2010 MPCA/MACA conference "Authorship and Auteurism" area, October 1-3

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Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association
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The "Authorship and Auteurism" area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming conference. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held Friday October 1 – Sunday October 3, 2010, at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This panel seeks papers that analyze any aspect of auteur theory or authorship studies. Topics may explore any popular medium or cultural production from any time period or country. Of particular interest are papers that focus on authorship and auteurism within the contexts of corporate conglomeration, "globalization" and transnationalism, and technological convergence.
Potential topics relevant to authorship may include:

-New media and technology (transmedia authors, etc.)
-Authorship in the age of postmodernity and globalization (transnational auteurs, etc.)
-Auterism after the "death of the author" (author functions and malfunctions, corporate authors, etc.)
-Authorship and auteurism as historical, geographical, and/or cultural practices
-Class and economics
-Race and ethnicity
-Gender and sexuality
-Narrative and genre
-Aesthetics and style

Please send 250 word abstracts to the area chair via e-mail or mail. Emailed proposals should be sent to Daniel Herbert, Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan at danherb_at_umich.edu. Please include your name and affiliation, a brief bio or 1-page c.v., e-mail address, postal address, phone number, and A/V requirements (if any).

SPECIAL NOTE: I will be unable to attend this year's conference. So, if you have experience moderating panels and/or are interested in doing so for this panel, please let me know that.

The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2010.

More information about the conference can be found at http://www.mpcaaca.org/