In Media Res: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture (November 13-14 2009)

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"In Media Res: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture"
November 13th-14th 2009
Bucknell University
Call For Papers/Abstracts

"In Media Res" is a series of programs and events, including an academic symposium that will be held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The symposium will feature emerging scholarship on race, gender, class, media, and popular culture. "In Media Res" is loosely defined/translated as: "in the middle of things or affairs." It is a literary term used to describe the technique that authors/poets use to pull readers into the narrative by beginning the story in the midst of its narrative arc. To that end we invite and hope to encourage a wide range of scholars, speakers, and artists who will in turn extend and transform conversations centered on the conference topics/themes.

"In Media Res" begins on the evening of November 13th with an opening keynote program featuring a talk/lecture by Dr. Imani Perry. Professor Perry is the author of Prophets of the Hood and Professor of Africana Studies at Princeton University. On the evening of November 13th, Blu (of Blu & Exile/Johnson & Jonson) will perform at Uptown Café located on the campus of Bucknell University.

The academic symposium will be held during the day on Saturday, November 14th. Several panels will be held concurrently during morning and afternoon sessions. The final (late-afternoon) session will be a closing keynote panel, featuring Gbenga, Akinnabe – Bucknell Alum and star of HBO's The Wire.

The "In Media Res" organizers are accepting proposals for panels and/or abstracts for individual papers on scholarly work focused on race, gender, class, media, and/or popular culture. Special consideration will be given to those panels or papers that wrestle with the intersections of two or more of the symposium's topics (e.g. race, gender, and media or gender, class, and popular culture) in specific fields of study, in/across literary, historical, and/or political, texts. The following topics are some suggested examples, but any proposals or abstracts related to the subject matter of the conference are welcome and will receive consideration. Panel proposals should approximately 4-500 words and individual paper proposals should be about 250-300 words. All submissions are due by October 10th and should be sent to: Please put IN MEDIA RES in the subject line of all email correspondence.

• The Social Impact of lost Popular Culture Icons
• Gender bias in the Media and Popular Culture
• Defining Race in a Post-Racial Era

There is a conference registration fee of $25. Symposium participants and/or their home institutions will be responsible for housing and transportation expenses. A full schedule and information regarding local accommodations will be forthcoming. Please address any questions to Jessica Hess: