UPDATE: CFP: 9/11 Popular Culture (Panels for MPCA,Oct 11-13, 2013); May 15 deadline
The Midwest Popular Association / American Culture Association conference will be held at the St. Louis Union Station in St. Louis, MO, this October 11-13, 2013.
The 9/11 Popular Culture area seeks essays that explore the convergence of post-9/11 themes in contemporary television, film, fiction, comics, and other artistic expression. The past year has seen an increase in exposure to explicitly post-9/11 content, with Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk recently winning the National Book Critics Circle Award. Kathryn Bigelow's film Zero Dark Thirty also generated an array of opinion, and little consensus, about the logic of representing counterterrorist measures. To what end should politicians voice opposition to filmic representation? What does that state about film's perceived role in the national consciousness?
The area especially welcomes essays that consider the pedagogical approaches to teaching 9/11 culture. What methodologies do you invoke? What textual couplings are especially fruitful? What responses do you elicit when you diverge from the "accepted texts" such as Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and DeLillo's Falling Man?
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words by April 30, 2013, by logging into the following site http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/ and submitting your abstract, together with contact information, to the 9/11 Popular Culture area. If you run into difficulties navigating the site, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.