Author: Tobias Steiner

CfP: Jazz Research Journal special issue on ‘Jazz Television’. Deadline: Sept 8, 2017

In an account of Roland Kirk’s appearance on the television programme Soul!, Gayle Wald argues that the mediation of a television camera “renders the affective power of Kirk’s performance more immediate and more suspenseful than it might have been in a nightclub setting” (2015: 124-125). With these words, Wald explodes dominant myths in jazz regarding the primacy of live performance and counters widely-held suspicions regarding the possible accomplishments of jazz television (see Frith 2002: 277-290). As understandings of jazz reach beyond the musicological, scholarship has paid closer attention to questions of production and visual style in small-screen presentations of...

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CfP: Alterity and the Research Imagination Conference @Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 25-26 Jan 2018. Deadline: Aug 31, 2017.

Preoccupation with theories and practices of representation and othering, across the breadth of various genres and disciplines, has moved forward debates about positioning in research and modes of constructing and producing knowledge. In Meatless Days (1989), a vivid memoir of her girlhood in postcolonial Pakistan, Sara Suleri Goodyear deplores being regarded as an “otherness machine”—a concern Kwame Anthony Appiah (1991) shares in his famous critique of postcolonial literature, culture and critical studies. A host of scholars who tend to conflate the post-isms as such contend that postcolonial theory and praxis are embedded in Western institutions that shape the field....

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Call for Chapters: The Art of Artertainment: Nobrow, American Style. Deadline: Sept 1, 2017

As editors of a collection titled The Art of Artertainment: Nobrow, American Style, we warmly invite articles that focus on all aspects of American culture, such as literature, television, cinema, music, painting, material culture, photography, theater, and all other that are influenced by the crossovers of highbrow with lowbrow. Of special interest are historical and/or analytical approaches illuminated by colorful studies of cases where art and entertainment come together, written from the perspective of aesthetics, history, sociology, anthropology, art history, communications, digital culture, and the like. Please send an abstract of minimum 400 words along with a biographical note...

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CfP: “The City: Images and Imaginaries” conference @University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. March 12-15, 2018. Deadline: Nov 30, 2017

We are delighted to announce that from March 12th to 15th , 2018, the School of Humanities, Communication and Library Science, University Carlos III de Madrid, will host the International Interdisciplinary Conference: THE CITY: IMAGES AND IMAGINARIES. This conference aims to offer a diverse view of representations of cities, including the artistic dimensions, as well as the technical, historical, or urban perspectives. The following central concepts and their corresponding sub-themes, will be addressed: Urban space: configuration, design, the legacy of the past. Civic experience in modern times: citizenry, identities, sustainability. Contemporary cities and their representations: audiovisual, visual arts, writing....

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CfP: Cine Excess XI – Fear and the Unfamiliar: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd. @Birmingham City University, Nov 9-11, 2017. Deadline: Sept 8, 2017.

We invite paper proposals for: Cine Excess XI: Fear and the Unfamiliar: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd Birmingham City University (and related screening venues) 9th-11th November 2017 Over the last 11 years, the Cine-Excess International Film Conference and Festival has brought together leading scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers for an event comprising a themed academic conference with plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and UK theatrical premieres of up and coming film releases. Previous guests of honour attending Cine-Excess have included Catherine Breillat (Romance, Sex is Comedy), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers),...

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