UPDATE: [Medieval] Popular Print Cultures

full name / name of organization: 
Kirsten MacLeod
contact email: 

University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
27-30 August 2008

Having received additional funding we are able to expand the conference and
extend the deadline for submission of proposals to June 30th.

The 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. “Continuities and Innovations”
brings 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.

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.

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: popprint_at_ualberta.ca. Or mail hard copies to:
Popprint, Kirsten MacLeod, Department of English and Film Studies,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E5.

Program and other information, including travel and accommodation details,
regularly updated, will be available on the conference website:

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