Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference (November 15, 2014; Proposals due August 1, 2014)
We invite presentation proposals for the daylong Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) on Saturday, November 15, 2014.
The conference organizers are seeking historically and theoretically intriguing presentations that explore any noteworthy aspect(s) of media, politics, and/or culture during the 1950s, whether in the United States or elsewhere. This daylong conference promises to provide an intellectually stimulating investigation into the complex phenomenon that was "The Fifties." Accordingly, participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme quite broadly and innovatively.
Possible topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) advertising strategies, the atomic age, Beat writers, changing traditions and value structures, CinemaScope, cold war culture, containment strategies, desegregation, Elvis Presley, ethnic sitcoms, films noir, juvenile delinquency, Levittowns, Lucille Ball, McCarthyism, men in gray flannel suits, mid-century icons and stars, normative gender roles and expectations, the nuclear family, science fiction movies, technological innovation, television's early years, variety shows, UFO scares, and saying what couldn't be said.
We encourage submissions from scholars, educators, students, and filmmakers/videographers at all levels, and from disciplines including art, communication, cultural studies, film and video studies, history, journalism, LGBT studies, literature, media studies, music, political science, popular culture, sociology, television studies, and women's studies, among others.
Individual paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes in length. We also invite submissions of relevant media offerings (of any length, in DVD format) for screening and discussion at the conference.
Given adequate participant interest and high-quality submissions, we are hoping to publish selected papers (with author's permission) in a special collection of essays pertaining to the conference theme.
Please e-mail presentation proposals containing (a) a one-page abstract with complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, contact telephone number) and (b) a one-paragraph author biography to Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Friday, August 1, 2014.
Decisions regarding the status of submitted proposals will be made and communicated as quickly as possible following the submission deadline, and certainly no later than August 15, 2014. For specific inquiries prior to submitting a proposal, please contact Dr. Hart at your convenience by e-mail (email@example.com).