The US representation in popular culture and media - call for articles (relaunched)

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
PopMeC research blog

We are a lively academic collective interested in investigating the articulation of the numerous and heterogeneous representations which have been constructing images of the US. Our research delves into how the US—their history, society, and diverse cultures—have been represented in popular media and cultural creations. Our blog aims at providing a collaborative, engaging, and fair environment for any interested scholar, promoting the sharing of knowledge, experience, and ideas across disciplines and thematic fields. We’re also working to foster a stimulating space for early career researchers and postgraduate students in North American studies, thus we’ll warmly welcome their proposals as well.

We invite you to browse the academic blog, and contribute to feed our collaborative space with your work, sharing engaging, stimulating, fun academic work!


We welcome full papers (about 3000 words, bibliographic references excluded) on topics related with popular culture, including (but not limited to):

>       the representation of specific ethnic / religious / gender / etc. groups in the US popular media and culture (including mainstream, alternative, and self-representations)

>       the de/construction of national storytelling and stereotyped narratives

>       the reception of popular culture products and their publics

>       comparative studies of contrasting / similar representations

>       the US society as represented through humor, caricature, and satire

>       dystopian/utopian fiction

>       the representation of science, as well as specific perspectives in science fiction

>       film, (web)TV series, graphic narratives, pop music, new media

All proposals will go through double blind peer-review.


We also welcome critical reviews of specific popular culture products (max. 2000 words) including:

>       comics and graphic novels

>       movies and (web)TV series

>       literature dealing with topics of self/representation

>       videogames

>       popular music

>       popular digital media channels (eg. YouTube)

>       exhibitions


Please, check our author guidelines page and don’t hesitate to drop us a line with any doubt or inquiry you might have at The languages of our blog are English and Spanish; nonetheless, we strongly recommend limiting the use of Spanish coherently with your chosen topic.

Send your proposal to attaching your text, inclusive of a short bio (100-120 words), name, affiliation, and email contact in a single file. All proposals will be peer-reviewed on a rolling basis by our editors, who will get back at you with the shortest notice possible.