September 2008 Archives

Mizna's Fifth Arab Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Fouzi Slisli, curator
Kathryn Haddad, executive director
Mizna
2205 California Street NE #109A
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 55418
www.Mizna.org
Mizna@Mizna.org
612-532-0747
612-788-6920

Mizna Presents:
The Twin Cities 5th Arab Film Festival
October 16-19, 2008
The Heights Theatre
3951 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis
Cost: $5 student/low income $8 general admission
Festival Passes available $40 advanced (online) $55 at door
http://www.mizna.org/arabfilmfest08/index.html

Deadline extended to October 1, 2008 for proposals.

Call for papers for Challenging the Maternal Notion: Essays on an (Un)traditional Instinct

Editor: Alina M. Luna, Ph.D. (Western State College of Colorado)

Submissions are sought for an edited collection of essays that challenge traditional ideas of maternal instinct and motherhood. Interdisciplinary in nature, the collection seeks to offer a range of views that question or offer alternative explanations concerning aspects of the maternal that have traditionally been accepted as true. In doing so, this project will create a space for inquiry and analysis into what has been considered a sacred figure, yet one that has become increasingly lethal in our contemporary culture. The concept for this edited collection has garnered the interest of two academic presses.

Within the 20th and 21st centuries, academic essays and research studies such as those produced within the social and natural sciences (in anthropology, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy; in psychiatry, Dominique Bourget and Pierre Gagné; and in genetics, David Haig) have attempted to question the nature of maternal instinct, but controversy has followed. Writers and directors of film and fiction, often vehicles for the ideologies of popular culture, have depicted such mothers within the realms of horror and suspense (Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King and David Cronenberg) or camp (John Waters). Musicians have also written and performed songs that depict mothers in bleak and questionable terms (Chrissie Hynde, The Police, Genesis). Within the medical and legal fields, one must ask if motherhood and maternal instinct are being redefined by advancements in reproductive endocrinology (assisted hatching, egg donation, preimplantation genetic diagnosis) and problematized by prosecutorial arguments in a growing number of filicide trials (those of Andrea Yates, Deanna Laney, Dena Schlosser).

Deadline extended to October 1, 2008 for proposals.

Call for papers for Challenging the Maternal Notion: Essays on an (Un)traditional Instinct

Editor: Alina M. Luna, Ph.D. (Western State College of Colorado)

Submissions are sought for an edited collection of essays that challenge traditional ideas of maternal instinct and motherhood. Interdisciplinary in nature, the collection seeks to offer a range of views that question or offer alternative explanations concerning aspects of the maternal that have traditionally been accepted as true. In doing so, this project will create a space for inquiry and analysis into what has been considered a sacred figure, yet one that has become increasingly lethal in our contemporary culture. The concept for this edited collection has garnered the interest of two academic presses.

Within the 20th and 21st centuries, academic essays and research studies such as those produced within the social and natural sciences (in anthropology, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy; in psychiatry, Dominique Bourget and Pierre Gagné; and in genetics, David Haig) have attempted to question the nature of maternal instinct, but controversy has followed. Writers and directors of film and fiction, often vehicles for the ideologies of popular culture, have depicted such mothers within the realms of horror and suspense (Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King and David Cronenberg) or camp (John Waters). Musicians have also written and performed songs that depict mothers in bleak and questionable terms (Chrissie Hynde, The Police, Genesis). Within the medical and legal fields, one must ask if motherhood and maternal instinct are being redefined by advancements in reproductive endocrinology (assisted hatching, egg donation, preimplantation genetic diagnosis) and problematized by prosecutorial arguments in a growing number of filicide trials (those of Andrea Yates, Deanna Laney, Dena Schlosser).

Job Opening: Macalester WGSS

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Macalester College
is hiring a full-time, tenure-track advanced Assistant Professor or
Associate Professor in the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender/Queer Studies. Strong preference will be given to a candidate
with interdisciplinary work based in the social sciences. The successful
candidate will be a recognized scholar who has teaching and research
expertise in studies of gender/sexuality as these are contextualized in more
than one of the following ethnic American contexts (Native-American Indian,
Latino/Latina, Chicano/Chicana, African-American, Asian-American, and
Anglo/European-American). In addition to this U.S.-based cross-cultural
expertise, an ability to create comparative studies (U.S. with other
national feminisms and sexualities) is desirable. The candidate will be
expected to teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a distinct basis in the history
of feminist/queer theories. More information about the department is
available on our website (www.macalester.edu/wgs).

Screening of applications will begin on *October 15, 2008*, and may be sent
to the Chair of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department,
Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105. To apply, please
send a letter of application, a statement of teaching and research interests
and philosophy in relation to a liberal arts college*,* CV, three letters of
recommendation, reprints/pre-prints, and teaching evaluations (if
available).

Call for Submissions: Fat Queer Anthology

Working Title: Spilling Over: A Fat, Queer Anthology
Editor: Jessica Giusti, Feminist Studies Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota
Contact: spillingover@gmail.com
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2008

Despite the attention given by queer studies to the materiality of bodies and the cultural and social inscriptions that designate them, still a dearth of both scholarship and literature exists around intersections of gender, sexuality, and fatness. As fat studies begins to emerge as a viable academic location of inquiry, questions surface as to how fat bodies, deemed "excessive" in their trespasses of size and space, create even more complex subject positions when compounded by queer desires. This proposed anthology seeks contributions addressing junctions of "fat" and "queer" in pieces that consider the representations and resistances of non-normative corporeality and also writings considering the theoretical conceptions of these intricate subjectivities. Spilling Over will reflect the notions of excess, boundaries, and containment implied by the labels "fat" and "queer" both singularly and collectively. In the form of scholarly writing and creative non-fiction pieces, essay submissions might consider (but are not limited to):

• theorizing the concept of "excess" as it pertains to fatness and queerness
• fat and queer identities; personal narratives; reclaiming "fat" and "queer"
• notions of (in)visibility, hypervisibility, and passing and/or privilege
• intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, (dis)ability, age, and religion
• the economics of the obesity "epidemic" and the diet industry
• fat, queer art and performance; performativity
• pleasure, sex-positivity, eroticizing non-normative bodies
• acceptance movements, political activism, resistance
• the engagement of feminism with fatness
• global, transnational, transcultural constructions of fat, queer bodies and lives
• critical reflections of fatness and queerness in media, literature, film, music, and visual arts
• the rhetoric of fat oppression, fatphobia, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, responding to and/or addressing hate speech

By December 1, 2008, please send your 2,000 – 6,000 word submission, along with your complete contact information and a 50-100 word biography, to spillingover@... with the subject line of "Spilling Over – Submission." Submissions must be received in 12 point Times New Roman font and sent in via Word documents (PDFs will not be accepted). Pieces will be reviewed and decisions made by April 2009. Please note that accepted submissions will be approved on a tentative basis, pending editorial board approval once the anthology has secured a publisher.

Questions can be directed to me at spillingover@gmail.com or visit the MySpace page at www.myspace.com/spillingoveranthology

Links

  • GWSS Course Blogs: 2009-2010

  • Helen Hawthorne Hartung Award Competition Idalia Robles De Leon

  • Helen Hawthorne Hartung Award Competition Jerod Greenisen

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