Mythology in Contemporary Culture--March 27 - 30, 2013--Washington, DC

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CALL FOR PAPERS--Mythology in Contemporary Culture

2013 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)

Annual National Conference

Washington, D.C. 2013

The frequent appearance of mythological figures and motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythologies, far from being relics of the past, continue to have significance in the contemporary world. Movies, television, computer games, comics, graphic novels, traditional literature, visual arts, performing arts, politics, blogs—the list goes on–contain both explicit and implicit epiphanies of archetypes such as Hermes and Isis and Kali, and of mythological narratives such as those found in classical Greek tragedies or medieval Grail legends, to name only a few examples. Contemporary revisionings and reinterpretations of ancient mythological elements reflect the attitudes of current culture.

Proposals that pertain to the general theme of Mythology in Contemporary Culture are welcomed. Please note that, for purposes of this area, the term "mythology" does not include postmodern evaluations or deconstructions of such "mythologies" as colonialism, structuralism or psychoanalysis.

For this 2013 Washington conference, we are especially encouraging presentations dealing with the "dangerous women" of mythology as they animate figures in contemporary culture. Such dangerous women might include seductresses such as Delilah, divinities whose spheres of action focus on disruption such as Nephthys and Eris, sorceresses such as Medea and Armida, and women, such as Helen of Troy, who are instruments of Fate or of divine vendettas.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less directly to no later than 30 November 2012.

The PCA/ACA National Conference will be held March 27-30, 2013 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.