Global Humanities, Vol. 5: Gender and Public Opinion
Call for chapters in an edited, interdisciplinary collection of essays. Chapters will explore the intersection of social class, film, television, communication, social media, and other related topics (which might include income inequality, class warfare, social justice movements, gaming culture, among others). We are interested in portrayals from a range of media and genres: film, games, television, Twitter, YouTube, art, and more.
We encourage submissions from all disciplines. Topics of possible interest include:
"The monster notoriously appears at times of crisis," Jeffrey Jerome Cohen states in his Monster Theory. At first glance, Cohen's assertion conveniently seems to fit the headlines by various venues--liberal and conservative--that all express a presumed crisis of the US Republican Party by referring to their 2016 presidential nominee as a "monster." However, Cohen has a different kind of crisis, and different kinds of monsters, in mind, and a broader analytical trajectory to follow: For him, American culture as such can be read "from the monsters [it] engenders."
When Star Trek debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966, there was little indication that its longevity across multiple platforms (films, series, books) would rival that of series such as Doctor Who, or that the series (and its fans) would become fixtures of popular culture, objects of academic study, and an outsized influence on science fiction.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, and celebrations of its cultural impact have been as varied as the show’s own incarnations.
The study of song- texts essentially demands inquiry and discussion from diverse fields like musicology, ethnomusicology, linguistics, literary studies, and phonology amidst several others. As has been eloquently stated by scholars Myfany Turpin and Tonya Stebbins, “songs to be highly structured art forms that have the ability to convey complex associations of meaning beyond everyday spoken language.”
While “summer in the city” may conjure up images of sweaty subway cars, New York’s summer reality is actually a lot cooler than one may think. More and more electricity is being consumed for air-conditioning, and the resulting emissions will mean even higher outside temperatures as time goes on. Stan Cox is research coordinator at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He is author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World and three other books on the global ecological crisis.
It is no surprise that Call of Duty is one of the best selling game franchises of all time. The games have been celebrated for their historical accuracy, bonus zombie content, and competitive multiplayer gameplay. Call of Duty's popularity has spawned toys, comic books, and even a special edition Jeep Wrangler. In January 2016 the Call of Duty World League was founded for players to compete on a global stage for millions in prize money. Events can be watched on sites like Twitch and MLG.TV.
Those interested in presenting on recent research projects, critical studies, curatorial projects, and/or preservation projects related to the concept of art environments or the field of self-taught art should submit abstracts and/or propose sessions using the following guidelines:
200–250 word abstract for individual presentations
300–350 word abstract for session topics, including proposed speakers
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Material Culture Area of the PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2017 National Conference in San Diego, California, April 12th-15th.