CFP: [Cultural-Historical] CFP: Urban Culture, MAPACA, 10/30-11/1/08, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Blagovesta Momchedjikova
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CFP: Urban Culture (6/20/08; MAPACA, 10/30-11/1/08)
Urban Culture Area, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture
Association, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, October 30th-November 1st, 2008.
Small neighborhood cafes and stores are closing down, giving way to new
condo buildings and chain stores; favorite parks dwindle in size, giving
way to various markets and corporate businesses…Pedestrians smile to the
tunes coming from their i-pods but not to each other…What is becoming of
our cities? What is becoming of us, the residents of these cities? This
year, the Urban Culture area of MAPACA aims to understand the production,
negotiation, and loss of public space in the metropolitan city, in light
of current conditions such as the proliferation of technology, the
effects of natural disaster, gentrification, and globalization.
Presentations about unique, ordinary, temporary, and permanent public
places are welcome as are presentations about the formation, sustenance,
and disappearance of public self, itself a function of public place, in
the context of the city. We seek historical or ethnographic studies of
public sites and events, poetic accounts of personal geographies through
cities, and explorations of highly orchestrated or surprisingly
improvised events in designated areas in the city.
If interested in participating in a workshop on “writing the urban,” in
addition to presenting a paper, please, indicate so.

Please, send your 1-page paper abstracts and 1-paragraph recent bios as
virus-free, Word attachments to Blagovesta Momchedjikova,,
by June 30th, 2007. This year, the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American
Culture Association meets in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, October 30th to
November 1st, 2008. Check:

Blagovesta Momchedjikova, PhD
New York University
Expository Writing Program
411 Lafayette, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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