teaching materials and models from a variety of pedagogical perspectives. The summary should include your general framework, a list of teaching materials and/or assignments in the unit, and a short explanation of why your approach is innovative. Please email all submissions, either as a word or PDF document, to The Teaching Media editorial board will choose three summaries and ask the submitters to expand upon their abstract as part of a curated space on our site. Those not chosen are encouraged to submit their materials to our common space.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday November 18, 2012

As we hope for continuing discussions and exchange as well as contributions to Teaching Media we encourage you to visit our website at


Call for Proposals


April, 2013

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

DEADLINE for Proposals:  January 11, 2013

Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).


This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.


Submissions incorporating genres that do not typically receive sustained attention in mainstream scholarly spaces are encouraged.  These include but are not limited to the following:


·         comix, anime, motion comics

·         films, movies, videos, television shows (including reality TV, animated TV)

·         advertising, newspapers, magazines

·         comic cons, dragon cons, geek cons, movie cons, cosplay, cult fandom, the “geek syndrome”

·         visual arts, painting, photography, deviantART, alternative and alternate art forms

·         poetry, expressive arts, popular fiction, imagetext, fanfic, slash, alternative and alternate forms of literacies

·         material culture, multimedia, social media, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

·         websites, blogs, memes, zines

·         games, gaming, toys, action figures

This event is meant not only to meet unmet needs in scholarly spaces and beyond but also to address these vital areas/concerns:


1.      Popular culture studies and literature do not pay consistent or adequate attention to disability; when this attention is paid, it is often via “special issues” of journals, etc. 

2.      Further, “Popular culture is…the discursive terrain on which larger social issues are played out, often unobtrusively and masked as entertainment–and this is precisely why pop culture needs to be examined even more closely...” (Nayar, 2011, p. 172). 

3.      Popular culture studies and literature continue to have a mixed reception within certain mainstream academic spaces.  Because popular culture is still sometimes not taken seriously within some of these spaces (even among some disability studies scholars and practitioners), its status remains, for some, “discounted” (at times, popular culture studies may even be perceived as “deviant”).  Consequently, this symposium’s organizers aim to:

a.       critique what is often described as “deviant”

b.      question and disrupt what “counts” as academic, mainstream, and normative

4.      The symposium organizers seek to create opportunities for all participants—particularly students and any emerging scholars—to share their work, and to make any information provided or presented accessible and usable.  We all benefit from discussing and learning about disability and popular culture in ways that include and welcome everyone’s participation. The symposium organizers and the proposal review committee strongly support the notion that “academics have a responsibility to make their work relevant for the society they exist within” (Jurgenson, 2012), and this of course includes making disability studies relevant and accessible to the disability community (Ne’eman, 2012).

5.      The symposium will be consistent with values that underscore the disability rights movement: we seek to make collective investments in disability pride, identity, and cultures.  In “cripping” the status quo, we assert, purposefully, “Nothing about us without us.”

Submission Guidelines and Instructions


Proposal types and formats may include, among others:

1.      Individual presentation

2.      Panel presentation

3.      Discussion/workshop/roundtable

4.      Performance/video/film/art entry

5.      Poster session

Please note that other forms of proposals are fully welcomed, and the above list is not exhaustive.  If you have something particular in mind, please explain the details and parameters of what you imagine, via your proposal submission(s). You are also welcomed and encouraged to submit more than one proposal.


If your submission is a performance/video/film/art entry, you are responsible for securing permissions and rights for public viewing.  Videos and films should be open captioned and descriptions of any artwork will be required.



Each proposal must include:

1.      Name

2.      Affiliation (if applicable)

3.      Contact information (including email and phone/voice phone)

a.       if there is more than one presenter, please indicate the main contact and lead presenter (if these are two different individuals, please indicate this information)

4.      Title of presentation/activity/etc. (15 words or less)

5.      Short description (50 words or less)

6.      Full description (1000 words or less)

How to submit your proposal(s) -- please choose one of the following options:

1.      Via email to  Submissions can be sent as an attachment (Word, Word Perfect, Text, Rich Text Format or PDF) or with text pasted/embedded in the body of your message.  Please put CRIPCON SUBMISSION in the subject line.

2.      Via Fax: 315-443-4338.  Please indicate CRIPCON SUBMISSION on Fax cover sheet.

3.      Via regular mail:

Fantastic! Heroic! Disabled?  Cripping the Con
c/o SU Disability Cultural Center
805 S Crouse Ave, 105 Hoople Bldg.
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280

Additional Information


Information and content produced as a result of this symposium will be published, with participant and presenter consent, via Beneath the SUrface (BtS), an open source digital repository on disability and popular culture to be launched at the conclusion of the symposium.  BtS will then become available to the academic community as well as to the general public, and will include an array of resources regarding disability and popular culture.


Each day of the symposium, there will be a designated time slot during which poster sessions will be offered concurrently with “open space.” 


Open space will be an opportunity for participants to create spontaneous and/or planned topical interactions with other participants—in other words, open space will be a venue for you to create your own symposium “sessions,” during specific times and in specific locations.


All confirmed participants (whether presenting or not) will receive information on:

1.      Completing registration

2.      Requesting disability accommodations

3.      Expressing dietary preferences (some but not all meals will be included)

All participants will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging and travel.

To keep informed, visit us online!


Websites: and


Twitter:  @cripcon






Bérubé, M. (1997, May 30).  The cultural representation of people with disabilities affects us all.  The Chronicle of Higher Education, B4-B5.


Jurgenson, N. (2012, May 11).  Making our ideas more accessible. Washington, DC: Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved September 19, 2012 from:


Nayar, P. K. (2011). Haunted knights in spandex: Self and othering in the superhero mythos. Mediterranean Journal of Humanities, 1/2, 171-183.


Ne’eman, A. (2012, May 14). Making Disability Studies accessible.  Washington, DC: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). Retrieved September 19, 2012 from


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Topology of Technology

The interdisciplinary graduate program "Topology of Technology" at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, announces up to 6 doctoral fellowships, starting April 1, 2013, and running for a maximum of 3 years. Furthermore the graduate program announces one postdoc fellowship (2 years) and 3 visiting fellowships (for a three-month period in 2013).

The program is organized by teachers from the subjects of history, sociology, philosophy, mechanical engineering, computer science, and the planning sciences. It focuses on the relationship between technology and space—at present, in history, and in a possible future. It has four thematic foci:

- The Persistence and Routinization of Daily Life in Technical Surroundings
- The Formation and Limitations of Action in Spatial-Technological Settings
- The Planning and Design of Technologies in Spatial Contexts
- The Modeling and Simulation of Spatial Relations by Technological Means

The program (GRK 1343) is primarily financed by the German Research Council (DFG); see
Monthly stipends range between 1,468 and 1,570 euros (parents receive additional child allowances). There are no tax reductions; however, fellows have to finance their own health insurance.

Applicants for the postdoc fellowship need to have a doctoral degree (or at least to have submitted their dissertation). Since course work and seminars are carried out in both German and English, it is expected that applicants are able to read and understand German.

The visiting fellowships are offered to graduate candidates or recent PhDs interested in intensifying their own work on the relationship between technology and space during a three-month stay in Darmstadt. Applicants are asked to indicate in what way they expect to profit from intensified contacts with our graduate program.

Fellows are expected to work together in our common office downtown Darmstadt and thus need to take up their residence in the city or the vicinity.

Applications are only accepted in electronic form. They should include (1) a CV, (2) copies of academic diplomas (containing details of language skills), (3) a short description (max. 5 pages) of the planned doctoral dissertation or postdoc project, as well as (4) the names and addresses of two university professors who are willing to act as reference persons (please merge the documents into one single file, max. 6 MB in PDF format). Please send your application no later than

December 7, 2012

to Please make sure that it includes a personally formulated explanation why you are particularly interested in the topic of the program and to which thematic focus your research will, in the first instance, contribute. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the directors: Petra Gehring ( or Mikael Hård (

More information about the research and teaching program of the post-graduate college / graduate school may be found under

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CFP: Picturing the Popular

Call for Papers

7th Annual Critical Studies Graduate Student Conference

"Picturing the Popular"

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Submission Deadline: Monday, January 14, 2013


The graduate students of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts seek presentations from fellow graduate students that examine the relationships and tensions between popular culture and academia.  


In engaging with popular objects, scholars, critics, and consumers must all negotiate the potential discontinuities between popularity and cultural or artistic merit.  "Picturing the Popular" turns critical inquiry back onto the scholar to explore how our own intellectual and pedagogical praxes impact, and are impacted by, the study of popular culture.    


This conference poses two sets of questions.  One: what does academic scrutiny and critical inquiry reveal about our criteria for defining and evaluating popular culture?  Does academic attention always recognize the depth and cultural significance of a work, or is there a risk of artificially inflating the importance of a work that is otherwise unremarkable?  How does academic thinking define our understandings of what is popular or unpopular?


Two: How is our very understanding of the popular informed by the functions of academia?  To what extent is academic inquiry determined by popular trends, accessibility of media objects, accepted wisdoms, and academia's own tastes and biases?  How does the specialized set of intellectual parameters employed by academics impact our professionalization?


We welcome papers, creative projects, and other non-traditional presentations exploring the roles that popular, mainstream, or hegemonic media (and their opposites) play in our scholarship and our classrooms.  Presentations may address popular culture in connection to the widest possible range of social, cultural, political, and economic phenomena.  Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:


       fandom and user-generated media

       star studies

       genre studies

       industry research

       issues of taste, value, quality


       popular or "accepted" histories, identities, political narratives

       populism and social movements

       popularity across national boundaries, issues of translation, adaptation

       alternatives to mainstream popularity (avant-garde/art cinema, trash cinema)

       "disreputable" media, such as reality television or pornography

       "aca-blogging" and other forms of popular culture production by academics

       academic practice, pedagogy, professionalization


Please submit your proposals to Lorien R. Hunter ( and Mike Dillon ( by Monday, January 14, 2013.  Submissions should include a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio.  Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Croatia and Latvia to become epSOS Participating Nations

At the last PSB meeting in September the proposals from Latvia and Croatia and its beneficiaries to enter the project as Participating Nations (PN) in epSOS were accepted. Formal stepsfor the accession of the new beneficiaries can now be initiated.


CFP - WCCA'2013 - Projections

CFP - WCCA'2013 - Projections


The final deadline for the submission of abstracts for the VI World Congress on Communication and Arts - WCCA'2013 - is October 31, 2012. 
Submission is via the Congress website:


For more information, see

Deakin University's School of Communication and Creative Arts is pleased to host WCCA'2013, the IV World Congress on Communication and Arts.  The theme of this congress is Projections.


Important dates for paper program:

Abstract Submission:


October 31, 2012


Notification of acceptance:


November 05, 2012


Camera-ready Manuscripts due and Payment of Proceedings Fee:


November 30, 2013




April 04-07, 2013



Projections Exhibition

In addition to the formal Congress program, Deakin University will be hosting an art exhibition based around the Projections theme.  Submissions for this curated exhibition are sought from artists from a wide range of creative practice, including but not limited to: film, photography, sculpture, performance, digital media and visual art.  Artwork submissions should be sent to

Important dates for exhibition program:

Proposal Submission:


November 30, 2012


Notification of acceptance:


December 14, 2012




April 04-07, 2013



This is a call for papers for the academic journal ARCHITECTURE MEDIA POLITICS SOCIETY.
We are looking for papers for forthcoming editions that are open in theme to the areas covered by the journal's title.

The aim is that articles be centered on architecture but relate it to one or other of the general themes .

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): architecture, urbanism, regeneration, heritage, cultural and political identity, socio-cultural symbolism, mediated representation and environments.

Papers may be historical or contemporary in their perspective and, although by no means a requirement, may project their arguments towards future developments.

Papers about US and UK architecture and its relationship with the politics of those two countries are particularly sought.

The journal publishes monthly. Please feel free to submit abstracts, works in progress or completed texts for consideration.

Forthcoming editions will also include interviews with leading world figures in architectural practice, theory and history.

Smart tisuues - MRI-LINAC FORGES ahead

MRI offers unrivalled soft-tissue contrast for real-time tumour tracking during radiotherapy, and several groups worldwide are developing systems to provide MR guidance during treatment.


Sign the Declaration in support of the Connecting Europe Facility

Do you want faster & better broadband connections in Europe? If you do, please sign the Declaration!


Monday, October 29, 2012

EU – US Summit on Exchange of Best Practices on Child Protection Online