Gothic Spaces: Boundaries, Mergence, Liminalities

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Gothic Spaces: Boundaries, Mergence, Liminalities
Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) Biennial Conference
Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
21-22 January 2015

Recent developments in Gothic Studies have highlighted the importance of ‘space’. Here, ‘space’ is not only an abstract locus of meaning, but is also a loaded term that incorporates the interconnecting dimensions of cultural, geographical, and textual studies. As matters of spirituality and location, style and representation, chaos and order intersect, the Gothic continues to be moulded and re-moulded in relation to ever-changing understandings of both division and fusion. As such, the Gothic refuses to occupy a single space, and, as it interweaves and merges with multiple disciplines, readings, and interpretations, it also puts on new masks that change and mutate over time, societies, and cultures. The Gothic inhabits a space that is as liminal as it is demarcated, ambiguous as it is defined. Continue reading

Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution

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Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution
First Monday
Guest editors: Raphaël Nowak (Griffith University, Australia) and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong, Australia)

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the peer-to-peer application Napster. Developed by a student, Shawn Fanning, with the help of his friend Shawn Parker and uncle John Fanning, Napster established music downloading as a mass phenomenon. By 2001, 50 million users had downloaded content with Napster. Many other applications followed – Gnutella, Kazaa, LimeWire, eMule, Soulseek, BitTorrent, among others – further developing and entrenching p2p technology. Continue reading

Medical Imaging II: Medical Narratives in Late Modern Popular Culture

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Medical Imaging II: Medical Narratives in Late Modern Popular Culture
11-12 September 2014
Ulm University, Germany

In recent decades, popular culture has increasingly become the engine of social and cultural change. It also takes constitutive influence on the design of individual life concepts. Not least, popular culture is one of the most successful global culture industries. Thus, it is a representative culture with fundamental socio-political significance (see Kleiner 2012: 17). Popular culture in its present form has emerged since the 1950s and can be understood as a social substructure which industrially produces diverse knowledge and concepts of knowledge as offers of information and entertainment. Popular culture can be simultaneously understood as a way of communication, as a function of mass media, as a social institution, and as an aesthetic category (see Kleiner 2012: 18-19). Continue reading

Environments, Spaces and Transformations

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Environments, Spaces and Transformations
5-6 June 2014
Inaugural MFCO Early Career-Graduate Conference
Department of Media, Film and Communication
University of Otago, New Zealand

Keynote speakers: Dr Fiona Allon, University of Sydney & Associate Professor Vijay Devadas, University of Otago

Conference organisers: Maud Ceuterick and Alex Thong

This interdisciplinary conference invites papers addressing the shifting relations between environments, spaces and their transformations. Continue reading

Genre and the Middle Ages

Genre and the Middle Ages
Tales After Tolkien: Medievalism and Genre in the Twenty-First Century
Abstract deadline: 8 January 2014

Contributions are sought for an edited collection titled Tales After Tolkien: Medievalism and Genre in the Twenty-First Century. The collection explores the ways popular genres engage with the history and literature of the Middle Ages, and with the very idea of ‘the medieval’. What are the intersections of medievalism and genre in modern popular culture? Continue reading

Cute Studies

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Cute Studies
Special issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
Deadline: 15 April 2014

Cuteness has a global reach: it is an affective response; an aesthetic category; a performative act of self-expression; and an immensely popular form of consumption. This themed issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is intended to launch the new, interdisciplinary, transnational academic field of Cute Studies. Continue reading