CFP: [General] Florida and the Popular Mind

full name / name of organization: 
Julian C. Chambliss
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Florida and the Popular Mind
Edited by
Julian C. Chambliss, Department of History, Rollins College and Denise K.
Cummings, Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies, Rollins College

This edited volume will offer a collection of essays that explore the
distinctive issues that shape popular understandings of Florida. While
academic works have addressed Florida’s economic, social, and political
histories, this collection seeks to re-evaluate Florida’s impact on the
broader cultural dialogue about the postwar transformation of the United
States. Florida’s rich and diverse geographic gifts have allowed the state
to play a defining role in a postwar culture of consumption, leisure, and
growth often central to discussions and debates about U.S. popular culture
in general. Thus, the values associated with Florida’s development and the
State’s many “identities” are not simply regional values; instead, they
offer insights into the benefits, challenges, and concerns associated with
modern living. This collection will consider Florida as both a geographic
place and a symbolic space, one within which the dynamic aspect of societal
development may have been realized and a future foreshadowed.

Proposals from scholars living and working in Florida are particularly
welcomed. Please note: In order to facilitate organization of the
collection, the editors strongly encourage papers wishing to be considered
for the volume be presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Florida
Conference of Historians in Jacksonville, FL, February 27 through March 1,
2008. All proposals for the volume will be organized into panel
presentations for the conference. Final selection for the volume will
occur following the conference.

For consideration, please send the following information to Dr. Julian C.
Chambliss ( by 12/15/07:

1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (500 words max.);
2. Brief vita or one-paragraph biography;
3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic institution,
mailing address, and e-mail address.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following as they relate to

Non-U.S. identity
The Environment
Cinematic imaginings
Media representation

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