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CFP: 2001: A Space Odyssey

2016 February 3
by Shared by Steve Rust

Call for Contributors – Abstracts by March 10, 2016.

Critical Insights: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Nearly fifty years after its release, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a turning point in the history of science fiction cinema, and one of the most critically acclaimed science-fiction films ever made.  As such, it’s been chosen by Salem Press for its Critical Insights: Film series (an extension of Salem’s well known CI series in literature).

These volumes are intended for an undergraduate, or upper-level high school, readership – providing key background, context, and analysis for thinking about the film itself, its place in American cinema, and its influences across media.

The structure of the volume is set by Salem to include the following:

  • A 4000-5000 word “Historical Background” chapter that addresses how the time period influenced the development of the film genre across different time periods and cultures, as well as what makes the film relevant to a contemporary audience.
  • A 4000-5000 word “Critical Reception” chapter that surveys major pieces of criticism of the film and the major concerns that critics of the film have attended to over the years.
  • A 4000-5000 word “Critical Lens” chapter that offers a close reading of the film, approaching the theme/genre from a particular critical standpoint.
  • A 4000-5000 word “Comparative Analysis” chapter that analyzes the director in light of another director or offers a comparative analysis of the genre/style across two or three different films that embody the genre.
  • Ten 5000-5500-word chapters on topics related to the film.  These final 10 chapters typically have the normal “edited volume” flexibility in topics and approaches.

Initial drafts will be due July 15, 2016, with final drafts due October 1.  The manuscript is due to the publisher in December 2016, for a mid-2017 publication.  Authors of successfully completed essays will be compensated $250 by Salem Press.

Contact:  A. Bowdoin Van Riper – with inquiries

Call for Questions: 2016 Flow Conference

2016 January 28
by Shared by Steve Rust


The 2016 Flow Conference Committee invites you to contribute a roundtable question for the 6th Flow Conference, which will be held in Austin, TX, September 15-17, 2016. Finalized questions will be posted by mid-March.

Since its inception, Flow has encouraged scholars to identify and engage with current trends, patterns, and developments within contemporary media. Continuing this proud tradition, the conference welcomes questions addressing recent topics in television and new media studies. As this year’s conference marks the tenth anniversary of the first Flow conference, we especially welcome questions that survey television’s development over the past decade in addition to those questions which look forward and make links with key innovations in new media.

In the spirit of community and collaboration, Flow seeks to foster dialogue among scholars, industry professionals, activists, fans, and policymakers regarding fundamental issues facing television and/or new media as media, culture, and technology. Rather than developing full-length conference presentations, roundtable participants submit short position papers that will be posted online prior to the conference. We encourage those who pose questions to attend, though acceptance of one’s question does not entail one must participate in the conference.

The deadline for questions is Friday, February 26, at which point questions may be edited to meet Flow’s larger objectives. Please submit your proposed roundtable questions through the Google Form link below. For examples, please look through our list of accepted questions from Flow 2014. We are happy to answer any general questions regarding the conference. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you here in Austin!


For updates, please follow us at @FlowConference.

Sincerely yours,

2016 Flow Conference Programming Coordinators

Conference CFP: The Image

2016 January 25
by Shared by Steve Rust

Call for Videos: Real Food Films Contest

2016 January 22
by Shared by Steve Rust
Gustolab Institute for Food Studies is delighted to serve as an Anchor School for this year’s Real Food Films Contest, a competition where in the past two years, over 300 filmmakers from around the world have entered the world’s largest short films competition for films on food, farming and sustainability. This fall Real Food Media announced the launch of its third-annual Contest year with a call for submissions of super-short films on underreported issues, unique changemakers and creative solutions to foster a broad, public conversation about the challenges and inspiration at the heart of our food system.

Details about guidelines can be found at Submissions are due by March 1st, 2016 at 9pm PST/12 midnight EST. The top ten finalist films will be announced April 1st, 2016 at Madrone Studios in San Francisco. Awards include a $5,000 Grand Prize, $2,000 for Runner-Up and special awards for Best Cinematography, Underreported Issue, Food Producer Profile, Innovative Initiative and Animation. Media partners include film festivals and online video platform, Vimeo, bringing wide distribution opportunities for films and valuable networks for filmmakers.

Conference CFP: Geographies of Interruption: Body, Location, and Experience

2016 January 20
by Shared by Steve Rust

Geographies of Interruption: Body, Location, and Experience

The 23rd Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies

International Graduate Conference


Keynote Speaker: Jasbir Puar

Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University


April 8, 2016

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY


Each year, a diverse group of participants gather in Rochester, NY for a graduate conference held by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. This conference aims to foster an environment of interdisciplinary communication, knowledge exchange, and collaboration. We take geography to be the practice and process of mapping bodies, spaces, and experiences. In particular, we hope to inspire questions concerning the interruptions of such geographies, especially those relating to gender and sexuality. Such questions might include, but are not limited to:


    •    How does social, bodily, and geographical mobility complicate the mapping of spaces and bodies?

    •    How do media forms constitute counter-geographies? 

    •    Does sharing a photo of a fallen Syrian refugee on one’s Facebook timeline intervene in a meaningful way? 

    •    In what ways are sexed and/or sexualized bodies mapped into conceptions of (trans)nationality?

    •    How might race and class interrupt and problematize feminist and queer geography?

    •    What are the affective ramifications of contemporary or historical forms of segregation?

    •    How do gendered perceptions of bodies in pain affect medical treatment or scales of pain?

    •    How does web mapping (e.g. Google Maps) reproduce or resist the gendered, classed, and racial power dynamics of prior methods of mapping?

    •    What are the gendered biases of computer coding languages?


We invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit research on questions related to the conference theme and especially in response to the keynote speaker’s research. In addition to more traditional scholarship, we encourage creative interpretations of this year’s theme, performances, and collaborative presentations.


Submission Details: Please send a 300-word abstract to the graduate organizing committee at as a Word or PDF document, including name, institutional affiliation, email address, a brief biographical statement, and a list of any equipment needed for your presentation. Presentations will be 20 minutes.


Submissions are due no later than February 2, 2016. You will receive the committee’s decision by mid-February.

Call for Videos: 2016 Eco-Comedy Video Competition

2016 January 19
by Shared by Steve Rust

Eco-Comedy Video Competition

Spring 2016 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

Clean Water

Sponsored by: The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, Washington DC


**$2,000 Prize**

The 2016 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. “Connect the drops” between clean water and life. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.

Submissions must:

  • Be humorous!
  • Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water” and overall environmental conservation.
  • Appeal to a broad audience.
  • Be an original production.
  • Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
  • Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2016 YouTube Channel at:
  • Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.

A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.

Submissions that are not received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Friday, March 4, 2016. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 22, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit:

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Chris Palmer at

Conference CFP: New Directions in the Humanities

2016 January 15
by Shared by Steve Rust

This conference may be of particular interest to folks this year due to the special focus on environmental humanities. Check it out.

Fourteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
8-10 June 2016

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies
  • Theme 2: Communications and Linguistics Studies
  • Theme 3: Literary Humanities
  • Theme 4: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  • Theme 5: Humanities Education
  • Theme 6: Books, Publishing and Libraries
  • 2016 Special Focus: Nature at the Crossroads – New Directions for the Humanities in the Age of the Anthropocene

Click the conference title above to link to the conference page for more information on deadlines, proposals, and the conference information.

Conference CFP: Food Studies 2016

2016 January 11
by Shared by Steve Rust

The 2016 Food Studies conference call for proposals is now out. See below for a description and link to the conference website.

The Sixth International Conference on Food Studies will be held at the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, 12-13 October 2016.

Founded in 2011, the conference provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions, in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health, and social wellbeing. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of: agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic, and cultural perspectives on food.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.  See: