PopCAANZ 2015: Extended Call for Papers

The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) is calling for the submission of abstracts for its 6th Annual Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, 29 June-1 July 2015.

The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) is devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life. As a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.

We invite academics, professionals, cultural practitioners and those with a scholarly interest in popular culture, to send a 150 word abstract and 100 word bio by March 31, 2015, to the area chairs listed below. Continue reading

PopCAANZ 2014 Conference Registration Deadline

PopCAANZ 5th Annual International Conference
18-20 June 2014
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Registration deadline for PopCAANZ 2014 is 1 June.

In order to have your paper included, registration and payment through the website must be completed by 1 June. Please see the Conference Registration page for further details.

Anyone requiring an extension for payment should register their paper by this date anyway and contact Deborah Szapiro (executivedirector[at]popcaanz.com) regarding their circumstances and arrange an alternative payment date.

Conference Dates
28 May – Provisional conference schedule released
1 June – Registration deadline
9 June – Conference schedule finalised
12 June – Copy deadline for programme and list of abstracts
18-20 June – Conference

Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings

Call for chapters
Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings
Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2014

Intellect’s Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of the Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness. Continue reading

Gothic Spaces: Boundaries, Mergence, Liminalities

Call for papers
Gothic Spaces: Boundaries, Mergence, Liminalities
Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) Biennial Conference
Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
21-22 January 2015

Recent developments in Gothic Studies have highlighted the importance of ‘space’. Here, ‘space’ is not only an abstract locus of meaning, but is also a loaded term that incorporates the interconnecting dimensions of cultural, geographical, and textual studies. As matters of spirituality and location, style and representation, chaos and order intersect, the Gothic continues to be moulded and re-moulded in relation to ever-changing understandings of both division and fusion. As such, the Gothic refuses to occupy a single space, and, as it interweaves and merges with multiple disciplines, readings, and interpretations, it also puts on new masks that change and mutate over time, societies, and cultures. The Gothic inhabits a space that is as liminal as it is demarcated, ambiguous as it is defined. Continue reading

Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution

Call for articles
Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution
First Monday
Guest editors: Raphaël Nowak (Griffith University, Australia) and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong, Australia)

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the peer-to-peer application Napster. Developed by a student, Shawn Fanning, with the help of his friend Shawn Parker and uncle John Fanning, Napster established music downloading as a mass phenomenon. By 2001, 50 million users had downloaded content with Napster. Many other applications followed – Gnutella, Kazaa, LimeWire, eMule, Soulseek, BitTorrent, among others – further developing and entrenching p2p technology. Continue reading