Issues in Contemporary Geek Media - SCMS March 21-25, 2012

full name / name of organization: 
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
contact email: 
csoles@brockport.edu

Over the past decade, geeks -- both real and fictional -- have risen to a position of centrality and immense cultural power within the pop-cultural mediascape. This panel will explore the cultural and industrial issues raised by the rise of the geek as an onscreen and offscreen presence in contemporary media. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the rise of the superhero comic-book blockbuster, geeks in "independent" and alternative media, video games and their adaptation into blockbusters, early influences on the rise of pop cultural geekdom (e.g., Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allen, John Hughes, et. al.), and any critical approach to geek-centered texts and/or production trends which seeks to analyze the popularity of geek media and its socio-cultural effects and implications. While historical papers will be considered, the central aim of the panel is to elucidate critical / analytical tools and approaches which can be used to expose the issues which undergird the rise of pop-cultural geekdom and "geek chic" in contemporary media forms.

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: July 15, 2011
SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Carter Soles, csoles@brockport.edu
CONFERENCE DATES: March 21-25, 2012, Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, Boston, MA

email Carter Soles (panel chair) or see the SCMS website for more information

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond