"Philosophical Issues in Popular Trends" panel for the PCA/ACA 2011 national conventaion, proposals due Dec. 5th, 2010

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"Philosophical Issues in Popular Trends."

The panel is looking for 150-250 word proposals for papers that address philosophical aspects of popular culture, including but not limited to music, film, and fiction. We welcome approaches that focus on the way recent trends have incorporated, and have been centering around, philosophical and ethical issues. Some of the questions that we hope the papers will respond to are:
-- Is incorporation of philosophy in mainstream culture an example of an exception or a growing trend?
-- How do such examples subvert the divide between popular and "serious" culture?
-- Where is this trend leading popular culture?
-- What are the possible implications of this trend?
The possible philosophical topics may include:
-- Cultural appropriation in a globalist environment
-- Exoticism of the other
-- Epistemological use of generic formulae

This panel is proposed for the POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION annual meeting, to be held April 20-23, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Details of the conference can be found at the conference website, http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php

Please send abstracts/inquiries to the panel organizers, Simone Sessolo at sessolo@mail.utexas.edu or Anna Morlan at amorlan@pace.edu by DECEMBER 5th, 2010.

All proposals should include your name, title, affiliation, contact information (including email address), and a short bio.

Please note that papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes. The PCA limits presenters to one paper given at the conference.