CfP: Special Issue of The Velvet Light Trap (Performance & the Body)

Historically, studies of performance have often been tied to star images, focusing on issues of celebrity in professional, public, and private spaces. As a result, a large body of research has explored how the star is constructed through extratextual discourses and how this off-screen persona may shape perceptions of on-screen performance. However, scholarly attention to performers has been shifting from star image and celebrity to acting and performance. Several collections on film acting and performance – most recently Cynthia Baron and Sharon Marie Carnicke’s Reframing Screen Performance (2008) and Aaron Taylor’s Theorizing Film Acting (2012) – have extended our knowledge of the historical evolution of acting practices. The editors of The Velvet Light Trap would like to further the ongoing conversation surrounding performance studies by focusing attention on the relationship between performance and the body and the ways in which the body is being performed across the mediums of film, television, and new media.

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CFP: Bilingual Conference “History of Gender in Games” (2015)

Since the beginning of the 1990s, many scholars have shown concern for the plethora of gender stereotypes and sexist narratives in video games, as well as for the lower percentage of female players and of female game designers. Over time, the solutions advanced to avoid sexism and to bridge the gaps between men and women followed three different trends.

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Job: Position as Senior lecturer in music at the University of Skövde, Sweden

The University of Skövde is a modern university with highly relevant programs and socially beneficial research. Our students and staff have the prerequisites for success through our innovative thinking, openness to strategic collaborations with the surrounding world and because we take good care of our students and employees. The University has approximately 500 employees and about 11 000 students and is an important asset in the development of the district.

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Job: Assistant Prof in Game Studies and Critical Game Making (UC Davis, USA)

The University of California, Davis invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in game studies and critical game making. The appointee will join a growing interdisciplinary team of researchers engaged in collaborative work on media ecologies and digital humanities. Expertise in game studies and/or game making, evidence of excellence in research, a clear commitment to undergraduate education, and the promise of outstanding teaching at the graduate level are required.
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