CFP: Confessional Culture (5-6 July 2012)

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Monash University, School of English, Communication and Performance Studies
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Dolan Cummings, editor of Culture Wars, describes confessional culture as "an increasing blurring between public and private, and a concern to expose and reveal our "true selves"". Though the act of confession is nothing new, the rise of reality television and web 2.0 means our culture is increasingly publicising the private, and using the media to expose ourselves and others. This two day postgraduate conference will look at the effect of confessional culture on a range of media and discourses, in order to understand and unpack the manifestations, history and impact of this growing and evolving phenomenon.

Date: 5 – 6 July 2012

Venue: Caulfield Campus, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Keynote speaker: Dr Claire Perkins, Film and Television Studies, Monash University

Possible topics include (though are not limited to):

- The representation of confession in print and visual media – in magazines, social media, novels, short stories, fan fiction, film, television, and other media forms

- Gendered confessions

- Historical instances of privatizing the public

- Alter-egos and confessions of "true" identity

- The effect of confessional culture on politics and policy

- Confessional culture and celebrity, both traditional and “web 2.0” celebrity

- Performance (music, theater), literature and/or fine art as act of confession

- Social media, technology and confessional culture

- Fandom as confessional culture

Call for papers, and the deadline for abstracts, closes on 15 May 2012. Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief biography to

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