CFP: Stephen Foster (9/15/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

full name / name of organization: 
J. Lightweis-Goff
contact email: 

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.

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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.
  Jennie Lightweis-Goff
  University of Rochester
  Department of English
  500 Wilson Boulevard
  RC Box 270451
  University of Rochester
  Rochester, New York 14627-0451

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