Studies in Popular Culture, a journal of the Popular Culture Association of the South, publishes articles on popular culture however mediated: through film, literature, radio, television, music, graphics, print, practices, associations, events—any of the material or conceptual conditions of life. Its contributors from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Israel, Scotland, Spain, and the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus include distinguished anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, cultural geographers, ethnomusicologists, historians, and scholars in comics, communications, film, games, graphics, literature, philosophy, religion, and television.
Make Believe: Fact, Fiction, and Friction
NATIONAL POPULAR & AMERICAN CULTURE
ASSOCIATIONS 2013 JOINT CONFERENCE
Submissions: All submissions should go through the database:
Due Date: The application due date for this year's conference is
November 30, 2012.
The Conference will be held at the
Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.
1 (800) HOTELS-1 (800 468-3571)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 30, 2012.
We welcome papers and presentations on any aspect of the Gothic in film, literature, or other forms of cultural expression. All critical approaches are welcome.
Organizers of the 34th annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please check the special area list, as you may find a home there: http://swtxpca.org/documents/123.html#Literature.)
Call for Papers
WSQ Special Issue: Engage!
Guest Editors: David A. Gerstner & Cynthia Chris
"I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement." — Oscar Wilde
"There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do not think it's asking to much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect."
— Nikki Giovanni
Scholarly essays are sought for a collection on the "dark/gothic" fairy tale motif in children's and young adult literature. One of the most popular and long standing traditions in literature for youth, fairy tales have always had elements of fantastical horror, dark motifs, and other Gothic themes built into them. Cannibalism, murders, despair, rape, kidnapping, reincarnations, broken families and many other horrific elements are to be found in these stories. Countless experts insist that their inclusion was, and still is, vital to the growth and maturation of the child reader. The melding of the traditional fairy tale and Gothic literature themes help the reader not only to see the positive aspects of life, but the darker side as well.
Volume 3, Number 1, Themed Issue on Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosity
This issue is concentrating on spaces that are considered monstrous or are themselves capable of producing monstrosity. these spaces can be actual or authored, real or imaginary. Spaces of violence and murder, social taboo, ideological excess and human depravity from the past, present or future. Equally spaces natural or supernatural, earth found or star bound that produce, spawn or inevitably return to monstrosity in all its many human, cultural and temporal forms
The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms of submission on the following or related themes:
"A given socio-historical moment is never homogeneous; on the contrary, it is rich in contradictions." -- Antonio Gramsci
The University of Oklahoma Student Association of Graduate English Scholars (S.A.G.E.S) and the OU English Department will host the second annual conference, Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on January 25, 2013.
As Italian premier Mario Monti recently did, politicians are increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the future of their countries. Such public invocations of sacrifice place politicians and their constituents in a state of tension at least partly because of the difficult and often contradictory connotations of sacrifice. Sacrifice, a concept of religious provenance deeply embedded in contemporary culture, can mean to offer for destruction and to make amends, to hurt and to heal, make whole, or sacred. Such oppositions at the heart of sacrifice make it a dangerous and much-fraught concept, as well as a fruitful and powerful one in numerous spheres of culture.