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Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-first Century Batman

April 24, 2012

(Information from the I.B. Tauris website)

Publishing alongside the world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, Will Brooker’s new book explores Batman’s twenty-first century incarnations. Brooker’s close analysis of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight offers a rigorous, accessible account of the complex relationship between popular films, audiences, and producers in our age of media convergence. By exploring themes of authorship, adaptation and intertextuality, he addresses a myriad of questions raised by these films: did Batman Begins end when The Dark Knight began? Does its story include the Gotham Knight DVD, or the ‘Why So Serious’ viral marketing campaign? Is it separate from the parallel narratives of the Arkham Asylum videogame, the monthly comic books, the animated series and the graphic novels? Can the brightly campy incarnations of the Batman ever be fully repressed by The Dark Knight, or are they an intrinsic part of the character? Do all of these various manifestations feed into a single Batman metanarrative? This will be a vital text for film students and academics, as well as legions of Batman fans.

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2012 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

April 4, 2012

2012 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
Los Angeles, CA: June 29 – July 2, 2012

Anime and manga are visual culture and media, popular entertainment,
commercial products, objects of interest and sometimes obsession – and
for many people, their first and sometimes only contact with Japan.
Scholars in Japan and around the world have increasingly become
interested in the themes, topics, and issues of anime and manga – and
of all Japanese popular culture.

The goal of the AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is to highlight
cutting-edge research and critical thinking about Japanese animation
and comics by examining emerging trends in anime and manga studies
around the world. Anime Expo is the largest gathering of fans of
Japanese popular culture in the U.S., and, as an integral component of
the AX program, the Symposium will also serve to introduce anime and
manga studies to a general, non-academic audience. Another goal of
this event will be to to establish crucial connections and facilitate
briding the gaps between scholars and fans.

Speakers are invited to present papers on any topic related to
Japanese comics and animation, global anime and manga fandom, and the
anime/manga industry in Japan and elsewhere. Individual presentations
can focus on themes and topics such as:

– Close readings of particular individual anime and manga texts.
– Uses of anime and manga to present viewpoints on Japanese and world history.
– Japanese animation and comics in historical perspective: anime and
manga before Tezuka.
– Anime and manga as a corpus: Sequels, remakes, reinterpretations,
reimaginings.
– Global conversations with Japanese popular culture – Non-Japanese
uses of anime and manga, e.g., Animatrix, Batman, First Squad, Iron
Man, Supernatural, etc.
– The role of the creator and director (and individual
creators/directors) in the development of anime and manga.
– Cultural production approaches to Japanese visual culture: Examining
production, promotion, marketing, international licensing and
distribution, translation and sales to understand anime’s global
impact.
– The activities of anime/manga fans – for example, fanfiction,
cosplay, anime music videos, and website development. Other ideas are
also welcome.
– Anime and manga adaptations and adaptations of anime and manga:
Failures and successes.
– Beyond mainstream anime and manga: Experimental and non-mainstream
Japanese animation and comics.
– Anime and manga in the classroom: Theories and experiences of
teaching Japanese visual culture.
– Popular culture responds to reality: The Great Eastern Japan
Earthquake and future directions in Japanese visual culture.

The symposium particularly welcomes studies of recent and new anime
and manga (such as Durarara, Eden of the East, Madoka, Red Line) and
papers that engage with recent Japanese and Western scholarship on
these and other related topics.

This list is not exhaustive, and other topics and approaches will be
welcome as well.

To respond, please forward the title of your paper, an abstract of
300-500 words, and your CV to the attention of Mikhail Koulikov, at
mkoulikov@gmail.com.

All submissions will undergo peer review.

The Symposium program will also feature several roundtable panel
discussions bringing together scholars from different institutions to
share different perspectives on anime and manga.

Roundtable panel 1: Anime and manga studies at 30: Issues and directions.
Roundtable panel 2: Fan cultures and practices in Japan, America, and beyond.
Roundtable panel 3: The future of Japanese visual culture.

If you are interested in participating in any of these discussions,
please contact Mikhail Koulikov, at mkoulikov@gmail.com, with a
summary of your experience and background plus a 300-500 word
statement of your interest and specific approaches to your topic

The deadline for all paper and panel proposals is May 15, 2012.

All speakers will receive complimentary admission to Anime Expo 2012.
Some reimbursement of travel expenses may be available.

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn

March 26, 2012

Proposals by April 30th 2012, essays submitted by August 2012.

Seven essays each 1,000 words, illustrated by images/screen captures, on an aspect of Audrey Hepburn as a cultural/screen phenomenon. The essays will be part of the Audrey Hepburn book in Intellect’s new series Fan Phenomena.

Dr Jacqui Miller, Liverpool Hope University
millerj@hope.ac.uk

Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity

March 16, 2012

An interdisciplinary conference celebrating 50 years of adventures in time and space

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2012
Conference dates: 3-5 September 2013
Venue: University of Hertfordshire

Keynote speakers will include:

James Chapman (author of Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who)
David Butler (editor of Time and Relative Dissertations in Space: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who)
Matt Hills (author of Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century)
David Lavery (editor of The Essential Cult Television Reader)
Lorna Jowett (author of Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan)

‘I’m a Time Lord. I’m not a human being. I walk in eternity.’

Since it first aired in the shadow of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Saturday 23 November 1963, Doctor Who has become one of the most distinctive, powerful, varied, persistent and singular myths of the modern era. This quintessentially British television programme has developed a life far beyond the ‘one page of notes’ that was shown to its first producer, Verity Lambert, by BBC Head of Serials Donald Wilson and Head of Drama Sydney Newman.  Originally screened by the BBC from 1963 to 1989, Doctor Who was originally a cult favourite, notable for its low-budget special effects and its pioneering use of music.  In 2005 the series received a face-lift from executive producer, Russell T. Davies, and enjoyed a global resurgence winning the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series in 2006 and five consecutive wins at the National Television Awards (2005-10) in the Drama category.  In 2011 Matt Smith was nominated for a BAFTA for his portrayal of the latest incarnation of the Doctor.  In short, Doctor Who, is a national and global phenomenon.

This conference will look at the Doctor Who phenomenon as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, bringing together figures who have worked on the show as well as journalists, writers and academics from a wide range of disciplines.

Proposals for 20 minute papers are now invited.
Papers will be considered on any Who-related themes. Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by 1 September 2012 to

Steven Peacock:  S.Peacock@herts.ac.uk
Kim Akass:  K.Akass@herts.ac.uk

New issue of Transformative Works and Cultures

March 15, 2012

The new issue of TWC, Fan/Remix Video, is now available to view online. You can find it here: http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/issue/current

Contemporary Japanese Media Cultures: Industry, Society and Audiences

March 15, 2012

Symposium: 5th September 2012.
This one-day Symposium on Japanese popular media investigates the significance of contemporary Japanese media to the wider industries and cultures that they serve. Although access to Japanese media cultures has never been better for those living outside Japan, there remains a dearth of analytical engagement with how the Japanese media industries function, and only patchy coverage exists of the media texts produced within Japan.  Therefore, this Symposium seeks to unpack some of the complexities within the Japanese media landscape, by considering how differing media industries work in collaboration as well as in competition with one another. In doings so, the aim is to bring together speakers utilising a wide range of approaches and specialist knowledge to discuss the interconnectivity of Japan’s media industries, visible in phenomena such as cross-media adaptations, franchising practices, remakes of texts and international distribution. We also aim to complicate the notion of Japanese media industries as “national” by investigating the regional, transnational and global reach of their texts.
We seek papers examining how Japanese media, including (but not limited to) manga, anime, video games, television, magazine publishing and film operate within and beyond Japanese borders.  The aim is to bring together experts able to discuss how Japanese media products get made, and why, who gets to see them (legally or otherwise) and what it is that academic explorations of Japan’s media might be able to offer the industries and cultures they study.
Topics might include (but are in no way limited to):
•    Japanese media franchising
•    National, regional, transnational and/or global distribution of Japanese media
•    Japanese media industries
•    Cross-media adaptation
•    Transmedia storytelling
•    Media production techniques and systems
•    Cross-media genres
•    New media texts
•    Ancillary industries (e.g. Japanese special effects houses, animation outsourcing, voice acting, stars and their agents)
•    Translation of media from Japanese to other languages
•    Invisible media (e.g. texts or genres popular in Japan, but not often exported or studied)
•    Popular cross-media franchises (e.g. Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Atom Boy, Bayside Shakedown)
•    Reception of Japanese media texts
•    Audiences, fans and subcultures

Symposium to be held in Norwich, in conjunction with the University of East Anglia, the British Association of Japanese Studies and the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Papers proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent to mangamoviessymposium@gmail.com by, Monday 30th April 2012. If you would like more information, please contact r.denison@uea.ac.uk.

Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks

March 14, 2012

The editors of the forthcoming book “Fan Phenomena – Twin Peaks” (Intellect Press) are seeking contributions centered around the iconic cultural influence of David Lynch’s series “Twin Peaks”. Topics suggested by the publisher include: Fashion, Fan Media, Language, Economics, Virtual, Influence, Philosophies, Character/Characterization. The book will be composed of ten essays, 3,000-3,500 words each.

We are particularly interested in contributions that address the following topics:
Language – linguistic analysis of the show (general or specific i.e. specialized topics such as language in the use of diaries, dictation, etc.).

Fashion – a fashion history or textiles approach to analyzing the unique blend of 1950s-era fashion within the setting of the 1980s (general or focused on particular characters, i.e. Audrey Horn).

Characters – analysis of two “twin peaks”, Dale Cooper & Laura Palmer (duality), or character acting in “Twin Peaks”, women and gender in “Twin Peaks”, etc.

For editorial guidelines and more information, please e-mail the book’s co-editors: marisaATvideodansebourgogne.com & franckATvideodansebourgogne.com

To propose an essay, please send both editors a 200-300 word proposal and a CV, including a description of your previous written publications and areas of research, no later than March 18, 2012.

If selected for publication, the complete essay will need to be submitted by June 1, 2012.

Media Across Borders

March 13, 2012

(please note that the abstract deadline, 2nd April, is in less than three weeks)

Media Across Borders:  The 1st International Conference on the Localisation of Film, Television and Video Games

Saturday 9th June, 2012 at the University of Roehampton, London

Launch event of the Media Across Borders network, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Translating Cultures programme.

Confirmed speakers include amongst others, Kevin Robins, Jeanette Steemers, Lucy Mazdon, Laurence Raw, Jean Chalaby, Lothar Mikos and Pia Jensen.

The network aims to interrogate the myriad ways in which media content is translated and adapted across cultural borders. What happened, for example, when the UK TV series The Office was reworked for French audiences as Le Bureau? Or when Vishal Bhardwaj adapted Othello in the Bollywood musical Omkara? Or when the Tomb Raider video game had to be altered for the Japanese market? The practice of adapting media content across borders is spreading. Opportunities offered by digital technologies have accelerated creative borrowing, the franchising of media content has become firmly established.

The conference brings together academic scholars and industry professionals working in the field. It will address processes of media localisation and contemplate the broader significance of cultural translation within the creative industries. It will feature academic papers and roundtable discussions, and offer sufficient time for networking and discussions of future collaborations.

All proposals relevant to the theme will be considered, but particularly welcome are those engaging with:

– Cross-cultural remakes and adaptations
– TV Formats
– Video game localisation
– Media content franchising
– Transmedia storytelling
– Localisation through para-texts
– Fan appropriation across borders
– Cultural translation
– The universal and the particular

Abstracts of 300 words along with a short biographical note should be submitted by April 2 to mab@roehampton.ac.uk. Selected papers and case studies will be published in an edited collection.

For administrative queries please contact the network coordinator, Irene Artegiani, via the above email. For queries with regards to content please contact one of the conference organisers:

Miguel Bernal-Merino (Video Games), M.Bernal@roehampton.ac.uk, Tel. +44 20 8392 3799
Dr. Andrea Esser (TV Formats), a.esser@roehampton.ac.uk, Tel. +44 20 8392 3357
Dr. Iain Smith (Film), Iain.Smith@roehampton.ac.uk, Tel. +44 20 8392 3095

Love and Monsters: The “Doctor Who” Experience, 1979 to the Present

March 13, 2012

Scholar and Who fan Miles Booy has written the first historical account of the public interpretation of Doctor Who. Love and Monsters begins in 1979 with the publication of ‘Doctor Who Weekly’, the magazine that would start a chain of events that would see creative fans taking control of the merchandise and even of the programme’s massively successful twenty-first century reboot. From the twilight of Tom Baker’s years to the newest Doctor, Matt Smith, Miles Booy explores the shifting meaning of Doctor Who across the years – from the Third Doctor’s suggestion that we should read the Bible, via costumed fans on television, up to the 2010 general election in Britain. This is also the story of how the ambitious producer John Nathan-Turner, assigned to the programme in 1979, produced a visually-excessive programme for a tele-literate fanbase, and how this style changed the ways in which Doctor Who could be read. The Doctor’s world has never been bigger, inside or out!


For more information click here.

Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities – now in paperback

March 13, 2012

Price £15.95/USD20 Paperback

ISBN 978-1-84150-596-1

Published: March 19th  2012
Imprint: Intellect Books

Edited by Eoin Devereux and Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power

Morrissey is one of the most influential songwriters of our time. As leader of The Smiths and as a solo-artiste, he has remained an anti-establishment and outspoken figure who has fought to bring controversial social issues to the forefront of our minds. Morrissey has used his music and his fame as vehicles for social change, singing and speaking out on a variety of issues: including class discrimination, ethnicity, alternative sexualities, vegetarianism and animal rights, delivering his message in velvet sound-bytes and typically provocative performances.

Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities focuses exclusively on Morrissey’s solo career and provides a diverse collection of 18 essays that highlight his creative contribution to music and culture.  Working across a range of academic disciplines and approaches, these essays seek to make sense of the many complexities and controversies surrounding this iconic performer. Together, these essays examine the often intense fan cultures associated with Morrissey and how his creative work represents and performs many facets of the social world in which we find ourselves. Contributors to this book range from established academics to exciting emerging scholars in a range of fields and geographical locations, each of whom bring different perspectives on Morrissey and his work as an artist, a champion of the proletariat, and an elusive and contradictory stage personae.