CFP: Stephen Foster (9/15/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)
Call for Proposals: Stephen Foster
National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations / 2007 Joint Conference. April 4-7, 2007. Boston Marriott Copley Place – Boston, Massachusetts.
For more information on the PCA/ACA, please visit http://www.h-net.org/~pcaaca.
Deadline: September 1, 2006.
Though prevailing notions of the popular frequently focus on newness,19th century
America provides a rich history of popular texts and music. As in our own historical
moment, first-generation critics responded to these texts from a plethora of political
perspectives. Historical analysis of minstrelsy could easily place Frederick
Douglass's analysis of black face theater alongside Eric Lott's Love and Theft as a
theorization of cultural experience and spectatorship. In conversation with the long
history of cultural studies and race theory, we are currently considering proposals
for individual or collaborative presentations on 19th century composer Stephen
Foster. Because sessions are scheduled in one and a half hour slots, we seek papers
that strictly adhere to a fifteen to twenty minute time limit. Though we intend on
providing a CD player for use by the panel presenters, we will not provide any other
audiovisual material unless requested when abstracts are submitted. All papers
must, of course, fall under the broad rubric of Foster's life and music. Some focused
topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
n Reception (global, national, contemporary, and first-generation)
n Inclusion on film soundtracks (e.g. Disney's Song of the South).
n Representations of race.
n Formal analysis. (e.g. composition and structure)
n Comparative analysis. (e.g. Foster and Faulkner, Foster and Eminem)
n Influence of/on global music (e.g. "Don't Bet Money on the Shanghai").
Submit a one-page (150-250 word) proposal or abstract via regular mail or email by September 15, 2006 to Jennie Lightweis-Goff (addresses follow). Please be sure to include contact information, institutional affiliation, presentation title, and audiovisual requirements in the final abstract. Advance queries are welcome.
University of Rochester
Department of English
500 Wilson Boulevard
RC Box 270451
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York 14627-0451
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