The Millennials on Film and Television: the Politics of Popular Culture
We are currently inviting submissions for an edited collection on millennials in films and television.
The largest generation in America's history, the millennials or Generation Y or the Net Generation, as they are variously called, is not easy to define, although a number of general characteristics can be drawn; these 20-something young men and women never knew a world without a vast array of technological gadgets at their disposal (internet connection, mobile phones, "apps", etc.); they are at once the most media-saturated, and at the same time, ironic about the very possibility for authentic communication from these media. Moreover, they are the most educated generation in America yet they delay their careers; they view politics and societal norms with skepticism; they tend to marry later in life, and they are aware of the fact that the recent financial crisis and more general economic malaise of the recent past will deter them from acquiring the possessions their parents managed to afford. Downward mobility is a defining feature of this group, which again is a first in recent American history.
The importance of these millennials, not just as a social group but as an active and sometimes unfairly criticized part of US culture makes us wonder how their representations on such diverse films as the thriller/action/adventure The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the psychological thriller The Black Swan, the romantic comedies Friends with Benefits (2011), No Strings Attached (2011), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), the dramas Remember Me (2010), A Dangerous Method (2011), and TV shows such as Girls (HBO 2012-present), Two Broke Girls (CBS 2011-present), and New Girl (FOX 2011-present), choose to have millennials deal with issues such as the politics of personal development, work, gender, social class and race, among others.
We believe this study is timely and long overdue since the bibliography regarding the representation of this vast age group as well as its firm delineation is scarce. In addition, we think this demographic is unique in and of themselves, both for their choices as individuals, and for the world they find themselves trying to navigate through.
1. Abstract (not to exceed 400 words) including theoretical premise, methodology and preliminary bibliography or full papers.
2. Brief one-page CV including affiliation and recent publications for each author(s).
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: January 15 2013.
4. Materials and/or questions should be submitted by e-mail to both firstname.lastname@example.org & Peggy.Tally@esc.edu.