MAP/ACA War Studies Area (2014)

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Mid Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association War Studies Area
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2014 Conference of Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association (MAP/ACA)

MAP/ACA War Studies Area

Thursday, November 6 -- Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD

Proposals due to by June 14, 2014

War has been one of the few constants in human history, waged by nations, tribes, and other factions for numerous reasons—some valid and noble, some questionable. This area will feature papers that explore the ways that wars—declared and undeclared, just and unjust, sacred and profane, fictional and "real"—have impacted the social, economic, technological, ideological, and other aspects of culture.

Special Panel for the 2014 Conference

The War at Home: Representations of the Homefront in Popular Culture

This panel seeks papers investigating any aspect of the representation of the "homefront" of any American war in literature, film, or other popular media. Presenters may choose to examine such topics as the experiences of military spouses and families, POW/MIA narratives, anti-war movements, homecoming narratives, war industries, civil defense, the Japanese internment, or the development / proliferation of the national security state as a response to wars, both hot and cold.

The War Studies Area also welcomes general proposals including, but not limited to, the following topics for the 2014 conference:

War on television

War in prose fiction, poetry, or drama

Documentaries and war

Technology and war

War and gender

Aspects of journalistic coverage of war

The "War on Terror" and popular culture

War and popular music

Cultural productions of protest / anti-war movements

War and race

War and ethnicity

War in minority discourses

Marxist approaches to war

War and psychoanalysis

Trauma and war

Language and war

Oral histories of war experiences (both "combat" and "home front")

War in science fiction or fantasy

Queer approaches to war

Visual art and war (including historical approaches)

War in video or role-playing games

Blogging / Social Networking / New Media and war

War as metaphor

War and museums

War memorials

Please submit 300 word proposals online at and select "War Studies" as the Area for consideration.

Proposals must be received by June 14, 2014 to be considered for the conference.

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