Monthly Archives: December 2016

Call For Papers !!! InVisible Culture Issue 27: Speculative Visions



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

The last decade has seen a rise in popularity among science fiction, fantasy, and horror. These genres encourage the capacity to imagine post-human bodies, extraordinary worlds, techno-utopias, and claustrophobic spaces of violence. In their reliance upon the imagination, these speculative visions provide a space to consider contradictions and a carnivalesque interaction between popular culture and critical theory.

For Issue 27, we would like contributors to consider a range of questions produced by both historical and contemporary science fiction, fantasy, and horror across all visual media. How are objects transcribed and/or adapted from one medium to another? How do the limitations and possibilities of a medium structure works? How have these genres endured over time beyond their originary forms? How have technological advances altered the literalization of these imagined worlds? We welcome papers and artworks that further the various understandings of speculative visions.

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.rochester[at] by March 1, 2017. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Creative/Artistic Works
In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting works in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. Please submit creative or artistic works along with an artist statement of no more than two pages to  ivc.rochester[at] For questions or more details concerning  acceptable formats, go to or contact the same address.

InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book, exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). To submit a review proposal, go to or contact ivc.rochester[at]

The journal also invites submissions to its blog feature, which will accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue. For further details, please contact us at with the subject heading “blog submission.”

* InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

Call for Papers EXTENDED DEADLINE, DEC. 31 2016

At the Limit: Borders, Margins, and Walls


Sentiments in this period of fugue after the United States elected such a polarizing president have escalated to the point that many of us are feeling that we have reached our limit. As students we are thinking about borders at a time when they seem more intransigent than ever. Just as we are unavoidably concerned with the hard, absolute lines that have allowed such a demagogue to win the US election, so are we contemplating such critically divisive global events as the human cost of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, the limitations on migration implicit in Brexit, and the continual renegotiation of sovereignties in the South China Sea. Moments of crises such as these also open up a reconsideration of borders within the field of Cinema Studies. Be it the increasingly porous distinction between oft-separated notions of “cinema” and “media,” the consistent border-questions provoked in discussions of genre, or foundational distinctions to be made in film theory, now seems a time to pause and rethink established material and immaterial boundaries.

This year’s student conference works to magnify the border as a geopolitical, aesthetic, and theoretical site to resist impending policy that would disable movement across such borders. In this regard, we invite border-crossing papers and multimedia presentations that enable cultural and disciplinary exchange.

NYU Cinema Studies calls for submissions including, but not limited to, the following topics for our annual student conference taking place February 24-26, 2017; Keynote speaker to be determined.

Infrastructures of the border(scape): fences, walls, airports and seaports

Limited collections and archival borders

Limitations of the human and the body; sexuality and identity

Border films, cross-cultural filmmaking and visual culture

Boundaries of genre and mode

Contested or expanding sovereignties

Spatial limits, contingencies, bounded time

Liminal spaces and conditions, hybridity

Atopic or heterotopic places

Limit cases and scientific method

Interface as border, cross- and trans-media exchange

Translation across conceptual boundaries and theoretical particularities

Please send abstracts of approximately 350-words with 100-word bios to the conference committee at nyuborders2017[at] by 31 December 2016 (updated as of 12/20/2016). Please direct all questions/queries to nyuborders2017[at]

Call for Papers ! “Formalism and Its Discontents, An Interdisciplinary Conference”

Call for Papers: Formalism and Its Discontents, An Interdisciplinary Conference

Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, 23-24 February, 2017

With keynote presentations by:

Caroline Levine
Professor of English and David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities
Cornell University
Author of Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton University Press, 2015)


Seth Brodsky
Assistant Professor of Music and the Humanities
University of Chicago
Author of From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (University of California Press, forthcoming 2016)

This interdisciplinary conference proposes to consider approaches to form that emphasize its materiality, affective dimensions, and political effectivity, as well as considerations of new directions for the humanities and the social sciences in which these notions of form might be central. Questions to be contemplated include: Do approaches such as affect theory and surface reading imbricate art, music, and literature with the social and political realm, or do they divide them from it? Is there a cohesive new formalism, and what distinguishes that new formalism from previous formalisms? How might attention to form shift our understanding of the relationship between materiality and abstraction? Where does an attention to surface leave the position of art vis-à-vis world?

The Center for Cultural Analysis  invites paper proposals from across the humanities and the social sciences that consider, use, or critique:

— Form and formalism, as well as new formalism, formalisticism, and post-formalism
— The materiality of sound and art objects
— Affect theory, and the feeling of form
— Surface reading, and theories of the literal, the obvious, or the apparent
— Digital methods of interpretation, and modes of theorizing the digital humanities
— Formlessness, noise, and excess
— The historicity of form

Please submit abstracts of under 250 words as .pdf attachments prepared for anonymous review before December 21, 2016 to Jocelyn Rodal and Daniel Villegas Vélez at: formalism.conference[at]

Funding opportunity !

New York University’s Center for the United States & the Cold War announces the Agnese N. Haury Fellowship Program!

The Center for the United States and the Cold War at NYU’s Tamiment Library supports research on the Cold War, especially on the ways in which this ideological and geopolitical conflict with the Soviet Union affected American politics, culture, and society. They will be offering a dissertation fellowship, a post-doctoral fellowship, and several travel grants to scholars interested in using Tamiment’s holdings to further their research.

The fellowship program honors the late Agnese Nelms Haury, whose insightful generosity created and sustains the Center for the United States and the Cold War, whose purposes she believed in passionately.

Application materials are due by March 31, 2017. For more information about the fellowships and travel grants, including application instructions, visit the Cold War Center website

Call For Papers ! Brown French Studies Graduate Conference: Mémoire/Rupture

The annual graduate conference of the Brown University Department of French Studies will be held on April 21-22, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mémoire/Rupture”. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2017.
April 21-22, 2017 | Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Keynote: Odile Cazenave
Professor of French, Boston University

Memory is a deceptively simple concept, seemingly universal in its experiential familiarity,

yet handled in a diverse variety of ways by writers and theorists across literary,

philosophical, psychological, and historical fields. We are at once aware of memory’s

essential role in perception and identity, and of its glaring instabilities, gaps, and

(mis)appropriations—its often violent ruptures. Equinoxes 2017 aims to highlight and

explore the notion of memory as it plays out in French and Francophone contexts and

corresponding cultural productions.

From Lumières theories of selfhood as a continuity of consciousness, to more modern

questions of psychoanalysis, repression, and trauma theory, the modes and mechanisms

of remembering—or failing to remember—are critical to individual identity construction.

At the same time, memory is collective as well as individual: historical narratives, national

identities, and traditional cultural practices are all constitutive of, and predicated upon,

acts of remembrance (as well as national acts of conscious and unconscious forgetting).

How do personal and public memory intersect, and what is the interplay between their

respective lacunae? How can art and language recreate lived personal or historical

moments? How do commemoration, narration, and canonization affect the ways that we

remember, and the gaps in those memories? What is at stake in the interaction between

dominant and subaltern modes of memorialization? And how do public discourses of

memory appropriate and complicate individual relationships to events?

As an interdisciplinary conference, Equinoxes encourages submissions from a variety of

fields including but not limited to history, ethnography, anthropology, literature, media

studies, sociology, art history, and political science, provided that the presentation relate

to French or Francophone spheres.

Possible topics of discussion might include:

o Memoirs/autobiographies

o Childhood/childhood narratives

o Trauma

o Psychoanalysis/repression/the Unconscious

o Pathology: amnesia, Alzheimer’s, insanity, etc.

o National/historical Identities

o Postcolonial legacies

o Canonization

o (Film) Adaptation/retellings

o Lieux de mémoire

o Subject Formation

o Survivor Narratives

o Spectrality/ghosts/hauntology

o Nostalgia

o Denial/regret/remorse

o Reclamation

o Cultural inheritances/heritage

o Material history/relics/artifacts

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

brown.equinoxes[at] before January 15, 2017. Emails should include the

author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Presentations, whether

in English or in French, should not exceed 20 minutes.