CFP: Battleground States 2007: Intersections Of Poetics And Politics (1/15/07; 3/30/07-3/31/07)

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Adam Franklin
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"Battleground States 2007: Intersections Of Poetics And Politics"

Following the success of last year's initial Battleground States
Conference, the graduate students of the American Culture
Studies and Popular Culture programs at Bowling Green State
University are proud to announce this year's
conference, "Battleground States: Intersections of Poetics and
Politics", to be held March 30-31, 2007 in Bowling Green,
Ohio. We are inviting submissions aimed at examining the often
conflicted points where poetics – defined loosely as the study
of art, language, literature, music and other forms of
expression – and politics – which we take to mean the study of
government, social systems, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality
and other networks of power relations– meet. The scholar's role,
in both these conflicts and their larger cultural context, has
been the subject of broad and heated debate.

In the interest of expanding the debate and encouraging
interdisciplinary dialogues, this conference actively seeks to
include a range of academic and activist concerns, methodologies
and voices. We are interested in presentations that apply
academic study to larger social issues, such as, but not limited

· Body and Identity Politics
· Mass Media, Journalism and The First Amendment
· Education and Academic Freedom
· Post-Colonialism and Immigration Politics
· Health Care and Reproductive Rights
· Religious Studies and Religion in US Electoral Politics
· New Media and Intellectual Property Law
· Gender and Sexuality in Popular Literature

We are particularly interested in presentations by scholars from
the Great Lakes Region and papers that examine the cultural and
political histories of that region.
This conference invites proposals from artists, activists,
filmmakers, scholars, educators, and everyday people whose work
engages both the political and poetic aspects of everyday life.
To be considered as a presenter, please send a presentation
proposal, not to exceed 300 words. To propose a panel, please
submit a session proposal describing the panel topic, not to
exceed 300 words. We will accept proposals by regular mail and
email (include abstract in both message body as well as an
attachment) to the following:
American Studies Program
101 East Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Attn: Adam Franklin
Paper Proposals—due by January 15th—should include the following
• Name
• Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
• Mailing Address (including zip code)
• Phone Number
• Email address
• Title for the proposed presentation
• Abstract
• A-V equipment needs, if any
• Special needs, if any
Panel Proposals –due Jan 15th - should include the above
information for all proposed participants.
Important Information:
- To preserve time for discussion, all presentations should be
litmited to 15 minutes
- Notification of proposal status will be sent around February
- You may read more than one paper at the conference; however,
each paper must be submitted separately
- To promote discussion, all papers must be read by their
authors; persons not in attendance may not have papers read by
- ACS does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant

We are excited to announce that we will have two featured
speakers. On Friday, March 30th, our day will end with a talk
by Dr. Ray Browne, Emeritus at Bowling Green State. Founder of
the Department of Popular Culture and the American Culture
Studies program, Dr. Browne was also a central figure in the
development of the Popular Press,
the Journal of Popular Culture, and the Popular Culture
Association. We are very excited to have Dr. Browne speak. In
addition, Dr. Browne will be introduced by Dr. Mark Hoppenstand,
the current editor of the Journal of Popular Culture.

On Saturday, March 31st, our conference will conclude with a
presentation by Dr. Annette Wannamaker of Eastern Michigan
University. A professor of Children's
Literature, Dr. Wannamaker is an expert in the fields of gender
studies and masculinity in young adult literature and culture.
Her book, "Boys in Children's Literature and Popular
Culture", is forthcoming from Routledge.

Located in Northwest Ohio, Bowling Green State University has
long been recognized as a center for the study Popular Culture.
Home of the only free-standing department of Popular Culture as
well as extensive archival holdings in Popular Culture and
Popular Music, BGSU's strong programs in American Culture,
Rhetoric, Policy History, and Theater and Film are central to a
dynamic intellectual environment.

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