[EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS] "HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS : Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media" Colloquium

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
August 15, 2015
Location: 
Quebec, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Women's & Gender History / Studies

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: AUGUST 15, 2015

"HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS : Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media"
SYNOPTIQUE Journal Colloquium

Concordia University
Montréal, Québec
October 16-17, 2015

Invited speakers:

DR. ALICE MING WAI JIM (Art History, Concordia University)
DR. CARRIE RENTSCHLER (Institute for Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, McGill University) 
DR. MAGGIE HENNEFELD (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota) 
DR. ELENA GORFINKEL (Art History & Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
DR. ARA OSTERWEIL (Department of English, McGill University)
DR. LIZ CLARKE (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University)
SHELLEY NIRO (Brantford, Ontario)

Synoptique Journal announces its first colloquium dedicated to humour and technologies of disruption in feminist film and media practice. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS is dedicated to the polyvalent ways in which humour has functioned as a disruptive technology in feminist media theories and practices. Humour and its many manifestations— parody, satire, irony, and mimicry—have the potential to destabilize existing systems of representation, media production, and gender constructions. Humour can be used to forge new circuits of knowledge, as well as political and emotional solidarities. We are seeking conference proposals for individual papers that engage with the possibilities of humour as a technology, strategy, representational practice, and tool for renewing dialogues with feminisms (in all their manifestations) today. This approach necessitates a critical recognition of productive multiplicities and the centrality of critical race studies, Global South and indigenous feminisms, feminism and class, and posthuman concerns.

The colloquium will consist of two round tables of invited scholars and artists, and several panels composed of open call papers. We are also excited to announce that Synoptique Journal is curating a video essay installation as part of the colloquium. The curated installation will be unveiled in collaboration with the colloquium, and later exhibited on the Synoptique website.

Potential topics for colloquium papers may include:

• Activism, piracy, and resistance through humour
• Critical race, transnational, Global South, and Indigenous feminisms
• Cybernetics, post-human(ism), or cross-species humour
• Ethics and feminisms for the anthropocene and its ‘others’
• Feminist analyses of laughter as communal response (“sensuous solidarity”)
• Humour as a critical and/or liberating interrogation of feminisms and femininity
• Humour in and through video art, found footage, and archival interventions
• Intermediality, interactivity and reflexivity in relation to notions of authorship, as well as artistic and
cultural practice
• Internet humour, trolling, and resistance
• Intersectional or postmodern approaches to the feminist deployment of humour
• Laughter, irony and satire as political or interrogatory strategies
• Cinema as “l’écriture féminine"
• Mimicry and empire
• Narcissism, the pleasure principal, and psychoanalytical or sociological theories of laughter
• Negotiations and subversions of genre (science fiction, melodrama, fantasy, the western, etc.)
• Online participatory media, machinima, and video game modding
• Phenomenology of women’s laughter and comedic pleasure
• Politics of the female body in relation to deviance, ‘gross-out’ or ‘body’ humour, and the
carnivalesque
• Porn, sex parody and humour
• Roles and impacts of new and old media technologies and platforms (television, console video
games, film, social media, cartoons, photography, VJing, etc.)
• Stereotypes, parody and performance, and alternative representations of gender
• The avant-garde, experimental media aesthetics, and humour
• Women, technology, and media industries (transnational, amateur, porn, Hollywood, etc.)
• Women’s emotional labour and affect
• Women’s performance, vestimentary and fan cultures around media (Comiccon, fanfiction, mash-
up videos, etc.)

Proposals are due August 15th, 2015. Papers may be presented in French or English. Please submit a 300-word abstract with title and author bio to: colloquium.synoptique@gmail.com

 

The colloquium is organized in conjunction with an upcoming special issue of Synoptique dedicated to humour in feminist media practices (Vol. 5, no. 1). Synoptique is accepting contributions to the issue until Dec. 31st, 2015. For the special issue CFP and more information about Synoptique, please visit the Journal’s website: www.synoptique.ca

Organized by Desirée de Jesus, Tess McClernon and Rachel Webb Jekanowski, in conjunction with Synoptique Journal and the Cinema Studies Graduate Student Colloquium Series at Concordia.

 

En français :

DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION PROLONGÉE : 15 août 2015

SYNOPTIQUE : Revue virtuelle du film et de l’image en mouvement a le plaisir d’annoncer son tout premier colloque consacré à l’humour et aux technologies de perturbation dans les pratiques cinématographiques et médiatiques féministes. Il est organisé en collaboration avec l’École de cinéma Mel-Hoppenheim.

Le colloque HUMOUR > PERTURBATIONS est consacré aux divers usages de l’humour comme technologie perturbatrice dans les théories et pratiques médiatiques féministes. L’humour, quelle qu’en soit la forme – parodie, satire, ironie, imitation, etc. –, a le pouvoir de déstabiliser les systèmes existants de représentation, de production médiatique et de construction du rôle sexuel. L’humour peut servir à constituer de nouveaux circuits du savoir ainsi que des solidarités politiques et émotionnelles. Nous vous invitons à soumettre des propositions de communication individuelle traitant du potentiel de l’humour en tant que technologie, stratégie, pratique de représentation et outil permettant de renouer les dialogues avec le féminisme (sous toutes ses formes). Pour ce faire, il faut procéder à une reconnaissance critique de la multiplicité des productions et de la centralité des études critiques de la race, des féminismes autochtones et des pays du Sud, des liens entre le féminisme et la classe ainsi que des préoccupations posthumaines. 

Le colloque comprendra deux table rondes regroupant des spécialistes et des artistes ainsi que plusieurs réunions d’analystes consacrés aux communications. Par ailleurs, la rédaction est heureuse d’annoncer que Synoptique organise dans le cadre du colloque une installation en ligne d’essais vidéo. Celle-ci sera inaugurée durant l’événement, puis exposée sur le site Web de la revue. 

À l’occasion du colloque, Synoptique publie en outre un numéro spécial sur le rôle de l’humour dans les pratiques médiatiques féministes (Vol. 5, no 1). Elle accepte les soumissions pour cette édition jusqu’au 31 décembre 2015. Vous trouverez cet appel de propositions et de plus amples renseignements sur la revue à : www.synoptique.ca.

 

Prière de soumettre les résumés de communication par courriel au comité organisateur du colloque à : colloquium.synoptique@gmail.com.

Contact Info: 

Rachel Webb Jekanowski, Managing Editor

Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies

Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema

Concordia University

Montreal, Canada

email: editor.synoptique@gmail.com

www.synoptique.ca