Andy Miah | 1 Aug 17:17 2005
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Celebrity Culture conference - early bird deadline approaching

REMINDER: The Early Bird reduced conference fee ends August 5th.

CELEBRITY CULTURE: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
University of Paisley - Ayr, Scotland,
Hosted by the School of Media, Language & Music

12th - 14th Sept 2005

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Professor Ellis Cashmore, Professor Susan Drucker, Professor Gary Gumpert,
Dr Barry King, Dr Paul McDonald, Dr Diane Negra, Professor Garry Whannel

The conference will host over 80 presentations from a wide range of
approaches to celebrity, including audience research, historical studies,
textual analysis, industry research and theoretical analysis. Topics
considered will range across the cultural industries, including case-
studies of film, television and pop celebrities, as well as sports stars,
politicians, monarchy, and literary authors.

Location
The conference will be set in the seaside town of Ayr, close to excellent
beaches, the Royal Troon golf course and near Prestwick and Glasgow
International airports.

More information, registration forms and paper titles, along with a
celebrity blog, are all available at http://www.celebrityculture.net

Please note that early bird reduced registration ends on August 5th.

Regards,
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Rebecca Sullivan | 1 Aug 18:01 2005
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SCMS Panel Proposal CFP: Science and Celebrity

CFP: Panel on Science and Celebrity
  SCMS 2006 (Vancouver)

  Abstract submissions are welcome for papers that explore the 
crossroads between science and celebrity in film and media. In recent 
years, the field of critical science studies has offered rich new areas 
of inquiry for visual culture and cinema studies. In particular, there 
is renewed interest in the early history of scientific cinema, the role 
of visual technologies in the culture of medicine, and the sublime 
force of science fiction media. This panel will take these concerns 
further by examining specifically the way in which the visual cultures 
of science are themselves creating new star systems. Whether it is the 
scientists or their discoveries, the visual representation of science 
creates a distinct celebrity culture that builds upon ideologies of 
science as the hero or saviour of the future. Topics may include:
  * representations of scientific discovery
  * the scientist as hero in film and media
  * science fiction icons and fan cultures
  * the place of visual technologies in the culture of science

  Please submit a 200-300 word abstract, including your name, 
affiliation, and contact information to:

  Dr. Rebecca Sullivan
  Associate Professor
  Faculty of Communication and Culture
  The University of Calgary
rsulliva <at> ucalgary.ca

  Deadline to submit is August 15th.
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Sanjek, David | 1 Aug 20:15 2005

RE: cult film title?

Yup, that's the one. 

Dave Sanjek

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[mailto:cultstud-l-bounces <at> mailman.acomp.usf.edu] On Behalf Of Philip
Auslander
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 2:06 PM
To: Cultural Studies
Subject: Re: [cultstud-l] cult film title?

I think the film you mean is Cafe Flesh, 1984. Directed by Rinse Dream
(Stephen Sayadian). With Pia Snow, Marie Sharp, Kevin James. Music by
Mitchell
Froom.

It is available on DVD.

Bests,

Philip Auslander

Professor
School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA  30332-0165

Affiliate Professor
Department of Theatre and Film Studies
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tphu | 1 Aug 19:51 2005
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cult film title?

I'd like to include a section on pornographic representation for a grad seminar
on "visual culture," and have in mind an especially provocative film. 
Unfortunately, I saw it some years ago, and now can't recall the title ("cafe"
might be somewhere in there).

It's a cult classic (directed, I think, by a Montrealer) that examines the
impact of AIDS on sexuality, through its portrayal of a post-apocalyptic world
in which "sex-positives" are obliged to perform on stage for those who are
"sex-negatives."

I'd appreciate help with the title of the film, and suggestions about where to
acquire it.  Many thanks!

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Orion Anderson | 4 Aug 18:19 2005
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Awakening from the Nightmare of History

Coming Soon: Listserv on the "Psychological Interpretation of Ideology,
Culture and History." For further information contact Orion Anderson at
libraryofsocialscience <at> earthlink.net 

AWAKENING FROM THE NIGHTMARE OF HISTORY:
Psychological Interpretation of War and Genocide 

Richard Koenigsberg

A character in James Joyce's novel Ulysses said that "history is a nightmare
from which I am trying to awake." We might do well to take literally the
idea of "history as a nightmare." In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud
provided a method for analyzing the dreams of individuals. I have developed
a method for analyzing collective dreaming. I interpret elements of culture
as manifestations of shared fantasy--as if a dream that many people are
having at the same time. The psychological interpretation of culture
revolves around delineating the nature and shape of those desires, conflicts
and fantasies that give rise to and are articulated through ideologies and
social institutions.

The complete paper by Richard A. Koenigsberg is available for the first time
as an on-line publication.

To read: AWAKENING FROM THE NIGHTMARE OF HISTORY: Psychological
Interpretation of War and Genocide
PLEASE CLICK HERE:
http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/awakening.htm

NATIONS AND THE FANTASY OF IMMORTALITY
The idea of omnipotent bodies politic is a dream that people experience
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michael de socio | 4 Aug 19:33 2005
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Re: Awakening from the Nightmare of History

Karl Marx: "The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living."

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected
circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The
tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem
to be occupied with revolutionising themselves and things, creating something that did not exist
before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the
past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this
new scene in world history in time-honoured disguise and borrowed language. 

"Thus Luther put on the mask of the Apostle Paul, the Revolution of 1789-1814 draped itself alternately in
the guise of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and the Revolution of 1848 knew nothing better to do
than to parody, now 1789, now the revolutionary tradition of 1793-1795. In like manner, the beginner who
has learnt a new language always translates it back into his mother tongue, but he assimilates the spirit
of the new language and expresses himself freely in it only when he moves in it without recalling the old and
when he forgets his native tongue."

- Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, published in 1852

Orion Anderson <libraryofsocialscience <at> earthlink.net> wrote:

Coming Soon: Listserv on the "Psychological Interpretation of Ideology,
Culture and History." For further information contact Orion Anderson at
libraryofsocialscience <at> earthlink.net 

AWAKENING FROM THE NIGHTMARE OF HISTORY:
Psychological Interpretation of War and Genocide 

Richard Koenigsberg

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Mary Celeste Kearney | 4 Aug 19:45 2005
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CFP for SCMS panel: youth-made media

I'm proposing the following panel for the 2006 Society for Cinema and 
Media Studies conference, and looking for other presenters.

Please circulate to those who might be interested.

Thanks,

mary

*******

Call for Papers for Youth-made Media Panel

The late twentieth century gave rise to the greatest amount of 
youth-made media in history, a phenomenon that is largely a result of 
a resurgence in media
education, the increased availability of inexpensive, user-friendly 
media technologies, and the expansion of entrepreneurial youth 
cultures, such as punk, hip hop, and riot grrrl.  Nevertheless, this 
realm of youth media remains significantly under-explored by scholars 
in comparison to commercial media texts mass-produced by adults for 
and about youth.  This panel proposes to explore youth media 
production from a variety of perspectives, including identity, 
technology, education, community, politics, and medium specificity 
(e.g., zines, films, music, websites).

If you're interested in participating in this panel, please send a 
proposal and brief biography to me by August 8, 2005.

For further information about SCMS and the conference, please visit 
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Orion Anderson | 5 Aug 15:26 2005
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RE: Awakening from the Nightmare of History


	Regarding Karl Marx's idea that "The tradition of all dead
generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living."

	What I'm suggesting is that we interrogate this phrase "weighs like
a nightmare." The idea is in a passive mode, almost like the weight of the
past is automatic, inalienable, or inevitable.

	Yes, the weight of the past is heavy upon the mind (almost a
psychosomatic presence), but I'm suggesting that this is a MOTIVATED
attachment. It is not simply that the past weighs upon as, but that we
ATTACH to the idea or fantasy of the past. We are MOTIVATED TO BE CONNECTED
TO THAT WEIGHT. It makes us feel solid and powerful to feel connected to
"history."

	This is where some academics get their identity: by virtue of
reading the dead men of the past in order to KEEP THEM ALIVE. It's part of
the fantasy of immortality, a form of behavior generated by psychic desires,
but so common that people don't question it.

	Part of "awakening from the nightmare of history" is to separate
oneself from history and culture, which seems to weigh so heavily upon the
self, to know that there is a degree of agency involved.

	One could, for example, take up long distance running, connect with
one's muscles and organismic being. Then one would feel much lighter. One
wouldn't constantly be connecting to the fantasy of the past. One would have
an existence in the present. 

Best regards,
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tphu | 5 Aug 18:48 2005
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cfp: Photography and Oppositional Politics in Post-war America (collection; 1/10/05; 15/1/06)


   <P>We   are   seeking   essays  for  a  multi-disciplinary  edited
   collection  =  on "Photography and Oppositional Politics in Post-War
   America."  &= nbsp;While recent scholars lament the decline of
   documentary  photograp=  hy,  (be  it through Cold War repression or
   photojournalistic  sublimatio=  n),  we  are  interested  in mapping
   thecontinued  vitality  of  photography = for imaging or organizing an
   oppositional politics. By exploring the p= olitics of visual culture
   -- photography as activist practice &nbsp;= -- this anthology thus
   aims  to contribute to recent debate on social mov= ements that stress
   the  role  of  culture. Especially welcome are essays = that explore
   the  new  political  objectives  and  methodologies  of oppositio= nal
   movements  in the &nbsp;post-war era. How do these shifts infor   m   photographic   practice?&nbsp;   How,  
moreover,   does
   photographi=  c  practice  affect  the  culture of social movements?
   Possible  topics inc= lude photography's role in the Civil Rights,
   New  Left,  Feminist,=  Anti-Colonial,  Anti-War and Nationalist
   movements.&nbsp;<BR>= =3CBR>Please send 500-word abstracts
   (or   full   papers)  by  1  OCTOBER  200=  5<BR>If  selected  for
   inclusion,  full  papers  (25-30  pages, includ= ing notes) DUE 15
   &nbsp;JANUARY&nbsp;2006<BR><BR>&nbsp=   ;Questions
   about   possible   topics  or  approaches  also  welcome.&nbsp;   <BR></P> <P>Contact:
   tphu <at> uwo.ca<BR>&nbsp;<BR>Thy              Phu<BR>   &nbsp;Assistant                 Professor<BR>&nbsp;English
   Dept.<BR>&=     nbsp;University     of    Western    Ontario
   <BR></P>

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tphu | 6 Aug 05:46 2005
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Photography and Oppositional Politics in Post-war America (collection; 1/10/05; 15/1/06)


   <P>Hello  all,</P>  <P>Seems  there was an html error in
   the  first  posting.  Hopefully,= this will be readable:</P>
   <P>We   are   seeking   essays  for  a  multi-disciplinary  edited
   collection  =  on "Photography and Oppositional Politics in Post-War
   America."  &= nbsp;While recent scholars lament the decline of
   documentary  photograp=  hy,  (be  it through Cold War repression or
   photojournalistic  sublimatio=  n),  we  are  interested  in mapping
   thecontinued  vitality  of  photography = for imaging or organizing an
   oppositional politics. By exploring the p= olitics of visual culture
   -- photography as activist practice &nbsp;= -- this anthology thus
   aims  to contribute to recent debate on social mov= ements that stress
   the  role  of  culture. Especially welcome are essays = that explore
   the  new  political  objectives  and  methodologies  of oppositio= nal
   movements  in the &nbsp;post-war era. How do these shifts infor   m   photographic   practice?&nbsp;   How,  
moreover,   does
   photographi=  c  practice  affect  the  culture of social movements?
   Possible  topics inc= lude photography's role in the Civil Rights,
   New  Left,  Feminist,=  Anti-Colonial,  Anti-War and Nationalist
   movements.&nbsp;<BR>= =3CBR>Please send 500-word abstracts
   (or   full   papers)  by  1  OCTOBER  200=  5<BR>If  selected  for
   inclusion,  full  papers  (25-30  pages, includ= ing notes) DUE 15
   &nbsp;JANUARY&nbsp;2006<BR><BR>&nbsp=   ;Questions
   about   possible   topics  or  approaches  also  welcome.&nbsp;   <BR></P> <P>Contact:
   tphu <at> uwo.ca<BR>&nbsp;<BR>Thy              Phu<BR>   &nbsp;Assistant                 Professor<BR>&nbsp;English
   Dept.<BR>&=     nbsp;University     of    Western    Ontario
   <BR></P><BR><BR>

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