CFP: Modes of Mobility: Popular Culture in an Age of Technology

The Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture Presents:

Modes of Mobility: Popular Culture in an Age of Techology

To build on the success of the First Annual Ray Browne Conferece, and usher in the fortieth year of the Popular Culture department at Bowling Green State University, the Popular Cultue Scholar’s Association at BGSU would like to invite any and all students (undergraduates and graduates) scholars, critics, former members of the POPC program and friends of the department to join us for the 2013 Ray Browne Conference on Popular Cultue to be held February 8 through 10, on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Ray Browne founded the department of Popular Culture to give students an opportunity to academically consider the cultural forms of their everyday lives. In the past forty years, popular culture has only grown more prominent in society and developed new ways of engaging the public. Popular culture has become increasingly mobile through smart phones, social media, webisodes, and memes blurrying the boundaries between producers and consumers. Simultaneously, cultures in general have become increasingly mobile through the spread of and contact between peoples, ideas and technology; making the production and consumption of culture a truly transnational affair. In light of increased cultural mobility made possible by new modes of technology, we must consider how popular culture scholarship has grown (and can continue to grow) to accommodate such new cultural modalities.

Potential topics for papers, panels, and roundtable proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • How has the increased mobility in terms of culture, people, and technology had an effect onappropriation of cultures, (anti)nationalism, social and political change, tourism, diasporic experiences and how do we begin to theorize these interactions?
  • How do we reimagine/reconstruct literatures, languages, narratives and identities in cybersocieties?
  • Has transmedia and convergence culture shaped our interaction with popular texts and affected pop cultural narratives?
  • How has new media shaped interactions between popular culture and individuals?
  • With increasing shifts in culture, have there been similar shifts in the representation of disabled,gender, sexual, race, and ethnic identities?
  • How have these shifts altered the study popular culture, and how do we continue to explore them?
  • Explorations of specific popular culture texts, genres, trends and approaches

The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 16, 2012. Individual paper proposals should be betweent 200-400 words. Full roundtable and panel theme proposals can be longer, but should include as much prospective information about the topic and number of possible participants as possible. Please email your abstract and a short biography to bgpcsa@gmail.com. The subject line should contain the writer’s surname followed by “BCPC13 Abstract”. Notifications for decisions will be sent by Friday, December 15, 2012. Please contact PCSA if you have any questions or concerns at bgpcsa@gmail.com.

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