Women's Studies at MAPACA 10/28/10-10/31/10, Alexandria, VA

full name / name of organization: 
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
contact email: 

Women's Studies is celebrating its 41st year of existence as a discipline in the United States. As such, there is a wealth of material that acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline. The Women's Studies section of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics for this area include, but certainly are not limited to:

—women and the media

—women and law (such as recent developments in intersectionality theory as it intersects with popular culture)
— women and politics (such as past or current women in the space of the White House can be examined; i.e., Michelle Obama's legacy as professional, mother, and first lady)
—women and popularized normative reproductive values (for instance, recent HPV vaccination campaigns)
—women and body or beauty norms
—women and advertisements
—women and sensationalized domestic violence (i.e., the case of singers, Rihanna and Chris Brown)
—portrayals of motherhood

—working women

—women and religion

—women writers, written women

MAPACA supports all approaches; one goal of this conference is to create interdisciplinary exchange, and the Women's Studies area therefore seeks papers by scholars from all fields of study. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to apply.

Please submit 250 word abstracts by June 15, 2010 to:
 Althea Tait
Batten Arts & Letters Bdlg. Rm. 3044, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 23505.

For more information on MAPACA feel free to email at the above address or visit www.mapaca.net