Contemporary Teens in Film and TV (Proposals due November 1, 2013)

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Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association
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Seeking proposals pertaining to any aspect(s) of contemporary teens in film and TV, for presentation at the annual joint meeting of the national Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, to be held April 16-19, 2014 in Chicago.

Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to the portrayal of contemporary adolescence/adolescents in film and television are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels. Possible topics of relevance include, but are certainly not limited to, advertising images and appeals, coming-of-age narratives, drug use, HIV/AIDS, juvenile delinquency, nerd culture, non-heterosexuality, otherness, premarital sex, product placement, queerness (broadly defined), violence and social aggression, and (losing one's) virginity.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title). Submit your abstract online at (and be certain to select the "Adolescence in Film and Television" subject area from the drop-down menu when doing so).

Deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2013.

Decisions pertaining to the status of submitted abstracts will be communicated within approximately two weeks of receipt. All presenters must be members of the American Culture Association or the Popular Culture Association by the time of the conference.

Please direct any inquiries to Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, the Adolescence in Film and Television Area chair, at