This area explores the ways that we shape and are shaped by the built
environment, individual structures, and architecture culture. It seeks
papers treating the theories, personalities, styles, and technologies that
influence buildings, city planning, and community design. The material
under consideration may be hypothetical or realized, fantastic or
practical, controversial or traditional, political or personal or any
combination of these. Topics from any time period and any culture are
This area explores the ways that we shape and are shaped by the built
Women's Studies is celebrating its 41st year of existence as a discipline in the United States. As such, there is a wealth of material that acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline. The Women's Studies section of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics for this area include, but certainly are not limited to:
Proposals focusing on any issue pertaining to the experience, literature, representation, or history of Native Americans, especially in the 500 years snce the conquest, are welcome. Some questions to consider: How have Native Americans been portrayed in mainstream popular culture through the centuries--in various media such as fiction, poetry, film, television, painting, and advertising, or as sports mascots and in educational institutions--and how have Native Americans themselves resisted or subverted such representations? What can such language and images tell us about the cultural and political dynamics of the relationship between the first peoples of and latecomers to North America?
The Music Area invites submissions from individuals or organized panels (3 or 4 persons) focusing on any topic relating to any genre or any time period of music. Topics can include but are not limited to individual artists, albums, CDs, genres, periods, performances, critics, magazines, music and art, music on radio, television, and on stage and in academia. Abstracts on any topic of music will be considered.
The LGBT Studies Area of MAP/ACA welcomes proposals that are of
relevance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Proposals are encouraged that focus on any medium of popular or
American culture, such as novels, nonfiction, comics/graphic novels,
theatre, television, movies, advertising, new media, or politics and
Proposals of interest for next year's conference might include:
*The Violet Quill writers
*HIV/AIDS in art, literature, or popular culture
*LGBT Television (The L Word, Queer as Folk, Logo, Here)
*Popular gay romance novels
*LGBT comics/graphic novels
*Visual and verbal narratives from the gay marriage debates.
Latino/a Area Studies is interested in research into all aspects of
Latino/a popular culture - its production abroad or in the U.S.; its
consumption, and intersections with race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality
from any disciplinary approach. Some areas individuals might consider
exploring are: Revisiting/Reinterpreting Machismo/Marianismo; Latinization of U.S. culture/ Americanization of Latino/Latin American culture; Organizing Latino/a Social Movements; Political mobilization of Latinos/as via Media; Portrayals of Latinos/as on U.S. and Latino media (U.S./International). Papers should be delivered in English.
The Internet Culture area is an eclectic category which invites submissions in the areas of identity construction via the Internet, art forms and social forms on the Internet, convergent media and new media creations on the Internet, Internet symbolism, and examinations
of the ways in which the Internet is used artistically, commercially, socially, and politically.
The SCMLA Modern Drama Panel is issuing a final invitation for submissions for the 2010 conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Any topic within the realm of modern drama is welcome, including papers (in English) concerning works written in languages other than English. Graduate student submissions are encouraged!
Please submit abstracts (500 words) or complete papers via email to the address below no later than May 10, 2010.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Chair, Modern Drama Panel
Myriad factors shape our relationship with food. What we choose to eat (or not eat), how we acquire it, whom we eat it with, and how we consume it is influenced by technology, economics, politics, fashion, religion, and other aspects of culture. MAPACA's Food and Culture sessions invite scholars from all disciplines to address the intersections of food and the human experience.
The Film area is devoted to scholarship on all aspects of the motion
Fashion, Appearance, & Consumer Identity is concerned with the areas of clothing, historical costume, fashion aesthetics, fashion and appearance, fashion marketing, merchandising, retailing, the psychological/ sociological aspects of dress and cultural appearances,as well as any areas relating to consumption and consumer identity. Papers from all disciplines are welcome. Innovative and new research in the areas of fashion and consumerism are encouraged!
The environment is arguably the most significant aspect of human culture and society, pervading every facet of our personal and professional lives, from where we live, work, and play to how we choose to think about our environment. Environment and Culture as an area explores the various ways in which the environment shapes and is shaped by human action/interaction. Papers from all disciplines and historical periods are invited, and papers from graduate students are especially encouraged. Panels of 3-4 presenters are also welcome. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:
– environmental literature
– the arts and the environment
– environmental philosophy
– natural history
– nature and culture
Disability Studies is a recent and growing discipline that draws on work done in fields as diverse as history, health sciences, English, anthropology, women's studies, and education. Papers interested in exploring the lived experience of disability, social constructions of disability, or disability studies itself are all equally welcome. Following are some possible questions to consider: What gives a human life value? How does a culture's attitudes about disability reveal its most basic assumptions and ideologies? How does the lived experience of disability vary according to class, gender, race, sexuality, or culture? How have our definitions of disability changed over time? How does the media (mis?)represent people with disabilities?
This panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between
decorative arts, design and popular culture. The field of design
history and design studies considers objects through multiple
viewpoints and methodologies, topics that elucidate the nature of
design as a practice of everyday life. To that end, this area
encourages and invites submissions covering a broad range of topics related to – but not limited to – interior design, industrial design, dress, textiles, fashion, ceramics, furniture, graphics and media ranging from the pre-industrial to the present day, whether amateur or professional.
Papers are welcome on any aspect of American cultural responses to death. Paper proposals may be from any appropriate discipline and cover any historical period. General topic areas include but are not limited to the following:
1. Attitudes toward and practices relating to death, including the medicalization of death, the social construction of death, death in art and literature, funeral customs, the evolution of the funeral business and the cemetery, changing attitudes toward the dead body and its disposal, and burial and mourning practices.
2. Memorialization, including the history, iconography, and rhetoric of gravemarkers and memorials; regional and ethnic practices; and gender, class, and race in the cemetery.
Comics, Cartoons, and Video Games all represent some kind of visual meta-reality that invites participants inside a singular or collective artistic imagination. The Comics, Cartoons, and Video Gaming area invites papers that discuss all aspects of comic books, comic strips, graphic novels, cartoons, both print and animated, and video games in any form, from simple pong to educational challenges to complex, painstakingly rendered simulations, strategy games, and first-person shooters.
Children and Childhood Studies (CCS) is an area of study that focuses on the societal, cultural, and political forces which shape the lives of children and the concept of childhood. CCS research draws from the behavioral and social sciences as well as the arts. Papers in this area examine the impact of popular culture on children and childhood, as well as the role of children and young adults as influencers and creators of that popular culture.
The wealth of material found in the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new works in fiction, film, and other areas, whether through adaptation or incorporation of themes and characters. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or renaissance
representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but
are not limited to:
– modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare
– modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer
– modern investigations of historical figures such as Eleanor of
Aquitaine, The Richards, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I,
Mary Queen of Scotts
The area of Art welcomes papers that discuss some aspect of the relationship of art to American society and popular culture. Art includes the traditional plastic arts of painting, sculpture, and works on paper, as well as performance art, installation art, earth art, folk and outsider art, "craft" or amateur art, and multimedia and digital art. Professors interested in coordinating sessions of student papers, graduate or undergraduate, are encouraged to submit panel proposals.
The American Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers from interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives that investigate the actions, influences, and phenomena that have formed American society. Though the field of American Studies may approach American culture from a variety of directions, it focuses on America as a whole; as a result, papers on all facets of American society and/or culture are welcome.
The Image in American Realism and Naturalism
IEEE CCNC 2011
January 8 - 11, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, is a
major annual international conference organized with the objective of bringing together researchers, developers, and
practitioners from academia and industry working in all areas of consumer communications and networking.
CFP: The Arts and the Public
New England American Studies Association Annual Conference
Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA
October 1-3, 2010
CFP deadline extended to 4/16/2010
Call for Papers: Theatre and the Making of Subjects
28-31 October 2010, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
The problem of how the subject is constituted stands at a central intersection between the examination of theatrical practices from an aesthetic standpoint on the one hand, and from a cultural studies perspective on the other. Within a theatrical framework, playing with different forms of subjectivity—as a process either of fragmentation or consolidation of the autonomous, self-identical subject—points to the precariousness of constituting the subject since it is destabilized by the playful quality of the theatrical event.
By focusing on the heterogeneous roots of our intellectual property system ISHTIP workshops seek to foster richer contextualization of this system than can be provided by legal history working alone. Information about this year's workshop topic and submission instructions at: http://www.ishtip.org.
The 2nd International Joint-Symposium on "Ecology, Consumption, and Otherness" will be held on October 30-November 1, 2010 at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. This Joint-Symposium, organized by both ASLE-Korea and ASLE-Japan, is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and Asian perspective forum for ecocritical readers to engage in rigorous and collaborative conversation around, this time, one of the most important and timely environmental concerns:
"What and how do we eat and what is the nature of the relationship between our dietary and environmental sustainability?"
"The Interpretation and Influence of Greek Myths" Panel for the 64th annual RMMLA (Rocky Mountain MLA) convention—October 14-16, 2010 at the Hotel Albuquerque Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This panel looks at the use of ancient Greek myths in later literary works.
Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief cv to Mary Kate Azcuy, email only, firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is May 15, 2010
Mary Kate Azcuy, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898; 732-571-3618;
Do you tattoo? Are tattoos body art? Rebellion? Personal expression? Clanship? Decadence? Reminiscence? Invitation to look? disguise? This session invites discussion of tattoos, their meanings, their creation, their role/s in our lives. Share your knowledge, tattoos, and techniques.
We welcome proposals from all disciplines exploring tattoos and tattooing within historic and contemporary popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to - tattoos in body and gender politics; tattoos in literature and film; tattoos in fine art; and techniques in tattooing. We are particularly interested in projects that examine the role of popular visual culture on the refining and redefining of the contemporary tattoo aesthetic.
PAMLA (the Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association) is having a conference Nov. 13-14 2010 at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers (an organization allied with PAMLA) is seeking papers on women writers who have in some way engaged with romantic aspects/depictions of colonialism. Papers regarding Oceanic locations and locations in and bordering the Pacific and regarding pre-twentieth-century literature will be of particular interest, but we're open to all submissions. You can submit through www.pamla.org and mail email@example.com with questions.