Call for Papers: Geriaction Cinema: A Symposium on the Ageing Action Star

Geriaction Cinema: A Symposium on the Ageing Action Star

Bournemouth University, 10th – 11th May 2018

Keynote speaker: Professor Rajinder Dudrah (Birmingham City University)

The action film has been widely analysed for its investment in spectacle, its hyperbolic masculinity, its significance for film marketing and its ideological implications across various conflicts and contexts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. So too have its stars been extensively framed in their cultural-political surroundings over recent decades of film scholarship. As the action-adventure format’s most contemporary manifestation in the blockbuster era reaches middle age, and the personae of Cold-War era action stars increasingly adapt to incorporate themes of ageing, debates around seniority in the genre’s marquee personnel are ever more timely.

This symposium will offer delegates the opportunity to discuss the concept of the ageing action star across historical periods, genders, ethnicities and national cinemas, bringing together diverse perspectives on the historical and political coordinates of this enduring genre. We are especially keen to encourage scholars looking at stars from outside Hollywood and Europe. Likely topics include but are not restricted to:

*   The ageing star in early action cinema
*   Reinvigorated transnational stardom in the twilight of action careers
*   Studies of action cinema’s political / historical contexts relating to ageing
*   The impact of ageing on star personae (eg Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne)
*   Themes of ageing in action cinema
*   The older female action star
*   Gender relations in action cinema
*   Digital De-ageing
*   Careers after action movies
*   Action stardom late in a career

We seek proposals for 20-minute papers, or for pre-constituted panels of three or four papers, that engage with any aspects of the above topic. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a short biographical note, should be submitted for peer review to

Dr Laura Crossley:<> and/or

Dr Austin Fisher:<>

Call for Papers: The Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May 16-19, 2018 University of Illinois (USA)

The Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May 16-19, 2018 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA)

Session Organizer:

Kevin Howley Professor of Media Studies Department of Communication DePauw University

On July 4, 1852, the former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, thought to be alive and well by the current occupant of the White House, famously proclaimed: “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, today, pour forth a stream, a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.” Douglass’s recognition of the value and importance of pointed satire in troubled times is deeply relevant to the current historical moment. From climate change and the rise of authoritarianism to austerity politics and the criminalization of dissent, these are most assuredly troubled times.

Drawing on classic and contemporary scholarship that examines the discursive power of political dissent in the satiric register, this session seeks to address the following questions: What role does satire play in such vexed and perilous times as these? Do we laugh to keep from crying? More critically, are we, as cultural critic Neil Postman famously put it, merely “amusing ourselves to death”? Or is satire a potent, if somewhat underappreciated, resource for resistance, resilience, and renewal in the wake of the ascent of anti-democratic forces; the deepening of social, political and economic inequalities; and the wholesale destruction of our fragile ecosystem? In correspondence with this year’s conference theme, Qualitative Inquiry in Troubled Times, this session examines the form, function, and political efficacy of satirical discourse in contemporary culture.
Theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative methodologies may include, but are not limited to, the following lines of inquiry:

* Satire as creative resistance

* Political mobilization within and through satire
* Satirical discourse and digital culture
* Satirizing neoliberalism
* Political satire in national, international, and transnational contexts
* Limits and possibilities of racial satire
* Assessing the efficacy of political satire
* Form and content in satirical discourse
* Satirical interventions in public policy
* Historical perspectives on political satire


Send 300-word abstracts, a short biographical statement, and contact information to the session organizer no later than October 30, 2017 <>.

Call for Papers: LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture – Altre Modernità N. 20

Call for papers
LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture
edited by Anna Viola Sborgi, Lawrence Napper and Nicoletta Vallorani
This issue of Other Modernities will investigate cultural representations of contemporary London, from the viewpoint of the present historical moment, looking back at how the perception of the city’s cosmopolitan identity has developed. In the 20th and 21st century London has emerged as a global, cosmopolitan capital attracting visitors and migrants alike for its close association with an image of cultural openness, diversity, and inclusion. This association, however, has repeatedly been contested. Periodical resurgences of nationalism in specific historical moments leading to radical socio-political transformations and upheaval have often undermined the perception of a peaceful and inclusive cohabitation within the city: the 1931 Battle of Cable Street, the mid-1970s rise of the British National Front, the Brixton and London riots in 1981 and 2011, respectively, and, more recently, the post-Brexit cultural shock. Although these could be understood as episodic moments of crisis, they were also prepared by an endemic coexistence, within the very space of the metropolis, of different and often very contradictory discourses. London has always been, at one and the same time, a space of opportunity and of widening social inequality, of inclusion and exclusion. 
An exploration of these conflicting discourses and of their cultural representations becomes urgent and crucial in this particular historical moment, in which on the one hand, London is experiencing a deep “crisis of conviviality” (Georgiou 2016) and might be on the verge of losing its cosmopolitan status – and, on the other, the preservation of this particular identity has been strongly advocated both by London dwellers – who perceive themselves as very distinct from the rest of the country – and by the local institutions, in particular by the newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan, with his media campaign #londonisopen. 
The urban space is a privileged site of negotiation for a series of challenges such as overpopulation, pollution, gentrification, urban sprawl and socio-political conflict, social, ethnic and gender inclusion and exclusion (Harvey 2001, Lees 2016, Madden and Marcuse 2016, Massey 1994). These challenges are not only mirrored in cultural representations of the city – from cinema to television, from photography to the press – but they are constantly re-defined and negotiated within these different media, shaping, in a two-way process, the political and social debate about urban life (Brunsdon 2007 and 2009, Georgiou 2013, Shiel 2001, Shonfield 2000, Webb 2014). 
We welcome proposals analysing the cultural representations of London in the 20th and 21st century in a wide range of formats and media (the press, popular and urban culture), with a particular emphasis on the visual (film, television, photography, visual adaptation of literary works), and through different theoretical frameworks – media and urbanism, cultural geography, Queer and Cultural Studies – and approaches – close analysis, historical and archival research. 
Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
– Racial tensions within the city and immigration 
– Cosmopolitanism 
– Brexit and London 
– Crisis 
– Social inclusion and exclusion, especially in relation to class 
– Gender and the urban space: appropriation and loss of spaces (i.e. Soho and the queer community) 
– Housing as a site of social contestation: from the early 20th century slum clearances, to the post-war egalitarian housing project and its crisis 
– The financialisation of the economy, austerity, the economic crisis and the widening inequality gap 
– Gentrification, redevelopment and social displacement 
– Public space and private space 
– Environmental challenges within the city: green spaces, pollution.
To this purpose, the editorial board has established the following deadlines; authors should send in their proposals in the form of a 10 (min.) – 20 (max.) line abstract with a brief bio-bibliography to (both in English and in the language of their choice) by 15th October 2017. Full papers must be received by 15th February 2018. Other Modernities accepts contributions in English, Italian, Spanish, and French. The issue will be published late November 2018.
We also welcome book reviews and interviews to authors and scholars who investigate the aforementioned topics. Contributors are free to contact the editors to discuss and clarify the objectives of their proposals, with a view to making the issue as homogeneous as possible also from a methodological point of view. The editors can be contacted via the Editorial Secretary (
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