CFP: [Religion] The New Age Movement in Popular Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Marla K. Roberson
contact email: 
mkroberson@gmail.com

Abstract/Proposals by 1 December 2008

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 30th Annual
Conference
February 25-28, 2009
Albuquerque, NM
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
http://www.h-net.org/~swpca/index.html

Panels are now forming for presentations on the New Age Movement in
Popular Culture. According to a variety of dictionary and encyclopedia,
the New Age Movement began during the 1970’s and subsequently grew in the
1980’s and 1990’s. Characteristics of the Movement are philosophies and
religious viewpoints that emphasize that a spiritual era in which
individuals and society will be transformed is beginning. The Movement
has touched a variety of issues including healing, spiritual growth,
feminism, and spawned numerous books, movies, and musical styles.

Suggested topics for papers could include but not be limited to the
following:

-Various media
        Movies – How the New Age Movement impacted specific movies or the
change in styles of a set of movies.
        Music – How styles developed to include the concept of New Age
such as meditative music; how music is used in buildings to create a sense
of serenity.
        Books and journals –Either specific books or journals or how the
industry has developed to incorporate the New Age.

-Religion
        What variety of religions rose in popularity because of the New
Age?
        How has Christianity incorporated the New Age Movement?
        
-Medical treatments
        What medical treatments have developed in response to the New Age
Movement?
        What relaxation techniques are associated with the Movement? Has
meditation and massage increased in popularity? How is yoga used in the
daily life of the culture?

-Architecture
        How do current architecture projects incorporate the New Age
Movement and approach into building design?
        Are intentional communities a result of the New Age Movement?

-Ethics of the New Age
        Have business practices and patterns changed because of the New
Age mentality?

-Does the New Age really exist or is it a farce? Should a new term such
as Mind/Body/Spirit industry be added to the lexicon instead of the term
New Age Movement?

-Is the term “New Age Movement” an applicable term?

-Food and Farming
        How has farming practices changed to incorporate the New Age
Movement?
        Has the New Age Movement spawned holistic and organic grocery
stores such as Whole Foods?

E-mail your abstract or proposal (up to 500 words) by 1 December 2008
(Reduced Fee Deadline 11/15/08) to:
Marla K. Roberson
Library Director
Tri-County Technical College
7900 Highway 76
P.O. Box 587
Pendleton, SC 29670
mkroberson_at_gmail.com

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