CFP: 9/11 Popular Culture (Panels for MPCA,Oct 6-9, 2016); April 30 deadline

full name / name of organization: 
Paul Petrovic / Midwest Popular Culture Associatio
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The 9/11 and Popular Culture area is looking for abstract proposals for the MPCA conference in Chicago, IL, at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.

The 9/11 Popular Culture area seeks essays that explore the convergence of post-9/11 themes in contemporary television, film, fiction, poetry, comics, and other artistic expression. I am especially interested in essays that approach issues of trauma theory and Islamophobia, as well as critiques of American exceptionalism and politics across artistic expression.

I welcome papers that analyze

the immediate American literary responses and considerations of the 9/11 terrorist attack (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Writing on the Wall);

to more international and allegorical responses to terrorism after 2007 (Open City, Zone One, Falling Man, Freedom);

to war veteran literature and its current considerations of the forever wars being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq (The Yellow Birds, Fives and Twenty Fives, Youngblood, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Redeployment, Be Safe I Love You);

Contemporary war and allegorical films analyzing the war on terror (The Mist, The Hurt Locker, American Sniper, Edge of Tomorrow; Timbuktu);

Muslim, Arab, and Arab American responses to terrorism and Islamophobia (Ms. Marvel, Ayad Akhtar, Laila Halaby, Hassan Blasim)

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words by April 30, 2016, by logging into the following site and submitting your abstract, together with contact information, to the 9/11 Popular Culture area. If you run into difficulties navigating the site, please email me