Month: October 2015

CFP (deadline Oct 15): Sessions on Comics, Animation, and Visual Arts at NeMLA 2016

The Northeast Modern Language Association is holding its 47th annual convention in Hartford, Connecticut, starting March 17th. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended for select sessions to Thursday, October 15th.

I am encouraged by the work NeMLA has taken to increase the number of sessions focused on comics, graphic novels, visual narratives, and the superhero genre. And to keep that presence strong, I encourage anyone interested to submit to the following select sessions (especially for a session on the role of Japanese animation in Latin America) before the October 15th deadline. And please forward to anyone who you think would be interested in these sessions. All links below go directly to the site for submitting abstracts online:

Birdman and Cinematic Epistemology”

The subtitle of the Oscar Winner for Best Picture in 2015, Birdman; or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), points to the movie’s engagement with the ways that we know or fail to know (and whether knowing is good or bad) in 2010s America. This panel seeks papers that examine knowledge (or lack thereof) in this film and its connections with its cinematic techniques.

“Regenerating Comics in the 21st Century”

The 21st century has seen the resurrections of numerous comic book characters in film and television. From Captain America’s resuscitation as the “first Avenger” to Liv Moore’s revivification in iZombie, papers are sought that consider how comic book characters are regenerated in contemporary narratives, suggesting the possibilities and limitations of digital technologies in contemporary storytelling.

“La Vi(ll)e des autres: New Urban Encounters Via Visual Arts”

How and why do contemporary French and Francophone visual arts reconfigure urban spaces abroad and reframe encounters with ‘stranger(s) to ourselves’ foreigners today? This bilingual seminar offers a two-fold strand to query the fluidity of boundaries and identities beyond transnational multiculturalism. Via film, photography, installations, what ethical concerns and mixed perspectives emerge from the diversity of recent representations of foreign cities, and what does looking back at visions and revisions of French and Francophone cities illuminate and entail about the hexagon or ‘homeland’?

“Italian Graphic Novels”

Italy has had a long-standing tradition of graphic novels for decades, from the beginning of the twentieth century to now. Historical, humorous, mysterious, adventurous, noir, erotic, informative: they speak of the history of a country that found an original voice through storie a fumetti, especially during difficult times (post-World War II, the Seventies, recent years). Papers on any aspect of graphic novels in Italian are welcome.

“De Candy Candy a Ergo Proxy y más allá: El anime en Latinoamérica”

Japanese animation has had an important place in Latin American TV for decades. This panel will explore the reception of anime and its impact on Latin American anime fan communities. These groups have created networks of science-fiction fans that actively participate in the construction of a transnational cultural identity. Latin American anime fans create literature and art that illustrate how they envision their national, and transnational communities expanding the canon to include the Latin American context through fan fiction and original work.

Submissions are due Thursday, October 15th. Both NeMLA members and non-members may submit abstracts to multiple sessions after setting up a free CFP List NeMLA account here:

NeMLA Extends CFP Deadline to Oct 5

Now is not the time to procrastinate–it’s the time to submit!

The Northeast Modern Language Association has extended its call for papers deadline to Monday, October 5. The full list of CFPs is available here:

I have been advertising a variety of sessions, including ones on comics, films, and popular culture, and ones on composition. I also encourage submissions to two sessions I’m co-organizing (with web links where to submit):

The Marvel Cinematic Universe as Literature

With dynamic individual superhuman characters populating a world of complex, interwoven mythologies and origin stories, the films and television series of Marvel Comics Studios experiment with long-form transmedia storytelling. With twelve films and three television series released in less than a decade, all adhering to the same continuity and fictional universe, how can the Marvel Cinematic Universe reveal or offer fresh insight into the ways in which modern cinematic storytelling functions as literature? Approaches may include analysis of one or more films; storytelling across genre and medium; adaptations of the original Marvel Comics to film and television; and applications of various schools of literary and media theory to MCU properties.

“Ruined!” On Failed Adaptations from Page to Screen

This session will explore adaptations that fail in some way. Among our goals, we would like to identify what could be productive about failed adaptations. How do such failures identify what not to do, and can an adaptation that fails to be faithful to its source material still produce a valuable, worthwhile text? We are particularly interested in proposals that look at the adaptation of older artistic and literary forms in online and/or interactive content.

Both NeMLA members and non-members may submit abstracts to as many sessions as they desire, after creating a free CFP List NeMLA account: