1st PopMeC Conference on the US representation in popular media and culture
Abstr. due: 05.04.2020
Dates: 27.05.20 — 28.05.20
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: Instituto Franklin–UAH
PopMeC is a recently founded 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. Thanks to the pervasiveness of popular culture in everyday life, its products embody a fundamental driving force in forging the collective imaginary of both national and foreign publics. The timely construction, consolidation, and intrinsic political potential of popular representations—myths, symbols, images, and signs—has undeniably facilitated the shaping of identities, discourses, and communities. The diversity and peculiarities of the American society can therefore be traced through the analysis of popular culture and multimodal cultural expressions, conveyed by means such as film, comics and graphic novels, TV and web series, videogames, music, books, and whatnot.
Our chosen channel to directly share research is the academic blog popmec.hypotheses.org, part of our PopMeC research project based @ Instituto Franklin–UAH (Alcalá de Henares), the leading Spanish institution in North American Studies.
PopMeC 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.
The conference will approach popular media and culture products—as well as their publics and reception—from an intersectional, multidisciplinary standpoint and a diverse range of perspectives. We’re looking for engaging, fresh, interesting papers acknowledging and exploring a variety of images and narratives, their configurations and aims, as well as examining the intersectional connections between identities, politics, and history, traceable in and across cultural products.
We welcome proposals for 20 min individual papers or panels constituted of three papers, on topics 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 articulation of American national ethos, myths, symbols and heroes
- public history and the representation of US history for the non-specialized public
- 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
- deconstruction of national storytelling and stereotyped narratives