CFP: The Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
James Madison University Special Collections
contact email: 

James Madison University is hosting The 1st Annual Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship. The symposium will be held October 7th and 8th, 2016. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University's Special Collections hosts one of the finest publicly accessible collections of pulp magazines in the United States, including a recent acquisition of over eighty issues of Street and Smith's romance pulp Love Story.

There has been a recent explosion of scholarly interest in pulp magazines and popular print culture. This conference builds upon emerging scholarship in this exciting and expanding field. We are currently looking for presentation proposals related to methodologies of pulp scholarship, focusing on pulps from 1895 to 1955. We invite proposals that can include discussions related to:

  • Pulps and print history
  • Histories of pulp readership
  • Literary and visual aesthetics of pulp magazines
  • Pulp authorship and editorship
  • Pulps in the international scene
  • Pulps and genre
  • Romance pulps
  • Collecting and preservation of pulp magazines
  • Commercial and industrial concerns of pulps (including advertising, distribution, ownership, etc.)
  • Reprinting pulps/pulp legacies
  • Pulps and the politics of representation (gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, empire)

 Please send 200-word presentation proposals to Brian Flota (flotabc@jmu.edu). Presentations should last from 15 to 20 minutes.

Presenters should indicate what kind of technology they will require. The deadline for proposals is July 1, 2016.