CFP: [Rhetoric–Composition] Continuities and Innovations: Popular Print Cultures––Past and Present, Local and

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Kirsten MacLeod
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Call for Papers and Presentations
Continuities and Innovations: Popular Print Cultures â€" Past and Present,
Local and Global
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
27-30 August 2008

Papers and presentations are invited for any aspect of the conference
theme. Proposals should be 200 to 300 words in length and clearly state the
central theme or argument, the kind of popular print or related media to be
considered, and its social and cultural location in time and place.
        Please indicate any equipment requirements (data projector; conference
computer; overhead projector; video or dvd player; audio player, etc). A
brief resumé should accompany each proposal, stating the proposer’s name,
address, contact information, and relevant academic, professional, or
personal background and knowledge of form of popular print culture discussed.
        Send proposals and resumés by email as pasted-in documents or attachments
in an up-to-date format to:
        Or mail hard copies to: Popprint, Kirsten MacLeod, Department of English
and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E5.
Questions to either address.
        Deadline for proposals is 30 May 2008. But space on the program is
limited, and proposals will be considered on a first-come,
first-accommodated basis.

This conference and popular arts festival consider what most people read,
here and elsewhere, now and in the past. Popular print characteristically
includes both words and images, and is intertwined with music and
performance. In these forms it has been and continues to be one of the most
powerful cultural forces in history, morphing into new media and new
technologies, from the phonograph record through radio, film, and
television to video games and the internet.
        Popular print culture is now a global phenomenon, with striking
similarities in what most people read, anywhere. Yet there are also
striking local differences, inflections, and variations in what most people
read, here or elsewhere. “Continuities and Innovations” will bring together
all those interested in popular print culture--readers and writers,
publishers and fans, librarians and collectors, teachers and students, and
of course researchers in many academic disciplines.
        Proposals are invited from all of these groups, directly addressing the
conference theme, or taking up any aspect of “Popular Print Cultures, Past
and Present, Local and Global.” Topics can include relations between
popular print and other media, between popular and “high” literatures,
between words and images, between words and music, between past and present
forms, and so on. Presentations may be from writers, readers, publishers,
teachers, students, distributors, sellers, librarians, illustrators,
opponents, promoters, adapters to other media, fans, collectors, et al.
Papers and presentations can be on any relevant topicâ€"reading popular print
and creating it, writing it and illustrating it, publishing it and selling
it, counteracting it or transforming it, adapting it and influencing it,
censoring it and living it, and more. Participants may consider popular
print and politics, religion, sexuality, class, ethnicity, “race,”
nationality, or any other theme.
        Google “Edmonton Alberta” and “University of Alberta” for information on
the venue. Program and other information, including travel and
accommodation details, regularly updated, will be available on the
conference website:

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