CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Extreme Subcultures and Secrecy

full name / name of organization: 
Ashley Ortiz and Heather Hernandez

This panel is going to present on the various societal impacts that extreme
subcultures have, and how those impacts make other social groups both more
and less aware of the relationships those subcultures have to the dominant

Topics already included in the panel are the extreme elitism of a secret
society, and cases in which the ideologies of the dominant culture force
the formation of secret subcultures.

We are seeking papers that relate to these two topics, or topics including
but not limited to:

Secret societies/organizations
Portrayal of secret societies in literature, film, and other forms of media
Relationships between dominant and subversive cultures
Secrecy as a vehicle for maintaining power
Inclusion in and exclusion from secret subcultures

We invite proposals that consider extremes or the “excluded middle” within
these or other topics.

Submit proposals along with your name, title, affiliation, and contact
information to Heather Hernandez at or Ashley Ortiz at

Proposal Deadline: October 10, 2007

This panel is part of the 17th Annual Kansas State Cultural Studies
conference, “Extremism and the Excluded Middle” to be held at Kansas State
University, March 6-8, 2008

This conference looks to investigate representations of extremism in
politics, literature, science, social issues, and popular culture and
consider the differing ways that aesthetic, economic, personal,
philosophical, political, and professional investments in "extremes" or
binaries--including racial divides and gender/sex binaries--manifest

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