My friend Max and I have been friends for ten years as of this spring, which is more or less half of our entire lives. See if you can find us in these awkward cosplay photos from an anime convention in 2002:
Sigh. Look at how few people went to anime conventions in New England in 2002. This was basically right before anime became a thing that had clubs in high schools for the viewing of. *old man voice* Back in my day I had to get my dad to drive me to Suncoast Video to drop forty bucks on a VHS of three episodes of badly dubbed 80s anime. I got real edgy when I acquired a bootleg of Gundam X. I didn’t have anyone to talk about my interests with so Max and I would stay up late on the phone chatting about nerd shit and god knows what else.
Which is still what we do. So that makes me happy. There are so many mutually embarrassing stories I can’t even… I will have to follow up on this with someone about the only person who has known me longer, which is Maya, and Maya and I were idiot savants together back in the day I tell you what (hint: we drew Harry Potter fan comics, okay I said it). I love my friends and that is that.
Here are some conferences looking as much for papers as for artists and other approaches on topics I think some of y’all would be interested in:
CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS: Proposed Title: Under The Mask: Race, Gender and Identity in Superhero Media
Authors are invited to submit abstracts and/or completed manuscripts for an edited anthology exploring issues pertaining to race, gender, and constructed or represented identity in superhero media (films, comics, video games, television, etc.). We are open to innovative approaches from all disciplines. All research methodologies are welcome, including critical/cultural, ethnography, quantitative, and mixed methods. Essays should in some manner contribute to understanding of how superhero media fit into mass communication and reflect diversity within society. More…
Call for papers/ presentations/ performance: Hostings 6 & 7
Hosting 6: “Absence – Haunted Landscapes”
Hosting 7: “Presence – Manifesting Ghosts
We invite proposals for papers, presentations, or performances of 30 minutes exploring the desire and attempt to materialise what is absent via the medium of haunted landscapes or through the manifestation of a ghost. We would like to hear from researchers within the fields of anthropology, art history, cultural studies, film studies, history, law, literary studies, parapsychology, psychology, philosophy etc. as well as practising artists. The Hostings will take place in the Court Room, University of London, Senate House between 6.30 – 9.00pm on the 29th February and 14th March. Please send a (working) title and an abstract of approximately 300 words. lnclude which Hosting you are submitting to and, if applicable, one or two pictures. More…
Call for Submissions: Food, Migration, and Movement Food is a common and constant variable among us; everyone must eat. Vandal is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, photographs, interviews and visual art that engages the theme: food, migration, and movement.
We interpret this call as broadly as possible, to include all topics that deal with food/foodways, and migration or political movement(s). The movement of food(s) and people(s) has always intimately connected politics, culture, and identity, marking ‘us’ and ‘them’. Food migrations are surely among the most globally transformative moments in recorded history. Christopher Columbus sailed in search of spices, and sugar was inextricable in the trade triangle that brought so many enslaved Africans to the “New World.” Sugar, coffee and cocoa remain among the most traded commodities worldwide. As food often reflects public policy’s focus, food also becomes the vehicle through which we voice our politics. These expressions can be witnessed in government corn subsidies, hunger strikes, the establishment of local community farms and protests on every continent resulting from rising food prices within the last year. Our options or lack of options in food ultimately effect health and culture. To engage food is to engage the most crucial aspects of all societies. More…
Call for papers
Special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, March 2015 Edited by Jen Gunnels (New York Review of Science Fiction) and Carrie J. Cole (University of Arizona, Tucson)
Fandom is a performed set of practices. It’s something that one does. For many, being a fan is a distinct part of their performed identity. This practice may take many forms, from the performativity inherent to fan writing to more blatant performances such as LARPs and cosplay. From the other side of the fence, performance studies has had little interaction with fan studies, and investigations into intersections between the disciplines around such issues as identity performance and participant/performer ethnographies would further energize both fields. More…
I really encourage anyone with passions to attend conferences related to them. Some conferences are stuffy, but they’re getting weirder and more broad as far as I can tell. I had a great time especially at The Marcuse Society Conference this year.