CFP: 9/11 Popular Culture (Panels for MPCA,Oct 3-5, 2014); April 30 deadline

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Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA)
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The Midwest Popular Association / American Culture Association conference will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, this October 3-5 (Friday-Sunday), 2014.

The 9/11 Popular Culture area seeks essays that explore the convergence of post-9/11 themes in contemporary television, film, fiction, poetry, comics, and other artistic expression. Fiction such as Cara Hoffman's Be Safe, I Love You, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, and Amy Waldman's The Submission have all recorded especially contentious and valuable contributions to post-9/11 studies, expanding the range of representation and politics inherent to post-9/11 studies. Yet equally important have been the continuation of dystopian and superhero films that draw upon the haunting imagery and spectacle that came from media depictions of 9/11. To what end do these films traffic in such content? The area also welcomes coverage on Kevin Powers's recent poetry collection, Ayad Akhtar's play Disgraced, and pedagogical approaches and pairings that you have found particularly illuminating in their political or ideological juxtaposition.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words by April 30, 2014, by logging into the following site 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