CFP: Lost

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CFP: Lost
SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)

The 20010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 24-28, 2009.

This is a special call for papers on the television series Lost.
The following topics are a small sampling of what might be addressed:
• poststructuralist narrative methods in Lost (flashbacks, multiple perspectives of the same event, etc.)
• Lost as science fiction and/or fantasy
• Lost fan culture including online fandom
• conspiracy theories and Lost
• concepts of Destiny and/or the Chosen One
• nontraditional TV series characters (e.g., Hurley, Sun and Jin, etc.)
• gender and race in Lost
• time travel and time-travel paradoxes
• religious themes and imagery

Please send queries and 250-word paper proposals to:

Brian Cowlishaw

Include with the submission full contact information including email, phone, snail mail, and institutional affiliation.

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15, 2009. The registration deadline is December 15, 2009. All participants must register by that date or they will not be permitted to present or appear in the program.

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