CFP: Emerging Adulthood and American Popular Culture [10/9/13-10/11/13; Chicago, IL]

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Michael Rennett / University of Texas at Austin
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I am putting together a panel for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood conference that discusses the relationship between emerging adulthood and American popular culture. Since the last decade of scholarship on emerging adulthood has established the field of study, it has become important to comprehend the application of the discourse to popular culture texts which have a strong role in both capturing and problematizing notions of American adulthood, particularly as these texts have become more prominent in recent years. This panel would welcome paper proposals discussing the relationship between emerging adulthood and film and TV using either qualitative or quantitative approaches (this includes either analyzing emerging adult themes or the effects of film/TV on emerging adults). It would also welcome proposals discussing other aspects of popular culture that pertain to emerging adults such as music, literature, theater, video games, or social media; once again, these could use either qualitative or quantitative approaches.

Paper proposals should be no more than 500 words and should contain the following: title, introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion
and implications. References and bibliography should be written in APA format. Submissions should also include a brief biographical note. Proposals should be received by March 22, 2013 and selections will be made by March 29.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please e-mail Michael Rennett at