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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Brown French Studies Graduate Conference – Intermediality

April 8-9, 2016
Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Keynote: Morgane Cadieu
Assistant Professor of French, Yale University
Intermediality refers to the many ways in which different media may
encounter each other and interact with one another. This notion applies to a wide
variety of works of art; metalinguistic and descriptive texts; works whose structure
borrows from other forms of media; and the elaboration of or the rupture with a
specific artistic tradition; or even mere allusions to other works. These
characteristics may all contribute to a reflection on the interconnections between
different forms of art, and the essential role that these relationships play in the
production and the reception of these works.
From the ancient rhetorical tradition of ekphrasis famously illustrated by
Homer’s Iliad and its description of Achilles’s shield, to the contemporary utilization
of computer software in order to mechanically generate meaningful texts; from the
attempts of nineteenth century literary critics to create a hierarchy of the arts, to the
joint development of new art forms and techniques through an artistic movement
such as hip hop, intermediality emerges as a key concept that brings together
different art form in all of their diversity and complexity.
This Equinoxes conference aims to generate discussion about various art
forms — literature, cinema, music, the visual arts, the performing arts, etc. —
throughout the history of France and Francophone countries. We encourage
proposals from a variety of disciplines (French & Francophone Studies, Comparative
Literature, History, Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies, Art History, Media & Cultural
Studies, etc.). Potential avenues of exploration may include, but are not limited to:
metaphor or visual effects in texts
illustrated books
art criticism
intermedial inspiration or mimetism
intermedial references, allusions
connections between art, philosophy, etc.
transpositions of art techniques
artistic movements
artists’ correspondence
artistic collaborations, artists’ friendships
contemporaneous artists
transcultural influences
new media and their origins or relationship to other media
effects of a new medium on already existing art forms
Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit
an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts must be sent, as attachments, to before January 20, 2016. Emails should include
the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Presentations,
whether in English or in French, should not exceed 20 minutes.
8-9 Avril 2016
Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Conférencière d’honneur: Morgane Cadieu
Professeure assistante au Département d’Études françaises à Yale
L’intermédialité renvoie aux nombreuses façons que peuvent avoir des
médias distincts de se rencontrer et de s’affecter les uns les autres. Cette notion
recouvre une large variété d’oeuvres d’art, les textes descriptifs ou
métalinguistiques, les emprunts structurels à d’autres médias, la continuation ou la
rupture vis-à-vis d’une tradition artistique, ou même les simples allusions à d’autres
oeuvres. Ces caractéristiques peuvent toutes contribuer à une réflexion portant sur
l’aspect essentiel des connexions entre les arts quant à leur production et à leur
Depuis la tradition rhétorique antique de l’ekphrasis, célèbrement illustrée
dans l’Iliade d’Homère et sa description du bouclier d’Achille, jusqu’à l’utilisation
contemporaine de logiciels informatiques afin de générer mécaniquement des textes
porteurs de sens; depuis les tentatives des critiques d’art du dix-neuvième siècle de
hiérarchiser les arts, jusqu’au développement conjoint de nouvelles formes et
techniques artistiques à travers un mouvement d’art comme le hip-hop,
l’intermédialité apparaît comme un concept clef pour approcher les arts dans leur
diversité et leurs complexités.
Cette conférence Equinoxes voudrait susciter des discussions sur les arts – la
littérature, le cinéma, la musique, les arts visuels, les arts du spectacle – et leurs
interactions à travers l’histoire de la France et de la francophonie. Nous
encourageons les propositions de disciplines variées (Études françaises &
francophones, Littérature comparée, Histoire, Philosophie, Études postcoloniales,
Histoire de l’art, Études des médias & cultures, etc.). Les différentes pistes à suivre
incluent, entre autres, ce qui suit :
les métaphores ou effets visuels dans les textes
les livres illustrés
les critiques d’art
l’inspiration ou le mimétisme intermédial
les références ou les allusions intermédiales
la cynesthésie
les connexions entre arts, philosophie, etc.
les transpositions de techniques d’art
les adaptations
les mouvements artistiques
les correspondances d’artistes
les collaborations ou amitiés entre artistes
les artistes contemporains
les influences transculturelles
les nouveaux médias et leurs origines ou relations aux autres médias
les effets d’un nouveau médium sur les formes d’art déjà existantes
Les étudiants gradués qui souhaitent participer à la conférence doivent
soumettre un résumé de 250 mots au maximum. Les résumés doivent être envoyés
en pièce jointe à avant le 20 janvier 2016. Incluez
nom d’auteur, affiliation institutionnelle et contact dans votre email. Les exposés,
qu’ils soient en anglais ou en français, ne dépasseront pas 20 minutes.

Call for Papers: InVisible Culture, “Border Crossings”

“Border Crossings” – Issue 26

For its twenty-sixth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of border crossings.

In September 2015, a photograph shocked the world by showing the body of a small boy lying facedown on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey. Later identified as Aylan Kurdi from Syria, he and other members of his family perished in a failed attempt to flee to Canada. The image became the focal point of the on-going refugee struggles, confronting us with the power of images, their affective potential, and the politics of representation.

IVC Issue 26 seeks to examine how border crossings can challenge the stable, ontological distribution of power, capital, and resources along constructed lines of demarcation. In considering the crossing of a border, we must first understand what constitutes a border and how it performs in the visual field. Globalization tries to dissolve borders through the decentralization of power, yet at the same time, it immanently and symbolically re-inscribes national borders through the unequal distribution of capital. In thinking about contemporary art, art historian Pamela M. Lee’s Forgetting the Art World utilizes theoretical concepts taken from Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire, to critique globalization and its processes of cultural and social homogenization that “evacuate difference and distance”.

For Issue 26, we would like contributors to consider how border crossings can be a conceptual tool to understand acts of inclusion and exclusion of not just bodies and materials, but of ideologies and cultures. Against the backdrop of multiculturalism and neoliberal democracy, how do racial, class, and gender borders undermine the possibility of a unified political project? How do borders produce stateless subjects to perpetuate precarious conditions of labor? How can we think of borders as a form of infrastructural control and networked artificial intelligence? And if a visual object is a material manifestation of globalization, how does it negotiate borders through its circulation?

We welcome papers and artworks that further the various understandings ofborder crossings. Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

  • Modern and postmodern conceptions of space, borders, and liminality
  • Historical accounts of migration through visual culture (painting, photography, performance, film, etc.)
  • Currency of images
  • Critique of the so-called global turn in contemporary art
  • The ideological practice of framing
  • Border crossings as acts of negotiation and transgression
  • Border crossings as an erasure of the self and the other
  • Feminist and ecological critiques of nation-states
  • Precarious, immaterial, and cognitive labor and labor as information
  • Representations of systemic violence as it relates to border crossing
  • Critical practices of border crossings and antagonism towards borders
  • The bodily and material effects of immaterial borders

Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com by March 15, 2016. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Creative/Artistic Works
In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting work in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. For questions or more details concerning acceptable formats, go to or contact ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com.

Fall 2015 issue of Anamesa now available!

The fall 2015 issue of Draper’s peer-reviewed journal Anamesa is now available. You can pick up a copy at the Draper Program offices or check it out online! We are proud to note that as of fall 2014 Anamesa is being published on EBSCO.fall 15 cover


TMRW at 3PM | Jumpstart Your Winter Writing – Learn to make significant progress on your writing project

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[SUNTA] Anthropology Part-Time Research Position

Anthropology Part-Time Research Position

Tufts University professor seeks an Anthropology graduate student with ethnography experience to work part-time on an urban planning project in New York City from January 2016 to April 2016.

The project is sponsored by the NYC Department of Design & Construction and Tufts is working with them to study better ways that the physical environment can be designed to improve service to the public.  Please send a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for two references to Prof. Justin Hollander, Justin.hollander[at]