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Registration for XLVII International RSACS “Overcoming: Cultivating Ideals through Overcoming Barriers in American culture” is open

The concept of Overcoming is suggested as a focus for interdisciplinary discussion of both contemporary period of American culture – such as implications of COVID-19 and its aftermath, crisis of trust in social life and overcoming Trumpism in politics, –  as well as in history with the persistent necessity to overcome various barriers in building and maintaining ideals – be it religious divides or the barriers spawned by immigration status, gender, race or class.


Planned sections:

  • Journalism,
  • American Culture of the 17-19th Centuries,
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture, with a Round Table Discussion on American Drama
  • Ethnic Aspects,
  • Gender Studies,
  • Fantastic in the Arts,
  • Canadian perspectives,

A traditional Round Table discussion: Imprints – Image of America and Image of Russia will also be held and dedicated to the memory of Professor Yassen Zassoursky.

The deadline for applications is October 30. Letters of acceptance will be sent by November 15.

Though the conference was planned to be held on-site, at MSU Journalism Department, 9 Mokhovaya ul., Moscow, Russia,  still, due to anti-COVID-19 measures protraction, the conference will be held online during the same dates – December 1-4, 2021. Platform – Zoom.
Participants and registered listeners will be sent invitation links for conference sessions by November 29.

Registration

https://lomonosov-msu.ru/eng/event/7011/

EAAS Conference 2022: Deadline extention until tomorrow – you can still apply!

Wastelands
34TH EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR AMERICAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
UNED, Madrid 6-8 April 2022

WASTELANDS – CALL FOR PAPERS-Deadline extension

The year 2022 marks the centenary of the publication of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land.
The title of the conference alludes to Eliot’s work and the main themes in it, expanding the
idea of the wasteland to the study of the United States. Hence, the overarching theme of
the conference is open to all kinds of reflections around the concept of “wasteland” and
waste. EAAS 2022 invites proposals that address the concept of waste in U.S. culture,
history, and politics.
Proposals may address (but are not restricted to) the following topics:
WASTELANDS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
• Environmental waste (water, land, e-waste, etc.).
• Anti-Waste: degrowth philosophy.
• “Zero waste” movement and consumerism.
• Food waste.
• Wastelands as devastation of spaces.
• Waste of resources (human, natural, economic, etc.).
THE ETHICS OF WASTE
• Moral waste: deterioration of democracies and other values. Empty discourses
(political, cultural, etc.).
• Wasted opportunities (land of opportunities, American dream).
• Waste as a “negative store”, as opposed to the archive; forgetting, destruction,
and latent cultural memory.
CORPOREAL WASTE
• Illnesses and pathologies.
• Age: The Growing Land.
• Emotional wastelands: real or metaphorical alexithymia.
• Pandemics and other physical threats.
LITERARY AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS OF WASTELANDS
• ‘Wasteland” as an image of decadence, crisis, and postwar.
• Barrenness vs. fertility, hopelessness vs. regeneration.
• T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and its literary / cultural influence.
• Literary representations of wastelands.
• (Audio)visual representations of wastelands.
• Ruins, trash, in painting, music, film, and other artistic representations

• Waste of information: useless and redundant data, technology, media, etc.

1 августа 2021 года ушел из жизни Ясен Николаевич Засурский, но с нами он навсегда

Сегодня в четыре часа утра умер Ясен Николаевич. Прощание состоится в среду, 4 августа, во дворе журфака, с 12.30 до 13.30.  Затем состоится кремация. Урна с прахом будет захоронена на Троекуровском кладбище.

Множество учеников Ясена Николаевича размещают у себя на страницах в интернете воспоминания, приходят слова памяти и от американистов, которые просят разместить их на нашем сайте.

Мы разместим тут все присланные на адрес larmih@gmail.com слова памяти о Я.Н. Засурском.

Первыми прислали соболезнования коллеги из Беларуси:

Примите самые искренние соболезнования по поводу кончины Ясена Николаевича. Он был необыкновенной личностью и выдающимся ученым и организатором, ученики которого рассеяны по всему свету. Все мы будем помнить его замечательные лекции и выступления. С нами остаются его книги.
Вечная память!
Dr. Yuri Stulov,
independent researcher
Хочу выразить мои соболезнования по поводу смерти Ясена Николаевича Засурского.   Это огромная потеря для нашей американистики. Он был отцом отечественной американистики и большим  Человеком.
Профессор Т.Е. Комаровская
Минский государственныый педагогический университет
Коллеги из Забайкальского  государственного университета в Чите  пишут:
Уважаемая Лариса Григорьевна,
примите искренние соболезнования в связи с уходом Ясена Николаевича

Неоценим  его вклад  в становление и развитие отделений журналистики, формирование редких направлений и научных школ в Забайкалье и на Дальнем Востоке, в том числе в Забайкальском государственном университете. В лице Ясена Николаевича мы потеряли выдающегося учёного, организатора, авторитетного деятеля в области международных отношений. Созданное под его началом Общество по изучению культуры США (ОИКС) и ежегодные конференции американистов-филологов, проводимые на факультете журналистики МГУ с 1975 года, способствовали объединению и сближению российских и зарубежных исследователей, развитию мировой науки.

Уход Ясена Николаевича – невосполнимая утрата, но его дело будет продолжено многочисленными учениками и последователями.

С уважением,
Татьяна Воронченко, Екатерина Фёдорова
Прислал слова признательности  участник двух конференций американист из Южной Кореи  Кун Джонг Ли:
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Yassen Zassoursky, who will be remembered by the Americanist scholars in Russia and abroad. May he rest in peace! My heartfelt condolences go to the bereaved family.
Dr. Kun Jong Lee
Марина Князева выразила свои чувства в стихотворной форме:
ЯСЕН
Не потому, что велено,
Не всех вместит этот горький зал –
Имя его – развеяно
Всеми, кто его знал.
Слово недосолёностью
Скользнёт между рёбер пустых бумаг…
Памяти заселённостью
Пришёл антракт –
Кипит журфак!
У каждого – воспоминание
Дорожным знаком: путь на успех!
Вещим мудрейшим, не просто деканом
Был тот, кто нас создал всех!
И разбежались крутые трассы
От острых заломов у зорких глаз –
Будет второе имя: ЯСЕН
Одним позывным для нас.
Каждый прошёл сквозь его улыбку
И пониманья тон.
Каждый учился – быть открытым –
И Времён знатоком.
Сейчас в Городах, Городках, регионах
В тысяче тысяч детальных дум –
Его миллионы детей законных
Свечи Любви зажгут.
И разлетится не пепел – имя,
Живее, чем боль и смерть..
Созданный им и им хранимый
Рой, привычный – лететь!
01.08.2021
Людей такого масштаба, как Ясен Николаевич Засурский, не так уж много в современной российской культуре. Суметь сохранить и пронести через десятилетия  нашей турбулентной действительности чистоту ренессансно-просветительского идеала требуются особый талант души и нравственная непоколебимость, коими Ясен Николаевич был одарен сполна. Нам еще предстоит осмыслить и оценить тот огромный труд, который проделан был нашим всероссийским ДЕКАНОМ ради развития нашей университетской гуманитарной мысли. Ясен Николаевич открыл новую страницу в истории российской американистики, расширив ее дисциплинарные границы и дополнив сравнительно-сопоставительным изучением исторических реалий культур России и Америки. С приходом Ясена Николаевича, создавшего два таких крупных института как  ежегодные конференции при журфаке МГУ и Российское  Общество по изучению   культуры США, американистика перестала быть элитарной областью, нашла своих исследователей во многих российских российских университетах.  Негромкий патриотизм, при уважительном   отношении к иному пути  формирования национального менталитета, – поразительные качества, отличавшие Ясена Николаевича, его подход к подлинно научному, исторически выверенному изучению самобытных культур США и России. Глубокий поклон Ясену Николаевичу за то наследие, которое он нам оставил в дар – не для растраты, но для дальнейшего развития.
Луиза Петровна Башмакова, независимый исследователь, экс-руководитель Центра/Отделения “История культуры (Россия-Сев. Америка) Кубанского госуниверситета в 1990-2011 гг.

Today Opens EAAS Conference 2021 20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal. April 30-May 3. Warsaw, Poland

EAAS2020_program

All EAAS members who have not yet registered can see the program and join the  conference  at the end of this week as non-presenting participants at http://eaas2020.eu/registration-payment/

It is only 4 dollars to have access to interesting discussions of this very well designed conference.

XLVI International RSACS Conference Program

 

Section 1. American Journalism and Culture

Coordinator Professor Yulia Balashova (Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia)

December 3, Thursday, 10.00-13.00

 

  1. Alina Odoeva

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Institute of International Research MGIMO, Russia

The Dynamics of Television Entertainment Talk Shows in the US

  1. Svetlana Kanashina

Ministry of Foreign Affairs MGIMO, Russia

American Screen Culture In Modern Communicative Space (The Case Of Internet Memes)

  1. Nikolai Zykov

Journalism Department

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Historical themes in the Voice of America videos

  1. Yulia Balashova

Journalism Department

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

American TV Shows Deontology

  1. Alina Kuchieva, Maryana Karmova

Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Russia

American vs. Russian Political Journalism on the example of V.Pozner

  1. Ranjbar Daniyal

RUDN University, Moscow,  Iran\Russia

The Evolution of American Political Journalism after 2016

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Plenary Opening Session December 2, 2020

December 2, Wednesday, 5.50 pm 

  1.  Dr. Larisa Mikhaylova

RSACS Academic Secretary, Journalism Department,

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Welcome speech 

 

  1. Maniko Dillon-Barthelemy

Educator, Executive Producer/Director in Southern Belle Production

Louisiana, USA

Social Awareness and reporting (documentary filmmaking)

The speaker will talk about how teaching social responsibility and awareness leads to a better reporting, how her students seek and pitch ideas for social issues films and reporting, and how a single documentary can change the law.

 3. Alberto Galina Mendoza 

Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker, Canada

 Social-issues documentaries: life in front of the camera and beyond

The speaker will explain why he started making social-issues docs, how his team built the relationship with their characters, how tough and how important to make social-issues films and what happens after the cameras are gone.

Maniko Dillon-Barthelemy

Educator, Executive Producer/Director in Southern Belle Production 

Filmography: 

Unlikely sex offenders, film’s description: https://newsheels.blogspot.com/2011/04/unlikely-sex-offenders-film-screening.html

PURPOSE: This session examines the steps taken throughout documentary production to produce a powerful, unnerving, provocative film like “The Unlikely Sex Offenders” that informs the target audience and impacts public policy.

METHODS: Two of the more than 800 Louisiana women who are registered sex offenders after being convicted of breaking the state’s 1805 Crime Against Nature law give gripping details of life as they live with the stares, stigma, and setbacks that define them because of the conviction. A state lawmaker who introduced legislation to change the law during production of the film goes through the history, hypocrisy, and hard road to amending Louisiana’s constitution.  Louisiana State Police explain their role in maintaining the state’s sex offender registry. All perspectives for the film are on-camera in an unscripted, content relevant setting. Weeks of field legal research at Louisiana courthouses, on and off-camera interviews, meetings with potential participants, field research, filming, location scouting, writing, and editing over a six month period culminated with the film screening at the Obama Administration’s Human Rights Film Festival in Washington, DC.

CONCLUSION: The 2010 documentary added the human touch Louisiana lawmakers struggled to make in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that made breaking the 1805 Crime Against Nature law by solicitation, punishable by up to six months in jail, a maximum fine of $500 or both, for a person’s first offense. It changed the punishment from a felony to a misdemeanor, as it relates to adults soliciting adults. The offender must register with police as a sex offender if he or she has been convicted of soliciting a minor on a first offense or after a second conviction of soliciting a crime against nature of an adult. Previously, breaking the Louisiana 1805 Crime Against Nature law as a result of soliciting an adult, meant if convicted, the offender possibly faced hard time in a state prison, was required to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 15 years, and the words SEX OFFENDER were capitalized in red letters stamped on the convicted offender’s driver’s license or state ID, regardless of the offense.

Alberto Galina Mendoza 

Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker 

Filmography: 

The Heart of the Children: Supporting Children with Refugee Experiences (https://vimeo.com/95486159)

This short doc was commissioned by the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, as an educational video-documentary for teachers in the Vancouver region with a duration of 10 min approximately. The purpose was for the teachers to learn about immigrant children recent arrivals and integrated into the education system, to understand these kids were probably dealing with trauma and how this is usually identified and how art therapy can help them deal with their emotions better and at the same time allowing better integration into Canadian education system and culture. The author uses kids’ art and poetry and their experiences to drive the mini-doc.

Million Dollar Med$ (https://www.milliondollarmeds.com)

This is a long in-depth documentary about rare diseases in Canada. The film won the Jack Webster Awards for the best health sciences journalist work. This project also was awarded the Edward Murrow Awards in New York, the USA for the best international small news organization.

July 9-10, 2020 Online Conference Cyberpunk and Culture

All the presentations are already online and  will remain online at http://cyberpunkculture.com/  as a valuable resource for contemporary culture studies

On July  9 and 10 you can register for free and take part in discussions according to the timetable with the presenters.

Keynote & Roundtable

CPCC20 announces the keynote by Pawel Frelik on “Takeshi Was Here: Viral Revelations, Globalized Power, and Cyberpunk Myopia” to take place on Thursday, July 9th. For Friday, July 10th, the conference will host a roundtable discussion on “Living in Cyberpunk Times” featuring Sherryl Vint and Hugh O’Connell, as well as the editors of the Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (RCCC).

Program

XLV RSACS Conference “Immigration and American Culture” SCHEDULE December 4-7, 2019

Day Section room
December 4, Wednesday
10.00-13.00 16.00-17.30
  18.00-20.00
Registration
 
Opening Plenary Session
217
233
20.00-21.00 Tea and Pirozhki 217
December 5, Thursday
12.30 – 14.30   Section 5. Gender Aspects of American Culture             217
14.30 – 15.00 Lunch break  
15.00 – 18.00 Section 1. Journalism 217
17.30-19.00 Round Table discussion “Herman Melville Bicentennial” 103
December 6, Friday    
10.30 – 13.00 Section 3. Contemporary American Literature and Culture 217
13.00 –14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 16.00  
16.30 – 19.00
Section 4. Ethnic Aspects of American Culture 320
16.00 – 16.30 Кофе-брейк 217
14.00 – 16.00
  16.30 – 19.00
Section 8. Geography of the US and Spatial Aspects of
American Culture  
103
December 7, Saturday    
10.00 – 11.30 Section 6.  Fantastic in the Arts   217
11.30 –12.00 Lunch break
12.00 – 13.30 Section 7. Canadian Dimension of American Culture 217
13.30 – 14.00 Coffe-break 217
14.00 – 18.30 Round Table discussion «Imprints: Image of Russia and
Image of America»
103
18.30 – 19.30 Closing Plenary Session 103
20.30 – 21.30 Farewell dinner кафе

Registration to the XLV RSACS International conference is open

We are glad to announce “Immigration and American Culture”  as the theme of the XLV International conference of the Russian Society for American Culture Studies at Journalism Department of Lomonosov Moscow State Universityin the hope that it will allow looking in more detail at the changing cultural landscape of the USA due to historical waves of immigration on the one hand, and at the complex influence of the present-day immigration policies on American culture, on the other.

The dates of the conference will be December 4-7, 2019.

Planned sections:

  • – Journalism,
  • – American Culture of the 17-19th Centuries, with a Round Table Discussion on Bicentenary of Herman Melville

Round Table: Herman Melville’s Bicentenary (01.08.1819 – 28.09.1891)

Coordinators: Louisa P. Bashmakova, Prof. Emerita, KubSU, Krasnodar, Russia (888lpb@gmail.com), Prof. Andrew Wiget, Lomonosov MSU, and Prof. Emeritus, New Mexico State University, USA (andrew.wiget@gmail.com).

Melville’s contribution to the cultural and literary heritage of America and the world constitutes an immeasurable legacy.  Themes for papers and conversations may vary from biographical issues to historical and theoretical arguments, literary interpretations, or the critical reception or artistic transformation of the writer’s works in the USA and abroad. Presentations of teaching Melville to students are especially welcome.   

  • – Contemporary Literature and Culture, with a Round Table Discussion on American Drama
  • – Ethnic Aspects,
  • – Gender Studies,
  •  Fantastic in the Arts,
  •  Canadian perspectives, 
  • – Geography of the US and Spatial Aspects of American Culture  

Coordinator: Ruslan Dokhov, MSU,  Geography Department

Topics for discussion:

  • US cities: spatial structure and dynamics.
  • Geography of migrations in the US: internal and external flows. Geography of stayers.
  • Ethnic and confessional geography of the US.
  • Political geography of the US: electoral mosaics and regional patterns.
  • Economic geography, the geography of transportation and energy.
  • US regions, regional identity, locality at the age of globalism.


 A traditional Round Table discussion: Imprints – Image of America and Image of Russia will also be held.

Registration form