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CFP: Trajectories: Travel, Migration and Exile in Literature – e-journal: TrOPICS (10 Jan. 2018)

“Trajectories: Travel, Migration and Exile in Literature” – e-journal: TrOPICS, University of Reunion Island (France)  

T(r)OPICS is an annual peer-reviewed open access e-journal publishing scholarly essays and book reviews from diverse fields of humanities including Literature, Arts, Cultural Studies, Language learning, Linguistics, Anthropology and Sociology. It is administered by the multidisciplinary research center DIRE (Displacement, Identity, Revision, Expression) at the University of Reunion Island, located in the South-West Indian Ocean.

The editors of TrOPICS are presently welcoming contributions for its December 2018 issue on the following theme: “Trajectories: Travel, Migration and Exile in Literature.”

Travel writing stems from and comments upon a global History of discoveries and conquests, colonial expansions, escapes and migrations. It also incites readers to discover new horizons, whether real or imagined, and points to a need for escape, change of scenery, exoticism, amazement and wonder. We invite papers across a broad range of historical periods and literary genres: novels of exploration, novels of immigration, road novels, imaginary journeys, as well as non-fiction works such as travelogs, narratives of exile, immigrant memoirs and biographies, letters, etc.

Any journey, displacement or crossing involves a geographical and social repositioning, a reconsideration of the self in contact with the other. The study of the themes of travel, migration and exile in literature leads to examine how writers represent the world and the relation between “here” and “there.” The encounter with the other is a source of tensions and opportunities, transformations and renewals. How do writers, focusing on mobility, passages, and border-crossing, expose cultures, ideas, languages, histories and memories in contact? How do they represent travelers, migrants or exiles as subjects in motion and in process? How do gender, race and class affect travel writing, and how do these parameters interact?                                                                                                               

Travel narratives provide the viewer’s perspective, showing the way s/he looks at the world. On an inner level, they may also relate a personal quest, and traveling can take the form of an initiatory journey. The trajectories of travel writing, with its multiple forms and subgenres, its aesthetics based on diversity and fragmentation, account for the itineraries that shape writers-travelers.

Journeys can be forced, with no return. The “other world,” away from the original homeland, which the literary figures of the migrant or the exile attempt to appropriate, is often viewed as a social, and (multi)cultural space of negotiation in which to rebuild a sense of self and take root. It can also be represented as the new site of a nostalgic wandering, an internal exile. In what ways does contemporary postcolonial world literature in a fluid global world, together with the growing presence of cosmopolitan writers and “global souls” (Pico Iyer), contribute to new representations of mobility?

Submissions of completed articles (no more than 6000 words) are sought in English or French.

We also welcome book reviews up to 1000 words and preferably related to the issue’s theme.

Manuscripts in English should conform to the MLA Handbook.

Submissions written in French should conform to our guidelines:

All submissions, including book reviews, will be double-blind reviewed and must be original work and not be under consideration elsewhere.

Please e-mail full-text article, with a 200-word abstract, or book review and a 100-word bionote in separate Word documents to:


Deadline for submission: Jan. 10, 2018.


CFP: Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas (31 Oct. 2017)



Special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 33.3, Autumn 2018


Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas


We invite proposals for a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies clustered around issues of gender and genre with special attention given to trauma and illness studies, archival methodologies, and transnational themes in the Americas. Potential subjects include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Gender in migration, dislocation, displacement, transit;
  • Gender constructions on and across borders;
  • Transnational and decolonial practices of gender and embodiment;
  • Intersectional interrogations of gender and sexuality with race, class, body, health, and ability;
  • Fluidity of genders, sexualities, becoming bodies;
  • Bodes in extremis, bodies in pain, medicated bodies, permeable bodies;
  • Creativity and illness; living with life-threatening illness; living with death/dying;
  • End-of-life interview and (auto)pathographic genres;
  • Intimacies of health care biopower;
  • “Traumics” (comics of medical trauma, violence, abuse, and war);
  • Plasticity of life writing;
  • Hybrid forms and practices;
  • Multimedial and multimodal life writing;
  • Emerging genres (Instagram, selfie, I-doc, digital diary, etc.);
  • Secret as a genre, unpublished secrets;
  • Practices of testimony in multiple modes (oral, digital, photographic, film, documentary, writing);
  • Intersections of life writing and the life sciences;
  • Gendering and racializing the archives;
  • Sensorial and affective encounters in the archives;
  • Empathy, sympathy, and compassion;
  • Interdisciplinarity of archival work;
  • Methodological practices related to gender and genre; and,
  • Pedagogical intersections of gender and genre.

Send original articles of 6,000-8,000 words (including works cited and notes) to Eva C. Karpinski ( and Ricia Anne Chansky ( on or before October 31, 2017. Inquiries also welcome.

All essays must follow the format of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.) and the a/b Style Sheet, which can be found on our website:

Essays submitted for the special issue, but not selected, may be considered general submissions and may be selected for publication. Authors are also requested to include a fifty-word abstract and two to four keywords with their submissions. In order to ensure a confidential peer review, remove any identifying information, including citations that refer to you as the author in the first person. Cite previous publications, etc. with your last name to preserve your anonymity in the reading process. Include your name, address, email, the title of your essay, and your affiliation in a cover letter or cover sheet for your essay. It is the author’s responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permissions and essays may not progress into the publication stage without written proof of right to reprint. Images with captions must be submitted in a separate file as 300 dpi (or higher) tiff files.

New Issue Released: Biography 40.1

Biography’s special issue on Caste and Life Narratives, guest edited by Subramanian Shankar and Charu Gupta, is officially available on Project MUSE at
Volume 40, Number 1, Winter 2017
Editors’ Introduction
   “‘My Birth is My Fatal Accident’: Introduction to Caste and Life Narratives,” pp. 1-15
S. Shankar, Charu Gupta
   “Speaking Self, Writing Caste: Recovering the Life of Santram BA,” pp. 16-43
Charu Gupta

   “The Dalit Personal Narrative in Hindi: Reflections on a Long Literary Lineage,” pp. 44-63
Tapan Basu

    “Tamil Dalit Literature: Aesthetics, Politics, and Life Narratives,” pp. 64-76
Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan

    “Bending Biography: The Creative Intrusions of ‘Real Lives’ in Dalit Fiction,” pp. 77-92
Laura Brueck
   “Periyar as a Biopic: Star Persona, Historical Events, and Politics,” pp. 93-115
Swarnavel Eswaran

   “Affective Returns: Biopics as Life Narratives,” pp. 116-139
Bindu Menon
“Caste Life Narratives, Visual Representation, And Protected Ignorance,” pp. 140-169
Y. S. Alone
“Mangala Bansode and the Social Life of Tamasha: Caste, Sexuality, and Discrimination in Modern Maharashtra,” pp. 170-198
Shailaja Paik
   “Brahmanical Activism As Eco-Casteism: Reading The Life Narratives Of Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh International, And ‘Liberated’ Dalits,” pp. 199-221
Mukul Sharma

   “Invisibility of ‘Other’ Dalits and Silence in the Law,” pp. 222-243
Sumit Baudh

   “Stories Of Dalit Diaspora: Migration, Life Narratives, And Caste in the Us,” pp. 244-264
Shweta Majumdar and Anjana Narayan

   “Caste in Japan: The Burakumin,” pp. 265-287
June A. Gordon
   Select Bibliography, pp. 289-292

Applications: Winter School in Oral History 2017 (30 Sept. 2017; 1-10 Nov. 2017)

Call for Applications: Winter School in Oral History 2017

The Centre for Public History, Bangalore announces the third Winter School on ‘The Inner Life of Interviews: Oral history and Inter-subjectivity’ to be held from November 1 to 10, 2017 in Bangalore. The Winter School, the first of its kind in India, began in 2013 with a focus on the role played by oral history in documenting social change. The last two editions of Winter School in Oral History were very successful.

This year’s Winter School will explore the modes of meaning making within a life story interview, delving deeper into the positions of interviewer and interviewee and the relationships formed between them. The life story interview and the role of the interviewer have defined the field of oral history in significant ways and we seek to further examine the subjectivities that inform the practice. Some of the questions we seek to address are: how is an oral history interview different from other forms of interviewing? What shapes the dynamic between interviewer and interviewee? What are the ethical implications of engaging in such a practice? Have technological advancements blurred the boundaries between interviewer and interviewee? This course will address these issues in a global context with examples from India and other South Asian countries, United States, and Italy.

The facilitators include eminent oral historians and practitioners like Alessandro Portelli (Italy), Martha Norkunas (USA), Anne Valk (USA), Indira Chowdhury (India), Nina Sabnani (India), and Deepa Dhanraj (India) among others who will present the latest research approaches through examples from their own work. The Winter School aims to have 20-25 participants who will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with the faculty.

The last date for the submission of applications is September 30, 2017.

To apply, fill in the Registration Form and email it to

Contact Info:

Center for Public History

Address: Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (N5 campus), CA Site No. 21, 5th Phase, KHB Colony, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore – 560064, India.

Phone+91 80 49000836

Contact Email:

CFP: 2nd NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation) Int. Conference (15 Oct. 2017; 22-24 Mar. 2018)

2nd NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation) International Conference,

22-24 March, 2018, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

First Call for papers and panels

Conference Theme

NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation) is a research network launched in July 2015 with the aim to foster the theory and practice of narrative as a field of study through interdisciplinary research and empirical investigations into questions of human experience, development and social change. Its members are drawn from the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as creative and community-based constituencies. The current configuration of the NEST network allows for an articulation between the Arts, Social Sciences and Socio-psychological work.

NEST is informed by the principle that narrative is one of the defining features of what it means to be human. Personal and collective senses of self, experience, desires, fears and hopes are developed in and through narrative meaning-making, providing recognition and validation, and deepening our sense of human dignity across lines of difference and existence. The transformative possibilities of narrative lie in the ways in which it enables people to: give coherence to their lives and the world around them; develop forms of critical consciousness and thinking; imagine possible alternative social realities and futures; and, ultimately, not only to read them-selves and their place in the world but also to be read by others. It is people who make culture and culture that in turns remakes us, and this process is always political and potentially transformative.

Research Threads


NEST seeks to undertake research that traces ideologies, experiences and identities across time as constructed through inter / cross generational experience and storytelling; the reconstruction of (cultural memory); and transmission of unofficial histories and alternative narratives by ordinary people, particularly in families, communities, educational and creative contexts. Its research agenda incorporates a wide range of theoretical and critical conceptual and creative work that can be undertaken from multiple disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. The following constitute the core thematic threads of NEST:


  • The narrative formation of consciousness and subjectivities
  • Marginality, the body, affect and narrative
  • Narrative form and symbolic representations in multiple modalities: textual, visual, archival, aural and performative.
  • Intergenerational narratives.
  • Developing knowledge and praxis through empirical projects



We invite papers and panels that use NEST research threads as a catalyst but other explorations of any aspects related to narrative are also welcome.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words for individual papers and / or panels by 15 October 2017 to the conveners and


Once abstracts have been accepted, participants will be notified. The conference will take the form of pre-circulated papers for discussion.  Full Papers will be due a month in advance of the conference to allow sufficient time for discussants to read.


Conveners: Jill Bradbury and Bhekizizwe Peterson

Committee Members:

Hugo Canham, Lindelwa Dalamba, Cynthia Kros, Ronelle Carolissen, Grace Musila, Khwezi Mkhize

Ms, Buyisile N. Mncina

Intern Counselling Psychologist (PSIN0138460)


CFP: Slave subjectivities in the Iberian Worlds (31 Oct. 2017; 2-3 July 2018)

2-3 JULY 2018

Convenors: Ângela BARRETO XAVIER (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa), Michel CAHEN (EHEHI – Casa de Velázquez / Sciences Po Bordeaux), António CORREIA DA SILVA (University of Cap-Vert), Cristina NOGUEIRA DA SILVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Organisation: Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa « Research Group Empires, Colonialism and Post-Colonial Societies» /École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid)

Working languages: English, Portuguese; Spanish

An abstract of not more than 250 words, along with a brief description of the applicant’s current project and research interests may be sent by email to:
Selection of paper proposals and communication to participants: 20 November 2017
Pre-circulation of summary papers to discussants: 30 May 2018

Registration required (more information soon)

I have been a slave, I have felt what a slave feels and I know what a slave knows … hear from a slave what a slave has felt and suffered‘, wrote Mary Prince in 1831, describing what it was like to be enslaved. Prince was not the only former slave to recount her experiences, between 1760 and 1860, when roughly sixty-five to seventy first-person narratives of former slaves were published in North America or England. Not surprisingly, these narratives of the enslaved are considered privileged sites (albeit not the only) to enquire into slave subjectivities, that is, the consciousness of former slaves of their condition – in the words of Frederick Douglas, in 1845, “my wretched condition, without the remedy”. These narratives – some of them representing slavery as a benign institution – as well as interviews of former slaves and their descendants have been windows to access slave subjectivities, attracting scholarly attention for the last decades. These texts provided crucial material for understanding religious beliefs, affective worlds, worldviews, modes of resistance, everyday experiences, post-slavery memories, especially to the scholar working on Caribbean and American slavery, where most of these documents have been produced. This process converted the private experiences of the enslaved into public memory.

The scholarly focus that marks the study of experiences of the enslaved in the North Atlantic does not, however, obtain in the Iberian worlds, i.e. the transcontinental regions and societies that have been under Iberian political and/or cultural domination from the 15th up to 20th centuries, and which, since the 19th century onwards, experienced a post-colonial condition. One of the reasons that explains this lack is the rarity of first-person accounts by the enslaved, whether narratives or interviews. Does this absence relate to the political cultures and cultural structures that characterized Iberia, and the forms of colonization these produced? What are the differences between the experiences of those under Portuguese and the Spanish hegemony? How can this discussion on the subjectivity of the enslaved in the Iberian context help us to compare experiences within and beyond the Iberian worlds?

To this first set of questions we may add a second one: How can scholars working on Iberian forms of slavery, where first person narratives of the enslaved are rare, access their experiences, viewpoints, and voices? How can we access memory of the enslaved? Which are the “archives” and historical sources that can be used to recover these crucial dimensions of history of those enslaved? 


Shifting away from classical approaches to the experiences of the enslaved , such as traditional histories on slave revolts or experiences of slaves as described in hegemonic narratives, Slave Subjectivities in the Iberian World (15th-20th centuries) aims at addressing these questions and discussing ways of studying “subjectivities of enslaved peoples” in the Iberian worlds. We consider “slave subjectivities” an open heuristic notion, that we take as a pathway to understanding the manifold ways through which enslaved people perceived themselves, individually and collectively, within structures of enslavement, including how they strategically managed their political, cultural, social, and economic condition as ‘slaves’. 

We would like to discuss issues such as the perceptions, feelings, dreams, fears, memories, beliefs, strategies, utopias and dystopias, as well as, take into account the different positions slaves could have, as well as their self-perceptions of identity in the context of the Iberian worlds. 

Through the conference we want to open ourselves up to sensibilities and consciousness of the enslaved, seeing these historical processes from the viewpoint of slaves and the ways they understood and defined themselves. As such, we invite students of colonialism to analytically address these multiple expressions of slave experience, in Iberian metropolitan, colonial, and post-colonial territories, by engaging with empirical material and theoretical explorations. 

The conference has two main purposes. On the one hand, it will seek to cross-fertilize the study of experiences of the enslaved as a historical phenomenon across the different geographies and temporalities of the Iberian colonialism, comparing it with other colonialisms and imperialisms (European and other). On the other hand, it will reassess the potential and limitations of the study of slave experiences in the Iberian worlds, inviting scholars to think about the conditions of knowledge production, and creative methodological alternatives. 

Seeking to learn from, and create a multi-disciplinary framework, the conference invites historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and other humanities scholars and social scientists. Additionally, it encourages a comparative examination of experiences of the enslaved in relation to diverse places and historical periods. We particularly welcome students working on any historical situation and spatial location within the Iberian worlds, from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. We invite paper proposals from senior scholars, early career researchers, and post-graduate students that draw on concrete and specific empirical materials whilst reflecting conceptually and analytically on slave experiences and subjectivities related with:

1) The theoretical and methodological conditions for the study of slave subjectivities in the Iberian worlds. Our aim is to engage in a discussion on archives, sources and methodologies, finding new archives and sources apt to access these dimensions of slave experience. In particular, we would like to map autobiographies and post-slavery memories, or equivalent sources, for the Iberian worlds, and the ways they “present” and “speak for” slave subjectivities.

2) The different dimensions of slave subjectivities. It is our goal to identify how slaves experienced their life paths, from beliefs to middle passage, from affectivity to labor, from consent to disaccord. 

The following topics will be welcomed:.

Worldviews, beliefs, dreams, and religious imagination. How did the enslaved see the world? What were their understandings of transcendency and alterity? What did they understand by religion? Which were their utopias and dystopias?


Fears, anxieties and religious practices. Middle passage was, in the specific case of Atlantic slaving, a traumatic experience for slaves, since many of them died during the voyage. It is possible that the same happened with slaves coming from, or settled in other territories of the Iberian worlds. How did slaves cope with this experience? How did the survivors deal with the memory of middle passage? Which were the practices that helped the slaves to deal with these anxieties? What was the role of religious institutions – especially Catholic – as a means of dealing with these and other anxieties?


Perceptions of the self, affectivity, social identities, internal social hierarchies.Anglophone enslaved narratives reveal that the enslaved frequently did not see their primary identity as that of “slaves”. How did the enslaved see themselves in different contexts? How did they interact with free people? How did micro-societies of the enslaved operate? How can the social hierarchies internal to enslaved groups be assessed? 


Forms of slave resistance. A widely studied topic, in this conference we would like to approach the resistance and revolts of the enslaved not from their outcomes, but from a consideration of the experience and consciousness of resistance of the enslaved, both in everyday life, as well as in violent outbursts.


Freed slaves and forced labor. Our aim is to understand the experiences of slaves that were freed, but continued to live like slaves, namely by being engaged in forced labor situations.


The conference will be designed in order to encourage discussion and debate. 

Prior to the conference, participants are expected to submit a piece of written work, which will be pre-circulated to discussants and among all paper presenters. 

This piece will consist of a substantial executive summary of the research paper, up to 4,000 words. So as to stimulate discussion we will invite discussants to comment on individual essays. A general discussion will follow the discussants’ comments. 




Contact Info: 

Ângela BARRETO XAVIER (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa)

Michel CAHEN (EHEHI – Casa de Velázquez / Sciences Po Bordeaux)

António CORREIA DA SILVA (Université du Cap-Vert)

Cristina NOGUEIRA DA SILVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

CFP: Popular Culture Association/ACA Annual Conference—Biographies Area (1 Oct. 2017; 28-31 Mar. 2018)

Call for Papers: 2018 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Indianapolis, Indiana (March 28-31, 2018)

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on March 28-31, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott In Indianapolis, Indiana. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2017 Event Management database at

The deadline is October 1, 2017.

Thank you for your interest!


Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154 OR


Contact Info: 

Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154
702-895-2141 OR

Contact Email: 

CFP: Autobiography, Biography and Life Narratives – Asia & Asian American (31 July 2017; 22-25 Mar. 2018)

AAS 2018: Seeking presenters for panel on Autobiography, Biography and Life Narratives – Asia & Asian American

Seeking one or two presenters for an inter-disciplinary panel at AAS March 22-25, 2018, Washington DC (, which will focus on the telling of Life Stories: including but not limited to various forms such as biography, autobiography/memoir, auto-ethnography, life history, oral history, etc. Am open to geographic area: would like to draw from multiple areas, as well as possibly scholars working on Asian American topics. Am open to different forms – e.g. films or digital media. Am also open to presenters who wish to discuss pedagogy using life narratives. Please contact Dr. Margaret Bodemer, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, at as soon as possible, preferably before July 31st

Best regards,

CFP: Grafting the Self (Slavic emphasis) (25 Aug 2017; 19-21 Oct. 2017)


Grafting the Self

Princeton University, October 19-21, 2017
Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Keynote Speaker: Lilya Kaganovsky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Grafting the Self is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore instances of experimentation with individual and collective identity within the context of Central and Eastern Europe. From the iPhone to prosthetic limbs, from globalism to localism, the early 21st century faces new shifts in the paradigms of personhood and of traditional forms of subjectivity. High tech objects and the manufacture of identity have become grafted onto each other. New media and technologies are giving space to new forms of agency and have, more recently, aided the rise of new understandings of identity. The assemblage nature of the app revolution, the palimpsestic phenomenon of globalization and the prosthetic world of bio-mechanics all give rise to new ways of composing the Self.

Often underexplored, Central and Eastern Europe has a long track-record of challenging conventional notions of the self and its domains. In one recent experiment, Viktoria Modesta, a Latvian-born English model and singer, uses the below-the-knee amputation of her left leg as a jumping-off point for artistic collaboration with designers of innovative prosthetics. Her inventive leg prosthetics – a sharp spike, a glowing lamp – adapt and simultaneously challenge conventional understandings of beauty and disability. In other words, Modesta’s prosthetic-aesthetic is a new expressive language that grafts biomechanics onto pop culture. With these interventions and challenges in mind, we want to encourage the discussion of grafted identities within the cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, which offer a rich cultural landscape for the manufacturing of new identities out of old traditions and new technologies.

Bearing in mind questions such as: “Which “ready-mades” are more efficient than others in hosting the Self?”, we invite submissions that explore how various practices of grafting and inhabiting already existing cultural forms help us understand the process of shaping the Self. In particular, we are interested in research that demonstrates the subjectivizing potential of human-made structures, covering a broad range of topics from body implants to urban grids; from narrative templates to visual ready-mades; from linguistic transplants to cross-dressing. How does grafting shed light onto the ever-adapting shape of the Self?

The goal of the conference is to provide graduate students with the chance to present their work to senior scholars in the field and to receive as much constructive feedback as possible. The conference will also host several talks by invited speakers from various areas of expertise in order to broaden the discussion and provide young scholars with an opportunity to interact across disciplines. All papers will be made available prior to the conference through the conference website. At the conference, each presenter will be given 10-15 minutes to give their paper, followed by commentary by the panel discussant and open discussion.


Submission Details

We welcome submissions from graduate students whose work concerns in the broadest sense possible the ‘Slavic world’, which we take to include Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the ex-Soviet territories of Central Asia. Please submit abstracts (300 words or less) to to Gabriella Ferrari, Lev Nikulin and Elizaveta Mankovskaya. In addition, please attach a short CV including current departmental affiliation, name, and e-mail. The deadline for submissions is August 25, 2017Please submit all files as Word documents.

We will be able to provide accommodation from October 19 through October 22. Although participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements by seeking support from their home institution or external funding resources, partial travel subsidies will be provided by the conference in exceptional circumstances and on an ad hoc basis.

Please address any questions to Gabriella Ferrari, Lev Nikulin and Elizaveta Mankovskaya at


Princeton University

Hosted by the Princeton Slavic Languages and Literatures department, and co-sponsored by the Princeton Program in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies

Contact Info:
Gabriella A. Ferrari
Slavic Languages and Literatures,
Princeton University


Contact Email:
graftingtheself@gmail.comGrafting the Self (Slavic emphasis) (8/25/2017; 10/19-21/2017)

CFP: Stardom, Celebrity and Fandom Conference (1 Aug. 2017; 10-11 Nov. 2017)

Stardom, Celebrity and Fandom Conference

Kylo-Patrick Hart's picture
Call for Papers
August 1, 2017
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Sociology, Contemporary History, Communication

We invite presentation proposals for the Stardom, Celebrity and Fandom Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) November 10-11, 2017.

The conference organizers are seeking contributions that explore various realities associated with living in the limelight and/or admiring those who do, insightful analyses of individual stars and/or celebrities, and in-depth analyses of intriguing media offerings that examine and represent stardom, celebrity and/or fandom, during any historical era.

Given adequate participant interest and high-quality submissions, we are hoping to publish selected papers (with author’s permission) in a special collection of essays pertaining to the conference theme.

Participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme quite broadly and innovatively. Possible topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) achieving fame, active vs. passive fan phenomena, addiction and destructive behaviors as coping mechanisms, authenticity, celebrity culture, challenges associated with continual media attention, cult of personality, dynamics of celebrity and stardom, falling from grace, gossip and innuendo, Hollywood’s Golden Age, the illusion of intimacy, instant celebrity status, fandom realities and pleasures, media (over)saturation, micro-celebrity, noteworthy stars and celebrities, scandals, social mobility and the American Dream, stalkers and other obsessive admirers, the studio system, television stardom, and trends in social media.

We encourage submissions from scholars, educators, and students at all levels, and from disciplines including art, communication, cultural studies, film and video studies, history, journalism, LGBTQ studies, media studies, music, political science, popular culture, sociology, television studies, and women’s studies, among others. Individual paper presentations will be limited to 25 minutes in length.

Please e-mail presentation proposals containing (a) a one-page abstract with complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and contact telephone number) and (b) a one-paragraph author biography to Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart ( on or before Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Decisions regarding the status of submitted proposals will be made and communicated as quickly as possible following the submission deadline, and certainly no later than August 15, 2017. For specific inquiries prior to submitting a proposal, please contact Dr. Hart at your convenience by e-mail (

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