17/01/2020 – ECCLES Grants for British Library’s North American collections

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02/12/2019 – 4 research grants BAAS for american studies

What, when & where

The awards are offered to scholars in the UK who need to travel to conduct research, or who have been invited to read papers at conferences on American Studies topics. It is intended that the grants be awarded for the study of subjects where the principle aim is the study of American history, politics, society, literature, art, culture, etc., and not subjects with other aims, the data for which happen to be located in the USA.

Up to four awards of £1000 are available. Although there is no specific time limit for the duration of the awards, and it is recognised that awards under the scheme may need to be supplemented, it is not intended that they should be used to supplement or extend much longer-term awards.
British Association for American Studies, BAAS Founders’ Research Travel Awards

The duration of the award would typically expect to be twelve weeks. Applications are invited from persons normally resident in the UK, and from scholars currently working at UK universities and institutions of higher education.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.

Deadline & how to apply

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 December 2019. Travel must take place between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. Awards for travel will not be made retrospectively.

The application form can be downloaded here.

You can view the Submission Guidelines here.

Other info, Links & conditions

Successful candidates are required to provide a brief report of their research trip for publication in American Studies in Britain, and they are requested to acknowledge the assistance of BAAS in any other publication that results from research carried out during the tenure of the award. Membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible to receive one of these awards. Applicants will need to supply their membership number, which can be found by logging into the BAAS website and navigating to Member-BAAS Community-Profile.


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31/1/2020 – CFP: “Unmade, Unfinished, Unseen: Shadow Histories of Cinema and Television”

What, when & where

Unmade, Unfinished, Unseen: Shadow Histories of Cinema and Television
 16 – 17 September 2020
De Montfort University, Leicester.

Keynote speakers: Dr Shelley Cobb (University of Southampton), Professor Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England), and others to follow.

Unmade films and TV programmes have become a subject of both academic and popular interest, driven partly by the opening of archives with significant holdings of unproduced screenplays. As well as books on Kubrick’s /Napoleon /and /The Greatest Movies You’ll Never See/, recent years have seen documentary films on ‘lost projects’ such as /Lost in La Mancha /(2002) and /Jodorowsky’s Dune/ (2013), radio adaptations of /Unmade Movies/ like Welles’s /Heart of Darkness/, and stage readings of unproduced Hammer scripts such as /Vampirella/. Yet, while much of this interest has centred on the unrealised films and TV programmes of significant directors and writers, research is needed into wider issues around ‘unproduction studies’, such as career breaks, cultures of script development, development hell, and the industrial logic of failure.

We invite papers for submission on any aspect of unmade cinema and television. Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

·Gendered / racial inequalities and unmade projects
·Case studies of unrealised screenplays, screen treatments, passion projects etc.
·Gate-keeping in media industries (agents, script readers etc.)
·Methodologies for using unmade screenplays as a resource for scholarly research
·Actual or possible realisations of unmade projects
·Fandom and the resurrection of unmade projects
·The unmade as alternative or counterfactual media history
·The literary status of unproduced screenplays
·Industrial perspectives
·The ‘Black List’ of most liked unproduced screenplays
·Archival approaches to the study of the unmade
·Creative failure

Deadline & how to apply

Proposals for twenty-minute presentations to be emailed to Professor Ian Hunter: iqhunter@dmu.ac.uk and Dr James Fenwick: j.fenwick@shu.ac.uk with a submission deadline of 31 January 2020. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a 100-word biography.

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30/11/19 – call for papers “It was 50 years ago. An Academic Tribute to The Beatles”

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30/09/19 – Annual Common Room conference “crisis”.

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10/10/2019 – call for papers ” Modernist Structures”

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01/09/19 – call for papers “Culinary translations”

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