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José I. Prieto-Arranz / University of the Balearic Islands
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4th International SELICUP Conference

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
20-22 October 2010

SELICUP, the Spanish Association of Literary Studies in Popular Culture, is pleased to announce its 4th international conference to be held at the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The global topic chosen for the conference is "Past, present and future of popular culture: spaces and contexts".
SELICUP was born with the aim of becoming a forum for scientific exchange between teachers and researchers sharing an enthusiasm for the study of popular culture in and outside Spain. The 4th International SELICUP Conference, to be held in Palma de Mallorca, a meeting point for cultures and languages on the Mediterranean, intends to continue with the work done by SELICUP up to now and to open lines of debate about the new realities of culture(s) in the globalised world.
Through a selection of papers, roundtable discussions, and keynote addresses, debates will be held around the present, past, and future of our fields of study and the cultural products that inspire them.
Proposals are to be submitted by 15 May 2010. The conference will prioritise the following thematic lines although proposals relating to any of the diverse SELICUP interests will also be considered:

■ Popular culture and teaching
-Methodological approaches fostering the use of popular culture as a teaching tool
-'Culture' vs 'culture': perpetuation in society, deconstruction in teaching?
-Cultural studies: its place in the education system and Academia
-Educational reforms and popular culture

■ Popular culture in the globalisation era: local identities
-The effects of globalisation on popular culture
-Popular culture and the audiovisual media
-The demands of local cultures and identities in the 21st century
-New forms of popular culture in the globalised world
-Birth, development and local adaptation of 'slow' movements

■ Theoretical frameworks for the study of popular culture
-Poststructuralist, postmodern and postcolonial views on popular culture
-Theoretical articulations of culture. Key voices and critical debates
-Cultural theory/ies and practice/s

■ Minorities/multiculturalism: deconstruction in popular culture
-Appropriation, subversion, deconstruction in/of popular culture
-Representations of the subaltern in popular culture
-The subaltern and popular culture consumption
-Effects of multiculturalism on hegemonic cultures

■ Language and popular culture
-Movements for the revitalisation and defence of minority languages and cultures, as well non-standard language varieties
-Manufacturing of languages or sub-languages in the fight for cultures and identities
-Language-contact situations

■ Tourism and popular culture
-The representation of cultural identity in tourist promotion: stereotyping, exoticising, otherness
-Tourism and communities in contact: development and transformation of popular culture
-Tourism and its impact on the visitor: travel literature

Proposals for papers, roundtables and workshops are to be submitted online by 15 May 2010. Please follow the cfp link on the conference website and follow the instructions. It must be noted that delegates may only submit a maximum of 2 different proposals.

Conference paper proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract (including bibliographical references, if applicable) and a 100-word bio-note. Please note that presentations should not exceed 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes' discussion time.

Roundtable proposals should include a 1000-word abstract. This will briefly state the aims and feature a summary of each speaker's presentation as well as a list of key bibliographical references. Please note that three is the minimum number of speakers per round table.

Workshop proposals should include a 1000-word abstract. This should briefly state aims, structure, and a list of key bibliographical references. Workshops will be allotted 90-minute slots and should always remain essentially practical in nature and foster audience participation.

The official conference languages will be English, Spanish and Catalan.

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