PopPolitics is a new online magazine that covers politics through an exploration of popular culture. We're looking for submissions from cultural critics of all types. Our tone is intelligent and informed, but accessible to a general, politically-aware audience. We are interested in pieces as short as 600 words or as long as 3,000. One section of our Web site -- Culture Clash -- is devoted to articles and essays related to a specific topic. We also seek contributors to our other sections, which publish more timely political and historical analysis, as well as music, film, television, and book commentary and reviews. While we value original work for the site, we also are willing to republish selected pieces.
Our current Culture Clash issue is "Labor," for which we are accepting submissions through October 9. While we are open to any topic suggestions (keeping in mind that we are concerned with the crossing of popular and political culture), we are especially looking for the following:
a post-Marxist analysis of how the present labor movement still alienates youth culture while at the same time anti-globalization and anti-sweatshop movements are creating an outlet for youth to take up the fight of the working class.
an analysis of the present state of representations of the working class in post-Roseanne prime time film and television.
a look at labor rhetoric, i.e., "working families," "middle class," in the presidential campaign.
Our next Culture Clash issue (Oct. 16 - Nov. 27)will concern "Identity," and we will accept submissions anytime between now and Nov. 20, 2000. Ideally, articles will talk about how identity is formed in the popular culture realm and how it is translated into politics. Issues of race, gender and sexuality would be paramount, in this case. Here are some sample article ideas:
how the legacy of the Cosby Show influenced our expectations of the rising black middle class.
why women still can't be action heroes (or presidential candidates).
Again, political and historical analysis, as well as current music, film, television, and book commentary and reviews on any topic are always encouraged.
Please contact Christine Cupaiuolo at the email address below for more information.
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)