5/6/2020 – CFP: Pop Cinema

What, when & where

CFP: Pop Cinema (Anthology)
Glyn Davis and Tom Day, Editors

One of the most revolutionary and divisive art movements of the 20th century, Pop Art often found its thematic and stylistic sources in cinema. While it remains common to speak of Pop Art in relationship to film culture, there has been a significant lack of theorisation of films and filmmakers that were influenced by or employed the aesthetics and themes of Pop Art. Although there have been useful discussions in recent years of the place of Pop Art in the film criticism of curator and theorist Lawrence Alloway (Stanfield 2008), and curators William Kaizen (2011) and Ed Halter (2015) have separately attempted to define a corpus of Pop Films, there has been no thorough scholarly engagement with what this book terms ‘Pop Cinema’. This anthology will begin to remedy this omission by gathering a range of perspectives on artworks from the late 1950s to the present to probe the idea that a body of cinema and cinema-related practice exists that bears a direct relationship to Pop Art. We are concerned to bring the methodologies and critical positions of Art History and Film Studies together to bear on works of moving-image art—be they cinema or video—not to explore the ways in which they display works of Pop Art within their diegesis but to situate them as works of Pop Art in their own right.

In light of recent attempts to widen both the geographic and temporal frame of Pop Art practice, as seen in the major exhibitions ‘International Pop’ at The Walker Art Center (2015) and ‘The World Goes Pop’ at Tate Modern (2015-2016), we invite contributions which consider Pop Cinema from an international perspective. Moreover, we seek to engage with a wide variety of works from before and beyond Pop’s canonical decade of the 1960s. This anthology will gather a diversity of perspectives on Pop Cinema in the interest of charting new directions for the interdisciplinary practice of both Film Studies and Art History. We use the term “diversity” broadly here, to signify a multitude of types of moving-image artwork as well as an assortment of methodological approaches. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

· Individual Films, television shows and video works made by Pop Artists (e.g. Evelyne Axell, Dara Birnbaum, Dereck Boshier, Niki de Saint Phalle, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Martial Raysse, Martha Rosler, Joyce Wieland)
· Nonfiction films about mass culture and mass consumption
· Pop and the surface aesthetics of colour and production design in classical Hollywood and global art cinema
· Pop Art and American Underground Cinema (e.g. Kenneth Anger, Bruce Conner, George and Mike Kuchar, Marie Menken, Ron Rice, Barbara Rubin, Warren Sonbert, Jack Smith, Stan VanDerBeek, Andy Warhol)
· Found Footage and Collage filmmaking
· Real and fake advertising and commercial moving-image work by artists and filmmakers (e.g. Dara Birnbaum, The Dziga Vertov Group, Richard Hamilton, William Klein, Joan Rabascall and Benet Rossell, Andy Warhol)
· Films related to pop music (e.g. musicals, promos, music videos)
· Modes of Camp reception and address in mainstream and underground filmmaking
· Discourses of Pop in film and art journalism and criticism
· Pop themes and aesthetics in Video Art (e.g. George Barber, Dara Birnbaum, Anthony Dicenza, Ann Magnuson, Antonio Muntadas, Paper Rad, Michael Robinson, Martha Rosler, Tom Rubnitz, Jason Simon)
· Pop in relation to global experimental and mainstream animated filmmaking

Deadline & how to apply

The timeline for proposals and submissions is as follows:

· 400-word proposal and 150 word bio due by June 5, 2020
· Notification of acceptance by June 26, 2020
· Full submissions due by January 8, 2021

The full submissions will be between 6,000–7,500 words, formatted in Chicago style.

Other info, Links & conditions

For questions and submissions, contact the editors at popcinemabook@gmail.com.


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08/05/2020 – Call for papers BrANCH conference

What, when & where

Call for Papers Annual BrANCH Conference

Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 9-11 October 2020

BrANCH 2020 and COVID-19

BrANCH is assuming, or at least very much hoping, that the current Covid-19 pandemic will be over by October 2020 and, with it, the travel restrictions between the US and the UK (and indeed anywhere else) will be lifted. So we encourage you to submit your panel and paper proposals as normal by the original Call for Papers deadline of Friday 8th May. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will make a decision on how best to manage registration, which would not normally open until June in any event. We can assure you that if we have to cancel BrANCH2020, a full refund for conference fees will be given. We cannot cover travel costs and/or losses, however, so we advise later than usual booking, perhaps, to ensure confidence that you can fly. The BrANCH Conference Secretary, Liz Barnes, has ensured that she has the dates to cancel by firmly in her diary, so we will let you know promptly (by the end of August, if not earlier) if there is any risk of BrANCH2020 at Madingley not going ahead. Please all take care in this current crisis.


Deadline & how to apply

The BrANCH committee is pleased to invite proposals for our 27th annual conference, to be held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 9-11 October 2020.

The Parish Lecturer for 2020, we are delighted to announce, is Professor Adam Smith, author of The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865 (UNC Press 2017) and No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North (OUP 2006).

The BrANCH Keynote for 2020, we are equally delighted to announce, is Professor Elaine Frantz, author of Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction (UNC Press 2016) and Manhood Lost: Drunken Men and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States (John Hopkins University Press 2003).

The BrANCH Committee would like to invite both panels and individual papers on all aspects of U.S. history from the period 1789 to 1917. We particularly encourage panels that open new lines of communication between established thematic specialties as well as individual papers that cut across traditional categories of historical inquiry in imaginative and innovative ways. Sponsored panels and postgraduate contributions are especially welcome.

In line with BrANCH’s diversity initiative, proposals for single-gender panels are unlikely to be accepted. Sponsored panels and postgraduate contributions are especially welcome. Due to limitations of space on the programme we are also unlikely to accept paper proposals from those who presented at our last two conferences (Edinburgh, 2019 and Missouri, 2020); this does not prevent them from chairing a panel however.

Other info, Links & conditions

Subsidies for UK-based postgraduate participants are available for those not in receipt of support from their home institutions. These will be offered on a first come first served basis.

We are pleased to introduce a childcare/carers bursary for postgraduates and ECRs with caring responsibilities. Full details to follow on our website.

Please send a brief CV and a summary of the proposed paper or panel (no more than 3 speakers per panel and 300 words per paper, please) by Friday 8th May 2020 to the Conference Secretary at: branchconference2020@gmail.com.

Please note that all programme participants will be expected either to be members or register as BrANCH members before the conference.

Further information on membership can be found here, and please see our Twitter feed (@Branch19th) for regular updates, or you can email the Chair, susan-mary.grant@ncl.ac.uk.


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30/04/2020 – CFP: Gender and Empowerment in American History and Politics

We announce that the fourth call for proposals of USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics, is now available at the following address: https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/382 Leggi tutto “30/04/2020 – CFP: Gender and Empowerment in American History and Politics”

15/03/2020 – New York. Summer institute “abolition”

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EAAS Postgraduate Travel grant + Warsaw conference grant


EAAS and the EAAS 2020 Warsaw conference organizers have established a fund to support broad participation at the Warsaw conference by offering a number of small conference travel grants. The eligibility for these grants will be restricted to early career scholars and/or scholars from countries with a nominal GDP of less than 30,000 USD per capita (according to the most recent IMF list). Please review the following points before applying:
•applications must be submitted electronically to EAAS Vice-‐President, Professor Zuzanna Ladyga (z.ladyga@uw.edu.pl; vice‐president@eaas.eu), by March 15, 2020;
•applicants can apply for a maximum of 200 EUR, to cover travel and/or accommodation and/or meals;
•applications presenting a brief budget covering the planned attendance(travel, meals, accommodation), and indicating other anticipated sources of support to attend the conference, should only be made after receiving confirmation of acceptance onto the conference program;
•applicants should indicate whether they are full-‐time or part-‐time post-‐graduate students, how their degree studies are funded, and whether they are in academic employment;
•successful applicants will be notified by March 20, 2020 and should then promptly confirm their attendance;
•successful applicants should submit a personal receipt outlining the expenses covered by the grant to EAAS Treasurer, Professor Adina Ciugureanu (treasurer@eaas.eu),within two months of the conference travel (by June 30, 2020).


The deadline for receipt of this application is 28March 2020. All documents need to be submitted electronically to Prof. ZuzannaLadyga at vice-president@eaas.euand cc-ed to z.ladyga@uw.edu.pl. See the PDF attached.