"Mad Men" - (Dis)junctions 2010 - April 9-10 - UC Riverside - Due Friday, March 12 by 5pm Pacific

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(dis)junctions 2010 - UC Riverside
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Contributors are welcome to submit papers investigating the popular AMC television show "Mad
Men". In keeping with this year's conference theme, submissions of particular interest might deal
with issues of crisis in the lives of the characters or in the cultural milieu of the show's 1960s
setting. Possible topics include:
The multiple lives of Don Draper
Betty Draper and female sexuality
The show's depiction of race/gender/sexuality
Pregnancy as crisis
Advertising and the moral crisis of American Capitalism
Mad Men and the changing face of the American workplace
The Cuban Missile Crisis / JFK Assassination and collective response to (inter)national crisis
Mad Men and Frank O'Hara's "Meditations in an Emergency"
Cultural nostalgia and Mad Men's popularity today
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Ray Crosby at raycrosby@gmail.com by
Friday, March 12, 2010, at 5pm Pacific. Please indicate any A/V needs.


General Conference Information:

(dis)junctions 2010: States of Crisis
April 9-10, 2010
University of California, Riverside (USA)


For (dis)junctions 2010, we are seeking papers that explore the construction, definitions of, and
reactions to "crisis" in all its various permutations. Considering the states of crisis across the
world—at home and abroad, in the space of the domestic and in the public arena—this year's
conference strives to provide an interdisciplinary space to discuss the conditions, consequences,
and productivity of the many forms of "crisis." The focus of the conference is to engage with
crisis as both an abstract theoretical concept and a material reality that impacts individuals and
populations. (dis)junctions anticipates responses to further explore how "crisis" challenges,
structures, and affects our understanding of the world and ourselves.
Papers may address topics such as, but not limited to: questions of identity, nation, and culture,
representations of crisis in the media, crisis within academia, religion and violence, economic
crisis, environmental crisis, race theory, gender and sexuality as categories of crisis, the
mechanisms for change, play as "productive crisis," play as a mode of resistance, narrative
representations of the "natural" or sociopolitical world, and questions of identity and "self" in
relation to the ever-in-crisis global landscape.