MAP/ACA War Area 6/15/2009

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Mid Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association -- War Area
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War Area / 2009 Conference of the Mid Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
Hilton Boston Logan Airport Boston MA 11/5-11/7/2009

Proposal Deadline: 06/15/2009


War has been one of the few constants in human history, waged by nations, tribes, and other factions for numerous reasons—some valid and noble, some questionable. This area seeks to explore the ways that wars—declared and undeclared, just and unjust, sacred and profane, fictional and "real"—have impacted the social, economic, technological, ideological, and other aspects of culture.

The MAPACA War Area welcomes proposals including, but not limited to, the following topics for the 2009 conference: 

  • War and popular film
  • War on television
  • Representations of war in literary works  (fiction, poetry, or drama)
  • Documentary film and war
  • Technology and war
  • War and gender
  • Aspects of journalistic coverage of war
  • The “War on Terror” and popular culture
  • War and popular music
  • Cultural productions of protest / anti-war movements
  • War and Race
  • Language and war
  • Oral histories of war experiences (both “combat” and “home front”)
  • War in science fiction or fantasy
  • Queer approaches to war
  • Visual art and war (including historical approaches)
  • War in video or role-playing games
  • Blogging / Social Networking / New Media and war
  • War as metaphor

Please submit 500 word paper proposals to Matthew Hill, Area Chair (War Area), via email at by no later than Monday, June 15, 2009.

More information on the Mid Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association and the 2009 Conference is available at