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Calls for Papers are listed in chronological order according to their deadlines for submissions.
Symposium Announcements are below.


Title: The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces
When:October 13-14, 2017
Where: The Harvard Art Museums
Deadline: April 15, 2017

This symposium, held in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820, seeks papers that investigate spaces of artistic, artisanal and intellectual production throughout global history. From artist’s studios to experimental laboratories, from offices to political chambers, rooms and their contents have long impacted history and transformed their inhabitants. We invite case studies that address questions like the following: How might an assemblage of objects within a given space intersect or clash with ideological narratives? How have secret or privileged rooms, or rooms to which access is limited, served to obfuscate and facilitate the generation and dissemination of ideas? As historians and critics, how should we interpret and recreate such spaces—many of which no longer exist?

The Philosophy Chamber exhibition, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from May 19 to December 31, 2017, will explore the history and collections of one of the most unusual rooms in early America. Between 1766 and 1820, the Philosophy Chamber, a grand room adjacent to the College Library on Harvard’s Campus, was home to more than one thousand artifacts, images and specimens. Named for the discipline of Natural Philosophy, a cornerstone of the college’s Enlightenment-era curriculum that wove together astronomy, mathematics, physics and other sciences interrogating natural objects and physical phenomena, the Philosophy Chamber served as a lecture hall, experimental lab, picture gallery and convening space. Frequented by an array of artists, scientists, travelers and revolutionaries, the room and its collections stood at the center of artistic and scholarly life at Harvard and the New England region for more than fifty years. The exhibition considers the wide-ranging conversations, debates, and ideas that animated this grand room and the objects and architectural elements that shaped, supported or unintentionally undermined these discourses.

Potential case study “rooms” include:
•    Teaching cabinets
•    Workshops
•    Civic spaces
•    Laboratories
•    Domestic spaces
•    Toxic rooms
•    Secret rooms
•    Studies or offices
•    Artist studios
•    Theaters
•    Classrooms or lecture halls
•    Chatrooms or other digital “rooms” and platforms
•    Museum and gallery installations
•    Exchanges
•    Train Stations
•    Ruins, war-torn rooms

Due the interdisciplinary nature of this symposium, we welcome proposals from a variety of fields, including art history, architectural history, material culture studies, history, English and literature studies, American studies, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the fine arts.

To apply, please submit a 300-word abstract and two-page CV to laura_igoe@harvard.edu by April 15, 2017.


Title: Girls’ Studies/Girls’ Culture
When: October 18, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Where: Missouri, United States
Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2017

The Girls’ Studies/Girls’ Cultures Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association invites proposals for the 2017 MPCA/ACA conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, MO, October 18-22. We seek proposals for papers and presentations from graduate students, academics, and activists on girls, girlhoods, girls’ cultures, and the media. Suggested topics include:

media representations of girls, girlhood, girls’ cultures; girls as media producers, consumers, and critics; girls, politics and activism; girls’ organizations; girls and work; girls, play, and princess cultures; transgender girlhood; dolls, toys, games; fashion and cosmetics; girls, friends, and bullies; girls, feelings and fantasies; girlhood, mental illness, and the media; girlhood, education, and vocational training; policing girls and girlhood; girls, music, dance, and the arts; girls, disabilities, and the body; shifting definitions of girlhood; girls, social media, and digital practices; girls, traditional, digital, and media literacy; girls, media, and cultural work; girls, moral panics, and the media; girls and STEM; girls and discourses; rural girls and media; girls, religion, and popular culture; girls, intersectionality, and media girls and popular culture methodologies; girls, popular culture, and pedagogy; girls’ identities and popular culture

Please submit (300-word) abstracts for single papers or full panels (3 to 4 papers max) here: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org by April 30, 2017 (will accept late submissions)
More info about the conference is available here: http://mpcaaca.org/

For questions and queries about the Girls’ Studies/Girls’ Culture Area, please contact Miriam Forman-Brunell Forman-BrunellM@umkc.edu

Contact Info:

Dr. Miriam Forman-Brunell (Area Chair: Girls’ Studies)
Department of History
University of Missouri/Kansas City

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Fashion is signified and utilized through various forms of media. In this  Fashion And Media Symposium we will focus on how fashion is portrayed in all types of media. Presentations should examine the representations and expressions of fashion, apparel, garments, clothing, and textiles in various forms. Whether examining the latest technological innovations in fashion design, merchandising, retailing or how clothing is portrayed in paintings and sculpture, to the use of social media allowing an individual to show the latest clothing they purchased to friends, this symposium aims to push the envelope of scholarship to gain new understandings about the visual expression of fashion, apparel, garments, clothing and textiles through all media types. From the historical to the contemporary – the technological to fine artistic expression, Fashion And Media aims to be international in scope and represent a wide variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on perspectives and approaches from the humanities,  arts and social sciences.

Presentation Outcomes
All abstracts will be double-blind peer-reviewed and those accepted will give a 20 minute presentation at our conference in concurrent sessions.
We also welcome visual works and design, see our website: http://fashionandmedia.westphal.drexel.edu

Publication Outcomes
The broad nature of fashion in relation to media and culture allows for a wide variety of articles.  For many academics what counts towards publication varies by country, institutions of learning, and where a particular participant is in their academic career. This symposium will have all abstracts published with various other outlets for full paper publication. Final papers will have the possibility to be published in a book or an indexed journal. All abstract submissions for this conference will be double blind peer-reviewed prior to acceptance. Those who would like to pursue publication in a book or indexed journal will have the option. Final submissions will be reviewed for ultimate outcomes. The conference chair Dr. Joseph H. Hancock, II is working with Intellect Publishers to provide these opportunities for all who participate.

Abstracts, artwork, design and papers will be reviewed on a rolling basis see our website for details: http://fashionandmedia.westphal.drexel.edu

Those with questions should email Dr. Joseph H. Hancock, II at jhh33@drexel.edu.


Title: The Object: A Research Path in Humanities and Social Sciences 
Deadline for Submissions: 
September, 29 2017

Since the 80s, the “material turn” has become increasingly important in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities as a result of different epistemological turns. Amidst the wide variety of subjects that have been put forward, one can highlight the interest in material culture, the rise of “visual studies” or even the diverse reflections on the concept of “semiophore”. The results of such investigations have shown the need to go beyond the apparent banality of everyday objects and to reconsider the traditional limits that separate the subject and the object. This way it is possible to consider objects as social actors or, on the contrary, to further reify and objectify subjects. Parting from these investigations, three approaches are suggested here that stimulate —rather than limit— the reflections stemming from this problem:

  • How can an object and its materiality be defined? According to more concrete approaches, the object and the words to which it is associated (things, goods or materiality, for example) have a variety of natures, uses and forms.
  • Which are the relationships and/or bonds that link individuals to objects? The subject and the object are not fix entities; their interactions allow us to nuance the traditional division between both categories.
  • Which are meanings and values that should be considered in an object that is stripped from its context? How can it be described, replaced and represented in its natural environment (if it exists)? Are there limits to said representations? 

For this occasion, Forma joins the project put forward by the collective “Jeune chercheurs de TELEMMe” for the preparation of their annual study conferences (the minutes of all of the preparatory workshops can be accessed by clicking on this link and the cfp of the conference can be viewed by clicking here). 

The editorial committee recognizes the value of this matter in the present academic context and has therefore joined this initiative. It should also be noted that the methodological perspective and the transversal reflection that this subject requires is perfectly adapted to the editorial lines of this journal. 

It is important to clarify that Forma, Revista d’Estudis Comparatius, has no ties to the organization of this event or to the screening process of its participants. Any researcher that wishes to send its articles may or may not intervene in these conferences. Their participation or non-participation will not be taken into account in any way nor will it constitute a hindrance of any kind. 

As specified in the Editorial Policy tab on the web page, all of the submissions undergo a double-blind peer review process by external readers. The articles must be submitted to our e-mail: revista.forma@upf.edu along with a declaration of authorship that can be downloaded on our webpage. The file with the article should not contain the author’s name or affiliation, although this information should be provided in the declaration of authorship. For more information, please read our Author Guidelines.

Deadline for submissions: September, 29 2017

Contact Info:

Revista Forma (Despatx 20.273b)
Edifici Jaume I (Campus de la Ciutadella)
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08005
Barcelona, SPAIN

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