MAP/ACA Conference, Nov. 1-Nov. 3 2012: CFP: Religion and Popular Culture Area

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Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association

MAP/ACA Conference
Thursday, Nov. 1 - Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA
Wyndham Hotel

The Religion and Popular Culture area investigates the interaction between religion, in its various manifestations (sacred texts, sacred spaces, religious practices, religious commerations and so on), and popular culture. The area is interested not only in how religion is presented within the products of popular culture (literature, film, television, social media, music, fashion, and so forth) but also in how religious sensibilities may influence the products of popular culture. The area is open to scholarship from different religious traditions and historical eras.

The Religion and Popular Culture area seeks presentations on the following topic:

Salvation in Popular Culture: This panel will examine how salvation is depicted in popular culture. Presentations can explore any of the following questions: How do popular narratives (in literature, film, television, and so on) borrow from various religious traditions to show audiences what salvation is? Is salvation portrayed as an existential plane different from the reality in which we live? Or is salvation a kind of existence somehow integrated into our own world? How does one gain, achieve, or encounter salvation in these popular narratives? How has the portrayal of salvation changed throughout history? Is the portrayal influenced by different factors such as socio-economics or gender?

We also welcome other panel or paper proposals on methods or other themes relevant to Religion and Popular Culture.

For proposal guidelines, proposal submission forms, additional program areas, and further information visit .

Religion and Popular Culture Co-Chairs: Anthony Zias, Coppin State University, and Pamela Detrixhe, Temple University, and To submit a proposal, please send a 150-word abstract and a brief CV or bio to both area chairs by June 15, 2012. Panels of 3 presenters, single papers, roundtables, or alternative formats are encouraged. Students (both graduate and undergraduate) are encouraged to submit proposals and sliding scale registration fees are available.