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CFP for Junior Scholars: Pedagogy of Images II: Depicting Communism for Children.
for Junior Scholars
Pedagogy of Images II: Depicting Communism for Children Symposium
The Pedagogy of Images project started in 2015 with an exploratory
symposium that mapped out approaches to studying the process of
amalgamation of text and image within the boundaries of the illustrated
book for young Soviet readers. As a part of the general desire to
translate Communism into idioms and images accessible
to children, these books visualized ideological norms and goals in a
way that guaranteed easy legibility, without sacrificing the political
appeal of the message.
Using a corpus of Soviet-era illustrated books for children from the collections of the
Cotsen Children’s Library
at Princeton University, the participants of the first meeting focused
on the dual verbal-visual representation of the Communist imaginary and
sensibility in early Soviet
books. The initial symposium also had a second purpose: to achieve a
more nuanced awareness of the ways in which digitization of these works
can facilitate more exhaustive mining of the information contained in
these rich graphic and verbal artifacts. An
edited volumegrowing out of the work of this first symposium is currently in production.
goal of the second symposium is to expand the generational boundaries
of scholars working on early Soviet children’s books. We invite advanced
Ph.D. students and recent graduates from a range of disciplines
and backgrounds to submit their proposals for participating in a two-day
symposium that will take place at Princeton University on
March 31- April 1, 2017.
The proposals should focus on the
expanded corpus of digitized materials from the Cotsen collections,
which consists currently of more than 160 titles. In the interest of
increasing the scope of disciplinary approaches
to the visual language of the Soviet children's book (and to avoid
thematic duplications), we ask potential participants to consult the
list of the contributions already included in the
a short CV and a 500-word proposal, describing your choice
of children’s books, methods, and arguments, which you would like to
develop for your presentation at the symposium to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
by December 15, 2017.
Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2017.
Final papers should be submitted by March 15, 2017. During
the symposium, participants will be paired with leading senior experts
in the field, who would provide critique of the contribution and
guidance for its future development.
The symposium will be held at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Every effort will be made to offer assistance with travel and accommodation expenses to selected candidates.
The Organizing Committee: Thomas F. Keenan Serguei A. Oushakine Katherine M.H. Reischl
Web-comics: Some Links by Liladhar R. Pendse (UC Berkeley)
This exhibit also takes in consideration comics that are born digital. The webcomics represent a unique opportunity for their creators to provide outreach to multiple audiences. Below are some suggested webcomics that can make this exhibition more interesting to our visitors.The list below was adapted for use from Buzzfeed.com, scroll.in and other sites. Some of these comics might be sensitive to their viewers. I would advise viewer’s discretion. This is not a comprehensive list but it provides a meaningful insight into the mysterious world of the webcomics.
A Century of Movement: Russian
Culture and Global Community Since 1917 CFP Deadline: April 7, 2017 October
12-13, 2017 http://centuryofmovement.web.unc.edu University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keynote Speakers: Katerina
Clark and Marina Frolova-Walker Conference Organizers: Jamie
Blake and Grace Kweon, in collaboration with Annegret Fauser The
cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and
uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and
social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security.
This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the
transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an
examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without
will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the
patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. In light of today’s
CALL FOR PAPERSAccelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern EuropeGhent UniversitySeptember 29 – October 1, 2017 http://www.slavistiek.ugent.be/Accelerateddevelopment). In 1964 the Bulgarian-Belarusian-Russian scholar Georgii Gachev coined the term ‘uskorennoe razvitie’ or ‘accelerated development’ in his 1964 monograph Accelerated Development of Literature: On the Basis of the Bulgarian Literature of the First Half of the 19thCentury. The term describes what happened to Bulgarian literature during Ottoman rule. Being a ‘young’ and ‘peripheral’ literature, having started to develop only recently at the time, Bulgarian literature ‘had to’ go through the whole evolution of European literature at a high pace in order to catch up with the latter. One of the side effects of this accelerated development was that characteristics of different style periods could even co-occur. Gachev’s thought-provoking idea has never really received a l…