UPDATE: [Theory] American Indians Today

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Richard L. Allen
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Call for Papers: American Indians Today
Abstract/Proposals by 15 December 2008
February 25-28, 2009

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Popular Culture Associations 30th
Annual Conference

Albuquerque, NM. February 25-28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710

Panels now forming on topics related to American Indians Today. I am
looking for panels or papers that examine the influence that American pop
culture has on aspects of contemporary American Indian life ways and vice
versa. American Indian culture is diverse and an examination of the
culture, influences, adaptation, and cultural syncretism as it is
presented in contemporary America is welcome.

Proposals may examine any aspect of American Indian life ways and pop
culture as represented or interpreted in: the arts and performing arts
(storytelling, myth, legend, theater, music); poetry; oral tradition;
myth; legend; philosophy; sciences, arts; fashion; artifacts; foods;
journalism; media (radio, television); photography; cultural, spiritual or
identity appropriation; stereotypes; mascots; tribal politics; history;
gaming; Indians in the military; activist movements; social influences;
reservation, rural and urban influences; languages; assimilation,
adaptation, and syncretism; sovereignty, peoplehood and any influence one
may observe that has its genesis in American popular culture as adapted by
contemporary American Indians.

This year marks our milestone 30th Anniversary! We will mark this
accomplishment with our conference theme that celebrates our
roots, “Reeling in the Years: 30 Years of Film, TV, and Popular Culture.”
For this special theme, papers are particularly sought on aspects of film,
TV, and popular culture of the last 30 years with an emphasis on the
popular culture of 1979.

We are honored to have as our Luncheon Keynote, former New Mexico Governor
David Cargo (1967-1971). Among his many accomplishments, Governor Cargo
founded the New Mexico Film Commission, the first of its kind nationwide,
which brought Hollywood film production to New Mexico. Continuing a
tradition of governors who act, David Cargo played roles in several films
including The Gatling Gun (1973), Bunny O’Hare (1971), and Up in the
Cellar (1971) about a student poet who seduces his college president's
wife, daughter, and girlfriend over lost financial aid.

Priority Submission and Registration: December 1, 2008.

Final Submission Deadline: Dec. 15, 2008.

Conference Registration: Dec. 31, 2008 (all participants must be
registered by this date!).

Send abstracts and proposals for panels of 100-250 words. Submissions may
be directed to me at the address below by 15 December 2008. :

Richard L. Allen, Area Chair
American Indians Today
Cherokee Nation
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465
(918) 453- 5466
Email: rallen_at_cherokee.org

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registration) can be found at

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