MAP/ACA War Studies Area (2014)
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
Proposals due to http://www.mapaca.net 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
Please submit 300 word proposals online at http://www.mapaca.net and select "War Studies" as the Area for consideration.
Proposals must be received by June 14, 2014 to be considered for the conference.
Information on the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAP/ACA) is available at http://www.mapaca.net; information on the 2014 Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association is available at http://www.mapaca.net/conference.