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6 June 2017 (10am–4pm)
Cardiff University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Dr Kehinde Andrews
Dr Nicola Rollock
The introduction of the Race Equality Charter Mark caused universities across the UK to reflect upon their collusion in the reproduction of race inequality in higher education. In response, universities are attempting to find ways to tackle their own racist practices. But to what extent do the academic staff tasked with addressing these issues truly understand the deep-rooted nature of racism in the academy and the effects this has on ethnic minority students’ experiences of higher education? Universities must go beyond simple ‘speech acts’ as they promote their commitment to ‘diversity’. It is not enough to merely recognise the presence of Black and ethnic minority students. Meaningful solutions to historical yet pervasive issues of race equality can only be found once the problems at hand are truly understood.

This postgraduate event engages with these issues through unpacking the deeply embedded structures and practices within the institution of higher education which work to produce and maintain racial inequality. Keynote speakers will address these problematics whilst also reflecting on their own experiences as ‘successful’ academics of colour and offer advice for how students of colour can ‘survive’ in these institutions.

Call for Papers

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words for papers from doctoral students which discuss experiences of either witnessing or being excluded from the academy due to race. We also welcome papers which discuss stories of survival and positive tales of inclusion within higher education. In addition we welcome papers from students conducting research in this area.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2017

Abstract decisions: 15 April 2017


Submit your abstract.




#EduResistance cfp

Posted: April 18, 2016 in Brains, CFP, Uncategorized

#EduResistance: Activist media in struggles for public education.

This interdisciplinary call for papers invites proposals for an edited volume on zombies in comics and graphic novels through the lens of medical discourse.

Like many tropes in science fiction, the zombie crosses discursive boundaries to become a metaphor used in clinical and scientific literature.

For example, it becomes a figurative mediation for patients who experience “zombification” and  the “dehumanizing” effects of illness and/or medical treatment, such as the numbing affect of clinical depression or ataxic effects seen in psychiatric patients who perform the “Thorazine shuffle”—a physical side effect that connotes so much more than the inability to ambulate properly. These are medicalized examples of what Daniel Boon’s “The Zombie as Other: Mortality and the Monstrous in the Post-Nuclear Age” calls the “cultural zombie,” a non-literal figure of zombification engendered through its cultural milieu. However, metaphor is only one of the many iterations of the medicalized zombie.

In addition to understanding the zombie as a manifestation or representation of medical, technological, and ecological anxieties, this collection will explore how the zombie is also transmuted and complicated in graphic texts.

While a central section of the text will address plague, contagion, and epidemiology narratives, we seek to move beyond merely identifying the similarities between the etiology of infectious disease and zombie plagues to question how medical discourse constructs and is constructed by popular iconography of the boundaries of life, illness and health.

Our volume will 1)  addresses how science fiction and popular culture influence medicine as much as biomedicine influences science fiction and popular culture, such as the Center For Disease Control’s use of the zombie in their graphic novel public health campaign pertaining to epidemics; 2) reveal how a trope that has become popular across the entire media spectrum speaks to cultural anxieties pertaining to pathology, ecology, and (bio)medicalization in capacities unique to the graphic medium; and 3) explore how (bio)medicalized zombies are prefigured in earlier forms and then complicated in comics and graphic novels vis-à-vis medical discourse, such as Simon Garth, the workaholic executive who is turned into a zombie by a voodoo cult in the 1944 Menace comic anthology.

Possible topics and questions to explore include

·        How do voodoo zombies prefigure bio zombies? How does their fantastical and racialized etiology complicate the emergence of modern medicine after the fin de siècle?

·        How does biomedicine interpret the zombie?

·        How does the comic medium represent or complicate zombies in ways other mediums like film cannot?

·        What does zombification mean in terms of neuroscience? In terms of epidemiology?

·        What are the benefits and risk of using the zombie as a tool for public health? As a metaphor for illness? What kind assumptions do these approaches take? Do these examples reflect or critique actual instances of “living death,” undeath, contagion, or loss of rational agency?

·        What does it mean to feel “like a zombie” when on an anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, or chemotherapeutic agent?

·        How do families treat or perceive dependent loved ones who have had neurological damage from strokes as zombies that consume their time, resources, and lives?

·        Is there a zombification that happens to doctors or medical students as they desensitize their natural abjection to death and affect?

·        How can medicine or illness make one feel other than they are?

·        How is medicine and illness dehumanizing?

While we welcome submissions on the ever-popular Walking Dead series, we are especially interested in earlier (1940s-1970s) images of zombies in comics, graphic pathographies, and super hero iterations (e.g. Marvel Zombies).

Please send 500 word abstracts to Lorenzo Servitje ( or Sherryl Vint ( by February 10. 2014.


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The 3rd HEA Arts and Humanities annual learning and teaching conference will take place on 2 – 4 June 2014 at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester.

Monsters dwell in the hinterlands of the known world, symbolic expressions of cultural unease. Inhabitants of an imagined realm adjunct to the everyday, monsters offer powerful tropes and tools for learning and teaching in the arts and humanities.

Our 3rd annual arts and humanities conference invites you to explore the everyday business of learning and teaching through metaphor and narrative, and so transfigure the ‘taken-for-grantedness’ of academic practice into fantastic tales of the unexpected.

This conference asks how monsters can unnerve and innervate those working in arts and humanities higher education today. We consider how monstrous pedagogies can disrupt the realities and habits of higher education in the arts and humanities, and articulate different ways of being for learners and teachers in the disciplines.


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Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Date for article submissions: 31 January 2014

Over the past thirty years, it has increasingly become understood in cultural theory that neoliberalism — the extension of free market principles and corporate structures into the wider social and cultural spheres — has become a shaping paradigm of our daily lives. Neoliberal tenets include the model of persons as rational economic actors advancing their own interests under the banner of self-determination and choice; the elevation of enterprise along with prudent risk management; the “freeing” of capital from state control into corporate ownership; and the shifting of social responsibility from state agencies to kinship-based forms of care. While “society” has been depicted as a constraining force on commercial and personal freedom, “culture” has been energised as a source of wealth formation: capitalist economies pursue “creative” business solutions even as the state-funded arts have been transformed into “creative industries,” and “cultural capital” is deemed to inject distinctiveness and value into a wide range of forms of production, from the branded commodity to the “job ready” individual offering their services to the employment market. Such productive appeals to the mutuality of culture and economy have preoccupied and, arguably, disarmed the academic left. In particular, in Aotearoa New Zealand, the erosion of workers’ rights and income was accompanied by real advances in the visibility and economic power of Māori iwi and business interests.

How might we characterise the complex relationships between neoliberalism, culture and decolonisation now, in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008? Are new cultural formations emerging that signal the waning of the neoliberal paradigm, or is it “business as usual”? Are we in the grip of “zombie capitalism,” the “strange non-death of neoliberalism,” and the renewed “spirit of neoliberalism,” as claimed by Chris Harman, Stanley Crouch, and Manuel Aalbers, respectively; or are there glimmerings of a new “cultural front” — new conjunctions of social action, particularly through global networks and digital technologies?

We welcome papers that address the implications of these contemporary manifestations of neoliberal culture, as well as papers that explore interventions and disruptions to the ideologies and practices that inform neoliberal culture. What has been the impact of the contemporary global marketing of culture, and cultural identity, on the cultures of the wider Pacific? In Aotearoa New Zealand, how have Māori aspirations articulated to the Treaty of Waitangi been enabled by the practices and policies of neoliberalism, and at what cost, both to those less well placed to participate or benefit, and to the very possibility of living differently without being individually or collectively pathologised or criminalised? What forms of social and mental habits have become necessary to negotiate this culturalisation of the economy, and what alternative models of exchange and value might be possible?

We particularly welcome papers that address the following issues:

· Promoting culture as a resource

· Culture for profit

· Culture for sale

· The ubiquity of branding

· “MyCulture” and narrowcasting

· The culture of apps

· Mobile privatisation

· Enterprise culture

· Cultural tourism

· Post-settlement politics

· Local interventions and disruptions to neoliberal rationality

· Cultural policy and democratisation

· “Cool capitalism” (Jim McGuigan)

· Creative workers and the precarity trap

· The labour theory of culture (Michael Denning)

· Neoliberal culture as a structure of feeling (Patricia Ventura)

· “Deworlding” (Alain Badiou)

· “Cruel optimism” (Lauren Berlant)

· Public things and the routine of privatization (Bonnie Honig)

· Zombie capitalism

· Neoliberalism in crisis

· Neoliberalism as history

Sites seeks multidisciplinary perspectives on the study of societies and cultures of the wider Pacific region. We welcome work from authors in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, indigenous studies, Maori studies, sociology, media studies, communication, heritage studies, cultural policy studies, history, gender, linguistics, and ethnomusicology.

Papers should be around 8,000 words in length, formatted in the most recent version of APA style. Guidelines for submission are available at:

The editors welcome extended abstracts in advance if you wish to discuss your topic prior to submission. Contact:

Chris Prentice, University of Otago

chris.prentice at

Jenny Lawn, Massey University

j.m.lawn at

The cfp reads:
Special issue of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts with guest editors Sarah Juliet Lauro and Kyle William Bishop
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The recent flurry of critical attention paid to the zombie and other forms of living dead, such as the vampire (back again to haunt the cultural imagination of a new generation) or the ghost (gliding along a spectrum from spiritual to secularized in the era of the cybergothic), illustrates how our monsters personify the question “What comes next for me?” Additionally, post-apocalyptic fantasies and necroscapes dramatizing the end of human civilization pose the query continually recurring in our collective nightmares: “What is next for humanity?” Recent trends in humanities scholarship move beyond the human to a broader perspective of what constitutes being by looking to the animal, the machine, or the environment, while interest in posthuman figures like the cyborg and the android has not waned.

The special issue will investigate ways of imagining what comes after human life ends—for example, liminal beings that defy this boundary line; narratives about worldwide crisis (doomsday prophesies and environmental catastrophes alike); or simply a deceased person’s facebook page left “live” as a perpetual, virtual shrine. Such imaginings are, variously, philosophical thought experiments, records of our contemporary moment, warnings about the limitations of our current understanding of “humanity” and “being,” as well as admonitions forecasting an end to the anthropocene era if our values do not change. In our contemporary moment, fantasies about the end of life offer new possibilities for imagining “what comes next” for the human, humanism, and even the humanities.

Call for Papers: “After/Lives: What’s Next for Humanity?”

Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts, the journal of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, invites contributions for a special issue on “After/Lives: What’s Next for Humanity?” Looking at various portrayals of what comes “after” death, the works investigated in this issue will raise the broader question of how such representations reflect our contemporary moment and suggest what will come next for humanity. We welcome essays from all disciplines of the humanities that investigate late 20th and 21st century works of film, literature, the visual and performing arts, and new media. Articles between 5,000-9,000 words might address, but are by no means limited to, the following:

• Representations of monsters/figures of living death, such as zombies, vampires, revenants, ghosts, cyborgs, etc.
• Metaphoric representations of death
• Representations of death in video games and new media, or discussions of death and technology
• Post-apocalyptic spaces, disaster zones, or dystopias that represent a changed relationship between the living and the dead
• Representations of cannibalism in the zombie/vampire and the ethics of meat eating
• Narratives about the afterlife, including virtual afterlives in cyberspace
• Lifestyle and performance of death: Goths, raves, LARPing, and zombie walks (i.e., “playing” dead or undead)

In accordance with the journal’s policy, all contributions will be peer reviewed by the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA) and subject to their acceptance. JFA uses the MLA style as defined in the latest edition of Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (New York: The Modern Language Association). For more details, please see and the “Submission Guidelines” section:

Please submit a 500-word abstract as a Word file via email by 1 September 2012, including a description of what stage of development the piece is in: i.e., already in progress, in development, in draft form, etc. Please declare at this time whether you can commit to an end of 2012 (December 31) deadline for a full-length manuscript.