Science Fiction and Fantasy welcomes papers/presentations in any critical, theoretical, or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F : art; literature; radio; film; television; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:
The Religion & Popular Culture area invites both read papers and
innovative presentations which explore specific intersections of
religion and popular culture, namely: Religious Retail/Sacred
Shopping, Religious Toys/Play, Religious Media, and the utilization of Mass Produced Spirituality in Yard Art and Home Altars. Panel or paper proposals on methods or other themes relevant to Religion & Popular Culture are also welcome..
The Popular Literary Landscapes panel of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference seeks abstracts of
papers (250 words) that address landscape descriptions which serve to identify and define important aspects of the human condition. The descriptions may be of fictional or actual places in verse or prose. The aim of the panel is to explore the presence of important cultural values/ideals/concerns/debates which traditionally inform the descriptions of popular literary landscapes.
Hard copies of abstracts should be
posted to the following address:
PSU Abington1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
Popular Culture and Activism welcomes papers or presentations that
explore the sphere of activism in the production of popular culture.
Whether historical or contemporary, investigations into the role of
activism in shaping popular culture or the role of popular culture in
shaping activism are encouraged. Possible topics might include the way
individual activists or groups have utilized popular media or sought to
influence popular media. Other issues to consider are: how have activist
groups been portrayed in popular culture? What forms of activism are
being employed on college campuses or in local communities, and how does this tie in with or shape popular culture? What are the political or
This area explores the ways that we shape and are shaped by the built
environment, individual structures, and architecture culture. It seeks
papers treating the theories, personalities, styles, and technologies that
influence buildings, city planning, and community design. The material
under consideration may be hypothetical or realized, fantastic or
practical, controversial or traditional, political or personal or any
combination of these. Topics from any time period and any culture are
Women's Studies is celebrating its 41st year of existence as a discipline in the United States. As such, there is a wealth of material that acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline. The Women's Studies section of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics for this area include, but certainly are not limited to:
Proposals focusing on any issue pertaining to the experience, literature, representation, or history of Native Americans, especially in the 500 years snce the conquest, are welcome. Some questions to consider: How have Native Americans been portrayed in mainstream popular culture through the centuries--in various media such as fiction, poetry, film, television, painting, and advertising, or as sports mascots and in educational institutions--and how have Native Americans themselves resisted or subverted such representations? What can such language and images tell us about the cultural and political dynamics of the relationship between the first peoples of and latecomers to North America?
The Music Area invites submissions from individuals or organized panels (3 or 4 persons) focusing on any topic relating to any genre or any time period of music. Topics can include but are not limited to individual artists, albums, CDs, genres, periods, performances, critics, magazines, music and art, music on radio, television, and on stage and in academia. Abstracts on any topic of music will be considered.
The LGBT Studies Area of MAP/ACA welcomes proposals that are of
relevance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Proposals are encouraged that focus on any medium of popular or
American culture, such as novels, nonfiction, comics/graphic novels,
theatre, television, movies, advertising, new media, or politics and
Proposals of interest for next year's conference might include:
*The Violet Quill writers
*HIV/AIDS in art, literature, or popular culture
*LGBT Television (The L Word, Queer as Folk, Logo, Here)
*Popular gay romance novels
*LGBT comics/graphic novels
*Visual and verbal narratives from the gay marriage debates.
Latino/a Area Studies is interested in research into all aspects of
Latino/a popular culture - its production abroad or in the U.S.; its
consumption, and intersections with race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality
from any disciplinary approach. Some areas individuals might consider
exploring are: Revisiting/Reinterpreting Machismo/Marianismo; Latinization of U.S. culture/ Americanization of Latino/Latin American culture; Organizing Latino/a Social Movements; Political mobilization of Latinos/as via Media; Portrayals of Latinos/as on U.S. and Latino media (U.S./International). Papers should be delivered in English.