Consuming and Consumption: abstract due October 20, 2015

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Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars

Consumption sustains and undermines modern life, from popular culture to our most privileged art. The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars is seeking abstracts that address consumption in any of its many forms, including but not limited to the following: eating, buying, obsession, the reception of media, and the status-seeking public use of resources first called "conspicuous consumption" by Thorstein Veblen in 1899.

Undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and independent scholars are invited to present papers or projects that explore this topic in literature, history, popular culture, economics, creative performance, politics, environmental studies, business, marketing, history, philosophy, journalism, or popular culture. Interdisciplinary projects are especially welcome.

This year's ACES keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Criswell, English and Native American Studies, the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due by October 20, 2015 (for presentations of no more than 20 minutes). Abstracts should include the presenter's name, the paper's or project's title, institution (if applicable), contact information, and a brief bio. For panel proposals, please list topics and titles of projects and an explanation of how these projects fit together. Also, please provide a 250-word abstract from each proposed panel member. Decisions will be made by November 8, 2015 and conference registrations details will be emailed to participants upon acceptance. Please send abstracts to or

The Association for Carolina Emerging Scholars will be hosting the fourth annual conference on December 4, 2015, on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.