CFP: Surf Culture (Hawaii) (3/1/07; OPCA, 5/25/07-5/27/07)

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Jason Spangler
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Call for Papers: Surf Culture

Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference

Honolulu, HI

May 25-27, 2007

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Panel and individual paper proposals are now being accepted for the Surf =
Culture Area of the inaugural Oceanic Popular Culture Association =
Conference. All topics and proposals will be considered, and those =
treating the conference theme of "Work and Play" will be especially =
welcome. Possible areas of focus might include surf history, culture, =
literature, music, design evolution, etc.

Some Example Topics:

Rite and Ritual: the signification of surfing in early Polynesian =

Mark Twain's fascination with 18th c. Hawaiian waveriding

Pioneers of surfing in early 20th c. California--(re)inventing the wheel

Intersecting surf and mass cultures:=20

Waikiki Beach Boys, the Royal Hawaiian and the Hollywood connection

Seeking the real: Duke Kahanamoku and the idealized Hawaiian waterman

Middle America and the surf-music phenomenon of the 1960s

Exotica and the Arthur Lyman tradition

Camp: from Gidget to Blue Crush

Filmmaking underground: Bruce Brown et. al. in the 50s and 60s

Marketing the "soul" of surfing in the 21st century (Laird Hamilton's =
American Express commercials?!)

Difference in the line-up: Localism, "Surf Rage," and the ironies of =
Aloha attitude

EBay and the spread of Ukulele Culture

Surfing and Globalization ("new frontiers" and the colonizing impulse)

Corporatizing the Stoke: Quicksilver, Hurley, and international =

Manufacturing sameness: what epoxy technologies are doing to the surf =

Abstracts/Proposals due by March 1, 2007.

Please send 150-200 word abstracts to:

Email submissions only. Please attach abstracts as Word documents or =
paste directly into the body of the email.

Jason Spangler
Department of English
Riverside City College
Riverside, California

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