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

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

Medical Imaging II: Medical Narratives in Late Modern Popular Culture

Call for papers
Medical Imaging II: Medical Narratives in Late Modern Popular Culture
11-12 September 2014
Ulm University, Germany

In recent decades, popular culture has increasingly become the engine of social and cultural change. It also takes constitutive influence on the design of individual life concepts. Not least, popular culture is one of the most successful global culture industries. Thus, it is a representative culture with fundamental socio-political significance (see Kleiner 2012: 17). Popular culture in its present form has emerged since the 1950s and can be understood as a social substructure which industrially produces diverse knowledge and concepts of knowledge as offers of information and entertainment. Popular culture can be simultaneously understood as a way of communication, as a function of mass media, as a social institution, and as an aesthetic category (see Kleiner 2012: 18-19). Continue reading