[EXTENDED] Eat/Play/Tweet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Research Centre, AUT
contact email: 


An Interdisciplinary Conference

on Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture


Popular Culture Research Centre,

Auckland University of Technology

7-9 July 2020


The Popular Culture Research Centre (Auckland University of Technology) welcomes papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on the theme of ‘storytelling and identity’ in popular culture. The conference will be held in Auckland on 7-9 July 2020.


Keynote Speakers:

Justin Edwards (University of Stirling)

Lorna Piatti-Farnell (Auckland University of Technology)

Constantine Verevis (Monash University)


The conference aims to bring together researchers in the field, and foster important interdisciplinary scholarly conversations in popular culture. Practices of storytelling are at the centre of the ways in which popular culture disseminates information. From film to television, from Twitter accounts to the latest fandom trend, popular culture provides us with an arena where our narratives of the everyday can transform from immaterial notions to very material and tangible objects of consumption. Popular culture is privileged in its ability to both reflect and influence our identities, and the way we live, in our twenty-first century context.


The conference invites abstracts for presentations related to the theme of ‘storytelling and identity’ in popular culture. Topics can include, but are not limited to:


Fictional narratives (from film to literature, television, comics, and beyond)

Popular genres and media

Social/online media, sharing cultures and cult followings

Fandom and celebrity

Popular icons, trends and fads

Depicting ‘reality’ in popular media and culture

Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs

Practices of remaking and re-adaptation

Fashion, design, and culture

Aesthetics and desire

Consumerism and (im)materiality

Food cultures, histories, and representations

All matters of taste, cuisine, and identity

Gender identities and politics

Sex and sexualities

Family matters (including functions and disjunctions)

Spirituality and religion

Matters of life and death

Gothic and horror (in all their guises, as related to storytelling and identity)

Memory, remembering, and mis/remembering

Popular performances

Environmental matters

Education, pedagogy and popular culture

Popular culture and the news

Authenticity and accuracy

History, heritage, and historiography

National politics and identities

Global vs local narratives and identities


Please email abstracts to the attention of the conference organisers at: pop.centre@aut.ac.nz


Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, e-mail address, the title of your proposed paper, and a short bio (100 words max). The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.


A special issue of the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect), edited by Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien, will be affiliated with the conference. All delegates will be encouraged to submit their finished papers for inclusion into the journal.