Concourse: 03/12/16


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Making Music in Film: XI. Symposium for Film Music Research

July 21 - 23, 2016 Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik, Freiburg, GermanyHosted by the Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik (ZPKM) Freiburg
and the Kiel Society for Film Music Research

The XI. Symposium for Film Music Research will take place at the Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik (Centre for Popular Culture and Music), University of Freiburg, and will be dedicated to the filmic representation of musical performance.
Scenes and sequences that show film characters making music have always been essential attractions of cinema. What does it mean when characters break into song or start playing an instrument? Which topoi, conventions or stereotypes can we find across different musical and film genres? Which perspectives on the act of musical performance do films and TV formats offer? Which popular attitudes towards the conditions, rules and peculiarities of musical practice in their historical, economic and political contexts have shaped filmic representations?

Addressing these and other questions, the conference centers on the analysis and interpretation of scenes that show music-making. Such scenes should be examined and discussed within narratological, aesthetic, stylistic, musicological, performance and gender contexts. We welcome discussions of various film genres and TV formats beyond musical films or biopics of musicians.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

a. musical performance in its narrative context
b. diegetic music in silent film
c. rehearsal and performance in stage/backstage and other diegetic settings
d. musical performances in documentaries
e. musical performance and the construction of myths and star images
f. musical performance in TV formats and series
g. performative acts and gender construction
h. virtuosity vs. amateurism
i. musical performance as communication
j. construction of collectives through performance
k. filmic and performative spaces
l. physicality of musical performances
m. spontaneous expression vs. rehearsed performance

For the open part of the conference, we welcome submissions of proposals dealing with any aspect of music in film. We particularly encourage younger scholars and PhD students to present their current research at the conference.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) for a 25 min presentation, as well as a short biography (max. 100 words), to (contacts: Tarek Krohn and Willem Strank).

Submission deadline: March 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2016
Conference languages are German and English.

The organizers will not be able to cover any travel costs or other fees.

Summer School

Re-Ordering Diversity: Humanitarian Assistance in the Context of Forced Migration and Displacement
4 - 8 July 2016

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany)

Application Deadline: 30 April 2016

Forced migration and displacement are controversially debated issues in current public and political discourse. A rhetoric of threatened order manifests itself alongside attempts to frame the situation as manageable, or even as a chance.

Considering the resulting challenges that politics and practitioners are facing, the need for a more thorough academic engagement becomes apparent. On the one hand, it is paramount to collect a corpus of data which will enable a better theorization of the issues at hand; on the other hand, academics have to take responsibility as the ‘informed consultants’ politicians and practitioners are in need of.

The Summer School will take place from 4th until 8th July 2016 at the University of Tuebingen, as a cooperation between the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress”, the Center for Gender and Diversity Research, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen).

We welcome applications from PhD students and early career researchers from social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political science, and related fields of cultural studies and social sciences. The aim of the Summer School is to learn about and discuss relevant topics and academic approaches through a dialogue between different agents from the field: academics, practitioners, and refugees.


Both those people categorized as ‘refugees’ and the societies receiving them are extremely diverse. Due to a lack of academic expertise and theorization, this aspect has so far been only marginally acknowledged in the German-speaking context. In the field, this often results in irritations and complex conflicts between agents, in which a perceived threat against one’s own group dominates the discourse.

In collaboration with researchers from diversity studies, and taking into account the CRC’s model of ‘threatened order’, the summer school will deal with these issues and work towards finding answers to the following questions:

Which forms of diversity are articulated in the context of forced migration and displacement?

What new forms of diversity emerge?

Which mechanisms of order do involved agents and institutions apply (‘re-ordering’)?

The Summer School provides a platform for dialogue between different agents from the field (researchers, practitioners, refugees), who, together, will develop hypotheses and further questions. The goal is to find ways to theorize and frame forced migration and displacement in terms of questions of diversity, humanitarian assistance and ‘threatened order’, and especially to integrate and specify topics from ongoing and emerging research projects.

Aside from a close cooperation between the research institutes, involving practitioners and refugees has a high priority within our concept. The idea is to pursue research not about them, but collectively as a joint effort.



About the Conference

Ege University School of Foreign Languages and the British Council are proud to announce the international ELT conference that will take place on May 26-27, 2016 at Ege University Campus, İzmir, Turkey. The theme of this event has been set as Cultivation of Quality Culture in ELT in Higher Education.

The conference aims to gather a large number of scholars who seek to improve quality in higher education. The event will offer a look at the issues in the domain and provide a platform for exchanging, discussing and fostering ideas on the concept of quality culture.

We hope to host many ELT professionals from around the world here in İzmir. If you are willing to join the conference as an audience, please click here to fill in the registration form.
Conference Themes

Proposals for presentations are expected (but not limited to) on the themes below:

Cultivation of quality culture in terms of

  • curriculum,
  • continuing professional development,
  • performance evaluation,
  • learning environment,
  • learner autonomy,
  • technology use,
  • organization culture and climate,
  • educational management,
  • strategic planning,
  • assessment,
  • benchmarking.
Contributions are welcome from anyone involved in ELT. Thus, we invite you to share your research and practices around the main theme with a 20-minute oral presentation plus a 10-minute discussion section.

Call for Papers

Submission Guidelines

The conference language is English and all abstracts must bemaximum 250 words in length and must include at least 3 key wordsPapers must conform to APA style (6th edition).Abstracts must be in line with the conference theme. Submissions should also include a 30-word bio. Abstracts can only be submitted through the link below.

Selection will be carried out by a screening committee. The papers presented in the conference will be published in the conference proceedings.

Notification of accepted proposals will be declared by April 15, 2016. Presenters must register to the event by April 22, 2016latest to confirm their attendance. The registration fee is € 60. The organizing committee will assume that the presenters have decided against attending unless they register by the deadline.

Contact Information

İ. İlkay Özdemir, Sinem Tekir


All guests are required to make their own transportation and accommodation arrangements.

Ege University Guest House
Located on the campus, all the rooms at the guest house have shower, air-conditioner, mini-bar, and TV set. Guesthouse is within easy reach of the Conference Venue (5 minutes walk).
E.U. Guesthouse Web site can be reached at
Phone: +90 232 3881447

Anemon Ege Hotel (****)
Located on the campus, Anemon Ege Hotel is within easy reach of the Conference Venue (10 minutes walk) and provides shuttle for its customers from and to the airport.
Phone: +90 232 373 48 62 , +90 232 339 99 93
For reservations and further enquiries, please visit the website

Hotels in downtown can be reached via

International Linguistics Conference in Lublin

Building on the success of the first three conferences, the Institute of English Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, is organizing the  4th meeting of Linguistics Beyond And Within — International Linguistics Conference in Lublin. The conference, to be held on 20–21 October 2016, will be hosted by the Department of Applied Linguistics, the Department of Theoretical Linguistics, and the Department of Contrastive English-Polish Studies. The language of the conference is English. This year the talks will be guided by the following leitmotif:

Call for papers/Talks and posters

We wish to encourage all linguists representing various theoretical models and practical applications to present their contributions during both oral and poster sessions in the following research areas:

theoretical linguistics
phonetics & phonology
corpus studies

applied linguistics
language teaching & language acquisition
discourse analysis
translation studies
socio- and psycholinguistics

Please consider that the leitmotif of LingBaW 2015 is: Controversy in Linguistics and Language Studies.

Each paper presentation in an oral session will be scheduled for a 20-minute talk followed by a 10-minute discussion. Poster sessions will last about 45 minutes during which the authors are required to be present and ready to answer questions from conference participants passing by. The poster format is 100x70cm (vertical orientation). The language of the conference is English.

As previously, we would like to invite scholars with innovative approaches to linguistics viewed from a range of intra- and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: 30 June 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2016
Registration: 10 September 2016
Conference: 20–21 October 2016
Paper submission: 31 January 2017

Abstract submission
Abstracts of no more than 400 words (including references) should be sent by 30th June 2016 in .doc format to our e-mail It is expected that any paper presented at LingBaW 2016 is original and has not been previously presented or published.

In the body of the email, please include the following information: title of paper, name of author, scientific degree, affiliation, research area (one from the above-mentioned) and form of presentation (speech/poster).

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously; please do not put your name on the abstract itself.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15th August.
Call for workshop proposals New !

The upcoming edition of the LingBaW Conference will also host two thematic workshops up to a limit of ten papers plus one slot for an introductory paper by workshop convenors.

The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 31st May 2016.

Each workshop proposal must include: the title, a 500-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals of the workshop and the names, affiliations, and contact details of the workshop organizers. The proposal should also contain a list of five prospective participants. It should also indicate any special requirements you might have in terms of equipment.

Workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the workshop, organizing the reviewing process, and running the workshop.

Conference fee

The conference fee is 300 PLN (€80) and includes conference materials, reception, refreshments and publication of the proceedings.


The preliminary deadline for submission of completed papers is 31st January 2017.

Further information

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here or at

The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture
International Conference
30 September 2016 – Warsaw, Poland

The twentieth-century literature and culture tended to explore and to celebrate subjectivity. But this tendency did not mean the turn to the self, but beyond the self, or as Charles Taylor puts it, “to a fragmentation of experience which calls our ordinary notions of identity into question”.

In his attempts to define the uncanny Freud asserted that it is undoubtedly related to what is frightening – to what arouses dread and horror. It may be something domestic but at the same time unfriendly, dangerous, something that sets the sense of insecurity within the four walls of one’s house. “Persons, things, sense-impressions, experiences and situations which are known and long familiar arouse in us the feeling of danger, fear and even horror. Everyday objects may suddenly lose their familiar side, and become messengers”.

The uncanny suggests an unsettling of the feeling of comfort and reassurance in one’s home, but also in oneself. Architecture takes the place of psychology (Kreilkamp). The perturbed relationship between the characters and their familiar world, the troubled sense of home and self-certainty is a result of a traumatic experience of loss.

As Cathy Caruth claims, “to be traumatized is precisely to be possessed by an image or event”. It usually involves time disruption with the past surfacing in the present, especially the past which has not been worked through. The memory traces are revised and interweave with fresh experiences producing the uncanny effect.

In the new literary and artistic discourse authors tend to depict the new human being, “psychologically deep and multi-layered, fragmentary, floating on sensation and consciousness, fed by their random thoughts and their half-conscious dream worlds” (Bradbury). The new style relies on fragments, breaks, ellipses and disrupted linearity of the narration. It serves to convey the idea of the fractured character of modern time and fragmentariness and allusiveness of subconscious thought. As “an externalization of consciousness”, the uncanny becomes a meta-concept for modernity with its disintegration of time, space and self.

This conference seeks to explore the representations of the uncanny in language, literature and culture. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
uncanny geographies
uncanny technologies
the uncanny and visual tropes
the uncanny and postcolonialism
the uncanny and gender studies
the uncanny and sexuality

We also welcome poster proposals that address the conference theme.

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different fields. We invite proposals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, etc.

The language of the conference is English.

Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 15 May 2016 to: Download paper proposal form.

A selection of papers will be published in a collected volume.

Full registration fee – 70 € Student registration fee – 50 €

Conference venue: As-Bud Conference Centre, Al. Jerozolimskie 81, Warsaw

The Superhero

The Superhero Project: 2nd Global Meeting

Call for Presentations 2016

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

“With great power, comes great irresponsibility...” – Deadpool
In the twenty-first century, the Superhero now holds an unparalleled position within pop culture. Having vastly expanded beyond its birth medium of comic books to what is a fierce and pervasive presence in multiple media, this domination is no more apparent than the realms of mainstream cinema, where blockbuster superhero films routinely break box-office records and more than thirty further films are set to be released by 2020.
In 2016, DC Comics trinity of flagship characters – Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – finally appear on screen together for the first time in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, while the steadfast heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will fracture in “Captain America: Civil War” and the group villainy of “Suicide Squad” will see anti-heroism placed front and centre. The surprise success of “Deadpool” has ignited a renewed appetite for “R-rated” superhero material and, on TV, the richly-noir “Jessica Jones” merges the superhero with urban sleuth, exploring such dark topics as Rape and PTSD, and “Marvel’s Daredevil” has provided a platform for the discussion of disability issues.
Meanwhile, real individuals are being elevated to the status of superhero – literally and metaphorically. The “Real Life Superhero” phenomenon – in which people dress in superhero costume to enact community service or vigilantism – continues apace, while the military maintains the development of technology that allows soldiers to considerably augment their physical strength. In the halls of comic conventions worldwide, fans demonstrate their devotion to specific iterations of superhero characters via detailed cosplay.
After seventy-eight years of comic book existence, the superhero remains regarded as an inspirational figure, but also a divisive one, perceived in some quarters as a promoter of violence and vigilantism. Superheroes position themselves as purveyors of a specific set of moral values, sometimes above the law, but always striving for the greater good. Superheroes are typically depicted in a constant struggle with notions of personal responsibility, and questions of identity and destiny, in line with Joseph Campbell’s “Monomyth”.
Perceived as a modern form of mythology or folklore, the superhero currently occupies a diverse and expansive space in modern popular culture. Yet, while still largely American in focus, the superhero has become increasingly international, capable of reflecting specific issues and operating as a powerful messenger of them – a power they have possessed since their inception in the spring of 1938. As more and more people wear the symbols of superheroes (via t-shirts etc.) as an expression of values as well as fandom, the superhero is becoming us.
The 2nd Global Conference on Superheroes invites interdisciplinary discussion on superheroes and the notion of the super-heroic. Areas of discussion could include:
Indicative themes for discussion may include but are not limited to:
The postmodern superhero
Secret identities, transformation / becoming
The queering of the superhero genre
The intellectualisation of superhero narratives
Regulation, Moral Relativity and Authority
Superheroes at home
Superhero utopias and dystopias.
Globalisation and Cultural Appropriation
The superhero’s role in war and conflict
The superhero in childhood play
Gadgetry and cyborg prosthetics
In addition to the presentation of conference papers, the Project Team welcomes the submission of shorts workshops and accounts of professional practice, as well as other contributions, including performances. It particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
Further details and information can be found at the conference website:
Details about our review policy can be found here:
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Superhero project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Fear, Horror and Terror. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send:
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by FRiDay 15 March 2016

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Superhero Abstract Submission
Organising Chairs:
Danny Graydon:
Rob Fisher:
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.