"Reception/Politics": The Eighth Biennial Conference of the Reception Study Society

deadline for submissions: 
May 20, 2019
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The Eighth Biennial Conference of the RECEPTION STUDY SOCIETY

Brigham Young University and The Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Sept. 26-28, Provo, Utah. 



The Reception Study Society promotes informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields: reader-response criticism and pedagogy, reception history, history of reading and the book, audience and communication studies, media studies, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies.  We welcome presentations on all aspects of reception, but this year we especially encourage papers and panels on the theme: “Reception/Politics.” 


Scholars of literature and media have, since the Cold War, theorized the ways in which reception practices are political.  Our engagement with texts as readers, viewers, listeners, users, and consumers both reflect naturalized assumptions and obscure patterns of hierarchy.  At the same time, as recent events have made clear, politics is also a site a reception.  From the virality that shaped the #MeToo movement to the Alt National Parks Service with its rogue website and counter Twitter feed, the political realm has increasingly become a space in which intriguing and innovative forms of audience/user response takes place, redefining what “politics” means. 


Proposals for panels and papers in this or any area of reception studies are now welcome. Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a one-page cv to Daniel Morris at dmorris@purdue.edu by May 20, 2019.  Contact Professor Morris at dmorris@purdue.edu with any questions or queries.


Plenary Speakers:


Dr. Greg Barnhisel, Duquesne University

Dr. Barnhisel is Professor and Chair of English at Dusquesne University.  He is editor of Book History, series editor of Studies in Print Culture and History of the Book (University of Massachusetts Press), editor, with Catherine Turner, of Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War, and author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy.


Bambi Haggins, UC Irvine

Dr. Haggins is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine.  She is the author of  Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America.


Selected conference papers will be solicited for publication in the RSS journal, Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, published by Penn State University Press. For information about the RSS, including membership information, past conferences, and the journal, please visit our website: http://receptionstudy.org/.


Registration Fees and Membership Dues
Assistant Professors: $80
Associate Professors: $110
Full Professors: $130
Students and all others: $45
Saturday evening banquet (separate fee): $35


Reduced rate rooms will be available at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center ($139/night).