MAPACA Conference Women's Studies Area Nov 3-5, 2011 Philadelphia, PA

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Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association
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Women's Studies as a discipline acknowledges the interdisciplinary approaches to discussing issues that affect women. 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.

Considering the location of the conference, Philadelphia, we especially are seeking panels on black feminism and black female neo-soul musicians from the area such as Jill Scott, panels dealing with the feminist political and theoretical uses of poetry, especially spoken word, panels dealing with the recent White House report on Women, panels dealing with women's love relationships, erotic and/or familial, and panels dealing with the ways in which Women's Studies instructors make use of popular culture within their pedagogical approaches.

Other possible topics include: women and the media, women and law, especially cases dealing with intersectionality, women and politics (such as past or current women in the space of the White House, i.e., Michelle Obama's legacy as professional, mother, and first lady), women and body or beauty norms, women and advertisements, women and sensationalized domestic violence, portrayals of motherhood, working women, women and religion, and 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, 2011 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