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The Kardashians and Trans Femininity: Appropriation, Artificiality, and Racial Erasure”

Dossier for TSQ*Now

Edited by Dr. Laura Stamm (University of Pittsburgh)

 

With Keeping Up With the Kardashians ending after 19 seasons, it seems timely to reflect upon the ways in which the Kardashian aesthetic transformation has been influenced by (and appropriated) trans femininity. This dossier will ideally include both paranoid and reparative readings. For, as much as Kardashian femininity could not exist without trans femininity, perhaps there is a way in which the Kardashian women have also made trans femininity increasingly possible. What I mean is that the drag queen, trans feminine aesthetic that the Kardashian women have so spectacularly appropriated has also changed the way we conceive of cis femininity as tied to any sort of aesthetic of authenticity. Taken even further, could we create a genealogy of contemporary trans femininity through a reading of the Kardashians? How can we put questions of race at the center of this trans-femme-cis-femme circuit? 

 

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Critical race studies
  • Trans of color critique
  • TV studies
  • Drag culture
  • Body-as-technology critique
  • Personal narrative
  • Social media technology

 

I am seeking contributions for a dossier for TSQ*Now, an online forum on trans studies organized by the TSQ editorial collective. The forum allows scholars to respond to currents issues with more immediacy and flexibility than traditional academic publishing. I am interested in hearing from scholars of any rank, and I especially encourage trans scholars to submit.

 

Interested writers should submit a 150-200 word abstract and a brief bio with affiliation and contact information to laura.e.stamm@gmail.com by February 1st. I am also happy to answer any questions. 

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
 

Queer Emergencies

An online symposium organized in conjunction with the Toronto Queer Film Festival
April 24 & 25, 2021

 

Proposal deadline: Jan 5, 2021  Submit proposals here.

Everyone is welcome to apply. All participants will be paid.

Confirmed keynote speaker:  Dean Spade with more TBA

 

The Toronto Queer Film Festival is seeking proposals for a symposium on the theme of Queer Emergencies that aims to address queer, trans, and two-spirit experiences and challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

 

This is a landmark time for humanity. Homebound and with resources dwindling, many of us continue to create art and engage in solidarity practices from within our communities. Queer Emergencies celebrates the resilience, resistance and creativity of our community in its response to the intense pressures and transformations wrought by the global pandemic. It seeks to engage work that is vital in this moment, speaking to the unique challenges that precarious and marginalized queer and trans communities are facing today. 

We’ve noticed a prevailing capitalist logic to the disbursement of resources, while artists are incurring losses of incomes and/or assets due to the economic contraction caused by widespread social distancing measures. Current structuring of funds prioritizes the privileged among us, leaving most people who were already struggling with few to no resources. 

The Queer Emergencies 2021 Symposium asks the question: what are our current limitations and how can we work within them in creative ways?  What are the issues facing queer, trans and two-spirit communities in the current moment and how can we allow them to radicalize our collective future? 

As ever, TQFF’s mandate remains to decolonize queer and trans art and media histories and practices. This symposium seeks projects with a unique perspective who frame their work in a critical, anti-oppressive and future-bound model.

We are interested in papers, workshops, roundtables, readings, performances that critically engage and reckon with and through media and the arts.

 

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Queer and/or Indigenous histories of organizing and reisistence to public health crises

  • Anti-racism/decolonization in artistic practices and/or arts organizations

  • Unpacking inclusion & building social/class alliances and solidarity

  • Queer and/or Indigenous perspectives on climate emergency, both locally and beyond

  • Mutual aid & food justice

  • Solidarity & allyship both within the queer/trans/2S communities and beyond

  • Community resilience & self-care 

  • Envisioning the future of queer and trans resistance 

  • Queer and trans organizing and activism before, during and after COVID

  • Mental health and artistic production/practices during and after COVID

  • Queer/trans pandemic crip time: living and working with chronic illness and disability

  • Essential and abandoned: intersectional (anti-racism, decolonial, disability justice) approaches to the disproportionate impact of economic and public health failures on our queer/trans/2S communities

  • Coalitional organizing and solidarities: defunding the police, abolishing prisons, workplace safety, and envisioning a world where public health and art are prioritized over property, police, prisons, and imperial global militarism

  • Combatting, strategizing/organizing against, and documenting the present and future of genocide (pandemics, climate emergency, structured institutional/infrastructure neglect and abandonment)

  • Queer migrant justice: open borders, mass migration, and worldwide worker solidarity

  • Rent strikes, mass evictions, kangaroo “housing courts,” and housing for all 

 

While papers, roundtables, workshops, and other typical academic conference formats are welcomed, we especially encourage more creative formats including but not limited to: arts-based research, poster presentations, poetry, performances, music, readings, artist talks, and other presentation formats that innovate and encourage online participation. As a symposium organized with a film festival, we are particularly interested in contributions that engage in some way with queer and trans media and/or art practices.

As a grassroots organization embedded within our communities, the Toronto Queer Film Festival encourages contributions from folks across our community – not just academics embedded within universities, but also independent scholars, activists, artists, community members, and other people with lived experience that would provide valuable perspectives to discussions on global queer liberation art and media.

 

Everyone is welcome to apply.

Please submit the following information via our online form by Jan 5, 2021

  • Name

  • Institutional or other affiliation (if applicable)

  • Presentation format (i.e. paper, roundtable, workshop, creative)

  • Presentation title

  • 250 word abstract

  • Email address you can be contacted at

  • Accessibility needs

 

This symposium will be held online. We are particularly interested in submissions that take full advantage of the capabilities of online platforms. Individual papers and presentations should be no more than 15 minutes. Roundtables, workshops, panels, should be no more than 1 hour, including opportunity for Q&A. We will also accept submission for proposals with shorter durations (i.e. lightning talks, microsessions, etc).

Only selected participants will be notified.

Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by January 30, 2021

 

ABOUT THE TORONTO QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

TQFF is a registered not-for profit organization formed and run by an ad-hoc collective of artists and arts professionals who came together in 2016 to launch the Toronto Queer Film Festival. We began this project out of an urgent need to provide screen space in Toronto for media by and about marginalized queer and trans people.

 

We have three primary mandates:

1) to exhibit queer independent and experimental film and video art;

2) to support the production of alternative queer film and video art through community-based arts education and professional development; and

3) to foster community engagement with the arts by welcoming all attendees to our accessible venues with “pay what you can” pricing for events, ASL interpretation, and closed captioning of all programs.

 

TQFF distinguishes itself from other Toronto cultural events that serve the LGBT community by focusing on experimental time-based media that challenges and expands social, political, and artistic conventions. Our curatorial mandate is to centre the programming of work by and about queer and trans people of colour, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities, as well as the work of local artists, low-income, DIY filmmakers, and emerging artists.

 

You can read more about TQFF on our website: https://torontoqueerfilmfest.com/about/

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue on “Critical and Creative Engagements with Petro-Media”

Guest edited by Rachel W. Jekanowski (Memorial University) & Emily Roehl (Texas State University)

 

Submission Deadline: December 10, 2020

This special issue of Imaginations will concentrate on media engaging with petroleum and its attendant socio-political and economic structures. Drawing on technology and media studies, energy humanities scholarship, and a range of methods in visual and cultural studies, the contributors will theorize contemporary and historical uses of media to resist and facilitate petroleum infrastructures. Building on Imaginations’ long-standingengagement with petrocultures scholarship, including their 2012 special issue “Sighting Oil” (Sheena Wilson and Andrew Pendakis, eds.), this issue will mobilize critiques of corporate petro-media with decolonial methods from a range of disciplines, focusing on the interlacing of oil, settler colonialism, Indigenous resurgence, and media production. The issue will consist of peer-reviewed essays from scholars and practitioners, artist interviews and contributions (including samples of multimedia work with accompanying artists statements), and a review section (including a comparative book review essay, curatorial reviews and responses to digital exhibitions in the age of COVID-19, etc.). We are particularly invested in featuring research-creation and media-rich scholarship.

We invite submissions that take up different facets of media production by Indigenous, immigrant, and settler artists, activists, and corporate representatives to examine the complex entanglements of cultural production, settler colonialism, and fossil fuel extraction. Given our location on occupied Indigenous territories where we work as researchers and educators, we assert that energy developments are always already implicated within histories of colonialism and white settlement in North America. Critically, we invite contributions that include and foreground visual media in their

analyses, featuring original videos, archival photographs and film stills, and photographs of authors’ art installations.

We invite submissions that engage with the following topics (including but not limited to):

  • the way media networks and ways of viewing the world support the extraction, production, and consumption of fossil fuels and interact with the financial and socio-political systems the production of oil requires;
  • the way media, like energy infrastructures, are used as conduits for the transportation and transmission of fuel, people, capital, and ideas about sovereignty, identity, futurity, and relationships to the nonhuman world;
  • the way various media—from corporate films, digital photography, games, and television advertisements, to activist protests and social media—have alternatively been used to uphold, legitimize, critique, and resist energy practices within settler colonial nations like Canada and the United States.

Submissions are also welcome from the following fields and approaches (including but not limited to):

  • cultural studies
  • energy studies
  • critical Indigenous studies
  • critical settler colonial studies
  • decolonial approaches to media
  • environmental humanities
  • Indigenous sovereignty
  • film and media studies
  • literary studies
  • multimedia and digital arts
  • petrocultures
  • research-creation methods
  • social and environmental justice
  • feminist, queer, and posthumanist approaches to petro-media interventions from critical race studies

In sum, this special issue will contribute to discussions within media and literature studies about the imbrication of energy, communication, and art, while foregrounding Indigenous resurgence, energy justice movements, and deepening attention to the asymmetrical effects of climate change on communities and environments.

Submission Guidelines

Recognizing the challenges of producing work during a pandemic, and reflecting the editors’ commitment to experimenting with mixed methodologies and media-rich scholarship, this special issue will feature shorter research essays alongside artist submissions and research-creation. Research essays should be 3000-5000 words; artist contributions and curatorial reviews can be 500-2000 words. Citations should adhere to the MLA Style Guide.

All submissions must be sent to imaginations@ualberta.ca and copied to mrln@yorku.ca and bbellamy@ualberta.ca. Please include a separate sheet with short biographical and contact information. Media can be emailed as an attachment or accessible by hyperlink.

Please see the full list of author submission guidelines available on the Imaginations Journal website. The Imaginations style sheet is accessible here.

Submission deadline is December 10, 2020.

We plan to notify contributors as to the status of their submissions by May 2021 at the latest. The special issue is tentatively planned for publication in Fall 2021.

Contact Us

Please direct questions and inquiries to issue editors Emily Roehl (e.a.roehl@gmail.com) and Rachel W. Jekanowski (rjekanowski@mun.ca).

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The Media Architecture Biennale (MAB) is the world’s premier event on media architecture, urban interaction design, and urban informatics. It brings together architects, artists and designers, leading thinkers on urban design, key industry and government representatives as well as community activists. Together, they explore the design and role of media in the built environment and its implications for urban communities and ecosystems.

MAB20 consists of a series of events, meet-ups and publications taking place on- and offline between March 2019 and July 2021. A final event including an award show, workshops and a conference with keynotes and an academic track, is scheduled from July 28th – July 2nd, 2021 to take place in Amsterdam and Utrecht.
 
The theme of MAB’s 6th edition is Futures Implied, which opens up investigations into future scenarios implied in today’s urban transformations and emerging technologies like digital platforms, responsive technologies and smart city promises. How can we shape technologies and spaces to respond to their surroundings, contributing to cities that are both socially and ecologically sustainable? The point of departure is that technologies are never neutral enablers, they are built upon numerous spoken and unspoken assumptions about urban life, each with their own implications for both social relations as well as their effect on the natural ecosystem.

We invite papers from academics, students, and industry practitioners that align with the theme 
“Futures Implied” and the sub-themes: “Playful & Artistic Civic Engagement”“The Aesthetics and Poetics of Responsive Urban Spaces”“Restorative Cities”, “More-than-Human-Cities”, and “Citizens’ digital rights in the era of platform ecologies.” Paper contributions should address current practices, discuss theoretical approaches, or present novel research that explore and further develop our understanding of media architecture through relevant case studies, design processes, and community and industry examples.

Deadline: January 25th, 2021
Notification of acceptance: 29 March, 2021
All revisions due & Camera Ready: 24 May, 2021
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MAB20 is organized by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the [urban interfaces] group at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the Media Architecture Institute.

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For more information, visit www.mab.org or contact us via info@mab20.org

 
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Job Title:
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Black Anglophone Literature

Department:
UBCO | Faculty | Department of English and Cultural Studies | Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (Michael Treschow)

Posting End Date:
January 16, 2021.

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Department of English and Cultural Studies
Black Anglophone Literature

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (research stream) position in Black Anglophone Literature. Additional expertise in one or more of the following areas would be an asset: Black transatlantic studies; Black Indigenous literatures; relevant national literatures (e.g., Caribbean, African, American, and/or Canadian); concepts of place and location; early modern literature; 18th-century literature; modernism; speculative fiction; electronic literature; Afro-futurism; environmental literatures; and life-writing. The position will be held in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and will begin on July 1, 2021.

Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. or equivalent (or provide solid indication of imminent completion) in English or a closely related field. Applicants must have an active scholarly profile and demonstrate a record of, or potential for, high quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, teaching, graduate supervision, and service, and to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate level across a wide range of subject areas in the humanities and fine arts. The English program within FCCS offers a wide variety of courses in areas such as indigenous literatures, postcolonial literatures, media studies, ecocriticism, critical and cultural theory, and the digital humanities. The ideal candidate will also have a strong commitment to Indigenous engagement. As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC Okanagan has committed to supporting and implementing five key commitments, which can be found at https://ok.ubc.ca/about/indigenous-engagement/. FCCS seeks to build on its commitments to anti-racist pedagogies, expressed in the prominent place of race and race studies in courses ranging from postcolonial literature to the poetry and prose of the 17th century; to cultural safety training for faculty in relation to Indigenous pedagogies; and to our recent curriculum developments aimed at supporting UBC’s institution-wide emphasis on the Indigenization of our degrees.   For a full list of our programs, please consult the Faculty’s web page at https://fccs.ok.ubc.ca/.

Application materials must include the following:  A letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence or record of teaching effectiveness, research plan, and examples of scholarly research. 

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by Dr. Michael Treschow, Head, Department of English and Cultural Studies at recruitment.fccs@ubc.ca with the subject line “Black Anglophone Literature.  Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Michael Treschow at michael.treschow@ubc.ca

Review of applications will begin soon after January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ubcfacultyjobs/job/UBC-Okanagan-Campus/Assistant-Professor–tenure-track—Black-Anglophone-Literature_JR372

 

The Department of Theatre and Film at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Film Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses, developing curriculum, and other relevant educational leadership and service in the B.A. in Film Studies program.  Situated on the beautiful Point Grey campus on the traditional ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people in the culturally diverse city of Vancouver, the Department of Theatre and Film offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Film Studies and Practice, which include BA, MA and PhD degrees in Film, and Cinema and Media Studies.

We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. Mentoring of graduate teaching assistants is a significant aspect of the position. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership. An ability to teach Media Studies courses would be a secondary asset. The successful candidate will be the BA Film Studies Advisor and generate ideas to oversee its curriculum development.

Applicants for the position should have a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies or Film Studies (or provide solid indication of completion before July 2021); possess exceptional organizational and leadership skills; provide evidence of or potential for teaching excellence and experience in Film Studies at the undergraduate level; have had experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and  have a a strong track record of team work and engagement. Experience in program coordination is an asset.

The normal teaching load of an Assistant Professor of Teaching is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. Courses will range from first- to fourth-year undergraduate courses. Course sizes range from 120 students in FIST 100 (Introduction to Film Studies), to 40 students in FIST 200 (Introduction to Canadian Cinema) to 25 in FIST 331 (Introduction to Film Theory). Duties would also include individual supervision of BA Honours essay students, and mentoring graduate students editing the program’s film journal Cinephile.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with other tenure-stream Film Studies faculty in related areas of teaching and research, and with any future hires in the area.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. sample syllabi, evaluations, etc.) , and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.  

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation, at least two of whom should have seen the applicant teach a class.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is January 8, 2021. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2021.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website: https://thfl.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=530 .  

To learn more about our Department, check out our website: https://theatrefilm.ubc.ca

 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.

 

What is the Witch Institute?

In the last few years, the witch has re-emerged as a powerful political symbol. Across cinemas and television, in books and podcasts, and via hashtag activism, the proliferation of the witch in media signals a critique of the existing world order and its reliance on the subjugation of marginalized peoples. In order to better understand the meaning and impact of current media representations of the witch, we will hold an expanded conversation between activists, artists, filmmakers, curators, historians, scholars, witches, feminists, healers, and more.

The Witch Institute is a collaborative meeting space for those who are interested in responding to contemporary imaginings of the witch in popular and visual culture. It is a place to share diverse understandings of witches and witchcraft, and to complicate, reframe, and remediate media representations that often continue to perpetuate colonial, misogynistic, and Eurocentric stereotypes of the archetypal figure. 

The Witch Institute will present a keynote lecture by Dr. Silvia Federici, along with a series of talks, panel discussions, film screenings, art exhibitions, performances, and workshops occurring over August 16 to 22, 2021. All events will be free, open to the public, and accessible online. Registration opens January 25, 2021.

 

Call for Proposals:

We are seeking round table participants and workshop leaders. We invite proposals from artists, researchers, and practitioners. We encourage a diversity of voices as part of this exchange, and highly encourage submissions from members of marginalized communities, including BIPOC and 2SLBGTQ participants.

Round Tables. We are looking for participants who wish to discuss their research with a group. Each session will include 3-4 artists, researchers, or practitioners. Attendees will read short texts (maximum 5-pages in length) or review documentation of panelists’ work in advance. The sessions will be devoted to 75-minute moderated discussions. 

Workshops. We are seeking proposals for 60-minute interactive virtual sessions. 

We invite proposals that contribute to topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Witchcraft and Colonization: colonial denigration and erasure of Black or Indigenous spiritual knowledges and practices; reclamation of Black or Indigenous spiritual knowledges, practices, and more-than-human relationalities as anti-colonial resistance or as decolonial projects; cultural evolutions, exchanges, and appropriations among historical and contemporary witch practices. 
  2. Witch Hunts and the State: on-going witch hunts and their interconnected histories of colonization and globalization; witch-hunting as state-sanctioned violence; enforcement of anti-witchcraft legislation in colonial, postcolonial, and settler-colonial nation-states. 
  3. Technology and Magic: traditions of magic, alternative healing practices, and/or spirituality as technology; visual effects, illusions, and magic on screen and stage; technological mediation and the supernatural; technology and the senses; the body and other mediums for spiritual messages.
  4. Witchcraft as Ritual, Practice, and Pedagogy: ritual as a form of learning-by-doing; oral traditions and decolonial practices of knowledge transmission; pedagogical uses of the witch, witchcraft, and/or ritual practices; the perspectives of contemporary practitioners; religious lineages of Wicca and Paganism; intergenerational exchange, kinship, more-than-human relations, and covens; the relationship between witchcraft and feminism.
  5. The Witch as Text: representations of the witch, witchcraft, and spiritual practices in literature, film, music, fashion, art, and popular culture; the commodification of the witch; texts as restoring, or healing the denigration of colonization; shifting perceptions, receptions, and circulations of witchcraft in the context of colonization and globalization.

 

Submissions:

Those interested in participating in the round table or organizing a workshop, please submit:

  • a 250 word abstract of your research or description of your workshop 
  • which of the above topic(s) you see your work fitting into (if applicable)
  • for roundtable submissions: 2 or 3 questions you would like to discuss with a group who will read your paper/look at your artwork in advance;
  • a 150 word bio. 

 

Submissions should be sent to witch.institute@queensu.ca by January 25, 2021.

 

The Witch Institute is committed to accessibility in all phases of the project. If you have any questions or needs concerning this call, please feel free to send Emily Pelstring (she/her) an email at emily.pelstring@queensu.ca.

 

This project has received SSHRC funding. 

 

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23rd Annual Film Studies Association of Canada Graduate Colloquium University of Toronto Cinema Studies Institute
Friday January 29 – Saturday January 30, 2021 (Virtual)
Call for papers: “SPECTRE”

Keynote address by Dr. David Marriott, Penn State University

The year 2020 has been shrouded by the spectre of crises, from the novel coronavirus, to ongoing racial injustice and colonial violence. The impact of this year has sent reverberations through the ways in which we gather, research, think, make and consume art, and indeed, how we survive. The spectral seems to be an apt mode for contemplating the conditions that hover over our times, and that continue to haunt the cinema and its study.

Film scholars have long tracked the ghostliness of the cinematic. For example, Katherine Groo asks us to consider the absence and decay of film and its celluloid im/materiality as a part of its ontology. In Zoological Surrealism, James Cahill attests to the power of film to reanimate the dead, while Canadian scholar Andrew Burke’s recent work looks at how contemporary Canadian film is haunted by traces of the 1970s. The onscreen body, too, persists as a phantasmagoric figure. For Maggie Hennefeld, the spectral encapsulates the transfiguring, miniaturising embodiment of early film comediennes, while Eliza Steinbock calls upon the “shimmer” to envision the illusory, astonishing visibility of both cinema and transgender embodiment. Cinema’s legacy of racial imagery also continues to haunt its image-making practices; in Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon famously wrote: “I can’t go to the movies without encountering myself. I wait for myself. Just before the film starts, I wait for myself,” a passage taken up by Kara Keeling in her article “In the Interval.” The spectre of film’s racial imaginary also cannot be separated from the continued presence of systemic anti-Black violence, a spectre that is all too real.

Finally, since Derrida conceptualized the neologism “hauntology” in his 1993 Spectres of Marx, many scholars, like those aforementioned and beyond the discipline of media studies, have engaged with spectres. Indeed, this conference also asks, in what ways are we haunted by the spectre of spectre? How is the spectral contained and rendered by filmic practices, or by film’s ontology? How does the spectral inhabit onscreen bodies and map across visions of marginalisation, terror, and violence? What is the cinema continuously haunted by, and how does this haunting rear its head?

Sample topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The paranormal and ghostliness
  • Systemic violence/legacies of violence
  • Im/materiality, un/reality, absence/presence
  • Dis/embodiment
  • Repetition and temporality
  • Memory, trauma, loss, fear, anxiety
  • Surface
  • Derrida/hauntology
  • Legacies of film history and historic film scholarship/methods

Submissions:
Interested graduate students must submit a brief abstract (300 to 500 words) as a .PDF file, in English or French, by Monday, December 7th, 2020, to: 
csgraduatestudentunion@gmail.com.

Submissions should include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Level of study
  • Name of your University
  • Title of your presentation
  • Abstract
  • Short bibliography

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L’année 2020 a été enveloppée par le spectre de différentes crises, du coronavirus aux injustices raciales et violences coloniales. Cette année a des répercussions sur nos façons de nous rassembler, de faire de la recherche, de penser, de faire et de consommer de l’art, et bien sûr, sur nos façons de survivre. Le spectral semble être un mode adéquat pour contempler les conditions qui planent au-dessus de notre époque, et qui continuent à hanter le cinéma et son étude.

Les chercheurs en Études Cinématographiques ont depuis longtemps adressé l’aspect fantomatique du cinématographique. Par exemple, Katherine Groo nous amène à considérer l’absence et la désintégration des films ainsi que l’im/matérialité du celluloïd comme partie intégrante de leur ontologie. Dans Zoological Surrealism, James Cahill affirme le pouvoir filmique de réanimer les morts, alors que le travail récent du chercheur canadien Andrew Burke s’intéresse à la façon dont les films contemporains canadiens sont hantés par les traces des années 70. Le corps filmé persiste lui aussi en tant que figure fantasmagorique. Pour Maggie Hennefeld, le spectral encapsule la corporalité transfigurée et miniaturisée des comédiennes des films des premiers temps, alors que Eliza Steinbock abord la notion de « shimmer » pour explorer l’illusoire et stupéfiante visibilité de la corporalité à la fois cinématographique et transgenre. L’héritage d’imagerie raciale du cinéma continue également de hanter ses pratiques imageantes; on se souvient de ce passage, dans Peau Noire, Masques Blancs, où Frantz Fanon déclare : « Impossible d’aller au cinéma sans me rencontrer. Je m’attends. À l’entracte, juste avant le film, je m’attends », un passage que reprend Kara Keeling dans son article « In the interval. » Le spectre de l’imaginaire racial du cinéma ne peut également se séparer de la présence continuelle de la violence systémique anti-noire, un spectre beaucoup trop réel.

Finalement, depuis que Derrida a conceptualisé le néologisme « hantologie » dans son livre de 1993 Spectres de Marx, plusieurs chercheurs, autant ceux mentionnés qu’au- delà des études médiatiques, ont engagé la notion de spectres. Ainsi, cette conférence demande également de quelle manière nous sommes hantés par le spectre du spectre? Comment le spectral est-il contenu et rendu par l’ontologie et les pratiques filmiques? Comment est-ce que le spectral habite les corps filmés, et comment est-ce qu’il cartographie au travers des imageries de marginalisation, de terreur et de violence? De quoi le cinéma est-il constamment hanté, et quelles sont les nouvelles actualisations de cette hantise?

Les sujets peuvent inclures, mais ne sont pas limités à :

  • Le paranormal et le fantomatique
  • La violence systémique/l’héritage violent
  • L’im/matérialité, l’ir/réalité, l’absence/la présence
  • L’in/corporalité
  • La répétition et la temporalité
  • La mémoire, le traumatisme, la perte, la peur, l’anxiété
  • La surface
  • Derrida/Hantologie
  • L’héritage de l’histoire cinématographique; l’étude et méthode historique

Soumissions :

Les parties intéressées doivent soumettre un bref résumé (de 300 à 500 mots) en .PDF, en anglais ou en français, d’ici le 7 décembre 2020 à l’adresse courrielle suivante : csgraduatestudies@gmail.com

Les soumissions doivent inclure les informations suivantes :

  • Votre nom
  • Niveau de scolarité
  • Institution d’attache
  • Titre de votre présentation
  • Votre résumé
  • Une courte bibliographie

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CFP: 20/21 Vision: Speculating in Literature and Film in Canada (Abstracts Due: Feb. 1, 2021)

 

August 19-21, 2021
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Keynote speakers will be Cherie Dimaline, Governor General’s award-winning author of The Marrow Thieves, and Wayde Compton, author of the award-winning story collection The Outer Harbour.

NOTE: This is a revised and extended call for proposals, directed to participants other than those who were previously accepted to the 2020 conference, which was postponed because of the pandemic. Should we still be unable to meet in person in August, the conference will be converted to an online format. 

In the midst of a global pandemic, the ways that speculative fiction, film, and television comment on the present as well as the future have become acutely evident. These genres ask readers to consider environmental, health, technological, and political events and developments in the world today, and the impacts these may have on the world of the future. They are often used by their creators to represent and speculate on key societal issues, such as relations of class, gender, and race, as well as issues of health safety, environmental destruction, and political conflict. In Canada, speculative writing has become a tool to interrogate colonial enterprises and open up spaces for marginalized groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, members of LGBTQ2S+ communities, and others whose lives are inflected by cultural difference. A variety of speculative worlds have achieved popularity through films and television/internet series, some of which are adapted from other genres.

20/21 Vision: Speculating in Literature and Film in Canada invites researchers and creators to present their own speculations about the futures and/or societies that are presented in various texts produced in or relating to Canada. What do speculative texts tell us? Which visions of “Canada” do we find in speculative texts? How do these visions reflect our own perceptions of the world? Does this kind of literary imagination offer space for grief, resilience, and hope? Does it help us respond constructively to crises or achieve social change? 

Proposals for both papers and panels are invited. These can take a range of approaches related to speculative writing in Canada, including: 

·       Speculations on global pandemics and other health crises

·       Environmental and/or technological changes and developments in speculative writing

·       Speculations on language and power

·       Indigenous and decolonizing speculations

·       Gender and sexuality in speculative writing

·       Disability in speculative writing

·       Geographical speculations in the real or virtual world

·       Speculative writing for children

·       Speculative poetry

·       Speculation and interdisciplinarity

·       Dystopian, utopian, and anti-utopian worlds

·       Apocalyptic scenarios and post-apocalyptic futures

·       Speculations on the screen: movies, documentaries, television and internet series, video games

·       Speculative adaptations

·       Speculative creations, including short works of speculative fiction or poetry* 

*The conference will also host sessions in which creators of speculative genres will be invited to present their works. Authors and artists are invited to propose 20-minute creative pieces; these may involve readings from written works, visual installations, performance pieces, or film presentations. 

Proposals should include the following:

1.       Your name, contact information (including email address and telephone number), and institutional affiliation.

2.       The title of your proposed 15- to 20-minute paper or presentation, AND a proposal of 250-300 words, identifying the works that will be your focus of your paper and outlining the argument to be presented OR describing your creative piece and the method of presentation or performance.

3.       A 50-word biographical statement. 

Panel proposals should include the above information for all participants. 

Please e-mail your proposal in a Word document to conference organizers Wendy Roy and Mabiana Camargo of the University of Saskatchewan at 2020vision@usask.ca by February 1, 2021 (extended deadline). 

Additional conference acceptances will be emailed in March, 2021. For further information, please visit the website or send an email to 2020vision@usask.ca

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

 

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS FOR FSAC 2021
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The Annual (Virtual) Conference of the Film Studies Association of Canada June 1 – June 3, 2021
Hosted by University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2021 Congress Theme: Northern Relations

Martin Walsh Memorial Lecture: TBA

2021 Gerald Pratley Award: Meghan McDonald “Where Old Meets New: Visions of Newfoundland Modernity in Lee Wulff’s Travel Films”

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 22, 2021 Submit proposals by email to: conference2021@filmstudies.ca

 

Please note that proposals will only be considered from applications who are paid up members of the association. Memberships may be obtained/renewed here: http://www.filmstudies.ca/membership

FSAC is now seeking proposals for the 2021 virtual conference hosted by the University of Alberta, situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Metis people. We also acknowledge that many of us will be joining from across Turtle Island. We recognize and respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada. In recognizing this, we want to further acknowledge the implications of the Congress theme ‘Northern Relations’ as it stands in the very real contemporary context of continued efforts against anti-Black racism and decolonization as articulated by the Black Lives Matter and Idle No More movements. What then does it mean to contribute to scholarship within our association with the questions raised by scholars and activists, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic?

We welcome proposals for:

  • Individual presentations
  • Pre-Constituted panels
  • Workshops or roundtables
  • Screenings, exhibitions or other virtual events

These may be situated within topics related to the Congress theme noted above or on any other film or media studies topic.

This year the virtual setting gives us new opportunities to explore with format this includes, pre- recorded presentations, panels, workshops, roundtables, screenings; a combination of pre-recorded and live Q&A, or live presentations that are recorded and archived for later viewing. We encourage you to think about these additional options opened to us in planning your proposal. You may tentatively note this in your proposal but will not be held to it at this point. We will confirm your format preferences with you upon proposal acceptance.

Proposal format:

  • In an email include application name, affiliations, short bio (50 words), and paper title
  • Attach a 300-500 word abstract (with title), 3-5 relevant keywords and 2-5 bibliographicreferences.
  • Abstracts will be blind-reviewed; please do not include name or affiliation in the attachmentPre-constituted panels should be submitted by the proposed panel chair and include individual proposals (in the format above) with the title of the proposed panel indicated on each abstract.

Workshop and Roundtable proposals should include the following information:

  • Chair’s name, position, institutional affiliation and email address
  • Title of workshop or roundtable
  • Abstract describing theme/focus being considered and format it will take (300-500 words)
  • List of participants including name, position, institutional affiliation, and email
  • Description of each participant’s contribution
  • 3-5 relevant key words
  • 2-5 bibliographic references

Additional information:

  • Presentations may be either in English or French.
  • Organizers and convenors of workshops and roundtables seeking broad inclusion from FSACmembers should feel free to use the FSAC list serve to solicit interest.
  • You can participate in a maximum of two presentations, neither of which can be the same kind(i.e., you may propose a paper and a workshop proposal but not two of either kind regardless ofwhether it is single or co-authored).
  • Individual presentations are no longer than 20 minutes (clips included) workshops androundtable presentations lengths may vary depending on the session.
  • All proposals will be adjudicated by the Programming Committee.
  • All papers presented at the FSAC conference must be original works. Proposals for previouslypresented papers will not be accepted.

Graduate Student Funding

  • Partial financial compensation for student members is normally dedicated to travel expenses
  • Given that this conference is virtual, you may apply for this year only to reduce your conference fees instead. More details and the application form will be posted in January at http://www.filmstudies.ca/category/grad-students

Audio-Visual Needs

  • All conference presentations will be hosted by the Congress appointed virtual platform run by Virtual Event Place. There will be 24/7 tech support available for the duration of the conference. The FSAC programming committee will work closely with the membership to ensure we support your needs running presentations and will provide a ‘how-to’ FAQ sheet in the spring in anticipation of the conference.

Conference Program Chair: Shana MacDonald (President, FSAC) Department of Communication Arts, University of Waterloo president@filmstudies.ca or shana.macdonald@uwaterloo.ca

 

 


 

 

APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS POUR LE CONGRÈS DE L’ACÉC 2021

Colloque annuel (virtuel) de l’Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques 1er au 3 juin 2021
Université de l’Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Tenu dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines Thème du congrès: relations nordiques

Conférence commémorative Martin Walsh: (annonce à venir)

Conférence liée au prix Gerald Pratley 2021 : Meghan McDonald :
“Where Old Meets New: Visions of Newfoundland Modernity in Lee Wulff’s Travel Films”

Date de tombée pour les propositions de communication: le 22 janvier, 2021 Envoyez vos propositions à: conference2021@filmstudies.ca

 

Veuillez prendre note que vous devez être membre de l’Association au moment de la soumission de votre proposition. Vous pouvez vous inscrire ou renouveler votre inscription ici : http://www.filmstudies.ca/membership?lang=fr

 

L’ACÉC sollicite des propositions de communication pour son colloque annuel qui se tiendra virtuellement et dont l’hôte sera l’Université de l’Alberta, située sur le territoire du traité numéro 6, traditionnellement les terres des premières nations. Nous sommes également conscients que les participants proviendront de différents emplacements à travers le pays. Nous reconnaissons et respectons les histoires, les langues, et les cultures des Premières nations, des métis, des Inuits et de tous les premiers peuples au Canada. À travers cette reconnaissance, nous souhaitons souligner d’autant plus le thème du congrès de cette édition, « Relations nordiques », puisqu’il témoigne du contexte contemporain très réel en lien avec les efforts contre le racisme anti-noirs et la décolonisation, tel qu’articulés par les mouvements Black Lives Matter et Idle No More. Quelle signification peut être attribuée à la recherche au sein de notre association, en marge des questions soulevées par des chercheurs et des activistes, particulièrement en temps de pandémie mondiale?

 

Nous accueillons des propositions :

  • De communication individuelle
  • De panel préconstitué
  • D’ateliers ou de table ronde
  • De projection, d’exposition ou de tout autre événement portant les études cinématographiquesou médiatiques

Les propositions peuvent porter sur des sujets liés au thème du colloque ou sur tout autre sujet lié à l’étude du cinéma ou des médias.

Cette année, le contexte virtuel nous permet de nouvelles opportunités d’exploration au niveau du format, incluant des présentations, des panels, des ateliers, des tables rondes et des projections préenregistrés, accompagnés de période de questions en temps réel. Les présentations en direct pourront également être archivés pour visionnement ultérieur. Nous vous encourageons donc à garder ces possibilités en tête lors de la planification de votre proposition. Vous pouvez noter de telles intentions dans votre proposition tout en maintenant la possibilité de changer d’approche par la suite. Nous confirmerons vos préférences de format avec vous lors de l’acceptation de la proposition.

Format des propositions :

  • Dans un message électronique, indiquez votre nom, votre affiliation, une courte notice bio-bibliographique (50 mots ou moins) et le titre de votre communication.
  • En pièce jointe, veuillez inclure votre proposition de communication (300 à 500 mots) ainsi que votre titre et 3 à 5 références bibliographiques.
  • Puisque les propositions seront évaluées à l’aveugle, prière de ne pas inclure votre nom ni votre affiliation dans la pièce jointe.

Pour les panels préconstitués : les propositions seront soumises par le responsable du panel et devront inclure toutes les propositions individuelles (suivant le format ci- dessous). Vous devez inclure le titre du panel sur chacun des résumés.

Les propositions de table ronde et d’atelier doivent inclure les informations suivantes :

  • Nom du responsable de panel, poste/statut, affiliation et adresse courriel
  • Titre de l’atelier ou de la table ronde
  • Résumé décrivant le thème/sujet qui sera abordé, ainsi que le format (300 à 500 mots)
  • Liste des participant.e.s incluant leur nom, poste/statut, affiliation, et courriel
  • Descriptions des contributions des participant.e.s
  • 3 à 5 mots clés
  • 2 à 5 références bibliographiquesInformations et instructions supplémentaires :
  • Les présentations peuvent être en français ou en anglais.
  • Les organisateurs d’ateliers et de tables rondes qui sont à la recherche d’une participationélargie de la part des membres de l’ACÉC peuvent avoir recours au listserv de l’Associationafin de solliciter l’intérêt
  • Les communications individuelles ne doivent pas dépasser 20 minutes (incluant la présentation d’extraits).
  • La durée d’un panel, d’un atelier ou d’une table ronde peut varier selon leur organisation.
  • Toutes les propositions de communication seront évaluées par le comité organisateur du colloque.
  • Toutes les communications présentées à la conférence annuelle de l’ACÉC doivent être originales. Elles ne doivent être pas avoir été publiées ni présentées ailleurs. Les propositions de communications antérieures ne seront pas acceptées.

Financement des étudiants diplômés

  • Une compensation financière partielle pour les membres étudiants est normalement consacrée aux frais de voyage. Étant donné que cette conférence est virtuelle, vous ne pouvez demander cette année qu’à réduire vos frais de conférence à la place. De plus amples informations et le formulaire de candidature seront publiés en janvier sur le site http://www.filmstudies.ca/category/grad-students

Besoins audiovisuels

  • Toutes les présentations de la conférence seront accueillies par la plateforme virtuelle désignée par le Congrès et gérée par Virtual Event Place. Une assistance technique sera disponible 24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7 pendant toute la durée de la conférence. Le comité de programmation de l’ACÉC  travaillera en étroite collaboration avec les membres pour s’assurer que nous répondons à vos besoins lors des présentations et fournira une feuille de questions fréquemment posées au printemps en prévision de la conférence.

Présidente du programme de colloque : Shana MacDonald (présidente, ACÉC) Départements des arts de la communication, Université de Waterloo president@filmstudies.ca ou shana.macdonald@uwaterloo.ca